Saturday saw us take to the road for the last time this year with the destination being Brens Oval, Parkville, the home turf of UHS-VU. Unfortunately both games went the way of the hosts, the seniors staged a last quarter comeback though it wasn't enough to get them over the line, which now makes it impossible for them to make the finals.
After the results of last week.we now know that this Saturday will be the last game of the year for our boys. As such, the vote count will be held on Sunday at the club rooms. Come along from midday to see who takes out the B&Fs in both grades!
Goal Kickers: J. Tilli, J. Bergin, S. Woodward, S. Strater, J. Lindner
Best Players: S. Strater, A. Panjwani, M. Crawford, L. Robertson, S. Hawker, H. Lee
Our reserves sides went into Saturday's game slightly undermanned. We had a number of players unavailable and needed some fill-ins from the broader cobra community.
Due to the disorganised build-up we started slowly, and kicking into the wind resulted in our opponents scoring heavily. However, we were able to turn things around in the second quarter.
The game was very much dominated by the wind and scoring was confined to one end. Our opponents were able to capitalise on this more and subsequently won the game convincingly.
A big thank-you to all the guys who helped us pull a team together. On the day we had strong performances from Crawf, Fab, Strater, Arun, Darcy and Mike.
Expecting big numbers on the track this week as we aim to finish our season with a win against Parkside.
Goal Kickers: S. Fitzgerald 3, M. Szabo 2, R. Hummerston, B. Peel, T. Lowden, N. Joseph, N. Szabo, R. Walmsley
Best Players: T. Lowden, J. Wilson, R. Walmsley, R. Moody, S. Fitzgerald, J. Wilson
This week we traveled to Parkville to take on UHS/VU at their home ground. Earlier in the season, we scored a narrow win against them at home, and despite their recent giant-killing form, we hoped that we could do it again. We took chances by going in with some injured players, knowing it was our last hope of playing finals. There was a stiff breeze blowing straight to one end, and naturally, we kicked into it in the first quarter.
The students took full advantage and rattled on six goals before we could get our first. Although we had much of the play, we gave up easy goals by making crucial mistakes and ignoring team rules, and we failed to convert some straightforward chances. Eventually, two goals before quarter time gave us some momentum and we looked forward to using the wind in the second term.
Again we dominated general play and could not convert. By half time we had more scoring shots than our quality opposition but were behind on the scoreboard by fourteen points.
The students piled on the goals with the wind in the third. We were finding that when we played counter to team instruction, our opposition regularly punished us. But we kept doing it and they kept punishing us for it. By the last change, we were forty points down.
Three quick goals at the start of the last quarter gave us a sniff, and were it not for some more missed chances soon after, we would have been within a couple of goals. But it was not to be, and we went down by nearly five goals. This game represented our season in microcosm. We won all the clearances, gave up easy goals due to basic errors, missed easy scoring opportunities, had more scoring shots than our opponents, and were beaten easily.
Tom Lowden, Rohan Walmsley, Rowan Moody and Scott Fitzgerald were their usual inspirational selves – each of them carrying injury, and each of them giving their all. Both James Wilsons were terrific for us, and a special mention to Doug Hutchinson for playing his heart out with a bad ankle injury. Congratulations to Clayton Skate on his 150th game. A great achievement and a shame we couldn't have saluted for you Scoot.
Next week sees us host to last year's Grand Final opponents Parkside. Let's revive some happy memories by beating them again.
It's our last games this week, and also our last time at the Snake Pit. We're matched up against our old D4 rivals in Parkside. When we met them in the opening round of the year both teams were able to register solid wins, hopefully we can replicate that again this week to end the season on a high note.