A clear but breezy day greeted us as we tackled the ladder leaders Chidlow. Andy, Marty, Micko, Crash and Tank came in for Lindsey, Waggs, Michael, Luke and Jack Greig.
Both teams were eager to get the early ascendancy and it was Chidlow who settled first with opening two goals, we were struggling to find it in the middle of the ground. We slowly began to settle as an unlikely forward popped up to answer the challenge, TBag marking in the goal square on the end of good pass from Tank and when he followed up with a second moments later we were all square.
Chidlow quickly countered with their third, when Musto kicked a mongrel pie floater that somehow made it through for a goal in the swirly breeze, we were all square at the first change.
After Musto had a snooze on the ground courtesy of a nasty sling tackle, it was that man TBag who again proved to be the go to as he kicked his third early in the second. When Austin kicked the next we had a handy break but Chidlow were not going to lie down, turnovers and complacency letting them back in the game, the next three goals were theirs. Tank missed a sitter before Jakey entered the fray with a handy goal on the run and when the siren went we were up by a point.
The third quarter belonged to Chidlow as costly misses from Kizza and Jake prevented us from settling, we were paying the price for a lack of polish. It was not for want of trying as the boys threw themselves in, Chidlow up by almost four goals at the last change.
It would to take a big effort in the last if we were going to get near and we started in the right way Tank kicking a handy captains goal to get us underway. Jesse took advantage of a handy 100-meter penalty courtesy of some Musto creativity to close the gap to ten points, we were fighting for every goal, we were coming albeit slowly.
TBag went into the ruck and Callum into the middle as we kept the pressure on. Gaz marked a rare Chidlow mistake in our forward line to get us back to under a goal, but it was Chidlow who kicked the last late in the quarter to snuff out our challenge, ten-point winners on the day.
A great game of footy with both teams not giving an inch, Gaz our best on the day followed by Kizza for his efforts in the ruck and around the ground. Jesse continued his good form to be third best on the day, with TBag next for his three first half goals. Dyl Larson picked up the Mr Magic award for his second half efforts with Elf picking up the Peep Show award. TBag with three, the only multiple goal scorer, with singles to Jake, Jesse, Musto, Gaz, Tank and Austin.
Thanks to the traveler’s Jack, Dev and Lindsey for doing the boundary and water, Maitland the running and Milney on the Stats, dedication after his foot operation. Well done to Dev and Ellie for getting engaged, who knew it would take a trip to England for you to figure it out!
Our second last home game against an improved Bullsbrook looking to create a challenge, time to make amends boys and bounce back from last week’s loss.
Carn the Roos!