Match Reports: Uni Beats Premiers In A-Grade
University claimed a huge win ahead of the A-Grade finals toppling reigning premiers Scarborough while our Women’s A-Grade side progressed to another grand final.
ROUND 18 REPORTS
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE
Scarborough 7.10.52 def by Uni 10.11.71
The Uni A Grade side capped off an excellent back half of the home and away season on Saturday with a hard fought 19 point win over ladder leaders Scarborough at Millington Reserve. Whilst Scarborough had sewn up top spot and already earned a week off, Uni had plenty to play for with CBC nipping at their heels in the race for 2nd spot. Uni needed to win to guarantee a home game in the first week of finals.
Uni started the game with good intent, taking it up to Scarborough in the physical stakes and moving the ball away from contest with clean hands and aggressive spread. Scarborough’s defensive unit held up well though and despite Uni’s early midfield ascendancy, kept the scoreboard damage to a minimum. Eventually, Uni registered majors through Brent Evans and Daniel Hug to take a 7 point advantage to the first break.
Scarborough were able to slow down Uni’s ball movement in the 2nd term and generated some clean ball of their own through some improved clearance work. The home side’s tall forwards were proving a handful and it wasn’t long before the home side found their groove and assumed the lead. Uni’s disposal became rushed under the increased pressure from Scarborough and the players struggled to create the overlap and run that served them well in the first term. As a result, Uni rarely took the ball deep enough inside 50 and only managed 1 major to Scarborough’s 4 for the quarter, leaving Uni 2 goals behind at half time.
Inside midfielders Donaldson, Lim, Lake and Bentley lifted in the third, capitalising on the tireless ruck work of Hamish Murray. Uni were able to extract the footy and feed outside runners Nick Winmar, Tom Curtin and Angus Robertson who made the most of the wide open spaces and warm conditions to stretch their Scarborough counterparts. The Uni forwards began to find some separation from their opponents as well and some opportunistic goals followed through Matt Davies, Brent Evans, Nick Winmar and Darren Mumford. At the last break, the momentum had swung firmly in Uni’s favour but with just 5 points separating the two sides.
Uni were confident in their capacity to run out the game strongly and that they did. Some exciting passages of play came on the back of confident, attacking ball movement between the arcs. Uni were able to gradually increase their lead in the low scoring affair and seemed to find more openings the longer the quarter went. On those occasions where Scarborough pushed forward, the Uni defensive unit led by senior players Tim O’Hara, Matt Goyder and Nathan Stewart kept the lead in tact through some desperate efforts in their 1 on 1 contests. Captain Darren Mumford sealed the game with consecutive goals before a last minute major to Scarborough limited the final margin to 19 points.
The important win was Uni’s first victory over 2018 premiers Scarborough for a couple of years and gives the Uni players another good confidence boost leading into the finals campaign. The only sour note from the day was a heartbreaking and season-ending ACL injury to vice-captain defender Charlie Stapleton who fell awkwardly early in the 3rd quarter after an excellent individual first half.
Next week, Uni returns home to face Fremantle CBC at McGillivray oval in a Qualifying Final. The match promises to be a belter, with the sides two encounters from 2019 being decided by less than a goal.
Goals: Mumford 3, B Evans 2, Trombetta, Winmar, Hug, Davies, J Stewart.
Best: Donaldson, Winmar, O’Hara, Goyder, Murray, Lim, N Stewart, Lake.
CF DIRECT A RESERVES
Scarborough 3.2.20 def by Uni 11.10.76
The Bulls travelled out to the seaside to Millington, home of the Scarborough Football Club.
In the A Reserves , Scarborough still had a slim chance of making the five so we prepared for a red hot contest and that is exactly what we had for the first half of footy.
The Sea Eagles , who resemble a Subiaco Football Club retirement village these days, had some experienced players with hard bodies but we thought of we could match their hardness eventually the youthful legs of the young Bulls would prevail. The first quarter was a hard tough encounter. Sometimes opposition sides, when they look at T Ferg, Young Monkey, Snicko, Fisty, The Slicer and Taco, they might be forgiven for thinking they are playing our colts side such is the youthfulness in the happy young faces of these guys. Now beneath the baby face looks, skinny bodies, shithouse attempts at beards and goatees and in some cases, a face full of bum fluff, there is a steely toughness and unexpected experience. This has at times led teams into a false sense of security that they can rough us up. Our guys reminds me of that little cat figure on the Shrek movies (who’s voice over was played by the Spanish chap) that would look sweet and meek before launching into a vicious attack on an unexpecting foe. Anyway we led 2.4 to 2.2 at half time.
It was great to have Champagne Mitchell and Nobby Harris back in the side , both fresh from shagging half of Europe so extremly match fit and making a big difference up forward particularly in the second half. That and us generally being fitter and faster saw us run away to win comfortably 11.10 to 3.2. An excellent home and away to the Bulls finishing third with 14 wins and we are all extremly excited by the challenge of a finals series commencing this weekend at the G versus CBC. Great win to the A Grade and good luck to all teams in the finals and especially to the ladies in the GF this weekend.
Goals; Cullerton 2, Mitchell 2, Harris 2, Tsaknis 2, Donovan 1, Durward 1, Gajewski 1
Best; Lantzke, Orr, Monkhouse, Bowering, Chapman, Donovan, Carmichael
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)
Scarborough 2.3.15 def by Uni 10.6.66
No match report supplied
DISTINCTIVE HOMES PIRATES (D1 Grade)
North Beach 5.6.36 def by Uni 7.7.49
The Pirates resurgent last month has continued with a gripping victory over fierce rivals North Beach on Saturday. The Pirates were returning to Charles Riley Reserve after a comprehensive 40 point win the weekend before. There was a sense of confidence as the boys recognised the importance of the occasion. Coach Day emphasised that to win this game we would have to play as a collective and this would require all 22 players on the ground to contribute.
Early on, much like the week before, the game was an arm-wrestle. An early injury to Ollie O’Meehan left the Pirates down to 3 on the bench having to work hard in difficult conditions. Uni led by a strong midfield and a stubborn backline held Beach to 13 points, however only countered with 8 points in the first. The second quarter proved similar, with Uni taking a slender five point lead into the main break. It was the midfield again doing the dirty work with Super, Sauce and Diamo proving to be a handful for the other Beach midfielders. Unfortunately, the Pirates lost another man in the form of skipper Matt Bailey who was not seen for the remainder of the day.
The third quarter has been somewhat of a strength for the 3s in 2019 and that continued with the Pirates kicking 3.2 to 1.2 in the quarter. The backline continued a strong resistance led by the silver fox Gaz who made a regular contests with his direct opponent. Furthermore, Con proved lively up forward being a handful for his direct opponent.
The final quarter Beach had a solid run kicking a couple, but it was the Pirates work around the stoppages that did just enough to stunt their momentum. With Blackers also being a genuine target up forward, the Pirates were able to chew enough time off the clock to eventually run out 13 point winners.
Overall, it was a great all-round performance with all the boys stepping up when required. Beating Beach at Charles Riley 2 weeks running is certainly a great achievement, however the boys recognised it was only the first step in what they want to achieve. This week we play minor premiers Fremantle CBC at their deck. The challenge is certainly immense, however, if the boys bring a similar intensity to the one that was brought just last weekend they are certainly capable of pulling out the W.
Goals – Con (3); Blackers (2); Chaps, Ricey (1).
Votes – Blackers (5); Con (4); Gaz & Super (3); Boeke, Diamo & Sauce (2); Bando, Coxxy & JT (1).
BDO DINGOES (D1 Reserves)
North Beach 9.4.58 def Uni 4.6.30
After beating North Beach at the same venue in the final round, we failed to back it up, with our intent down in comparison to our opponents. The game was an arm wrestle for three quarters but arguably the scoreboard flattered us and North Beach pulled away in the last with five goals to none, as we finished with one fit player on the bench.
Next up we play CBC at North Beach in a sudden death elimination final.
BRUCE APPAREL C COLTS (Brett Jones Colts)
Uni 12.6.78 def Swan 4.2.26
No match report supplied
WOMEN’S PRELIMINARY FINAL
CROSSING LAW WOMEN’S A-GRADE STORMERS
Uni 5.5.35 def West Coast 2.2.14
We claimed a three-goal win meaning we’ll play Curtin Uni Wesley at 3pm on Saturday at Kingsley Park. Get along and support the girls!