Round #12 Match Report

Round #12 Match Report

Last Saturday was one of those days when you just didn’t want to leave your house, but knew you had to. Moe was no different to most parts of the state, with atrocious conditions for players, coaches, officials and spectators alike. 

The Moe oval was in excellent condition, however the volume of surface water over the ground made things difficult across all four games.  Our U/16’s started the day slowly being held goalless in the first half, being down by 11 points but outscored the Lions in the 3rd to get the margin back to 4 points at ¾ time.  Neither side could raise two flags in the final term with us going down by 8 points in the end, our 2nd loss for the year.  Best Players were Harvey Howe, Jake Healey, Flynn Kennedy, Thomas Hamilton, Hugh Dunbar and Brad Rickard. 

The 3rds started as a 16 a side game and we handled the conditions that little bit better early, jumping out to a 19-point lead.  Despite losing Isaac Copland, the boys continued the momentum to take a 33-point lead at the main break.  During half time, Moe had several players forced to withdraw from the game, due to the extreme cold (we hope these boys all recovered well); meaning the game was “called”. Best were Luis D’Angelo, Kaijah Noda, Liam Deering, Darion Duncan, Caleb Frith and Dillion Thow.

With injuries starting to take a toll on the Senior List, Cammo’s “magoo’s” had a tough task with 18 hitting the ground (including four 3rds doubling up). Whilst they managed to keep the margin to less than a goal until ¾ time, in the end the lack of rotations throughout the game was telling.  The big bodied Lions took control in the final quarter with 3 goals to nil to take the points by 23.  Best named were Jordan McMillan, Mitch Membrey, Trent Morrow, Justin Barnes, Zac Gray and Wilson Gaudion.

The Seniors entered the game with our youngest team in recent memory, with 10 players 20 or younger, including two more making their debuts for the Club; which now makes 16 for the season.  Losing Lee Stockdale early didn’t help the cause, but we hit the scoreboard early to lead by 13, before the trend was reversed in the 2nd term, limiting us to a narrow 1-point margin at ½ time. Moe effectively won the game after the break with 3 goals to 1, before the final quarter “slog”, with neither side being able to nail a “six pointer”.  A gallant effort by the guys against a top 3 team, given the circumstances.  Best players were Connor Little, Connor Ambler, Mark Collison, Ewan Williams, Hayden Hector and Riley Loprese. 

Cold, wet and red hands were the order of the day over on the courts where our A Grade ladies gave themselves a buffer over Moe on the ladder, with a hard fought 45-41 victory.  Our B Grade went down 39-48, whilst our C Grade had a great 37-33 win over their higher placed opponents.  A tough day at the office for our junior girls, with the U/17’s (12-22), U/15’s (8-23) and U/13’s (21-27) all going down.  Awards presented to Maddi Stockdale, Ramayer Gourley, Kate French (A); Bree Guttridge, Chelsea Livingstone, Lori Scholtes (B); Amy Husson, Loren Ponton, Amie Jackson (C Grade); Milan Maaka, Matilda Van Berkel, Heidi Gaudion (U/17); Chelsea Webster, Montanna Styles, Allyssa Tangi (U/15); Asha Nightingale, Indie Van Berkel and Emily Scholtes (U/13).

Today we welcome the Magpies to our turf, hoping the weather gods smile on us with blue skies and sunshine, not rain and wind.  Good luck to all involved across all teams today. 

Go Maroons.

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