Spill Crew A Grade
University 5.8 38 defeated by Curtin Uni Wesley 8.7 55
The Uni A Grade suffered their first defeat for the season to a strong Wesley Curtin outfit.
Uni started the game with a really strong first quarter registering a dominant 4 goals to 1. Our pressure and composure with the footy was excellent and as a side we showed a glimpse of our full potential.
The 2nd quarter however was a different story. Wesley Curtin took back control of the game with a 4 goal to 0 term that had Uni now trailing at HT. There were moments in the quarter that Uni needed to execute better that in turn would have helped stem WC’s momentum.
In the third quarter Uni had the majority of the territory however were unable to convert this to the scoreboard registering just the one goal. Wesley made the most of their opportunities kicking 2 straight from limited i50’s. The final quarter saw Uni fighting hard in general play however as was the theme after quarter time, wasteful moments in the forward half not allowing any inroads to Wesley’s lead. It was a hard fought contest by the young Uni side.
There was no lack of effort with the boys competing hard all day. Another great experience for the players and we will be determined to bounce back next week.
Best: Stewart, Culloton, Donaldson, Morcombe, Angelkov, Barton, Love Goals: Love, Donaldson (2), Trombetta
Steinepreis Paganin A Reserves
University 5.5 35 defeated by Curtin Uni Wesley 7.8 50
The Reserves have gone down to Wesley Curtin in a courageous 15 point loss. Coming into the game with 6 changes against one of the contenders in the Reserves competition, the boys knew they would be in for a contest from the outset.
A strong start unlike other weeks was a nice change of pace, as we matched it against the more physical Curtin side. Cass and Ric were both terrific in the midfield as we felt like we were winning the centre clearances (first use given by the great man Pat Don).
Scores were level at the first break, with the second quarter playing out in a similar manner to the first. Lachie Gray was excellent in his positioning, as young Crudeli was a refreshing change of pace in the midfield. Also of note, and uplifting for the entire group, Ollie O was playing his best game of Reserves football yet and was lacing out every target in sight.
Unfortunately the third quarter proved difficult with the boys down to 1 on the bench with 5 minutes to go. Wesley to their credit played some tough footy and kicked 2 goals to give them a 13 point lead going into the last. Much like similar weeks though this groups confidence did not waiver and despite falling 15 points behind and by this stage having no one on the bench, the boys came out kicked two quickly. Beresford’s goal was particularly spectacular. For us though, we just ran out of legs and Curtin kicked a couple late to ice the game.
It was a gutsy performance all things considered, and a reminder to us where the bar is. We play West Coast this Saturday, which presents an opportunity for us to get back on track.
Goals – Quincy (2); Ollie O, Joey & Bez (1)
Votes – Cass (5); Ollie (4); Ric (3); Bez & Lachie (2); Crud, Pat Don, Kuta & Brogs (1)
Red Cloud A Colts
University 8.6 54 defeated Curtin Uni Wesley 3.6 24
Bike Bar Stormers
University 1.2 8 defeated by Wembley 8.1 49
GPA Engineering Peacocks
University 4.0 24 defeated by Trinity Aquinas 4.1 25
4 Pines Pirates
University 10.7 67 defeated North Fremantle 8.11 59
The Pirates enjoyed an early season bussy down to take on North Freo and despite controlling the game through much of the first half, the boys were unable to capitalise on their hard work to apply any scoreboard pressure.
We were able to force North Freo into slow, down the line ball movement, but skill errors and a few fortuitous bounces of the footy allowed them to put up an early lead. The first half was littered with fumbles, missed kicks, and dropped marks at crucial moments to halt any momentum the Pirates were able to build.
Heading into halftime down by a couple, we knew we had the game where we wanted it, it was just going to take some composure and on field leadership to get the scoreboard on our side.
Kicking against the breeze, J-Mo and Vet set the tone early in the 3rd with some bone-bruising bumps. The Pirates tackling pressure was as good as it’s ever been and we were able to elevate the quality of ball movement as our confidence grew. A move into the midfield worked wonders for Fleabag Messina who dialled up the pressure on the North Freo mids while winning plenty of his own ball.
The Pirates carried the momentum into the last, starting with Barbs breaking free from a pack and launching a 55 m goal from the junction to put us within a kick. We then hit the front after Captain Smally got on the end of a 60 m torpedo from Fleabag into a vacant 50. North Freo weren’t done with yet and gave a late scare with a goal to put them back within a kick, but the Pirates kept the foot down and Wheel-Barrow kicked the sealer with a Joe-the-Goose from the goal line.
It wasn’t the prettiest game to watch, but it was good to see the team put a sluggish half behind them and win from behind on the road. The Pirates face another big challenge this week taking on Fremantle CBC at Morris Buzacott Reserve looking to take our season tally to 3 wins.
Best: (5) Andy Barber; (4) Oscar Deveraux; (3) Mitch Fraser; (2) Tom Dowling and Connor Smallwood; (1) Noah Sturgeon, Nick Lantzke, and Sarge
Goals: (3) Connor Smallwood; (2) Greasy Griffths and Andy Barber; (1) Wheel-Barrow, Tom Dowling, Heavy Lennon
University 10.7 67 defeated North Fremantle 8.11 59
The Dingoes took on North Freo away, and hoped to return home with the Gilbert Fraser double: a chicken schnitty roll and the W. It was a highly anticipated match, with the bussie and season debuts for 5 players, including American recruit, and former D1 cornerback, Donovan ‘Donny Island’ Lilly (allegedly of course). Shout out to the bus driver for parking on the train line mid-bus-trip, only the second worst parking effort for the morning after Jun tested out the durability of the garage door.
The contest was hot early, with huge pressure from both sides and a swirly breeze making scoring difficult. The Dingoes were however the cleaner of the two teams going forward, taking a 3-goal lead into half-time, with the midfield through Butler, Jerk, Chun and Mac starting to get on top. The 3rd quarter was a memorable one, with the Dingoes kicking 6 goals to nothing to take the game away from the opposition, with some exceptional ball movement and great forward pressure. It wouldn’t have been a North Freo game without a little bit of feeling; an exceptional effort by Smokin’ Jo to imitate his CHF idol Demon by giving out a couple of ear massages when required. All in all, a great effort from the Dings, eventually running out 79 point winners.
Votes: 5: Jerk, Butler, 4: Cal, 3: Chun, 2: Wayneo, Jado, 1: Mac, 1Z, Smokin’ Jo
Subiaco Hotel C-Gulls
University 16.11 107 defeated Fremantle CBC 4.6 30