Williamstown CYMS - Round 13
Looking to move out of the 50/50 part of the ladder our senior boys were keen to make a dint into a top 4 side.
With a chance to move to 4th on the ladder the scene was set with a 4th vs 5th battle. Having 6 players out from the previous round was always going to make things tough. With A graders Ackerly and Blackney away overseas, Read having to work and Johnstone out with a groin, the early signs would say that it was going to be an arm wrestle with both teams exchanging early goals. The difference at the first break was disposal efficiency as our boys continued to butcher the ball going forward. The second would see a huge clean up as our run and carry and control of the stoppages would be the difference. With Jack Gray inserting himself into the game driving off half back and Nic Holdsworth dominating the clearance, we generated opportunity after opportunity. With the forwards being creative we headed into the main break almost 4 goals up in what were perfect conditions for football.
The early stages of the third would unfortunately set the scene for the rest of the game. We too often trailed the contest allowing Old Ivanhoe to take command of the game. They hit every contest like it was their last ensuring momentum and first use. With nothing in it at the final break Ivanhoe would run away with the game and 4th spot. This now leaves our seniors in a tough position for the last 5 games. @ games and percentage out of the 4. With Old Camberwell looking to avoid relegation this week’s round 14 match-up is huge. If we are any chance of stealing a finals spot and ensuring that we progress forward from last year then the first step is knocking over a desperate Old Camberwell this week.
The boys described it as a very ‘Williamstown’ type day. Sun shining and picturesque – one would argue that no wind to speak of isn’t a true reflection of what the Fearon brings, but none the less a ripper of the day for a top of the table clash. Kicking the dew off at 9:20am, it was a sluggish start with neither side able to hit the scoreboard but about half way through the first term, we clicked and put on a solid display that resulted in 5 unanswered goals and a handy little buffer at the first break.
The match see-sawed in the 2nd as both sides had periods of momentum as the ball pinged from end to end. A strong 3rd quarter saw us kick away to maintain a healthy lead at the last change. With all to play for Collegians came out really strong and dipped in to chip away throughout the last as we appeared to be out on our legs. A couple of steading goals from Brixton Ford helped keep our lead and our grip on top spot as we ran out 12 point victors in a fiercely contested battle between two good sides.
Round 13 saw the Colts travel to Beaumaris for the second time this season. We were reasonably confident after an unlucky loss there in Round 2. This week, however, we weren’t as lucky.
Starting off without a full team made it difficult from the outset, but through injury, the Colts were left with no bench after half time.
While Beaumaris took advantage of our limited rotations and stretched us on the run and overlap. To the credit of the Colts, every player ran themselves into the ground and didn’t ever give up or shirk a contest. An excellent tagging job by Jack Rossi rendered Beaumaris’ best player ineffective, Ambrose Moore in the ruck and Tom Gannon’s tireless running were highlights from a very difficult day.
We get the chance to bounce back this week against a struggling Old Scotch team. Hang in there boys, our time will come.
The Thirds looked to get back on the winners list this week as they faced a pumped up St Bedes/Mentone Tigers. In a game that was crucial to the finals aspiration for the Thirds, the boys came out and showed great intent with the midfield dominating the clearances. If not for some wayward kicking at goal, the boys would have been clearly ahead at the first change.
The midfield dominance continued for the remainder of the game as the Thirds boys’ confidence grew and some enterprising football was being played all over the ground. The back six were fantastic all game keeping the opposition to just 4 goals for the game and providing some real dash from half back. The forward line looked dangerous with several goal kickers popping up this week. The multi-pronged attack saw 9 goal kickers in total with 5 for Galea, 4 to Farley and 3 to Josh Deans being the leaders.
In the end the CY’s dominance resulted in a 107 point victory which has seen the Thirds jump back inot the top 4. Best players on the day were Glove, J Mozza, Buzza, Gatty, Galea and Henry (who has become one of the most dangerous half backs in the competition and is the hardest player I have seen play the game).
Next game sees us up against PEGS in a must win game to continue to hold our spot in the 4 and cement our spot in the race for the finals.