Year 9's Match Report
Tom Parker - Year 9 Coach
In perfect conditions for football, Bayswater Bears recorded their second win for the season against the highly regarded Manning Gold team. Running out eventual winners by 33 points, the Bears win had at its foundation, a 4 quarter performance given by all players. At various times in the game, each player was called upon to make a contribution, to win a crucial contest, to commit to following the team plan. It was this even contribution that ensured victory was scored for the home team.
When Manning jumped out of the blocks quickly with a goal in the first minute, the minds in the coaches box must have wandered back to the Mother’s Day Massacre of 12 months ago. Surely history could not repeat itself? ….. and fortunately it didn’t. The boys in red and green managed to hold the ladder leaders to only 5 more goals for the next 79 minutes, while putting on 11 of their own.
Tight checking and great drive came from the back-line all day, with Sapienza, Karageorgiou, Panton and Anderson all performing exceptionally well. Special mention must also go to the skipper of the backline - Nic Fry, who, although is dragged kicking, screaming and crying to defence each week, continues to deliver game in, game out in the key defensive post.
The midfield engine room that includes Parker, O’Rourke, Fewster, Tot, Strohmeier (having a cracking season!), Horsfall (if there is a wingman with a greater work rate than this fellow, this journo is yet to see it), Maughan and Glendinning, were on top quickly with a domination of clearances coming in the second half. Equally pleasing was the willingness of this group to link up play through the transition and the more they worked to share the ball the more regularly the ball entered the Bears forward line. While this midfield has added talent and depth to its top end this season, it is the unobtrusive work of newcomer in Dion Primerano that is at the essence of the midfield. His ability to impact every contest he is involved in is highly rated by the coaching group and his peers, and he sets an example of an industrious hard working mid.
Up forward, things are starting to gel for Bayswater. Club stalwart, Cohan Dixon is in fine fettle (3 goals) and with a new partner in crime in Isaac “Molly” Meldrum, there won’t be too many Central Conference defenders looking to “drop in the hole” with these two in full flight. All the forwards had a part to play though: Portaro (2 goals) is finding his classy touch after a 12 month lay-off; “Reizor” Poon was his usual busy self, and with Gasper (presented well all day) and Pincus (some valuable score involvements with his slick handballs) adding some icing to a “well-baked-forward-line-cake”, this group only has upside to their performances….and with crowd favourite Jessie “SW” Hyne providing terrific counsel and advice on the bench, and then providing a presence in the forward line, this is a dynamic Bears attack.
In addition to the improved play, Bayswater are also benefiting by having a long list of players available. While the rotations are keeping runner Tom Fry busier than a one legged tap dancer, the willingness of the Baysie boys to come off, have their rest and then re-enter fray has proved invaluable as players are fresher longer – and it also adds to positional flexibility across the ground. With Petrich and Henson returning this week, the numbers swell again, and although Marchesani and Perry remain on the injury list, their return is immiment.
Bayswater take on the sister team to Manning Gold this week in Manning Blue, and it is not a time for complacency, but a time to continue to grow and improve on two solid weeks of football.
Baywater Bears JFC 11-7 73
Goals: Dixon: 3, Parker: 2, Anderson: 2, Portaro, Maughan, Karageorgiou, Tot
Best: Sapienza, Karageorgiou, Tot, Parker, Primerano, Horsfall, Strohmeier, Fewster, Fry, Gasper
Manning Rippers Gold JFC 6-4 40