THIRDS match Report: ROUND 3 -
CAULFIELD GRAMMARIANS VS. THERRY PENOLA OB
Caulfield 17 - 12 - 114 Defeated THERRY PENOLA OB 5 - 4 - 34
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After a forfeit in Round 1, where Beaumaris exited the competition instead of facing the might of the Dirty Thirds, and a wasteful loss against PEGS on Tullamarine's 4th runway in Round 2, the lads were keen to get back on track against Therry Penola in Round 3. The raising of our 2016 Premiership flag and honouring the passing of Liz Wilson, a truly amazing lady, was also motivation for a good showing and the boys didn't disappoint.
We had started well against PEGS but didn't put the score on the board in Round 2. We again started well, against our opponent from last year's 2nd Semi, but this time put on some scoreboard pressure, initially through a quick snap from returning veteran Andrew Lawson. Our forward line was looking better with the move of Connor "Duck" Wilson to CHF and the Dirty Thirds debut of bustling Sammy Wood. Both lads converted in the first and along with Toppa & Nick Gould helped give us a 3 goal lead at the first break. The second quarter saw our boys maintain their form and our mid field was in complete control ably lead by Lukey Matias & Nick O'Connor. Max Harris continued his great form from his debut in Round 2 with some strong run off half back and multiple bounces as he weaved himself out of trouble. Luckily we had former club great Richard Harris doing the running and he managed to keep the young buck in line. Bustling Sammy Wood and our growing goal sneak Gouldy both kicked 2 majors for the quarter and we had the game by the scruff of the neck by the main break with a 7 goal lead.
After a poor showing against PEGS after the main break last time out, skipper Luke Matias ensured that we weren't going to let up and the boys delivered again with some improved pressure and work ethic to protect their team mates. Jerome Stewart was giving us some real running power through the middle and Oli Stedman was looking great in his debut for the club. The Nick Gould show continued with another major and by the last break the game was done as we had stretched it out to a 9 goal lead. The last quarter saw the match maintain it's form, as Trav O'Donahue was rewarded after a strong workman like effort in the middle with his first goal for the club. He was unfortunately over shadowed by Leo Bosley's goal of the year effort half way through the quarter, as he scooped the ball out the air with one hand before banging it home from 55m. The final score saw us home by 80 points which was a welcome return to our winning ways. There is however plenty of work to do and with numbers at training looking super strong spots are still not a certainty for anyone who doesn't train.
We are off to Ormond next week and there are some rumours of some cameo performances coming up by former club legends. Carn' the Dirty Thirds!