Premier Thirds vs Old Xav’s Black
The thirds’ tough season continued on Saturday, going down to one of the two Old Xaverians teams in the comp by 39 points. For the second week in a row, the team faded after being level at half time, although this week’s efforts were arguably more commendable than last with the boys’ tackling pressure and endeavour never in question.
Throughout the dewy opening term it was the Blues who set the tone around the contests, with the likes of Will Simson winning plenty of footy and tackling ruthlessly when required. Harry Sullivan was proving impossible to beat in the backline, while Ed Condon provided plenty of dash across half back and through the middle. But some momentary lapses were pounced upon by the well-drilled Xavs outfit, allowing them to take a narrow lead into the rooms at the main break.
While the tackling pressure never let up, Xavs started to get on top in the clearances, and despite the best defensive efforts of Sam Gill and Dave Parry, the weight of possession started translating into scoreboard pressure. A couple of ‘junk time’ goals hurt the Blues and probably flattered the Xavs, who ran out 39 point victors.
There were still some positives to take out of the game, with Jack Heinz putting in another commanding best-on-ground performance and all five of our big forwards hitting the scoreboard.
Best Players: J. Heinz, B. Chomley, E. Condon, S. Gill, H. Sullivan, D. Parry
OLD XAVERIANS BLACK
Best Players: T. Reed, J. Bosnar, W. Ralph, S. Grigg, J. Hanger, T. Trahair