Round Three Match Reports: Big Crowd At Ladies Day
The club was rocking on Saturday as we enjoyed a great turnout for Ladies Day and six wins from the eight matches at McGillivray Oval, although A-Grade went down to the reigning premiers.
MEN’S ROUND 3
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE
Uni 4.9 (33) def by Scarborough 14.6 (90)
The Uni A Grade side suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of reining premiers Scarborough at McGillivray on Saturday.
A healthy crowd turned out to watch in ideal conditions on the annual UFC ladies day. The first quarter was played at high intensity, with Uni matching it with the mature Scarborough side in the physicality stakes early in the match. The disposal efficiency and conversion of the visitors was far superior however and Scarborough were quick to put scoreboard pressure on the home side through quality ball use. A couple of costly turnovers in Uni’s back half resulted in cheap Scarborough goals and despite Uni’s desperation in and around the contest, Scarborough led 5 goals to 2 at quarter time.
The opening minutes of the 2nd quarter were even as both sides attack on the ball and tackle pressure prevented much clean ball movement. However Uni weren’t able to sustain that effort and as Uni’s pressure dropped off, Scarborough’s quality offence came to the fore. Consecutive goals to the visitors swung the momentum firmly in the visitors favour while Uni’s offensive run dried right up. In a flash, Scarborough had blown the game open and extended their lead to 7 goals before the main break.
Uni returned from half time determined to play its own brand of footy and put some pressure back on the opposition through its typical hard running and fast ball movement. Uni showed some glimpses of its strengths but the home side’s ball movement regularly came undone through sloppy ball use and unforced errors. Scarborough remained the cleaner of the 2 sides and were able to continue scoring and keep their big lead in tact going into the final break.
Despite the win being out of reach for Uni, the players continued to fight against their seasoned Scarborough counterparts throughout the final quarter. Uni lost several men to injury in the final term as the players remained determined to match Scarborough’s physicality. But Uni’s skill errors unfortunately continued and made scoring against their experienced defensive unit difficult. By the final siren, an inaccurate and untidy Uni had fallen 57 points short in a disappointing result against the competition’s benchmark side.
It’ll be back to basics on the training track for Uni with this week in an effort to tidy up the side’s disposal and decision making before next week’s must win game against Kingsley.
Goals: Donaldson, Culloton, Edwards, Davies.
Best: Goyder, Lake, Ashford, Hannagan, Fitzgerald, Colvin.
CF DIRECT A RESERVES
Uni 17.9 (111) def Scarborough 8.1 (49)
No match report submitted
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)
Uni 15.3 (93) def Scarborough 5.6 (36)
The A Colts returned from the Easter break ready and raring to go on the biggest fixture of the home and away season, being Ladies Day.
The Big Pet stepped up to take the bulk of the ruck duties in the absence of Horse Longmire, and proceeded to dominate his opponent. This allowed the midfield quartet of Pearce, Haslam, Oakes and Shanahan to get on top early, a trend that lasted the duration of the game. Smallwood got an early one from the goalsquare, while Massimo ‘Mo’ Kirk was looking deadly at the feet of the talls.
The backline generals in Mussared, Jam Jam, Donaldson Jr and newcomer Wilbur Lowson held the tide as Scarborough kicked with the breeze in the second quarter. The midfield continued to dominate, while the likes of Jaydn Simkin and Oli Kable were ferocious with their tackling pressure.
The second half included a number of highlights, with several astonishing goals from Mo and a towering contested mark from The Big Pet. Uni controlled the flow of play for the remainder of the game and would kick away to a strong victory.
Next week we take on newcomers Kinsgley.
Best: Massimo, Haslam, Stacey, Petras, Lowson, Donaldson Jr, Mussared, Shanahan, Simkin
DISTINCTIVE HOMES PIRATES (D1 Grade)
Uni 11.6 (72) def CBC 5.8 (38)
The Pirates made it three from three to start 2019, getting past last year’s grand final opponents by 6 goals on Saturday afternoon. We did boast one of our stronger line-ups in recent times and made that count with a strong four-quarter display.
Bomber Harding joined our ranks and was good value with five goals up forward, while Hoady was all over any loose pill in the backline, giving us good rebound. Big Josh Looker copped a few early hits but kept going throughout the match, helping feed a hungry midfield led by Andy Diamond, Sammy Weber and captain-for-the-day Lou Mac, who’d stepped up after Bails spent the morning on the toilet after a bout of gastro which hit his household hard. It didn’t hold Joe Dale back too much, having had his bout earlier in the week, as he chimed in with two snagger rolls.
After a 20-minute let-off in our previous 2 matches, it was pleasing to get back to playing 4 quarters and putting CBC away, although we let in a few late goals. Next up North Freo on the river banks.
Best: Bomber 5, Hoady!!! 4, Con & Andy 3, Lou Mac & Ollie 2, Jim J, Super Web & Big Josh 1
Goals: Bomber Harding 5, Joe Dale 2, Con 2, Blackers 1, Frenchie 1
BDO DINGOES (D1 Reserves)
Un 14.8 (92) def CBC 5.2 (32)
Another strong performance by the dingoes up against their prelim final opposition from last year. In hot conditions at the mcg the boys kicked away in the first quarter and were never headed.
With more run than the opposition and plenty of guys still going hard and showing that they want to be part of this special group, we ran away with a really strong 10 goal win.
Best players: Jimmy, Jerk, Tommy C, Demon, Luca, Palmos, Blake.
BRUCE APPAREL C COLTS (Brett Jones Colts)
Uni 19.19 (133) def North Freo 1.0 (6)
No match report submitted
WOMEN’S ROUND 1
CROSSING LAW WOMEN’S A-GRADE STORMERS
Uni Stormers 15.14 (104) def Kingsley 0.0 (0)
Our first hit out was against 2018 cellar dwellers Kingsley. We had two decent wins against Kingsley last year of around 7 goals each time, so the 15 goal margin was slightly surprising, but it didn’t flatter us – it was one way traffic all day.
We started on top and maintained the same pressure all day, was really good to see that we didn’t have a lull period and piled on an even spread of goals every quarter.
We welcomed nine new players into the Stormers from last years premiership team, strengthening our team enormously. Congratulation to the 4 first gamers, you should all be proud of your efforts on the weekend.
There were a few memorable moments, list to list a few that came to mind:
Amber kicking 5 goals in her first game for UFC, with a handy number of snaps
Loz’s S****y goal from CHB, great to see
Washerz’ 3rd quarter, absolutely everywhere, missed out on a bag
Buzza’s 3 bounces away from goal, heading straight into an oncoming tackle and somehow not getting holding the ball
Did someone get a penalty carton?
Goals: Amber 5, (Did someone get 2?), Numerous singles
Bests: 6th – Cyril , 5th – Buzza , 4th – Plugga, 3rd – Li Li, 2nd – Washerz, BOG – Amber
STEINEPREIS WOMEN’S B-GRADE PEACOCKS
Peacocks 3.1 (19) def by Nollamara 10.16 (76)
Of the 25 girls who made up the Peacocks squad on Saturday, 19 were on debut for the club. With a couple of exceptions, our debutants had never played a game of footy before, so excitement was in the air. We had a fantastic start with Captain Canada Neila Brenning kicking 2 out of the 3 first goals of the match giving the Peacocks a slight lead at quarter time.
Unfortunately the experience and class of Nollamara ended up being too much for the new look Peacocks side, but there were plenty of green shoots for Uni fans to get excited about. Georgia Braund was the star at CHB in her first game back at the club and Courtney Smaniotto and Betty Hepburn were electric in their first ever games of footy. Tameeka also made an impact on debut kicking by kicking Uni’s third goal.
Special shout out to Tilly Morfesse who badly hurt her ankle in the first quarter but bravely returned to the club later in the day for Ladies Day celebrations (in a moon boot and crutches)! Get well soon Tilly!