Round 5 Match Reports: Uni Wins 8 From 8
Uni Footy Club enjoyed a perfect weekend winning eight from eight across Saturday’s action including A-Grade ending a run of consecutive defeats.
Uni is away to Kingsway at Kingsley Reserve next Saturday in the A-Stream.
MEN’S ROUND 5
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE
Uni 15.8.98 def Wembley 7.7.49
The Uni A Grade side snapped a run of consecutive losses on Saturday, downing neighbours Wembley by 8 goals at home.
The match up between the traditional arch rivals always involves plenty of feeling regardless of ladder positions and the opening quarter certainly had that. The Wembley players took no time in showing their intent, winning the all-important centre clearances and surging forward to test Uni’s mettle. Uni’s defence led by key posts Ben Fitzgerald, Matthew Hannagan and Tim O’Hara provided plenty of resistance but Wembley still managed to register the first 2 majors of the game. Uni began win its share of midfield ball by mid quarter and goals to the returning Sean Trombetta and captain Darren Mumford steadied the ship and left the sides all square at the first change.
Uni’s midfield got to work in the second term, showing terrific desperation in and around the contest. The outside midfielders’ spread from the contest was also on display however the inside 50 entries that followed were often marred by poor delivery, making life hard for the dangerous Uni forwards. What should’ve been a 5-6 goal quarter for the home side resulted in just 2 majors, giving Uni a modest 8 point lead at the half.
The third quarter again saw Uni dominate around the stoppages and this time Uni made it count. Some clean strings of handpass away from congestion coupled with much improved delivery inside 50 resulted in some of the best passages of play from the side this season. Forwards Trombetta, Mumford and Jarryd Stewart all cashed on the fast ball movement and blew the game open. Up the other end, Uni’s back 6 combined well to block Wembleys avenues to goal and rebound the footy effectively by foot. A 6 goal to 1 quarter gave the home side a big lead at the last change and put the result out of reach for the visitors.
Wembley showed good fight in the last quarter and although Uni continued to score, the visitors chased and tackled hard and generated some chances of their own on turnover. As the quarter played out however, the game began to open up and hard working debutant Sam Monkhouse capitalised, pushing forward when the opportunity presented, kicking 2 last quarter goals to finish with 3 majors in an impressive first game. At the final siren, Uni were 8 goals the better.
The win was a big step in the right direction and was good reward for the hard work the players have been putting in on the track. Uni still sits outside the 5 but has an opportunity to leapfrog 5th placer Kingsway in a crucial fixture next weekend.
Goals: Trombetta 4, Mumford 3, J Stewart 3, Monkhouse 3, Curtin, Culloton
Best: Fitzgerald, Hannagan, Trombetta, J Stewart, Taylor, Curtin, O’Hara, Monkhouse.
CF DIRECT A RESERVES
Uni 14.17.101 defeated Wembley 3.6.24
The Bulls were at home to their great rivals Wembley. A bit like the Collingwood- Carlton rivalry taking place on the same day, it’s a rivalry perhaps more historic rather than present day mainly due to Wembley spending a fair bit of time in the B grade in the past 10 years. The reason the two clubs are old rivals stems from them being the two most successful clubs in the WAAFL re premierships and a fierce A grade rivalry in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s which saw Uni and Wembley win 19 out of 21 A grade premierships over a stretch in the 60’s and 70’s.
Sadly, on the day, from what I saw in both A’s and Ressies, Wembley are now faced with a big struggle to stay up and will need to improve in the next 13 games to do so. It was perhaps an indication on how far the rivalry has come off that even Neil Donaldson was not able to muster up the enthusiasm to arrange a piss up/lunch for the day which must be a first!
Anyway I hope they stay up because the Perth Football League, a year into existence and no longer amateur, needs some history and tradition to continue and there was no greater rivalry in the old WAAFL .
The Bulls started like a Bondi tram on Saturday banging on 6 goals to 1 in the first. The mid were on top, backs miserly in defending and forwards, led by big Ashy clunking everything that moved and Nobby Harris enjoying the freedom of a rare run in the forward line. It was even more impressive given Bomber Harding didn’t arrive until quarter time!
After quarter time things slowed down a bit as Wembley lifted their game before Uni finished off strongly to win with a strong second half and consolidate third spot on the ladder with a percentage of 260%.
A big game next week against Kingsway at every Uni boys favourite venue, Kingsway. If you haven’t been, and for most old boys who have never ventured any further north than Lake Karrinyup Country Club, tuck a cut lunch and a water bottle in the range rover and drive the 25 kms up the freeway (if a nice day take West Coast Hyw to Mullaloo then head in land about 10 km’s). Once your finally get there you can join the Bulls and the A Colts on the balcony, drinking $5 pints of Carlton draft watching the A Grade in a must win game for them , then ring skippers club to get you back to the GT by 6.30pm and the ABC news to watch the election results. Bingo; a perfect day in my opinion.
Goals: Ashy 2, Harris 2, Bentley 2, Chapman 2, Shackles, Harding, Taco, Mitchell, Willo
Best: Ashy, Taco, Chapman, Snicko, Bentley
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)
Uni 16.10.106 def Wembley 0.4.4
The A colts chalked up another victory, prevailing over traditional rivals Wembley.
The down south rock concert saw a number of changes to the side, with Mike Harry and Taine Scolari making their debuts, while Kirana the Pirahana Lockyer returned from injury.
Uni dominated the proceedings throughout the day, with the midfield led by the Big Pet in the ruck dictating the terms of the game from the outset. Mo Kirk added another 4 to his season tally, while Blair Sewell bobbed up for 3 in a quarter. the backline were as reliable as ever. Isaac Haslam ran all day as centre half forward.
We look forward to taking on Kinsgway next week, followed by two black buster fixtures against the two freo sides.
Best: Scolari, Kirk, Shannhan, Lowson, John, Haslam
Goals 4 Kirk, 3 Sewell, 2 Smallwood, Haslam, O’Leary, 1 White, Barton, Kirana
DISTINCTIVE HOMES PIRATES (D1 Grade)
Uni 20.9.129 def Ocean Ridge 1.4.10
The Pirates undefeated start to the season continued on Saturday beating Ocean Ridge by 119 points. A perfect day at McG 2 and our new surroundings in the soccer change rooms brought an electric vibe around the rooms which contributed to our strong start. We led by 37 at the first break and 70 odd at the main break, with blokes like Frenchy playing a stellar role off the half-back, Bails outpacing everyone in the mids and Blackers being dangerous up forward.
Very few messages needed to be delivered at half-time with the exception of a spray to Hoppo who running into an open goal elected to run towards the boundary and go with the check side. This drew the ire of Coach Day who unceremoniously dragged him with the boys on the bench in absolute hysterics.
Other than that, the second half was cruisy eventually getting out to the 119 point margin, with the backs conceding their first goal in the last. But other than this discrepancy and a slowish last quarter the Pirates did what they needed to do: a percentage boosting win, no injuries and playing some really good passages of footy.
Next week we travel to traditional rivals Wembley and hope to continue the undefeated start.
Votes – French (5), Bails (4), Blackers (3), Hoppo & Joey (2), Lou & Coxy (1)
Goals – Blackers (4), Joe, Diamo, Hoppo, Jim L, Scooter & Turns (2), Boekey, Coxy and Olly O (1)
BDO DINGOES (D1 Reserves)
Uni 34.14.218 def Ocean Ridge 2.1.13
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BRUCE APPAREL C COLTS (Brett Jones Colts)
Uni 11.11.77 def Whitford 2.5.17
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WOMEN’S ROUND 3
CROSSING LAW WOMEN’S A-GRADE STORMERS
Uni 7.13.55 def West Coast 1.2.8
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WOMEN’S B-GRADE PEACOCKS
Uni 2.9.21 def West Coast 0.0.0
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