Coming off back to back wins, Team Yellow headed down to take on an undefeated Beaumaris team in cold, icy conditions.
The start of the first quarter saw the Rovers with the ball in their forward half most of the time, however they were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard. Beaumaris were able to kick 2 quick goals in succession and it looked like the boys were in for a tough day at the office. However, the backline were able to hold up strongly for the rest of the quarter with no further majors to the opposition.
After an inspirational speech from Julian at the break, the boys came out firing. Before long, Caelan M got on the end of some great direct footy and didn’t let his teammates down, slotting through the first goal of the day for the Rovers. The backline again held up and managed to keep Beaumaris goalless for the quarter. Only a goal separated the teams at half time and the improvement in comparison to the previous encounter earlier in the year was clearly evident.
The tug of war continued in the third quarter and both teams went goalless. True testament to Julian’s preaching that playing in the backline is just as important as the forward line sinking in. At ¾ time there was a feeling in the air that if the energy rush from the oranges kicked in and with the ice now melted, maybe the boys could pull off their biggest win of the year.
Beaumaris managed to get the first goal of the game. Whilst coach Julian felt an opposition player had perhaps gone a little far out of his zone in the lead up, he held his tongue. Most standing nearby would have seen more hair rubbed off the little that remains of his once long golden Fabio locks. However, there was a quick reply with some direct football through the middle of the ground capped off by regular goal scorer Jackson. There was still time left for two more goals. However, it wasn’t to be, no more goals were kicked and with plenty of points on the board, Beaumaris were able to win fairly comfortably.
Overall, it was a good showing by the boys against one of the better teams.
Awards – in no particular order:
· Jackson Nelson