Round #9 match report

Round #9 match report

Last week we took the short trek north to Eagles nest splitting the day 2 each in the footy, with the home side taking the honours on the courts 4-2; with glorious winter sunshine making it an enjoyable day for all.
  
With the ground in superb condition the U/16’s got the day rolling with a solid, even four quarter effort.  Taking a 3 goal lead into ¼ time, the boys never let the young Eagles into the contest, building their margin at every break and consolidate 2nd place mid-season.  Best were Kade Ruyters, Thomas Hamilton, Hugh Dunbar, Ryan Wilson, Harvey Howe and Jacob Cunico.  

The 3rds start the back half of the season top of the table, after a comfortable win in a 2nd V 3rd clash. With both sides hard at it from the outset, scores were locked together 1.4 at ¼ time, with wayward shots on goal by both. A 4 goal to nil 2nd term saw us with a nice advantage come the main break. Maffra hit back with 3 in the 3rd term, but our 5 extended the lead further in a clinical exhibition by the guys. Best were Tom Webster, Luis D’Angelo, Peter Strong, Lewis Noble (5 goals), Liam Willaton and Dillion Thow.  

With two unbeaten teams facing of in the “Magoo’s”, a high-quality game was assured.  We jumped out early to take a narrow 9-point lead at the first break before 4 goals to 1 saw Maffra grab the lead by 10 at ½ time.  Cutting the margin in half by ¾ time saw us in with a sniff, but the Eagles proved that little bit stronger in the end to run out winners by 3 goals. Best named as Trent Morrow, Tate Marsh, Jacob Van Iwaarden, Zac Gray, Luke Phillips and Stu Goddard.
  
In pretty much a “must” win game for the Seniors to stay in touch for a finals chance, they took it right up to the 2nd placed Eagles to be up by 7 at ¼ time and 13 at the main break.  A case of the kicking “yips” in the 3rd term scoring only 6 behinds left the door open, and Maffra took full advantage piling on 8 goals to 1 in the final term to win by 25 points.  A disappointing result considering we seemed to be in control for the majority of the game, but you cannot give quality teams even a slight chance, as they will take it away from you. Best were named as Kody Wilson, Ben Johnson, Hayden Hector, Ewan Williams, Riley Loprese and Mark Collison.
  
Over at the courts, our two Senior Ladies teams both had big wins; A Grade (73-36) and B Grade (78-26) to lock down top 2 spots come mid-season.  Maffra took the honours in the remaining games with C Grade (36-52) out of the top five on % after the loss.  Our U/17 girls battled hard, went down 31-41, with both the U/15’s (33-42) and U/13’s (24-34) maintaining top 5 spots despite losses to 2nd placed Maffra in both grades.  Awards to India Van Berkel, Addison How, Alice Farmer (U/13); Allyssa Tangi, Sophie Little, Molly Van Berkel (U/15); Heidi Gaudion, Montanna Styles, Alannah Webster (U/17); Loren Ponton, Bridget Kase, Amie Jackson (C Grade); Nicole Jennings, Kasey Guttridge, Cassidy Smith (B Grade); Stacey O’Brien, Caitlan Ponton, Jaimee Salleh (A Grade).

Acknowledgement

This week the TFNC would like to recognise all our wonderful volunteers, the lifeblood of any community club nationwide.  Whether you have an official role; are part of our coaching staff, or one of our trainers, physios, we salute you. We also give a big shout out to our Social Club staff and our Thursday night Kitchen crew for their hard work.  Our Past Players Committee do a great job as do both our Netballers and Footballers in manning the Canteen at home games.  Finally, the parents, 8am in the middle of winter preparing food, waving the flags in diriving rain is no fun, but you do so with no complaints. As world boxing champion Jeff Fenech once said “we love youse all”!!!

After 6 road trips in the first half of the season, it will be good to return to our own backyard for the next couple of weeks. Today we welcome Drouin to the “Rec Reserve”, hoping to put our best into each contest.  Good luck to all involved. Enjoy the day.

Go Maroons.  
 

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