THIRDS match Report: ROUND 11 -
CAULFIELD GRAMMARIANS VS. WEST BRUNSWICK AFC
Caulfield 11-8-78 Drew with West Brunswick AFC 11-8-78
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Back at home and playing a late game of 11.40am against St Mary's it was a relaxed feel for the Dirty Thirds who went into the game on a 3 game win streak. However we were facing a side that had embarrassed a year earlier and we didn't want to make the same mistake again and take them too lightly. We had some big inclusions with the towering Declan Hicks joining us from the U/19s and the slightly wider than we remembered club legend Mark Liddell, However also making their season debut's were under 19's Dyl Smith & Zach Farrell and veterans Andrew Strain, Aiden Clarke & James Cleeve, the latter freshly back from his successful proposal trip to Japan. It also happened to be Cleeve's 100th game for the club and it was looking like a fairy tale when he snapped the first goal of the game. Unfortunately his fiance Claire was still parking the car (thanks Glen Eira council) and missed it. The first quarter was a procession as the game was played almost solely in our half, although we probably did make the most of the wind with only 4 goals. While the breeze allowed St Mary's more attacking opportunities after quarter time, we still dominated the play and extended our lead going into the main break. Mark Liddell's much heralded return was largely being over shadowed by Connor Wilson's marking display across half forward and the canny forward play of Andrew Strain. At the main change we were 39 points clear.
The third quarter saw us really pile on the goals, including Liddell's sole major, with the highlight being Nick Gould's soccer effort. Nick O'Connor & Dec Hicks were giving us first use out of the middle which Aiden Clarke and Kirren Ponniah made the most from. Clarkey even managed to snare 2 goals himself. The contribution from the under 19's lads was fantastic with Oli Harris keeping up with older brother Max, Dyl Smith providing some penetrating run off half back and Zach Farrell carving out a number of great goal scoring opportunities. Zach was by far the most unlucky guy on the field as he saw a wonderful attempt land 30cm out from the goal line and bounce backwards into the waiting arms of Max Harris. By the end of the game we had stretched the lead to 91 points which will be a healthy addition to our percentage which we'll need in order to maintain a top 2 spot. Next week will see a bigger test against 3rd placed West Brunswick, before we face Old Geelong and finally the top side Williamstown to finish off the first half of the season.