Williamstown CYMS - Bye Round
With the seniors/ressies having a bye, the locals turned its eye to the Unders double header at the Fearon. Kick starting the day was a terrific win for the Colts as they broke their draught in a stirring performance, followed by the mouth-watering top of the table clash as the 19s took on Mazenod. Locking up top spot vs a double chance were the stakes and it did not fail to deliver.
The game was played at a frenetic pace with both sides showing their quality as it felt like a shootout in the first term with both sides potting each other on quick transitions. Much to the delight of the packed Fearon, the pace didn’t slow down in the 2nd with the CYs getting the advantage that quarter yet trailing by a point at the main change.
A well deserved break for both teams gave the teams the opportunity to reset but a flat period saw Mazenod get the early ascendency in the 3rd. From the 10 minute mark of the term, we kicked into gear and came home really strong and managing to hit the front at the last change by 5 points.
Mazenod kicked the first in the last and looked full of run only to be hit by the CYs unrelenting pressure. Full of run, the boys continued to stick and move at every opportunity hoping to have the legs to see out the quarter – they did……we kicked 5 unanswered goals to put things beyond doubt, only to concede two late ones as the Nodders did not throw in the towel.
A clear Match of the Year contender with two great sides going at it at a blistering pace was a great showcase for 19s football – played at a high quality and in great spirit. Credit to both sides for their efforts.
Round 16 was the last home game for the Colts. For the first time in 10 weeks we fielded close to a full strength team and it was reflected in our result. This round we faced St. Bernards and the Colts certainly brought their best footy. Ferocious attacks on the ball, sharp delivery into the forward line and unwavering accountability in the backline were the cornerstone of our 4th win for the season. Challenged in both the 1st and last quarters, the boys had to maintain their composure and stick to the game plan that had set up their commanding position.
Solid performances in return matches from Mac Short and Luke Mandato along with great games from Lewis Kennedy, Julian Franze and James Waters were all very pleasing. Brendan Dawson’s move to the ruck has been a success, with solid improvements being shown in every game. Jarryd Di Genova was again outstanding at full back and has enjoyed some excellent performances there. The midfield work of Brayden Philpott and Tom Gannon on the wing were exciting and bode well for the future. Daniel Cross was again courageous across half back.
The Thirds went into the last game of the home and away season needing a minor miracle to continue their playing days and make the top 4. Requiring a 19% swing in percentage, the Thirds took on a Marcellin side that has never lost to the CY’s Thirds in the times we have played them.
The equation was simple – Win and win as big as we can against a quality opposition and rely on PEGS to be comprehensively beaten by competition tear away Therry Penola. SO it was a slight chance but a chance nonetheless.
With the added class of several 1’s and 2’s players, the CY’s were in control from the outset but could not put the domination on the scoreboard and went into the half time only a couple of goals ahead. Well something clicked after half time and the boys were able to gel to kick 9 goals in the quarter and put the game out of reach of the Marcellin boys. Unfortunately we leaked a few easy goals out the back as we pressed up high to try and score as many golas as we could and win by the largest possible margin. In the end a 9 goal win was what we could muster up in what was a fantastic performance by all of the Thirds boys.
One of the highlights of the game was watching one of the most talented footballers to don a CY’s jumper ply his trade. Zac “Reados” Read was a sight to behold garnering comparisons to Chris Judd from the crowd. In a best on ground performance, Reados kicked 6 goals and tallied 40+ touches (guessing here but it was probably more) in a display that had our opponents giving up on playing near him. He was simply unstoppable.
He was also very well supported by Ryan Joy, Blackers, Johnsy, Ryan Danaher, Mick Machetti, Lou Hogarth, Jake MacKenzie and Sean O’Shea-Korbut who we would like to thank for coming down to assist us in achieving this result. Special mention also to Joel Trethowan and Buzza who were dominant in the midfield.
Lastly, again I would like to thank the 1’s and 2’s players who put their bodies on the line for the Thirds cause. I would like to extend that gratitude to Montey and Wyndy for their support of the Thirds and giving us a real chance at making the finals. Unfortunately PEGS only lost by 4 points so we missed out by 9% on finals but it was a fantastic way to end the year with a big win over a very good side in Marcellin.
Also, thank you to all of our helpers who have been with us all year. Without you all we are simply nothing. I cannot thank you all enough for being there for us all year.
One thing I know for sure, at the CY’s – we really are ONE TEAM – ONE CLUB