University Wins A-Colts Premiership
The University Football Club capped off a successful 2018 season with the club’s fifth flag as our A-Colts triumphed in Saturday’s Grand Final at Bassendean.
Don’t forget, we’ll celebrate an exceptional season with the Presentation Dinner on Friday 5 October from 6:30pm at Locally Crafted, Burswood. Tickets on sale now.
University 6.14 (50) defeated North Beach 3.0 (18)
The Uni boys were full of energy as they congregated at the AJ on a gorgeous spring morning, hopping on a bus bound for the home of football, Steel Blue Oval.
Uni began kicking against a stiff breeze, with the first ten minutes being a hotly contested affair. Cohen McCashney got on top early in the ruck battle, with the midfield quarter of Patterson, Vellios, Monkhouse and R Donaldson getting plenty of it early. The backline read the play expertly, with Ben Fitzgerald taking a number of crucial intercept marks. Owen Halliday dominated his man in the first, a trend that would follow for the rest of the day. After conceding the first goal, Jasper John earned a free kick in the right forward pocket, going back and slotting it cooly. Connor Smallwood took a mark in the goal square and kicked his 52nd major of the year to make it two goals a-piece going into quarter time, a fantastic effort considering the conditions.
The second term saw Uni dominating the run of play for the majority of the quarter, which coincided with the arrival of the supporters bus. The Weapons Web was impenetrable, with the likes of Ben Culloton and Oly Sanderson barking out orders and ensuring the footy stayed in our half. Despite the dominance, we only managed a single goal. Max Mussared’s Jonathan Brown-esque mark in the back pocket inspired the boys to keep toiling away. As the siren approached, an errant switch into the backline from a red and yellow jersey lead to a dropped uncontested mark, leaving the ball bobbling around the goal square. The combined pressure of Donaldson’s closing footsteps and swelling noise from the Uni supporters proved to effect the North Beach player’s ability to pick up the ball, as the Earthworm pounced, kicking a crucial goal to extend Uni’s lead to 12 points at the main break.
A determined Uni side took to the field for the third quarter seeking to take a strangle hold on the game. The inside contest continued to be fierce, with the likes of Kirk, Hobbs and Haslam throwing themselves at the ball. This hard inside work saw the outside runners getting some reward as the game opened up. O’Meehan found some space to swing onto his famous left, while Shanahan looked dangerous. However, it Ross Williams who lit up Steel Blue in the third with some sensational runs through the middle of the ground, one of which resulted in a goal from a push in the back free kick. Jim Malone accurately noted after the game that it was the size of William’s rear end that prevented the North Beach players from stopping his run. Such was McCashney’s dominance at stoppages, his opponent was sent to the forward line in an attempt to combat Fitzgerald’s commanding aerial presence. The backline as a whole continued to be unrelating, conceding a single goal. Patterson kicked truly to make the margin 20 points at three quarter time.
Kicking with the breeze in the last quarter, the Green Machine dominated both possession and territory. The tackling pressure of the midfielders continued to be ferocious, leading to a number of chargers inside forward 50. The beach attempted to roll the dice and attack through the corridor, but the intercepting marking of Ed Aitken and Fitzgerald ensured they would go goalless in the final term. A left foot snap from Monkhouse would be the final goal of the game, with Uni booting 1.6 in the last. The final siren rung around Bassendean, signalling well deserved back-to-back premiership for Uni!
Cohen McCasheny was judged best on ground by the umpires, a well deserved accolade having won the ruck duel convincingly all day. Ex-coaches Jim Malone and Greg Shine awarded onballer Sam Monkhouse the Fish Taylor Medal, while Ross Williams received a maximum 15 votes from the coaching panel. The spread of awards demonstrated what was a truly balanced team performance.
The boys celebrated long into the night and beyond, and deservedly so. The 25 players on the day and the four blokes who missed out all showed a remarkable degree of dedication, hard work and comradery throughout the year and should be immensely proud of their efforts!
Goals – 1 John, Smallwood, R Donaldson, Williams, Patterson, Monkhouse
Best – Williams, McCashney, Monkhouse, Fitzgerald, Halliday, Donaldson, Patterson, Vellios, Aitken, Culloton, Mussared