Round 5 Match Reports
Updated: May 4
Seniors vs Kiewa Match Report:
We were coming up against a powerhouse of a club in Kiewa and knew we had to be at our absolute best for 4 quarters to be a chance but unfortunately, we only managed to play 2 quarters of competitive football and 2 quarters of bruise free football. Our first quarter was our best quarter for the day as our pressure around the contest and around the ground was first class, except we lacked execution at times. Cooksey looked lively up forward early along with Marmo's elite pressure set the tone early on. Kiewa were able to get goals from all angles as the score didn't reflect the outcome of the first quarter. Our 2nd quarter we weren't able to maintain the standard we set early on, allowing them to run from behind at will and pick apart out structure at ease. Our 3rd quarter was an improvement as we lifted our intensity around the ground but once again failed to execute by foot and unwilling to work hard defensively to stop there transition forward. PJ, Keene, Nowak and Bailey St John were work horses as Monty was able to throw his body around and impact contests. The 4th quarter we were able to execute a few things to take into next week as we managed to get through the game injury free which was also a major plus. We look forward to getting a few players back off the injury list heading into next week which will only strengthen our side even more.
Goals: J. Montgomery 2, Z. Warren-Marmo 2, B. St John, T. Mack, A. Nowak, J. Cooksey. Best: D. Keene, B. St John, C. Gilcrist, J. Pleming, A. Nowak, L. Marshall.
Reserves vs Kiewa Sandy Creek
Troy put to the boys right from the start of the day, that it was a day for opportunities.
Seriously undermanned (with 20 out’s) and playing quite possibly the benchmark of the comp, we knew it was a big ask. It certainly would take every player to grab a hold of their opportunity, to be able to make an impact.
Kiewa started off with a bang and we knew it was going to be a hard day at the office.
With a depleted bench, the boys battled hard, but exhaustion definitely took it’s toll.
Several players stood out all day. Brett Easton played the game of his life, not only rucking for the entire day, but was our tackling machine!
Young Ben Webb continues to impress. He is the future of our club. Never shirks from a contest, head over the ball and runs all day.
Coming in for his first game for the year, it was put on Leigh Hyatt to use footy smarts. He did not disappoint and never complained about doing the team thing. Using his size to muscle the contest was required to stem the fast pace being set by Kiewa.
As the boys reflect on the weekend, Claire has put to them to come next week prepared. Personal and team goals will be set and we will all know how we can contribute to the team to see success.
Goals: T. Hynes 2, A. Walsh and Z. Pertzel
Best: B. Easton, B. Webb, L. Hyatt, for his first game for the club T. Dempsey, J. Vennix and A. Walsh
Our midgets had a great game this week with some players trying out and learning new positions on the court. It was great to see the teamwork from all players and encouragement of all. Awards went to Peyton who had an outstanding game at Goal Keeper, getting numerous intercepts and to Hannah who also had a strong game in defence getting many rebounds and helping bring the ball back down the court.
13’s & Under
Another phenomenal win by the U13 girls in round 5! They showed a great consistency on the court, with a clear improvement on their focus and their communication. There was a bit of a shuffle around in positions, but they all stepped up and did the roles that was asked of them. Defence was strong throughout the game, with Tahnee doing a great job in GK for the last quarter - special mention to her for going out of her comfort zone.
Best on Court this week was Piper Van Malsem - a solid effort in GA and GS with a great scoring accuracy and being a reliable option in the offensive end. The other award goes to Emily Dudley who was a strong team member regardless of her position. Go Sainters!!!
15’s & Under
Winner winner, chicken dinner. This game had the potential to go either way. But am so pleased to say that all girls stood up and pushed through to pull off a very good win. We could have won this game by 30 because we got so much turn over ball but I think our inability to come forward to the ball also lost us a lot of ball. This week saw the defence end get the awards as they all rallied together. Rebounding was awesome and they were able to get it out of our defensive end without much difficulty. Maia Jones was our BOC this week with great hands over defence, impressive deflections and chasing loose balls. Emily Jennings was just as impressive bringing down the ball and used great rebounding position to win ball. Renee Vardy and Ava Holland’s were also impressive. Shout out to our GK Ava who I swung into GS in the last qrt to help with our offensive rebounds but who actually showed she’s no snowflake down that end, shooting 9 from 12 attempts.
C grade had their first loss of the season on Saturday against Kiewa who was the better team on the day. As devastated as we are, we will pick ourselves up and continue to work on what we need to for the next time we meet them. Our defenders do an amazing job at putting pressure in the circle and created many turnovers that unfortunately we didn't capitalised enough on. There were some great passages of play but with the heat against the asphalt and one of our mid courters out with an injury, we did struggle a little in the attacking end. Best on court went to Lizzy Tui and second award to Emily Williamson.
Another challenging game. It was tough keeping up with the speed KSC had in their mid court. However again, b grade kept fighting and making it difficult for KSC. Another stellar performance from our defensive end .
Best on went to Kristal Slade, who again had an amazing game in defence. Second award went to Jackie, for her persistence and defence. Third award went to Kaly Smith who stepped up in our shooting
We knew we were going to have a challenging game today and that’s exactly what it was. Our first quarter was tough and if we could keep up with this standard it may have been a different score. But the girls faught hard all game and never gave up. We have work to do and will do it. Our defence end worked hard all game and unfortunately couldn’t convert their turn overs. Heads are still held high and super proud of the girls.
Best on court Meg Vardy, Jayde Gardiner and Taylor Morey