Bulldogs prove worthy opponents for the Hoppers
MIXED results this week with the Colbinabbin senior footballers not quite getting across the line against a tough North Bendigo outfit in the Heathcote and District Football League on Saturday.
The Hoppers’ A grade netballers continued their winning streak, beating North by 30 goals.
Again, Colbo juniors are performing superbly with both under 15 and under 17 netball and under 17 football coming home with great wins.
Sunday saw the club’s ‘One Day in Colbo’ $2000 reverse draw.
It was a great turnout and Mother Nature was well and truly on the Hoppers side with the sun shining all day.
Congratulations to Mark Turner and Kane Gould who joined forces at the end of the draw to split the winnings.
A huge thank you to our social committee who did a sensational job organising the event, and to the Colbinabbin Country Hotel for their delicious catering.
Again, we’d like to thank our major sponsors Morgan Legal, Reid Stockfeeds, The Old Boundary Hotel and Tyrepower Bendigo for their continued support throughout the 2018 HDFNL season. Netball U15 — Colbo 44 def North 8 The under 15 girls started strong showing some fantastic passages of play.
Zoe and Ellie shot with high accuracy, Tahlia and Tanzin played tight in defence and Colbo led 21-2 at half-time.
They all played a great game and are really starting to grow as a team with Colbo continuing to hold their winning streak. U17 — Colbo 58 def North 21 It may have been a foggy journey to North Bendigo, but the court was certainly on fire today.
Colbo under 17 girls were well coordinated and grabbed a great lead early in the game.
A few positional changes kept it interesting, especially for the recipient of the Rochester Sportspower voucher, Ella Coghill.
Leading well in centre and WA was canteen voucher winner Lizzy Ingram, while Steph Crouch caught the coach's attention for a special mention.
B Reserve — North 34 def Colbo 30
This weekend’s game against North Bendigo was contested well by the girls, with strong defensive play.
The attacking end fought hard and produced good movement in the ring throughout the game.
Bringing the play down the court worked well with mid-courters leading towards the ball.
With a final score of 34-30 North Bendigo’s way, the girls couldn’t quite get there against the tough opposition.
Best on court went to Jessie McHale, who was thrown into the defence end and performed excellently. B Grade — Colbo 43 def North 39 The B grade girls had a fantastic win over North Bendigo this week.
With the whole team working together and consistency across the court, they managed to snag a four goal victory.
North put up a good fight in the third quarter but thanks to some great rebounding in the ring and a few key intercepts along the court, the Colbo girls managed to turn it around.
Hannah Coghill worked tirelessly in the ring along with Meg Taylor.
Best on went to Bridget Cuttriss for her great feeding in the ring and defensive work throughout the game. Great job girls. A Reserve — North 50 def Colbo 33
It was an intense start against North Bendigo for the A Reserve girls, with an even score at quarter time.
Unfortunately, North got the run in the second quarter and although Megan and Meggo worked hard and well in defence the score did not show it.
A few changes were made in the third and last quarters with Paige Crouch proving her versatility and strength in WA and WD earning her best on for the day.
Kristen Moroney was a close second best on for her accurate goaling in the last quarter. A Grade— Colbo 66 def North 36 North Bendigo were strong and competitive for the duration of the game on Saturday.
The rain held off which made for near perfect playing conditions.
Mardi Ryan was best on court for her game in GS and GA, she provided plenty of options in the circle and shot accurately.
Allie Nixon was second best, playing some really tight defence in WD.
Brydie Lawford, Lou Dupuy and Kate Chirnside provided plenty of turnovers to feed into attack.
Colbo had some tight contests against North Bendigo but were able to break away, winning by a comfortable 30 goals. Football Thirds — Colbo 9.6 North 5.11 (41)
The thirds began the day with a hard fought battle against a spirited North Bendigo side.
After a terrific first quarter that saw the Hoppers jump to an early lead, North began to work themselves back into the game.
They gained the ascendency and controlled the final five minutes of each quarter, kicking valuable goals.
The young Hoppers were up against it heading into the final term eight points in arrears, but in true Colbo fashion they stuck to the basics and were able to kick away and win by nineteen points. (60) def
Sam Ryan was terrific across half back with his intercept marking and spread from the contest.
Hugh Hamilton had his goal kicking boots on, nailing seven majors as well as playing a valuable role in defence late in the game.
Cooper Hamilton’s sensational season continued, his clearance work was elite and he was able to create match winning scoring opportunities up forward late in the game.
Other better players were Darcy Brown, whose tackling pressure and willingness to earn the hard ball were incredible, and Charlie Ryan who had plenty of the ball and used it beautifully.
Reserves — Colbo 7.7 (49) def North 7.4 (46)
The Reserves made life difficult for themselves, coming out flat and remaining flat for the majority of the game.
Just doing enough to stay in touch with the tenacious Bulldogs, the Hoppers never lost their cool and were within striking distance, a few goals down at three quarter time.
The last quarter was where the lads really clicked into gear, getting themselves first to the footy and running exceptionally hard both ways.
The lift in intensity was enough to see the forwards get on top and kick themselves in front in the dying minutes, which is where the Hoppers stayed until the final siren.
Tim Hill was again Mr Reliable in defence, he had a number of intercept marks and was able to rebound out of North’s attacking 50 with precision.
Tommy Coyle was outstanding in the ruck against a much larger opposition.
Xavier Walsh did a power of work through the middle of the ground and was able to sneak forward and kick an important goal in the final term.
Daniel Morgan was sensational across half back, consistently beating his direct opponent in the air and at ground level.
Other better players were Stephen Tuohey who was at his dashing best and Joe Barlow whose wonderful season continued.
Seniors — North 14.13 (97) def Colbo 10.6 (66)
The Seniors bounced out of the blocks, booting the first four majors of the game and really taking it up to the Bulldogs on their home deck.
From there North Bendigo were able to rally and lift their work rate around the stoppages, which led to an increase in the number of forward drives.
Throughout the middle of the game the Hoppers’ tackling pressure dropped away and North’s powerful mids were able to push forward and hit the scoreboard.
Though much like the reserves, the seniors were able to stay in touch a few goals down at the final break.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs came home with a wet sail scoring at will and shutting down any chance of a Colbo comeback.
Hadleigh Sirrett’s scintillating form continued, he dominated against the competition’s premier ruckman in Troy Kelm.
Sauce Ezard had the footy on a string as a result of his enormous work rate and willingness to push to contests.
Matt McEvoy did a superb job on Bulldogs recruit Sean Christopher, making life exceptionally hard in the air.
Elliot Bowen was a great target up forward finishing with four majors.
Other better players were Daniel Hill who was solid in defence and Will Lowe who worked hard through the middle.