Gordon continued its march towards September glory with an impressive display against Newlyn at Creswick this afternoon.
In front of a record crowd the Eagles led from start to finish to run out 52 point winners and advance to a Preliminary final showdown against Buninyong next Saturday. The margin of 52 points may look comfortable but the contest was anything but.
Kicking to the northern end which was added by an inconsistent wind the Eagles withstood Newlyn’s early enthusiasm two kick four goals to the Ctas two. James Maher playing the perfect small forwards role kicked two, one each to Sutcliffe and Michael Nolan. Scores: Gordon 4.2 – 26 Newlyn 1.3 – 9.
The swirling draft seemed to strengthen at the first break and Coach Watt made his team well aware of the challenge of moving the football into the wind. What followed was a clowder of Cats continually, under pressure, driving the football into their forward fifty. The Eagle defensive group, including their onballers and at times forwards pressing down the ground, gradually worked the ball towards their 50 but scoring was very difficult. Both teams added only one goal each until very late in the quarter. After a Gordon missed opportunity the Newlyn fullback decided to kick short to a teammate approximately twenty meters from the kickoff line. Manning the kickout for Gordon was speed machine Micheal Nolan. As the ball sailed over his head and towards the intended Newlyn player Micky speed off after the ball. As the Cat was about to wrap his hands around the incoming football Micky courageously flung his body upwards and hooked one arm around the ball. As the siren sounded the fearless Nolan kicked his second goal sending his team into the long break with a handy 27 point lead. Supporters of both teams applauded Mighty Micks effort and his team mates grew in confidence and belief. Scores: Gordon 6.7 – 43 Newlyn 2.4 – 16.
The conflict continued throughout the entire second half with both sides exerting everything they processed as time ticked away. The Eagles when clear moved the ball with skill and purpose and their pressure was disciplined and consistent. Through all the struggles the half belonged to Eagle Adam Toohey. The tall skilled forward kicked six stunning goals, four from the boundary in a masterful display that puffed out any chance of a Cat recovery. To the Cat’s credit they tried everything to claw their way back into the contest but the controlled Eagles never allowed their opponents time to effectively use the football. Tempers flared but the dominate Eagles stood firm to the very end. In the crushing victory all players influenced the result in a manner that has all Eagle supporters smiling and dreaming for better feats. Coach Watt has always asked for, and now receives, Attitude & Effort. His group has added consistency.
July – Big Boy month. Tick.
August – Bigger Boy month. Tick (with a small hiccup).
September- Biggest Boy month. – Standby!
We now play Buninyong next Sunday at Learmonth for the privilege to contest another Grand Final. Buninyong are the best performed side in the CHFL this season. They have kicked the highest amount of points throughout the year whilst at the same time been the best defensive team.
The Gordon Eagles have created exciting momentum and are growing on a weekly basis. This coming Preliminary Final will surely be an epic match and one well worth watching. Hoping you can join the ‘convocation’ and cheer us towards another Grand Final