Uni Qualifies For A-Colts Grand Final
September is one of the greatest months on the calendar for a reason. Finals football. And our Uni A-Colts are headed for another Grand Final this Saturday!
STEINEPREIS PAGANIN A COLTS (Phil Scott Colts)
University 12.9 (81) def Curtin Uni Wesley 4.4 (28)
The A Colts had a lot to prove, coming off arguably their worst performance for the year against North Beach in the first semi-final. The coaches and playing group as a whole were bitterly disappointed with the effort, especially with the first half as North Beach blew us out of the water. To the boys credit, they responded well in the second half, with the coaching staff optimistic they could carry the momentum into the next final.
The coaches didn’t want to dwell too much on the poor performance throughout the week, and instead highlighted the team’s ability to come back from 30 points down to narrowly lose by 2 goals. The theme at training during the week was to get back to what we do best, and to focus on our game, not the opposition’s.
Finals is a different kettle of fish, the playing field becomes more even and regular season stats and ladder positions can often get thrown out the window. Uni had to face Wesley Curtin at Morris Buzzacott (CBC’s ground) with the opposition coming off a stirring 2 point victory against Scarborough, so we were prepared to come up against a team that were full of confidence. There was one change to the side, with backman Tom Tomizzi incredibly unlucky to miss out as he’s put together a really solid season and shown much improvement. This opened the door for utility Brayden Blackham who provides much needed versatility and enthusiasm on the field and around the playing group.
The game started like expected and Wesley came out of the blocks firing and kicked the first goal, but this didn’t deter the side as we cracked in harder and moved the ball with noticeable improvement. Jasper John, who has played every game on the wing was swung forward and made an instant impact by doing what he does best, tackling. The forward line looked fluent and were constantly leading and offering contests in the air. Quarter time ended with Uni kicking 4 goals and holding a 1 goal lead.
The second quarter was much of the same, Wesley stayed within an arm’s reach as they looked dangerous every time the ball entered their 50. After a shaky first 25 minutes, our backs started to win their respective contests as our team defense was a massive feature heading into the half time break. Meanwhile, key forward Tom Carmichael was having his best game for the year. Tom bounced back from a quiet game in the first final by completely dominating his opponent. He attacked the football in the air and looked a handful when he had three goals in the first half and was the main focal point going forward. Uni lead 6.4 to 4.3 at half time.
Head coach Loui reiterated that the third quarter would be their most important of the season as the team could really shut Wesley out of the game and potentially book themselves into a grand final. The uni boys did just that and burst out of the blocks with a couple quick goals to put a dent in the opposition’s confidence. Midfielder Tom Vellios was super impressive inside by tackling and winning the ball for the outside runners. Usual suspects in Monkhouse and Donaldson led the way, but it was ruckman Cohen McCashney showing true dominance as the workhorse rucked almost 100% of the game and allowed our midfield to shine. The fourth quarter was all Uni, as the side never stopped running. The side’s ability to defend was a highlight, only allowing one solitary behind in the second half. It was very pleasing to see the colts finish off the last quarter with real desire and passion, not taking their foot off the pedal by finishing the game as dominant 9 goal winners.
This result allows us a shot at redemption, facing off against North Beach on Saturday at Steele Blue Oval in Bassendean. We urge all University supporters to head out and support the boys as we embark on winning a 5th premiership in 6 years.
Game starts at 10AM!
Goals: Carmichael 3, Haslam, Vellios 2, Williams, Donaldson, O’Meehan, Blackham, Hobbs
Best: Carmichael, McCashney, Monkhouse, Vellios, Donaldson, Culloton, Williams, Cunningham