Premier Thirds vs St Bernard’s
Despite showing some positive signs in the first half, the blues thirds were unable to sustain their pressure for four quarters, eventually going down to a strong St Bernards outfit by 53 points.
After losing the toss, the blues were given the difficult task of kicking into a typically stiff Crawford Oval breeze in the first quarter. Despite the desperate efforts of midfielders Tyson Deane, Nick Buttolph and Will Simson, the snow dogs were able to capitalise on the wind advantage, keeping the blues defence busy for the majority of the quarter. But to their credit, our backs held up well under the pressure, with Jack Heinz leading the way in a best on ground performance, and Tim Hosking putting in another strong display across the half back line.
The second quarter provided some joy, with power forwards Liam Walder, Sam Briggs and Max Steinfort all hitting the scoreboard to even the ledger going into the half time break.
Unfortunately things fell apart from there, with Bernards making the most of the breeze to pile on five goals in the third quarter. With almost all of our regular midfielders out of the side, it was perhaps unsurprising that we didn’t have the legs to run out the match, but nonetheless disappointing to fade out after proving we could mix it with one of the better sides in the comp. Special mentions must go to big man ’ID’ Dhaliwal – who stood strong in just his second game of the year – and Tyson Deane, who had to run out the vast majority of the game in the midfield in his first game back from a shoulder injury.
Best Players: J. Heinz, T. Deane, I. Dhaliwal, T. Hosking, W. Van De Pol, W. Simson
Best Players: S. O”Keeffe, C. Issa, M. Farrant, J. Oruba, X. Cox, L. Cookson