Uni Slips To 2-3 In A-Grade, 5 Wins Elsewhere

University went down in the A-Grade again as our slow start to the delayed season continued while there were five wins from the other seven matches away from home on Saturday.

We’ve got some exciting news for members and supporters with the Steinepreis Uni A-Colts playing Collegians this Friday night at UWA Sports Park from 6pm, so please come on down and support the boys. There will be plenty of yummy offerings boundary-side too.

Otherwise we’ll be hosting seven games on Saturday with A-Grade playing Collegians from 2:45pm.

STEINEPREIS A GRADE

Scarborough 10.9 (69) def Steinepreis University 4.6 (30)

Uni’s indifferent 2020 form continued on the weekend with a 39 point loss at the hands of Scarborough at Millington Reserve.

Although the scoreboard suggested otherwise, the sides were evenly matched for most of the day. Uni’s effort around the ball was evident and the side effectively restricted Scarborough’s potent scoring ability until late in the piece. It was forward of centre that Uni struggled once again, with poor ball use into the forward 50 in particular preventing those efforts from being reflected on the scoreboard.

Uni’s backline was solid all day, with the in-form Ben Fitzgerald, the returning Aden Wilkins and the dependable Matt Goyder leading the way. Uni’s midfield was well served by Basti Ashford in his first game for the year, along with consistent engine room performers Dwayne Lake, Ben Miller and Daniel Hug. Uni didn’t have many winners in the front half and life wasn’t made easy for them by the side’s poor delivery, however young key forward Troy Culloton tried hard all day and contributed with 2 important goals throughout the day. Young half-forward Regan Smith also displayed his usual desperation in and around the contest.

Scarborough were significantly more efficient with the footy and took advantage of a late drop in Uni’s pressure, kicking a number of goals late in the game to blow the margin out to 39 points after Uni trailed by just 2 goals early in the final term.

Now sitting at 2 wins and 3 losses, Uni will likely well need to win its remaining 4 games in order to feature in the final 4. This week, Uni faces arch rivals Collegians who have returned to A Grade after finishing 2nd in the B Grade competition in 2019. There is sure to be a healthy crowd at McGillivray on Saturday afternoon cheering on the proud neighbouring clubs in a game that is critical for Uni’s 2020 finals aspirations.

Goals: Culloton 2, J Stewart, Trombetta

Best: Fitzgerald, Wilkins, Ashford, Culloton, Smith, Lake, Hug, Goyder.

4 PINES A RESERVES

Scarborough 5.8 (38) def by 4 Pines Beer Uni Bulls 7.9 (51)

In blustery conditions, the Uni A Reserves defeated a tough Scarborough side by 13 points. We didn’t play anywhere near the level we aspire to however were pleased in the end to just walk away with the win. It was good to see the Uni boys hold up when the pressure was really on come mid last quarter as Scarbrough came within 4 points and had all the momentum. We know that the footy we produced on the weekend won’t be good enough for some of the stronger teams in the reserves competition so we get back to work this week to improve as a side.

Best players: Lachy Davis, Charlie Mitchell, Tom Gajewski, Sam West, Tom Bowering

PHIL SCOTT COLTS

Scarborough 6.2 (38) def by Steinepreis Uni A-Colts 13.6 (84)

The A Colts headed out to Millington Reserve searching for their second win of the season. Scarborough skipped away to an early lead, kicking the first three of goals of the game. It was hard work kicking into a stiff breeze, with Uni managing just a single goal for the quarter.

After regrouping at the first break, the midfield quarter of King, Williams, Messina and Fraser began to gain the ascendancy, complimented by dominant ruckwork from Longmire. Uni used the breeze well, with the interceptors in Daw, Hoffman and Lowson setting up across halfback. Uni controlled the game for the majority of the quarter, which allowed the likes of Donaldson and Crudelli to provide some highlights up forward and establish a narrow lead going into half time.

Uni defended the strong breeze well in the third, with Morfesse cleaning up across half back. The midfield dominance continued and the forward line continued to reap the rewards, with Thew and Just capitalising on their opportunities. In a promising sign, Uni kept the foot on the pedal for the final quarter, stretching the lead and finishing the game strongly.

Some selfless football was the highlight of the day, with Angus Wood putting his body on the line time after time in just his second game for the club. Jacob Thew and Cassius King also threw themselves at the contest all day 

We now turn our attention to the undefeated Collegians, who we play in a Friday night game at home. Come down for what should be a high quality game of colts footy.

Best: Longmire, Morfesse, Cruddeli, Kirk, Donaldson, Wood, Taylor, Just, Williams, King, Daw

Goals: 3 Crudelli 2 Kirk, Just, Donaldson 1 Thew, Fraser, Walker, Morfesse

CROSSING LAWYERS A GRADE WOMEN

Warnbro Swans 5.4 (34) def Crossing Lawyers Uni Stormers 2.0 (12)

The Stormers and Peacocks had their 1st ever in-season bus trip down the highway to Warnbro, with a win for the Stormers guaranteeing a spot in the top 4 for finals.

Warnbro had a fast start out of the blocks, making the most of a strong wind with 2 goals first quarter and putting the Uni girls on the back foot. Strong ruck work from Garry and Nikko gave the girls first touch, however the opposition were too strong at ground level and with their tackling to give us any clean possession and clearance. By the end of the half, the Stormers were only down by 3 goals.

The 2nd half turned into a completely different ball game, as the midfield began to strong together multiple clearances and clean marking from the likes of Keisha and Eddie, which led to 2 quick goals in the 3rd. Unfortunately, a late goal by Warnbro in the last 10sec of the 3rd quarter completely killed of the momentum that was built during the quarter. Despite having the wind and possession for most of the last quarter, the Uni girls couldn’t find a target or space in their forwards, as Warnbro were able to stop our forward entries. The game was led by Boots and Keisha, who provided run and carry from half-back through to the forward.

Despite going down by just under 5 goals, the girls lifted for their bus trip home through the depths of Rockingham and a quick visit to The Swinging Pig. The Stormers now look forward to their final game for the season with a grand final replay against competition-leaders Curtin Uni. The Stormers’ finals hope hang in the balance, a win to guarantee top-4, whilst a loss will have us rely on other results to help us seal 4th spot and an elimination final in 2 weeks.

5 votes (BOG) – Boots, 4 votes – Keisha, 3 votes – Garry, 2 votes – Nikko, 1 vote – Trimmas

BREWHUB C5 GRADE

Trinity Aquinas 2.5 (17) def by Brewhub Uni Pirates 10.7 (67)

The Pirates have maintained their undefeated start to the season with a 50 point victory against Trinity-Aquinas out at the shoe box on Saturday. Coming into the game TAs have proven to be quite competitive in previous weeks competing strongly against North Beach and toppling North Fremantle.

The importance of this game was emphasised with both coaches saying how the game and a victory today could be the launchpad for the back end of the season.

A few changes to the side that played a couple weeks ago saw Pirate Premier and favourite Hoady return to the side, in addition to Matty and Skaz coming into the side from the ressies.

The game was an arm-wrestle in the first quarter with the Macedonian Marvel finding his way onto the scoreboard twice. However, a late goal to TAs gave them reward for consistent entries into their forward line. The backline led by Louie was terrific at different junctions, with Bando blanketing his opponent.

The second quarter was not to dissimilar to the first with it being a tussle all the way through. Garstone added his first for the day kicking a difficult goal in a swirling breeze to help give the Pirates a 2 goal lead at the main break.

At this point Coach Day challenged the boys ‘to be great’ and run out the game. An immediate lift from the entire midfield group was epitomised by Hoppo’s work rate in the ruck who proved tireless in his efforts all day. His work rate both in attack and defence did not go unnoticed by the coaches and other players with a justified BOG on the day.

Other midfielders like Vanders, Chooka and Skipper Bailey also proved damaging. Chooka snuck forward for a handy goal in the 3rd to help give the Pirates a 4 goal lead going into the last. 

In the 4th the boys broke the game open kicking 5 goals to 1 proving too much for TAs and coming out on top by 50 points.

Overall it was a tougher game than that final score line would suggest but one that will put us in good stead going forward.

Next week the Pirates play the undefeated North Beach at McG 2 in what will in all likelihood determine who finishes top of the grade for the season. It will be a fantastic opportunity to measure ourselves against last years grand finalists. However, the second half in of this game demonstrated what this side is capable of and should make for a compelling contest which I am sure the boys will be up and about for.

COYP

Goals – Garstone (3); Con & Blackers (2), Bails, Chooka and Bull (1)

Votes – Hoppo (5), Vanders (4), Bails & Lou (3); Bull & Bando (2); Skaz, Big O & Coxxy (1)

BDO C5 RESERVES

Trinity Aquinas 1.0 (6) def by BDO Uni Dingoes 8.12 (60)

Fresh from a bye the previous round (including a cancelled weekend trip to the Mandurah Dogs), the Dingoes travelled to Bill Grayden Reserve to face an improving TAs team. The team was full of new faces with Butler, Millsy and Doorsy playing their first game for the senior side while club stalwarts Senior and Patty Donovan also made their Dingoes debut. The Dings also welcomed back OJ and Jedi into the side, with 22+ players missing out on selection; clear evidence that European contiki tour companies must be doing it tough.

The game started in the usual fashion with the Dingoes conceding the first goal of the game within 5 minutes – the only time TAs would trouble the scorers all day. The first quarter was a lacklustre affair with both sides struggling in blustery conditions. The backline stood up early, with Bobby mopping up ground balls for fun, Pet taking intercept marks and Senior and OJ showing that attendance at training is temporary, but class is permanent. There wasn’t a great deal to get excited about, however this didn’t stop Demon (who had put away a bottle of red wine after morning golf) from picking fights from the sidelines.

Being up by only a point at quarter time wasn’t good enough and Erk Dog demanded the boys lift their workrate and use their voice. Not content with just telling the young pups what to do, Erk also subbed himself in to show them how to do it and the team responded well. The midfield lifted with Toby heavily involved as Butler asserted himself in the ruck. The wingmen in Blake, Robbie Gray and Matt-In-A-Hat started to accumulate the footy as Uni entered their forward 50 time and time again. A couple of goals probably didn’t reflect the Dingoes dominance, but this could probably be attributed to 22 blokes playing their first game of footy together.

The improved work-rate continued in the 3rd term with the Dingoes getting on top. Spiritual leader Braggy inspired his devout followers, demanding the footy, tackling like a man possessed and kicking a beautiful goal from the boundary. As he came to bench for a well-earned rest, Braggy was quick to label his performance the “best four-touch quarter ever seen”. In the midfield, Butler was completely dominating and Muzza and Doorsy started to take control. Hollywood and Sarge were looking dangerous in the forwardline, and inaccurate kicking was the only thing that stopped the Dingoes from going further ahead. Patty Dono who had subjected himself to 14 days in quarantine with a 1-year old baby looked happy to just be outside, and in between his classy touches  could be seen ducking off to the nearby floral gardens to literally smell the roses.

The last quarter continued in much the same fashion with the Dingoes taking control but lacking a bit of polish. Some unbelievable play from Doorsy (hitting Luka on the tit on numerous occasions) as well as a debut goal from Millsy were highlights, while The Grock brought out his signature finisher, ‘The People’s Quad’ which almost resulted in a 70m goal. While the margin of victory may have flattered TAs, the Dingoes continued to improve throughout the contest and there are good signs moving forward. A mouthwatering clash with North Beach awaits the Dings, with the winner likely to secure second spot and the double chance.

BRETT JONES COLTS

Trinity Aquinas 4.13 (37) def by Uni C-Gulls 5.8 (38)

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STEINEPREIS C3 WOMEN

Warnbro Swans 4.2 (26) def Steinepreis Uni Peacocks 1.2 (8)

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