The trip to Blighty always seems to bring a change in the weather and Strathmerton was treated to a howling seven-goal breeze from the southern end of the ground in the first term.
Donning the fluorescent tennis ball helmet, Brandon Duckworth was destined to be in the best players. However, it must have been fitted with a leather magnet implant as he appeared to have his own football in a best on ground display.
Theo Thomas continued his fantastic start to the season with another great game in the ruck, with Brock Palmer also solid all day, while the three Big Ms — O’Kane, Shannon and Laidlaw — produced stellar games and held things together, particularly in the tense final quarter.
The wind caused havoc to goal accuracy, so Zac Betson’s two majors were crucial.
With neither team able to take full advantage of the breeze, a very relieved coach praised his players’ efforts in coming from 18 points down at three-quarter-time to hold Blighty goalless in the final term for a nailbiting two-point win.
Strathmerton’s reserves fielded a stronger team this week, with a few returning from injury and a couple dropping back from the senior side.
Kicking with the wind, Mick Keane marked strongly and converted to put the Dogs in front at quarter-time.
The backline, bolstered by the inclusions of Luke Collyer and Zac Griffiths, fought hard, with Blighty taking better advantage of the strengthening gale.
John Russo and Josh Beer continue to impress in their first year at the club, with Marcus Smith showing good patches of form.
Strathmerton went down by five goals, but there are promising signs with more players returning in the coming weeks.
A strong wind dominated the play all day, with the north end of Blighty’s ground the scoring end. This meant the forwards and backs all had a good workout.
It was a standout performance by Dylan Craven, with magnificent support by all his teammates.
There were strong showings by many, with special mention to Trent Collyer, who stood up when things got tough.
Looking forward to next week. Bring it on!
Awards: D. Craven, S. Lewis, B. Hall, L. King, H. Wyatt.
The young Strathmerton side made its way up to Blighty to some very windy and cold conditions.
The boys won the coin toss and kicked with the wind. Cody Harris was up forward for the day and the boys had a goal in no time.
Tyler Stephens worked well, using his silky skills all over the ground.
Unfortunately there was no win this week, but it was great to see the boys out there enjoying themselves.
Goals: Cody Harris and Josh Payne.
Awards: Tyler Stephens — Strathy Café; Josh Payne — Subway; Ryan Wyatt — ladies committee; Connor Ciccone — Macca’s $5; Codey Edgar — coach’s award.