Thanks to all of our secret scribes who have sent in match reports for the weekends games. Summarised results are below
Seniors || Aquinas 8.15.63 – Glen Eira 9.14.68
Reserves || Aquinas 4.9.33 – Glen Eira 11.5.71
Women || Aquinas 1.1.7 – Old Melburnians 3.6.24
U19s || Aquinas 9.10.64 – Peninsula 3.9.27
Seniors Match Report
After 3 consecutive wins the boys from Great Ryrie Street were full of confidence and knew that their best would match it with the top of the table Gryphons.
A super start saw us 16 points up at ¼ time and full of running. The manic pressure of all of our players meant the Glen Eira entries into the forward line were rushed and sloppy and as a result our backline were feasting with uncontested marks aplenty.
Mid way through the 2nd quarter a Glen Eira forward had clearly had enough of Phil Dyck out marking him time and time again and out of what had to be pure frustration let loose with a cheap shot to Dycky’s kidneys. This set off the Aquinas boys who weren’t having any of it. A good old fashioned stink ensued and at the conclusion the offending Glen Eira player was given his marching orders with a red card.
Continuing into the 3rd quarter the Aquinas lads kept at it but just couldn’t put the Glen Eira team to the sword. Some poor kicking in front of goal would come back to haunt us. A 10 point lead at the final break meant we needed to continue scoring into the last to be a chance at victory.
In the final term the top placed Gryphons showed why they are in that position and came back at us. A 3 goal to 1 final quarter and some class finishes by the home side left Aquinas trudging off the ground, broken hearted, going down to the tune of 5 points. 8.15 for the Bloods was the tale of the tape and ultimately a few missed easy chances. What could have been.
Best players were Jared Sund and Phil Dyck down back and the younger brigade
This week we travel to Hawthorn who are 2nd on the ladder and in terrific form. It is a must win game for the side if we want to keep our finals chances alive. If we bring the hunt, pressure and will from the Glen Eira game we will win. If we don’t, we won’t.
Reserves Match Report
The Reserves started the day in fantastic fashion, as the only side to beat the ladder leaders all season, the boys had some confidence that their best was good enough.
Unfortunately some very poor kicking in front of goal, 1.6 in the 3rd quarter being the lowlight, meant we didn’t take the opportunities we were given. As a result when the expected Glen Eira run on came in the last quarter we were playing catch up football.
The final margin of 38 points was more than likely flattering to the home side however that’s what happens when you don’t take your chances. Glen Eira had 7 shots on goal in the last term and kicked 6 goals. If we’d done the same in the 3rd quarter the result may have been very different.
A positive performance against a good side and we can take plenty out of it. Best players were Dizzy Malvaso who swung between back and forward and Aaron Kinghorn who battled manfully in the ruck all day in the absence of Wrighty. The defensive trio of Damien Lord, Jay Hamilton and Jack McDonald were also strong.
Women’s Match Report
This week the Women of Aquinas played away against top spot Old Melburnians. The last time we played them we went down by 50 points; the women were in hope of shortening the margin and displaying the skills we have developed the last few weeks.
The Weeks sisters, Courtney and Laura showed a hard attack at the ball, assisting in keep the OM girls to just one goal in the first quarter.
The Bloods hard work wasn’t shown on the scoreboard, as they were only able to make an impact in the third quarter with Sarah Beattie kicking her first goal of the season.
Em O’Keefe and Abbey Starling playing her best game for the season did well in helping the Bloods to hold the OM’s to a 17 point victory considering the top side has averaged a 37 point win in their previous 7 matches.
Our finals hopes have been taken away for 2018, however we will continue to strive on capitalising on our forward 50 entries and developing our skills. We look forward to building on the culture and skills that we have already created for the remainder of the season and continue to develop and recruit for 2019.
U19’s Match Report
Top of the table clash for the U19’s with top spot on offer to the victor. It was an ugly day down at Mornington with rain, freezing temperatures and strong winds greeting the Bloods.
The Pirates did all the attacking early kicking with a strong breeze but only converted once with the Bloods stealing a goal into the wind to go in 3 pts down.
The 2nd quarter was similar to the first with the Bloods having the breeze and attacking, but unable to convert chances. The Pirates kicking 1 on the siren to square things up at half time.
The Bloods came out to play in the 3rd with our pressure and tackling causing the Pirates headaches. Will Farry kicked a banana from an impossible angle to open the scoring, another 2 into the wind and we took a 19pt lead into 3/4 time.
The game was over within 10 mins in the last as 3 more Bloods goals blew the margin out to 37 pts, 1 goal apiece to finish the game saw the Bloods home by 37 pts.
Best players Dodd, Shepherd, Farry, Mantel, Baxter, Toole and Gav O’Malley.
Goals Mantel 4, Baxter 3, Farry 1 and Livo 1.
We take top spot as we head into the bye and a rest before we launch into the final 6 games of the home and away season.
E&S Women’s Player of the Week
Congratulations to this week’s E&S Women’s Player of the Week Karli Korbay.
Karli set the tone for the season with her very first tackle in the practice match against Whitefriars. A bone crunching effort which led to her nickname of Knuckles.
Knuckles has been super consistent in the midfield all season and has recently tried her hand at ruck after a string of injuries to our taller girls.
She has excelled at everything she’s done this season and has been an important and vocal member of the team.
Well done Karli.
Our mid season ball is happening this Saturday July 14th at the Eureka Hotel in Richmond. Tickets can be purchased here https://www.trybooking.com/396216 . It is expected that all players and partners will be in attendance.
We also have a Sunday Session booked in on Sunday 12th August at our sponsor The Firehouse in Ringwood. There will be a one hour happy hour on the day with all proceeds going towards the Bloods. Thanks to Rob Mantel for his hospitality.
This weeks games as follows
Seniors || Hawthorn || 2:00pm at Rathmines Reserve, Hawthorn
Reserves || Hawthorn || 11:40am at Rathmine Reserve, Hawthorn
Women’s || Whitefriars || 11:40am at Aquinas College
U19’s || SBMT || 9:20am at Aquinas College
Thanks to all of our sponsors who give so generously to our great club