A little alliteration…
Friday night football involves my second favourite “f” word so I was as reved as a red neck at Republican rally when the 15/2s lined up against Willoughby Mosman at St Lukes for fantastic Friday night footy!
There was a flicker of fear as regular ruckman Riggers revealed he was a late withdrawal due to a training injury the night before. It would be hard to find feet to fill his size sixteen shoes!
Coach Paul had asked the boys to make an early statement so, just as they have done over the past couple of weeks, the Cannons controlled the centre clearances and flew fast into the forward fifty for the first goal. It was the first of a flurry of goals that placed the Cannons comfortably in front at the quarter time break.
The Swans were somewhat startled but started the second strongly and steadied the ship. The scoring slowed but the committed Cannons continued clinically and were comfortably in control at half time. In the third term the tempo tempered and the Cannons closed out the contest.
The fourth was a formality so Coach Paul decided to mix things up throwing Cruisey and Grechie into the mids. Bringing the bored back men up with Broadie meant we had a midfield of Matties causing mayhem in the middle. Woody went on to work hard in the ruck while Elliot eased effortlessly past opponents and excited everyone with a couple of entertaining goals on the run.
Again the mercurial Max was magical and Luka leapt and lunged at every ball. Husky’s hassle was a highlight and Lachie left opponents languishing. Kips kept kicking, Rameez ran riot and Stewy’s speed was stunning. Eathn’s exceptional effort evident until injury ended his night.
Whether with jaw like grip or just juggling, JB marked everything that came his way and Dallas darted, dodged and delivered in front of goal. Continually and consistently Coops controlled the clearances, Damo’s dominated with deliberate delivery around the ground and JA was just awesome judging a tight angle perfectly, for a great goal late in the game! Just reward for a polished performance.
Coach Paul was pleased with the performance but presented a poignant point. The focus from here forth will be on my favourite ever f word… Finals!
- Stephen Grech