First-gamer, 17 year old Jack Murfett singing Club Song with gusto.
After a disappointing effort last week we needed a much better effort against local rivals Norwood.
The start was not great. Norwood dominated ground position and the ball was played a lot in Norwood’s half. We were lucky that they missed a few gettable shots and our back 6 battled manfully to limit the damage.
We had some moments but this trend continued until midway through the second quarter. 17 year old Jack Murfett playing his first game kicked a long goal for our first and the momentum of the game started to swing our way in the 10 mins before half time.
Aaron Fenton had led the way with ferocious attack on the ball and Matt Payne was winning contests and intercept marking the ball across half back.
We trailed by 9 points at half time.
The game see-sawed in the third quarter but we started to win more clearances and more of the 50/50 balls. Hoegel again hit the scoreboard to continue his good form over recent weeks.
We were down by a point at 3/4 time and we knew we had to surge to get over the line.
We were able to lift in the last quarter. Mackinnon kicked a big goal to put us in front and imposed himself at the first couple of centre clearances. Dunne’s hardness around the contest was important and we were able to sneak clear late for a strong if not pretty win to take the Des Ryan Cup named after a great stalwart of our footy club.
We wish Jayden Van Unen and Aaron Fenton luck and hopefully they are selected to represent the EFL against Geelong FL this Saturday at Etihad Stadium.
On Saturday, we took on Norwood at home.
After a tough game last week, this was a fantastic opportunity to bounce back against our local rivals
We started the game extremely solid, won clearances and had full control of the game. We were able
to provide pressure to our opposition defenders which caused them to have turn overs and allowed
us to re-gain possession. We however were unable to fully convert our opportunities and I felt kept
Norwood in the game.
Our next two quarters were good, but not great. The increasing pressure from Norwood changed the
game from being in our favour on the scoreboard, to Norwood taking the lead late in the 3rd quarter.
At 3qtr time, I felt we were still in control of proceedings, however needed to really dig in and create our
own luck to make it happen. To the credit of the boys, we really did this in the last quarter and ran over
There were some tremendous team and individual performances throughout the day, sometime in
isolation and sometimes throughout a period of the game.
Well done boys, I am really proud of your efforts and ability to dig the heals in and get a very strong
win. But there is still much to be worked on and improved.
So, we have hit round six 4-2 heading into the bye. This is a good start for the group, but we cannot
be complacent and just be happy with this. As we go into the bye we need to re-charge the batteries
and be ready to rock and roll against South Croydon in 2 weeks.
Well done boys. Go Saints.
Best Players: J. Ralph, M. Dymond, A. Goldsmith, J. Rouget, J. Kennedy, D. Harris, M.Peart,
M.Cullen, S. Barnard
Goal Kickers: J. Moss 3, D. Harris 2, D. Cox, M. Dymond
N. Payne, E. Sinn, A. Glassborow, D. Wright, M. Sproles, M. Heckley