Men’s Div 1
Comeback. That’s the only word to describe this game!
I’d rather not speak about the first half but if I have to I will. The first quarter was a one-sided affair. UTS came out of the blocks firing and it appeared the dragons were still in the rooms! 3 goals to none saw the dragons struggling at quarter time.
The second quarter was different. The dragons were all over the bats. But still after the ball being camped in the saints forward line the bats willed the ball forward twice to kick 2 goals to none in the second quarter.
At the half time break Critter Ryan reiterated that the Bats traditionally are a touch old and a slow and we were still a chance.
A chance we were! 2 quick goals saw the dragons right back in the game, but a late UTS goal saw us scratching our heads thinking are we still a chance?
The last quarter arrived. The dragons got the first, a titanic battle followed. Back and forth it went, behind for behind before eventually Gas took a mark, it may have been touched but we won’t mention that! Gas went back and kicked the goal to put the dragons in front with 4 minutes to go! The game wasn’t over though! A tight 4 minutes followed, but the dragons just held on for an outstanding victory!
A truly character building win! Well done boys
East Coast Eagles have always been a solid team. After coming off a hard game against Sydney Uni, we were up for the challenge. We had a few of our key players out again with Pfrengle, Crossley and McGregor. Coach Cairnduff asked for more commitment at the breakdown and tackle tackle tackle!!.
Q1 saw Eagles punch out to a 3 - 1 lead with some easy quick goals being scored through the middle. We started to tighten up toward the end of the first quarter with one of our team mates sin binned for what appeared to be an innocuous scuffle.
Q2 saw the dragons come out firing and competing for the ball with much more vigour. Some great combinations are starting to form with Sims, Brennan and Watson dominating in the middle. Josh Nicols on debut slotted a fantastic goal with some great combinations with Duncan, Atlagic and Coombs. The Sims pressure game also resulted in a number of possessions through constant pressure at the contest. We came in at half time keeping the Eagles goal less.
The wise men on the sideline, Clift, Quinn & Travers, noted a few basics. Play with your eyes down and pick your target. We tend to kick long when under pressure where sometimes a handball can create the overlap to set up a chance.
Q3 saw some more great footy with some combinations including Buncle, Marshall, Sims to Kranitis resulting in a great goal. Demeary and Brown were solid at the back carving their way through Eagles attackers to clear the ball. We had them on the ropes, when our intensity dropped a little, the bounce of the ball and a few wayward possessions resulted in a quick couple to the Eagles.
Q4 ended up being the Coombs and Sims show with more determined hunting. Unfortunately, Eagles picked up another 2 unanswered goals to seal the match.
Again, we have seen improvement from the game before. We will look back on this game and know that it was one that we could have one. What we know now is if we continue to improve, we will certainly be finals contestants. Keep up the intensity and train hard lads!
Final score Eagles 8 : 6 : 54 to Dragons 5 : 5 : 35.
Best: Sims, Nichols, Duncan, Demeary, Coombs & Brennan.
Premier Division Reserves
The platform was laid for a win on this fine sunny day, the first day of the month.
Firstly, we didn’t recall when the Eagles were victors over us.
Secondly, it was the 200th game of Michael Milner No.8. who joined the club 12 years ago in 2008.
Michael is a true representative of the club. He gives his all on the field & continues to do so. He is popular with current & past players & is known to be a bit of a rascal from time to time. The team wanted a win for their loyal team-mate.
Q1. From the whistle we played according to the scrip. The team notched up 25 points (4 goals) to their solitary goal. Backs, midfield & forwards all contributed to achieve this score. However, coach was less than pleased with the last minutes of the quarter as the Eagles were more than a match at this stage.
Q2. The second quarter did not match our dominance of the first. It appeared as though the win in the mind of the boys was a mere formality. There was not sufficient scrummaging at the ball, talk was lacking, & tagging needed to be closer. The opposition were outplaying our team although both teams scored 2 goals & 1 behind. At the time the points were 42 to 45 against us.
Q3. We were completely outplayed in this quarter where 5 goals were scored to our 1.
They had our measure. They were cleaner getting the ball clear of the ruck, played pretty well up the flanks to their forwards. Their No.12 scored about 6 goals against us with some contested marks & accurate kicking to his credit. I was told by their coach he couldn’t get a game with Collingwood but certainly showed his class here.
Q4. We were outscored in the last quarter by 4 goals to 2.
Overall, the effort was there in my view but not so the execution.
At the end of the game, the boys still had the energy to rally around Michael & proudly carry him off the field to the cheers of the spectators & club mates in celebration of his 200th game.
Players singled out for their performance Thomas Kannan, Aaron Fanous, Michael Milner, Campbell Andrews, Bayley Johnson & Fin Ritchie. Coach Steve Wilsen scored 2 goals whilst other players scored 1 each.
I overheard the coach in his pre match address ask his players to continue to do what they have been doing. Put your head over the footy and work hard.
4 Quarters later at his post-match address, he appeared pretty happy with how things had gone.
With sunny weather and a dry ground, it was a great chance to see how St George have been developing coming up against a 2019 finals side.
From the opening bounce, which resulted in a goal to Saints within a minute, the signs were good. Aggression at the contest, working hard off the ball and getting numbers where needed, we gradually improved the scoreboard to kick 5 goals in the first quarter with East Coast kicking one.
The second quarter was a bit one way, with Saints kicking 8 goals for the quarter to take a 69 point lead in to half time. No doubt a highlight of the quarter was Paddy Tegg’s banana from the pocket which had the crowd on their feet.
Saints knew that East Coast would come out hard in the 3rd Quarter, which they did, kicking 2 of the first 3 goals. To their credit, Saints withstood this and gradually gained back the ascendancy to win the quarter, kicking 5 goals to 4.
The last quarter was a little subdued given the three quarter time margin. To their credit, the Dragons kept working hard, eventually winning the quarter 5 goals to 1 taking the winning margin out to 97 points.
It was nice feeling up in the rooms as the players reflected on what they had just done. Noel ‘Noddy’ Hopkins presented the Dragons of Old mug to Kyrian Ayres who he nominated on the basis of his contribution in the Ruck. Well done Kizza
Women’s Div 3
Game three of the season was on the other side of Sydney. The weather was cracking and everyone was excited to play, a soon to be, very fast paced game on the Astro turf at Gore Hill.
As the buzzer sounded we had a very quick clearance by Kaitlyn straight through to our goal end. However, the Bomber’s turned this around, bbut luckily Amy was there in defence for a goal saving spoil. She was then backed up by Morgan for a forceful clearing kick. Amy’s speed and attack on the ball was impressive. In defence, Jennifer’s hard and accurate tackles played a key role. Unfortunately, the Bomber’s came out of the first half with a 30 to 0 lead.
In the second half the team came out with determination and fire in their bellies! Michelle’s accurate kicking and Amanda’s physicality allowed the ladies to start turning it around. Morgan’s demonstrated some fine netball resembling defence that shut down what could have been goal kicks. Kiona used her body and got the ball locked up at every opportunity she could. Lauren and Mary’s speed played a vital role in moving the ball down and allowing Maggie and Michelle to score a goal, and then Kaitlyn to score two cracking goals.
The team kept fighting, however could not get there in the end and came away with a 25-45 loss.
We will be taking the intensity from the third and fourth quarter and using it from the starting buzzer next week!
A big congratulation to Amanda, for winning the of the award this week by one of our sponsors - Beauty on Bonds!
Women’s Div 2
St George started off with a bang; kicking four quick goals early in the first quarter. Lilli Braidner had a great game - her speed up front made lots of space for the forwards to work together.
The second quarter was a bit more quiet, with only two goals. Hannah Ascoli dominated in the ruck, pairing especially well with Ali Simpson who was always a back door option for our forwards.
Alyssa Wedd kicked three great goals in the third and fourth quarters - her precision and speed with the ball meant she was un-phased by North’s defenders.
The Dragons’ dream team of defenders, Jemma Gallehawk, Flick McArthur, Sarah Hay, Emma Ross and Ashleigh Walsh were consistently strong in defence and kept North shore without a goal.
A big congratulations to Shelby Wilde, Keira Hughes, Alex Diakos and Rae Williams who had their debut in Division two; all very well deserved and all held their own.
It was definitely the team work of St George that put us across the line against a tough team. Everyone played exceptionally well together; we weren’t a team of 22 individuals, we were one team! With hard tackles, ferocious team support and ever-improving skills it ended in a great result of 9.20-74 St George to 0.4-4 North Shore. We’re going to carry this into next week; bring on round four!