The last game of the regular season for the 12/3 Orange team was held at ELS Hall, the proxy home ground of the Willoughby Wildcats. It was a perfect (winter’s) day with even the August winds reminding us that the footy season still had a few weeks to go.
The team warm up was taken very seriously on the main oval, the even bounce (thanks to the astro turf) and skills were on show for not only the dedicated supporter group but the locals too, who seemed just as fascinated.
The team moved to oval #3 a little less green and a few more tuffs of grass than the perfection of the warm up pitch. The first bounce saw the ball go deep into the Cannons back line with great defensive work shown by Alex H ensuring the ball moved forward and the strong performance from the midfield enabled the ball to find its way to the forward line. Lucca wasted no time in registering the team’s first major.
Denver was certainly making up for his time away with some brilliant evasive work down the sideline and a centring kick into the forward line. Great tackling by Bailey and pressure by Lachlan saw a free kick awarded, Lachlan’s shot registering a behind. Aidan was creating opportunities and looking for team mates as too was Hamish. The second goal of the first term came off a solid mark and kick from Damien into the safe hands of Lucca.
The second quarter saw great work by Hamish taking a great overhead mark and kicking forward, Luke B was tackling hard as usual and raking up possessions. Russell was having another solid game tackling the opposition and ensuring the ball would remain in the goal scoring zone. Luke T brought his A game showing great tenacity in shutting down the opposition. Mikhail was displaying safe hands with his overhead marks. Jasper was again showing great skills gathering the loose ball and showing pace down the wing. Alex (#9) was also getting his hands on the ball at every opportunity. Despite the entertaining football by the Cannons, no majors were scored in the quarter however the plethora of points kept the scoreboard ticking.
In the third quarter Felix and Lachlan displayed great ruck work, which I’m sure Tom Harley would have been eyeing off for this year’s draft. Alex (#3) was tackling hard and supporting his team mates with quick handballs. Jackson was reading the play well and creating opportunities, his ability to move the ball forward was second to none. Great team work keeping the ball in the Cannons forward line led to Luke B snapping up the loose ball and needing no invitation slotted the third major for the day. To the Wildcat’s credit they kept coming at the Cannons all afternoon and replied with their first major. The Wildcat supporters all went up in unison spurring the Wildcat’s into action, registering their second goal in as many minutes. Great tackling saw Bailey awarded a free kick who kicked off to Felix for a clean mark and a shot at goal registering a behind. Luke B pocketed his second major of the term following a great passage of play from Denver, Felix and Damien.
Early in the fourth quarter Denver was determined to take on four players (no expectation by the goal umpire) winning the ball and passing off to Lucca and then Luke B who had another shot at goal. Russell came out firing in the last quarter setting up a goal with a superb overhead mark and kicking off to Denver who kicked the first goal of the final quarter. Alex H was relishing his time up forward with a great kick to Lucca who kicked his third. Kaelan was again putting his body on the line and for the second week in a row went unrewarded for great tackling. Another goal by Lucca and a further individual break and open run through the corridor kicking off to Lachlan who finished off the superb play with a goal rounding out the term.
Cannons taking out the match by a very comfortable margin.
Overall a fantastic team effort today (despite the 17 behinds) to finish off the regular round and move into the final series not to mention finishing as minor premiers. Well done team, coaches, manager, runners, water carriers, photographers, supplement providers (orange variety) goal umpires and goal umpire assistant (Austin) and all of the dedicated Cannon supporters.
Lucca x 4
Luke B x 2
Denver x 1
Lachlan x 1
Best on ground; Each and every player of the 12/3 Orange Cannons!