Thanks to all of our secret scribes who have sent in match reports for the weekends games. Summarised results are below
Seniors || Swinburne 16.9.105 – 15.13.103
Reserves || Swinburne 4.6.30 – 4.11.35
Women || Aquinas 2.4.16 – Yarra Valley 0.5.5
U19s || Aquinas 8.6.54 – St Kevins 7.1.43
Seniors Match Report
For the seniors, this was a disappointing result.
The opportunity to continue a great 4 quarter effort from Round 1 was there and unfortunately the Swines jumped us.
We played catch up all day, and while it was a great effort to even things up at 3/4 time and nearly pinch a win, good efforts don’t put the food on the table. We saw glimpses of the form of last week, and know that we’re capable of much better efforts.
While a close loss under a goal would seemingly attract a better review, we hold ourselves to a high standard and make no apologies for that.
Amazingly, the sun came out as soon as the reserves left the ground, which would’ve attracted a joke in better times, but given the spirit they played with they deserved some cleaner weather.
On a positive note, the man child brigade had some outstanding efforts. Seriously, what are these children eating? ‘Man’ioli, Filters Reichart, and the strongest rear in the east, Jono Kerr, all showed that not only are they players to build around for years to come, they are here and ready now.
We’ll look to turn it around this week.
Reserves Match Report
Well, well, well, hello Bloods fans, and welcome to another reserves match recount brought to you by Westy’s moustache.
A big “zdrastvooyte” to all our fans in Kyrgyzstan; your support means the world to us down at Great Ryrie St and doesn’t go unnoticed. Hopefully we can bring a pre-season game out to you next year.
The Bloods trod off to Hawthorn town to take on the Swinburne Razorbacks with a sharp eye to the weather radar. Sure enough it was pissing down and the sharp wind gave the conditions a real Tasmanian edge; luckily our pre-season training camp in Barwon Heads had acclimatised us to the complete opposite conditions.
The boys turned out with 2 black arm bands this week, paying our respect to long time champion of the club Jay Hammer Hamilton’s grandfather, and the passing of Jane Barnes, daughter of a favourite former senior coach of the club, Russell Barnes. We send both families our thoughts and love in these difficult times.
Kicking with the wind, the boys got off to a flyer and could’ve been up by 8-9 goals had we lowered our eyes and kicked accurately. The change of ends bought Swinburne back in, but we held pretty well and managed to snag a handy major against the wind.
After halftime, coach Haydn ‘Jose Mourinho’ Judge decided to park the bus. We didn’t kick a goal after half time and the lads weathered some of the nastiest playing conditions in living memory in the 3rd quarter and last.
It turned into a slog fest, contest after contest after contest, and despite some dodgy timekeeping from notoriously shifty watch reader Craig Glennie, the boys scrapped it out and hung on for a tough win.
Unfortunately I can’t remember better players because my mind is still draining the rain which fell upon us during the game, although Haylock was a bull along with the Wrights.
Great job Bloods, well played Jose.
Women’s Match Report
Round 2 we welcomed new debutants to our side, taking the field for the very first time… and they did not disappoint.
This week we also welcomed a new addition to the Bloods family. Congratulations to the Senior Coach Mitch and his wife Kat for bringing beautiful baby Ana into the world, we can’t wait for her to pull on the boots for the bloods in 2036.
As the radar suggested wet weather footy blowing a Megan Gale, the girls at home needed to bunker down for a tough day at the office.
A 4 point lead to the Yarra girls at half time meant it was clear we had an arm wrestle on our hands.
In true Bloods style, we weren’t intimidated by their antics sticking to what we know and hard attack at the ball. After re grouping at half time, we knew exactly what we needed to do to get the job done.
Debutant Elise Breadmore winning the taps in the ruck set up numerous opportunities for the smalls.
Goal kicker Maddy Wright created a target on her back early, she held strong, used her body well to clear the ball out of congestion. Laura Weeks and Kate O beside her, the trio kept the opposition off the ball and to minimal possessions.
Alyce Bishop with our second goal, celebrated in fine style as we knew we had a chance. Taylah Fielder and Molly Sheehan in the forward pocket, were quick on their feet all day and strong at the ball creating many scoring opportunities for the home side.
After tripling the Yarra Old Grammarians score the girls from Aquinas had just won their first game of the 2018 season.
Singing the song loud and proud, we have a taste for victory and boy does it taste good.
Saturdays are for the girls… bring on round 3.
U19’s Match Report
A cold and windy day greeted the Unders for the Rd 2 clash v SKOBs at Blood Stadium.
With the wind blowing directly to Riley St a 4 goal 1st quarter from the Young Bloods was matched by a 4 goal 2nd quarter from SKOBs but a crucial goal into the wind from Robbo during the second term saw us with a 6 point lead at the half.
A 3 goal 3rd quarter saw us 4 points up heading into the last.
That margin was cut to 6 points within 5 minutes but the Young Bloods wouldn’t be denied holding off SKOBS before Tyson Noyes soccered through the sealer with 2 mins to go for a memorable 1st win for a very relieved coach Ox Glennie.
Best players were the leaders Jones, Dwyer, and Chompers who also took mark of the day, Leigh, Noyes and Grechy dominating in the ruck.
2 goals each to Poppy and Cobb to lead the Goal scorers.
E&S Women’s Player of the Week
This weeks E&S Women’s Player of the Week is Maddy Wright. Having impressed all preseason on the track it was only a matter of time before Maddy turned it on on game day and turn it on she did. An absolute machine in the middle of the ground and the target of some heavy tagging and tackles, Maddy took it all in her stride. Floating forward during the 3rd quarter she even managed to get on the end of a nice chain of play and kick a great goal to put the Bloods in front. Well done Maddy.
A reminder of our Past Players Day on Saturday 19th May. This luncheon will be held in the O’Driscoll Room as per previous years and will celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the 2008 U19 Premiership. All past players are invited to attend for what is always a fantastic day.
This weeks games as follows
Seniors || Richmond Central || 2:00pm at Aquinas College
Reserves || Richmond Central || 11:40am at Aquinas College
Women’s || Bulleen Templestowe || 9:20am at Ted Ajani Reserve
U19s || Therry Penola || 9:20am at Aquinas College
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