Bull­dogs man­age to hold on in thriller

The Cobram Courier - - SPORTS -

The trip to Blighty al­ways seems to bring a change in the weather and Strath­mer­ton was treated to a howl­ing seven-goal breeze from the south­ern end of the ground in the first term.

Don­ning the flu­o­res­cent ten­nis ball hel­met, Bran­don Duck­worth was des­tined to be in the best play­ers. How­ever, it must have been fit­ted with a leather mag­net im­plant as he ap­peared to have his own foot­ball in a best on ground dis­play.

Theo Thomas con­tin­ued his fan­tas­tic start to the sea­son with an­other great game in the ruck, with Brock Palmer also solid all day, while the three Big Ms — O’Kane, Shan­non and Laid­law — pro­duced stel­lar games and held things to­gether, par­tic­u­larly in the tense fi­nal quar­ter.

The wind caused havoc to goal ac­cu­racy, so Zac Bet­son’s two ma­jors were cru­cial.

With nei­ther team able to take full ad­van­tage of the breeze, a very re­lieved coach praised his play­ers’ ef­forts in com­ing from 18 points down at three­quar­ter-time to hold Blighty goal­less in the fi­nal term for a nail­bit­ing two-point win.

Re­serves

Strath­mer­ton’s re­serves fielded a stronger team this week, with a few re­turn­ing from in­jury and a cou­ple drop­ping back from the se­nior side.

Kick­ing with the wind, Mick Keane marked strongly and con­verted to put the Dogs in front at quar­ter­time.

The back­line, bol­stered by the in­clu­sions of Luke Col­lyer and Zac Grif­fiths, fought hard, with Blighty tak­ing bet­ter ad­van­tage of the strength­en­ing gale.

John Russo and Josh Beer con­tinue to im­press in their first year at the club, with Mar­cus Smith show­ing good patches of form.

Strath­mer­ton went down by five goals, but there are promis­ing signs with more play­ers re­turn­ing in the com­ing weeks.

Un­der-17

A strong wind dom­i­nated the play all day, with the north end of Blighty’s ground the scor­ing end. This meant the for­wards and backs all had a good work­out.

It was a stand­out per­for­mance by Dy­lan Craven, with mag­nif­i­cent sup­port by all his team­mates.

There were strong show­ings by many, with spe­cial men­tion to Trent Col­lyer, who stood up when things got tough.

Look­ing for­ward to next week. Bring it on!

Awards: D. Craven, S. Lewis, B. Hall, L. King, H. Wy­att.

Un­der-14

The young Strath­mer­ton side made its way up to Blighty to some very windy and cold con­di­tions.

The boys won the coin toss and kicked with the wind. Cody Har­ris was up for­ward for the day and the boys had a goal in no time.

Tyler Stephens worked well, us­ing his silky skills all over the ground.

Un­for­tu­nately there was no win this week, but it was great to see the boys out there en­joy­ing them­selves.

Goals: Cody Har­ris and Josh Payne.

Awards: Tyler Stephens — Strathy Cafe´ ; Josh Payne — Sub­way; Ryan Wy­att — ladies com­mit­tee; Con­nor Cic­cone — Macca’s $5; Codey Edgar — coach’s award.

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