Saturday afternoon against Bully was the task for the Roos as we paid tribute to Brendyn Johnston in the annual memorial game in his name. It was 24 a side, both teams with good numbers. Lochy and Zolton made way for Dylan and Kizza.
It was a fast start for the boys who were keen to continue the good form that was shown against Parky. Reece picked up from where he finished last week kicking the first for the day and playedhis part in setting up our second. Enter the ‘Micko Show’ as he first took advantage of Rhys’s good work and then followed up with next two to have three for the quarter. Goals to Gaz, Tyson and Sep had us seven to zip nearing the end of the first quarter before a heated skirmish in front of the benches stopped the game. Tank, Bags and LG in the thick of it as they defended Lindsey at the bottom of the pack.. with assistant coach, Firey standing back ever the proud dad “that’s my boys”!
With Tank on the sidelines for the start of the second following the fracas, Tyson moved into the midfield and along with Sep, took advantage of some great tap work from Bags and Shags to continually drive the ball deep into the forward line. Lindsey sprung to life and began to get his hands on the ball and Micko popped up again to kick another two goals.. five to half time!
A challenge from the coach to get more reward for effort at the main break and the boys had a big third quarter. Tank, Sep and Dev were dominating through the middle and Lindsey had the ball on a string. Tyson began to find his range in front of goal to kick two for the quarter and Mick’s day out continued with another three. We had kicked eight for the quarter and Mick had eight straight!
The last quarter was on … enter Tyson and Rhys as they combined for the first two goals. Dave Smith, looking for a rest at full forward quickly kicked a couple and when he passed to Gaz in the goal square for his second, all eyes turned to Bullsbrook as they kicked the next three to have four for the quarter. Unsatisfied with his bag, Mick stepped up yet again and when he kicked the last of the game, it was ten straight and the Roos had recorded a big win.
Goal scorers for the day Mick – ten, Rhys and Tyson – four each, Gaz and Dave Smith – two, with singles to Sep, Crash, Shags and Lindsey. Michael Italiano received the Medal from Brendo’s mum, Vicki. Sep was second best on ground, Lindsey next best with Tyson rounding out the top four. Dev received the Mr Magic Carwash award for his pressure and outside run and Rhino picked up the Gold coins for his trip to Bali after a great game across half back. Many more could have easily got an award on the day in what was a great team effort.
A few mentions on the day with Beavo showing the results of a long summer in the gym tackling strongly all day, Bags and Zolton for forgetting where they were when the scrap broke out and to Maitland who gave away a few dodgy free kicks. Thanks to Harry for donning the red shirt and well done to the umpires who managed to get the ball above Shaggys head by the last quarter.
A big challenge against Mounties in our first game away. Another opportunity to improve, learn and test ourselves against a team that has had the wood over us for the last few years.