Uhs-Vu Afc: 8.2-50
Facing the biggest challenge for the year to date, the Unicorns Reserves faced off against another undefeated team in University High School – Victoria University Football Club. UHS-VU were sure to be a tough opponent, having not lost a game in over a year.
The contest proved to be relatively evenly matched early, with the Unicorns ferocity at the ball tipping the ledger in their favour. First gamer Jordan Cullen set the tone with unwavering attack at the ball and ball carrier, which he continued throughout the game. The first quarter only ended with a 4 point differential, due to some scrappy ball use in the forward 50 from the Unicorns and some incredible goal kicking from UHS-VU.
The contest followed the same script in the second with 4.2 kicked by each team. One of the moments of the game came from Liam Ferris, having not played in over 5 years due to injury, taking a fantastic contested mark and slotting the goal from 40 out. The entire Unicorns team got to him to congratulate him on kicking his comeback goal.
After the long break the Unicorns lifted their intensity, 23 tackles for the quarter and some fantastic defending from the back 6 (Luke Whittaker the stand out) meant the ball stayed largely in the forward 50. Poor finishing meant the 8 scoring shots to 2 only stretched the margin to 16.
With a number of injuries to UHS-VU players, the Unicorns put the foot down further in the last. The midfield virtually won every contest, with Ollie Gilbert and Matt Bouwmeester bursting clear at will. Seemingly every UHS-VU foray forward was repelled with interest by the back 6. The forwards again weren’t able to make enough of this dominance with bad kicking in front of the big sticks showing.
The Unicorns ran out 34 point victors, thanks to an impressive team performance. Work to be done on our finishing with 19 more scoring shots not translating on the scoreboard.
This coming Saturday we travel down the Eastern Freeway next to meet with Yarra Old Grammarians who will be keen to make up for a big loss at the hands of Whitefriars.
Goals: L. Toman 3, M. Bradshaw 2, M. Mazoletti, A. Lim, T. Rendell, W. Rebakis, A. Tran, L. Ferris
Best: J. Cullen, M. Bouwmeester, A. Tran, L. Whittaker, D. Hamilton-Ho, W. Rebakis