Erk Dog Kicks 5 Goals In Record-Breaking 377th Game
Saturday marked a significant occasion for the Uni Footy Club as Greg ‘Erk Dog’ Erskine broke Rob ‘8 Bucks’ Turner’s mark to become the club’s record games holder.
Erk Dog marked his 377th appearance for the Green Machine with five goals in a 100-plus point win in front of an excellent crowd who enjoyed a glorious sun-bathed Saturday down at the UWA Sports Park which spilled into the night.
Unfortunately, the A-Stream all lost while the Uni Stormers’ finals charge came to an end in their prelim at Warnbro.
However, Erk Dog’s Dingoes, C-Colts and the unbeaten Pirates saluted, but the day really was all about our most loyal 48-year-old servant.
STEINEPREIS A GRADE
Steinepreis University 7.2 (44) def by Fremantle CBC 7.12 (54)
Uni’s run of narrow losses against top sides continued on the weekend, with a 10 point loss at the hands of equal ladder leaders CBC at McGillivray.
Anticipation was high leading into the fixture with the two 2019 grand finalists facing off for the first and only time in season 2020. CBC started the better of the 2 sides however, gaining the upper hand around the clearances to dominate field position in the early stages. The visitors made good use of the favouring breeze, consistently moving the ball deep into their forward 50 to put Uni’s back six under significant pressure. Uni were let off the hook by some CBC inaccuracy in front of goal until Uni settled in the back half of the quarter to create some opportunities of their own. At the first change, Uni trailed by 7 points.
Uni started the second term in stronger fashion, winning the footy on the inside and utilising their run and spread on the outside. Midfielders Ben Harding and Dwayne Lake as well as half forward Ryan Donaldson were having an impact while centre-half forward Ben Culloton was providing a strong target in attack. Despite winning plenty of the footy between the arcs, Uni’s ball use let them down at times and meant only a small dent could be made in the scoreboard deficit and Uni trailled by a couple of points at the main break.
The third quarter was an important one with CBC kicking with the breeze for the final time. Utility Brent Evans swung to the back half and provided terrific resistance, taking a number of intercept marks on CBCs forward 50 entries. Uni were able to turn a number of defensive efforts into running counter-attacking footy in their best quarter for the day. Uni managed to outscore the visitors into the breeze, largely thanks to the efforts of lively forward Jarrad Stewart, putting themselves in a strong position at 3 quarter time with a 2 point lead and coming home to the scoring end.
CBC, fighting for an all-important top 2 finish, weren’t about to roll over though and the experienced outfit lifted their rating in the early stages of the 4th term. Uni struggled to contain the CBC midfield who were winning the crucial one-on-one contests and pushing hard forward from clearances. The visitors regained the lead and then extended it with 3 unanswered goals up to mid quarter. With a number of injured players sitting on the bench, a late comeback looked unlikely but Uni didn’t give up, wrestling back momentum late in the quarter. The home side regained some hope with consecutive goals to reduce the margin late in the piece but time was the enemy, eventually falling short by 10 points.
The game was another example of Uni’s best footy being good enough against the best sides but the side being unable to produce it for the full 4 quarters. The final quarter in particular has been problematic, with Uni now giving up final quarter leads against the 3 top sides in the competition. Next week, Uni faces North Fremantle in the final game of the 2020 home and away season.
Goals: J Stewart 3, Davies 2, Flint, Davis.
Best: Donaldson, O’Hara, Harding, J Stewart, Culloton, Lake, Murray, Evans, Davis.
4 PINES A RESERVES
4 Pines Beer Uni Bulls 4.3 (27) def by Fremantle CBC 8.6 (54)
It was a very average showing from the Ressies on Saturday. Perhaps it was the change of venue playing out at the MCG number 2 ground; perhaps it was the distraction of the honourable Bull Erk Dog’s record breaking game next door at Number 1 or maybe it was just a bit of Covid fatigue setting in but it was average, especially given we were two weeks off finals, a very ordinary performance by a team that prides itself on solid , consistent working class, four quarter footy.
Anyway we now have to win next week at Gil Fraser. We would love to see a big crowd down in what is essentially an elimination final sitting in the old historic grandstand and they have one of the best Bars in the WA.
Votes: Hannigan, T Ferg, Regan Smith, Jam Culloton, Tommy Bowering
PHIL SCOTT COLTS
Steinepreis Uni A-Colts 7.3 (45) def by Fremantle CBC 8.4 (52)
The A Colts went down to CBC in all too familiar fashion in round 8. Trailing by more than 25 points in the third, Uni managed to fight back into the game, only to fall short by 7 points at the final siren. Once again, short lapses in intensity and concentration cost the side from gaining any ascendancy in the play.
We turn our attention to the final game of the season against North Freo, looking to end a season of lessons on a positive note.
As an aside, congratulations to Erk Dog on breaking the games record holder. With 8 Bucks being the A Colt’s manager, the day was a great celebration of two great men of the club.
Best: Longmire, Lowson, Messina, Just, Taylor, Fraser, Morfesse, Crudelli, Harry
CROSSING LAWYERS A GRADE WOMEN – Preliminary Final
Warnbro Swans 3.2 (20) def Crossing Lawyers Uni Stormers 1.2 (8)
Off the back of a thrilling win in the Semi Final, The UFC Stormers headed down the highway to play in a Preliminary final against Warnbro Swans. The girls were looking to make it into their 3rd consecutive grand final, with last year’s premiers, Curtin Uni, awaiting the winner.
The 1st half was a tough slog, with both team’s defences put to the test when facing a strong northerly breeze. Despite having the breeze in the 1st quarter, the Stormers only managed 2 points, with plenty of forward entries coming in, but with no reward. Warnbro’s strong contested play and tackling gave the Uni girls minimal use, with Nikko and Garry leading the way with their ruck duties and contested possession. The second quarter saw the backline show their strongest efforts and composure, with Roger being a key player in minimising Warnbro’s consistent efforts. At the end of the half, the home side had 1 goal lead, with the Uni girls needing to lift their intensity and pressure.
The second half saw a rise in effort, however, forward opportunities were rarely seen, as Warnbro were too good with their run and kicking from half-back. An untimely 50m penalty against the stormers handed the home side a crucial goal against the breeze. The final quarter saw an amazing lift by the girls in green and blue. With Hanna, Nikko and Chicago leading the way with strong marking and tackling that would hold up any thought of a Warnbro score. Despite a gallant effort in the last quarter, the Stormers were beaten by a highly skilful and relentless pressure of the Warnbro Swans.
Whilst our season is over, the girls can be proud in holding their heads high in what has been both a unique and challenging season. A big thank you goes out to the following people: Sam Tymons, David Gilbert, James Macauliffe, Chris Simpson, Neil Donaldson and Danielle D’souza for all their hard work and time given both on and off the track. A bigger thank you for our sponsors and most importantly our girls what another fantastic season and for continuing to pave the way for women’s football in the PFL.
5 votes (BOG) – Nikko, 4 votes – Hanna, 3 votes – Roger, 2 votes – Garry, 1 vote – Chicago
BREWHUB C5 GRADE
Brewhub Uni Pirates 8.5 (53) def North Fremantle 5.5 (35)
The Pirates have finished the home and away season undefeated after a gritty 18 point win against North Fremantle at MCG2. The game was shaping up as another top of the table clash with both teams looking to get a gauge on where they sat before finals.
The pre-game festivities didn’t seem to impact the boys as in the first quarter the boys kicked 5 goals to zip with a healthy breeze behind them. Once again it was Bull proving dangerous early kicking 2 and again attempting to take a monstrous hang amongst a pack. Elsewhere Diamo and Dekkers had their usual connection out of the midfield.
From there though the game proved more difficult and North Freo to their credit played lockdown footy very effectively. It didn’t result in an impact on the board but kept them close. In that quarter the backline did an outstanding job keeping the damage to a minimal. The ever dependable Bando shut down his opponent and Jake Stacey look composed off the half back.
In the third quarter the boys once again added a few goals, with Bull and Rat… finding their way onto the scoreboard. Also milestone man JJ found his way to one as well. Of note though, a devastating loss as great clubman Louie Mac was heavily tackled and was significantly injured. I speak on behalf of the boys when I say it was devastating to see one of our newly appointed VCs go down with an injury like that. Lou is a genuine heart and soul guy of the team, and we wish him all the best in his recovery.
The final quarter it is fair to say that North Freo lifted and we failed to match this lift. A more physical and determined Fremantle side played more desperately and dominated the proceedings. It left a somewhat sour taste in the boys mouth, but overall despite the late flurry of goals Uni were the better team on the day eventually running out victors by 18 points.
Before I wrap up though I will speak about the milestone men yesterday. Firstly, 2 great Pirates in years gone by were at least acknowledged for their 100th’s yesterday – JJ and Driz. Starting off with the man who played JJ. JJ has always been a team man and significantly contributed to the foundations of this Pirate side. JJ spoke about the friends and relationships he had made through the football club and I think it was heartening to hear how much this meant to him.
Secondly, he didn’t play on the Saturday but still received a chairing off. Driz was also part of the original Pirate premiership in 2017 playing a valuable role on the wing. Driz was an elite user of the footy and loved finding himself in some open space. He was always one of the personalities of the team, just the type of bloke you wanted around the group.
Finally the record breaker Erk Dog. I think it is fair to say that Saturday night will go down as one of the great blowouts for the great man. Ignore the fact he kicked 5, I am sure he’ll be telling everyone about that for many years to come, it was great to see the fossil get out there once again. His emotionally charged speech later in the evening touched everyone at the AJ and the turnout reflects his status as ‘UFC Royalty’. Erk Dog, from the 3s, well done on breaking the record, congratulations on a great career and we look forward to seeing what the next few weeks have in store for your Dings.
To wrap up, it was a great day with many past generations of University footballers coming out of the woodwork and reminiscing on great memories. For the Pirates, the chance to create new memories starts next week when once again we play North Freo at MCG2. The boys know the challenge ahead and the great opportunity they have and I am sure they will be more than ready.
Goals – Bull (3); Jim (2); Coxxy, Joe and JJ (1).
Votes – Diamo (5); Dekkers (4); Bando (3); Stacey (2); JJ (1).
BDO C5 RESERVES
BDO Uni Dingoes 17.10 (112) def North Fremantle 1.1 (7)
‘Erk Dog’ led a Uni side out for the record-breaking 377th time, with the Dingoes enjoying a rare carnival atmosphere on Saturday to celebrate the great man’s milestone. It was a befitting day for Erk, who jagged two first quarter goals to the burgeoning crowd’s delight before finishing with five snags in a monster win which solidified the Dings’ grip on second spot.
However, the day belonged to Erk and from everyone within the Dingoes we congratulate him on his achievement and thank him for his service to the lower grades in recent years but also from the club as a whole. Playing 377 games is a feat we can’t see being topped but Erk’s legacy goes beyond numbers on paper, as he really is the heartbeat of the club and the glue that keeps us together and keeps blokes wanting to come down to training. Congrats Erk!
5 Erk Dog, 4 Sauce & Jerk, 3 Onesy & Hollywood, 2 Luca, Big Al & Eamon, 1 Kingy, Oakesy & OJ
BRETT JONES COLTS
Uni C-Gulls 11.13 (79) def North Fremantle 0.1 (1)
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