The A-Stream ventured out to Bill Graden Reserve to take on Trinity Aquinas in a much anticipated matchup. The colts started the day with a fantastic win against the competition benchmark, putting the side to the top of the ladder. The reserves fell just short in an agonising loss, celebrating Frenchies 100th game for the club while the A grade were unable to match it with the opposition, taking the ledger for the season to 2-2.
In the lower grades, the Pirates and Dingoes took on Nollamara for the first time. The Pirates recorded a fantastic win while the Dingoes enjoyed a friendly scratch-match after a last minute forfeit from the opposition.
The C-Gulls continue to roll-on, with another huge win in the Brett Jones competition as the Puppy Colts were beaten by a strong Mosman Park side.
The Peacocks enjoyed a much needed bye after a few tough weeks with Covid while the Stormers hosted Piara Waters in a season defining win in Annies 50th game for the club.
Next week, the A-Grade will be looking to bounce back at home against the reigning Champs in Kingsway while the lower grades will be away.
University 7.11 53 def by Trinity Aquinas 13.5 83
Round 4 against Trinity brought more optimism as we had a few players return from Covid protocols. We welcomed back skipper Tim O’hara, Jye Harris, Nick Winmar, Finn Moloney and Jake Conti. This also welcomed a debutant from Claremont, Henrick Alforque and Sam Garstone.
The lead up to the game wasn’t without last minute changes, as debutant Sam Garstone (Illness) and Finn Moloney (Nose/Face) had to pull out. Despite the indifferent lead up, the league side started like a house on fire, kicking the first 3 goals as full forward Leigh Kohlmann looked dangerous with 2 majors. TAs were able to wrestle back momentum towards the end of the quarter and Uni had a 8 point lead at quarter time.
TAs came out of the blocks flying, kicking the next 5 goals in a row as their pressure resulted in turnovers and easy scoring opportunities. Brent Evans was able to jail a goal to keep us within 14 points at the main break.
The second half was much of the same, our costly turnovers and very inaccurate kicking allowed Trinity to maintain dominance of the game, as they ran out 30 point winners. Although a disappointing result, the playing squad remains focussed as they turn their attention to the reigning premiers, Kingsway, at UWA Sports Park.
Best: Lake, Harris, Evans, Alforque, B. Culloton
Goals: Kohlmann 2, Evans 2, Trombetta 2, Alforque 1.
4 Pines A-Reserves
University 7.6 48 def by Trinity Aquinas 8.6 54
The Ressies have gone down in gut wrenching fashion by 6 points out at Billy Grayden last weekend. With a host of ins, totalling 10, the coaches were confident that the group could get the job done.
Early doors however it was TAs who had the ascendency surging the ball from the midfield and getting repetitive entries. The backline, led by one of the King Spiders at the club, Fitzgerald, did incredibly well to repel TAs and a couple late goals to us meant we were only down by 2 at the first break.
The second quarter we started to regain a bit more control, however had little to show for it, with TAs taking their chances far more effectively. As a result, TAs took a 2-goal lead into the main break with fundamental skill errors hurting the men in their silky white jerseys.
At the main break Coach McAuliffe challenged the group to lift, find another gear and get themselves back in the contest. Led by the ageless wonder that is Pat Don, the Bulls that are Nick Lantzke and Manta and Quincey Howard momentum begun to swing back to us. Quincey was proving particularly dangerous up forward and was supported well by Troy Cullo who was a potent target all day. The great third quarter led to us being in front by 2 points at 3QT.
Once again, we felt as though we were playing a good brand of footy. The whole quarter was back and forth with Dur kicking one from 55 to put us up 7 with 3 minutes left. TAs though who had been very good at centre bounce all day peeled off 2 goals late and took home the win by a goal.
The result was disappointing but was certainly not without its highlights. Overall, we know that competitive performances against 3 of the top 4 sides last year is not where we want to be, but it’s a great starting point for this group to build on. Next week we return to our home deck against Kingsway in what will be a very significant game for us.
Votes – Pat Don (5); Fitzy (4); Quincey & Manta (3); Snick & Cullo (2); Lowey & Frenchy (1)
Goals – Quincey (3); Cullo, Waddles, Pat Don & Dur (1)
Phil Scott Colts
University 8.8 56 def Trinity Aquinas 5.5 35
In what was our biggest game for the year so far, and probably will be our biggest home and away fixture for the year, we headed down to the shoebox as TA’s for a huge clash with the ladder leaders. We gained some important ins this week including captain Cyrus Upson, and important midfield/Ruck duo of West Love and Nick Cooley, with many other experienced A colters too.
The game was somewhat of an arm-wrestle in the first half with neither team really gaining a big lead, but we went into the half with a slim lead, also knowing that TA’s would throw everything they had at us. But we held strong through some very impressive forward craft, midfield dominance and extremely tight defending to run out 21 point winners in the end.
A real coming of age performance from Dylan Spyvee and insane clearance work from Nick Cooley saw them among the best, while vice captain Angus Johnston had his best game down back for the year
Goals – 2 Upson, 1 Moose, Southo, Coops, Chaddy, Evans, Rava
BEST – Cooley, Henricksen, Spyvee, Armstrong, Johnston, CJ, Upson, Evans, Woolfe, Southo, Cooper
Brewhub C4-Grade Pirates
University 14.8 92 def Nollamara 10.13 73
BDO C4-Reserves Dingoes
The Dingoes missed out on facing Nollamara due to the Kangaroos forfeiting prior to the game. As everyone was at the ground anyway and had already done a warm-up, here are some of the highlights of the day:
- Sam Howieson’s tanned legs (heartfelt thank you to Howie for agreeing to umpire our intra-club scratch match)
- Onezy winning BOG and then meeting Ivan Solderer
- Unbelievably good burgers and snags from Nova’s parents
- Making up stories about how much fun you had over summer to impress your 21 best mates while drinking Crown Lagers on the hill.
- Big Al making Jerk tap out in a wrestle
- Watching the Pirates grind out an impressive win against a surging ‘Mara.
- Griffin Logue locking up Jeremy Cameron.
- Dingoes remaining unbeaten in 2022.
Brett Jones Colts C-Gulls
University 27.6 138 def Wanneroo 2.6 18
Subi Hotel Laurie Keene Colts
University 4.6 30 def by Mosman Park 17.11 113
Crossing Law A-Grade Women Stormers
University 5.8 38 def Piara Waters 2.1 13
Steinepreis C4-Grade Women Peacocks