Seniors v Monash Blues

Round Number 6, Saturday, 20 May 2017

  • Opponent: Monash Blues
  • Match Result: Win
  • Played at: Away
  •  Q1Q2Q3Final Score
    Us 2.1 4.2 9.9 10.16.76
    Them 2.2 4.7 7.8 10.10.70

Fresh off a win in Round 5 against Peninsula, Co-Coach Michael Tarrant and I firmly challenged the team to back it up against an opponent fairly and squarely in the mix for a finals position at their home patch.

4 changes saw the inclusion of Tagan Carter-Taylor for his first game in 2017, as well as Tom Chapman, Brodie Easton and Zander Adam. 

These games are so important in a season that is so well balanced and even apart from perhaps Old Brighton and Old Scotch. 

The match started off as an arm-wrestle indicative of the evenness of these 2 sides. Monash Blues had just beaten St Bernard's at the Snakepit so were confident of a good showing for their supporters. Quarter time had the Blues ahead by a point after kicking against a stiff breeze.

Our boys responded well against the breeze and had a 10 point lead late in the second quarter but again a late lapse saw us concede 2 goals and again we went in at half time behind - this time by only 5 points.

The boys best quarter for the year followed in terms of unrelenting pressure and we went in ahead by 13 points at 3/4 time. We knew Monash would come out firing kicking with the breeze in the last quarter so we challenged the boys for a supreme effort.

They did all that and more and withheld a late challenge by Monash to hold on for a 6 point win. Michael and I were  very proud of the boys' effort all day.

2 in a row for the first time in 2 years so the next challenge is to make it 3 in a row.

Next week at home against undefeated Old Brighton is the biggest task yet.

We cannot wait.

Paul O’Connell

Senior Co-Coach

Goal Scorers

B. Smithwick 4, T. Carter-Taylor 2, S. Freemantle 2, B. Easton, W. Nichols

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Results - Rd 17, August 18

SENIOR MENS   v OLD HAILEYBURY
 16/14/110   11/11/77 
RESERVES v OLD HAILEYBURY
15/9/99    5/8/38 
THIRDS v MAZENOD AFC
13/12/90   1/4/10    
SENIOR WOMENS    v SEASON OVER
     
UNDER 19s v OLD INVANHOE
4/6/30   11/6/72     

Next Round - R18, August 25

SENIOR MENS v MONASH BLUES
Home   2.00pm Carey Bulleen
RESERVES v MONASH BLUES
Home   11.40am Carey Bulleen
THIRDS v ST BERNARDS 
GRAND FINAL Sunday   9.20am Coburg City Oval
SENIOR WOMENS    v Season Over
 
UNDER 19s v WILLIAMSTOWN CYMS
2nd SEMI FINAL Saturday 2.00pm Fearon Reserve

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