Match report vs UHS-VU
In what can only be described as playing on the main runway at Tullamarine in the eye of a hurricane, it was some blustery conditions that met us out near Melbourne Zoo taking on the form side of competition in UHS-VU.
While some punters described it as a genuine 11-goal breeze, it wasn’t as easy as it seemed to move the ball one way and the difficult conditions filled the seniors with confidence against their highly fancied opponents.
The skipper Easty did the right thing and won the toss but with the aide of the gale force winds, it was UHS who did all the attacking and with some large… quite large targets up forward, they went into the break five goals up.
Again the Bloods couldn’t find an avenue to goal in the 2nd term against the ‘breeze’ and the going got tough against the ladder leaders, with an 11-goal margin. Ball movement proved tough most of the day and our inability to lower the eyes moving forward meant opportunities in front of goals were limited.
Conversely, UHS were efficient moving the ball sideways to free targets and their ball use was superior.
Again it was not the Bloods day but there were some notable individual efforts that need to be recognised, none better than Harry Rothwell’s run down and tackle during the third term, described as one of the best holding the ball efforts seen in VAFA footy.
Corbs was our best on the day, dominating again in the ruck and continuing to toil away. Pickers found plenty of footy on a wing and drove the Bloods forward while Bags returned from his European sun adventure, taking the game on around the ground and breaking lines with a number of running efforts.
Another opportunity this week on our home patch against Point Cook, a side in the bottom half of the ladder.
The boys in the midday show travelled out to the Zoo to take on the top of the table UHS looking to continue the improvement they have shown in the past fortnight. The boys made the bold decision to go with quality over quantity in the playing stocks and took to the field with the bare 18 which proved to be an inspired decision.
The first stanza was a tight tussle fought in our attacking half as a result of Robbo winning his first toss since becoming skipper and kicking with what can only be cyclonic winds. Kev Tutty capitalised on the midfield work of O’Dea and Blake and kicked the first and only sausage of the first quarter to give the districts a 7 point lead at the first change .
Kicking into the wind in the second quarter was going to be tough but the backline lead by Fordy were fantastic in cutting off UHS’ forward entries time and again. It was a scoreless quarter for the bloods but we were able to restrict UHS to 2 Goals for the quarter.
We kicked with the wind again in the third quarter and managed to control the majority of the play. Dara Blake judged a high ball better than the rest to out mark the opposition 20m out directly in front. He then went back and almost missed his foot with the set shot but luckily it snuck through to the left of the goal keeper for our second major. We were able to restrict UHS to just one goal for the quarter which left us in striking distance and the final change.
Chirgz implored the boys to lift again going into the last quarter in the hope of victory. The first 5 minutes was a tough contest with Balestra ducking into every tackle he could to get a free kick and the backline doing everything they could to thwart multiple entries. UHS kicked a couple of quick ones which took some of the sting from the contest but the boys kept fighting. Kev Tutty ran onto the end of some great midfield work, however, in opting to go with a dribble kick turned a certain goal into a point.
We finished the game 36pts in arrears of UHS which is a phenomenal turn around from the first meeting of the year. With four games left the Magoos are in a good position to bring home a few more victories in the weeks to come starting this week with Point Cook at home.