Another proud effort but not the result we wanted

Round Number 15, Saturday, 30 July 2016

  • Opponent: Uni Blacks
  • Match Result: Loss
  • Played at: Away
  •  Q1Q2Q3Final Score
    Us 2.3 3.4 3.4 3.4.22
    Them 4.2 9.5 10.10 14.17.101

Round 15

Best Players: J. Harris, L. Crozier, J. Cator, A. Sloan, J. Gaff, C. Jones

Last Saturday brought to an end the middle three-week block of games punctuated with bye rounds in between. The Panthers trekked to Melbourne University to take on fourth placed Uni Blacks. Unfortunately the state of the ground does not match the picturesque surrounds of the University and we were greeted with a terrible bog of a playing surface. Nonetheless, both teams had to play on it.

The first quarter was pretty even for the most part as we had the use of a breeze but could not capitalise on the scoreboard. We were able to stifle Blacks’ use of the ball however, which resulted in a dour affair given the conditions as well. Blacks got on top towards the end of the quarter and went into the break leading 4.2 (26) to 2.3 (15).  Blacks wasted no time using the breeze in the second quarter and established a match winning break at half-time leading 9.5 (59) to 3.4 (22) – our goal courtesy of a thumping kick into a strengthening breeze by Andrew Sloan.

Disappointingly, we lost three players to injury early in the second half – partly due to the state of the playing surface. Premier Division footballers should not have to put up with this. Whilst this certainly contributed to our ability to match the opposition, we only conceded one goal for the quarter but could not use the wind to our advantage.

The last quarter was a challenge against a top side and we fell away on the scoreboard but not in endeavour, which is to the boys’ credit. We are in the business of winning and losing but the boys do not give up and this is pleasing. We eventually lost 14.17 (101) to 3.4 (22).

The last bye is upon us. We will recover and re-load for the last three weeks and look forward to two home games in a row, with the elusive second win firmly in our sights.

Paul O’Connell

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Seniors v Uni Blacks

Goal Scorers

B. Smithwick, M. Evans, A. Sloan

Results - Rd 15, August 12

SENIOR MENS   vs      FITZROY
 7/13/55        10/12/72
     
RESERVES vs      FITZROY
 15/8/98        6/8/44
     
THIRDS vs      FITZROY
6/6/42         22/15/147     
     
WOMENS    vs      COLLEGIANS
2/5/17        2/4/16  
     
UNDER 19s vs      UNI BLACKS
23/15/153        2/10/22   

Next Round - Rd 16, August 19

SENIOR MENS vs MAZENOD
HOME   2.00pm
     
RESERVES vs MAZENOD
HOME    11.40am 
     
THIRDS vs SEASON OVER
     
     
WOMENS    vs OLD CAMBERWELL
AWAY   2.00pm Grand Final
    Trevor Barker Oval, Sandringham
UNDER 19s vs OM'S
HOME   2.00pm

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