Coaches’ Report – Round 14

1st Grade

Round 14 will be remembered as an ambush – Singleton came to play and we didn’t.

From the outset the Roosters repeatedly beat us to the footy and peppered our goals, and after having six more scoring shots than us we were lucky and relieved to only be down by 11 points at quarter time.

It was more of the same in the second quarter but unfortunately for us their accuracy improved and we went into the main break down by 30 points after a goal on the siren from Declan Hoy-Maroney gave us something.

However we couldn’t take that into the second half, going goalless for the third quarter while conceding three more.

We got some scoreboard respectability back in the last quarter doubling our score but the game was gone by then and perhaps Singleton had put the cue in the rack.

Good contributors on the day were Tom Hawthorne whose first game after a long layoff with a hip injury was fantastic on a wing, Jack Pratt who was typically dogged in defence, Aaron Wivell who didn’t stop presenting at half forward and ruckman Tim Keys who returned from a two-week eye injury and kicked himself three goals.

Post match cans went to Hawthorne, Wivell and Keys while the Ironbark Hill 1%er Award went to Pratt. Hawthorne also picked up the Duke Hotel Coach’s Best Award. Jared Campbell, in his first game back from a seven-week knee injury was our Players’ Player, slotting nicely back into the back six with his composure and clean use.

On a day that we just didn’t make ours, we simply got a lesson in hard work and full ground accountability. Complacency may have crept in given how easily we beat them only a month ago so the boys were stinging after the game in what was a fairly humbling experience for us all. The upside is that if a side can do that to us then there’s no reason why we can’t do that to opposition sides, beginning this week with Newcastle City.

Cardiff: 7.6 – 48

Singleton: 12.15 – 87

Goals: T. Keys 3, M. Ryan, T. Thompson, A. Wivell, D. Hoy-Maroney

Best Players: J. Pratt, J. Campbell, P. Delaney, M. DeLeur, D. Hoy-Maroney, H. O”Neill



This week The Birds head off to No. 1 to take on Newcastle City.

As you always expect when you play City it was on from the start. A close first quarter and with our back five in good form we repelled many raids and managed to go forward and score ourselves. A solid first quarter but we go in to the break a bit behind.

2/2/14  to 1/0/6

The second term was our best and we proved to ourselves when we are at our best we can match it with anyone. An even quarter but we are still behind.

4/5/29 to 3/1/19.

The third fourth quarters were much the same as the girls rallied time and again but couldn’t quite hang with the City girls. Unfortunately the injury curse has struck again with our key forward and sharp shooter Hayley going down with an ACL injury. It’s a horrible injury and we wish Hayley all the best in her recovery.

Despite a courageous effort the Birds went down in the end

9/6/60 to 3/3/21

Cardiff: 3.3 – 21

Newcastle City: 9.6 – 60

Goals: H. Wright 2, T. Grazules

Best Players: S. Vukovich, M. Coram-Parker, T. Grazules, T. Wilks, N. Walker, E. Hieke

Reserve Grade

A massive challenge faced the Ressies boys this weekend, coming up against the always competitive Blues. The Hawks welcomed back a favourite son in Dave Graan and had another solid addition to the midfield, with Brandt Job making his return. One last late inclusion, after a very late text message (that literally woke the coach up on Friday night) we welcomed back Beau Heeney.

The Ressies boys had their tails up from the warm up and they carried that momentum into the first quarter blitzing the Blues. The first 10 seconds, “Edser taps down, roved by Job who goes bang!”. The Hawks kicked the first 3 goals and it should’ve been more with 8 behinds, with City only kicking 0.3 for the quarter.

After an excellent first quarter, the Hawks knew the Blues wouldn’t role over and they showed up to take back the lead, purely through accurate kicking in front of goal. The Hawks has their chances to carry a lead into halftime, unfortunately could only kick behinds.

With a big effort needed in the 3rd the boys came out firing, and they created 5 scoring shots. However, we just couldn’t buck the trend and only converted on 1 of these shots. With City doing the opposite, kicking 2 goals from 3 scoring shots.

Trailing by exactly 2 goals going into the last quarter and in with a massive chance, we could taste the upset victory. With the Hawks creating some great opportunities… Can you guess what happened next? That’s right! Yet again, goal kicking proved the achilles heal. Liam Cathcart took a strong mark on the goal line, for the Hawks and converted (a rare sight on the day). City ran away purely through accurate shots on goal to take it by 19 points.

A hugely encouraging effort from the boys. Creating 4 more total scoring shots than City on their home ground is a great result. And one that other oppositions will see and be out on notice.

A truckload of players coming back, our Ressies boys are still in with a slim chance of finals!

Cardiff: 5.17 – 47

Newcastle City: 9.12 – 66

Goals: L. Cathcart 2, C. Buchan, D. Graan, J. Kocon

Best Players: M. Dippolito, D. Graan, J. Lewis, C. Buchan, P. Bleus, T. Edser


Game Day Photos courtesy of Geoff Robinson