Round 6 Match Reports: Mixed Results, A-Grade Beaten
University was on the road on Saturday with A-Grade going down again while there were plenty of winners elsewhere.
MEN’S ROUND 6
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE
Uni 7.11.53 def by Kingsway 11.3.69
The Uni A Grade side’s mediocre start to the year continued on Saturday with a 16 point loss at the hands of 5th placed Kingsway at Kingsway Reserve.
Uni were keen to pick up where they left off the previous week but a couple of nervous errors in the back half allowed Kingsway to open the scoring and gave the home side the early advantage. A hesitant Uni then played into Kingsway’s hands with slow and safe ball movement which struggled to break the lines. Uni’s forwards were starved of opportunity and at the first break, Uni trailed 1 goal to 3.
Uni’s mids, led by ruckman Hamish Murray and rover Matt Mantaras got busy around the stoppages in the second while outside runners Tom Curtin and Ryan Donaldson sprung to life. But although Uni began dominating possession, finding avenues to goal was still proving difficult. A combination of untidy delivery, Kingsway’s desperation in defence and poor goalkicking saw Uni get very little reward for effort. Meanwhile, Kingsway’s counterattacking style turned Uni’s failed forward thrusts into a number of scoring opportunities of their own at the other end. By the long break, the visitors had been unable to reduce the deficit whatsoever.
Uni started the 3rd quarter with a spark, moving the ball quickly and finally converting a couple of opportunities in front of goal. Kingsway steadied the ship however with a goal against the flow and the game then returned to a scrap. Uni’s midfield did their bit around he contests and continued to drive the footy inside 50 on countless occasions but the Kingsway defensive 6 returned to winning the crucial 50/50s. On those occasions where Uni were able to manufacture a shot on goal, accuracy let the side down. Kingsway in the other hand took every half chance and kept the lead at the last change thanks to their superior efficiency.
The final quarter started much like the 3rd, with Uni taking the early ascendancy and hitting the scoreboard through strong offensive spread from the mids. But true to form, Kingsway were able to arrest the momentum and took the wind out of Uni’s sales with a goal from its first entry of the quarter. Uni kept pressing but more poor goalkicking saw the visitors ultimately run out of chances, eventually falling 16 points short in a frustrating display.
The loss was particularly hard to swallow after Uni controlled many key areas of the game from quarter time onwards. But the team’s inability to convert possession into scoreboard pressure again proved to be the difference.
A Uni side low on confidence now finds itself in unfamiliar territory, in the bottom half of the ladder and in danger of losing touch with top 5. Uni now needs to find form quickly and faces a big test on Saturday, meeting 2018 runners up CBC at McGillivray.
Goals: J Stewart 2, B Evans, Stapleton, Gajewski, Davies, Trombetta.
Best: Curtin, Mantaras, Donaldson, Murray, Goyder.
CF DIRECT A RESERVES
Uni 14.14.98 def Kingsway 5.4.34
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STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)
Uni 12.15.87 def Kingsway 4.3.27
The opening quarter was a contested affair, with both teams playing a scrappy brand of footy, with the highlight being another contender for goal of the season from Sammy Rogers. Kingsway won the clearance battle and there wasn’t much between the sides on the scoreboard at the first break.
Uni began to find their groove in the second, locking the ball inside 50 for much of the quarter. Aussie Bennington and JamJam Culloton rebounded strongly off half back, while Jacob Oakes and Nathan Pearce went in hard in an effort to get on top in the midfield. Despite the territory dominance, scoring didn’t come easy. Uni took a four goal lead into the main break.
The third quarter was our strongest for the day, with captain for the day Chris White slotting three in 20 minutes. Isaac Haslam provided grunt in the midfield, while Smallwood and Sewell were looking dangerous out of full forward. Dan O’Leary played a variety of roles, adding a bit of spark in the ruck.
The fourth quarter was in many ways similar to the first, but Uni would eventually come out the winners.
Best: Bennington, Culloton, O’Leary, Pearce, Oakes, Haslam, White, Smallwood
Goals: 4 Smallwood, 3 White, 2 Haslam, 1 Rogers, Pearce, Sewell.
DISTINCTIVE HOMES PIRATES (D1 Grade)
Uni 13.11.89 def Wembley 2.10.22
The Pirates continued their undefeated start to the season with a comfortable 67 point win against traditional rivals Wembley. Playing on the smaller of the two ovals was a bit of a shock for a lot of the boys with the ground being a similar size to the SCG with the 50 arcs almost being inside the centre square, so it’s fair to say this was not going to be conducive to the Pirates style of play.
For the first half of the first quarter this proved to be the case, with the mids at times being dragged into the forward 50. However, this was soon rectified with 4 goals in the second half of the first quarter giving the Pirates a 23 point lead at the first break. The second quarter was much the same with the Pirates adding another few through Tommy C who was killing the Wembley defence. At the same time, the backs kept Wembley goalless in the first half.
The half time message was to do much of the same thing and get ourselves into the best possible habits before next week’s clash with Beach. Despite the 3rd quarter not being as strong as the first half, the 4th quarter the boys finished well, minus the backs conceding 2 goals, with Uni eventually running out 67 point winners. Great performances in the forward line by Tommy C and Joey proved too much for the Wembley defenders, whilst Lou and Cohen played vital roles in the midfield.
On the whole it was the first half performance which proved to be more than enough against the black and white who like the Pirates had some late changes to their side. Next week the Pirates play against North Beach who are also undefeated giving us a real good test of where we sit. It is a great opportunity to start 7-0 and continue our modus operandi of winning these games before the uni break sets in.
Votes – T. Carmichael (5), L. McAuliffe (4), C. McCashney (3), Ollie O & J. Dale (2), Hoppo (1)
Goals – T. Carmichael (4), J. Dale (3), Blackers, Diamo, Hoady, Jim, Cohen & Ollie O (1)
BDO DINGOES (D1 Reserves)
Uni 17.17.119 def Wembley 1.0.6
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BRUCE APPAREL C COLTS (Brett Jones Colts)
North Beach 11.9.75 def Uni 6.5.41
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WOMEN’S ROUND 4
CROSSING LAW WOMEN’S A-GRADE STORMERS
North Beach 2.0.12 def by Uni 4.4.28
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WOMEN’S B-GRADE PEACOCKS
Forrestdale 6.10.46 def Uni 0.2.2
Saturday morning’s game was hell cold, hell far away and hell early. Shane remembered his dog but forgot his shoes so pinched mine, meaning I had to coach in Zoe’s ugg boots. We had three Chloe’s playing their first game for the year, two of the Chloe’s were playing their first ever game. Courtney and Hunty made their debuts as the boundary umpire and goal umpire respectively.
Four quarters of grit and resilience from the Peacocks prevented Forrestdale from completely blowing the game out. You can not fault the effort of the 25 girls that played on Saturday. It was probably the most complete game that we have put together for the year, and I have learned more about the group this week than I did from our win against West Coast.
Shout out to Sarah T who fractured her wrist in the last quarter, hoping for a speedy recovery!
One more game before the bye. It’s at home against another strong opponent, a repeat of last week’s 4 quarter effort is something to aim for so that we can hold our heads up high and set ourselves up for the rest of the year.