Round Two Match Reports: Mixed Results & Milestones
It was a mixed Round Two for the Uni Footy Club with wins galore in the lower grades but A-Grade and Reserves both going down away to North Beach as Chaz Flint and Silky celebrated milestones.
MEN’S ROUND 2
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE
Uni 11.7.73 def by North Beach 12.10.82
The Uni A-Grade side suffered its first defeat of the 2019 season, going down by 9 points at the hands of North Beach at Charles Riley Reserve.
The side experienced their first taste of finals like intensity as the quality North Beach outfit applied great pressure from the first bounce. Most Uni players took some time to adjust and as a result, the first quarter was littered with fumbles and rushed disposal by hand and foot. The hard forward-running North Beach midfield pounced on the loose ball and turnovers, sending the footy into Uni’s defensive half repeatedly. Wasted opportunities in front of goal from the home side limited the damage however and Uni somehow made it to the first break trailing by just 1 goal.
Kicking with a gentle breeze in the 2nd quarter, Uni were able to string together some possession and looked dangerous going inside 50. Goals to Stapleton and Donovan gave the visitors some momentum however North Beach generally replied with goals of their own, keeping the sides separated by 1-2 goals all quarter. Whilst Uni were showing good fight, North Beach continued to move the ball effectively from clearances, particularly the centre bounce, which put Uni’s defensive unit under pressure with the new 6-6-6 rules. North Beach led by 16 points at the main break.
A stronger effort around the contest from Uni after half time – led by Dwayne Lake, Basti Ashford and ruckman Hamish Murray – limited North Beach’s midfield drive and it felt like Uni were starting to get the game back on their terms. Crafty goals form forwards Ben Taylor and Matt Davies generated some excitement from the Uni faithful as North Beach began to experience problems of their own. A couple of goals against the flow to North Beach kept the margin at 10 points at the last change.
The last quarter was an arm wrestle with both sides digging deep in an attempt to clinch victory. Scoring was difficult as the defences of both sides fought desperately. Uni’s Tim O’Hara and Jake Colvin were resolute and won plenty of 50/50 contests across half back at crucial stages. Uni’s offensive run was a factor late in the contest, with goals reducing the margin to just 3 points on 2 different occasions. It looked as though Uni might just steal an unlikely victory before a mark and goal to North Beach in the final seconds ensured victory to the home side who led from start to finish. The final margin was 9 points in North Beach’s favour.
All in all, North Beach was certainly the better side on the day and were definitely superior in the early stages when the heat was really on. However Uni’s ability to fight back and put themselves in a position to win the game was admirable and the Uni players walked away from the ground with their head held high. Uni have plenty to work on over the next couple of weeks before facing 2018 premiers Scarborough at home after the Easter break.
Goals: Davies 2, Stapleton 2, Culloton, Edwards, Donovan, Taylor, Lake, N Stewart, Browne.
Best: O’Hara, Ashford, Lake, Colvin, Stapleton.
CF DIRECT A RESERVES
Uni 3.4.22 def by North Beach 16.10.106
We went out to the Beach and were given a drubbing; not much more to be said about a disappointing Bulls team other than it was the 100th game for club legend “Silky” Evans and a big congrats to him on that achievement. He is a fine footballer, a fine club man and a fine chap.
Goals: Hutton 2, Ashford 1
Best: Silky, Hutton, Harris, Steelo, Bowering, T Ferg, Halliday
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)
Uni 8.5.53 def North Beach 4.7.31
The Beach has been a happy hunting crowd for the A Colts in recent years, and the new look Uni side was eager to test themselves against a competitive outfit.
The Uni midfield of Pearce, Haslam, Oakes and Spinks put their stamp on the game early, dominating the clearance battle. The green jumpers were getting first to the ball in what was a physical opening term. The forward line look dangerous, converting on the midfield dominance to take a two goal lead into quarter time.
The backline held their own against a strong breeze in the second quarter, with some inspirational defensive efforts from Will Lowson and captain Mussared. Sam West was influential in his club debut at centre half back, with many spectators mistaking him for Uni icon Ben Fitzgerald. The midfield continued to assert themselves as the contest, and Uni maintained their lead into half time.
Co-coach Wilson stressed the importance of taking advantage of the breeze in the premiership quarter, and the boys heeded his words. Vice captain Chris White put on a clinical display of forward line pressure on his birthday, while Sam Rogers slotted 3 mercurial crumbing goals on debuts.
Despite several late injuries, Uni managed to hold onto their lead and make it 6 in a row at Charles Riley Reserve. It was a great team performance and sees the side 2-0 going into the bye.
Best: Pearce, Oakes, West, Rogers, Mussared, Spinks, Petras, Longmire, O’Leary
Goals: 3 Rogers, 2 White O’Leary, 1 Pearce
DISTINCTIVE HOMES PIRATES (D1 Grade)
Uni 9.7.61 def Wesley Curtin 8.7.55
The Pirates continued their winning start to the season with another hard-fought victory against Wesley-Curtin at South Oval. The game was important for the Pirates to keep building that early season momentum before our grand final rematch in a couple weeks against CBC.
The start of the game was very similar to last week, a dominant first quarter followed by a lull in the second quarter. The Pirates kicked themselves to a 3 goal lead in the first with Blackers, Skaz and Joe all finding their way onto the scorer’s sheet. Another strong start by Lou and Diamo in the midfield, with Riley providing valuable run on the outside epitomised this start. However, like last week the second quarter we faded allowing Curtin to kick 5 goals in response to our one, enabling them to take a 5 point lead into the half.
Coach Day at half time emphasised two key points: that we played our worst quarter for the year and still only found ourselves down by a goal and continuing the mantra of enjoying your footy with your mates. This message seemed to resonate with the boys as a strong 3rd quarter saw us wrestle the lead back going into the last stanza. Con proved massive in this quarter changing the game through the midfield with debut Pirate Ollie O’Meehan and Blackers also contributing goals.
The last quarter saw a slugfest. Stoppage filled and clustered both teams had their chances. Curtin missed a couple gettable shots, with the Pirates holding on desperately to eventually conserve the win. Con continued his unbelievable game, with Curnow, despite labelling himself an outside player, proving invaluable in and around the contest. Also of note from the last quarter Toby Morris missed one running into an open goal with 30 seconds to go with both the backline and the bench prematurely celebrating.
Otherwise though it was great to get another tight victory. Far too often in the last couple years we’ve not had many tight games, and to get these types of challenges early will only prove valuable in the long run. As mentioned in 2 weeks we have the epic GF rematch against a red hot CBC which will prove another great challenge for this young Pirates side. However, if we can avoid the ‘1 quarter lull’, we will give ourselves every chance of securing our third straight win for season 2k19.
Best – Con (5), Riley (4), Diamo & Lou (3), Blackers and Skaz (2), Bails & O’Meehan (1)
Goals – Joe (3), Blackers (2), Con, Skaz, Diamo & O’Meehan (1)
BDO DINGOES (D1 Reserves)
Uni 7.5.47 def Wesley Curtin 5.5.35
This was a great win up against our main rival, with 12 regular players out and 7 debutants. Young blokes had a massive crack and seized the opportunity to run and stun.
We were in front from quarter time and never looked back. One of the most inspiring wins I have been involved in.
Votes: Porgey 5, Demon 4, Luka, Big Al, Eggman 3, Haz Leo, Blake, Roids 2, Les, Byron, Josh 1
BRUCE APPAREL C COLTS (Brett Jones Colts)
Uni 14.9.93 defeated by Wesley Curtin 4.8.32
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