COLBINABBIN thirds put forward another gutsy effort away against a strong Mount Pleasant outfit on Saturday.
Though the scoreboard didn’t reflect it, the Hoppers controlled a lot of the play, particularly in the first half, eventually going down 5.1 (31) to 16.9 (105).
There were some excellent build ups, executing their skills and taking the game on through the middle of the ground just as they had at trainings and their tackling pressure and attack on the football was also the best this year.
Wade Brown played another outstanding game in defence, taking some brilliant intercept marks and using the footy well to set up forward drives, Charlie Ryan’s phenomenal form continued as he was untouchable through the middle of the ground and rarely made a bad decision with ball in hand, Will Brown was fantastic off a half back flank, consistently beating his opponent one on one and Tommy Coyle’s ruck work was sublime giving first use to the midfielders and his follow up work at ground level was unbelievable.
Other better players were Hugh Hamilton who was challenged with a role shift to full back and Oliver Rathjen who worked tirelessly in the ruck and up forward.
The undermanned reserves, for the third week in a row, continued to get the job done at the weekend, accounting for the Blues by 102 points, 20.9 (129) to 3.9 (27).
The Hoppers raced out of the blocks in the opening term, piling on 6.3 to 0.2 to take a commanding 35-point quarter time lead.
Mounts stepped up their intensity in the second quarter, scrapping hard and steering the Hoppers away from the quick, open style they had played in the first 20 minutes.
From there though, the boys re-established control and really put the foot down until the final siren, booting 11.7 to Mounts 1.6 in the second half to seal a comprehensive victory.
Ricky Welch dominated up forward early in the game, kicking five goals before moving up the ground to control the centre clearances, Darcy Taylor continued to do his thing, bringing his own Sherrin for the third week in a row, Stephen Tuohey set the game up for the Hoppers with three first quarter goals from the midfield and Nick Hayes was superb in defence, shutting down his man while running off to create forward entries.
Rounding out the better players were Ian Fuller and Will Brown who, after playing four quarters in the under 17s, didn’t take a backwards step all day.
The seniors were also ruthless in their victory, not relenting until the final siren as they demolished Mount Pleasant to the tune of 132 points.
A seven goal first term set the tone for the Hoppers, as their pressure around the contest and ability to work and create separation from their opponents made for simple and frequent inside 50s.
The second term was much of the same as the boys added 4.4 to Mounts 1.1 to take a 56-point lead into the main break.
Colbo were able to keep Mounts scoreless in the third, while up the other end the carnage continued as the Hoppers banged home 6.3 to increase their lead to 80 points at three quarter time.
The final quarter was Colbo’s most productive on the scoreboard, kicking 8.5 to put the icing on a rare four quarter performance for the win, 25.17 (167) to 5.5 (35).
Big Jarvis Cocker-Carmody sent chills through the spines of Heathcote and District Football League defenders, clunking everything that came his way and bagging seven majors in another best on ground display.
Natt Nixon was magnificent all day, doing as he pleased through the middle of the ground, Ryan Hon’s tackling pressure was ferocious and his field kicking elite during a stint in the middle, he also snuck forward to kick five goals and Mitch McEvoy’s wonderful season continued, dominating the hit outs, taking some fantastic contested marks and slotting two goals.
Other better players were Nick Knight who kicked four and had a heap as well as Sam Vale who dominated the clearances throughout the day.