Thanks to all of our secret scribes who have sent in match reports for the weekends games. Summarised results are below
Seniors || Aquinas 10.19.79 – La Trobe University 10.6.66
Reserves || Aquinas 30.23.203 – La Trobe University 2.3.15
Women || Aquinas 5.2.32 – Williamstown CYMS 7.4.46
U19s || Mazenod 9.8.62 – Aquinas 7.10.52
Seniors Match Report
The Seniors came up against a winless La Trobe outfit at home in a must-win game to keep our season alive. Despite their disappointing record to date, the Uni based side had proved to be quite a handful to teams this year, pushing top teams in narrow defeats.
The Bloods came out of the winding-club-room-race in the best possible fashion, as debutant young-gun Harry Kerr kicked his first senior goal in an Aquinas jumper, putting his team on the scoreboard within the first minute. La Trobe true to their recent form hit back in emphatic fashion, booting through the next 3-goals in quick succession. Ash Naulty and Jess Butcher — in his return game from injury, steadied the ship with a goal apiece to give their team a 1-point lead at the first break.
La Trobe came out in the second quarter like a team possessed, booting through 4 unanswered goals, leaving the home side shell shocked with a 4-goal deficit at the main break. The Bloods remained positive during the half-time break, believing they could turn the game around and halve the margin by the end of the quarter.
Well, Aquinas did just that, and then some. Three quick goals within the first 5-minutes, two of which were from the boot of our other senior debutant Jake Cawsey, who was proving to be a handful for the oppositions backline. Inaccurate kicking stopped Aquinas from putting the game to bed, kicking 5.8 to just 1.0 in the quarter, however still went into the final break with a two-goal lead.
La Trobe kicked the first two goals in a scrappy last quarter, which saw the away team hit the front with less than 6 minutes remaining. Another heart-breaking loss was on the cards until an inspirational tackle from Billy O’Loughlin deep within attack saw Jack Cawsey boot through his third for the day, giving his new team the lead late in the game. Lach Naulty who was dominant across half-forward snapped a miraculous goal over his shoulder, sealing a hard-fought and much needed win for the Bloods.
Lach Barnes was best on ground for Aquinas, taking 10-intercept marks in defence, along with Jarred Sund who was solid down back all game. The midfield of Nick Morrison-Story and Anthony Mattioli swung the game back in our favour, both playing important second-halves.
Aquinas have the week off and take on Albert Park away next weekend. Last time we matched up against Albert Park, the Senior team came away with a 100-point victory in round 1.
The boys are expecting a much tighter contest, yet are hopeful of putting together two consecutive wins.
Reserves Match Report
Coming off a disappointing loss last week to 4th placed Westbourne at Hoppers Crossing the Magoos were out for redemption and redemption is what they got. A cracking start to the game with the midfield of Matt Prouse, Cam Wright, skipper Michael Palmer and Jase Miles dominating early and providing the forwards with plenty of opportunities.
Going in to the first break with a 10 goal lead it was clear that there was a distinct class difference between the two sides and nothing short of a percentage booster was going to be an acceptable outcome.
To the Bloods credit we never took our throats off their necks (sic) and kept pushing hard all day. The forwards were able to fill their boots with Pat Mahon snagging 7 and Nick Spencer 6. James Reid, Lachy Allwood and Dizzy Malvaso also managed 11 between them.
A 188 point victory was probably a fair indication of the game however it means nothing if we don’t repeat the dose next weekend at Albert Park. The up and down nature of our season needs to be arrested and we have to start winning all of the games we should be winning.
Women’s Match Report
It was a dewy morning at Bloods Stadium, as the women had an early start against Williamstown CYMS as the opener for the seniors. Lots of excitement around the game as the women are edging to leave with a reward for their hard work at training.
Aquinas applied the pressure early, with the ball spending most of the time in our forward 50. Rhi Agostini kicked us off on the board, yet again putting on another performance. One goal each in the first quarter, we knew it was going to be an arm wrestle all day.
Sally Tran welcomed back into the side, used her new skills to goal assist Steph Barnes and Alyce Bishop, one each.
The women’s backline, including Rikki, Bronwyn Dean and the conductor Ella Furniss, are looking stronger every week- putting in the hard yards to keep the Williamstown girls to a level score at 3 quarter time.
At the final break we saw passion and determination that we hadn’t seen in a few weeks, we wanted the four points. Kate O kicking not only her first, but two goals to keep Aquinas in contention.
The ball spent most of the quarter in our forward 50, as we look the improve on converting in the next few weeks.
A couple of quick clearances, and some slippery fingers let the Willamstown girls get a run on us and slip away taking the four points.
A break this week, as we rest, regroup and bring on the last six weeks of what has been a cracking season of women’s footy.
U19’s Match Report
It was a fresh start at Central Reserve as the Unders took on Mazenod who sat 8th on the ladder.
It was all Mazenod in the 1st as they skipped away with a 3 goal to 1 quarter with their defence repelling multiple entries from the Bloods, their speed starting to cause headaches.
It got worse in the 2nd as Mazenod kicked clear with the score at the half 5.2 to 1.6, with bad kicking starting to take its toll, if not for the efforts of T Noyes it could have been a lot worse.
The 3rd saw the Bloods pick up there effort with Filters, Livo and Lachy Robb leading the way as we tried to bridge the gap, 3 goals was a better result but we couldn’t stop Mazenod scoring as they kicked 2 of their own to take a 15 point lead into the last.
The last quarter the pressure lifted again as the Bloods came hard, Filters and Noyesy were prominent as they fed it down to the Wiz, who kicked the first and missed another and Chompers who was giving his all as we got within a goal but couldn’t hit the front as Mazenod answered with 2 of their own to end our charge and hand us a 10 point loss.
Best players Noyes, Robb, Livo, Reichart and Quinlan with Farry leading the way with 3 goals.
We go into the break at 5-4 in 4th position and with plenty of work to do if we hope to go deep into the season.
E&S Women’s Player of the Week
Congratulations to this week’s E&S Women’s Player of the Week Kate O’Loughlin.
Kate has been in great form all season playing predominantly through the middle of the ground and has shown a willingness to win the contested ball repeatedly.
On Saturday she snuck forward during the 3rd quarter and managed to snag two fantastic goals out of congested situations which kept us in the game.
Well done Kate.
Our hugely popular $5000 Reverse Raffle is also happening again this year. Lock in June 16th to your calendars for what will be a massive night. Hopefully this year a premiership player doesn’t win it again and use the money to retire from football and move to London. Looking at you Guthrie.
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 will be on sale shortly so stay tuned.
This weeks games as follows
Seniors || Albert Park || 2:00pm at Albert Park
Reserves || Albert Park || 11:40am at Albert Park
Women’s || Bulleen Templestowe || 11:40am at Aquinas College
U19s || De La Salle || 9:20am at Aquinas College
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