Round 10 Under 21 Match Report

MHSOBFC Green:     9.10-64

MHSOBFC Maroon:  7.5-47

After a victory last week against the X-Men, we could turn our attention to arguably the biggest showdown of the season. With more numbers on the track than the Dev squad for the first time since the ‘glory days’ of Will Pen, Rob Rae, Scooter and Jayshiv being the only ones at training, the Clubbies were clearly pumped up for this fixture and would come to play.

Out of the blocks the clubbies started well, booting the first goal inside one minute. To anyone watching it was clear by quarter time that this would be anything but a scratch match. A dominant first quarter saw the Devs take a 2-goal lead into quarter time, but our dominance stopped there. The bigger bodies and determination of the clubbies’ midfield saw them winning the footy on the inside and dominating the clearances. A first quarter injury to Scooter saw us setting up defensively from stoppages for the remainder of the game – something we will need to do for the rest of the season due to our liquidated ruck stocks. Another consistent performance from Jamie Radcliffe-Smith saw him finishing on the bottom of the pack continuously, and along with Chris King’s grunt helped transition the footy through the middle of the ground.

A one-point difference at half time proved that the second half would be a hard-fought tussle. Byron Gunn’s fantastic performance saw him keep league leading goal kicker Abe Bouten to a single goal for the match, proving himself as arguably the best key position defender in the league. Will Pen and Stephen Raikes filled the hole left by some notable departures, kicking 5 goals between them in what has been a successful swing forward from the former defenders. No doubt Mike Mitchell will put this success down to his coaching brilliance.

At the end of the day, the experience and effort showed by the Clubbies was too much for us, and their dominance at critical points in the game resulted in a well-deserved, if shattering, victory. We must learn a good lesson about adapting mid-quarter, as too often we unable to turn the tide of the game. Hopefully we meet the clubbies again deep into September.

Goals: W. Penhalluriack 3, S. Raikes 2, A. Wijayakumara, T. Golz
Best: W. Penhalluriack, B. Gunn, J. Radcliffe-Smith, C. King, S. Raikes, R. Rae