Year 9's Match Report
Tom Parker - Year 9 Coach
A good game of football kicked off round 1 in the Blue division of the Central Conference on Sunday between the Bayswater Bears and Ballajura JFC. The game was close all day, was played in good spirit and both teams had periods of dominance.
With a 2-3 goal northerly favouring the Coode St end of the ground, and with the result of season 2018 in both teams minds, Ballajura entered the field confident of a good first quarter. Basywater entered the arena with nothing to lose and plenty to prove. By 11.05am, Ballajura realised the team they were playing was nothing like the 2018 incarnation of the Bears. With increased depth (and numbers!), the lads in red and green (a terrific colour combo in any fashion language), had “come to play”. The first quarter was a see-sawing event: centre clearances relatively even, both teams backlines repelling repeat inside 50’s and both teams having a number of shots on goal. For Bayswater, good drive was coming from the midfield crew (Tot, Parker, Fewster, O’Rourke, Primerano, Strohmeier, Horsfall ect al) and the backline was stoic with Panton, Marchesani (a welcome return after an injury interrupted 2018), Petrich, Karageorgiou (a cracking 1st game) and Sapienza playing tight, defensive football . The forward line was moving well, with Will Maughan presentation on the lead a real highlight.
The game largely continued in this vein for the balance – both teams having periods of possession but unable to finish on the scoreboard. The backline for Baysie was terrific all day – superbly lead by “The Anchor”, Nic Fry at full back, and returning big man, Xander Henson, at centre half back. Both players followed instructions perfectly and made excellent decisions on when to defend and when to attack. Fry was particularly dour – placing himself perfectly behind the play and being the general of the defensive half. Although the official stats have not been released by Champion Data, it was clear that Fry was the team leader for intercept marks.
Entering the final term with only a kick or two in it, the run Baysie had shown in the first three quarters needed to be repeated in the final stanza. Unfortunately Baysie took four or five minutes to get into gear in this last quarter which allowed a couple of easy goals for Ballajura – a buffer which would prove to be enough. Once the Bears found their mojo, for the last 10-12 minutes of the game the ball spent the majority of its time in the Bears forward half. However, a lack of composure with delivery into the forward line and consequent inability to hit the scoreboard was borne out in the final result.
A solid first up effort, with plenty of positives and some learning opportunities identified.
Bayswater Bears JFC 7-7 49
Best: Fry, Henson, O’Rourke, Fewster, Parker, Maughan, Tot, Karageorgiou
Ballajura JFC 8-10 58