Round 8 Match Report and Photos

Posted on Jun 04, 2017



The Heeney wagons headed for Kanebridge Oval to play the Kellyville Rouse Hill Magpies on Sunday on a perfect morning for football. Playing into the breeze Joe Birtles was tasked with marshalling the defence and did a great job. The first quarter was an even contest with some solid work from Rhyd Von Thien in defence pushing the ball forward and we were rewarded with contrasting goals, a short range effort from Xavier and a major from distance from Lachlan. The magpies hit back with two goals of their own, so we led at the first change thanks to some behinds, a score we have grown to accept as a group! The second quarter saw the saints keep the ball in the forward half but while we got a goal from Angus, our work was not reflected on the scoreboard. At half time we led by 8, 22 to 14. As in our first meeting with the Magpies the third quarter was our moving quarter with 3 great goals, two of them to Nick who spent most of the day at full forward and a third to Angus. Despite playing into the wind the boys played intelligently and used the mark to keep the ball moving forward. In the last quarter Ben took the chance to move some players around the board and Kai Schreiber-Pitters took his chance up in the forward line, kicking a great goal. Overall it was a solid performance with players taking their chances in new roles to supplement their previous positions. On the day special mention went to Lachlan who constantly looked for ball in the midfield, Rhys who read the game intelligently especially into the breeze and best on ground Nick Audet who led from the front. A great result for the road trip.


The St Ives U11 Reid team made the long and arduous journey to the Northern beaches to take on the Manly Bombers on Sunday.


The 1st quarter saw a strong start with an even contest between the 2 sides.  However, as the quarter went on, the stronger Manly team started to pull away.  At quarter time players were shifted back to stem the Manly attack and again in the start of the quarter, the St Ives goals were well defended.  Similar to the 1st quarter, as the players tired, the formidable Many team took control of the game, further extending their lead,


The St Ives team continued to put their bodies on the line.  Charlotte Watton took a heavy knock and limped off the field.  Rory Elliot (who overcame a flat tyre to come to the game) was strong in the tackle and put on several good hits on the Manly players.  Both Maria and Sarah Grant showed tremendous spirit chasing down the attackers and their effort was only matched by their dad who had to be the goal umpire this week.


The kids were always up against it facing a superior skilled squad but the commitment and effort did not waiver throughout the match.  For the final quarter, the coach asked for effort and commitment to win the final session.  The team responded with Will Kay and a strapped up Charlotte Watton both marking strongly and kicking a goal each.


Most improved award went to Max MacDougall who backed up from the previous week’s strong performance and was extremely strong in defence against a swarming attack.  Best on Ground went to Rory Shearer who never gave up in the midfield, contesting and chasing down every loose ball.

The boys were still on a high from last week’s game against Pennant Hills. So we spoke about how we would need to control the ball to be competitive against Lane Cove.

Q1 we were on the back foot early with a few goals down, the boys seemed to take a while to adjust to the pace, but the mids started to win and control possession which started to turn the first quarter around. We were only down by 5 at the first break.

Q2 the boys started extremely well, with great defence and constant pressure. The game started to open up and we were able to advance and score multiple goals to take the lead at the main break.

Q3 - with the great effort in the second quarter, we went out expecting the same, but the size and speed from Lane Cove started to take control of the game and they very quickly had 5 goals on us.

Q4 the boys were exhausted. With only 14 players and no subs, it started to show. Lane Cove pulled away to run out 80 to 45 victors. The blow out in score did not reflect how tight the game was.

It was a great effort by all the boys!

Notable players

Kia Therkelsen  -  best on ground

Jack Broadbent
Saxon Bayne
Josh Riddle
Ollie Webber
Jack Reatti
Josh Riddle


Div 3

A massive performance by Div 3 and the only regret the boys would have had was not being on the sideline watching themselves play. The Saints had an empty bench, a breeze in their face and sun on their backs in the first quarter but when the siren sounded they had three goals to Dockers’ two behinds. The Saints were up on the scoreboard but down on players when Toby copped a nasty bit of leg on leg action taking them down to 17 on the park. The Dockers showed great sportsmanship by dropping a player off their side to keep the match ups even.

The second quarter with the breeze at their back the boys delivered what was described as “solid forward pressure”. The Saints dominated the ruck, the possessions, the marks, the tackles and the scoreboard. Hand passing and kicking with the dexterous flow of Mick Fanning on a shark-free wave at Bells and two on one tackling more often than not. To give two examples of Saints work in the quarter: after kicking a goal Ronan was back in the centre square laying on tackle after tackle crushing any opportunity for the Docker’s to have a quick reply and Sam showed some brilliant light-footedness running angles through Dockers before hand passing or booting the ball downfield leaving opposition looking like statues. (AJ’s falcon was another highlight.) The quarter ended with a five goal bag for the Saints. The backs had the quarter to cool off in the shade with only a brief moment of action that ended with a minor score for the Dockers. 

Footy, as they say, is a game of four quarters but for the Saints it was a game of two halves. In the third quarter the Dockers turned their game around to show why they are second on the table. Some fancy ball movement and foot speed gave the Dockers 2 goals and 3 behinds. Despite Felix’s massive kicks out the back the Saints didn’t trouble the scoreboard with donuts in both columns for the quarter.

Fourth quarter started more like the first. Saints came out hard and showed some of the grunt and niggle they had put away in the 3rd. While Park was denied on the goal line, Shapiro demonstrated some goal-sneak of the highest order to bag his second. The Dockers grabbed a goal and behind in the final term and the Saints two and two. It was the tightest quarter of the game and the boys showed enormous staying power for a fine win.  BOG went to Felix and Dylan.


Div 1

Saints started well leading at half time by about 4 goals after keeping the Magpies to only 3 behinds in the first two quarters.

After a third quarter where the Magpies got going the Saints only held a 2point advantage heading into the last quarter.

The Saints could not get their game going in the last quarter to reverse the momentum of the opposition.

The Magpies ran out winners by 11 points.
Harrison Clubb, Edan Sutherland and Luke Giacometti put in strong individual performances.


Div 1
Once again St Ives came out at the first bounce at a snail's pace and played catch up for the rest of the match. Whilst St Ives were never that far behind on the scoreboard, they could not match the opposition's running game and could not find any space once we had the ball. The boys tried hard but could not carry out the wishes of the coach. The last quarter was once again our best for the match but again too little too late.  St Ives 6.4.40   East Coast Eagles 11.8.74
Div 3
The opposition, Moore Park / Newtown, must have a smaller squad than us as they could not field a team and so forfeited the match.

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