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U9B Round 5 Mayne Vs Wilston Grange Blue

The Under 9 Black team proudly dedicated this rounds game to the Breast Cancer Foundation and proudly donated money to this wonderful cause. Playing in the foundations bright pink socks, the team was lead by Sophie Martin, who ran her team onto the field for their game.

What felt like a scene from groundhog – the under 9 Mayne Black team played against the Wilston Grange club for the third week in a row. The colour of the opposition team may have changed for this week, but the level of spirit and talent from them did not diminish for this encounter.

The Mayne black team was eager to learn from the previous week’s encounter and gain a fast start against their opponents. This came to fruition with Pat Dalton claiming a major in the first quarter. Myles Walsh featured many times in this quarter and was unlucky not to score on two occasions. Despite Pat’s being the only score – the team was playing good footy, despite the concentration of the pill on the centre zone. In the centre’s, Sophie Martin was dominant in this quarter with again her defence outstanding and leading to multiple turnovers of possession. Will Johnson and Jax Beikoff were dominate in the ruck when it was their turn to launch for the ball.

The second quarter featured the passage of the SEASON from the team. Starting from the centre clearance, Pat Dalton secured the ball and found his brother Nic with a perfect hand pass, with momentum on his side Nic off loads with a perfect kick, hitting Thomas McIntosh on the chest for a mark. Thomas then launched his famous left boot sending the ball into orbit and deep into the forward line. As the crowd commenced the cheers for a great passage of play, Jackson Williams plays the conductor by pulling off an absolute screamer of a mark – increasing the cheers from the crowd into a crescendo (Ferdi Rombolo just met a contender for mark of the year). A quick thinking Jack Gordon swings by Jackson, who off loads a perfect hand pass, for Jack to slam through a score between the sticks. Great stuff!

The third quarter played in favour to the home team. The forward line had a gluttonous supply of ball, thanks to the centre work from Jack Gordon and Thomas McIntosh. With this possession the forward line dominated all aspects. No better example than when they didn’t have the ball – on one occasion a superb defensive play and tackle from Bennett Huf lead to a free kick taken by Sophie Martin, who drilled it through the centre sticks from 20 out. The Wilston Grange back line was under more pressure than a Pie’s supporter – with Bennett Huf again spinning out of the pack close to goal and nailing another major.

The fourth quarter didn’t quite go to plan. Expectations of sustained forward line domination did not crystalize. The centre zone struggled to take control meaning most of the quarter was played in our defensive zone and boy, what a strong performance they played. The entire zone ensured minimal conversion of Wilston Grange’s possession. Nick Cordingly was again assertive in his defensive work and tenacious at the ball. Joey Fernando played his best game of the season, featuring heavily in this quarter. Ferdi Rombolo was under the most pressure as he stuck his hand up to play fullback – the last line of defence and under the most pressure, he saved many scoring opportunities against the team. He and Jax Beikoff interchanged well and cleared the ball together, as they played to their zones positions brilliantly. Reece Napper was a stand out in this quarter and also played his best game for the season. Reece ran for the full quarter and took a strong mark late in the stanza. He secured possession at key times to stop any potential onslaught.

The team finished the game well and played with great spirit, led by Sophie Martin. Teammate Bowen McTavish-Green was absent and greatly missed on the day. Player of the day went to Bennett Huf for his outstanding game and scoring contributions. Best news the team heard was that ground hound day is broken and we play a different club next week.