A-Grade Loses To Collegians, Friday Footy Goes Off
University hosted a rare Friday night fixture with the A-Colts with a good crowd in attendance, while the A-Grade lost on Saturday to Collegians at UWA Sports Park.
Uni hits the road next round, with the A-Stream playing away to North Beach on Saturday.
The following weekend (Saturday 29 August) back at the McG should be huge with club great Erk Dog set for a record-breaking 377th game for the club. More on that to follow.
STEINEPREIS A GRADE
Steinepreis University 9.2 (56) def by Collegians 11.6 (78)
The A Grade side’s hopes of a late finals charge were dashed on Saturday after going down to arch rivals Collegians by 22 points on Saturday.
Uni kicked into the Northerly breeze in the first quarter and the early signs were good. Uni were well on top at the centre bounce and dominated possession through ruckman Hamish Murray and on-ballers Ben Miller, Basti Ashford and Dwayne Lake. Spearhead forward Matt Davies was the beneficiary, getting on the end of some clean passages of play to kick 2 first quarter goals. Uni led by a kick at the first change.
Collegians lifted their rating in the second term and started to wrestle back control of the midfield battle. Uni’s back 6 provided solid resistance for the most part, led by the dependable Matt Goyder and the in-form Aden Wilkins. A string of free kicks paid against Uni resultant in multiple goals for Collegians and the visitors piled on 4 goals to Uni’s 2 to take the lead into the main break.
Kicking into a strengthening breeze, the 3rd quarter was crucial to ensure the home side remained within striking distance by 3 quarter time. The first 10 mins of the term went to plan for Uni, matching Collegians efforts around the contest and forcing repeat stoppages to chew up the clock. Collegians eventually broke through, again on the back of a clumsy Uni free kick, and from there the momentum swung heavily in Collegians favour. The remaining 12 minutes of the term were disastrous for Uni, with 5 consecutive centre clearances going the visitors’ way and a rare lapse from Uni’s defenders translated into some easy opposition goals. The damage during this period proved fatal with Uni conceding 6 goals to none for the term in the fairly low scoring affair.
Although it was now Uni’s turn to kick with the strong breeze, retrieving an 8 goal deficit in a 22 minute flat quarter was too much to ask. Uni did manage some of its best footy for the season in the final term and a couple of quick early goals gave the home side a tiny glimmer of hope. Young half forward Chaz Mitchell put on a display as the game opened up, kicking a fantastic running goal from outside 50 and setting up a couple more. Uni’s return of 5 goals to none was its best quarter for the year but it was too little too late, falling 22 points short at full time.
Although the 2-4 record mirrors the start to Uni’s 2019 premiership year, the shortened 9 game season means the loss effectively puts an end to the side’s finals hopes. With 3 games remaining, Uni is determined to recapture some form to finish the season on a high note. Next week, Uni faces a big test against the in-form North Beach away from home.
Goals: Davies 2, Miller 2, Trombetta, Harding, Mitchell, Culloton, Smith.
Best: Miller, Ashford, Wilkins, Murray, Goyder, Lake.
4 PINES A RESERVES
4 Pines Beer Uni Bulls 8.10 (58) def Collegians 5.3 (33)
The Uni A Reserves came up against a spirited collegians side, once again playing in very windy conditions. We started the game wasting the wind in the first by not playing the smartest footy, and continually kicking long hoping that the wind would do the work for us. We then however got going in the 2nd quarter and from there applied more pressure around the ground and got on track with our ball movement. Throughout the game it felt like we were much further on top then the scoreboard suggested however we know we will need to take our game to another level next week vs North Beach in what is a contest we have really set ourselves for. Over the next three weeks we will be facing our hardest stretch of the season versing 3 of the top 5 teams. This will give us a real sense of where we are at as a side.
Best: Tom Gajewski, Tom Carmichael, Jake Conti, Sam Shackles, Darcy Thompson, Harry Donovan, Brad Mumford
PHIL SCOTT COLTS
Steinepreis Uni A-Colts 3.3 (21) def by Collegians 10.6 (66)
The Uni A Colts had a historic night on Friday, playing in the first home Friday night game. We hosted top of the ladder Collegians in the first local derby for 7 seasons, with Collegians promoted to the A Grade for the 2020 season.
The stage was set, lights bright and atmosphere electric as the boys ran out. Uni snagged the first goal and brought the pressure for the first quarter, out tackling the opponent and giving them trouble across the ground. An unfortunate second quarter made the task difficult, but the boys gritted their teeth to share the third quarter. Collegians proved to be more experienced and bigger bodied, blowing Uni out to kick the last four goals of the game.
Credit has to be given to a young and determined Uni side. They’ve taken their knocks this year, but continue to play with incredible spirit and camaraderie. We now turn our attention to the last few weeks of the season to see if we can shake the competition and make a charge to finals.
Best: Longmire, Rogers, Lowson, Fraser, Harry, Morfesse, Donaldson, Crudeli, Messina, Dowling
Goals: Rogers, Morfesse, Flecker
CROSSING LAWYERS A GRADE WOMEN
Crossing Lawyers Uni Stormers 3.3 (21) def by Curtin Uni Wesley 5.1 (31)
The Uni Stormers came into their last game for the season against last year’s premiers, Curtin Uni, who sat atop of the ladder as undefeated. Results had to go our way for us to secure 4th spot and an elimination final the following week.
The girls had an amazing 1st quarter, led by Boots in the backline, as they kept the reigning premiers goalless with the howling wind to their end. The 2nd quarter had the girls maintain that pressure, only conceding 1 goal. Unfortunately, the Uni girls could only muster 3 points, with easy shots on goal going astray. Half time see the girls only down by 3 points.
The 3rd quarter saw Curtin Uni make most of the southerly winds, piling on 4 goals straight. To their credit, the mid field in Simmo, Eddie and Pilot were great in scraping for the ball and creating a contest. The final quarter saw the Stormers find a new lease of life, playing with flow and momentum to keep the ball locked in the forward half for most of the quarter. 3 goals include a massive 40m bomb from Boots showed the uni girls were gallant in their efforts, however falling short at the end by 10 points.
With West Coast Cowan winning over North Beach, the Stormers have 4th spot and set up an Elimination Final against the WCC. Come down to City Beach Oval this Saturday for a 1pm bouncedown as the Stormers look to make their run into finals and topple the rest of the comp.
BOG 5 votes – Boots. 4 votes – Pilot, 3 votes – Simmo, 2 votes – Hanna, 1 votes – Eddie
BREWHUB C5 GRADE
Brewhub Uni Pirates 18.6 (114) def North Beach 6.2 (38)
The Pirates have maintained their undefeated season with a strong 70 point victory against the previously undefeated North Beach side. The game against North Beach is always circled on the calendar, but had added significance given both sides came into the contest undefeated.
It was the first time the two sides had met since last year’s Grand Final, with Beach having some dominant showings in the early stages of this season. Accordingly, it was the coaches message to embrace the challenge of the game and demonstrate we are the benchmark of the competition.
Some poor admin from this author resulted in the boys playing in the indigenous jerseys and fair to say the resulting first quarter was nothing short of electrifying. Utilising the strong breeze behind us, the Pirates kicked 7 goals to 0. It was quite a showing with the boys playing the best individual quarter of football the coaches had seen whilst being involved with the Pirates. First time Pirate Quincey Howard really opened up the game early for us taking several running bounces on the hallowed McG 2 turf. Additionally, Dekkers was playing his usual strong role in the ruck not losing a hitout and two members of the ratpack in Con and Chaps combined for 4 of those 7 goals.
At the first break the boys were asked to take a deep breath, reassess, and go again. There was also an understanding that Beach would come out strong and not roll over. As expected Beach did exactly this, however the stellar backline play led by Patty Wilson and Louie McAuliffe ensured the damage Beach did would be limited. Resultingly, a couple goals to Quincey helped Uni actually win the quarter going into a difficult breeze. Of note, for the first time since Wembley in 2017, the Pirates had a half with all goals and no misses – A rare feat for this football side.
At the main break, each group was challenged to be great and to finish the game to the standard we started. Beach to their credit didn’t allow another quarter like the first and threw numbers to the contest to congest the play. Despite this though, Quincy proved dangerous adding another couple goals and the Macedonian Marvel (albeit caused the first miss of the game) was deadeye in front of goal. Bull Riley also proved very handy in both the midfield and forward, he kicked two for the day (1 in the 2nd, 1 in the 3rd).
As we reached the final quarter, the group was challenged to ensure this was a 4 quarter performance. Once again, this challenge was met, as the Pirates won the final quarter. Vanders showed his class throughout the game, Skaz was his usual smooth operator and Big O proved very handy against a bigger Beach opponent.
Overall, it was a very impressive from a Pirates side who showed what they can do. The class of the group was on full demonstration against a strong Beach side.
The challenge for this group is to maintain the motivation and understand the first quarter yesterday is the bar we have to meet going forward.
Next week the Pirates visit the improving Armadale out at Gwynne Park where the boys will certainly have their hands full. I am sure though that if we play our brand of footy then we can continue to build momentum going into the last month of the season.
Goals – Con & Quincey (4); Chaps (3); Bull (2); Bails, Blackers, Garstone and Rat…. (1)
Votes – Con (5); Quincey & Dekkers (4); Chaps & Pat (3); Lou, Skaz and Bull (2); Vanders, Owen and Hoppo (1)
BDO C5 RESERVES
BDO Uni Dingoes 10.8 (68) def North Beach 6.3 (39)
Round 7 presented a huge opportunity for the Dingoes; Teach the Beach and 2nd spot and a double chance was close to secured. Both teams had lost to Wesley Curtin by a kick earlier in the season, and each side was eager to stake their claim as the second best team in the comp. The Dingoes went in with an extremely strong line-up, with the energy at training reaching season-high levels. A beautiful day at the MCG greeted the Dingoes, while the unwashed jerseys made it to the ground 5 minutes before bounce-down; Oakesy’s housemate forgetting to hand-wash and hand-deliver the guernseys in a shocking display of ineptitude.
Put bluntly, the game was a spectacle throughout. Despite kicking into a stiff breeze the Dingoes controlled the first quarter going into the break 7 points up. The highlight of the quarter was the back-door tap from Sarge which Jerk hit at full pace before he broke a couple of tackles and goaled – a play far too good for C5 Reserves. The good form continued in the second quarter but the Dingoes didn’t get value for their dominance, only going into half-time two goals up despite peppering the North Beach goal.
North Beach were always going to come out hard in the second half however a professional and composed performance by the Dingoes saw them hold their lead in the 3rd quarter. The best half-back line in C5 Reserves history ran amok, taking the piss and pumping the ball back inside 50 all afternoon. Hollywood continued to clunk everything in his beautiful model-like hands, the Twiggs ran their respective opponents into the ground and the forward pressure lifted a notch. In the end the Dingoes ran out winners by 5 goals – their best performance of the season.
BRETT JONES COLTS
Uni C-Gulls 6.4 (40) def by North Beach 8.6 (54)
No match report supplied
STEINEPREIS C3 WOMEN
Steinepreis Uni Peacocks 2.0 (12) def by Wanneroo 3.2 (20) No match report supplied