Round #11 Match Report

Round #11 Match Report

Round 11 saw us welcome the Parrots, on a day the weather gods smiled on us all with the rain staying away until all the matches were completed.  We took the honours 3-1 on the oval as well as the courts 4-1 (1 draw).

Our U/13’s got the day rolling with a solid (24-17) win over the fourth placed “Gatha”; with two evenly matched U/15 teams playing out an exciting 24 all draw.  The U/17’s underlined their improvement the further the season has gone with a tight (27-25) victory over a higher ranked side. 5th V 6th in C Grade, but unfortunately our ladies went down (28-37) whilst 1st V 2nd in B Grade saw us get home by 2, (36-34) in another tight one.  Our A Grade got the job done (52-44) to consolidate a top 3 spot.  As evidenced by the scores in all games, some quality close games were played over the day.  Best player award to Addison Howe, Alice Farmer, Grace Van Tilbury (U/13); Sophie Little, Chelsey Webster, Montanna Styles (U/15); Heidi Gaudion, Lauryn King-Church, Milan Maaka (U/17); Trax Hanratty, Amy Husson, Liesl Sexton (C Grade); Bec Duddington, Cassidy Smith, Heidi Gaudion (B Grade) and Taylin Gourley, Stacey O’Brien, Raymayer Gourley (A Grade). 

The U/16 boys hit the ground running in the first half with numerous forward entries, but unable to make it fully count on the scoreboard.  Improved ball movement was a feature, but again inaccurate kicking for goal proved an issue after the main break as they eventually ran out comfortable winners.  Best players were Jacob Cunico, Flynn Kennedy, Nick Fox, Thomas Hamilton, Kade Ruyters and Jake Healey. 

The 3rds started strongly, but similar to the earlier game, inaccuracy (3-6) in the first term kept the margin to 13 points, however we had most of the play in the middle two quarters to take a commanding lead into ¾ time.  The Parrots fought the game out well in the final term to restrict us, kicking a couple of goals themselves.  Best players were Peter Strong, Darion Duncan, Isaac Copland, Dillion Thow, Max Luckie (5 goals) and Matthew Scholtes. 

The Reserves game was a “ripper”.  Supporters from both sides believing it one of the highest quality games they had seen in the last decade.  No more than 4 points separated the teams at the first 3 breaks, with maybe the “Gatha’s” inaccuracy in the 3rd term costing them.  The final term ebbed and flowed, with our 3 goal to 2, getting us over the line.  Best players were Josh Twite, Wilson Gaudion, Stu Goddard, Rob Wilkie, Tate Marsh and Max Luckie.

The Seniors was a game of 2 halves, with the “Gatha” coming to play.  With some of their stars returning from long term injuries, they dominated the first, with 17 scoring shots to 5, giving them a 47 point lead; a fair reflection of the game till then.  To our boys’ credit, they knuckled down in the 2nd half and had a real crack at it.  With ‘Collo’ leading the way, everyone listed their work rate across the ground to get the margin to under 4 goals during the final term, before eventually going down by 28 points.  A great learning curve for our many youngsters in what is required against quality teams, at the top level.  Best named were Mark Collison, Cam Whiteoak, Jackson McMahon, Ewan Williams, Troy Forrest and Conor Little. 

After a welcome week off, we wander down the highway to the Ted Summerton Reserve to take on the Lions today.  As we head towards the “pointy” end of the season, the four points in both footy and netball are crucial to some of both Clubs sides, so an action packed day is on the cards.  Good luck to all involved today. 

Go Maroons.

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