For the first time in club history The Bloods recorded 4 wins on the same day, a historic day for all involved and hopefully a sign of things to come.
Thanks to all of our secret scribes who have sent in match reports for the weekends games. Summarised results are below
Seniors || Aquinas 16.10.106 – Albert Park 9.10.64
Reserves || Aquinas 12.3.75 – Albert Park 6.14.50
Women || Aquinas 6.4.40 – Bulleen Templestowe 4.5.29
U19s || Aquinas 12.16.88 – De La Salle 6.6.42
Seniors Match Report
The news came through at 2pm that all 3 Aquinas teams were victorious in their respective games, with the senior side hoping to complete a feat never achieved in the history of Aquinas – The Quadruple Win.
The pressure must have been too substantial for the Seniors, letting their opposition in Albert Park boot 6 majors in the opening term as they helped themselves to a hefty 30-point lead at the first break.
The Bloods remained calm, despite the 5-goal deficit, knowing the Falcons were accompanied by a noticeable zephyr that was forcefully sweeping across the picturesque Albert Park landscape.
Jake Cawsey took over the in the second quarter as he kicked his team back into the game with back-to-back goals. Cawsey finished the match with a game high 7 goals. Young Bull Anthony Mattioli was monstrous in the midfield, grabbing the game by the horns with his dominant clearance work. The Bloods went into the main break with a 6-point lead thanks to a 5-goal to zero 2nd-quarter onslaught.
The Parkers took control of the blustery gale once again, with Aquinas knowing all they had to do to take control of the match was ‘weather-the-storm’ for the quarter by breaking even with their opponents. The Bloods did one better by keeping the Falcons to just the singular goal with the aid of the wind, thanks to a professional showing from the backline, lead by John Kerr and Michael O’Malley who held strong all game. Another young gun in Daniel Foley bobbed up for 3-goals, one of them proving all important against the wind in the third term, helping his team hold a formidable 2-goal margin at the final break.
The last quarter saw the younger, fitter and more handsome Aquinas outfit run over Albert Park, sending through 7 final term majors to extend the final margin to an impressive 42-points.
Phil Dyck was monstrous in his ruck duties, continuing on the good form in his 2018 campaign. Sammy O’loughlin played one of his better games for the club, using his ‘elite’ foot skills around the ground to help carve through the Albert Park defence. Sam Scanlon was also instrumental in his return game for the seniors, providing a much needed forward pressure for the Aquinas forward line.
The Bloods have now won 2-games on the trot and will take confidence in their clash with Canterbury at Aquinas College, hoping to make it 3 wins in succession and help kick-start our push for finals.
Reserves Match Report
The 2’s went out to Albert Park on what could only be described as a terrible day for football. While the rain held off, Richmond CEO Brendon Gale had obviously been chatting with his cousin Darren up in the air and organised a 23 goal breeze to sweep across Albert Park’s sporting precincts.
It also appeared that some local hoodlums had broken onto the field with a Pee Wee 50 and ripped up the cricket turf area for a muddy encounter. Clearly those involved forgot that they weren’t in Benalla Rural City Shire, for this was one of Melbourne’s most affluent areas comprising Middle Park and South Melbourne, who wouldn’t know a Pee Wee 50 if their butler tried to find one on Google.
Anywho, I digress. The Bloods played a much improved AP outfit, and the small nature of the ground ensured it would be a tough contested brand of footy, just how every player likes it in the cold – Not (I believe this is a successful western culture gag).
Some accurate kicking and cleaner skills, as well some very good collective will and footy smarts led the boys to victory.
It was a particularly important last quarter, as we won in a manner different to what we usually expect – instead of running over the top, we absorbed the pressure and played smart footy as they kicked with the wind.
A terrific team performance again. Go Bleeds.
Women’s Match Report
The Women took on Bulleen Templestowe Bullants for a match that they were determined to take the four points away and prove what we are about at home.
Aquinas applied the pressure early, Co Captains Gemma Bishop and Taylor Leslie getting plenty of the ball at half back assisting in keeping the Bullants to just 1 point in the first quarter. Seeing huge improvements in our forwards the bloods went into the 1st break 3 goals up.
Monique Elliot playing her farewell match gave everything in ruck winning most of the taps, giving Emily Winters and Karli Korbay plenty of opportunities for centre clearances.
Erin Campbell and Tay Fielder were given important quarterback rolls, protecting Aquinas’ 5 point lead into half time.
The Bloods continued to power through until the end, pocket rockets Catie Flanagan (1) and Molly Sheehan (2) worked alongside Steph Barnes (2) in her last game to create turn overs- taking the sting out the away side and walking away with the four points.
After a 7 week drought we sang the song loud and proud. The girls are looking to keep the momentum going as we take on Oakleigh away this week.
U19’s Match Report
The U19s took on 3rd placed De La Salle who sat 4 points clear of us on the ladder, the win crucial if we wanted a coveted top 2 spot. It was all De La Salle early as they kicked 2 goals clear due to our poor disposal and decision making. Doddy got us on the board with a beautiful snapped goal after ripping the ball out of opposition hands, we went in 5 pts down at quarter time with Crosbie leading the way.
The 2nd quarter saw us lift our intensity as we harassed and pressured De La Salle all over the ground, unfortunately we couldn’t kick straight as the away side pushed numbers back, 5 points to 2 saw us down by 2 points at the half.
Kicking against the breeze it was crucial we stepped it up, with Harry Leigh moved into the ruck our on ball division of Kerr, Dodd, Noyes and Reichart started to get on top, a 3 point margin at 3/4 time set us up to run over the top of De La in the last.
That’s exactly what we did with the Wiz kicking 3 goals and Chompers with 2 goals stepping up like good leaders do and the onballers dominating out of the middle we steamrolled De La Salle with a 7 goal 6 point last quarter to 1 point clearly our best performance for the year.
We now move up to 2nd with 5th and top awaiting us in the next 2 weeks, 2 wins will really consolidate our position in the 4. Best players Dodd, Dwyer, Costello, Crosbie, Reichart and Kerr with Dwyer 4 goals and Chompers 2 the pick of the goalkickers
E&S Women’s Player of the Week
Congratulations to this week’s E&S Women’s Player of the Week Monique Elliott.
Mon has played primarily up forward this season and has great hands in the marking contest and positions her body well.
Recently she has been tasked with more of the ruck duties as many of our talls have succumbed to injury. She has shown a willingness to learn the position and her hunger at the contest is evident.
On Saturday she played the entire game unchanged in the ruck and was instrumental in our win against Bulleen Templestowe.
Well done Mon
We’ve also locked in the date for our mid season ball which will be held on 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 as well as all parents, families and friends.
This weeks games as follows
Seniors || Canterbury || 2:00pm at Aquinas College
Reserves || Canterbury || 11:40am at Aquinas College
Women’s || Oakleigh || 11:40am at Scammell Reserve Oakleigh
U19’s || Williamstown CYMS || 9:20am at Aquinas College
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