Saturday 8/5/2021 - Year 7's
Year 7's Match Report
Tom Parker - Year 7 Coach
In perfect conditions for football, the Year 7 Bears arrived at Upper Hillcrest to kick the dew off the grass against the highly fancied Mt Lawley White team. Coming of a resounding victory last week, the Bears had their tail up and were ready to gain some revenge against the Roos who beat the Bears convincingly in their one match up in Season 2020.
The Bears came out of the blocks strongly and dominated play in their forward half of the ground. The Bears had the early ascendancy in the midfield with the likes of Stoute, Turner and De Bono giving the forwards first look at the ball. Many of the Bears attacking forays went deep courtesy of this dominance and the Bears hit the first break with a 12 point margin, having scored 3 goals for the quarter.
The Roos team were always going to regroup and provide a fight as we started the second stanza. The Roos had repeat inside 50’s and the Bears backline – led by Parker and Page (Page was particularly strong in the air and Parker is a tackling machine) and ably assisted by Merstein, Long and McCormack, the defence showed great effort and determination to hold the Roos to only 2 goals for the quarter. Wingmen Bridger and Clark continued on their good form from Round 1 (reminiscent of “Maverick” and “Goose” of TopGun fame) and were working tirelessly up and down the ground – assisting the backline and working the ball forward. The Bears turned to the main break with a 5 point buffer.
The forward had been under pressure all day from a spirited Roos defence and the second half was to be the same. Long, Ruwanpathirana, Kuljis, Wittkowksy, Anderson and Nathan all rotated through the forward half and were instrumental in the Bears staying in touch. In addition to these Year 7 stalwarts, the young Year 6 boys, Armstrong and O’Shea demonstrated that this level holds no fears for them, with both lads giving their all and winning possessions. The Bears welcomed the skilful Max Kettell back into their line up and his class and ball handling were evident from the first minute. Playing forward and mid, he racked up possessions.
Entering the last quarter with a narrow lead of 5 points, the Roos would be looking to put their foot down and repeat the victory of 2020. The Baysie lads would be required to maintain an effort and concentration for the full 15 minutes of the last term, if they were to pull of this win. Midfield dominance continued by the Bears, however our efficiency when inside 50 was not strong enough. The Roos on the other hand, managed to register a score each time they went forward which was allowed to happen due to the quick, deep entries occurring. At the end of full time, the Roos had managed to eke out a 15 point win after being outscored 13 points to 1 point.
The Bears would have lost no fans from this performance. Routed last year by the this Roos team (by 10 goals+), the much narrower score line showed the level of improvement from the Bears. More improvement (and more victories will come) if the Baysie lads continue to work hard.
Final Score Bayswater Bears 5 - 6 36 Mt Lawley White 6 - 15 51 Best: J Debono, D Stoute, D Page, D Merstein