2017 – Round 1 Vs Beechworth

We were met with a beautiful day at Beechworth with plenty of sunshine.

The U12’s took the field with plenty of new players to the club and quite a few never playing any sort of football. It was also great to see a couple of new girls representing the Saints on the footy field. The day did not start well with young Ollie Cutler breaking his arm and being taken away by ambulance. Thanks to the nurse from Beechworth that assisted. We wish Ollie a speedy recovery.
For a team that had not really even trained together U/12’s player really well, the tried hard and should be proud of themselves.

Awards: Hungry Jacks – James Bath
Flip out – Nathaniel Butcher
Canteen – Jake Hawkins
Mc Donalds – Lachlan Ryan
Saints Drink Bottle – Tyrone Ellis

A very undermanned U14’s team started well putting lots of pressure on their opposition. With the majority of the U14’s being bottom aged they struggled to match it at times with the much older Beechworth players. Numbers are still low in our U14’s and we’re always happy to welcome new players.
Awards – saints Drink Bottle – Jackson Spiers
Hungry Jacks – Alex Jacobs

Re-joining the competition after not having a team last year or U17’s performed really well. With Three U12’s filling in and a couple of boys that had never played before the boys fought all day. They had plenty of chances to add to the goal tally but ended up with 2 goals 9. There was plenty of positive signs and lots to work with.
Best: Jake Shollick, Ayden Nowak, Lachlan Verbaan, Benn Szakle, Ollie Eustace
The reserves led all day in what was a high standard game. Both team used the ball well for most of the game. Some undisciplined acts and a lack of match awareness probably cost us in the end. With a lot of new players and still with players to come back in the signs are overwhelming positive.
Awards; Stump – Brandon Taylor,
Urban Graze – Pete miller
Noodle canteen – Mat Turvey
Pizza Heaven – Craig Reid
Effies Fish n Chip – Luke Robinson

Our seniors took to the field with a lot of expectation from within the club. After a bit of a slow start we settled and the boys were up and about. Structures where being followed and shorty was able to capitalize on this with an early goal. Going into the 1st break with a 3pt lead and the wind in the second quarter we had a great opportunity to show that we were are a different side to last year. All 21 players started to work together which gave us a half time lead of 11 points, mainly due to strong rebounding footy from our back six and some strong midfield running. Unfortunately the half time break was better for Beechworth and our boys lost their structures in the third quarter allowing Beechworth to kick 6 goals I the qtr and take a 31 point lead into the last qtr. The boys tried hard in the last qtr with the wind but the damage had already been done.
Awards;
Players Player- Simon McLeish
Stump – Cameron Gilchrist
Pizza Heaven – Jimmy Ryan
Urban Graze – Joel Broadley

Overall a positive day for all the football teams.