Broadbeach travelled up the M1 last Saturday for what shaped as an exciting clash against 2020 premiers Morningside. The Panthers were strong winners at Salk Oval in their first competitive match of the season, and with some post season improvements Esplen Oval was looking a picture for the fixture in front of a good crowd.
Morningside enjoyed the better of the clearances and field position in the first stanza, and in what was a bit of an arm wrestle managed to kick the only 2 goals of the quarter. Aspley listed Bradley Dale was doing well on the Mayor MONCRIEFF and Hodge had the ascendency early in the ruck which was assisting their on-ballers to get a bit of it early.
Pleasingly for coach O’Brien however was the way the Cats after quarter time dominated proceedings, forcing the opposition into conservative ball movement, whilst looking dangerous on the turnover. Liam “Nugget” NELSON was providing plenty of run and SEARL and JELLYMAN-TURNER always looked assured with ball in hand off half back. ARMITAGE and LOWER, the later back after injury began to control the stoppages (15 clearances between them), assisting the likes of FISHER, ERICKSON and Southport listed SELSBY breaking lines and providing deep and dangerous entries.
Brad LOWE, who as a forward is proving to be a very difficult match up was adjudged best afield (nice buy Big AL), kicking 4 majors, the Mayor chimed in with 3 and debutant Riley WINTER kicked 2 and looked lively up forward and when giving PICKERING a chop out in the ruck.
Overall a 9 goal win on their home deck is one you will always take, even if at times the match resembled a game of chess with both sides structured well making free flowing ball movement and scoring tough at times.
Goal Kickers: B. Lowe 4, J. Moncrieff 3, R. Winter 2, L. Jellyman-Turner, M. Selsby, S. Jasper, B. Erickson Best Players: B. Lowe, L. Nelson, M. Lower, R. Clark, T. Armitage, S. Jasper
In the reserves fixture, the Cats overcame the loss of 2 rotations early in the game to score a courageous victory 13-5-83 to 11-13-79. Young Academy product, Adam HULLS show cased his potential kicking 6 goals whilst leaders BETSON, RAYNOR, CUNNINGTON, BELL, SEMMLER, FINN (goal of the day) DEMPSEY-CEH and DINEEN led the way for the team. Geelong Amateurs product Daniel GROSE was best afield repelling opposition attacks and with assured ball use he was ably supported down back by Jock Thompson, Jack Baker, Hancock, Dunn, O’Brien and Austyn Gamble. A lot of the boys were having their first official hit out for the season and Ben Hancock, Josh Maloney, Dylan Lancaster, Connor Harris, Nicholas Burton, will all be better for the run.
Coach Abercrombie was pleased with the outcome on behalf of the team and said you could not question the teams endeavor and work ethic, particularly when Morningside hit the front late in the last quarter on their home deck and the boys dug deep to hit the scoreboard again and secure the four points. Coach Abercrombie said the new group is coming together and we will continue to work on our game plans, including how we defend.
The Colts, boosted by the return of several academy players went down in a tight tussle and will look to bounce back next week.
The week sees the boys head up the M1 again to Sherwood, looking to solidify a positive start to the season. Our senior women’s teams are at home and junior football begins Friday.
Goal Kickers: A. Hull 6, D. Lancaster 2, R. Finn, E. Semaan, A. Rayner, N. Burton, J. Maloney Best Players: D. Grose, A. Hull, S. Cunnington, T. Betson, A. Rayner, M. Bell
Goal Kickers: C. Robson 3, H. Tonks 2, K. Reynoldson, N. Tyson, J. Denny, C. Thomas Best Players: C. Harrington, D. LeQuesne, T. Dawson, E. Stortenbeker, K. Reynoldson, H. Tonks