It came down to the wire, but the Central Blues were finally able to chalk up their first win of the season in Round 3, a thrilling 67-64 victory over the Hamilton Wildcats.
The Blues’ leadership carried the scoring for the day, as player-coach Sean Goedheer led the way by kicking 7 (!) goals, including the after-the-horn winner. Captain Riley Armstrong added two as well.
Even though only two Blues recorded goals, there were a number of players on Central who were key components in the victory. Kenny Wong was named best and fairest for a fantastic performance out of the backfield, which really set the pace for the rest of the Blues’ attack.
The wind was a factor throughout the game, as goal scoring was heavily weighted towards one side of the field. After failing to notch a goal in the first quarter, the Blues responded with 5 goals in the second quarter, where they had the wind at their backs.
Hamilton took the lead into the fourth quarter, and was holding onto a 64-61 lead in the game’s waning minutes. Goedheer was able to take a mark right before the horn sounded. With Goedheer lined up for a kick from just beyond the line, a foul in the goal square by Hamilton gave the Blues a 50 meter penalty and “Shorty” an easy kick for the win.
All in all, a great day for the Navy Blues, as they won their first match of the season and Victor Cinco won a new smile.
Final Score – Div 1
Saturday, June 6th
Wildcats vs Blues
9.10.64 · 9.13.67
Despite showing a loss on the scoreboard, the Lady Blues came away from their match vs. the Hamilton Wildcats feeling like a bunch of winners. In their first match against the traditionally rough and tough Wildcats, the Blues took the opportunity to flex some lady muscle and show that this season they’d be bringing the physical intensity all over the oval.
Putting up goals for the Blues were Miranda Voth, Catriona McCawley (showing defenders kick goals too), and Squizz with a hatrick.* Catriona used the opportunity playing as the free-woman (or “loose woman”, but we heard your mama might read these reports) to move her major kicks into the midfield’s turf and earn herself this week’s Best-on-Ground (Maybe when Coach Rob returns we’ll see her make the move to midfield one of these days?). Top Contributor was awarded to Steph Tolev, who made us all glad that we don’t have to be on the business end of her hard tackles.
Special recognition this week goes to caretaker Coach Snorkle who once again stepped up to the plate and showed he knows his way around a magnetic game board. Rumor has it that he may start referring to himself as First-mate of the women’s team.** #ladieslovesnorkling
Final Score: 51?? To 37 (This week’s training drills to include recreational math.)
*no hats actually thrown, thanks a lot, spectators.
**not a real rumor, or a real position… yet.
Final Score – Womens
Saturday, June 6th