Round 7 Match Reports: A-Grade Wins Thriller

Uni claimed a much-needed win in A-Grade on Saturday while our A-Colts had a rare draw in our clashes with CBC Fremantle as the McG enjoyed another double-header.

MEN’S ROUND 7

STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE

Uni 10.11.71 def CBC 11.4.70

The Uni A Grade side recorded an important win on Saturday with a thrilling 1 point win over 2nd placed CBC at McGillivray.

With CBC having taken the honours in the last 5 outings, an out of form Uni side knew they had their work cut out. But the early signs were positive, with Uni making the most of the perfect conditions and producing some of their best attacking footy of the season. The first 3 goals went Uni’s way as the mids moved the footy quickly and cleanly into an open forward 50 with speedsters Tom Curtin, Seb Bentley and Ryan Donaldson starting well. CBC fought hard to arrest the onslaught and like the quality side they are, kept in touch by converting from limited opportunity at the other end. At the first break, Uni’s dominance wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard which read 4.3 to 3.1.

CBCs experiences midfield turned the tables in the second quarter, taking the honours around the stoppages and pushing hard forward at every opportunity. The Uni defensive unit struggled to contain their opponents who piled on 4 unanswered goals to swing the momentum squarely in the visitors favour. Uni’s forward entries on the other hand were generally shallow and ineffective, giving CBC too many opportunities to counter attack from half back. A late major to Uni reduced the margin to a couple of goals at the long break.

The 3rd quarter was tight and low scoring, with both sides applying great pressure around the contest. Uni rucks Hamish Murray and Brent Evans fought tirelessly around the clearances throughout the quarter and gave the inside mids, led by the returning Brendon Lim, first use of the footy. Uni’s ability to convert passages of play into goals was lacking however and managed only to reduce the margin by a few points despite having plenty of opportunity to regain the lead. At the last break, Uni still trailed by 2 goals.

The hard running Uni side remained confident of overpowering CBC in the last quarter but when the visitors kicked the first major, a win was slipping out of reach. But Uni stuck to their guns and kept attacking the game, moving the ball aggressively and testing out CBCs legs on the McG’s wide open spaces. As the quarter went on, Uni found more and more space and reduced the margin from 3 goals to 1 with consecutive goals in the back half of the quarter. A tired CBC fought desperately to hold on to a 5 point lead and it looked like they may just succeed as the clock ticked down in the final minutes. Yet another forward thrust from Uni saw Tom Curtin gather a loose ground ball and draw a high tackle to win a free kick 25m out with 1 minute to play. The helmeted hard nut went back a drilled it, snatching the lead with just seconds remaining and ultimately handing Uni the vital win.

The victory was pleasing from a number of points of view, with Uni playing some of its most effective offensive footy in the 1st and 4th quarters whilst also playing some strong, gritty footy in between. Uni now goes into the bye in 6th position and then faces a crucial fortnight, meeting 4th placed North Freo and 7th placed TAs to round out the first half of the season.

Best: Curtin, Lim, S Bentley, B Evans, Donaldson, Murray, B Taylor, Goyder.

Goals: Curtin 2, Davies 2, B Evans 2, Trombetta 2, J Stewart, Lim.

CF DIRECT A RESERVES

Uni 8.15.63 defeated CBC 5.5.35

The Bulls were back home at their beloved McG for the big clash against second placed side, the undefeated CBC.

Given the old City Bum Cleaners of the Fremantle variety have a team full of ex East and South Fremantle WAFL league players playing for their A Grade team,  and given wins by any CBC team over their Uni opponents have been scarce as hens teeth over the past 96 odd years and knowing they are doing well as a club this season so far,  we expected a tough challenge from all three of their A stream teams; not only their star studded A Grade team but also their two amateur teams, the A Reserves and A Colts.  This expectation was there to see for anyone who witnessed the A Colts clash which preceded our game which saw the mighty Uni A Colts held to a draw by a fierce CBC Colts team.

So that being the case we were keen to jump out of the box like a BULL in a china shop. The game was a fiercely contest affair, played in perfect conditions in front of slightly disappointing crowd of around 12. Coach Weapons had his job cut out as his assistant Malone was later than Bomber Harding and didn’t arrive until half time, having been watching his two sons participate in “Super Saturday” at Hale where the Hale 1st XVIII once again beat the Aquinas 3rd XVIII. Funny how the chap at the PSA (no doubt an Old Haleian) who does the winter fixture seems to coincidentally pick each year the weekend that Aquinas have six bloke missing to the state team for the week they play Hale!

Anyway despite all of this, after an even first half,  the BULLS were magnificent in the second half with winners all over the ground to eventually run out 29 point winners. A great all-round performance  by a very good, tough football team.

Despite two thirds of the team playing with one leg for the entire game and desperately in need of a week’s break, I was personally bitterly disappointed to learn we have the WAAFL bye next weekend. Reason being was, with the missus down in Bunbury for the long weekend on a hockey carnival, I had pencilled in a massive day at the historic Gil Fraser, one my favourite grounds; coaching, drinking $5 pints catching up with old friends and team mates and watching the A Stream games between University and another old foe,  North Fremantle, followed by a huge night at the AJ and Clubba and a pleasant Sunday morning keg-off with the Rat Pack and Weapons starting at 9am the next day followed off by my own dash for cash with my old colts lads just after noon then a heavy session at the OBH and Clubba Sunday night. Alas, that won’t be happening and every one will enjoy a well-deserved rest before taking on the Magpies Saturday week in a game that, if we win, will consolidate our second place with a game to go to the half way mark.

I encourage all of the Uni supporters/old boys to get down to Gil Fraser for Super Saturday on 8th June with the A Colts starting at 10.30, the Bulls at 12.30 and the A Grade, fresh off the back of their magnificent 1 point win over CBC this week, commencing at 2.30pm. Now Uni supporters don’t usually travel (I know; I asked both of them), but this game is technically in the southern tip of the GT and  just a short trip down the road from PG and Cottesloe. If you are planning a drink (and I highly encourage that you do) get your Hughes driver or an Uber to take you to the ground for the games or, for a bit of novelty, take the Fremantle train (that’s the one that heads south) from Cott station and get off at North Freo, and take a quick ten minutes’ walk to the Oval. If thirsty on the way there or back,  then I suggest a quick stop at Mrs Browns to re-hydrate.

Goals: Ashy 2, Tarco 1, Champagne Charlie 1, Dur 1, Bomber 1, Chooka 1, Shacks 1

Best: Taco, Dent, Shacks, Titchy Edwards, Monkey, Chooka, Snicko, Juice, Ashy, Cullo

STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)

Uni 6.7.43 drew with CBC 6.7.43

With both sides going in undefeated after six rounds, the stage was set for a classic.

Uni were up for the fight early, with Massimo Kirk returning to the side and having immediate impact in the midfield, along with Pearce, Oakes and O’Leary. The backline weathered a few early surges, with Tom Tomizzi standing tall in defence. We took a narrow lead into the first break after a hotly contested quarter, with the likes of Kable and White relishing the physical nature of the game.

Uni dominated the play in the second term, putting together our best 20 minutes of the season. Cunningham and Hoffman found space and transitioned the ball with skill, whilst Mussared and West were strong in the marking contest in defence. The CBC backline did well to contain the Uni scoring, who only managed two majors despite a dominant quarter. The home side took a four goal lead into the main break. Despite the handy lead, we knew that CBC would come out firing in the second half. Two quick goals to the opposition saw that the game was well and truly on, with the opponents dictating play for much of the quarter. Uni managed to maintain a two goal lead going into the last.

CBC hit the front with 8 minutes to play, having piled on 3 unanswered goals. To Uni’s credit, we grit our teeth and managed to even the ledger with 2 minutes on the clock. After a few half chances to force a score and take the lead, the ball went into our defence. A couple of desperate efforts lead to a boundary throw in, and the clock ran out for both sides.

With Uni dominating the first half and CBC the second, a draw was probably a fair result, and sees both sides remaining undefeated leading into the bye. There are plenty of lessons to take out of what was a great game, primarily the fact that anything less than four quarters of quality footy against a good side won’t cut the mustard.

Best: Pearce, Kable, Tomzzi, Cunningham, Haslam, O’Leary, Kirk, Oakes

Goals: 2 Pearce, 1 Haslam, Smallwood, Donaldson, Kirk

DISTINCTIVE HOMES PIRATES (D1 Grade)

Uni 10.6.66 def North Beach 5.12.42

The Pirates continued their undefeated start to the season with a hard fought 24 point win over North Beach at McG 2 on Saturday. The game had a ‘big fight’ feel to it with both teams coming in undefeated into the contest. Beach to this stage had been coasting through their games, and we have had a similar last couple weeks.

The message pre-game was stamping our authority on the game early and ensuring we played our brand of footy. However, it was Beach who started out with ascendency kicking a couple goals in the first 10 minutes. Steadiers from Con, Blackers and Boekey ensured Uni stayed in the contest only down by 3 points going into the second quarter, and kicking with the wind.

The second quarter was one of two halves. For the first half of the quarter the Pirates were outstanding. Cohen was brilliant in the ruck, Lou distributed well and Con proved very dangerous deep. However, like all good sides do, Beach responded but didn’t capitalise. For the last 7 minutes of the quarter Beach locked it in their forward 50 making life difficult for the Uni defence. However, to their credit the boys did not concede one with Beach kicking 0.6 for the quarter.

At half time it was emphasised that we needed a full 80 minute effort to put our stamp on the competition and despite kicking into the breeze Uni won the third quarter 3.2 to 1.2. The boys full of energy came back at the final break, with Coach Day emphasising ‘they did not want that smoke’ and to finish out well. The final quarter Uni used the ball well to take the sting out of the game, eventually running out winners by 24 points.

It was a fantastic result for the guys now having beaten all the teams who made finals the year before and knock off an undefeated team. Beach played some very good patches of footy at times, but it was great to see a lot of young guys step up when it mattered.

We now move into a week off and then brace ourselves for a trip up north to face Wanneroo who will pose a different type challenge as we look to make it 11 straight wins from last year through to now.

COYP

Goals – Con (3), Blackers (2), Boekey, Tommy C, Racey, Hoppo & Ricey (1)

BDO DINGOES (D1 Reserves)

Uni 8.5.53 def by North Beach 9.3.57

No match report submitted

BRUCE APPAREL C COLTS (Brett Jones Colts)

No score or match report submitted

WOMEN’S ROUND 5

CROSSING LAW WOMEN’S A-GRADE STORMERS

Uni 8.5.53 def Rossmoyne 0.1.1

No match report submitted

WOMEN’S B-GRADE PEACOCKS

Uni 0.0.0 def by Cockburn 0.2.2

No match report submitted

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