Round 4 Preview
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This week the girls have a bye so all the focus will be on the boys as they take on Parkdale. Both clubs will be aiming to get their first points for the year so it is an important early season clash.
Both Blood’s teams will be looking to bounce back after losses to Caulfield last week. At the selection table we have lost Aaron Toy through suspension but welcome Jordan Donnelly, Jackson Arthur and Ben White in for their first senior games for the year. So we are getting some players back but remain a youthful squad. It will be important to get off to a good start as Parkdale will be up and about also. We look forward to seeing that run off the backline, delivering laces up to Oakesy, Pop, and Sec in the forward line. But of course so much depends on the midfield and we have one of the best led by Jimmy Paul, Shak, and Gledders. If they can get their hands on the ball, we can go a long way to getting the four points.
It is going to be another brilliant autumn day so let’s all get down to PP and get the boys across the line.
- Min 10
- Max 19
- Mostly sunny.
- Chance of any rain: 0%
Areas of fog and cloud clearing during in the morning, then a sunny afternoon. Light winds becoming south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening.
Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:30 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 3 [Moderate]
Each week we will be providing a report on how the School’s First XVIII are performing. They certainly got their Premiership defence off to a great start as Lappas’ report highlights…..
Haileybury First XVIII Report
Geelong Grammar 1.5.11
Best: B.King, Bell, Briggs, Riordan, Ralphsmith, Gentile, Weightman
Goals: B.King 10, Weightman 5, Ralphsmith 4, Cleary 2, M.King, Briggs, Gentile, Toner
The Haileybury First XVIII got off to an incredible start to the 2018 season with a 151 point demolition of its opposition Geelong Grammar. They meant business from the start kicking 4 goals in the first 6 minutes of the season. In fact, the first goal came from the Captain Max King crumbing a ball running into open goal in the first 30 seconds.
The pressure was immense and Haileybury’s manic nature in the way that they played caused Geelong to turn the ball over and the boys pounced on every opportunity. Ben King was marking everything, taking 17 marks and when he didn’t mark it, the smalls up forward in Cody Weightman, and Jack Toner were mopping up any spilled ball – Cody going on to kick 5 goals for the game. The onballers in Heath Briggs with 35 possessions and Mitch Riordan with 25 ran amuck through the midfield and their little mate, Pete Gentile, racked up 25 possessions himself running out of defence. Pleasingly, the 9 debutants were all influential and certainly didn’t look out of place in the big league. Luke Cleary, Liam Kirkwood-Scott, Lachie Riley and Lachie Vaughan defended like their life depended on it. Hugo Ralphsmith, Tommy Morris and Jordan Andrews used their fitness, speed and skill to advantage and Hamish West and Max Sievers both looked damaging whenever they had the ball. On a sad noted, the highly rated potential Top 5 draftee Max King went down early in the second quarter with a confirmed ACL, and while this was an emotional time, it was a credit to the boys to continue playing the way they had started, especially his twin brother Ben who went on to kick 10 goals.
Haileybury now takes on premiership contender St Kevins at St Kevins starting at 2.00pm on Saturday 28th April. Hopefully as many supporters as possible can get down to watch and get behind the boys because this will certainly be a ‘cracker’ of a game.