Round 10- June 16
Old Paradians: 2.1-13 3.2- 20 3.2- 20 5.4- 34
Kew: 4.0- 24 7.1- 43 9.8- 62 12.10- 82
Best: C. Watts, M. Goessler, Z. Reyer, B. Burrowes, M. Minack, J. Ramsay
Goal Kickers: C. Watts 4, J. Collie 2, J. Mould 2, M. Goessler 2, S. Coles, S. Turnbull
The Mighty Brutal Kew Bears 3rds team travelled to Bundoora in what was tipped to be a cold miserable rainy and Wizard of Oz winds like Saturday morning. Thankfully it turned out to be quite a pleasant morning with only a decent cold wind forcing play down the southern end of the ground. Captain Facciolo won the toss and kicked with the wind in the first quarter much to our excitement… or more accurately over excitement as we butchered opportunities early with the strong breeze kicking over our forwards heads. We eased down a bit towards the end of the 1st quarter kicking 3 goals quite quickly in the last 6 or 7 minutes of play. Our second quarter was prominent outscoring OP into the wind in what was a tough fight for our backline. 3rd quarter was disappointing from a forward’s perspective kicking 2.7 but our defensive effort kept OP scoreless which has been a consistent force in our 2018 campaign. Last quarter we boomed home with a dominant 3 goals into the gale to secure the win as Old Paradians had basically sadly given up.
Zak Reyer’s use of the torpedo was prominent ending up with a couple of chaos ball goals from deep on the wing. Zak was also very composed along the backline playing the quarterback role loose in the opposition forward line. Chad Watts commented he was still blowing out the cobwebs after a solid week and a half on the turps up in sunny Queensland. This led to a dominant second half with Chad booting 3 goals and terrorising the Old Paradians defence. Brayden Burrows and Matt Goessler dominated the midfield with a torturous display taking apart their opponents, Brayden again taking on the man and lowering the eyes coming into the forward line. Jon Mould was industrious throughout the midfield and took on the hapless Old Paradians midfielders who after getting crunched by his hard tackles and bumps decided it was a better idea to just sit on the bench.
Jonno Ramsay played yet another cracker of a game tackling and chasing hard and giving OP a serious headache through the centre-half forward line. Max Minack again dominant in the ruck giving us first use at every contest.
Huge win for us which puts us up to 2nd on the table and a huge game against 3rd placed UHS-VU this Saturday at Home which could further cement our finals run with 6 games to go.
Round 11- June 23
Kew: 2.2-14 2.7- 19 2.8- 20 6.11- 47
UHS VU: 3.2- 20 6.5- 41 8.7- 55 10.10- 70
Best: S. Turnbull, J. Mould, J. Collie, C. Watts, Z. Reyner, N. Barbaro
Goal Kickers: C. Watts 3, J. Collie 3
The mighty Kew Bears 3rds took on a fired up UHS Vic Uni team at home on a damp but reasonably comfortable Saturday morning. UHS VU took advantage of a somewhat undermanned Kew team with a reported 11 changes from the week earlier which left us on the back foot. Nonetheless the Kew boys took it right up to the opposition at every opportunity, tackling hard and beating their opponents at the stoppages. A few skill errors and couple of dangerous kicks across goal were the difference in the end with UHS taking the ball up coast to coast on a number of opportunities to goal against the flow of play. In the end it was UHS running out 23-point winners with the final siren leaving a bitter taste in the mouth with a no doubt huge potential finals rematch in order later in the year.
Zak Reyer was dominant down back cutting off most attacks into the UHS forward line with his now trademark Kobe Bryant style one handed holding of the ball whilst strutting around the back flanks. Chad Watts cleaned up his boots after a couple of wayward shots on goal in the first half to dob a couple of self-confessed junk time goals towards the end of the game which helped to keep the percentage up. Nic Barbaro was very busy around the ground hitting every contest hard and sticking some great overhead marks in pivotal moments setting up a couple of golden opportunities. Jon Mould was damaging through the midfield and played a cracker of a game as he wrecking balled his way through the midfield. “Scuba” Steve “Malcolm” Turnbull played the game of the year with a dominant display around half back sweeping up many loose balls and regularly and efficiently clearing our defensive 50. Jack Cullinan played a cracker of a game in the back half stopping his opponent at all opportunities and an amazing effort considering he hasn’t played much footy before.
This week, we regroup and have a red-hot crack at Hampton Rovers
Round 12- June 30
Hampton: 2.0- 12 4.4- 28 6.8- 34 8.10- 58
Kew: 1.2- 8 1.6- 12 3.6- 24 5.7- 37
Best: J. Ramsay, H. Moodie, Z. Flynn, N. Barbaro, R. Shute, S. Turnbull
Goal Kickers: J. Collie (3), J. Ramsay (2)
A pumped-up Kew Bears team travelled out to a cold chilly Hampton to battle their Rovers on what turned out to be a tight tussle in the wet conditions. The first quarter was akin to footy at Wet ‘n’ Wild world as rain turned the footy into a large red ball of soap. John Ramsay battled hard in the wet and put through our first major midway through the first quarter.
Some hard fought footy through the second quarter still couldn’t get results on the scoreboard with many forward movements stopped in our half forward line as Hampton kicked away. A more even 3rd quarter was welcomed by some fantastic running by Nick Barbaro who set up a couple of goals to keep the tempo going. Nick’s efforts in and under the packs was fantastic often beating 2 or 3 opponents on the deck to give Kew the advantage. Steve Turnbull was silky smooth all game giving the opposition hell on the half back line, breaking through the packs and delivering the ball with poise. The 4th quarter started well with Kew kicking the first 2 goals by way of Collie who managed to stick hands on the footy. That was about where the fun ended with Hampton finishing strongly over the top to go home winners. Sanjeet “Sunny” Ajgaonkar felt the full brunt of a head clash whilst taking a fantastic mark which had Sunny leaving the ground in the last quarter with a nasty concussion. Regan Shute was busy as always along the wings hammering through the packs and opening opportunity up and down the ground. Big Shout out to Zak Reyer who I hear is out for the season with a busted Shoulder. All the best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Time for a week off and then regroup for the big run towards finals!