Mixed day out for the Grasshop­pers

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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.

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