Broadford 2.0 (12) lt St Mary’s 7.14 (56)
Broadford 5.10 (40) d St Mary’s 5.3 (33)
St Mary’s travelled south to Broadford this week to take on the Mighty Kangaroos.
With a few extra degrees on the thermometer compared to last week, the Saints were pumped to finish off the last few games.
With the return inclusion of Hudson Kaak, the Saints’ team on paper was one of the best for the season.
From the opening bounce it was clear the Saints were out to dominate the game.
Within what seemed like only minutes, Hudson had slotted 6.2 in the first eight minutes of play.
Broadford showed grit but being undermanned proved to be the difference early.
Strong defence and free running gave the Saints countless scoring opportunities.
The first quarter honours went to St Mary’s, with the score 66-0 at quarter-time.
Hudson finished the quarter with a massive 8.4, while there were single contributions from Tyler Best and Will O’Sullivan.
The second quarter saw some bolstering of the Broadford line-up with some St Mary’s players — showing great sportsmanship from both clubs.
Broadford started off with flare, kicking the opening goal.
Stronger defence support for Broadford saw a suppression of free play for the Saints.
Hudson continued on his way kicking truly, and Dylan Cook also kicked one of his own, but the free scoring of the first quarter had diminished as a more competitive Roos emerged.
Dylan snapped another, but Broadford wasn’t quite done and bombed one long.
Competitive footy for the remaining few minutes of play was seen but once again young Dylan took a strong mark on the siren to see him line up on a very acute angle.
He went back and shot truly, giving the Saints a 73-point lead at half-time.
Good tagging from Russell Guinelly on Hudson Kaak limited the big man to one goal for the quarter.
Third quarter action saw the rampaging Saints get on the board early, once again from Hudson.
Will Eager slotted a good goal from a set shot at the five-minute mark of the third term.
Another two goals from Hudson and a running snap from Will increased the score to an almost 100-point margin midway into the quarter.
Unselfish play from the Saints set up Keegan Grant for his first.
Tyler Best’s hard running in the dying minutes of the quarter resulted in the young fellow slotting home another.
Sharing footy from the Saints witnessed the third quarter margin expand to 117 points with Hudson adding to his bag, sitting at 12 majors with one quarter remaining.
With the fourth quarter under way, and Hudson having a spell on the bench with a case of leather poisoning, the rampaging Saints continued to dominate the game.
A good mark and set shot goal from Hamish Mehmet got the saints under way.
Not to be outdone, Dylan Cook had a running side-on snap, bending the ball on a 90-degree angle to kick another.
There was good contested footy from Broadford for the remainder of the quarter, but the Saints run out the victors by 145 points.
Gareth Sharp and Russell Guinelly for Broadford were standouts and each played a solid four quarters of football.
Score: Broadford 3.2 (20) lt St Mary’s 25.15 (165).
Oh boy — what a match it was against the Yea Tigers at Kings Park.
The Lions knew that if they were to have any chance of winning the match they would have to hit the ground running and keep the pressure up to Yea right from the start — and that is exactly what they did.
The Lions led the match from the start and while the Yea Tigers were able to get within a couple of points, the Lions were more desperate when it counted.
While the first term was played in the two forward-50s, the Lions were able to keep the pressure on the Tigers who won plenty of contested footy.
However, the Lions won the term with plenty of talk and by getting numbers around the ball to force it forward.
During the second term the Lions were able to get their forward structure working, and while the Tigers made it difficult for the Lions’ forwards to mark the ball, the Lions were able to rack up contested possessions and keep the score ticking over.
At the half-time break the Lions were asked to be more accountable and continue to lift their physical pressure at the contest and slow the run of the Tigers’ midfield.
By the end of the term the Lions were able to tick all the boxes as they grew in confidence.
Their midfield had been able to close down some of the Tigers’ better play-makers and were able to spread the load by bringing team-mates into the game with quick ball movement and clean skills.
The poise of the Lions’ senior players made it look easy at times with some brilliant passages of play.
The final term saw both sides battle hard in an epic arm wrestle for the four points.
While the Tigers lifted and were able to congest the Lions’ forward-50, the Lions were able to keep the footy locked inside their forward half for the majority of the quarter.
On the occasion when the Tigers were able to break the Lions’ wall they found it difficult to get numbers in front of the footy.
The continual pressure generated by the Lions’ run and numbers at the contest enabled them to force the ball forward and penetrate the Tigers’ defence to outscore the Tigers during the second half of the term.
The awards for the day went to Connor Johnstone for his hard physical pressure and his continual efforts to clear the footy from the defensive zone; Josh Chanloup for his strong ruck work and his clean skills and contested possessions around the ground; Jai Nash who improves each week with his ability to read the play and continual contested pressure; Riley Graham for his strong contested marking and clearing kicks from defence; and Tayte Lewis for his run, contested possessions and pressure all over the ground.
Score: Seymour 9.7 (61) d Yea 7.5 (47).
With players away on school camp we were a touch short and we needed some help from the under-10s this week.
A big thanks to Angus Nash and Blake Mills who bolstered up our numbers and proved to be solid contributors.
The first quarter wasn’t awesome. The kids looked a bit lax and were not treating Alexandra with the respect it deserved.
From the second quarter the team turned things around and we won more of the footy and seemed to always hold the upper hand.
It is great to see Will Le Deux’s confidence continuing to improve each week. He created good leads off a half-forward flank and was hard at and around the contests.
Angus Murray played off a half bank flank and provided plenty of run and attack into the forward line. It was a dominant display from the captain.
Somaiya Harriden rucked tirelessly all day and was a good contributor around the footy.
Kane Chapman and Nathan Whitling gave good drive into attack once they were switched onto the ball.
Darby O’Brien has been a shining light for the team during the last few weeks. He’s starting to abandon his torpedo punts for his amazing drop punts and his team is the major beneficiary.
He also ended the day with two goals.
Blake Ezard played well on his wing.
For a little player, Blake’s got the heart of a lion. He always gives his best and rarely loses a one-on-one contest. He’s had a great year in his debut season.
It was great to see Ely Reid back in the action with his broken hand now healed. Ely has got a great set of mitts on him and it’s great to have him back leading into the finals.
Score: Tabilk 7.5 (47) d Alexandra 2.2 (14).
Best: Angus Murray, Blake Ezard, Will Le Deux, Nathan Whitling, Somaiya Harriden, Kane Chapman, Darby O’Brien.
Goals: Darby O’Brien 2; Joel Mills, Kane Chapman, Shami Khan, Oscar Loweke, Angus Murray.
I’m not sure whether it was the good karma photo we had done (thanks Josh Boyer), or the fact that the footy gods smiled on us for a change, or the fact the boys all gave their best, but our third win of the season was certainly a sweet one.
After a very even game it once again came down to a solid last-quarter effort to get us across the line.
Tom Garner, after finally taking the hanger he has been looking for all year (and yes, he was up high), Trent Gladwin (four goals) and Cain Murray put on an inspiring performance to lift the boys across the line.
Darcy Willox may have finally found his best position with a great display on the wing.
Nick Smidt on the other wing showed his great speed all day, running away from the opposition.
Corey Chapman had a cracker. His pressure inside 50m and then mopping up in the backline saw him have his best game for the season — we just need to find that elusive goal.
Joseph Mifsud again fitted in well to the backline making some crucial interceptions, and Josh Boyer, after being a rock in defence, started to give us some run out of the backline.
Our goal kickers were rounded out with Harry Dawson getting two and Mitchell Berens kicking one.
The North East Antenna award went to Jayden Sanderson, and Jedd Dawe won the Neil Beer award.
All in all it was an excellent game by all involved — bring on St Mary’s.