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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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