Gordon eventually shook off a youthful Bungaree in front of a large crowd Saturday afternoon. The reserves had another impressive victory confirming the clubs depth this season. Also some very exciting news is that the A Grade Netball team had a tremendous win against the established Bungaree netball institution. It’s been almost twenty years since the Eagles savoured success on the court against one of the leagues powerhouses. The gradual improvement of all the netball and football teams is a pleasing sign your Gordon FNC is a well managed, happy and welcoming place with a very bright future.
On a perfect day for football on a perfectly grassed oval the Eagles played anything but perfect football. The gathering of the ball was good, the disposal was dreadful. Repeated turnovers flagged that the Eagles were not going to have it all their way. At the same time these ugly skill errors provided the home side with a surge in belief that if they continued to harass the Eagles an unlikely victory could be theirs. Brendan Sutcliffe kicked a mammoth goal from outside fifty before the kicks and some decisions crumbled to an embarrassing display. Onballers Jordan Clampit and Ethan Crackel along with the other onballers were working hard and the backline led by Mark Gunnell was resistant. However the wastage of opportunities undermined what could have been a dominant first quarter. Scores: Gordon 3.3 -21 Bungaree 1.0-6
Hardened and classy goals to Brad Horsham and Zac Ryan finished off some mighty vigorous efforts during the second term but the home side won the quarter reducing the margin to just eight points. Forward Adam Toohey and defender Brad Hallam exchanged positions. The overall work rate was present but again set shot opportunities were missed, field kicking and hand balls dropped short and with each Gordon clanger, Bungaree drew closer. Scores at the long break: Gordon 5.5 – 35 Bungaree 4.3 – 27.
Midway through the third quarter Bungaree drew level with the floundering Eagles. Tye Murphy’s influence around stoppages began to lift the side. Sutcliffe and Ryan both kicked goals within a minute. Toohey and Hallam returned to their normal positions and almost immediately the Eagles looked refreshed. Toohey became unstoppable with three towering marks resulting in two long set goals. In the blink of an eye the Eagles had flown to a twenty point advantage. Scores Gordon 9.7 -61 Bungaree 7.8 – 50.
Similar to last week Gordon kept its best football for the last quarter. Four minutes in Sutcliffe kicked his fourth. Then his fifth goal dropped through thanks to a shepherd on the line from the rampaging Toohey. Tye Murphy continued to influence the contest. His all in one ‘tackle /pickpocket’ on an opponent then handball to Toohey encouraged his team mates to keep striving to the very end. Soon after the individual play of the day came from backman Scott Niperess. Gathering the loose ball ‘Nippers” carried, delivered, received, carried and perfectly delivered again to the chest of the charging Toohey who kicked truly for his fourth goal. Bungaree had no answer for Toohey who kicked his fifth major just before the final siren.
Final score: Gordon 14.7 – 91 Bungaree 7.8 – 50.
Co – Captains Mark Gunnell in defence and Adam Toohey with his five second half goals were both named in the best. Jordan Clampit and Ethan Crackel played four solid quarters.
You are encouraged to make your way up the highway to the Nest next Saturday as we take on old foe Springbank. The “Jimmy Toohey Shield” is always a great game played under finals like pressure and your support will be greatly appreciated. On top of it all, it’s a great chance to catch up with past team mates, friends —- and enemies.
Goal Kickers: C. Jackson 2, J. Walter, A. Browning, J. Butler, J. Dummett, S. Butler
Best Players: B. Veale, M. Geary, J. Murphy, A. Browning, C. Martin, C. Jackson
Goal Kickers: B. Sutcliffe 5, A. Toohey 5, Z. Ryan 2, E. Crackel, B. Horsham
Best Players: M. Gunnell, J. Clampit, A. Toohey, E. Crackel, S. Nippress, T. Murphy