Another week, another trip down the M1, this time to take on the Gosford Tigers. Since the start of women’s footy in our local comp the Tigers have been a force and we have been on the receiving end of a couple of heavy defeats, and they have never been gracious in their victories. We were aware that they were now struggling for numbers and would take the field with the bare minimum of players. So, with the birds in good form we hit the ground running.
It didn’t take too long before we hit the score board and with our rucks, Tayla Grazules and Emma dominating, Taylah Wilks was getting clearances at will driving it deep inside fifty our new recruit Hayley Wright was heavily involved. Our mids had it all over the Tigers and Allie and Shez were tackling and blocking we continue to go forward. We lead at quarter time 5 / 3 / 39 to 0 / 0 / 0 / 0.
In the second quarter we really started to hit our straps. We played some great footy making the most of our dominance and using our link up handball to great effect leaving the Tigers wondering what was happening. Again, well served by our mids but our forward line also showed great discipline keeping it open and providing space. Celeste, Abbey, Marnie, Arizona and of course Hayley were all having great games. We piled on nine goals for the quarter leading 14 / 13 / 97.
With the way we dominated our backs didn’t see much footy, so rotations were the order of the day. It upset our momentum a bit, but we had to get all the girls involved. We still maintained control and powered further away and our wingers Nicole, Sophie and Elisse were not only going forward but pushing back hard to defend and chopped of almost everything that came out of our forward fifty. It was another solid performance for the quarter. 20 / 19 / 139 to 0 / 0 / 0.
We could have quite easily just gone through the motions in the final term with such a commanding lead, however, the birds were not done yet and continued to, not only score, but defend with real intent. In any game no matter what the opposition it is extremely difficult to keep a side scoreless for an entire game, it takes real commitment and something else the birds can be proud of. It was another fine performance by our women’s team, and we can look forward some big games with a bit of confidence. In a great team performance, we were well served by Hayley, with eight goals, Emma, Taylah W, Allie, Shez and Hanna Moffatt played well.
Cardiff: 25.25- 175
Gosford: 0.0 – 0
Goals: H. Wright 8, A. Cross 6, A. Cooksley 3, C. Plancia 2, B. Morten 2, M. Twyford, J. Rheinberger, S. Ranken, S. Kelly
Best Players: H. Wright, E. Hieke, T. Wilks, A. McRae, S. Vukovich, H. Moffatt
Players Player: Emma Hieke
The Ressies Boys made the long and early trek down to Gosford, looking rebound from a disappointing loss. A few late call ups meant late changes to the side and the boys adapted well taking them in stride.
With four quarters of sustained effort the goal for the day, the first quarter started with great forward half pressure by the Hawks, being able to lock the ball into our 50 and create repeat entries. Unfortunately, this didn’t translate onto the scoreboard, due to the conversion in front of goal being a bit sloppy combined with the defensive efforts of Gosford’s #48. Johnny Ryan got off to a blistering start taking multiple intercept marks and setting up many of our attacking opportunities.
The second and third quarters were much the same. The boys kept being relentless in their attacking forays. However, Gosford’s pressure around the ball (particularly from their temporary recruit ) made it difficult to spot up options going forward which resulted in difficult and rushed shots on goal. A blistering run & carry down the wing by cult hero Michael Cooke, was only topped off by his set shot on goal from 40!
In the fourth quarter, the dam wall burst open and Hawkies ran riot. A decisive effort to spot up the right options going forward and working for their teammates led to a 9-goal final quarter and a final score of 14.16.100 – 3.3.21. Very proud of the boy’s effort as we prepare for West Wallsend this weekend, followed by the big one against the boys in navy blue.
Gosford: 3.3 – 21
Goals: A. Wivell 4, M. Kozlik 2, J. O”Regan 2, T. Machart, M. Cooke, M. Thorley, M. Kenny, H. Thomson, D. Rowett
Best Players: T. Machart, M. Kozlik, M. Kenny, M. Thorley, S. Hawthorne, D. Rowett
Players Player: Scott Hawthorne
A swirling breeze, the tight confines of Gosford’s Adcock Park and perhaps a complacent attitude conspired against us initially on Saturday, but we were still able to conjure ourselves a solid win.
Our starts have been our strength this year, but Gosford jumped us with four goals to two in the opening quarter, hurting us when we couldn’t hit our targets coming out of defence. Their pressure contested work and long kicking on the small ground was probably the difference with plenty of footy getting over the back and putting our defenders under extreme pressure.
Coach’s Best Player Mattie Vukovich was superb at fullback from the outset, repeatedly leading his dangerous opponent to the footy and rarely losing in the air all day.
Jared Campbell, back in the side after a week’s rest, saved the day on several occasions with his brilliant aerial ability one-on-one and with his safe kicking. He also earnt himself Players’ Player.
We woke up in the second quarter piling on seven goals to none after beginning to match them in contested footy which was a brilliant response from our group, and we came into half time up and about.
Perhaps we got comfortable in the knowledge we can just turn it on like that as we then went on to lose the third quarter four goals to two. Our 17-point lead at three-quarter time was far from safe and as much as we mustn’t rely on it now was the time to turn it on again.
The message at the break was to bring the fun back into the game through our effort and we came out firing kicking six goals to three with two of theirs coming very late in the quarter when the game was won.
Our post-match cans went to Tom Hawthorne, Mick Ryan and Patty Delaney and the Ironbark Hill 1%er Award went to Marcus DeLeur.
The expectation is that we strive to keep the pressure on ourselves to perform at our best for the entire game week in, week out, but we were a little up and down on Saturday and in the end it was a timely wake-up call leading into Newcastle City in two weeks and we’ll learn a lot from it.
Cardiff: 17.11 -113
Gosford: 11.10 – 76
Goal Scorers: J. Lennon 4, I. Hughes 4, M. Ryan 4, D. Hoy-Maroney 2, B. Job 2, T. Hawthorne
Best Players: J. Campbell, M. Vukovich, S. O’Brien, T. Keys, B. Job, I. Hughes
Coaches Best The Duke Hotel Voucher: Mattie Vukovich
1% IronBark Hill Voucher: Marcus DeLeur
Players Player: Jared Campbell
Game Day Photos courtesy of Geoff Robinson