Uni A Grade Wins One-Point Thriller Under Lights

University enjoyed a rare game under lights at the McG with the 4 Pines Truck down at the club and a thrilling one-point A Grade win to top it all off on an exciting Saturday evening.

The lower grades had the bye so Uni claimed three wins from the four matches played on Saturday, with a good crowd in attendance. We thank 4 Pines for their support.

It was great to see our A Grade and Reserves teams wear our Indigenous jumpers and have Richard Walley OAM in attendance for the Welcome to Country as we show our support of the Indigenous community.

The A Stream are away to Scarborough next Saturday, while the lower stream go to TAs and our two women’s teams play Warnbro Swans in a big road trip.

STEINEPREIS A GRADE

Steinepreis University 5.9 (39) def Trinity Aquinas 5.8 (38)

The Uni A Grade side kept in touch with the top 4 on the weekend with a tense 1 point victory over Trinity Aquinas at McGillivray.

Playing at home under lights for the first time in the club’s history, Uni set themselves for a big start against an in-form TAs side. Uni’s intent was clear from the outset, showing terrific desperation around the footy and applying great pressure on the opposition. Inside midfielders Chaz Flint, Dwayne Lake, Ben Miller and Ben Harding were cracking in getting first hands on the footy more often than not. Uni were able to break out into space on a number of occasions however poor delivery inside forward 50 prevented the early efforts being reflected on the scoreboard. TAs were more efficient with their ball movement and managed 2 majors for the quarter despite Uni’s midfield ascendancy. At the first break, Uni trailed by 11 points.

The second quarter played out much like the first and with the visitors keeping loose numbers behind the footy, Uni’s difficulties scoring continued. TAs took countless marks inside Uni’s forward line and much of the quarter was played between the arcs. At the other end, Uni half backs Ben Fitzgerald, Tim O’Hara and Jake Colvin provided just as much resistance, working together to halt the majority of TAs attacking play. Seb Bentley finally broke the scoring drought for Uni, converting a chance from 35 to open Uni’s account. Despite the perfect footy conditions and the high quality of football, the sides went to the main break at just 2 goals to 1 in TAs favour.

The third quarter started in positive fashion for Uni, with the forward 6 fighting desperately to halve contests against a stacked TAs back half. Brilliant forward pressure resulted in an important early goal to key forward Troy Culloton who snapped truly from close range. The middle part of the quarter remained an arm wrestle, with both sides crashing in and keeping uncontested possession to a minimum. With goals so hard to come by, the dying stages of the quarter were critical and it was the visitors that landed a blow, kicking their 3rd goal to take a handy 9 point lead into the final chance of ends.

With both sides recognising the importance of the 4 points in the context of the season, the final term was one to remember. The physicality went to another level and every possession need to be earnt. The healthy home crowd got right behind Uni following a brilliant passage of play that resulted in wingman Daniel Hug converting a set shot to reduce the margin to 3 points. Shortly after, half-forward Regan Smith did the same to put Uni in front for the first time all night mid-quarter. The contest was far from over though and when TAs converted a long-range set shot with just minutes remaining, Uni supporters feared another narrow loss was on the cards. But the players kept digging in and the gut-running Daniel Hug led the way, pushing forward to kick an opportunistic snap on the left to regain the lead late in the piece. TAs had just 1 more forward thrust in them and although Uni did everything possible to prevent a score, a controversial free kick to TAs inside 50 in the dying seconds gave the visitors a regulation set shot after the siren for the win. But the kick veered right for a behind, handing Uni the victory by the narrowest of margins.

Although the result could have gone either way, Uni deserved the win having controlled most aspects of the game. Uni’s inability to score against a stacked backline was the main area for concern and it almost cost Uni the game. The win leaves Uni at 2-2 and 1 game out of the 4 in the shortened 9 game season. Next week, Uni travels to face Scarborough in a game that is critical for both sides finals aspirations.

Best: Fitzgerald, Flint, Hug, Lake, Miller, O’Hara, Colvin.

Goals: Hug 2, Bentley, Culloton, Smith.

4 PINES A RESERVES

4 Pines Uni Bulls 11.11 (77) def Trinity Aquinas 5.2 (32)

The A Reserves meant business on the weekend with a convincing win against a resilient TA’s side. In the twilight game slot, indigenous jerseys and the sort of weather that has the forwards waking up excited, the Ressies did not disappoint.

The boys once again strung together a 4 quarter effort, playing a fantastic brand of footy highlighted by some electric ball movement. The win did however come at a cost, with the up and coming Alex Donaldson injuring his knee. Dono has been a great bloke to have in the side this year and we wish him all the best with his recovery.

Best: Aden Wilkins, Basti Ashford, Ben Culloton, Massimo Kirk, Sam West, Ryan Williamson

PHIL SCOTT COLTS

Steinepreis Uni A-Colts 4.7 (31) def by Trinity Aquinas 7.6 (48)

The Uni A Colts failed to add to their win tally with a 3 goal loss to Trinity Aquinas. It was a disappointing result given that Uni led for the first half and played some exciting and skilful team football. Trinity Aquinas nailed 7 set shots to shut the gate on the game, whilst once again Uni’s accuracy and failure to take our opportunities was ultimately the difference.

In what is appearing to be a development year, the positive signs are strong. The young talent of Donaldson, Morfesse, Messina, Lowson and Prosser was on display throughout the match, whilst experienced campaigners Fraser, Williamson and Longmire contributed all day.

Best: Lowson, Fraser, Williamson, Donaldosn, Longmire, Morfesse, Messina, Prosser, Daw

CROSSING LAWYERS A GRADE WOMEN

Crossing Lawyers Uni Stormers 6.7 (43) def Nollamara 1.2 (8)

Coming off back-to-back wins, the Stormers came up against a dark-horse in Nollamara. A win here would further consolidate their spot in the top 4. What as meant to be a tough and physical battle, turned into a farce as Nollamara only rocked up to the ground with 17 players.

With plenty of positional changes and the inclusion of first-time A-grade games for Hana and Soph Mac, plus the return of Bruiser, saw girls have plenty to prove in cementing their spot in the team. The 1st half of football seemed to be dominated by the Uni girls around the ground, led by the backline collective keeping them goalless and providing the rebound to our mids and half-forwards. However, the on-field efforts weren’t translating onto the scoreboard, much to the coaches’ dismay.

The 2nd half saw the girls start piling on the goals and running away with the game. Ruck work for Garry Lyon, clearances from Pilot, Trimmas and Keisha, plus hard-running and link-up plays from Simmo off the half-forward just proved too strong for the Nolla girls. When your opposition start to turn of themselves and put their hands of their hips, you know the game is in the bag. A great win against a lacklustre opponent.

The girls keep rolling on with a Stormers/Peacocks bus trip away to the Warnbro ghetto, as a win next week will earn them a guaranteed spot in the top four, with finals just two weeks away.

5 Votes BOG – Simmo 4 – Garry 3 – Pilot 2 – Sizzla 1 – Keisha

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