Hampton Rovers 8.6.54 defeated Ormond JFC 2.7.19
Captains / Ollie Sutherland & Harry Tuffley
After doing a bit of research before Sunday’s game, I discovered that Ormond’s position on the Div 2 ladder was probably not reflective of their ability. Statistically they had given some of the best sides a run for their money, and had achieved a very good win or two along the way as well. We knew they would be coming for us, so we had to bring our very best to this game.
This would be our last opportunity for 3 weeks to make another significant notch in our seasons belt. We really wanted to go to the break with a win. There was one key to achieving success in this game, and that was to maintain the pressure, effort and hunger that we brought in previous weeks. The question presented before we ran out – How much do we want it? The boys answered the call, with another solid 4 quarter ‘all team’ performance. Everyone contributed, played their role, fought hard and earned victory.
I could list so many boys worthy of a mention. But I am only going to tell you about one. One boy who stole the show. Freddie Kellett is an icon in our side, and at our club. Freddie has hardly missed a game in 5 years. Very rarely misses training. Lives and breathes the green an gold. He probably has to work harder than most of the boys to get his hands on the ball, but does it out of pure love for the game. On Sunday I witnessed one of the best things I’ve ever seen in junior footy. Following a forward entry by his team mate Dion, Freddie took an unexpected mark in front of goals. But what followed was glorious. He went back, steadied and kicked the goal. Instantly his arms shot up to the sky in elation. He couldn’t believe it. Every single team mate ran from every position on the field including Orlando in fullback, and surrounded him to shower him in cheer. Half the parents were in tears. It was pure joy, and a memory I will never forget. The power of sport.
Goals / Jay Todd 3, Taj Hotton 2, Dion Gavnoudias 1, Jed Marshall 1, Freddie Kellett 1
Awards / Best on Ground – Luke Ryan for a brilliant role all across the ground in both Ruck and in defence. Jed Marshall took the Guts & Determination Award for a courageous and gritty game on the wing, and Freddie Kellett won the Achievement Award for his brilliant mark and goal.
The boys now have a well earned break. We next look to the final four games of the season. We have finals very much in our sights.