Year 9's Match Report
Tom Parker - Year 9 Coach
On a perfect day for football, Sunday’s game saw the Bayswater Bears run out 62 point winners over the Caversham Suns at Hillcrest Reserve. This win, however, came with a high injury toll during the game. The head clash of two Caversham players (both thankfully recovered without any major repercussions) saw a significant delay in the game, and the loss of Bayswater key defender, Nic Fry, to two broken fingers will be a major loss to the Bears. Fry is a significant out for the next 4-5 weeks, as Bayswater come up against the top two sides over the next fortnight. Throw in the head knock to Jett O’Rourke late in the game (spent the last quarter on the bench but fortunately available this week) and it was a day of carnage at the Bayswater home ground.
The talk before the game was focussed on ensuring this not be a game the Bears take lightly. Despite having accounted for the Suns by over 100 points in their last meeting, the Bears were acutely aware that the Suns would come out with a point to prove and the Bears needed to make sure the focus remained on playing their own style, with a 100% commitment to winning the ball and the individual contests. Run and share was the mantra for the day.
As forecast, the first quarter commenced with a ferocious Suns attack on the ball and the player being first class. In one sense, it put the Bears on the back foot, with much of their disposal being tested under pressure. Despite this, the majority of play resided in the Bayswater forward line but the Bears could not covert. Seven behinds in the first quarter by Bayswater and a goal apiece to each side, meant the margin was very close at quarter time (7 points). From this point however, on the Bears dominated play and went on to kick a further 11 goals 9 to 3 goals 2 for the balance of the match.
After the interrupted half time break, the distinction in class between the two sides was even more evident. Bayswater demonstrated that when a willingness to attack the contest with physicality and to share the ball was at the forefront of their play, they will be able to match it with the best sides in the comp. The challenge, therefore, for this Bears outfit will be to actually deliver this style against the better teams.
As with all the Bears victories this season, an even team contribution was delivered on the day, with each player making a contribution when required. Better players for Bayswater were Glendinning with 3 goals (playing forward and mid); Dixon, Portaro and Parker with 2 goals apiece; Meldrum with this work rate up forward and the usual suspects of Fewster, Maughan and O’Rourke being clear winners in their positions. Special mention to Christian Tot and Josh Strohmeier should be made for their dash and physical play when the game was in the balance, and Rei Poon’s calmness under pressure in the backline was also a delight to watch.
Bayswater will challenge top team Manning Gold this weekend and their finest effort will be required. The Bears will welcome Cooper Anderson, Lachie Panton and Chris Pincus back into the side this week providing greater flexibility with rotations…and with the secret weapon, Jessie Hyne lurking, the Bears should be confident of a great showing.
Bayswater Bears 12-16 88 Caversham Suns 4-1 25