Round 9 Match Reports: A-Stream Wins Galore

University claimed four wins across our three men’s A-Stream matches and in women’s A-Grade at UWA Sports Park as the lower grades enjoyed the bye. 

The A-Stream also wore Fight MND socks for the Sockit2MND Round to raise much-needed funds to fight the disease.

ROUND 9 REPORTS

STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE

Uni 14.11.95 def TAs 7.2.44

The Uni A Grade side produced some of its best footy so far in 2019 on its way to a convincing 51 point win over Trinity Aquinas at home.

The game was a critical match up for both clubs, with Uni looking to continue its solid form line and its recent climb up the ladder, whilst TAs needed a win to stay in touch with the top 5.

The early signs were good for Uni, playing with great intensity and winning the early contested ball. The first three scores of the game came in quick succession for Uni but all were behinds. The footy didn’t leave Uni’s front half for the first 10 minutes but the home side was having trouble finding the big sticks at the southern end of the McG. Full forward Matt Davies eventually converted following a strong contested mark and the goals then started to flow. Clean takeaways from the centre bounce gave the Uni forwards an open forward 50 to get to work and it wasn’t long before Uni had recorded 4 majors. TAs only score for the quarter came from a 50m set shot goal from TAs spearhead Ryan Murphy.

The second quarter played out much like the first, with Uni showing superior attack in the footy and excellent tackling led by hard nosed half-forward Angus Vaughan in particular. Second gamer Nick Winmar was causing all sorts of headaches for TAs on the wing, collecting a heap of the footy and finding targets in the front half at will. Again, the footy spent long periods in Uni’s forward arc, as the forward pressure forced TAs into panic kicks straight back to a wall of Uni players. A knee injury to 2018 b&f midfielder Max Bentley was the only negative for the half which saw Uni take a healthy 35 point lead to the main break on the back of some exciting team football.

Uni were determined not to open the door for the dangerous TAs side and returned from the long break as hungry as ever. Midfielders Basti Ashford and Chaz Flint continued Uni’s clearance dominance and put huge pressure on TAs defence. Forwards Matt Davies, Sean Trombetta and Darren Mumford all cashed in, extending the lead to 45 points mid quarter. As the quarter wore on and some fatigue set in, TAs enjoyed their first period of ascendancy for the game, maintaining some control of the footy and kicking consecutive goals. A steading goal for Uni before 3 quarter time kept the margin above 40 points with a quarter to play.

Uni kicked the first goal of the final quarter to put the result beyond doubt and the sting then began to go out of the game. Uni’s whole-hearted efforts in the first three quarters, coupled with reduced rotations on the bench resulted in a lot of tired legs for the home side, and TAs were able to start finding some avenues to goal. Uni defenders Tim O’Hara and debutant Angus Robertson provided plenty of resistance until the final siren however, helping keep TAs to just 9 shots on goal for the match in perfect conditions. Honours for the term were split, leaving the final margin at 51 points in Uni’s favour.

The win continues Uni’s recent form reversal which has seen them climb to 4th position on the ladder after winning just 2 of its first 6 outings. Next week, Uni faces A Grade newcomers Wanneroo in a twilight game at the Wanneroo Showgrounds.

Goals: Trombetta 5, Davies 4, Mumford 2, Vaughan, Ashford, Culloton.

Best: Vaughan, Trombetta, Winmar, Davies, O’Hara, Robertson, Ashford, Flint, Taylor.

CF DIRECT A RESERVES

Uni 11.6.72 def TAs 7.6.48

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STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)
Uni 14.7.91 defeated TA’s 4.4.28
The A Colts continued their run against competitive sides agains TA’s at McGilivray. In perfect conditions, Uni looked to farwell Colt Ben JamJam Culloton with a victory before he heads off on a galavanting tour of the northern hemisphere.
The first half was a low scoring affair, with each side dictating the play in patches. Uni took the best part of a half to adapt to Trinity’s style of play, with the backline standing up to a number of inside 50s. Oakes and Pearce were prolific on the ball, alongside Scolari and Spinks who are working their way into form after injuries. Riley Cunningham and Kirana the Pirhana set the tone from the half with their hardness at the ball, creating a number of chances through sheer determination. Uni led by a few goals at half time, with the goals being shared between the forward line.
The midfield really started to get on top in the 3rd quarter, with the forward line making the most of the inside 50 dominance. West, White, Haslam and O’Leary marked everything that came near them, being simply too big and powerful for their opponents. Tomizzi and Culloton held their own against quality opponents, leading the backline and asserting their control on the contest.
The second half ended up being one of our best showings for the year so far. The midfield ended up dominating the clearance battle, feeding the hungry forwards with entry after entry. JamJam was swung forward late to try and steal a major in his last outing, without success. This didn’t prevent him from insisting to be chaired off at the end of the game.
At the halfway point of the year, Uni sit 8-1-0, with the draw coming against CBC who are also undefeated.
Goals: 4 White, West 2 Haslam 1 Kirana, O’Leary, Spinks, Longmire
Best: Culloton, Pearce, Spinks, Oakes, Cunningham, White, O’Leary, Hoffman

WOMEN’S ROUND 7

CROSSING LAW WOMEN’S A-GRADE STORMERS

Uni 11.6.72 def Cottesloe 0.2.2

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WOMEN’S B-GRADE PEACOCKS

Uni 0.1.1 def by Warnbro Swans 12.8.80

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