Round 2 Review – Beauy Too Good
Beaumaris proved too good in all grades at Princes Park on the weekend although the Bloods and Hearts were gallant in defeat.
Wind and rain made the conditions difficult and they handled them better early as they went into quarter time13 points ahead. The second quarter was an arm wrestle but Beauy were getting their goals easier than us and went into half time with a lead of 28 points. We were able to close the gap at times but just could not get it under 20 points as they were cleaner again scoring 4 goals to 2 to go into the last break with a 40 point lead. The group had a challenge in the last quarter kicking into the breeze whether to fall away completely or to find something and win the last quarter. The effort was sensationally resulting in 2 goals apiece and a 41 point loss. Although a loss very similar effort and workrate to last week without the desired result. That being said we will be looking to tidy a few things up during the week to register a win against Caulfield next week.
Individually Plymo was great in the middle winning the hard footy and distributing to our runners. Jimmy, Pop, Aaron Toy, Shak and Timmy showed great leadership for our young blokes throughout the day. Nicko and Raff performed their roles for the day really well and we look forward to getting our first win on the board.
Goal Kickers: J. Nicolopoulos 2, J. Gasparini, O. Sharpe, J. Paul, D. Seccull, R. Seccull, C. Connelly
Best Players: J. Plymin, J. Nicolopoulos, J. Paul, N. Garratt, A. Toy, M. Rafferty
Rainsy Reserves Wrap
With a number of injuries in the reserves, seniors, promotions and late withdrawals the reserves were down to a depleted bench of three and up against a very tall strong and disciplined team.
Against the blustery wind and patchy rain the Sharks took control of the match and ran all over us in the first quarter, managing to bottle it up on the defensive side from our poor kicking and block attacks with a well drilled defensive wall that allowed them to launch attacks and move the ball quickly with pinpoint kicking accuracy to register eleven scoring shots for 3 majors as we failed to trouble the scoreboard.
To our credit, the match could have got right away from us going into half time in the second quarter as Declan and Scotty rallied the backline to fend off waves of attacks in the ever increasing rain by following instructions to kick to the defensive side of the ground. There were some excellent linkages and passages along the far wing which started from Jordan Johnstone’s decisive long kicks and accurate passing along with the drive of the versatile utility Oakesy to the likes of the ever-dangerous Ari who gave us some drive into the forward line all day. Despite not scoring onto the wind the boys showed great endeavor as we headed into half time.
As we headed into the main break the heavens opened up with torrential rain, hail and a howling wind reducing the match in the third quarter to some old school basic football as the coach brought himself on for his 250th in an attempt to change the tide to no avail. Josh Elston came into the game more with some inspired pickups and movement around opponents. The old warhorse Disco battled his heart all day in the ruck and Jamie Cain scored our first major from a good set shot on the half forward flank as the sharks went on to kick another four.
With heavy legs and soaking bodies the Bloods were run over in the fourth by a very good Beaumaris team as their disciplined defensive structure, height, strength, and fitness came to the fore.
What was pleasing was the spirit and endeavour showed throughout the whole match by the team which all bodes well as we see more players return from work commitments and injuries. Despite the scoreboard still, lots to like and the tide will turn.
Goal Kickers: D. Gauci, J. Cain
Best Players: J. Johnston, A. Ventouras, J. Elston, D. Forster, M. Seccull, S. Ellis
Saturday saw our 2018 Premier B Women’s team come up against a very strong / tough opponent in Beaumaris. After losing Chelsea Frawley to a broken finger which occurred at training during the week we started the match with the bare 18 players.
10 minutes prior to the start of the game the heaven’s opened with a storm which made the conditions very slippery and difficult to handle the ball.
It what was a very tough match the Beaumaris team took control of the first half of the match leading 23 to 1 at half time. Unfortunately, we lost our primary goal scorer in Pully Gardiyawasam in the first 5 minutes of the game with a hamstring injury which limited our scoring opportunities.
During the half time break the weather improved dramatically which saw the rain and the wind drop and with the sun coming out and the improved conditions saw our team drive hard and get a sniff of victory in the final stages of the last quarter going down by 13 points.
Best player for the day was Frances Land who in her 2nd game of AFL showed how she reveled in the difficult wintry type conditions whilst continually driving the ball forward throughout the day. Frances’s ferocity at the contest was terrific and provided some protection for our girls which was needed.
Jordan Shanks followed up her outstanding game from the previous week nearly willing our team across the line playing across all parts of the ground. Jordy was terrific and her skill level in the wet conditions and the depth of her kicking was great to watch and a team lifting goal when most needed.
Taylah Vines Chapple’s game was terrific. A lightly framed player Taylah continually put her body on the line and was definitely one of the stand out players on the ground.
With the loss of Chelsea Frawley during the week – Sam Stewart took full responsibility of the ruck duties for the game. Sam was outstanding and continually pushed hard against bigger opponents and at times against a very physical opponent she was instrumental in giving our team a chance of victory late in the game with a long bomb goal from outside 50 metres.
Charlotte Russo was again solid as a rock in the back half of the ground. Highly reliable and very much team oriented she was terrific in the heavy going.
Romy Tebler in her 2nd game of AFL football played a terrific running game until she was injured early in the last quarter in what was a very crude attempt to make a contest from behind which resulted in Romy breaking her wrist in 4 places. We wish Romy well in her recovery.
Despite going down by 13 points and with the return of key players back into the team in the coming weeks will see this team be again highly competitive against all teams for the forthcoming season.
BEST PLAYERS R. Teubler, C. Russo, S. Stewart, T. Vines-Chapple, J. Shanks, F. Land
Goalkickers: S. Stewart 2, J. Shanks