Uhs-Vu Afc: 12.10-82
With two wins on the trot and a second home game in as many weeks for MHSOB seniors, confidence was a plenty leading into round 5. New comers to Div-2, UHS-VU, were this weekend’s guests, who like the unicorns were placed inside the top 4 and needing another 4-points to affirm their contender status on the competition.
UHS were quick out of the blocks, and in desperate need the unicorns found an answer from Skipper K.Smith’s two first quarter goals.
James Tran, sporting his customary long sleeve Guernsey, was at his hard running best early despite close checking attempts from the opposition.
Midfield grunt from BJ and help on the scoreboard from Mitch La Fontaine and Bryce Hayes wasn’t enough to quell UHS’s lead as the boys went into the main break behind by 3 goals.
A response to Project’s HT challenge to match the oppositions tackle numbers was received and as a result the unicorns found ascendancy in the third. Debutant Dan Curtin was in and under at the coal face feeding the likes of Ant Littore to provide outside run and skill, while in-form backs Will Maurice and Zac Smooker began to contain their direct opponents.
Scores were nearly levelled heading into the final change, but a disappointing start to the last in which UHS added unanswered goals, left the home crowd begging. Unable to steady, the unicorns finished the day exactly 3 goals behind.
Mitch La Fontaine was great in the trenches, taking out player’s player honours, and a workman-like performance from Will Maurice had his name again underlined. James Tran also battled manfully and BJ was consistent throughout.
The medical room:
The coaching staff will sweat on the health of Titch Wilson in the hope the co-captain can return to the midfield brigade. Small forward and Perthonality Cam Neville is likely to return from a shoulder injury which has kept him in the stands for the better part of a month.
The boys head out to the sticks to face a mature Old Yarra outfit. A win will be vital to ensure the Unicorns remain in front of the ledger and on the heels of the competitions early leaders.
Goals: M. La Fontaine 2, B. Hayes 2, K. Smith 2, M. Fennessy-Kent, W. Suhr, R. Brock
Best: M. La Fontaine, W. Maurice, J. Tran, B. Jordan, Z. Smooker, A. Littore