MHSOBFC Maroon: 9.12-66
In the first test since Hawthorn, the development squad were faced with a hungry Ormond team, only half a game outside the top 4. Both teams came to play, evidenced by a goalless and hard-fought first quarter. Such a small ground was a test for us early, as we must prepare to play Hawthorn in a few weeks on the two-kick oval that is Rathmines Reserve.
Our defence was strong all day, restricting the opposition to only 3 goals for the match, all of which came in the second half. This effort was led by Byron Gunn and Tom Golz, who thwarted any promising looking attacks Ormond could muster. James Scott was victorious in the ruck battle, despite conceding some height, and his presence around the ground earned him a spot amongst the best. Goals were hard to come by for the forwards, evidenced by the spread of contributors, however a hard fought four quarter effort ensured our ultimate success.
Will Pen performed his job exceptionally well, providing a marking option down forward when required in the second half. Fellow forward Zac Comley-Burns excelled in the forward half, applying plenty of pressure on his opposition defenders and managing to slot home a goal. Alec Webster’s work around the ground was again impressive, with the skinniest man in the VAFA using every kilogram of bodyweight available to crash packs and help bring home the W.
When Ormond would get on top in one area of the ground, we were able to match them and excel elsewhere, proving to be too much for our opposition by full time. After the loss, Ormond slide down to 7th, ensuring both MHSOB teams are in the 4 by at least a game.
Goals: A. Wijayakumara 2, O. Sargeant, L. Dowling, Z. Comley, A. Webster, W. Penhalluriack, A. Rogers, N. Brown
Best: W. Penhalluriack, T. Golz, J. Scott, B. Gunn, A. Webster, Z. Comley