Uni A-Grade Lose By A Point, Six Wins Elsewhere
University went down in an A-Grade thriller disappointingly while there our other seven teams managed six wins away from home on Saturday.
MEN’S ROUND 4
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A GRADE
Kingsley 8.8.56 def Uni 7.13.55
The Uni A Grade side suffered its third consecutive loss on Saturday, falling 1 point short of Kingsley in the twilight fixture at Kingsley Park.
After a number of slow starts in recent weeks, Uni were determined to get out of the blocks quickly and the players delivered. Ruckman Hamish Murray gave his midfield brigade first use around the stoppages and some aggressive spread away from the contest put the heat on Kingsley’s defensive unit. Forwards Matt Davies and Darren Mumford were busy early and despite Uni wasting a number of golden opportunities in front of goal, Uni’s early dominance still translated into the first four majors of the game to give the visitors a handy lead at the first break.
Kingsley responded as you’d expect after the one sided start and showed much improved effort in close. Clearances started to swing the way of the home side which brought their dangerous forwards into the game and goals followed. Uni’s back six struggled to rebound the ball on the small Kingsley deck and Uni’s margin continued to deteriorate. A goalless Uni term left the sides level at 4 goals apiece.
Uni returned from the long break with its work cut out against a Kingsley side playing with renewed confidence. To make matters worse, Uni was now down to 1 fit player on the bench after losing Matt Goyder, Charlie Stapleton and Chaz Flint to injury. Uni did lift its rating however and was able to wrestle back the ascendancy in the midfield battle thanks to the efforts of Basti Ashford, Dwayne Lake and Tom Curtin. Again, Uni failed to make the most of its chances forward of centre and some poor transition made it too easy for Kingsley to counter attack. By the last change, the sides were separated by a few points.
The last quarter was tense as the lead changed hands a number of times. Kingsley’s efficiency continued to be its biggest strength and every time Uni threatened to break away, Kingsley converted to steady the ship. The home side regained the lead with minutes remaining and although the final stages played out deep inside Uni’s forward arc, Uni were unable to find the big sticks before the final siren blew with Kingsley in front by a solitary point.
The loss was particularly frustrating as Uni had the run of play for the best part of 3 quarters. But a poor 2nd quarter and a general inability to use the effectively in the front half and in front of goal ultimately cost the game. Uni now needs to find form in a hurry and faces a critical game against arch rivals Wembley at home next weekend.
Goals: Davies 3, Mumford 2, Donaldson, Edwards
Best: Davies, Ashford, Hannagan, Curtin, Murray, Lake, N Stewart.
CF DIRECT A RESERVES
Kingsley 2.1.13 Def by Uni 19.10.124
The Uni A Reserves took on Kingsley on what turned out to be a perfect day for footy at Kingsley Park. The day didn’t start so well for us however with the bus driver rocking up 35 mins late and missing the turnoff to the oval giving us all but 15 mins to get changed, warmed up and out on the ground for bounce down. To the boys credit they showed a great deal of leadership and maturity to overcome this with an opening term of 5 goals to 1. The Uni boys followed on from this for the remainder of the game putting together a big win through work rate and hard, selfless footy. Tom “Juicey” Bowering was terrific for us rucking all day without rest and we love the effort he gives us every week. Tromby was once again awesome up forward with another bag of 7 goals in addition to setting up many others. All the other forwards particularly Gus Vaughan and Bogus Taylor played their role well applying a strong forward pressure and selflessly passing off shots for better shots whilst Nick Ashford had a big game at CHF providing us a great contest in the air. The midfielders were tough at it all day led by 100 gamer Ryan Williamson and skipper Sammy Shackles. Down back the boys put in a stingy performance and set up some great ball movement in the process. T-Ferg was elite at this putting in a performance his 13 sisters would be extremely proud of.
Moving forward from this result, we do not lose sight of where we are at as a side. We have a lot of improvement needed to close the gap with the North Beach’s of the competition and will continue to put in the hard work to get there. Congratulations once again to Ryan Williamson on his 100th game; a 3 x A Colts premiership player, A Grade B&F winner but most importantly a great bloke/ team mate. Looking forward to the next 100!
Goals: Tromby 7, Bomber 3, Ben Taylor 3, Durward 2, Mitchell 1, Ashford 1, Shackles 1
Best: Tromby, T-Ferg, Williamson, Bowering, Orr, Monkhouse
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)
Kingsley 3.10.28 def by Uni 13.10.88
Kingsley appeared fired up from the first bounce, bursting out of the blocks to score the first goal of the match. Uni grinded will for the remainder of the quarter, managing to swing the tide into our favour. Smallwood looked dangerous as a deep forward, and looked set to have one of those days where he marks everything that came to him. Jasper John was electric early on the wing.
The second quarter saw a number of quality pieces of play as Uni began to control the game. The ball movement from the backline was slick, and Smallwood continued to benefit from the quality delivery. Massimo Bamba Kirk looked lively, whilst Sam Rogers added another goal of the year contender to his tally. The key defenders in Stacey, Jam Jam and Tomizi were virtually unbeaten, despite some serious height in the Cat’s forward line.
Uni extended the half time lead and went on to control much of the game for the second half. Angus Longmire returned strongly from injury, while Will Lowson, Oli Kable and Tyler Hoffman produced their best games for the season. Smallwood ended up with a 6, equalling the number of different defenders the opposition played on him by the end of the game. Massimo also ended up with a lazy 5.
Best: Smallwood, Culloton, Stacey, John, Lowson, Hoffman, Longmire, Kable, Kirk
Goals: 6 Smallwood, 5 Kirk, 1 Rogers, John
DISTINCTIVE HOMES PIRATES (D1 Grade)
North Freo 4.10. 34 def by Uni Pirates 11.8.74
The Pirates continued their perfect start to the season with an emphatic second half performance to see them beat North Fremantle by 40 points at Gil Fraser Reserve. Conditions were perfect for a ground where it typically blows a gale and buckets down with litres of rain. The boys carried a sense of confidence from the previous week, which may have contributed to a slow start. A more physical and hungry North Fremantle team worked hard in and around the contest and placed immediate pressure on our backs and mids. However, neither group broke which meant North only carried a goal lead into the quarter time break.
The second quarter saw slight improvements with the mercurial Angelkov and Blackers finding their way onto the scorer’s sheet to give Uni a slender 4 point lead at half time. At the break it was emphasised that the younger guys in the team were leading the way and it was up to the rest of the team to lift around them. There was an immediate response with each of the lines lifting and the voice around the ground being far more noticeable. 2 goals to Skaz and another to Con, with massive lifts from Boekey, Dingo and others seeing us take a 3 goal lead into the last.
The final quarter we began to take control of the game kicking 5 goals to 1 eventually seeing us run out 40 point winners. In the last quarter 3 goals in the space of about 3 minutes broke the back of the North side with each positional group playing an outstanding second half.
The result once again reveals how this young Pirate side has been excellent closing out games that are in the balance. Starting off 4-0 is outstanding but it will be important to keep this momentum going against Ocean Ridge next week.
Best – Boekey (5), Con (4), Diamo & Hoppo (3) , Tommy C & Dingo (2), Jim L , Ollie O & JT (1)
Goals – Con (4), Blackers (2), Skaz (2), Boekey, Tommy C & Ledge (1)
BDO DINGOES (D1 Reserves)
North Freo 5.6.36 def by Uni 12.13.85
No match report submitted
BRUCE APPAREL C COLTS (Brett Jones Colts)
Swan Athletic 8.4.52 def by Uni 19.9.123
No match report submitted
WOMEN’S ROUND 2
CROSSING LAW WOMEN’S A-GRADE STORMERS
Curtin 3.4.22 def by Uni Stormers 8.1.49
The Stormers were out pretty early to take on Curtin in the first big match of the year in the comp. Curtin went through the entire minor round last year undefeated, and we abruptly removed from finals by the Stormers when we met in the Prelim final….We were expecting Curtin to come out firing and they did.
We managed to get the first goal through a typical last ditch lunge by Buzza on the goal line as she toed through a goal that should’ve been rushed. From that moment though Curtin stepped up and the momentum shifted for the rest of the quarter with their CHB taking control and repelling most of our forward entries. Our midfielders were doing a great job of winning the ball, but we couldn’t hit a target to pile on the goals.
Our defence was under great pressure in the first quarter with Juvvie and C-Dog hitting the ball hard from the full back line, halting the opposition time-after-time.
At half time we changed up the forward line, adding another tall (loz) to CHF to help provide another target…Loz also had the added attribute of being the person that broke said earlier Curtin’s CHB’s collarbone late last year….Loz provide a great target and Chicago lifted her game and we were able to find 3 goals in the 2nd quarter.
The third quarter was another tight affair, we managed to kick a goal and keep them scoreless. The team rotated through the positions really well, with a number of new players standing up, one being Kei$ha who had a really strong quarter in the midfield to allow our older heads a break, while winning a couple strong CBs too.
The fourth started tight again, but we quickly overcame their pressure and broke them early in the quarter with a quick goal…following that we ran in another two hard working goals and ran out 27 point victors. The game felt closer than that, but after the 1st quarter it felt like we were in control all day.
Buzza kicked four…2 from the goal line and one intercepted from Rambo…but great to see her first haul of four
Washerz killed it again on the wing, seemed to be everywhere, and was winner of the weekly ‘most awkward photo’ with her opposition placing her in a position not normally associated with a football field…unless of course you are Senior…see how that plays out….
Juvvie and C-Dog can play anywhere, but maybe defence is their home…amazing ability to one-grab the footy under pressure.
Hope Ugle-Hayward is an amazing umpire, especially when her sister gets free kicks in front of goal…..:)
LiLi is fast becoming our rising star of the year…the opposition coach was raving, but she did miss a simple goal after taking the mark of the day…that could’ve made our score 9 goals straight!
Beating Curtin away is a great achievement (and probably our most comprehensive win against a strong side), but keeping our unbeaten run against WC next week would be even better!
Goals: Buzza 4, Rambo 2, Chicago 1, Loz 1
Bests: 6th – Garry Lyon, 5th – Cleansheets, 4th – C-Dog, 3rd – Li Li, 2nd – Juvvie, BOG – Washerz
WOMEN’S B-GRADE PEACOCKS
Gosnells 3.3.21 def Uni Peacocks 1.2.8
No match report submitted