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Round 6 News

Seniors win again

Unders as well

Round 6 loomed as a massive challenge for the club, we had our 3 senior men’s teams away at Monash Uni taking on the Blues.  Whilst the Women ventured to Oakleigh, the home of the Krushers and the Unders stayed home to host Uni Blacks.

 

Needless to say it was  massive game for the Seniors, despite the much needed win the week before there were nerves venturing out to Monash given the Blues had the week before beaten St Bernards at the Snake Pit!  Looking at the video, Monash were tall and talented with plenty of run.  We were forced into making key changes so it was going to test our depth.  The Monash oval is big and exposed so the wind would come into play.  The 3rds found Monash too good and whilst the 2nds kept the pressure on, they carried the price for the changes in the senior team and weren’t able to get over the line, despite that they played their hearts out.

 

The Unders continued on their way with another resounding win and now sit on top.  Sadly the Women weren’t able to get the win despite being a marginal favorite according to ladder positions, matters not helped with the absence of two key players at selection and further injuries during the game.

 

Back to the seniors, Monash settled very well and exploited their height advantage and run, we keep with them and at half time it was a goal the difference.  I must say I was a bit worried, could we go with them, could we score in the tricky cross breeze, how fit would we be.  It looked a big challenge, how wrong was I, sure the scores suggested a tight 2nd half and that what it was.  All the same the boys were magnificent and never gave in, coming home deserved winners.

 

Have a read of co senior coach, Paul O'Connell's report of the Monash win.  Paul sums up the game very well and what lays ahead, at 2 and 4 we need to pay with intensity every game, relegation must be removed from the table!

 

Fresh off a win in Round 5 against Peninsula, Co-Coach Michael Tarrant and I firmly challenged the team to back it up against an opponent fairly and squarely in the mix for a finals position at their home patch.

 

4 changes saw the inclusion of Tagan Carter-Taylor for his first game in 2017, as well as Tom Chapman, Brodie Easton and Zander Adam.  These games are so important in a season that is so well balanced and even apart from perhaps Old Brighton and Old Scotch. 

 

The match started off as an arm-wrestle indicative of the evenness of these 2 sides. Monash Blues had just beaten St Bernard's at the Snakepit so were confident of a good showing for their supporters. Quarter time had the Blues ahead by a point after kicking against a stiff breeze.

 

Our boys responded well against the breeze and had a 10 point lead late in the second quarter but again a late lapse saw us concede 2 goals and again we went in at half time behind - this time by only 5 points.

 

The boys best quarter for the year followed in terms of unrelenting pressure and we went in ahead by 13 points at 3/4 time. We knew Monash would come out firing kicking with the breeze in the last quarter so we challenged the boys for a supreme effort.

 

They did all that and more and withheld a late challenge by Monash to hold on for a 6 point win. Michael and I were very proud of the boys' effort all day.  2 in a row for the first time in 2 years so the next challenge is to make it 3 in a row.  Next week at home against undefeated Old Brighton is the biggest task yet.

 

AND if you are keen click HERE to see them belt out the song in the rooms at Monash.

Looking to the immediate future the games continue to be vital, back at home with Old Brighton seniors and 2nds, 3rds play AJAX on Sunday, Women get a chance to test themselves against a good Old Camberwell, whilst the Unders are away at the Trott locking horns with Collegians.  These are all big games and will be a great test of where we are at as a club and how we perform under pressure.  Old Brighton leads Prem B ladders for seniors and 2nds and will be a hand full.  Wins this weekend will greatly help our positions on the ladder as winter looms and depth starts to get tested across the competition.

 

Next week we are at home again and host Fitzroy.  With Cookie away we have decided to give the lunches a break and concentrate on the football.  So please stay with us and get out to Bulleen for a great afternoon of football.  Get the chores done early!!

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Enjoy some of Lu Smith's photos at Monash last weekend.

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June 24th

 

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