Goannas 125 def Powers 82
Q1 6.0 v 5.4
Q2 10.3 v 6.8
Q3 16.4 v 7.13
Q4 18.7 v 11.16
by Ronnie Mitchell
The Goannas ventured out to the green country side of Saitama prefecture for a big day of Sunday football which featured a JAFL double header. The Goannas played the later game after the leopards and Magpies played an excellent curtain raiser.
A few no-shows did not upset the balance of the Goannas side too much but the Goannas went into this game without a premier ruckman and it showed with the Powers winning the first few clearances to get the opening goals. After 5 minutes the Goannas settled and came back with goals to Sullivan, Mitchell and McGrath. Liddell played a great 1stqtr setting up many scoring opportunities for the forwards as he read the play well and released several handballs to the goannas forwards. The first quarter was a shoot out with 11 goals piled on and only accurate kicking by the Goannas (6 zip) had them in front by 2 points at qtr time and the boys in red and white clearly had some work to do.
The second qtr was a much better effort with Cumming moved down back and Wilson and Rowe playing off half back. Rowe started well and took 2 superb pack marks which no doubt will feature in the “mark of the year award” at the Goannas presentation night later this year. In one effort Rowe, while running back with the flight of the ball, leapt sideways onto the shoulder of his opponent to take a splendid grab. Hill made some excellent contributions off the wing and gained confidence after a superb chase down tackle earning him a free and setting up a goal. Goannas by 3 goals at the long break.
The Goannas needed a big 3rdqtr and they delivered with a solid 6 goal effort. Rowe was a stand out in his first game as captain with 2 brilliant running goals out of the centre within a few minutes and then followed up with a lace out “daisy cutter” to Mitchell who goaled from 35 m out. Sullivan pinch hitting in the ruck was very effective and McGrath, playing his best game in recent memory dominated with marks everywhere and plenty of goals, finishing with 5. Woods did some crash and bash work down back and was unlucky to miss a few shots on goal himself but did display some impressive head locks. White who worked tirelessly in the ruck and down forward also put in his best game for the Goannas.
The Goannas clearly eased (or tired) in the last qtr as the Powers slammed on 4 unanswered goals with Ogilvy busting his gut in defence and playing a solid game on the Powers dangerous key forward in Yamaguchi. Cole also enjoyed his run on the wing and was part of many contested balls and often released the ball forward through strength and solid handballing. New boy Lee impressed in his 2ndappearance for the Goannas with some solid tackling and aggressive ground work. He also narrowly missed a difficult set shot which would have given him 2 goals for the day. Bayne, who was playing his first game for the year, after umpiring the opening match, was part of a sensational passage which saw Ogilvy clear the ball to Wilson on the wing who then transferred it to Bayne at half forward, who in turn chipped it the running Rowe who went on to slam through his third for the game to the cheers of the supporters. In the end a solid but hard earned win to the Goannas who go into next weeks’ annual Aussie Embassy Ball full of confidence……
Special thanks to Annmaree and Appsy for their game day contributions.