The Men’s first XVIII secured their first, and deserved, victory on Saturday against old Xavier at McQueen Park. The boys started well and managed to secure some scoreboard pressure against the visitors who were having their own difficulties in front of goal. Our best start for the year saw us lead by 19 points at the first break. Old Xavier got on top in the second term, kicking 4 goals while we could only manage 5 behinds, and they led by 2 points at half time. Our third quarter was superb, as we found our rhythm again to kick four goals to two to take a 10 point lead into the final break. Within the first 10 seconds Xavier had kicked a goal, but to our boys credit they elevated their game and kicked the next two. After some terrific team goals we held a 20 point lead with 5 minutes to play. With a blink of the eye Xavier kicked 2 goals 2 (including two very gettable shots) and we only held a 6 point advantage with 2 minutes to play. Well those two minutes seemed to last an eternity, but the boys dug in and held on to record a memorable first win for the year. Full credit goes to senior coach Dale Bower and his coaching team for keeping the boys positive over what has been a testing two months. Full credit also goes to the boys, who kept the faith and kept knocking on the door until it finally opened.
The Old Scotch Stars dominated their match against Old Mentonians from start to finish to record a 10 goal win. Skipper Anna Hayes and Amy Arundel each kicked 4 goals in the comprehensive team performance. Next Saturday sees a special pre-match luncheon for the Old Scotch Stars prior to their match against Old Carey.
The Men’s 2nd XVIII were super competitive in the first half against a strong Old Xavier outfit, but ran out of tickets, and manpower, in the second half to go down by 40 points. The thirds also had a tough day at the office against St Bernards, kicking inaccurately to lose by 25 points.
The Premier Under 19 team bounced back from some difficult weeks with a strong win against De La Salle, who had earlier in season pipped us by 2 points. The boys were 27 points up at half time and stopped to a walk in the third, kept scoreless by De La who kicked four goals six to take a two point lead into the final change. The boys responded in the best possible way with a six goals to one final term to record a much needed win. Josh Edwards kicked four goals in a best afield display, but he was well supported by skipper Austin Harding , Cooper Harvey, Noah Croes, Matt Hucul and James Broderick.
The Under 19 premier Reserve team also recorded a solid win against De La Salle, coming from behind to win by five points, with a late goal to Lachie Padbury. Leading all day, on the back of four goals from James Tarrant and Jono Loveridge, the boys showed great courage to win when headed late in the last term.
Our Under 19 third XVIII again recorded a 100 point loss, but I would like to point out that each week they are coming up against the 1st Under 19 XVIII from each club they play. The boys, under coach Terry Kendell, are cracking in hard and competing well, and I am delighted that they are having the opportunity to represent the club each week in the manner in which they are.
All in all, a much better day for the club and one that I hope gives us good momentum as we roll into the important weeks ahead.