THE thirds game was called off midway through the second quarter due to an unfortunate injury to Jimmy McTaggart.
Fortunately Jimmy has recovered well and the Colbinabbin Football Club thanks the trainers, spectators, ambulance staff and everyone who played a role in ensuring Jimmy was given the best treatment on Saturday.
Reserves: The reserves were phenomenal in their top-of-the-table clash, knocking off the undefeated White Hills in blustery conditions at the MJ Morgan Reserve.
After a slow first term in which players struggled to adapt to the strong northerly breeze, the Hoppers found themselves 15 points behind the reigning premiers.
Kicking with the breeze in the second term Colbo was able to kick 3.0 and keep the Demons scoreless to gain a three-point half-time lead.
The intensity and pressure lifted in the third term as either side refused to give an inch, though it was all White Hills who were able to hit the scoreboard and take a two-point lead into three quarter time. The final term was a nail biter but Colbo came home strong with the wind kicking 1.2 to the Demons 0.1 to run out five-point winners. Damien O’Brien was superb off the half back flank, providing plenty of dash and creativity as well as the match-winning goal from outside the arc. The evergreen Luke Hill was superb in his role as the sixth defender. Charlie Taylor is regaining his early season form, having a stack of ball through the middle of the ground. Geordie McMurtrie was at his silky best, carving up the Demons defence with his elite foot skills. Rounding out the better players were Dan Morgan who was rarely beaten in defence and Hugh Barlow who was a work horse in the midfield.
Seniors: The seniors showed tremendous resilience in a crucial victory that has sewn up third spot on the ladder, as well as the coveted double chance. In a fiercely contested first term, there was no separating the two teams on the scoreboard, both registering 1.2 at the opening break. White Hills managed to find some flow in the second quarter, adding 3.3 to the Hoppers 2.4 to take a five-point lead into half-time. The third term belonged to Colbo as it began to win the contested footy and spread hard in transition, kicking 4.3 to 3.0 to eclipse the Demons by four-points at three quarter time. The final term was a classic as the spectators definitely got their money’s worth, the lead changed three times as both sides were fighting tooth and nail for the ascendency. Crucial goals to Ryan Hon and Nick Knight, as well as contested marks deep in defence by Darcy Booth in the dying minutes were enough to see the Hoppers stretch the lead to five points and seal a memorable victory. Daniel Hill’s wonderful season continued, superb in defence. Josh Hamilton was courageous all day, winning a stack of contested footy through the middle of the ground. Nick Knight was inspirational up front, bagging four vital majors. David Price provided a cool head under pressure, making good decisions and executing his skills when in possession of the footy. Other better players were Nat Nixon in a new role up forward and midfield bull Jordy Wilson who was at his gritty best.