Men’s Div 1
After two tough weeks the dragons div 1 boys suspected this was a great chance to get back on the winners list.
Another poor first quarter saw us down by 3 goals at quarter time, our starts have been a real weakness this year and must improve.
The second quarter saw the dragons get on top but we failed to take our chances and were still down by 3 goals at half time.
Another frustrating 3rd quarter saw very little action with the wind causing havoc and the stoppages mounting up.
The dragons were unfortunately too far back at 3 quarter time and ended up with a disappointing 6 goal loss despite having equal scoring shots.
On a cold wind chilled morning we entered Olds Park arena to do battle in the local derby.
With the unveiling of the premiership flag and the 250 milestone game for Rick Talbot we started our season. This being our first full game for the season.
The Dingoes jumped to a 22 point lead in the first quarter. We were able to out score the Dingoes in the second quarter but were still 19 points down. The second half we went goal for goal with the Dingoes . Dingoes held that first quarter lead to win by 18 points.
We welcome all first gamers to the club, we congratulate Rick on the wonderful achievement of his 250 club game. Rick is a champion bloke and clubman
Goals - Chapman,Coffey,Edser,Kranitis,Shineberg
Best - Coffey, Chapman,Bevan,Demir, T.Doltan, Querzoli.
Premier Division Reserves
We had blue skies but a cold day was warmed by those fire eating dragons called the Ressies.
What a delight to watch the team turnaround the previous week’s loss.
We dominated everywhere around the park. Our centre dominated the rucks & managed to clear the centre to the forwards with regularity. Our backs were fantastic. There was no one forward that dominated proceedings as the goals were scored by many players. From the sideline the game didn’t appear easy however, we created more space with tactical running, passing, kicking & talk talk talk & encouragement most of the time. I could mention many players hear but I could not leave out any.
I don’t need to discuss the team dominance other than to give you the quarterly scores:.
Q1 STG 3.4 - 22 M 0.1 – 1
Q2 STG 3.6 - 46 M 0.1 – 2
Q3 STG 9:0 - 100 M 0.0 – 2
Q4 STG 6.5 – 141 M 2.2 – 16
After the traditional speech by captain coach Steve Wilsen, the team responded with whopping 9 goals in Q3 with no behinds. The accuracy was most pleasing on a day of fickle winds.
Nominated best on ground
1st Daniel Sims
2nd Thomas Kannan
3rd Andrew Stelzer
4th Macauley Crossan
5th Bailey Johnson
6th Fin Ritchie
Declan Donohue 4 but 3 recorded. (The manager has to lift his game.)
Daniel Napper 4
Aaron Fanous 1 This was a great moment for Aaron. The whole side rose up in jubilation as the goal was kicked. It has been long time coming for the “flying Fanous”, a popular team member.
Fin Ritchie 3
Daniel Sims 3
Thomas Kannan 2
Brad Uglow 3
Donald Hoban 1
Stephen Wilsen 1
If there was a practical way of scoring the backs who saved goals & stifled raids, it would give a team balance of recognition. Maybe I should practice what I preach.
After a good win against Pennant Hills last week, the Prems were back to Olds Park for the game this week against a thus far struggling Manly side. Whilst the rain stayed away the weather forecast of significant winds proved accurate and the game was played in tricky conditions all day.
The first quarter was all St George, with the Dragons midfield providing plenty of service to our forward line. Paddy Tegg and Matt Saunders opened the scoring early to set the scene. Nick Ryan’s return to Prems for the first time this year also proved fruitful, and he had two goals on the board by quarter time, as did Noah Casalini.
With the conditions difficult, the second quarter was not conducive to the St George forwards and a single goal to Ryan saw the Dragons lead at half time by 46 points.
Four goals in 15 minutes from St George in the third quarter pretty much iced the game. Casalini bagged another two, whilst Ryan and Teggy added to their totals. Manly hit the post three times, and were still unable to post a major by three quarter time, with the deficit growing to 67 points.
Pleasingly, we didn’t take our foot off the pedal in the last quarter, adding another four goals, and restricting Manly to just two more points, before final siren time.
Despite some injuries to key defenders this week, the St George backline held up brutally well, starving the Manly forwards of even the sniff of one goal. Whilst the winds were difficult, keeping Manly goalless was as much due to our defensive pressure as it was the conditions. With his six goals for the day, at the end of this round we saw 20 year old Full Forward Noah Casalini, sitting equal top of the senior goal kicking list with 20 goals to his name.
Matt Saunders was this week’s winner of the Old Boys Mug.
Next week we are at Trumper Park to take on the UTS Bats in a must win match with finals looming.
St George – Q1. 6.5.41 Q2. 7.7.49 Q3. 11.10.76 Q4. 15.15.105
Manly – Q1. 0.1.1 Q2. 0.3.3 Q3. 0.9.9 Q4. 0.11.11
Goalkickers – Casalini 6, N.Ryan 4, P.Tegg 3, Saunders 1, Mudge 1
Best Players – Saunders, Michalak, Casalini, Coenen, Mudge, Hodgson
Women’s Div 3
The girls trekked it out to Wollondilly to play the Knights in what were the most interesting of conditions we’d come across yet. We were out in the middle of no-where having driven past farms and plenty of cattle. At 3pm there was a huge gust of wind and a few tumble weeds flying past. None the less we were ready to play football.
The first quarter was a standstill- quite literally, after a Wollondilly player accidently took out her own player and the game stopped. The clock kept ticking for the next 10mins while the home team attempted to help the injured player off the ground. Once the game resumed, Wollondilly took advantage of having the whirlwind behind them and locked the ball into their forward 50. Our defence were outstanding in the tough conditions favouring the home team, only allowing the opposition to score 1 goal. Well done girls!
With the wind behind us in the second quarter we thought this would be our chance to rectify the score… unfortunately it wasn’t the case. Wollondilly were so aggressive and physical with their attack on the ball that we struggled to enter our forward 50. When we did the Dragons applied equally as good pressure. However, the home team always managed to find a way to get the ball up in their forward line. Going into the half time break, Wollondilly had scored 35 points and we were yet to score.
The third quarter was much the same as the first, Wollondilly had the gusty wind behind them again and used this to their advantage. Our forwards did not touch the ball and found themselves pushing up and flooding the backline to try as best as we could to assist the defenders. Wollondilly capitalised, scoring 3 goals this quarter and were up 55 to 0 going into the fourth quarter.
One more quarter to go on the farm, and our Dragons girls were all about going out to have some fun and play footy. Credit to our girls that our intensity remained for a full 4 quarter effort and we did not throw in the towel. We were clearly beaten by a more experienced, more skilful team on their home ground. Wollondilly were very physical all game but especially during the last quarter. You could tell they wanted to go out with a bang and let the city girls know about it. Our girls took it up to the girls from the country but by then the game was well and truly over.
Congrats to Shelby who won the Beauty on Bonds MVP.
Final Score- Wollondilly 70 def St George 0
Women’s Div 2
Picture this: 6.10 pm. 8 degrees. The bench wrapped in blankets and beanies. A day of footy behind us. A hill full of passionate dragon supporters. A top of the table clash.
It was constant; their was no relief for our defenders, mid-fielders, or forwards. Manly put up a tough effort. Their physicality allowed them to score an early goal and keep the dragons goalless in the first quarter. Mia Gasteleaars was a force to be reckoned with in half forward, pairing nicely with Ali Simpson, Rhiannon Burns and Keira Hughes who put on constant tackles and never let go of that pressure.
Manly scored a second goal in the third quarter, but the dragon’s head’s never went down. After a passionate speech from coaches Warren and Dion, we were ready for the last quarter. With great on-field leadership, the girls were fired up. We weren’t losing this game, not with the hill and wind behind us.
A cracking goal from Louise Hoban got us within reaching distance; so close we could smell it. Not long after, a perfectly slotted ball from Ali left Lilli Braidner with an open goal to put us up with 6 minutes left. The hill went crazy.
All we had to do was hold Manly’s forwards out. Never has there been a more stirring performance than from Dragons’ defenders. Incredible is an understatement. Ball after ball in our defensive fifty and they kept Manly without a goal. Every time Flick McArthur got the ball, she delivered it perfectly back to our mids; she was unstoppable. Our defenders tackled, intercepted, marked, and put their bodies on the line until the clock ran out. With Emma Ross, Sarah Hay, Ashleigh Walsh, Alex Diakos and Jemma Gallehawk beside her, the game was ours.
The dragons won this game because of sheer determination and effort; hard tackles, solid teamwork and an unrelenting spirit. The song was sung loud and proud that night.