Round #6 match report

Round #6 match report

Last week saw us hit the highway to Redleg territory, knowing full well that we faced a tough day in their “backyard”. All sides acquitted themselves well, coming home with the points in 8 out of 10 matches; although a few “nail biters” could have gone either way.

With a strong breeze blowing to the Southern End all day the U/16’s got the day rolling with a strong win.  With a few out injured it was a tough, even contest early before we slowly gained the ascendency to lead at the main break by 17 points.  Bairnsdale came hard in the 3rd but the boys held firm to eventually take the points by 26, to continue their unbeaten start to the season.  Best players were Hugh Dunbar, Thomas Hamilton, Joel Scholtes, Christian D’Angelo, Sam Hallyburton and Billy Porter.  

In the 3rds, both teams were undefeated and played a “cracker” of a game befitting their ladder positions. Welcoming a couple of our injured boys back, we led at ¼ time by 21, but a 6 goal blast by the Redlegs in the 2nd term saw them hit the lead by 11 at ½ time. Losing first year player Will Clare (broken collarbone) meant the boys had to dig deep in a see-sawing 2nd half, which to their credit they did.  Two early goals to Bairnsdale put them in front again in the last term, but we kept attacking and with only minutes to go a goal (courtesy of a 50m penalty) put our nose in front again. A frantic 2 minutes followed, but the boy’s stood firm to win by 2 points.  Best players named were Tom Webster, Peter Strong, Cohen Ruyters, Matthew Scholtes, Liam Willaton and Luis D’Angelo. 

For our other unbeaten side, the Reserves, it was great to have a game on our trip up east now that Bairnsdale is back in the fold.  With them welcoming back a couple of Seniors from injuries, they took a 5 point lead into ¼ time.  Whoever used the breeze best in the middle quarters would go a long way to deciding the result, but our 3 “against” it was huge, giving us a 17 point buffer at ¾ time; which was extended to 23 points at the final siren.  Special thanks to the couple of 3rds players each week who double up to help out.  Better players were Ben Johnson, Jason Garrett, Matt Williams, Jacob Van Iwaarden, Tate Marsh and Jake Bishop.

The Seniors were hoping to build from last week’s victory but probably in the end the first term cost us by allowing them to kick 3 goals against the wind and us only up by 3 points, before they had a 4 goal to 1 second term to lead by 18 at half time.  After the break we played some of our best footy for the year kicking 5, whilst keeping them goalless to be up by 10 points heading into the final term.  An early goal was a great start but from mid-way through the quarter, Bairnsdale’s relentless attack on goal (2.10 for Quarter) kept eating into our lead before a late goal got them over the line.  Best players were Chris Thuring, Gavin Stevenson, Bailey Cameron, Haydn Hector, Mark Collison and Lee Stockdale.

Over on the courts, the highlight of the day being our U/17’s chalking up their first victory, albeit by the narrowest of margins (23-22).  Congratulations to Ramayer and the girls, their hard work paying off.  In the other games our U/13’s won 37-15, but our U/15’s went down 31-36.  Our Senior Ladies all had comfortable wins with A grade (70-43) remaining unbeaten, B grade (63-25) and C Grade (48-30) both consolidating their spots near the top of the ladders.  Awards went to Caitlan Ponton, Maddi Stockdale, Stacey O’Brien (A Grade); Alyce Murphy, Nicole Jennings, Cassidy Smith (B Grade); Bridget Kase, Liesl Sexton, Amie Jackson (C Grade); Matilda Van Berkel, Heidi Gaudion, Lauryn King-Church (U/17’s); Emma Farley, Montanna Styles, Amity Blair (U/15’s); and Charlie Hamilton, Alice Farmer, Lucy Trail (U/13’s). 

“9’s” Reunion – 8th June V Morwell

TFNC invites all past players, supporters and officials back for the 2019 Reunion, especially Premiership Teams from  1969 (Seniors, Thirds), 1989 (Reserves, Thirds), 1999(Seniors, Reserves) and 2009 (Reserves, U/16’s).  Day kicks off at 1pm on ‘The Deck’ with after game meals available and entertainment.  

Today we visit Warragul with high hopes, but knowing if we do not bring our best to each contest, Warragul will take it away from us.  After the game head back to the Social Club for a drink, awards presentation and some “finger lickin good” chicken from our wonderful platinum sponsor, KFC Traralgon.  Good luck to all involved today. 

Go Maroons. 

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