CAS Round 6 | Saturday, 29 May 2021
Trinity AFL was again split this weekend, with the 1sts taking on St Ignatius (Riverview) in overcast and windy conditions, while the 7/8 As and Bs made the longest road trip in CAS to face Barker at Rofe Park. The 1sts unfortunately had a hard-fought loss, not being able to capitalise on the strong wind blowing to one end of the ground. Results were more favourable in the 7/8s with both As and Bs securing strong wins against good opposition away from home, while the 9/10s had a bye. Next round will see all sides playing Riverview, with the exception of the 1sts, who will take on Shore for the first time this season.
Team of the Week: Round 6
Some excellent goal kicking and defensive performances from several players sees a well spread team of the week.
|FB||Lachlan Wolfe (11St)||Liam Conlan (8La)||Benjamin Gallo (7He)|
|HB||Liam Wingrave (10Ar)||Harry Clegg (8Du)||Peter Roser (12Ke)|
|C||Nicholas Adland (10Ke)||Angus Royal (8Ar)||Rowan O’Connor (10Mu)|
|HF||Ben Orr (11Ho)||Nicholas Enno (12Hi)||Noah Ming (8Yo)|
|FF||Christian Izzillo (7Mu)||Christian Galettis (7WH)||Levi Gray (8Ho)|
|RR||Matthew Robertson (12Du)||Josh O’Connell (8Ar)||Toby Chan (8Fo)|
Round 6 Leading Goalkicker Ladder – All Ages
A six-goal haul from Levi Gray on the weekend has seen him move into equal first, with several strong performances from the 7/8s squad.
1ST XVIII Match Report – Round 6, 2021
Trinity 1st XVIII were confronted by overcast skies and a strong wind blowing straight down the ground, which would prove to be a major factor in the contest against St Ignatius (Riverview).
Trinity won the coin toss and elected to go with the wind to start the game. The first quarter saw Riverview go forward and remain camped in our offensive 50 for large passages of play, as both teams looked to adjust to the conditions. Finally, the young men of Trinity started to get the ball long into our forward line which saw Nicholas M (12Sc) capitalise on some good midfield work to snap truly and get the first goal of the game as he was mobbed by cheering teammates. He was joined on the scoresheet by Oscar B-J (12Hi), whose excellent midfield work and hard tackling was rewarded with a set-shot goal from the tightest of angles, to see Trinity take a two-goal lead into the first break.
The second quarter saw Trinity against the wind, and while they managed to keep Riverview at bay for the majority of the quarter, several late goals and costly free kicks due to ill-discipline saw Trinity fall behind at half time. Matthew R (12Du) was again strong in the ruck, setting up well behind the ball to take several key marks to nullify the Riverview attack. He was well supported by our young wingers in Nicholas A (10Ke) and Rowan O’C (10Mu), who used their speed and outside run to constantly provide a link into attack, using their sublime foot skills to make kicking into a strong headwind look easy.
Trinity had the wind for the second time in the third quarter, as Ben O (11Ho) hustled and bustled his way into the forward line to mark and kick truly, as Trinity began to mount a comeback. Lucas B (10La) ducked and weaved off a forward line ruck stoppage to kick the goal of the game, as he snapped truly from a congested pack to keep the comeback alive, capping off an excellent all-round performance from Trinity’s youngest on-baller. Nicholas E (12Hi) finished off a great quarter for Trinity, with a goal with the wind from a tight angle to reward his attack on the ball and defensive running from the midfield.
Peter R (12Ke) was exceptional in defence, regularly cutting off Riverview kicks, while making the opposition pay with his accurate kicking skills out of defence to set up goals to open teammates. Sam D (11Hi) was sent as the loose man in defence when Trinity were against the wind and performed admirably, taking several key intercept marks and performing well under immense pressure.
Unfortunately, the game was decided by a lapse in concentration in the second quarter, but the men of Trinity are aware that small changes to their tackling technique and game awareness will greatly improve our competitiveness, and that a full four quarter is just around the corner.
Special mention to Mr. Adland and Oliver O (9Ho), who volunteered to fill the roles of boundary and goal umpire respectively, given the unfortunate absence of our usual parent volunteers in Mr. Weston and Mr. Darling, with both doing an excellent job in windy and cold conditions.
Score: Riverview 8.12.60 def Trinity 5.5.35
Goals: O. Ballantine-Jones, L. Blythe, N. Magoulas, N. Enno, B. Orr
Bests: B. Orr, L. Blythe, P. Roser, O. Ballantine-Jones, N. Adland
Sam Jackson | 1st XVIII Coach
Trinity had a scheduled bye last weekend and will take on St Ignatius (Riverview) this coming weekend.
The 7/8 As had an excellent win last weekend against Barker, with the repeat midfield efforts and ball winning ability of Josh O’C (8Ar), Angus R (8Ar) and Matthew M (7WJ) providing multiple forward entries which allowed Levi G (8Ho) to capitalise and kick six goals, while Noah M (8Yo) also managed to kick multiple goals to put the result beyond doubt. The challenge will be for this team to back up this solid performance against AFL powerhouse Riverview this coming weekend, in what looks to be an excellent match up on paper.
The 7/8 Bs continued their winning ways with a strong result against Barker. Toby C (8We), and Christian I (7Mu) won numerous hard ball contests in the middle of the ground, while Christian G (8Fo) worked hard all day in the ruck to make repeated contests around the ground. Any time the ball did go into the backline it was immediately mopped up by Benjamin G (7He), who worked with the rest of the backline to keep Barker goalless for the day. An excellent overall team performance, with the Bs eager to take on Riverview next weekend in what should be a genuine test of the side’s structures and ability to work as a collective unit.
Sam Jackson | MIC AFL
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