Round #14 Match Report

Round #14 Match Report

Last week we ventured over to Wonthaggi, with us taking the spoils in 8 games, 6 of those teams consolidating top 3 spots on the ladder. Slippery conditions greeted the U/16’s where we dominated the first half; but left our kicking boots at home, being a wasteful 5.12 at the break.  In a complete reversal, the boys got their act together, coming home powerfully with 13.5 to take the win.  Best players were Kade Ruyters, Nick Fox, Hunter Watson, Thomas Hamilton, Flynn Kennedy and Joel Scholtes.  
It was 16 a side in the 3rds due to lack of numbers with the “Power” starting well, but unable to score a major.  From then on, the guys steadied to gradually gain the ascendency, taking a 32-point lead into ½ time.  A further 5 goals in each of the final terms giving us a comfortable victory. “Scratcher” will be hoping to get some of his boys back in the next week or two as we close in on finals.  Best players being Cohen Ruyters, Liam Willaton, Flynn Shields, Darion Duncan, Isaac Copland and Poshang Akram. 
Like a number of Clubs, injuries are really starting to take a toll on the Senior List, so a big thank you to the 3rds/4ths (one U/16 in his 3rd Game for the day) in helping out.  Wonthaggi hit the scoreboard early to take an 11-point lead at ¼ time with our 3 “straight” keeping us in the game; but 5 goals in the 2nd turned the tables for us.  We increased in both the final terms for a 6-goal win over a “plucky” Power team. Best as named were Lachy McDonald, Isaac Copland, Zac Gray, Jacob Van Iwaarden, Ben Cheetham and Nick Fox.  
With a young team there will be ups (defeating Sale) and downs (today).  Our accuracy from last week disappeared completely, both right across the ground, and at shots on goal.  Wonthaggi lead by a point (us kicking 6 behinds) before extending their lead to 16 at half time.  The 2nd half mirrored the first with us (2.7) being out muscled by the bigger bodied Power Boys and turnovers costing us.  Losing our stand-in ruckman to concussion didn’t help, forcing “Hec” to do the job, which he did admirably in the 27-point loss.  Best were Haydn Hector (our new “Burgy”), Ben Johnson, Cam Whiteoak, Riley Loprese, Josh Twite and Adam Jaensch.  
In the Netball, both our A Grade (95-37) and B Grade (61-35) ladies enjoyed big wins, whilst C Grade (42-32) moved back into the top five by taking the 4 points.  Our U/17 girls were defeated (24-34), with both our U/15’s (narrowly 33-31) and U/13’s (35-25) being victorious, to consolidate top 5 places on their ladders.  Awards to Taylin Gourley, Stacey O’Brien and Raymayer Gourley (A); Bree Guttridge, Bec Duddington and Kasey Guttridge (B); Liesl Sexton, Amie Jackson and Loren Ponton (C Grade); Lauryn King-Church, Matilda Van Berkel and Heidi Gaudion (U/17); Molly Van Berkel, Chelsea Webster and Emma Farley (U/15); Lucy Trail, Alice Farmer and Indie Van Berkel (U/13).  
Our youth girls hosted Boisdale last Sunday in ideal conditions.  With the Boisdale girls applying plenty of tackling pressure and some wayward kicking by us, we lead by 11 at ½ time.  The game opened up after the main break with our girls taking control to run our very comfortable winners by 77 points.  Best were named as Matilda Van Berkel, Lauryn King-Church, Zoe Roberts, Ruby Marks, Larni Jackson, Emmerson Taylor and Nat White.  
Social Club
Finish off the day today, by heading over for a drink and a chat after the game.  Meals available from 6.00 followed by an iPod Shuffle Night (Theme – Double Denim!); to finish the day off.  With 3 of our 4 remaining games on our home turf, it gives all teams a great chance to strengthen or consolidate ladder positions.  Today we welcome the Redlegs, in another challenging day of footy and netball, with plenty of action assured. 
Good luck to all involved from both Clubs.
Go Maroons.  

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