Round 11 Match Reports: A-Grade Up To 3rd
Saturday was a big day down at the club with eight matches on, including a big win in A-Grade and a heart-breaking loss in Reserves.
There was a great celebration at the club on Saturday night too, great work committee!
This Saturday it’s a bye for the A-Stream and women’s teams, while the lower grades are away at Trinity Aquinas
ROUND 11 REPORTS
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE
Uni 15.10.100 def North Beach 4.5.29
The Uni A Grade side’s recent resurrection continued on Saturday, producing their best performance of the year to down the equal 2nd placed North Beach by a convincing 71 points at McGillivray.
A confident Uni side was excited to put their improved footy to the test against a quality North Beach side that won the previous encounter by a goal in Rd 2. And similar to recent weeks, Uni started with a bang. Wingman Nick Winmar and Full Forward Matt Davies stamped their authority on the game early, winning crucial 1 on 1s in the forward half and converting in front of goal. Whilst Uni were sharp offensively, it was their defensive pressure that proved to be their greatest weapon, causing turnover after turnover from their North Beach opponents. Quarter time couldn’t come quick enough for the visitors and by the first change, Uni had opened up a 27 point lead.
Uni had to contend with a strong nor-westerly breeze in the second quarter but their continued midfield dominance was enough to deny North Beach field position. The visitors managed to score first from a string of free kicks but Uni were determined not to allow the momentum to swing North Beach’s way. Ruckman Hamish Murray combined beautifully with the returning Brendon Lim around the stoppages while wingmen Seb Bentley and Winmar were doing the damage on the outside. Goals to forward duo Davies and Sean Trombetta meant the quarter was split 2 goals apiece, which was a fair effort kicking into the stiff breeze.
Leading by 4 and a half goals at the half, Uni knew the importance of extending the lead in premiership quarter and putting the result out of reach for the dangerous and potent North Beach. The next 25 minutes were as good a football as the side has produced in a number of years. Clean hands and aggressive spread from the mids saw the footy move quickly into Uni’s forward half, while manic pressure inside 50 from Tom Curtin and 2nd gamer Daniel Hug prevented any North Beach rebound. Classy finishes from Davies and Lim kept the scoreboard ticking and North Beach had no answers. The efforts of the mids and forwards were matched by Uni’s defenders, with Charlie Stapleton, Tim O’Hara and Nathan Stewart winning almost every contests in the back half. An inspired quarter of footy piled on 5 goals to none to extend the margin to almost 60 points by 3 quarter time.
North Beach were playing for pride in the last quarter and they responded as you’d expect. A couple of rare centre bounce wins for the visitors gave North Beach a a chance to play the game in their front half. Their 3rd and 4th goals were recorded in opening stages and the visitors finally regained some spark. But Uni showed great maturity in sticking to the game plan and refusing to let their opponents off the hook. Uni’s fierce attack on the ball and unwavering work rate soon swung the game back their way. Davies 6th goal and Trombetta’s 4th put the margin back over 10 goals and a mark & goal after the siren from skipper Darren Mumford made the final margin a hefty 71 points.
The complete performance caps off a brilliant 5 week run which has seen Uni wrestle themselves out of an early season form slump and back into third position on WAAFL ladder. The side now gets a well earned break before facing Kingsley at home after the bye.
Goals: Davies 6, Trombetta 4, Lim 2, Winmar, R Evans, Mumford.
Best: Davies, S Bentley, Stapleton, Hug, Winmar, O’Hara, Lim, N Stewart, Trombetta, Murray.
CF DIRECT A RESERVES
Uni 5.9.39 def by North Beach 5.10.40
The Mighty Bulls were at home to top side and undefeated North Beach.
A mighty effort was displayed by the gallant Bulls who after a great fight went down by 1 point 5-9 to 5-10.
We were very proud of the boys efforts and with a bit of luck we could have won but we know now that we can match it with the best so bring on September.
Goals: Con 1, Bomber 1, Jackie Dur 1, Lakey 1, Champ Hutton 1
Best: Tom Bowering, Lake, Dent, Hutton, Cam Wilson
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)
Uni 9.5.59 defeated North Beach 6.4.40
Nathan Pearce’s typical ferocious attack on the ball was on display from the first contest, cannon balling through yellow jerseys to get his hands on the footy. Unfortunately it resulted in a head knock that would see him leave the ground for the remainder of the game, not before dishing out a handball and seeing Uni win the clearance. When key defender Jake Stacey left the ground shortly after following a clash of knees, the boys backs were well and truly against the wall. The backline did well to weather the storm, with Beach sending the ball inside 50 relentlessly. Riley Cunningham kicked a sensational running goal from the wing against the run of play to open Uni’s account, before Isaac Haslam launched another from the junction. Uni trailed by 7 points at quarter time after conceding 3 goals in the first, a good effort in adverse circumstances.
Stacey returned to the field to inspire the boys in the second. The tough grind continued, with Gus Longmire toiling in the ruck. Ollie Kable, Jacob Oakes and Taine Scolari benefitted from the big man starting to dominate. Just as Uni began to win the momentum, Beach struck back to maintain their lead at half time.
The midfield began to get on top in the third, with Kable putting together a vintage colts midfield performance, up their with the likes of Monkhouse, Smith and Wilson in recent memory. Longmire was putting it down the Margaret River barista’s throat, and his ability to evade any tackler and launch the ball inside 50 was something to behold. Captain Mussared was equally inspiration down the other end, with the highlight of the game coming from a 30 metre sprinting effort to smother a ball over the line, where a goal would have given North Beach a 15 point lead. Uni trailed by a few points going into the last quarter, with Pablo Bedetti cooling spotting a set shot to bring Uni back within touching distance.
The final term was highlighted by a devastating midfield display from Longmire, Oakes, Scolari and Kable. A flurry of clearances gave the forwards the chance to put Uni on top, with Haslam and O’Leary crashing packs and hitting the scoreboard. The game was iced by a chase down tackle from the Piranha, who went back to drain one from a tight angle. The defenders were cool headed in a tense final 5 minutes where Beach dominated the play, but the hard work had been done early in the quarter to clinch an inspirational victory for the Green Machine.
The boys sung the song with gusto, barracked assistant coach Breadsy Wilson in his comeback game, and enjoyed themselves well into the night at the AJ disco. The A colts go into the midseason bye equal top of the ladder with CBC.
Goals: 3 Haslam, 2 Bedetti, 1 Cunningham, Oakes, O’Leary, Lockyer
Best: Kable, Longmire, Oakes, Mussared, Haslam, Lowson, Simkin , Scolari, John, Stacey, Cunningham, Hoffman
DISTINCTIVE HOMES PIRATES (D1 Grade)
Uni 15.11.101 def Mt Lawley 3.4.22
The Pirates have remained undefeated after 10 rounds with a comfortable 79 point victory against Mt Lawley in cooler conditions at McG 2 on Saturday. With the ressies having an important clash against a tough North Beach side a few of the Pirate regulars went up to assist. As such a few late call ups were required and a number of arms were twisted to field the 22 that eventually ran out. The Pres Si Caldow made his illustrious return to the 3s after playing a very solid role for the ressies a week ago. Additionally, returns from Pirate premiership hero Ben Anderson, former C Colt Premiership skipper Tom ‘headache’ Meade, Will ‘rowdy’ Kohlen, Jack Macmillan and Luke ‘driz’ Driscoll coincided with the debuts of gun Marcus Coli, bodybuilder Crumpy and the older brother of this writer Alex Ninkov who had never played a game of footy in his life.
With all these inclusions there was some concern that this game could get away from us, but Coach Day emphasised that we still had a very good side and should be able to run over the older Mount Lawley. The youth factor and class in the midfield was on full display immediately with Steve tapping it down to Bails who hit big Sauce straight in front, who went back and slotted the goal. We were wasteful in front of goals but carried a 4 goal lead at the first break. Of note from this quarter, Jason Hoad roaming the half back was accumulating possessions at a rapid rate probably amassing 15 touches.
An unfortunate injury to Weaps was disappointing after he had started brightly but the boys continued to build their ascendency in the game. An 8 goal lead at half time was fairly reflective of the gap in the 2 teams, with both coaches imploring the boys to play out the full 80 minutes and continue to get ourselves into good habits. The boys lived up to this mantra dominating the second half with great performances in the mids by Bails, Hoady and Diamo. The forwards were excellent with Sauce, J Mac, Joe and Coli all being multiple goal kickers and the backline led very well by Tuna Morey, Meadey and Bando helping restrict Lawley to 3 goals on the day.
Overall this was a fairly complete performance with a bit of a makeshift team on the day. It was very satisfying for the boys to play a full 80 minutes and not let up. We will have a challenge next week against a very competitive TAs side to keep the undefeated streak alive before breaking for another bye.
Goals – Jack Mac (4); Joe, Sauce (3); Coli (2); Caldow, Diamo, Steve (1)
Votes – Bails (5); Hoady (4); J Mac, Morey (3); Davies, Diamo, Sauce (2); Meadey, Bando, Chaps (1)
BDO DINGOES (D1 Reserves)
Uni 18.12.120 def Mt Lawley 3.0.18
No match report supplied yet
BRUCE APPAREL C COLTS (Brett Jones Colts)
Uni 14.9.93 def Curtin Uni Wesley 2.6.18
No match report supplied yet
WOMEN’S ROUND 9
CROSSING LAW WOMEN’S A-GRADE STORMERS
Uni 3.4.22 def Curtin Uni Wesley 2.3.15
Goals Rambo, Pilot, Washerz 1
BESTS – Nikko ((BOG), Lily, Bash, Keisha, Boots, Washerz
Biggest hit of the year by Buzz…lucky not to get reported.
WOMEN’S B-GRADE PEACOCKS
Uni 2.3.15 def by Gosnells 3.2.20
No match report supplied yet