Spill Crew A Grade
University 15.14 104 defeated North Beach 3.6 24
Steinepreis Paganin A Reserves
University 7.3 45 defeated by North Beach 8.8 56
The Reserves have suffered our second loss of the season going down gallantly against the reigning premiers Beach on Saturday. Despite the 8 changes from the team that knocked over TAs the week prior, the boys were coming in with confidence off the back of a good month of footy.
Unfortunately our form was not replicated at the outset with the Beach midfield dictating terms early. This midfield dominance led to them kicking 5 of the first 6 goals of the game. Quincey Howard and Chooch Caldow added the first two, leaving us 3 goals down at QT.
The second quarter was an arm-wrestle with Uni kicking 1 point and Beach kicking 4 points. Beach carried in a lead of 22 points at the main break.
The second half however the men in white and green began to lift led by Caldow who was moved into the mids and provided a big burst of energy that was desperately needed. Him in addition to Brogs and Dingoes ruck Sammy Butler helped turn the game towards us. We won the quarter by two points but felt as though the momentum had turned.
Two goals in the first five minutes of the last quarter gave us a sniff. However, Beach settled like all good sides do, and unfortunately, we fell short by 11 points.
Overall, given the volume of changes and the personnel missing this was an excellent display. Beach is always a challenge out at Charles Riley and the boys held their nerve when they fell 4 goals down early. If we can avoid the lapse at the start, we feel as though we can challenge them next time around.
We come back home to Mt Lawley this week in a challenging game that if we prevail will keep us in the top 3 at the midpoint of the season.
Goals – Quincey (3); Caldow (2); JN & Flynn (1)
Votes – Caldow (5); T-Ferg (4); Brogs (3); Lowey & Butler (2); Cary & Lawson (1)
Red Cloud A Colts
University 5.11 41 defeated North Beach 1.6 12
In a top-of-the-table clash against North Beach out at Charles Riley our chaps put on a serious show. 30 point winners doesn’t sound like a smashing, but to hold them to one goal for the entire game was a great achievement.
All four quarters were extremely defensive, however, our ability to turn defence into sling-shot offence is something we pride ourselves on. It was run-and-gun footy all day from our chaps, never slowing down and letting them grasp any momentum.
At this point, sitting 8-0 on top of the table, 2 games clear of second is a great spot to be. Only to be slowed down by the 35 colts vacationing in Europe in the coming weeks, hopefully, we hold momentum.
Goals. (3) – Elliot (1) – Southern, Hyatt.
Votes – (5) Hayden, (4) Southern, (3) Hugo, Crowley (2) Crump (1) Hyatt, Carrington-Jones, Cooley, O’ Leary
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GPA Engineering Peacocks
University 3.5 23 defeated Roleystone 1.2 8
The Peacocks were pushed by a tough Roleystone outfit for 3 quarters before breaking away in the last quarter to record a well deserved 15 point win.
With scores tied at 3 quarter time, the Peacocks began to dominate clearances and inside forward 50s, which resulted in 2 quick goals to Soph Mac and Lizey Rakich to break the game open early in the last.
The defence held up really well all day – despite not conceding many defensive 50 entries, Bunny, Baker and Wiggles repelled all Roleystone forays forward. An unlucky bounce saw Roleystone get one out the back, but outside of that it was a very solid defensive effort all round. The midfield of Lizey, Rog, Eloise and Phub fought hard all day, supported by Hope and Cass Mc in the ruck. Betty, Cav and Bish worked hard on the wings and forward flanks ensuring the ball was sent back into F50 regularly.
The Peacocks reach the halfway mark of the regular season with an impressive record of 7-1, sitting a game clear on top of the ladder. Looking forward to testing ourselves with a tough month of fixtures ahead 🦚
Goals: Rakich 2, Soph Mac
Best: Rakich, Rog, Cav, Phub, Betty
4 Pines Pirates
University 6.3 39 defeated by Maddington 18.11 119
The Pirates took on Maddington in an important game nearing the mid-point of the season. The start of the week brought optimism in the group facing a new side in the grade and coming off a great performance against TA’s.
As the week wore on, the challenge became greater as the combination of injuries, long weekend, corporate boxes at Optus Stadium and prior commitments took a toll on the side. 9 forced changes to first-choice players forced the hand of the coaches who had to bring in three colts, retired players and a number of Dingoes to field a side.
Maddington got out to a hot start, kicking three goals in 10 minutes and looking in-form. The rest of the second quarter was fantastic as the boys steadied and started to wrestle back some momentum. Aden Wilkins in his first game of the year brought some much needed skill and experience to the backline and the midfield were fighting hard.
After quarter time, everything changed as the Bulls took over. The momentum swung back and the young Pirates side wasn’t able to match it with the organised and skillful opposition. Injuries started to come and by halftime we were down to 18 fit players and one semi-fit player on the bench. This forced our hand with undersized colter Dogga-Dan being thrown in to the ruck as our regular Rucks Gus and Piers were barely able to play out the game.
After half-time it got worse as Maddington piled on the goals and injuries kept flowing. By three-quarter time we had 16 fit players with Aden sitting in the cage unable to run and plenty of other players on the field in a world of pain.
The message at three-quarter time from vision-impaired assistant coach Frenchy was that the game result was out of contention so the focus in the last quarter was to have fun and if that doesn’t work, at least it will be funny.
And funny it was. The Pirates had 17 players on the field in the last quarter against Maddington’s 18 who refused to even up. Despite the injuries, the Pirates put on a show and kicked two goals to one in the first 10 minutes of the last quarter including a brilliant walking lead and goal from Aden,
Congratulations to Maddington forward Vince Napoli who piled on 11 goals in the game in what was a dominant performance that we had no answers for.
With the Uni break and European summer coming up, the Pirates are approaching a challenging stretch of games but that last quarter shows how much heart the team has and we couldn’t be prouder of the way the players fought it out.
Goals: Smally (2), Fraze, Heavy, Aden, Andy Miller (1)
Best: Vet, Noah, Aden, Smally, Fraze, Dan O, Tex
University 16.18 114 defeated Maddington 1.5 11
The Dingoes beat the Maddington Bulls by approximately 100 points in a one-sided contest at MCG2. With a number of the DIngoes stalwarts playing up the grades or away for the long weekend, the new-look Dingoes produced three excellent quarters of footy to run away with the game. The win takes the Dingoes to 7-1 and comfortably in the top 3, with the other top 2 sides to play each other next week.
Votes: 5: Demon, 4: Goody, 3: 1Z, Jado, 2: Gooch, Luca, 1: Mike, JB
Subiaco Hotel C-Gulls
University 20.13 133 defeated North Fremantle 0.1 1