Round 8 Match Reports: Uni Wins 7 From 8

It was a landmark weekend for the Uni Footy Club claiming seven wins from eight matches, including a big win for the A-Grade taking us back into the top five.

MEN’S ROUND 8

STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE

Uni 9.11.65 def North Fremantle 3.5.23

The Uni A Grade side returned to the top 5 following a gritty 42 point win over the 4th placed North Fremantle at Gill Fraser Reserve.

With storms predicted, captain Darren Mumford won an important toss and elected to kick with the aid of a strong northwesterly breeze before the rain arrived. Uni made the most of the dry conditions and drove the footy deep into scoring position repeatedly in the early stages. The blustery wind made scoring difficult but Uni’s dominance eventually translated into goals to forwards Matt Davies and Sean Trombetta along with a handful of behinds. North Fremantle barely entered their attacking arc throughout the term but managed to score a late major from limited opportunities to keep the margin to 11 points at quarter time.

The heavens opened for the second quarter and conditions became even more challenging. Whilst Uni’s commitment didn’t waiver, North Fremantle lifted their rating and the midfield battle evened up. Uni’s defence was tested at times but the back six were up to the task, led by the outstanding Matt Goyder and Nathan Stewart. But unlike North Fremantle, Uni were able to create scoring opportunities of their own into the strong breeze through some good honest wet weather footy. Another 2 goal to 1 quarter for Uni gave the visitors an 18 point advantage by half time in the low scoring affair.

Uni returned after the break sharper, with the midfield unit of Hamish Murray, Tom Curtin and brothers Max and Seb Bentley taking control and surging the ball forward at every opportunity. Those efforts were matched by Uni’s forwards, whose desperation and defensive pressure allowed the students to lock the footy in the forward half for long periods. Small forward Angus Vaughan’s tackling in particular had North Freo’s defenders jumpy with ball in hand. The only 2 goals for the quarter went Uni’s way, extending the lead to 5 goals which, in the conditions, was just about enough to seal the result.

The rain returned in the last quarter and Uni once again adjusted better in wet. Their superior physicality and commitment to the contest coupled with quality ball handling saw the quarter played mainly at Uni’s end. Debutant Nick Winmar produced some rare highlights in the scrap, kicking 2 last quarter goals to round out a solid performance. A rare mark and goal at the other end gave the home side just their 3rd goal for the game late in the term, before Uni half back Ben Taylor floated forward to snap to classy goal to round out the scoring. At the final siren, Uni took victory by a convincing 42 points.

The win continues Uni’s recent strong run of form after a shaky start to the year. Uni now sits 5th on the tightly packed WAAFL ladder after 8 rounds. Next week, Uni faces rivals TAs at home which promises to be another big challenge for Uni to round out the first half of the year.

Goals: Davies 2, Trombetta 2, Winmar 2, Curtin, Taylor, Vaughan.

Best: Goyder, Trombetta, Curtin, Murray, Vaughan, S Bentley, N Stewart, B Taylor.

CF DIRECT A RESERVES

Uni 4.10.34 defeated North Freo 3.5.23

Following on from the bye, the timing of which, as anyone who read the round 7 wrap would understand, really pissed me off no end, the mighty Bulls travelled to Gil Frazer to take on the North Fremantle Magpies.

Now North Fremantle, who are back in the A Grade again in 2019 following a stint in the B’s, are a very famous and honourable football club and a respected old foe of University. They are one of the founding WAAFL clubs and have won eight premierships in the A Grade, which puts them in equal fourth place  (with Mt Lawley)  in A Grade flags behind Uni (19), Wembley (14) and North Beach (13). With 46 premierships they sit third on the all-time WAAFL premiership list behind  Uni (93) and Wembley (50). They also competed in the WAFL from 1901 until 1915. They lost 12 members of their senior side who were killed in action on the Western Front in World War 1, which led to them having to withdraw from the WAFL for a few seasons before becoming a foundation member of the WAAFL in 1922.

Interestingly, of the foundation clubs, University are the only club never to be relegated despite going desperately close twice, once in the late 1980’s and in the early 2000’s. Current Bulls  assistant Jim Malone was coach of the A Grade on that fateful day in 2002 when for ten minutes after the final game the A  Grade looked to have gone down only for Scarborough to go down on the last kick of the season to keep us up. Upon receiving the news that we had stayed up, an 18 gallon keg was quickly found and wheeled in to the change rooms at the McG and the boys ripped through that keg quicker than a free keg at a wharfies picnic!

Anyway, history lessons aside, it was a very important game for the Bulls. Victory would cement our place in the top 3, and depending on other results, put us in second place heading towards the half way mark of the season. The weather loomed a real threat with high winds and lashing rain predicted. With our skipper Shacks out with a serious finger injury, “Champ” Hutton was skipper for the day and in a very important toss to win (roaring gale to the western end, 85 mills of rain predicted for the rest of the match commencing at quarter time); the Champ lost! So we kicked into a gale but were able to even things up at quarter time after “Nobby” Harris had managed a goal against all odds towards the end of the quarter. We were down to 21 when young Ollie O’Meehan had to go off to Charlies with a badly dislocated shoulder half way through the first quarter which made things even tougher.

The expected rain stayed away for the second quarter and we were able to outscore our opponents and take a slender lead into the long break. There is a very good team spirit to this Bulls team and the boys were up and about at half time. The spirit was infectious and was carried out onto the field and with a dominant, smart display in the second half the boys got home by 11 points in a gallant victory.

Amazingly the rain stayed away for the entire game but came down in buckets before we could finish the opening line of “One two three, the Uni Boys are we…” and by the time we emerged from the change rooms (on the half time siren of the A Grade game), the ground was a pond and the A Grade lads looked drowned rats. So wet was it we all got soaked running the 10 metres from the change rooms to the bar and at one stage it looked like we might have to have had a lock in until Sunday morning such was the intensity of the rain and the camaraderie of the Bulls  sharing their mateship and victory over a few frothies watching their A Grade brothers pull off an inspiring victory to storm back into the five.

Trinity Aquinas next week with a win there will see us 8 and 1 and ensconced in second place on the ladder at the half way mark.

Hacia Adelante y hacia arriba para los Toros!

Goals: Harris 2, Culloton 1, Gadj 1

Best: Tom Bowering, Snicko, Chooka, T Ferg, Huggy, Cullo, Fitzy, Gadj aka “The Polish Pickle Slicer”

STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)

Uni 8.7.55 defeated North Fremantle 2.3.15

The Uni boys turned up to the picturesque Gil Fraser Oval looking forward to a challenge after a disappointing draw to CBC the week before. With a number of inclusions, the side were raring to go and excite for a tough grind in stormy conditions. Isaac Haslam led the boys as captain Mussared was absent until the 2nd quarter, sitting a phys Ed exam.

Uni kicked into stiff breeze in the first quarter, with much of the game being played in the North Freo half. The backline stood up well to limit the damage, with moving the ball up the ground being no easy task. Dan O’Leary produced some magic to put the first score on the board, while the midfield of Scolari, Pearce, Oakes and first gamer Callan England benefited from strong ruck work by state representative Pet Pilawskas. Uni took a slight lead into the first break.

The tackling pressure and intensity of the Green Machine lifted again in the second, with Uni looking like they would break the game open. The twin towers of Longmire and Sewell were working hard in tough conditions, while Sam Rogers and Isaac Barton appliesd pressure at ground level. The midfield continued to work hard, but a lapse in concentration across the side allowed the opposition back into the game before the main break.

A dominant 3rd quarter from the midfield allowed Uni to take the ascendancy and maintain it for the second half. Pearce and Oakes were unstoppable inside, while Hoffman, Lowson and the rest of the backline denies north Freo any opportunity to hit the score board. I’m his second last game of colts before leaving on a globe trotting adventure, Ben a Culloton was cruelly denier by the umpires in front of goal with mere seconds remaining.

Overalls it was a strong showing and promising response after a draw. The A Colts take on TAs at home next week, who currently sit 3rd on the ladder.

Goals: 2 O’Leary, Pearce, Oakes, Barton

Best: Pearce, Oakes, Petras, Hoffman, England, Barton, Longmire, Lowson, O’Leary

DISTINCTIVE HOMES PIRATES (D1 Grade) 

Uni 10.14.74 def Wanneroo 2.1.13

The Pirates perfect start to the season remained intact with a comfortable 61 point win against Wanneroo in monsoon-like conditions.

After having a general bye last week it was hoped the boys would come out refreshed and raring to go. To a certain extent this proved the case with the Pirates creating frequent and regular chances in front of goal. However, wildly inaccurate kicking led to the boys only having a few goal lead at quarter time.

This was followed by a fairly uninspiring second quarter where to Wanneroo’s credit they slowed down the faster starting Pirates. Of note was the X factor kicking a goal on debut and throwing up a Dez Bryant style ‘X’ which some of the boys immediately around him were quick to mimic.

At half-time the rally cry of playing with greater enthusiasm led by JT, Timmy O and Con was reflected in a dominant third quarter just as the heavy rain started pouring down. The midfield led by Diamo, Super and the returning Steve ‘Franchise’ Neuwart proved to be too much for Wanneroo with the Pirates kicking 5 goals in the third.

The Macedonian Marvel proved lethal in front of goal as he usually is, kicking 2 in the quarter and 4 for the game. Furthermore, the outstanding play of JT in the third quarter and to be fair throughout the game was something to behold.

Eerily similar to the famous Chillstos game out at Wesley Curtin in 2017, John proved to be a difference maker on the half back. These performances meant that coming into the three quarter time huddle the energy was up and probably reflected one of our best individual quarters for the year in light of the conditions.

The last quarter proved a slog with more rain and regular stoppages proving to be the only thing consistent. The Pirates eventually ran out 61 point winners. It was a patchy performance with the first and particularly the third quarters being more than enough to combat Wanneroo. We now head into a bye next week for another breather, eyeing off Whitfords in a couple weeks’ time and a potentially very large bussy.

Also of note, Skaz is leaving us to the greater pastures of Indonesia and New Caledonia, so the boys are very sad to see him go but we wish him the best and are looking forward to having him back next year.

COYP

Goals – Con (4), Boekey, PJ, Skaz, Diamo, Scooter & Screech (1)

Votes – JT (5), Diamo (4), Franchise & Super (3), Con & Gaz (2), Davies & Scooter (1)

BDO DINGOES (D1 Reserves) 

University 21.17.143 def Wanneroo 0.1.1

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BRUCE APPAREL C COLTS (Brett Jones Colts)

Uni 22.18.150 def TAs 2.0.12

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WOMEN’S ROUND 6

CROSSING LAW WOMEN’S A-GRADE STORMERS

Uni Stormers 8.7.55 defeated Quinns Districts 0.2.2

With the forecast looking fairly miserable and a long drive out to Quinn’s, your faithful scribe was tempted to leave the ugg boots on and attend to some domestic duties whilst his wife was at work. Alas! The draw of the Stormers in top form was too much and I hit the freeway. I carefully followed that until the very last exit at Quinns. Fortunately Neil had also made it after his 2010 version of the street directory didn’t have the Freeway extending all the way up to Quinns and instead finishing back in Joondalup.

By the time I arrived the rain was bucketing down, which started to make me regret my decision to make the journey out. I shouldn’t have worried. The level of skill shown by the Stormers made the conditions look dry. The skill only improved from there as the shower passed and the sky turned blue. Jamie Rust (nicknamed Chicago, although with a last name like that maybe Pittsburgh or Detroit would we more appropriate) was everywhere and the backs were holding up well.

The Stormers were winning every center break thanks to birthday girl ruck Tess Lyons and midfielder Jessie Fear combining beautifully. This gave the forwards every opportunity to take marks, go back and kick straight. Special mention to Tess who scored a beautiful birthday goal from 40 metres out on the run.

With the game essentially over at half time coach Tyro made sure to keep every player focused as Quinns have jumped us in second halves in the past. With those instructions ringing in their ears, the Stormers played their best quarter of the game in the third to put the game beyond doubt.

A couple of other highlights worth noting. Plenty of hard running from our wings, particularly Kesley Land and Nina Trimboli making it to contest after contest. Anna Ranford laid one of the biggest hits I’ve every since on a footy field, only to get straight back up and make it to the next contest. The contested marking was a sight to behold. Goezte in defence, Grist up forward and Rust wherever she wanted were pulling down grabs as they pleased.

Quinns were a danger team last year, almost knocking the Stormers out of finals contention last season. It was pleasing for the Stormers not to take the game lightly by playing full of confidence and trusting their teammates. There is one more game before the halfway mark of the season with the Stormers sitting top of the ladder coming into uni holidays.

Best: Goetze, Rust, J. Fear, Trimboli, Ranford, Lang

Goals: Honey 2, Grist, Ugle-Howard, Rust, Nikulinksy, Lyons, Trimboli

WOMEN’S B-GRADE PEACOCKS

Bayswater 9.14.68 def Uni 0.0.0

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