Round One Match Reports: Uni Claims 5 Wins
University claimed five wins from six matches in the opening round of the 2019 Perth Football League season as we hosted a double-header and First Round Show on Saturday.
MEN’S ROUND 1
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE
Uni 18.17.125 defeated Wanneroo 6.2.38
The Uni A Grade side kicked off their 2019 campaign with a resounding win, accounting for Wanneroo by 87 points at McGillivray Oval on Saturday.
Some round 1 nerves were evident early, with both sides fumbling the ball under heavy tackle pressure. Uni’s run and fast ball movement generated plenty of forward 50 entries but the visitor’s backs stood up well under pressure and rebounded the ball effectively on the way out. Wanneroo’s ball movement was slower but more precise and the visitors made the most of some loose checking by Uni between the arcs. The visitors made the most of their chances, kicking 3 of the first 4 goals with the aid of the moderate breeze. A late goal to Uni left the quarter time margin at less than a goal.
Uni continued to run hard and move the hall swiftly in the 2nd quarter and some improved forward pressure and transition to defend allowed the home side to lock the ball in their front half. A couple of early goals shifted the momentum and Uni’s midfield, led by dominant ruckman Hamish Murray along with Matt Mantaras and Rhys Edwards, began to take control around the clearances. The early nerves had disappeared and Uni had well and truly found its groove, piling on 7 consecutive goals before Wanneroo snatched the final major of the term on the half time siren. Uni led 9 goals to 4.
The third quarter was an important one, with Wanneroo kicking with the breeze which had proven to be a significant advantage in the first half. Uni’s midfield remained in control however and continued to give the Uni forwards good looks out of the centre. Uni’s forwards continued to capitalise, with goals to Darren Mumford and Charlie Stapleton coming from clean delivery into an open 50. Wanneroo did manage a couple of majors for the quarter but a hard working Uni side added 4 goals to give the home side a 13 goal to 6 advantage at the final change to put the result beyond doubt.
Uni were determined to finish off their hard work and make the most of an opportunity to start the season with a percentage boosting win. The home side continued to play with the same intent around the contest and the vast majority of the quarter was played in Uni’s front half. 2nd game forward pocket Ryan Donaldson got particularly busy, accumulating countless possessions across half forward and making Wanneroo pay with multiple goals and a number of score assists. Uni’s dominance equated to 5 more unanswered goals and the side ran the game out brilliantly to eventually run out winners by a significant 87 points.
Whilst Uni will face bigger challenges in the coming weeks, the manner in which the side went about their footy in the season opener was faultless. All 22 players contributed to the even team performance which saw 11 individual goal scorers. The big win gives the side plenty of confidence leading into the 2018 elimination final replay next week against North Beach at Charles Riley Reserve.
Goals: Donaldson 4, Mumford 3, J Stewart 2, Browne 2, Ashford, Culloton, Dent, Donovan, Edwards, Stapleton, Taylor.
Best: Mantaras, Edwards, Murray, Donaldson, Mumford, Ashford, Colvin.
Debuts: Ben Fitzgerald, Rhys Edwards, Giles Dent, Matthew Hannagan
CF DIRECT A RESERVES
Uni 25.10.160 defeated Wanneroo 1.1.7
The mighty Bulls kicked off their 2019 campaign with a convincing 153 point victory over Wanneroo at the G.
Wanneroo actually started strong out of the box with the first goal compliments of a 100 metre penalty before the Bulls powered away to kick the next 25 snags with 5,5, 6 and 9 goals in each quarter.
The goals were raining down with 6 to new bull “Stiffy” Hitchcock, Jacky Durward got 5, “Champagne” Chaz Mitchel, Silky and JK got 3 each with Ashy getting 2 in the last after carving up his opponent down back for three quarters with singles to Big Tommy Bowering , Steelo and Sammy Monkhouse.
Several lads made their Bulls debut including Stiffy, Monkey, Dingo, Sainter Halliday, Slick Ledger and a couple of other who I have forgotten but well done and welcome to the Bulls!!
The side looks strong this year and we are hungry for success. Once again the boys are well drilled by the Matador, Simon McDonald so I know of no reason why we can’t go very deep into this season and challenge for the title.
Goals: Hitchcock 6, Durward 5, Mitchell 3, Silky 3, Kelly 3, Ashford 2, Bowering 1, Curtin 1, Monkhouse 1
Best: Nobby Harris, Stiffy Hitchcock, Monkey Monkhouse, Seb Bentley, Dingo, Steelo Curtin, Jack Durward, Snicko Lantsky, Sainter Halliday
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)
Uni 9.13.67 defeated Wanneroo 2.3.15
Wanneroo came out fired up, controlling the run of play for the majority of the first quarter. The backline did well to hold up and only conceded two goals despite constant forward line entries. A late goal out the back to Isaac Barton saw the sides go into the first break at two goals apiece.
A strong showing from the midfield of Barton, Massimo and first gamers Spinks and Oakes swung the game into Uni’s favour in the second term. Isaac Haslam began to present strongly from half forward, and continued to do so for the rest of the day. A four goal to nothing term saw Uni take the lead into half time.
The second half was played predominantly on our terms, with the backline blanketing any attempt to go forward from the Roos. Max Mussared was creative in his first game as captain, while JamJam Culloton and Jake Stacey were rock solid in an undersized defence. Another first gamer, The Big Pet, was invaluable in his backing up of Gus Longmire in the ruck. Uni played out the half well, with Smallwood adding 2 majors to his mountain of career Colts goals.
Overall it was a strong display and hard taught win, followed up by some team bonding well into the night at the AJ.
Best: Barton, Haslam, Stacey, Hofferman, Big Pet, Spinks, o’Leary, Poole, Mussared
Goal kickers: 2 Smallwood, Kirk. 1 Haslam, Barton, O’Leary, White, Sewell
DISTINCTIVE HOMES PIRATES (D1 Grade)
Uni 6.7.43 defeated Trinity Aquinas 6.1.37
The Pirates started off the 2019 season with a hard fought victory over Trinity Aquinas at McG 2 on Saturday afternoon. A sense of excitement and confidence was building with the Pirates looking to commence their premiership defence with a solid victory. A host of reserves players coming down and a good finish to the pre-season all contributed to this confidence.
Before the game the team were given the sombre news of James Bignell being unable to play this year due to medical concerns but encouraging the boys to enjoy playing footy with their mates. Coach Day echoed this sentiment and led by newly appointed captain Matt Bailey commenced the season.
For the first quarter the Pirates played some decent footy but were wasteful in front of goal. Also newly appointed VC Louis McAuliffe kicked the first goal of the season which got the boys right up and about. But with a breeze favouring one end the boys didn’t capitalise. To their credit, TAs did in the second quarter with their excellent skills and pressure giving them a 14 point lead at half-time.
It was emphasised at halftime we needed to match their intensity and in the third quarter the boys responded taking control of the game. Kicking 4 in this quarter and keeping TAs goalless gave us a 2 goal lead going into the last. Despite the breeze the midfield played excellent lockdown footy and the noose withstood the pressure, only conceding 1 goal for the quarter leading to the Pirates recording their first win of the 2019 season.
It was a good start for the boys getting a real competitive hit out first up and reminding them of the challenges that lie ahead. Post-game an elite fine session was had with the new blokes having a chance to tell a yarn or two. Next week its off to Wesley-Curtin for our first away game of the 2019 campaign.
Votes – Lou (5), Hoppo (4), Cohen (3), Skaz & Blackers (2), Briersy & Curnow (1)
Goals – Angelkov, Blackers, Skaz, Diamo, Lou and Screech (1)
BDO DINGOES (D1 Reserves)
Uni 14.16 100 defeated Trinity Aquinas 4.3.27
The mighty Dingoes started the 2019 campaign with a number of new faces and plenty of quality players missing out in the first game of the year.
The boys started a bit slowly and were somewhat rusty after the off season but quickly found their mojo and kicked 4 goals to one in the first quarter.
The 2nd quarter was a bit more of the same and although inaccuracy cost us and the handballs were missing targets we never really looked like being in danger.
Our new look midfield started to get on top through some great work from new blokes JJ and Porge and they had solid back up from old favourites Mazzo and Demon in the engine room.
In the 3rd and the 4th quarters the forward line started to kick into gear and Hollywood, Big Clemmo (back from a solid year in the gym), Eggman and Burky started to take some big plucks and convert.
All in all – it was a solid start to the year and the boys certainly rehydrated as Dingoes do with 55 sherberts and a really good bonding and fines session at the team warehouse afterwards.
BRUCE APPAREL C COLTS (Brett Jones Colts)
Uni 6.6.42 defeated by CBC 10.12.72
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