Another week another 2 wins for the Bloods, this time it was the Senior Women and the Reserves Men notching up the 4 points while the Senior Men went down in a thriller and the Unders got undone in the last quarter.
Women Seniors 6.3.39 defeated Old Geelong 1.5.11
A very cold and wet morning awaited the Bloods as they arrived at their home ground of J.W. Manson Reserve for their big match against Old Geelong.
The first quarter started arguably with the visitors on top as they claimed 6 of the first 7 inside 50’s of the game but battled to score, the Bloods worked into the quarter as it wore on but also failed to trouble the expert scoreboard operator Amelia Rees.
The girls from Great Ryrie Street immediately hit the scoreboard in the 2nd quarter courtesy of some brilliant work from Sienna Jones and Bella Fabris.
A brilliant goal followed after Tash Derksen took a big contested mark in the centre circle only to be awarded a 25m penalty which brought her to about 40 m out and right on her limit.
Meg Dargan wrapped around for the hands, kicked a ripper on the run and opened up an 18 point lead at the main change.
Old Geelong clearly got the word to tighten things up in the 3rd quarter and the game became much scrappier as a result, the inclement weather didn’t help one bit.
A clever 2nd goal from Jones meant the quarter was effectively halved on the scoreboard.
Given the conditions a 14 point lead at 3/4 time was probably going to be enough to secure victory.
Another goal to Dargan before a brilliant team play ended with a set shot sausage from Laura McHugh capped off what was a great win by the Bloods.
Best players were Iacuone and Derksen in the middle, Sheehan, Fabris and McHugh in the forward line and Tucker down back.
Senior Men 8.13.61 defeated by Old Paradians 9.11.65
A solid if not spectacular start to the game saw both teams playing tight and contested football on the top oval at Bloods Stadium.
A 1 point Aquinas lead at 1/4 time was probably fair as neither side took control of the contest in the opening term.
OP hit the switch in the 2nd quarter and for a time were threatening to run away with the game however Aquinas limited the damage to just 4 unanswered goals.
Not sure what happened at half time but whatever was said must have worked as we came out hard in the 3rd and hit the scoreboard repeatedly.
In what was a low scoring contest a 6 goal quarter should have set us up for victory.
A 4 point deficit at the last change and we had all the momentum unfortunately we couldn’t go on with it.
For the second time in the match we failed to score a goal at the school end of the ground and went down by 4 points.
Despite the loss Coach Jarrod Fisher was hugely proud of the boys and we will be back this week looking to get back on the winners list against the ladder leading Ivanhoe.
2 goals apiece to Robertson and Shepherd while the best players were 4 U19 premiership teammates from 2019 in Costello, Grech, Leigh and Di Donato.
Reserves Men 6.8.44 defeated Old Paradians 5.4.34
A great win and the first 4 quarter effort for the season.
Best players were Cellante and Gav O’Malley.
U19s 8.9.57 defeated by Old Carey 13.13.91
The Unders started slowly but clawed back into the game with a strong third quarter bringing them back within a kick at the final change.
Unfortunately the effort required to get back into the game told and we couldn’t finish it off going down by 5 goals.
Dunne kicked 4 and Choucri 3 whilst Box, Mazurkiewicz, Dunne, Spicer and Flack were best on.
Unfortunately the Reserves didn’t get a game this week as Old Geelong informed the VAFA during the week that they would be withdrawing their Reserves team from the competition.
Another chance for the first match win of the season this week against Monash Blues.