Airport West 4.2-26 def Pascoe Vale 2.2-14
There’s nothing better than waking up on a Sunday morning during footy season; the sun’s shining, there’s not a cloud in the sky, hardly a breeze to mention, and there’s a top of the table clash to get to! And what a game it was – it was clear during the warm up that the boys were fired up and ready to play. And play they did, out scoring the Panthers 4.2 26 to 2.1 13.
Ryan Martin and Luke Scicchitano were captains for the day and they lead with distinction. Ryan’s poise under fire is great to watch; like a quality Sabco Ryan kept mopping the ball up across half-back and delivering it to his teammates. Luke’s tackling prowess made it extremely hard for Pascoe Vale to get their running game happening; conversely it was his speed and ability to negotiate the packs that set up many forward entries.
On the day we had two boys reach 50 games – Zak Doyle and Josh Pardo. 50 games is a great achievement and both boys were solid contributors to our victory. Get down to the ground next week and support them as they run through the banner on home turf.
The first quarter was tight and although the Sherrin spent most of its time in our forward half thanks to a constant barrage of forward entries by Luke, Flynn Gentile and Marcus Kanavas, however Pascoe Vale’s defence held up strongly and we only scored one behind.
In the second Thomas Borg got the scoreboard ticking over with a perfect kick on the run, splitting the middle of the goals. When Pascoe Vale attempted to counter, Isaac Cullen was there at centre half back, getting up high then bringing down a strong mark (although his shorts didn’t follow – they just stayed up). Isaac really imposed himself on the contest, getting right into the middle of packs, winning the ball off the ground and getting it out to teammates in ‘Daniel Harris’ fashion. He was hard to stop; even a bee sting in the three quarter time huddle (yes, you read that right) didn’t prevent him from continuing his solid ruck work in the last.
Ty Macumber had the ball on a string. In the second quarter when in defence Pascoe Vale just couldn’t get it past Ty. His pack mark that quarter was one to behold and again proves the importance of playing in front.
Jasper Young provided a tall target up forward and created himself plenty of opportunities by playing well to position. Peter Taxidis was fierce when the ball came his way, and was a major contributor in keeping the ball locked in our forward line.
In the third quarter Max Guarnaccia took a terrific mark at full forward his shot at goal landed right on the line, where Tommy Macumber scooped on it and kicked his first of two for the quarter. Tommy’s clever and opportunistic goals really tipped the game in our favour.
One of the plays of the day for me didn’t even involve the footy – it was Marcus ‘astronaut’ Kanavas running 70 metres across the ground to cover a hole when Pascoe Vale were on the run – that’s just smart footy and with hard running like that it’s clear to see why he’s always in space.
Of course, another week, another goal from Carlos Intrepido. Carlos is becoming our ‘not so secret’ weapon up forward; he knows exactly where the big sticks are.
Every boy on the day contributed something and it’s the collective efforts of all that led to a great victory, in what I think was the best game we’ve played all year. Next week – Marby Park who, like Pascoe Vale, look to be serious contenders. We look forward to the Challenge. Go Eagles!