Another week another 60% winning rate for the Bloods.
This time it was all of the Men’s teams getting the chocolates while both Women’s sides went down against tough opponents.
Heading into the game 2-0 and playing the bottom placed Powerhouse the opportunity was there for a big win and a chance to set up our season perfectly by going 3-0.
The Bloods were off to the perfect start after some divine work between Michael Di Donato (4 goals) and Harry Dwyer (7 goals) on the goal line led to a brilliant team goal and we were away.
Heading into the first break with the Slushies goalless and a 4 goal lead the 2nd quarter was brilliant as we piled on 8 goals to 2 and opened up a 63 point lead.
The game was as good as over.
A complete team performance ensued in the second half and made sure that the Slushies weren’t going to come back into the game.
Another brilliant 7 goal to 1 goal final quarter cemented the victory for the home side to the tune of 97 points.
Best players were Harry Dwyer and Lachie Robb as well as Campbell Grech who was just sensational in the ruck all day.
It was also brilliant to have the past players in attendance after the luncheon.
Coming up against Old Scotch we knew the challenge was going to be enormous.
The Cardinals had never lost a game in their 4 year history and our girls were pumped for the occasion.
We came flying out of the blocks with the first goal, a running effort from young gun Niamh Sanders.
A very good opposition then started to control the game and we battled to get forward entries for the rest of the half.
A solitary goal from Tash Derksen in the 3rd quarter was all we had to show for what was a much improved second half.
Ultimately going down by 30 points the margin was probably a fair summation of the game itself.
Scotch are a terrific football side however there wasn’t anything unbeatable about them, we have plenty to improve on before we play them again and are confident that we’ll get them next time.
Best players were Tay Leslie down back who backed herself all day and is in a rich vein of form, Baillie De Klijn was also strong in the back line and Niamh Sanders continues to impress.
A strong all around team performance led to a big 142 point over the battling Powerhouse.
It was all the more impressive given last time these sides met we got rolled on the top oval at Aquinas.
A big shoutout to David Malvaso who starred with 11 goals in his first match for the season after a hamstring injury in the preseason.
Coming into the game highly confident of a win the Bloods faced an unusual Reserves team from Scotch made up of 12 players plus 8 Senior players who were doubling up.
As such it was a far tougher assignment than it should have been on paper, with the Senior players from Scotch showing their class at times.
Nonetheless it was a gutsy effort from the girls from Ringwood and the 3rd quarter in particular can be looked upon with pride.
Ultimately going down by 23 points we will definitely improve for next time, Ebony Jones was a standout at full back all day.
As the old saying goes “shop early and avoid the rush” and this is exactly what the Young Bloods did kicking 6 goals to 1 in the opening term and effectively sealing the game.
It was the same margin of 5 goals at the final siren so the early work really paid dividends.
This win takes us to a record of 2-1 in the highest division our Unders have ever played and they are showing they really belong.
Best players were Jack Spicer and Paddy Dunne who kicked 7 goals, as well as Downes and Crouch while Liam Choucri also snagged 3 goals and Toby Box 2.