Uni have finished the regular season with a successful day at the McG, getting the job done against West Coast. The remaining teams went 6 from 6 as the Dingoes enjoyed the week off, courtesy of finishing on top of the ladder.
The club also celebrated three huge milestones for club favourites Brent Evans (150 games), Ryan Donaldson and Matt Mantaras (100). Congratulations lads and good luck for the rest of the year.
Next week, the big time is here with a huge weekend of finals action for seven grades.
Steinepreis Paganin A-Grade
University 16.9 105 defeated West Coast Cowan 3.2 20
The league side finished their regular season with a strong 85 point win over cross-town rivals West Coast. We had plenty to play for as a top 3 spot was up for grabs and the celebration of the two milestone men, Ryan Donaldson (100 games) and Brent ‘Silky’ Evans (150 games).
After a below par performance last weekend, the coaching staff challenged the team to get back to basics and focus on the fundamentals that turned our season around. Uni burst out of the blocks kicking 8 goals to 0 in the first quarter as livewire forward Henrick Alforque kicked 4 and Leigh Kohlman opened his account with 3. The boys were switched on across all parts of the ground, using the ball with purpose and applying strong defensive pressure.
The second quarter was a lot different, with only 4 behinds scored as West Coast came out with a stronger intent to neutralise the game. Uni were still able to send the ball inside 50, but our execution wasn’t as polished as it was in the first term. Nonetheless, there were positives to take out of the first half as a whole. Skipper Tim O’Hara continues another stellar season as he continues to win every one on one contest and young midfielder Finn Moloney showing plenty of promise as a contested ball winner and clearance player.
We began the third quarter in a similar vein to the first, with good ball movement and tackle pressure. Quinn Donaldson snagged two majors and in-form midfielder Chaz Flint was everywhere as Uni piled on 5 goals to 1 to finish the term with a 12 goal lead. In the last quarter, Leigh Kohlman brought up goal number 6 which secured him (unknowingly) the leading goal kicker title in A Grade, a fantastic achievement for what continues to be a memorable season for him.
Overall, it was a good way to finish the season with an all-around team effort. It was important that we got over the line for a double chance finish and for Ryan and Silky. This win locks us into 3rd and a Qualifying Final against CBC @ Morris Buzzacott next weeked.
We hope to see as many University supporters there as possible to get us over the line!
Goals: Kohlman 6, Alforque 5, Q. Donaldson 2, R. Donaldson, Flint, Lake
Best: Alforque, Flint, Kohlman, Moloney, O’Hara, Barton, Colvin, R. Donaldson
4 Pines A-Reserves
University 17.11 113 defeated West Coast Cowan 2.4 16
The Ressies finished off the home and away season with a resounding 100 point victory over West Coast Cowan. The side played the best four quarter performance of the season, with the midfielders feasting throughout the game and Sammy Garstone pouching himself 5 goals.
Matty Mantaras celebrated his 100th game in style, booting 2 majors and accumulating plenty of the ball.
The real highlight came after the game, with the Ressies side parked up nervously in the changerooms awaiting the results of the other fixtures. Coach Shiney had sent his spies out to the various venues to report back on the games as they unfolded. It wasn’t until 45 minutes after the end of the game could the side really celebrate, as Shiney delivered the news that Scarborough defeated CBC, meaning Uni snuck into the 5 for a finals berth.
We look forward to taking on Curtin in an elimination final next Saturday.
Best: Wilson, Garstone, Thompson, Culloton, Durward, Mantaras, Gajewski, Orr, Dent, McKay, Fitzgerald
Goals: 5 Garstone, 2 Dent Howard Mckay Wilson Durward Culloton
Phil Scott A-Colts
University 16.10 106 defeated West Coast Cowan 2.1 13
Crossing Law A-Grade Women Stormers
University 6.3 39 defeated North Beach 1.6 12
UWA are into the third week of the PFL A-grade finals series after teaching the (North) Beach by 27 points, celebrating Pilot’s 50th game in dazzling style.
The 6.3 (39) to 1.6 (12) semi final win at McGillvray means the Stormers will tackle Curtin University in a preliminary final, given the opportunity to end the Tigers’ chances of a premiership four-peat after they lost their qualifying final to Warnbro.
But to become champions, you have to beat champions and that’s exactly what UWA will spend the next week planning to do ahead of their preliminary final showdown.
Before any of that, let’s take a look back at how the Stormers submitted the North Beach breed of Tiger to extinction.
It started on Monday when the Stormers were greeted to a inspirational speech by Shane Woewodin, the Brownlow medallist encouraging UWA to take their moments.
And it continued into the first quarter, the Stormers quickly making up for last week’s loss to Warnbro and kicking the first two goals of the game.
Bolstered by the return of Adele Arnup, the powerful midfielder quickly got to work at stoppages and taking literal hangers around the ground, perhaps inspired by the presence of a video camera or even the throng of Claremont teammates (and a few AFLW stars) that were spectating.
Isla ‘Siz’ Holmes was absolutely electric, kicking a goal from so deep in the pocket she found a chewing gum wrapper from three years ago.
While Pip Pienaar dominated the airways like an air traffic controller, raking in marks like she had two good knees.
North Beach came out of the half-time break with renewed fight, managing to spend some time inside their attacking half and generate some shots on goal.
But the Tigers’ inaccuracy cost them, one set shot attempt drifting right after some inspired distraction technique by Molly Goldacre.
Inspired by her coaching victory the night before, Addy Crossing headed into defence late and laid a stellar holding the ball tackle on North Beach’s full forward (Reilly was first on the scene and accidentally lightly poked her in the eye attempting to celebrate).
It was sounds payback for a quarter earlier when the same player drove Annie Simpson into the ground, rearranging her internal organs momentarily but before you knew it our fearless captain had bounced straight back up and was ready to take her free kick.
When the final siren sounded, it was complete euphoria for the girls in green as they chaired Pilot off the field.
But their attention was quickly on the next task, and there’s none bigger than Curtin. #gotgrit
BDO C4-Reserves Dingoes
Bye (finished first)
Blake best on at training Saturday morning
Subi Hotel Laurie Keene Colts C-Gulls
University 4.12 36 defeated Coolbinia 3.12 30
Brett Jones Colts
University 10.8 68 defeated Wanneroo 3.7 25