Ex­cite­ment as ju­niors be­gin

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The good weather Fri­day night for the match be­tween Colts and War­ragul Blues game cer­tainly turned around for those play­ing Satur­day.

In windy and cold con­di­tions teams were ex­cited to hit the field for round one de­spite some teams strug­gling against the blus­tery con­di­tions to get points on the board.

Buln Buln played their first round in the War­ragul and District Ju­nior Foot­ball League in 19 years. Colts v War­ragul Blues Un­der 10 A beau­ti­ful night for the first game of the year saw Colts host the Blues un­der lights at West­ern Park.

The Colts started strong off the block tak­ing the quick lead. The first three quar­ters saw a very close con­test and made for an in­ter­est­ing last quar­ter.

Blues fought hard in the last, how­ever in the end the Colts won in a tight fin­ish. Un­der 12 A balmy au­tumn night un­der lights at West­ern Park made for a great at­mos­phere and was a ter­rific way to start the sea­son for both sides.

The Blues came out strong but the Colts never gave up and fought back right to the fi­nal siren.

Courage and per­sis­tence were the or­der of the night and both sides showed great po­ten­tial for the sea­son ahead. Un­der 14 The Blues got off to a great start get­ting the goals on the board.

The Colts were tire­less in their ef­forts all night but fell short to the stronger Blues side. Bun­yip v Buln Buln Un­der 10 A chilly morn­ing saw a slow start to the game be­fore Bun­yip kicked with the wind to get some scores on the board early.

Buln Buln fought back hard and scores were close at half time.

Both teams con­tin­ued to work well in the sec­ond half how­ever it was not enough for Buln and Bun­yip came away with a con­vinc­ing win. Un­der 12 In very try­ing and windy con­di­tions, Buln Buln were very ex­cited to play show­ing plenty of en­thu­si­asm through­out the game.

Bun­yip were very dis­ci­plined and, in the end, proved too strong for Buln Buln to come away with a strong win. Un­der 14 On a wet and mis­er­able Satur­day morn­ing both teams handed the con­di­tions well and con­tested strongly, dis­play­ing fan­tas­tic skills for round one.

Both de­fend­ers had to work over­time re­pelling of­fen­sive charges. Bun­yip kicked straighter which proved to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides in the end. Neerim District v Garfield Un­der 10 Neerim and Garfield took to the ground for the first time un­der the new re­duce ground size rules.

A very strong wind favoured the south­ern end. Garfield started the game well kick­ing into the wind and de­spite a spir­ited at­tack from Neerim in the last quar­ter, Garfield held strong to win. Un­der 12 In very windy con­di­tions both teams showed great spirit for the first round of the sea­son.

Garfield started off strong in the wind and con­tin­ued the mo­men­tum for the rest of the game. Neerim put up a great con­test, but Garfield were too strong in the end. Un­der 14 A strong breeze made scor­ing to the north­ern end of the ground dif­fi­cult.

Af­ter an even first few min­utes Garfield man­aged four goals into the wind. The sec­ond and third quar­ters were an arm wres­tle with only two goals be­ing scored by Garfield.

In the fi­nal term with Neerim legs be­gin­ning to tire, Garfield fin­ished the game well. Cal­der­meade v Poowong/Loch Un­der 10 The Bulls kicked away tak­ing ad­van­tage of the wind in the first quar­ter giv­ing them a strong start.

Cal­der­meade came into the sec­ond with all Can­nons fir­ing, lead­ing at the half time break. The Bulls had a great third term com­ing away at the change with the lead.

But Cal­der­meade never gave up and with some strong kick­ing and solid work came away with the win. Un­der 12 With the wind swirling around the ground at Catani, it was hard to see through the dust.

The Bulls had a strong start though and con­tin­ued that strength through­out the game. Credit to Cal­der­meade for work­ing hard all the way to the end. Un­der 14 On a ter­ri­ble day for foot­ball Cal­der­meade held Poowong-Loch to just one goal when the Bulls had the wind on their side. Cal­der­meade in re­sponse booted five goals in an en­ter­tain­ing burst in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Con­di­tions didn’t change, but both sides fought hard all game and the Can­nons came out with a good win. Long­warry v Hal­lora Un­der 10 Win­tery con­di­tions cer­tainly ar­rived early for the open­ing round at Long­warry.

Long­warry put the first score on the board with tight de­fence from Hal­lora. Scores were kept to a min­i­mum through­out the sec­ond and third quar­ters. Un­der 12 Hal­lora won the toss and used the wind to their ad­van­tage kick­ing the first two goals, but Long­warry soon hit back into the wind.

Long­warry gained the lead into the sec­ond half where they kept on top in a windy game.

Tyler Hick­ford and Ja­cob Ven­tura played their 50th match. Un­der 14 Af­ter an even first-quar­ter the Crows got on top, mak­ing bet­ter use of the wind.

Long­warry played very well with and against the wind. Ellinbank v War­ra­nor Un­der 10 War­ra­nor got the jump on the home side util­is­ing the wind to have a handy lead af­ter the first quar­ter.

Once the boys warmed up Ellinbank fought back in the sec­ond.

There was some great de­fence from both sides but it was War­ra­nor who took the ad­van­tage to ex­tend their lead and come out vic­to­ri­ous in a tightly con­tested match. Un­der 12 Ellinbank fought hard against a qual­ity War­ra­nor side in cold windy con­di­tions.

Some great pas­sages of play through the cor­ri­dor with the teams show­ing some great skills by mov­ing the ball with their hands, kick­ing into space and some great mark­ing in packs. Un­der 14 War­ra­nor came out strong and held con­trol of the game in wet and windy con­di­tions re­sult­ing in Ellinbank hav­ing to de­fend re­lent­lessly.

Ellinbank’s great ball move­ment cre­ated a goal be­fore half time how­ever War­ra­nor kicked away in the sec­ond half to come away with a good win de­spite the strong de­fence from Ellinbank.

Ellinbank’s Jack Cham­pion played his 50th match. Jets v Co­bras Un­der 10 The two Drouin teams played each other in an ex­cit­ing game.

Both teams con­tested well and goals were hard to come by early. The Jets could take a slight lead go­ing into quar­ter time and main­tained that un­til the fi­nal siren. Un­der 12 It was a fan­tas­tic ef­fort by the Co­bras who man­aged to keep the Jets goal­less in the last half. The Co­bras bat­tled hard to make James Pep­per’s 100 game mile­stone a mem­o­rable one. Un­der 14 The Drouin clash is al­ways a good game and gives the club an op­por­tu­nity to come to­gether as one.

The teams played hard, tack­ling who­ever had the ball. Co­bras dom­i­nated on the score­board but Jets played hard all day.

In­jured player Ben Peace came along to cheer on the sides. Jack Smith cel­e­brated his 50th game mile­stone.

Warra­bor player Stephen Oling is win­ning this chase for the ball dur­ing the un­der 12 match against Ellinbank.

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