Best Players: M. Spillane, A. Milne, J. Edwards, N. Schiller, K. Lucarelli, P. Simon
A trip a few suburbs over for an away game against Swinburne saw the women’s squad in a position to extend a four game winning steak out to five games.
A swirly breeze and a tight first quarter resulted in both teams locked at two goals and one behind a piece by the end of the first quarter. A very sticky and muddy centre square slowed Canterbury’s fast midfield significantly and proved to be a real impediment.
Some straight kicking from Swinburne in the second opened their lead over CFCW out to 10 points by half time, and a very tight third quarter saw CFCW only able to add two points to the scoreboard to close the gap back down to 8 points.
Heading into the last quarter, Canterbury surged, locking the ball in their forward half for much of the quarter, and slotting two handy goals to close within 2 points of Swinburne. With a sniff of victory after an uncharacteristically slow start for the first three quarters, the players lifted significantly in the last 10 minutes of the quarter, with many forward entries being created. Unfortunately, CFCW was unable to convert again, going down by 2 points at the final siren.
A gallant effort by all players, with Spillane, Schiller and Edwards in particular providing some serious spark around the stoppages, especially in the second half.
Well done to all on a hard fought game.
Goal Kickers: M. Astbury 5, J. Rowe 4, J. Tomas 3, D. Walden 3, E. Lowden, L. Venditti, M. Szabo, R. Pearce, N. Szabo, R. Walmsley
Best Players: M. Astbury, D. Walden, J. Rowe, J. Tomas, N. Joss, R. Hawke
The Cobras returned to the pit on Saturday to take on Aquinas. With only 2 changes bringing in some serious midfield drive of Wheeler and Joss, the side was looking reasonably settled. We were looking to atone for last week’s disappointing display against Manningham. The coaching group were buoyant about this week’s clash and knew that intensity and pressure would see us get a result.
With favourable conditions weighing to the Clubrooms end, the visitors had first use of an aiding yet fluky breeze. It was tough in tight but we were able to match it with their mids yet the bloods had three more scoring shots to give them a thirteen point lead a quarter time.
Reinforcing the pressure message and to keep our structure, the run of play was all ours in the second. The battle at full back was an interesting one all day and “The Ghost” was doing a good job on the fancied Aquinas coach, with all of their forward entries going to him. Good transitional play led us to eleven scoring shots to three. However wayward kicking only meant we had drawn level at half time, fifty seven a piece.
At the main break we had to remain focused on the task at hand. Any let off would give the opposition a sniff. A couple of tweaks here and there and the third was all one way Cobra traffic, piling on six goals to one and really putting the foot on the throat. Across all lines we were winning the contested footy, hard and uncompromising, just the way we like it. With good decisions being made, and great fast play through the middle we were slicing through them.
Not content with the thirty two point lead it was our time to shine. Great stoppage work and team play was getting the job done. Hard tackling, being one of the key focus areas for the day, was leading to turnovers and scoring opportunities. Scoring shots for the last term were rising by the minute and saw us finish with fifteen to three but only converting seven of those. A sixty nine point victory at the final siren was to be enjoyed by all, and back on the winners list. Banking another important four points.
From my eyes all of the twenty two were going at about ninety percent. So coming up with best players was a difficult task. All on ground worthy of high praise for poise and execution of our plan. Lets hope there’s more of “DADTS HOT SAUCE” to give away in coming weeks.