Uni record first win of the season over North Fremantle

The A-stream travelled down Stirling Highway to take on North Fremantle in Round 2. The A-grade side came away with a win and even the season ledger at 1-1. The Reserves weren’t able to overcome a strong 2’s side while the A-Colters triumphed in a great contest.
Up the highway, the undermanned Pirates and Dingoes were beaten by a couple of full-strength Beach sides who will be the benchmark for season 2021.
Elsewhere, the Gulls and Mutts continued their winning ways.

Next week, the Women’s teams will start their season with a massive double-header at home against West Coast.

Round 3 fixtures:
A-Grade v Wembley – 3:50pm
A-Res v Wembley – 1:50pm
A-Colts v Wembley – 12:00pm

C5-Grade v Baldivis – 3:10pm
C5-Res v Baldivis – 1:20pm
C-Colts v Kinsway – 11:00am

E1-Grade @ West Coast – 2:30pm
A-Grade Women v West Coast – 10:30am
C-Grade Women v West Coast – 9:30am

Harry Donavon (200 games) Chaired off by brothers Pat and Sean

University 12.5 77 def by North Fremantle 9.4 58

The Uni A Grade got their season rolling with a hard fought 19 point win against a tough North Fremantle side.
Uni got out of the blocks early kicking the first three goals of the game before being pegged back by North Freo. Both sides moved the ball freely and at the first change it was a high scoring affair with Uni leading 5 goals to 4. In the 2nd quarter Uni had the aid of a slight breeze however due to some rushed possessions of the footy were not able to take full advantage of it.

As expected North Fremantle came out in the 2nd half throwing everything at us and managed to draw level plus hold all the momentum. It was great at this point in the match to see the Uni boys dig in and show strong fight and resilience to wrestle back control of the game and enter the last quarter once again in front. Within the first minute of the last Nath Blakely snapped a big time goal from the ruck that really took the wind out of the home team and later Jake Colvin put the result beyond doubt with a 50m bomb from the junction (followed by a huge double python celebration).

Uni’s defenders were well on top all game lead by Tim O’Hara dominating in the air and Tom Bertola who did a great job on a key player for them. Fremantle local Ben Harding played with strong grit in the midfield accompanied by the entire division of Murray, Miller, Lake and Donaldson. Brent Evans and Ben Taylor were also fantastic each finishing with 3 goals whilst Troy Culloton and Nath Blakely linked us up all day with some hard running and strong grabs.

The boys played a positive brand of footy for the majority of the contest of which we will look to build on next week back at home against our oldest rival in Wembley (3:40pm start time). Hoping for a big turnout of supporters as we play for the Skinny Maskiel Shield.

A huge congratulations to club stalwart Harry Donovan on his 200th game and Nick Lantzke who notched up his 100th game in record time with the help of his durable frame.

Best: O’Hara, Bertola, Harding, Taylor, Murray, Miller, Lake, Culloton
Goals: Evans 3, Taylor 3, Blakely 2, Colvin, Dent, Gajewski*, Cam Wilson

A-Grade side come together at the break

University 6.10 46 defeated by North Fremantle 8.5 53

Conditions were perfect for football on a glorious day at Gil Fraser oval, with the Ressies coming up against North Freo. 
Having started well in the first, Uni found themselves down and out at half time. The boys agreed that we had let ourselves in the second quarter in terms of hardness and discipline. Momentum slowly started to swing throughout the third term, with ruckman Hoppo putting it down the throats of Mitchell, Chooka, Jarryd Stewart and Sam Monkhouse on the ball. Captain Poodle performing a few dazzling displays of football late in the quarter. Trailing by 13 at 3 qtr time, the Ressies boys agreed it was time to roll the dice and take some ownership of the game.
Captain Poodle sent himself to the half forward line and had instant impact, setting up Lachy Jink-Gibson who floated through a knuckle-ball from beyond the arch. Uni managed to even the scores. Unfortunately, North Freo managed to kick back and ended up winning the day by 7 points.
It was by no means our best day, with a quarter and a half of poor footy being the difference. The backline was once again rock solid throughout the day, with Big O, Dykes and Muzza putting in fine efforts.
Special mention goes to Nick ‘Snicko’ Lantzke, who played his 100th game for the club. Snicko has won 2 colts premierships, earned his A Grade debut in 2019 and has been one of the most reliable players at the club since his arrival in 2015. Those who have played with him will know he’s a courageous player and fantastic team mate. We’re all looking forward to the next 100!

Best: Mussared, Halliday, Culloton, Lantzke, Chapman, Hopkinson, Hug
Goals: Haslam, Hopkinson, Lantzke, Evans, Junk-Gibson, Stewart

Hoppo assessing his options

University 13.12 90 def North Fremantle 6.8 44

A-Colts go 1-1 with encouraging win

The boys headed down the Gill Fraser for a terrific clash in the second round of the Phill Scott Colts season. Both teams were coming off a loss from the previous week and needed to get on the board with a win. Going 0-2 in this league is hard to come back from.

The first quarter was an even affair, with both teams fighting hard around the ball and it was shaping up to be another hard slog. The university colters had an energy about them, all were up and about, and it was honestly incredible to watch. The boys were unlucky to not get rewarded, however another quarter like the first and we were bound for glory. Both teams ended the quarter with 2 goals, however North Fremantle had gotten lucky with a horrible free kick decision swinging the momentum back in their favour.

The second and third quarters were completely dominated by the uni gents, with 7 goals to 1 occurring throughout the two 20-minute periods. Our run from the backline was outstanding, headlined by Quinn Donaldson undertaking a staggering 4 bounce run down the west wing, only to fumble the ball and then come off the ground vomiting from exhaustion, textbook amateur football. Our midfield was more dominant than ever, with North Fremantle genuinely lucky to register a clearance throughout the 2nd and 3rd terms. Westy, myself and gouda were licking our lips at the thought of watching the boys light it up some more in the final term.

The final term began like the 3rd ended, with our gents dominating the forward line, midfield and backline. Kicking another 3 goals early in the term, a few light-hearted jokes were thrown around on the boundary line as to keep the gents interested in the game. Unfortunately, from the dominant game came a few injuries, and half-way through the 4th quarter the colters were starting to struggle with fitness levels. This resulted in the other team scoring 3 goals in the last 4 minutes to bring the match score back to a somewhat respectable margin.

Onwards and Upwards to Wembley next week, who have an incredible percentage of 22 from the first two rounds.

Goal scorers: 3 Caldow, 2 Bull, Dugs, Busty, 1 Sauce, Spyvee, Crudders, Setty.
Best Players: Steelo, Cass, Caldow, Worm jnr jnr, Bull, Setty, Lowson ( C ).

University 7.3 45 def by North Beach 13.12 90

The Pirates have suffered their first defeat for season 2021 going down to a very well drilled and skilful North Beach outfit by 45 points at Charles Riley Reserve.

With some movements between the grades, the Pirates were left undermanned to make the venture North. In any case though some returning legends in the form of Brad Mumford and Ricey Ryan gave the Pirates some optimism coming into the contest.

Unfortunately this optimism was stamped out with Beach kicking 5 goals to 1 in the first quarter making the task very difficult. Scooter Morris kicked the one goal for the quarter, with the relentless Andy Diamond working tirelessly in the midfield.

The second quarter, the undermanned Pirates won, with Scooter once again adding another and the mids starting to match it with their Beach counterparts. However, as all quality sides do Beach responded and kicked away in the third. We did have our opportunities to bring the margin back to within 3 goals, but some wayward kicking led us astray. The final quarter was once again an armwrestle, with young blokes like JT absolutely willing themselves from contest to contest.

It was obviously not the result we were after, but considering all circumstances the boys efforts cannot go unquestioned. This Beach side has been a quality outfit for a number of years now, and the challenge is for the boys to match their level going forward. With a few of the blokes to come back in and some more games under our belt, I have all confidence we can get there.

Finally, my greatest congratulations to both Snicko and Harry Dono on playing their 100th and 200th respectively. Both were spoken about at the club on Saturday in the most glowing of fashions. It was evident the amount of respect that these two have earned based on the reactions of the people in attendance that night. So, speaking on behalf of the 3s, well done again to these 2.

For next week though, we come back home to take on Baldivis which presents a great opportunity for us to respond.

Votes – Diamo (5); JT (4); H Dono and Apples (3); Scooter (2); Ricey & Duffman (1)
Goals – Con & Scooter (2); Diamo, Duffman and Smally (1)


University 0.5 5 def by North Beach 14.11 95

Guess what kids, sometimes nice guys finish last. Sometimes, the princess never finds a prince. Sometimes, North Beach wins footy games.

And so it was, as the Dingoes went down to North Beach at Charles Riley Reserve in one of the toughest days at the office in recent memory. On a 29 degree day, and down to zero rotations for most of the second half, it was always going to be a big ask for the Dings. Importantly though, the collective effort of the boys could not be questioned, particularly the young colters Tom, Olly and Joe who filled in and did a job all day (including a Sampi-like hanger from young Olly). Other notable efforts included Big Al with his 27 clearances, and evergreen defenders Catta and Morey, who both showed that unlike diamonds, retirements are never forever. Plenty to work on for the Dingoes, but with a couple of easier fixtures around the corner, and zero prospect of having to worship at the Shrine of Nic Reid for another year, the grass is already looking greener.

Best – Big Al 5 Catta 4 Morey 3 Blakey Matty M 2 Danger 1

University 16.18 114 defeated Wanneroo 2.2 14

Gulls continue winning ways with 100 point win

The Gulls headed north this week to take on Wanneroo at the Showgrounds. Unfortunately, a venue with some painful recent C-Gull memories.

The boys started off the game hot out of the middle. Returning ruckman Tommy Coleman got it going right from the word go, dominating the hitouts and following up with great intensity. The game was played at our end all quarter, but thanks to a clogged forward line and some inaccurate kicking we couldn’t capitalise on the dominance. Wanneroo were looking to link the ball up with a short kicking game and succeeded with a couple of goals to take a small lead into quarter time.

The Gulls knew at quarter time a response was needed. A scintillating performance in the second quarter was what followed. It was started off with a touch of fortune –  Wanneroo winning the centre clearance to hit up 30m pass followed by a kick deep inside 50, only to be met by yells from their teammates they were kicking in Uni’s direction. Reid marked in our goal square and converted easily. Our midfield dominance continued from there, but adjustments were made, and the gents played much smarter footy. The forward line operated much more efficiently as Heavy and Bray began to craftily convert some excellent entries from the mids and half forwards. The star studded backline rebounded anything that came their way – playing tighter on their men but also then running off at the right time and providing crucial run and carry. A 7 goal to zip term took the wind out the Roo’s sail and we went in pleased at the half.

It was much of the same in the second half with Wanneroo taking the foot off the gas a little and the Gulls making sure that they didn’t let the tackling intensity drop. Some highlights included Robbo’s well-earned debut, where he displayed exactly what he’s shown on the track – toughness and poise. Skipper Nick Kane put a ball so far out of bounds when running towards goal I’m convinced he momentarily teleported back to his rugby days and thought he was behind his 22 and kicking to touch. Aside from that he was brilliant, setting the standard with his work rate and leading patterns. Lovey also showed off his pace, looking like Adam Saad in Kyle Hartigan’s body. He went on 2 captivating runs from half back to half forward, adding to the theatre by taking a bounce every 5 metres.

A clinical performance in the end after a scrappy start – keeping them goalless after quarter time. A big thanks to the A colts who came down, despite serious selection difficulties everyone brought a great attitude to both grades this season. Also, a massive thanks to Collins, Tough, Hamish and Smokin’ Joe who did a massive service to the club by filling in for the senior grades. 

Big week on the track with the boys facing Kingsway back at MCG2 next Sat.

Goals – Heavy 5, Bray 4, Barbs, Harro, Chun 2, Kaney, Caldow 1
Best – Coleman, JT, Heavy, Kaney, Bray, Chun, Terrior, Stead, Lovey

University 11.5 71 def. Coolbellup 9.5 60

Mutts go 2-0 against reigning premiers

From the moment the fixtures came out the Mutts knew this game – against last year’s E1 premiers – would be a great test to see where our young team sits among the more hardened and experienced teams. We started the game well, with the midfield on top and Quince kicking a few nice early goals. The Cougar’s began to wrestle momentum however, bringing physicality to the contest and displaying some lovely kicking skills – as we were caught flat footed when it came to defensive running, especially between the flanks. This foreshadowed what was to come in the second term, the Mutt’s worst so far for the season.

We were second to the ball all quarter and the Cougar’s showed us what a drop in our intensity results in. It was an embarrassing 20 minutes where our backline was under siege and a number of marks were conceded inside our defensive 50. Coolbellup converted efficiently to take a 3 goal lead heading into the main break – a 5 goal turnaround from quarter time.

In the rooms at half time a number of the boys challenged each other to lift and stop waiting for things to happen. We knew the group had so much more to give, and it all started from being first to the ball. The response in the third term will go down in the annals of history as the true birth of the Uni Mutts. The midfield lifted big time, led by Big Gouda. The fluro yellow boots will be etched in the memory of the Cougar’s ruckman. Ant-Man began handing our mids first use on a silver platter, throwing his weight around the contest and using his skills around the ground in an all-round display. The half back line – led by Dawy, Crossy and Hoff were dominant in the air and started our ball movement with clean kicking and good decision making. Cummo was putting on his best performance for the club, presenting well and marking cleanly across half forward.

We went into the last break very happy with the term, turning a 3 goal deficit into a 2 goal lead – another 5 goal turnaround. The job wasn’t over however. The last quarter had its heart stops and was a seesawing affair. Crossy showed his versatility in a contest that encapsulated our second half turnaround. From out of position, and down 2 on 1, he threw his spider-Dustin-Fletcher-inspector gadget-like arm in to affect the spoil and followed up with a brilliantly executed tackle, locking the ball in. Thanks to a number of efforts like this, it was our day in the end, holding the Courgars and the margin at bay to win by 2 goals. Quince’s set shot goal kicking was extremely important in the last quarter, as it had been all day. Several of his goals came from tight angles and difficult distances.

Despite a pyromaniac pie’s best efforts to burn down the AJ the lads celebrated the character-building win in style. Attention turns to West Coast at City Beach Oval next week.

Goals – Quince 7, Fras 2, Pablo, Ross 1
Best – Daw, Gouda, Quince, Crossy, Wilko, Theo, Cummo

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