Round 12 Match reports V Doncaster

Match Report – Round 12 V Doncaster
On a bright sunny day, excellent ground conditions and following a great victory by the Reserves everything was set up for a fast start by the Senior team. This was not to be the case when for the second week in a row we started very slowly. Doncaster, with a dominant forward in the first quarter were playing all over us and had accumulated 8 goals by the end of the quarter. We could only score one with a snap from the pocket by Jake Ireland.
The second quarter started with Doncaster goaling after 3 minutes. We were now 50 points down. It looked like it could be a very long day in the office but to the boy’s credit they did not give up. Everyone lifted their game and we started to win contests. Luke Patterson took an intercept mark from the Doncaster full back and goaled. Shortly after, Jack Whelan out of the centre for a big mark by Matt Cullinan and goal. We now had the ball continually on our forward line but could only manage points. Riley Smith kicked a long goal at the 20 minute mark and then Mat Cullinan marked and goaled again, 22 points down. We had all the momentum and then at the 29 minute mark and again at the 31 minute mark we were involved in some incidences which saw 2 of our players sent off the ground resulting in 2 goals to Doncaster. After all our good work in the quarter we were still 33 points down at half time.
Doncaster were kicking to the scoring end in the third quarter and with 2 of our key back men off for 15 minutes due to yellow cards it was going to be difficult for us. We came out hard with Robbie Nahas continually driving us out of the backline and Jack Whelan putting in a great tough quarter. Goals to Matt Cullinan, Gary Conyers and Liam Taylor saw us win the quarter and be only 25 points down.
Doncaster appeared to be tiring and under a lot of pressure. The game was there to win if we continued with our open running play. The last quarter started and 2 minutes in Harvey Chin was at the bottom of the pack picked up the ball and snapped a goal. Jake Ireland kicked the next goal from the boundary line, only to be 12 points down. The big North Ringwood crowd were now right behind the boys and the loud support was lifting the team. Goals to Matt Cullinan and Jake Ireland had us 1 point down. Doncaster, mid way through the quarter kicked the next 2 goals. 14 points down at the 15 minute mark. Can we come again? Yes we kept running hard. Matt Sheppard owned the far wing and Jake Ireland kicked another 2 goals to see us 1 point down into time on.
The ball was in our forward line and a Doncaster player pulled the ball in under the pressure of 3 of our players tackling him. We were awarded a free kick. Matt Sheppard and Jack Whelan quickly vacated the scene to allow the ever reliable goal shooter Gary Conyers to take the kick. Gary went back and kicked through the middle for a goal. This turned out to be the last kick of the match at the 29 minute mark and the first time we lead for the game. Players and spectators celebrated loudly.
Big shout out to the following players: Jake Ireland for his great running game and accuracy in kicking 5 goals (4 in the last) quarter. Riley Smith playing against the competitions best ruckman was outstanding. Rucking for the whole game he was too agile for his opponent and won the contest. Matt Cullinan was strong in the air and when he did not mark he brought the ball to ground. 4 great goals. Jack Whelan was Jack Whelan, nothing else needs to be said!
Well done to the whole team you certainly brought joy to your group of loyal supporters and to everyone involved in the club.
Next week another big game against South Croydon at Quambee. Let’s all get there to support them.
Go Saints.
Q 1 Q 2 Q 3 Q 4
North Ringwood 1.1 – 7 5.7 – 37 8.10 – 58 15.11 – 101
Blackburn 8.3 – 51 11.4 – 70 13.5 – 83 15.6 – 96

Goal Kickers: J. Ireland 5, M. Cullinan 4, G. Conyers 2, L. Taylor, R. Smith, H. Chin and L. Patterson
Best Players: J. Whelan, J. Ireland, R. Smith, M. Cullinan, M. Sheppard and L. Taylor

Match Report – Round 12 V Doncaster
We won!!
So glad to get the W for all the players who slug it out each week with not much joy in the way of winning, sure we find other ways to celebrate being lucky enough to play footy for North Ringwood, but when we win all else is forgotten for a short time and the pure joy of winning a contest overwhelms us for a short time.

Thanks to all the players for their efforts, lets push hard for another win this week lads

Goal Kickers: R. McKenzie 3, S. Den Elzen 2, A. Sharp 2, C. Smith 2, D. Scholz 2, D. Harris 2, B. Naismith 2, J. Hollingsworth
Best Players: D. Harris, T. Kim, D. Scholz, F. Purbrick, S. Stephens, J. Taratuta

Q 1 Q 2 Q 3 Q 4
Doncaster 2.1-13 3.2-20 3.3-21 5.7-37
North Ringwood 4.2-26 8.2-50 14.4-88 16.7-103


East Burwood Match Report:

The u/19’s took on East Burwood away at their home ground this week in foggy conditions. It seems like every week we’re playing against a top 2 team and this week was no different. They are a physical opposition which we took it right up to last time we played and this week was very similar. The first quarter was a hot contest, with us getting on top around the ball with some slick hands from Will Vagg and Tom Stubbs.  Our tackling pressure was great and our ruckman were both getting on top in the hit outs. Going into the second quarter with confidence we kicked the first goal, then we had quite a scary incident with Lach O’Donnell copping a hit which put him unconscious. The game stopped and the ambulance was called, he went off to hospital but luckily he has escaped without any serious injury. The 3rd quarter came after a long wait for Lach to leave the field, and the boys were a bit flat footed. Showing how important he is to our back structure, his opponent went on to kick 3 goals. In the final term the group was more switched on and went toe to toe with the Rams, ultimately falling short by 3 goals. We were down another couple of boys due to injuries in the last quarter, finishing with only one on the bench.To the boys credit we had over 15 tackles in each quarter, with 20 in the last. The boys went pretty close to knocking off 2nd on the ladder, and we can see our second win is getting closer and closer.

Q 1 Q 2 Q 3 Q 4
East Burwood 1.4-10 2.4-16 6.9-45 6.9-45
North Ringwood 1.0-6 3.1-19 4.2-26 4.2-26
Senior Women
North Ringwood v Ferntree Gully.

Some days you drive away from the game feeling frustrated because you know that we were far from our best and the effort wasn’t there. I certainly didn’t feel like that this week, in fact I was happy with our efforts despite a loss to top of the ladder Ferntree Gully especially given we had only one on the bench. Playing on a bigger ground (albeit a bit muddy) suited our game style …….. expose the opposition with our pace, run and carry. Some of our runners (Lily, Sarah, Jess, Ella) had a great day out especially with our inside players feeding the ball out to the with smart handball. The only difference at the end of the day (which was the final margin) was our second quarter where FTG kicked 4 goals. Unfortunately we didn’t react mid quarter by manning up (or should I say womanning up) and we had to wait to half time to address this. The girls responded after the long break and didn’t bleed anymore goals. We will discuss how to respond at training and learn from it.

One challenge set for the girls was better conversion rate on the back of the 4 goal 14point game we had recently. Again the girls responded by being far more composed when within range in the forward line. Alice presented well all day.

This round’s result further underlines in my mind that we have the potential to beat any team when we are on. I expect more players to be available for the big Friday night blockbuster which will really help.

Best (in no particular order)
Lily Sarah Ella Nicky (new girl) Nat Alice
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Ferntree Gully 1.0-6 4.3-27 6.5-41 8.6-54
North Ringwood 1.2-8 1.3-9 3.4-22 4.5-29