Bull­dogs prove wor­thy op­po­nents for the Hop­pers

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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.

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