Round 1 Under 21 Match Report

Kew Bears 4.8-32

MHSOB 18.16-124

After a disappointing finish to last season, many players from ‘that’ grand final were hungry to start this year on the right foot with a win. Facing what was expected to be a formidable opposition in Kew, and with a few key players promoted to the First XVIII, the opening game of the season would need some fresh faces to step up.

Early in the contest our forward line looked exciting, but we failed to capitalise on the score board in the first quarter. Continuing coach Mike ‘Cuddles’ Mitchell demanded physical, contested footy from each player, setting a benchmark for 88 tackles for the game. Despite being undersized compared to our opposition, each of us hit the contest hard to make our presence felt. Jayshiv Rewal set the
match alight in his return to under 21’s, using his experience in the reserves last year to great effect and notching up clearance after clearance. The ever-competitive Radcliffe-Smith brothers attempted to outperform each other throughout the game, with both contributing significantly. Hugh left the earth’s atmosphere whilst taking a hanger, whilst Jamie’s repeat pressure efforts earned him great
respect from his new teammates.

The potent forward line started working especially well as the game progressed, with twin towers Ashan Wijayakumara and Durham McNamara combining for 10 goals between them. Oscar Sargeant got on the board too, in what was a personally significant game for Buzza. The return of former co-captains Will Penhalluriack and Rob Rae was well received, each having a significant impact on the outcome of the game.

Despite a quiet day in the back line the defenders worked well as a cohesive unit, conceding only 4 goals for the day. Loud, clear instruction from Byron Gunn at Full Back set the tone for what is to be a vocal year for the defensive side. Daniel Golikov’s performance showed plenty of promise, and with an extra 5 kgs on each arm alone, there is no roof on his potential this year.

A good start to the season from the Dev squad in what we hope will be a rewarding season.

Final Score: Kew Bears 4.8-32 def by MHSOB 18.16-124
Goals: A. Wijayakumara 6, D. McNamara 4, L. Dowling 3, N. Campbell 2, N. Wood 2, O. Sargeant.
Best: J. Rewal, J. Radcliffe-Smith, H. Radcliffe-Smith, D. Golikov, N. Brown, A. Wijayakumara.