THIRDS match Report: ROUND 5 -
CAULFIELD GRAMMARIANS VS. KEW FC
Caulfield 15-18-108 Defeated Kew FC 5-8-38
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Early on Saturday morning we had the pleasure of discovering that the Dirty Thirds would be playing Ormond for the "Radar" O'Reilly Cup. The Cup was struck in honour of Geoff Reilley's service to both clubs and due to our Seniors & U/19's playing in higher grades than Ormond this season the responsibility fell on the Thirds to hold the cup the Seniors won last season. We went into the game supremely confident with a strong side named and the 1pm start helping ensure Kirren Ponniah got a minimum 4 hours sleep after a family wedding.
Initially the conditions at EE Gun looked great, however by the time game started the wind had picked up and the clouds were rolling in. The toss would have been a good one to win, but skipper Luke Matias unfortunately called incorrectly and we kicked into it. The boys started well, except for Nick O'Connor who jarred his back after 1 ruck contest, and looked the more likely to score despite the conditions. Nick Karoly was running rings around them in the middle and snapped a beautiful goal for our second major, after Toppa had soccered one through only minutes earlier. Jerome Stewart was electrifying on the wing and he generated a lot of inside entries for the quarter. By the time the evergreen Josh McCahon kicked another goal we were starting to look quiet comfortable. The back six had been superb and had kept the Monders scoreless. Ormond responded in the second quarter and certainly started to throw their weight around, with Luke Matias wearing an old fashioned shirt front incredibly well. Ormond kicked their first major of the game and the balance was starting to shift. However Connor Wilson, who was now shouldering a majority of the ruck work, marked and goaled to maintain our lead. A following goal from big bustling Sam Wood solidified our dominance and took the wind out of Ormond's sails. By the main break we had built a 25 point lead.
The lads challenged themselves to step up to Ormond's physical pressure and they did so beautifully with another dominant quarter into the breeze. Luke Matias & Matty Linklater were incredibly strong through the middle and were ably supported by Lawry Moody who was enjoying his first go in the ruck. However the highlight of the quarter was undoubtedly Kirren Ponniah's beautiful snap which was an apt reward for an incredible performance, especially considering his considerable performance on the wedding dance floor till 5am that morning. No one at Ormond could seem to lay a finger on him as he danced around attempted tackles with ease. By this stage Nick O'Connor had managed to loosen up his back enough to wander down to the forward pocket and his final goal of the quarter left us 46 points clear as the rain was coming down. The Ponniah show continued into the last quarter as he snapped another beauty, closely followed by Jerome Stewart's well earned effort. The final margin stretched out to 12 goals and it was a satisfying win for the lads as they recollected Radar's Cup before singing the song again under the Ormond grandstand.
Next week's sees the Dirty Thirds kick the dew off the grass in the triple header against Kew at Victoria Park. The strong form and numbers in the seniors and reserves is certainly helping maintain a strong Thirds line up. Also a big congratulations to James "Jellybean" Cleeve who finally got around to popping the question to his lovely girlfriend Claire. Should see him back on the field in a few weeks!