Round 6 Under 21 Match Report

Richmond Central:    4.9-33

MHSOBFC Maroon: 11.16-82

With both sides coming off the back of 10+ goal wins, the Jnrcorns and Richmond Central looked to be a challenging matchup. Full of confidence and with the wind, our pace and ball movement was a feature of the first quarter. Despite blazing away a few times, we made the most of the favourable conditions early, kicking 4 goals to 0 in the opening term. Oscar Sargeant continued his consistent form from previous weeks, and despite finishing goalless proved to be a fantastic option all day, earning himself best on ground.

50th gamer Rob Rae was clean off half back and through the middle, enjoying less defensive pressure than in his early matches for the High. On more than one occasion a passage of play started by Rob ended up in the arms of Ashan. The subcontinental sensation finished the day with 5 sausages – it’s miraculous what happens when he trains. Tom Golz also distributed plenty of footy out of the backline, becoming a staple in the defence along with fellow first year player Jeremy Chadwick. Byron Gunn kept their Skipper goalless, despite being at least two feet shorter.

The midfield battle was hard fought during all four quarters. Despite the opposition dominating around the contest, our ball movement around the ground – particularly in the forward line – was elite. Lachie Dowling finished with three snags and Chris Tetaz was amongst the best, both having returned from periods in the Senior team. Nick Campbell finished with two goals, although he claims to have kicked more.

Despite going into half time with a 6-goal lead, we were only able to stretch this to 8 by full time. Against a more skilled team, taking the foot off the pedal could cost us late in the game, and we need to ensure we continue working hard each quarter.

Goals: A. Wijayakumara 5, L. Dowling 3, N. Campbell 2, C. McWhinney
Best: O. Sargeant, C. Tetaz, T. Golz, A. Wijayakumara, R. Rae, B. Gunn