Williamstown CYMS - Round 15
In what was to be a test of character for our senior side, top of the table Caulfied would be a daunting task.
After dropping our last 2 games, in particular last weeks against Old Camberwell, we had quickly gone from finals contenders to relegation defenders.
With only a couple of games separating 5th-9th we could not afford to drop another at this stage of the year. With the return of young gun Russell Ackerly and the inclusion of some experienced campaigners in Matt Carland and Matthew John, the stage was set.
In what were testing conditions, with a strong cold northerly pushing its way towards the garden end, who could adapt and execute would increase their chances on coming out on top. Now in a season that has seen its ups and downs our boys demonstrated early that things would be played on Fearon terms, CY’s terms. Lead by Dan Calman-Orr from the first bounce CYs applied pressure both ways early to stretch Caulfields resilience. In what would be an arm wrestle of control for 3 qtrs the game ’s control went back and forwards. It was Caulfields slick transition versus CY’s relentless pressure and hunger to score.
100 gamer Fin Adamson commanded his troops down back as we repelled attack after attack. Jack Connolly and Jack Gray continued to drive us forward, as Calman-Orr took beast mode to the next level. With our offensive transition in full sink it would be Mitch Parkinson who would put on what could be the best 15mins of football by a Cys player all year. Whether he was applying goal saving tackles in the back pocket or kicking boundary goals in the forward pocket, Parkinson lead the way to put our boys in the winning position kicking 4 goals for the quarter taking his game tally to 5. When the siren sounded our boys stood victorious by 26 points and a massive 106 point turnaround from our last encounter. The win pushes us back to 5th, out of relegation zone and a mathematical chance of running out in September.
Another week closer to the end of the season proper and a return to Chelsworth Park for the 2nd time in Season 2016. Given the events of our last visit, both camps were surely feeling excited and uneasy about the upcoming battle. With a strong breeze towards the social club end, Old Ivanhoe took the advantage early through some long delivery and adapting better to conditions. Kicking 3 to 1 in the first term, the quarter time score looked like we were on repeat from our Round 9 encounter.
With a little bit of structured thought at qtr time and a brief reset, we looked at how we could improve and went out to implement that to better result in the 2nd term. Still turning it over, we were not exactly at our best but did get our noses in front at half-time and with plenty of room to improve, were going to look at putting the foot down in the 2nd half.
That is exactly what we did starting with a really strong ‘into the wind’ performance and then coming home with a wet sail in the last. Had it not been for some inaccurate kicking in front of the sticks, we could have had a better conversion from our 34 scoring shots. It was nice to see the boys finish off in strong fashion and leaves us with a mouth-watering clash next week against Mazenod in an Unders double-header at the Fearon.
This week saw the Colts head to Como Park to face Old Geelong. We had a severely undermanned squad this week with only one player on the bench all game. The approach of the Colts was outstanding this week, with the most ferocious attack on the ball that they have produced all year. Facing a physically larger team, our boys were not intimidated and fought hard all day. Other than a runaway last quarter from Geelong, the Colts were competitive all day.
A fearless block from both Jacob Splatt and Luke Green against a rampaging big man at about the 5 minute mark of the first quarter set the scene for the day. Brayden Philpott was outstanding stepping into the role of captain, leading by example in courageously attacking every contest. Sam Hill and Tom Gannon were great and played through injury for most of the second half. Matt Dixon has found red hot form in the last couple of weeks and it continued on the weekend, with Dan Cross returning to stunning form in the backline. Very pleasing was Trent Bolton’s best game for the season.
Bring the same approach will give us a chance of scoring a win against St. Bernards in our last home game of the year.
In a must win game for the Thirds, the boys headed out to Glenhuntly oval for the 3rd time this year to take on Caulfield Grammarians in what was always going to be a fiercely contested match…..and that is exactly what transpired. With the usual 6 goal breeze swirling the CY’s took the ascendancy early and went into the 1st term break with a healthy lead.
The boys were clearly up for a the battle out tackling and out hunting Caulfield to ensure that they did not go into half time with a big lead. After half time the game was a real arm wrestle and the 3rd quarter proved out Achilles heel as we were not able to put enough scoreboard pressure as we would have liked going into the final quarter.
Caulfield, with the breeze in the last thought they would waltz to victory….but the CY’s boys had other ideas once again nailing every tackle and making the Caulfield boys run sideways!. With 5 minutes to pay we had kicked 2 goals into the breeze to hit the front only for Caulfield to hit back late and get their noses in front. Time got us in the end and Caulfield (with a goal after the siren) ran out 10 point winner.
This was one of the most spirited 4 quarter efforts the thirds have put together and although the result did not go our way, the effort, application and sheer intensity was something to be immensely proud of.
Best players on the day were Glove, Monnas, Gatty, Buzza, Pocket and Ed Bordas.
Unbelievably, 3 results went our way this week so were a very small chance of still making the finals. No more next week if we don’t convincingly beat Marcellin this week and hope PEGS are convincingly beaten also.
One thing for sure, where there is an ounce of hope, we will come out and leave nothing on the field.