University 9.9-63 defeated Kingsway 7.4-46
On a wet and grey old day at the G, the A Grade had a must win game v Kingsway who were currently sitting in 4th spot. The maths were simple; win and we were third, lose and we were 5th and probably out of touch for a qualifying finals, double chance spot.
The A Grade boys have shown a propensity to rise to the occasion and stiffen up when required (as all young men should!) and this match was again another example of this with a fighting, 17 point win despite a fancied opponent throwing the kitchen sink at us and it stands the lads in a good knowledge of this heading into finals.
We were aided by a good toss win by Timmy O’Hara who chose to kick with a stiff breeze. Quarter time four goals four to two straight. Flint, Trombetta (2) and Donaldson all kicking majors. We won a hard fought second quarter by 3 points kicking 2 3 to 2 goals to lead at the main change by 19 points but were hardened and buoyed by the fact we had had 13 scoring shots to four at that stage.
The third quarter saw us tighten the screws with two goals to their four points which gave us a 27 point lead at the final break.
There were some nervous moments in the final quarter but some great work by Silky Evans and excellent work by our entire defence, lead by young guns “Nobby” Harris and Ben Fitzgerald as well as Captain Tim O’Hara, and a dominant midfield saw us home by 17 points and back into third place. We will now definitely play finals and our best is as good as anyone’s. Massive game at the Beach this week before finishing up with a home game against last season’s premiers Scarborough.
Best: Harris, Evans, Fitzgerald, Murray, Donaldson, O’Hara, Harding
Goals: 3 Trombetta, Evans, 1 Flint, Donaldson, West
4 Pines A-Reserves
University 20.15 135 defeated Kingsway 0.1 1
The Ressies enjoyed a day out against Kingsway, putting together 4 clinical quarters of quality football. It was a great hit out from the first bounce, with some exciting and skillful play on display. Uni dominated the game for 80 minutes, piling on 20 goals to nil.
The main highlight of the match was celebrating Jarryd Stewart’s 200th game for the UFC. We discussed as a group the quality of player and person Jarryd is, with the fact that roughly 180 of his 199 previous games had been played in A Grade highlighting his on field contribution to the club. Jarryd has been a part of numerous premierships at A Colt and A Grade level and been a fixture of the club since 2009. JRad booted 6.4 in his 200th, as well as dishing off a number of opportunities to his teammates, much to the disbelief of some Uni supporters. It was a pleasure to watch the great man enjoy a well deserved victory, as well as filling his boots in typical fashion.
Aside from that, the other 21 players on the field each had their moment in the spotlight at some point, with Uni’s control of the play allowing everyone to get in on the action. Special mention must go to Nathan Pearce and Sam Monkhouse who combined for approximately 80 disposals. It was a comfortable victory and a good hit out for a number of players returning to the side.
Best: Stewart, Monkhouse, Pearce, Culloton, Dent, Morfesse, Lantzke, Dykes, Mitchell, O’Meehan
Goals: 6 Stewart, 4 Dent, 3 Monkhouse, 2 Mitchell, 1 Evans, Pearce, Waddell, Hopkinson, Offerman
Phil Scott Colts
University 12.9 81 defeated Kingsway 5.3 33
Crossing Law A-Grade Women Stormers
University 9.7 61 defeated Nollamara 0.1 1 (Forfeit)
BREAKING: The Perth Football League is understood to be investigating an alleged forfeit that occurred between University and Nollamara in the final round of the A-Grade home and away season on Saturday.
Sources understand the game was called off at three quarter time with UWA leading 9.7 (61) to 0.1 (1) but questions have been raised about the real cause of the forfeit and what was said between the coaches of the two clubs.
While it was largely accepted Nollamara were forced to forfeit due to only having 13 fit players after a further two injuries in the third quarter (holla at Bec ‘Cub’ Lyons for flattening someone with a huge bump in her first game back), reports have surfaced the home side were eager to play on at Des Pennman reserve.
Instead it is being alleged that the Stormers coaches conspired to end the game early so as to protect one of their stars from a rare football condition.
Defender turned forward Jenny Goetze was understood to be showing early symptoms of rare neurological condition ‘Big-Headinitis’ after kicking two goals in the third quarter.
The condition causes players’ brains to rewire, the result meaning they think they are better than they actually are.
And after kicking two goals against the bottom placed side, it’s believed Goetze was on the verge of contracting the disorder, prompting UWA’s willingness to abandon the game for her own safety.
It’s understood Goetze was however still telling everyone who would listen about her heroics at the Subiaco Hotel later that night and her symptoms will have to be monitored during the week.
Investigations are still ongoing.
In conclusion, BRING ON FINALS
Brewhub C5-Grade Pirates
University 6.13 49 defeated Curtin Wesley 4.3 27
The Pirates have completed back to back wins, with another gritty performance against a competitive Wesley Curtin. After winning last week the boys knew they had to back up their strong performance with another against WC. It was a massive for us in the contest of the season as a win would give us a stranglehold on 5th and knock the Tigers out.
The main message to the boys beforehand was to gear up for a finals like game against a team that was desperate. To Curtin’s credit they fought very hard in the first half, with the score line reflecting only a 2 point lead for the Pirates. The highlight being Mike Nin’s crumbing goal to get the boys going.
From there however, the boys lifted and kicked into a gear. The ever workmanlike performance from Nelma and the precise Pooley were invaluable to our lift in the second half. With Pat Don, Diamo and Senior also proving useful to the second half resurgence. In the end we ran out 22 point victors with the boys playing a better brand when the game was there to be won or lost.
On sad news, Matt Bailey (our great skipper) is seemingly done for the season with a tone bicep. One of the great men you will meet in the lower grades, it was very disappointing for him to go off in such a manner. But his leadership is always well-regarded and will be missed come finals time. Best of luck in your recovery Matt.
Also congratulations are in order for Summers who cracked the 100. Summers is a Pirate Premier in 2017 and had the crucial moment in that Grand Final. Another one of those great men you will meet down at the football club, it was a milestone well deserved.
The Pirates move on to play CBC away on FRIDAY NIGHT @ 7pm with a win locking in finals for the 5th consecutive year.
Goals: 2 Smally, 1 Pat Don, Quincey, Mike Nin
BDO C5-Reserves Dingoes
University 8.3 51 defeated Curtin Wesley 6.10 46
Brett Jones Colts C-Gulls
University 18.11 119 defeated Fremantle CBC 2.3 15
Subi Hotel E1-Grade Mutts
University 12.4 76 defeated Fremantle CBC 2.5 7
Steinepreis C4-Grade Women Peacocks
University 6.5 41 defeated North Beach 0.0 0