Reserves Into Finals With Clutch Win, Unbeaten Pirates Reach 4th Straight GF
Uni’s A-Grade season came to an end on a losing note, while the Reserves claimed a big win to book their finals spot and the Pirates qualified for their fourth straight Grand Final.
Uni finish third in the ressies and will play CBC next Saturday in the Minor Semi Final from 1:05pm at Morris Buzzacott Reserve.
The Dingoes lost their Major Semi Final and will play North Beach next Saturday in the preliminary final from 12:50pm at Gil Fraser Reserve.
The Pirates’ win means they’re straight through to the Grand Final on Saturday 19 September. The venue is TBC.
STEINEPREIS A GRADE
North Fremantle 13.9 (87) def Steinepreis University 8.9 (57)
The Uni A Grade side’s underwhelming 2020 season finished in disappointing fashion on Saturday, with a 30 point loss to North Fremantle at North Freo Oval.
A young Uni side took the field, with just half of the 2019 premiership side named in the 22. Uni kicked into the northerly breeze and started the reasonably game well, winning plenty of footy around the ground and looking dangerous with ball in hand. Utility Brent Evans provided good resistance as a loose man behind the ball, while midfielder Ryan Donaldson starred around the ground. Forwards Matt Davies and Jack Durwood were busy up front and at the first break, the sides were tied at 2 goals apiece.
The even match up continued in the second term however Uni’s possession was often wasteful while North Fremantle took their chances. The more efficient home side broke away mid-term, kicking 3 unanswered goals thanks to some aerial dominance in their forward 50. Uni lifted later in the term however and the visitors dominated field position thanks to some improved ball use and delivery into Uni’s own forward line. Uni’s efforts translated into 3 answering goals, levelling the scores again as the sides left the field for half time.
The all-important third quarter is where Uni came undone, comprehensively beaten around the contest by a more desperate and physical North Freo outfit. Goals began to flow again for the home side and Uni were unable to limit the damage, conceding goal after goal in a disastrous 20 minute period. The 3 quarter time siren couldn’t come quick enough for Uni and by the time it did, the damage had been done with North Freo kicking 6 goals to Uni’s 1 to set up a match winning lead at the last break.
Uni showed better intent in the final term of the season and played some of its best footy for the game on the back of some stronger representation around the packs and some fast ball movement on the outside. Dependable defender Matt Goyder lead the way as Uni tried to restore some respectability on the scoreboard. Inaccuracy in front of goal prevented Uni from making any significant inroads into the margin but the side ran out the game well, highlighted by the individual performance of the returning Jack Durwood who finished the game with 3 goals. The final margin was 30 points in North Freo’s favour.
The young Uni side’s inability to arrest momentum and play the full 4 quarters at the required level was the problem once again, with the dismal 3rd quarter being the catalyst for the loss. Similar stories could be told for several other losses in 2020 including the narrow losses to each of the competition’s top three sides in Wesley Curtin, North Beach and CBC.
Goals: Durwood 3, Davies 2, J Stewart, Trombetta, Miller.
Best: Goyder, Durwood, Donaldson, Mantaras, Wilkins, Davies, B Taylor, Harding.
4 PINES A RESERVES
North Fremantle 3.3 (21) def by 4 Pines Beer Uni Bulls 9.16 (70)
After the disappointing effort last week against Fremantle CBC, The Bulls ventured to the picturesque Gil Fraser Oval to play old rivals North Fremantle in what was a virtual Preliminary Final. With both teams on the same number of points along with CBC, the loser was more than likely going to miss out on the finals.
Now this old scribe has been around for donkeys years and can’t remember the last time the Mighty Uni Football Club has not been in the finals at any level of the A Stream (A Grade , A Reserves , A Colts), and given the A Grade and A Colts were already out of finals contention, club pride was at stake.
The wind was blowing quite strongly from the east, which given the presence of a large, middle east bound sheep ship in the nearby port was probably a hell of a relief for the locals and footballers alike however it wasn’t much help to us after losing the toss and being forced to kick into the breeze.
The Magpies , a proud old club, started well and we were a couple behind at quarter time having not kicked a goal. The second quarter however saw things turned around and we kicked 5-7 to 1 point and took a commanding four goal lead in at half time.
We were able to actually win the third quarter kicking into the breeze and then put them to the sword in the final quarter to run out convincing 49 point winners 9.16 to 3.3, keeping the Maggies to one goal after quarter time.
There were winners all over the ground. The Bulls in the midfield were excellent with “Basher” Ashford outstanding and clearly BOG, Skipper Shackles back from his romantic little sojourn in the Kimberley’s all loved up and playing like a man with three “eight days” clearly on a mission and leading the way. Steelo, Boomy and Breads were excellent and we just beat the opposition up around the ball and at stoppages.
Our forwards were lively with Tom Carmichael , The Italian Stallion Massimo Kirk and Pat Donovan hitting the scoreboard and our defensive unit back to their “Mean as cat S#%t” best with the grand old man of the Bulls, Brad Mumford, well into his 30’s, and puffing and hobbling around like an old ewe, leading the way with an outstanding effort . Tom “Monkey Glands” Ferguson, who looks 19 but is now in his mid-20’s was excellent as was Ben Culloton who is only 19 but plays with the maturity of someone in his mid-20’s. We got great service from the ever busy “Slicer” Gajewski and Champ Hutton deserves a mention for his hard work as well. We could mention the whole team as it was a great team effort.
We have a “home” finals next week verses CBC at CBC as a result of their A Grade side finishing 3rd. Never mind, anywhere/anytime is the “mantra de los Toros para Septiembre!”
Best: Ashford, Shackles, Smith, Curtin, Cam Wilson, Bradley Mumford
PHIL SCOTT COLTS
North Fremantle 4.6 (30) def by Steinepreis Uni A-Colts 9.5 (59)
The A Colts headed down to Gil Fraser Reserve looking to finish off the season strongly against the Magpies of North Fremantle. With finals beyond our reach, we looked to play fun, hard football and give a deserving send off to those playing in their last game as a Uni colt.
Uni kicked with the breeze and kicked accurately for the first time all season, slotting 4 straight in the first quarter. The dominance from the midfield allowed the backline to set up behind the ball, with Doggart, Lowson and Hoffman ordering the troops, and Daw providing run and carry. Bedetti provided some highlights and looked dangerous up forward, benefitting from the service of Williams and Fraser.
Kicking against the breeze in the second proved a harder task, with North Freo kicking consecutive goals. We held our nerve well to bite back and take a 3 goal buffer into the main break.
It was a relatively even contest for much of the second half. North Fremantle continued the push hard, narrowing the margin to 15 points in the fourth quarter. The uni boys maintained their composure to finish off the game and secure a win in the final fixture of the year.
Well done to the boys in what was a challenging year. Although it is not where Uni Colts sides are used to finishing on the ladder, the development and character shown by everyone involved is to be commended.
Special mention goes to our captain this year. Ross was a part of the 2018 A Colts premiership side. He was named best on ground by the coaches for his efforts in that game, which included a miraculous running goal in the third quarter. He led the boys well and was a consistent midfield performer all season.
Best: Fraser, Donaldson, Longmire, Lowson, Dowling, Harry, Williams, Morfesse
BREWHUB C5 GRADE
Brewhub Uni Pirates 8.4 (52) def North Fremantle 3.5 (23)
The Pirates are back into the Grand Final for the fourth year in a row after a fighting 29 point victory against North Fremantle at MCG 1 on Saturday. The team was fortunate in adding Con, Vanders, J-Mac and Chaps back to the side that bested the North Fremantle team the week prior which filled the boys with some confidence.
This reminder, in addition to physical nature of last weeks game was emphasised and the boys were challenged to match this. The late inclusion of Nova made for a somewhat frantic start for both coaches before bouncedown.
With Freo kicking with a breeze in the first the Pirates backline and midfield groups did very well to restrict Freo to a solitary behind. In response the Pirates kicked 2 goals to reward them for their stubbornness in the first period. The midfield was on the receiving end of some excellent ruck work by Dekkers, with Vanders and Diamo imposing themselves on the game. The returning Macedonian Marvel once again looked dangerous, kicking a goal and providing another option for the strong forward line. Additionally, Garsti was providing a big target and added a major himself.
Going into the second quarter and kicking with the breeze, the Pirates were able to add 3 goals to Freo’s one which helped build a buffer between the two sides. As has been the case the past few weeks, Bull Riley was the dangerous option as he found his way onto the scoresheet, as well as Chappy and Jack-Mac.
At the half-time break, the boys knew the game was going to be won or lost on the back of the next quarter. If the boys could withstand Freo with the breeze, they knew the game could be won by the next break. Once again the backline stood tall. Bando and Skaz were brilliant in the quarter playing some smart footy to chew up the clock. Bando in particular was intercepting everything that came his way and did a brilliant job on his opponent.
At three quarter time it was said to the boys to finish the game off well, and whilst not necessarily our best quarter, we had done much of the work in the first three. The midfielders were once again the standard setters and dictated terms, helping contribute to the Pirates 29 point victory.
It was a well-rounded performance by the boys who have set themselves up for a chance at history. The Pirates have an opportunity to become the first senior men’s team at University to go through a season undefeated since 1934.
If the boys play up to their capabilities as has been exhibited in the past few weeks then I am sure we will give ourselves every chance to write our own bit of history.
Goals – Garstone & Bull (2); Con, Chaps, Joe and Bomber (1).
Votes – Dekkers (5); Bando & Bull (4); Garstone & Skaz (3); Coxxy & Chaps; Hoppo, Diamo & Vanders.
BDO C5 RESERVES
Curtin Uni Wesley 9.6 (60) def BDO Uni Dingoes 3.7 (25)
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