Round #13 Match Report

Round #13 Match Report

Last week we welcomed the Magpies to the “Rec” Reserve, and what a difference a week makes, with ideal conditions greeting all involved. 

In the netball, our 3 junior teams took on powerful top 2 placed sides, with the “mini” maroon U/13’s going down (20-30) and U/15’s (25-47); but they never stopped trying.  The U/17’s have come a long way since the start of the season and in a game that went down to the wire, went down by 1 point (26-27), to the co-ladder leader.  A wonderful effort.  A further 2 “nail biters” followed with our C Grade ladies reversing the result of the previous game with a 1-point win (20-19) and our B Grade ladies battling out a thrilling draw (42-42).  Our A Grade rounded out the day with a big win (81-32).  Best player awards to Asha Nightingale, Emily Scholtes, Lucy Train (U/13); Emma Farley, Chelsea Webster, Montanna Styles (U/15); Milan Maaka, Chelsea Lawn, Heidi Gaudion (U/17); Isabella Bettridge, Amy Husson, Molly Clavarino (C Grade); Lauryn King-Church, Cassidy Smith, Bec Duddington (B); Caitlan Ponton, Taylin Gourley, Ramayer Gourley (A).   

With the oval in immaculate condition, it was 2nd V 3rd in the U/16’s; with the boys hitting the ground running with a dominant first term to be up by 26 at the break.  Sale hit back in the 2nd to hold their own, but the boys put their foot down after half time to run out comfortable winners; despite a wayward 4.9 on the scoreboard.  Best Players were Harvey Howe, Jacob Cunico, Flynn Kennedy, Nick Fox, Hugh Dunbar and Hunter Watson. 

With both sides short of some talented players for various reasons, pretty much a goal separated the teams right through the 3rd's match, with neither being able to get the “break” needed; with us up by 7 points at ¾ time.  The young magpies came out firing in the final term, but some wayward kicking (1.6) may have cost them, with a goal 2 minutes from “time” putting us back in front, followed by another after the siren to give us the win by 8 points.  Should be a “cracker” of a game come finals time, and all players available, if the sides meet.  Best players Jayson Musgrove, Flynn Shields, Aidan Foley, Hugh Dunbar, Peter Strong and Isaac Copland.   

In the Reserves, both sides were light on numbers, so it was 16 a side and as expected, it was a free running affair. As evidenced by the final score, it was a big win for us with the best players being Luke Phillips, Zac Gray, Jake Bishop, Tate Marsh, Rob Wilkie and Luke Johnson. 

Another game and another youngster running out for his first Senior game, with the team even less experienced than last weeks, but right from the start they took it right up to the Premiership contenders.   Accurate shots on goal kept us in the game at ½ time with Sale kicking 7 behinds in the 2nd term to leave us only 7 points down.  Whatever Tim said to them during the break certainly worked, as we came out all guns “blazing” kicking 6 straight, to hold a 20 point buffer at ¾ time.  Early in the final term we again fell into some bad habits that have haunted us in past close games, but the guys held their nerve to hold on for a memorable 5 point victory over a fast finishing Sale; despite kicking their only behind late in the game to ruin a perfect record, ending up 12.1 for the day.  With all 22 players having a red-hot go, best named were Ben Johnson, Bailey Cameron, Mark Collison, Ewan Williams, Wilson Gaudion and Max Luckie.   

Last Sunday saw our Youth Girls take on Yarram, with a number of first year players getting an opportunity, with some regulars missing.  As in previous games, the midfield dominated the clearances giving us first use of the ball, enabling us to set up a 43-point lead at ½ time.  The second half followed a similar pattern, with the newcomers doing a great job across the ground helping us to the win.  Best players were Lily-Rose Williamson, Matilda Van Berkel, Paris Tracy, Ruby Marks, Jorja Halsall, Bridie Kimpton and Kelsey Peterson.   

Today we wander over the hill to visit Wonthaggi, knowing that if we don’t bring our “A” game to each match, they will take full toll on their home turf; and hope the sea breeze is just that, a breeze! 

Good luck to all involved from both Clubs today. 

Go Maroons. 

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