Williamstown CYMS - Round 17
It what was to be a bid to lock in 5th spot for the year, Kew would travel to our Fearon. With redemption on the mind of our soaking wet lose out at Vic Park earlier in the year.
With a strong wind the scene was set for a cold windy Fearon day.
The first quarter saw both teams go head to head with neither being able to grab a real advantage. Our CYs at times missing conversion opportunities as we entered the forward 50 on more occasions.
We headed into the 1st break 7 points down. The 2nd saw us struggle at both ends only converting for majors twice while allowing Kew to run away with the quarter piling on 6 goals. We would head into the change rooms at half time 5 goals down. We started off the 3rd strong and ready for the challenge. As our half back of Gray, Callard began to assert itself into the teams offensive drive. This enable our forwards to get first quick use. Our mids lead by Yuma Hemphill got on top as we managed to kick 6 goals to 2 bringing Kew back. If not for a late Kew goal it would have been a quarter of dominance.
With only 7 points separating both teams the game was set up for the talking, with all momentum leaning our way. Unfortuantely our 4th replicated our 2nd as we failed to win the contested football while allowing Kew to run off hard from half back and support their mids, who with the absence of our Nic Holdsworth got on top. In the end Kew ran out 39point winners.
CYs best consisted of Yuma Hemphill who worked tirelessly all day, Nathan Bratby producing close to his best senior game, Jack Gray who provided run and drive off half back and veteran Steven Puhar who played with all heart in his last senior game on the Fearon.
The last game of the season proper, triple header with the seniors/ressies and past players day – a lot happening for a regular Saturday in ‘Town. Fellow finalists Ormond were the Rd 18 combatants who were looking to knock us off for the (potential) chance to play us again next week (if they finished 2nd). A nice breeze blowing towards the park end of the ground which we had first crack at after captain JJ won the toss. Lots of footy early but wasted through some poor delivery inside 50. Enough to take a 28 point margin into the first change.
Ormond started slowly in the 2nd and we were able to get the first few on the board, but to their credit, Ormond faught back and answered with 3 of their own to keep things around the 5 goal mark at the main change. Heading into the 2nd half, Ormond’s best chance was to restrict our use of the wind. They managed to do this successfully by dropping extra numbers behind the ball which we could not breakdown. 5 behinds wasn’t enough to put them away and a 34 point lead at the last break kicking into the breeze was going to be a test if we could hold on.
Ormond kicked the first two and reduce the score to 22 with 6 gone in the last, it looked like it was going to be game on, but the CYs boys rallied and came good with 5 unanswered goals inspired by a 3-goal final term by the Snake. A great way to finish the year and take some form into the finals campaign.
Round 18 was the end of a long season for the Colts. This time we headed to Waverley Oval to take on De La Salle. With their Premier team out of the finals, De La had a number of players drop back. Even so, it was an excellent performance from the Colts - really challenging for the match. During the third quarter, we drew to within 10 points but a good patch from the opposition allowed them to get away.
Excellent performances from Brayden Philpott and Lewis Kennedy as well as strong performances from many others including Jordan Davies, Jack Mattson and Jack Sutter kept hope going.
I commend all of the players who have played Colts this year for your passion and live for the club. We have learned a lot this year and know areas to improve going forward.
Thanks for your commitment and hard work.