Round #16 Match Report

Round #16 Match Report

Last week we welcomed the “Gulls” to the “Rec Reserve” on a bitterly cold day more suited to skiing at Mt Baw Baw than footy and netball; so well done to all players and coaches on getting thru the day.  

In the junior footy, it was top of the table clashes in both games.  Our U/16’s jumped out of the blocks early to hold a handy lead, but Warragul turned the tables in the 2nd to be a point up at ½ time.  With a 2 goal to nil 3rd term getting our noses in front, the boys held firm to just hold on for a thrilling 5 point win; with both sides earning praise for their skills in the trying conditions.  Best players were Nick Fox, Riley Adams, Flynn Kennedy, Jacob Cunico, Hugh Dunbar and Reagan McDonald.  

It was a tough day at the office for our 3rds with many players missing, but full credit to the Warragul boys on the way they played.  We kicked the first goal of the game early but they hit back before the break.  Inaccurate kicking by the young “Gulls” kept us in the game, 12 points down at half-time.  The 2nd half was all the visitors, kicking 9.2 to nil to record a comfortable win.  Best were Luis D’Angelo, Cohen Ruyters, Liam Willaton, Will Clare, Jayson Musgrove and Dillion Thow. 

It was 16 a side in the Reserves with our guys playing like it was a dry day, in an outstanding display.  Clean skills by hand and foot in the conditions, keeping the “Gulls” scoreless in the first half and building a big lead.  The second half was more of the same to score an emphatic victory.  Best as named were Rob Wilkie, Matt Williams, Tom McMahon, Mitch Membrey, Wilson Gaudion and Trent Morrow. 

With the Seniors still the slightest of chances to play finals it was a “must” win game, but Warragul hit the scoreboard early, with 2 goals to nil in the first quarter and a 14 point lead which we could not claw back.  A goal apiece in the 2nd kept the status quo at the main break.  A torrential downpour from early in the 3rd saw the game turn into a “slogfest”; it was not pretty, but with the Warragul boys kicking as long as possible at every chance it was still up by 14 at the last change.  Twice we got the margin back to 8, but just couldn’t get it any further with both sides out on their feet, tired, wet and cold at the end.  Best players were Jackson Hall, Mark Collison, Ben Johnson, Will Broadbent, Jackson McMahon and Dylan Loprese.  

*Special thanks to all umpires in both footy and netball, they did it as tough as the players!

Over on the courts both our U/13’s (34-9) and U/15’s (46-10) had comfortable wins, with the U/15’s playing a “must win” game today to hang onto a finals berth.  The U/17’s got the job done (37-21), whilst the “C’s” went down (29-37) putting them in the same position as the U/17 girls, needing a victory today.  Two highly competitive games followed with our 2nd placed B Grade getting over the line (48-40) against their 4th placed opponents, and A grade (2nd V 3rd) winning in a similar manner (47-40).  Best player awards to India Van Berkel, Emily Scholtes, Alice Farmer (U/13); Emma Farley, Molly Van Berkel, Chelsea Webster (U/15); Alannah Webster, Isabella Bettridge, Matilda Van Berkel (U/17); Amie Jackson, Amy Husson, Loren Ponton (C Grade); Cassidy Smith, Nicole Jennings, Alyce Murphy (B); Kate French, Saskia Eenjes and Ramayer Gourley (A). 

For the 2nd week in a row, our Youth Girls were on the road, this time to Sale.  In wet conditions, a 3 goal opening term got the girls off to a flying start, before a wasteful (1.6) in the second.   Our half back line held firm, limiting Sale’s opportunities to score but we made the most of our chances for a solid 37 point win.  Best were Chelsea Hooper, Chloe Bailey, Lauryn King-Church, Emmerson Taylor, Molly Van Berkel, Jorja Halsall and Sophie Roberts.

200 Senior Games
All at TFNC would like to congratulate Club stalwarts Nicole Jennings and Alyce Murphy (Stockdale) on reaching this marvellous milestone.  A wonderful achievement!!

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Today it’s the arch enemy in neighbours, Morwell.  With both Senior Footy teams out of contention for finals, it’s “pride” on the line for both; and our other teams looking to consolidate ladder positions.  On the courts will be the same, especially the top of the table A grade clash.  Good luck to all involved from clubs.  

Go Maroons.  

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