Match Reports: Uni Topples CBC In Finals
Sadly the Uni Stormers lost in the Women’s A-Grade Grand Final by a goal but the rest of our male teams went 5-0 against CBC Fremantle in finals action.
QUALIFYING FINALS REPORTS
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE
University 13.9.87 def CBC 8.7.55
The Uni A Grade side is one win away from securing a place in this year’s Grand Final after defeating CBC in Saturday’s Qualifying Final at McGillivray Oval. A dominant first half set up the win for Uni, ultimately running out 32 point winners against the only side to beat Uni since Round 6.
Uni kicked to the southern end in the first quarter and stamped their authority on the contest from the get go, playing a strong and assertive brand of footy. The Uni midfield took the early ascendancy, sharing the footy and running hard offensively to test out the visitors defence. Sean Trombetta was the first to cash in, kicking a long range snap to boost the home side’s confidence. Uni’s leading goalscorer Matt Davies followed, converting a set shot to extend the early lead. By this stage the Uni midfield were running rampant thanks to the ball winning ability of Basti Ashford and the dash from Seb Bentley in particular. The footy continued to be pumped into the forward arc leading to an onslaught of shots on goal however inaccuracy let CBC off the hook. Just one of the next 7 shots from Uni sailed through the big sticks, leaving the door ajar for a shell-shocked CBC as the sides went to quarter time 23 points apart at 3.6 to 0.1.
The CBC midfield were a better match for Uni in the second quarter in the clinches but Uni’s outside run a fast ball movement continued to cause headaches. Half forward Jarryd Stewart produced a brilliant individual quarter, taking the opposition on with a number of bold offensive dashes and kicking 2 inspirational goals. Defensively, Uni were able to slow CBCs ball movement and prevent deep entries at the other end. Half backs Tim O’Hara and Matt Goyder led from the front, spoiling with conviction and rebounding effectively. At half time, Uni led 7.7 to 1.3.
The visitors’ tackle pressure and intensity around the contest lifted considerably after half time. Uni weren’t able to clear the ball as effectively and CBC began to produce some clean takeaways of their own. Uni’s lead dropped back to 25 points after the visitors kicked 3 of the first 4 goals for the term and confidence started to return for the quality CBC outfit. The Uni boys showed great maturity however and dug deep to halt the momentum swing, kicking 2 late goals for Uni including a brilliant individual effort from a forward stoppage by midfielder Basti Ashford. At the last change, Uni had steadied the ship, preserving a 6 goal lead for Uni with 1 quarter to go.
As expected, CBC played a more offensive brand of footy in the last quarter in an effort to open up the game and increase their scoring opportunities. The tactic did create chances and the visitors were the first to hit the scoreboard to keep some hope of a comeback alive. But Uni weren’t done attacking themselves and looked to continue scoring to put the result beyond doubt. The two sides exchanged blows and by mid quarter, Uni had sealed the win. CBC fought the game out to the end and kicked a couple of late goals to ultimately outscore Uni after half time, leaving the final margin at 32 points.
The win was a big step forward but the challenges don’t get any easier from here. Next week, Uni travel back to Millington Reserve for the second time in 3 weeks to face minor premiers Scarborough in the 2nd semi final. There is a lot at stake for both sides, with the winner earning a place in this year’s Grand Final as well as an all-important week off.
Best: S Bentley, J Stewart, Ashford, O’Hara, Goyder, Lake, Mumford.
Goals: Mumford 3, J Stewart 2, Trombetta 2, Davies 2, Wilson 2, Curtin, Ashford.
CF DIRECT A RESERVES
Uni 9.5.59 defeated CBC 6.3.39
The Bulls were at home to CBC this weekend in the first week of the finals. We were actually the away team having finished third but due to the A Grade finishing top, we were playing at the McG.
Despite the awesome power and reputation of the Bulls, who are known throughout the world for our grace, skill and great courage, it seems that Twiggy’ s second instalment of his annual $1.2 billion dividend cheque he received during the week has a little more sway down at Crawley. The Bulls found themselves using the winner of last year’s Guinness Book of records for the world’s smallest changerooms whilst the Western Force, despite being given the lemonade and sars by the ARU last year, and as far as I knew, no longer existed, were given the Uni football club home rooms for their mickey mouse friendly with North Queensland. Mind you there was nothing friendly looking about the two teams I saw wandering in to the g for the Rugby; both sides looked more like they were on their way to the battle of Waitangi rather than playing a game of football. So whilst most of the team snuggled into the small room that are normally used for the umpires, Chooka and I had to wax who would be in the rooms as we both couldn’t fit in them at the same time.
We were needing a strong start given the CBC lads had touched us up last game. And we started well. A wonderful running goal by the “Pickles Slicer “ Gajewski kicked thing’s off well followed by goals to Nobby Harris, Bomber Harding and Goose Vaughan. The Big Juice was dominating the centre bounces, T Ferg was literally burn the track up down back , Chooka, with very little assistance from his old mate Seamus, was smashing in at every opportunity, including into his team mate Bomber which resulted in both players requiring medical attention and eventually saw the big fella coming off for the game in the second half. Haz Donovan, the Slicer and Goosy Vaughan were running amok on the wings and our backline, as mean as the proverbial cat shit in defense, helped see us leading by 2 goals at quarter time which was a fine effort kicking into a four goal breeze.
Coach MacDonald stressed the importance of maintaining the pressure and about not taking the foot off the accelerator in the second as the bum cleaners would come back hard and an even second quarter saw the scores 6.3 to 4.2 at the long break. Opportunistic goals from Taco and Jack Durward early had put us in a position that we could have almost had the game wrapped up at half time but the CBC boys hit back and got a goal seconds before half time which was a bit deflating.
As we recovered at the long break under the tree of wisdom, we reflected on how we had withstood the efforts of an older , more physical Scarborough side the previous week and used our superior youth and pace to run away from them in the second half and the boys were urged to do this again in this final. We didn’t quite run away but we held them at bay in the third and then goals to Monkey and a late one to Giles lifted the boys and we turned at the last break exactly 2 goals up. The final goal of that quarter was the result of some really inspiring stuff from Gus Vaughan who ran off the bench , hit a contest with the CBC winger who popped his shoulder out such was the force of the Gooses attack on the “Benny Hill”, gathered and kicked forward to where Dent was waiting like a gazelle and latched on and snagged a goal which knocked the wind out of the CBC boys right before the ¾ time siren.
We dominated the last quarter holding CBC scoreless , kicking one ourselves which Cullo, using all of his McG experience, marked in the goal square courageously backing into the goal post, went back and kicked it over the nets into the Battle of Waitangi taking place on the Rugby oval 50 metres away which resulted in us taking three minutes off the clock as it took the boundary umpire (who made Seamus look like a teenager) that much time to retrieve it. Eventually the siren sounded and we won 9.5 to 6.3, a 20 point margin and an excellent win in a tough finals game. A top effort by all. The mids, led by Captain Courageous Sam Shackles and brilliantly assisted by Dan “Give us a” Hug, the Golden Greeks Mantaras, Lantzke and Tsaknis, Champ Hutton and young Sammy Monkhouse were brilliant. Our defense, led by the Grand Old Bull, Brad Mumford, competing in his 42nd finals series, affectionately known to all of us Bulls by his Spanish nickname “testículos grandes” (Big balls), brilliantly assisted by Ben Fitzgerald along with the outstanding dash of Jacob Orr and the steadiness of Own Halliday were dominant all day and made it extremly difficult for the Cleaners to score.
Anyway, it was a wonderful effort by all the Uni teams. I know the girls lost but I am sure they will learn a lot and take some comfort in what was another grand final and a solid year. The AJ was rocking and apparently it was as lonely as a bastard on father’s day at Morris Buzzacott Saturday night with Uni beating CBC in all 5 games on the day. Big games for all next week with a prelim and all three A Stream sides at Millington for the second semi and two sides already in the GF the following week . This is why September remains the favourite month for the Uni Footy Club. Good luck to all teams for the next three weeks and lets bring home some premierships. Four to go to the 100!
Goals: Gajewski, Harris, Harding, Vaughan, Durward, Taco, Monkhouse, Dent, Culloton
Best: Bowering, Donovan, Hug, Vaughan, Orr , Ferguson, Monkhouse , Mumford
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)
DISTINCTIVE HOMES PIRATES (D1 Grade)
CBC 1.5.11 def by Uni 8.8.56
The Pirates have booked their spot in a Grand Final for a third consecutive year with a resounding 45 point win against Fremantle CBC at Morris Buzzacott Reserve. The game was our first real gauge of the Minor Premiers since we met in last year’s GF. In the games this year both sides played teams that were far from their best 22, so it was going be interesting to see how the matchup played out.
Pre-game Coach Day placed a great emphasis on bringing pressure to the larger bodied CBC and moving the ball quickly. Both these messages were heeded early, but the damage on the scoreboard was not reflected. A slender 4 point lead, but no goals didn’t reflect the gap in the two sides. However, in the second quarter this began to change with 2 goals and keeping the potent CBC offense to 2 points in a half of footy.
Half time the message remained the same, with the coaches reminding the boys about how quickly this strong CBC line-up could score. To the boys credit, and like the weeks prior, the third quarter proved the game changer. A 3 goal quarter gave the boys enough of a buffer, with the fourth quarter carrying on in a similar fashion.
Overall, it was a very complete performance. Super Sammy and Sauce were outstanding in the midfield providing first use to all the boys who rotated through, Bando did a great job blanketing the opponents he played on and Ricey proved particular dangerous on the day kicking 3.
The win as stated at the outset gets us back to the GF for a third year, a tremendous achievement for a group who have had to win 3 games on the road in a row to get to this position. These string of results reflect the will power of this group, however, even at the conclusion of the game on Saturday the boys did not overreact fully aware they are 80 minutes away from achieving something very special.
To the A Grade and the Ressies, great work to knock off CBC. Additionally, great to see the Dings and the Gulls get up. Hopefully the Dings can get the W against North Beach next week and set up Super Saturday for a second year running. Finally, to the Women’s A Grade commiserations about not winning your GF, however the turnout and overall demeanour of the group at the AJ on Saturday night shows you guys are building something really special.
The Pirates will play either CBC or North Beach in the GF which will be decided next weekend. The boys will enjoy the week off but are fully aware of the great opportunity that lies ahead of them – the opportunity to become the first team in the history of D Grade WAAFL/PFL to go back-to-back-to-back.
Goals – Ricey (3); Chaps, Coxxy, Hoady & Hoppo (1)
Votes – Super (5); Bando (4); Blackers & JT (3); Sauce & Ricey (2); Boekey, Flemmo & Chaps (1)
BDO DINGOES (D1 Reserves)
Uni 6.7.43 def CBC 2.8.20
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BRUCE APPAREL C COLTS (Brett Jones Colts)
CBC 2.7.19 def by Uni 11.6.72
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WOMEN’S GRAND FINAL FINAL
CROSSING LAW WOMEN’S A-GRADE STORMERS
Curtin Uni Wesley 5.2.32 def Uni 4.2.26
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