Mixed day out for the Grasshoppers
Under 17s Colbinabbin 2.5 (17) lost to North
Bendigo 15.9 (99) The thirds played excellent football in patches, but were unable to get on top of a very strong North Bendigo side.
After a slow start, they were able to regain some momentum late in the game and maintain possession in the front half thanks to some excellent forward pressure.
Although the Bulldogs took control on the scoreboard, it wasn’t an accurate reflection of how well the young Hoppers were moving the footy, and how hard they were prepared to work offensively and defensively.
Wade Brown was superb in defence early before being moved onto the ball where his contested ball and clearance work was first class.
Hugh Hamilton’s excellent early season form continued, clunking a number of vital contested marks.
Charlie Ryan was fantastic again through the middle of the ground, his effective ball use being a real highlight.
Ian Fuller was fantastic at centre half-forward, providing a great leadup target and looking very dangerous closer to goal.
Other better players were Darcy Brown and Cooper Hamilton who worked hard all game.
Reserves Colbinabbin 11.6 (72) defeated
North Bendigo 10.4 (64) The Reserves scraped together a brilliant come from behind victory against an extremely talented Bulldogs line up.
In a physical, skillful affair that saw the lead change regularly throughout the day, it was the Grasshoppers’ cool heads and steely resolve under pressure that helped them over the line.
After chipping away at a 13-point quarter time deficit, Colbo were able to work themselves back to within a point at the main break.
The third term belonged to the Dogs though, as they piled on 5.0 to the Hoppers 2.1 to take a three goal lead into the final quarter.
The final 22 minutes can only be described as enthralling, with both sides throwing absolutely everything at one another.
But it was Colbinabbin who were able to control the football and execute their skills all over the ground, kicking 4.3 while restricting the Dogs to just one behind to run away with an eight point victory.
Hugh Barlow’s influence was enormous, having a swag of clearances and kicking two crucial goals in a best on ground performance.
Jordy Wilson and Alex Van Ruiswyk were very busy through the middle of the ground, providing instrumental tackling pressure and precision ball use.
Ricky Welch was dynamic up front, finishing with three goals and a stack of disposals.
Rounding out the better players were Nick Hayes who was rock solid in defence and Braydon ‘Clutch’ Kerlin who was unbeatable one on one and sealed the game with two late goals, both from brilliant contested marks.
Seniors Colbinabbin 7.13 (55) lost to
North Bendigo 18.16 (124) The Seniors began the daunting task of competing with the star-studded North Bendigo side extremely well, matching them for pace and pressure in the first term and heading into quarter time one point behind the flag favorites.
The second term belonged solely to the Bulldogs as they began dominating clearances and providing their big mobile forwards with pin-point delivery.
As a result the Dogs were able to pile on eight goals to the Hoppers one, with the half time deficit blowing out to 47 points.
The Hoppers tightened up in the third and were able to go inside 50 more regularly, though they were wasteful, only managing three goals from eight scoring shots.
The dogs however, helped themselves to three goals of their own and flexed their muscle in the final term, adding 5.4 to the depleted Hoppers 1.3 to stretch the final margin to 69 points.
Luke Hill provided a cool head under pressure and worked extremely hard all day to be named best.
Will Morrow’s fantastic start to the season continued, backing himself to run and carry the footy and gaining valuable metres, transitioning from defence to attack.
Patty O’Brien is relishing his role on a wing, collecting a heap of the footy and distributing it effectively throughout the day.
Daniel Hill was outstanding in his role on star Bulldog Brady Herdman, Cam Hall was at his industrious best through the middle and Thom Hill was all class as usual.
Colbinabbin’s Ryan Hon breaks away from a pack of Bulldogs in the senior match on the weekend.