Week 1 Finals (Thirds) and Round 17 (Seniors/Reserves)
Thanking for their support to UHSVU this year:
The mighty Zookeepers were out to win their first finals appearance in UHSVU history against a determined Hampton outfit with plenty to play for as well.
Celebrating a 250th and 200th in Fruity and Tommy offset Hampton’s 300 milestone gamer by 150 games, so it was only natural that the boys got the job done and did it the only way Fruity knows how, with a fracas.
The crowd poured in for the morning action at Brens, amongst them were club legends, families, senior players, women’s players and friends all of whom were cheering on the Uni High Thirds home to victory!
The game started with Hampton shooting out the blocks hard and fast dobbing the first two majors of the game in the blink of an eye, before Uni could consolidate to peg the margin back to 4 points at the first break. After 1/4 time the Zooies began to gain momentum around the contest through the likes of Dez and the very able Grappa dominating the ruck, throw in a hint of Brenton Cross tackling prowess and the formula looked good for a UHS victory from half time.
Tommy and Fruity were admirable in their milestone games, playing how they have done so from the first time they pulled on the green and tan.
But of course to win the game and put the thirds through to next week’s preliminary final we needed some stellar goal kicking from the likes of Collo (3), Sinny (2) and Rayan (2) to pave the way for a memorable UHSVU victory.
The Michael Blandthorn 2018 Coogee Bay Scoreboard:
Whilst the Thirds were finishing some business down at Brens the Reserves went up to get some fresh country air out the back of Research to play against a lowly Eltham Turtles yet to notch a win in the reserves for the year.
From the word go, the Two’s were in total control of the game and never looked like being flustered nor breaking a sweat on a very lush, green (and organic) park. Halftime the score was a healthy 12.12 to 0.0 thanks to plenty of action from Jean Paul, Barnesy and the Beek (1).
In the second half, the boys got out of first gear and went to sixth piling on a mammoth 21.10 to Eltham’s naught through Clay (sources say he apologised to the opposition for being BOG and kicking 6), Charlie (6), Wal (6), Specky (5) and Sam McSweeney (4). In a grand percentage booster for the reserves, they now only sit 2% behind Whitefriars going into the final round with a chance of snaring the minor premiership.
The Jake Bromley Victoria Bitter Scoreboard:
After the boys got over the kangaroo poo on the deck and got into the footy, the senior team had no problems dealing with Eltham at 2pm. The first quarter showed a contest with Eltham hitting the scoreboard early and kicking 2 majors to UHS’ 4 prior to quarter time.
From then on in it was the Tom Water’s show, baulking, flying, putting his feet up for a cuppa, snagging goals from the 50 and giving the other 41 players on the ground a display of football which was delightful viewing. The man finished with 8 goals for the day along with 7 for Brandon Jackson giving the opposition backline enough of a headache to stop playing on them for the rest of the game. James Dimatinna (2) and Aaron Christiansen (4) were their consistent-selves, getting amongst the goals and setting up play from up on the wing right down to the goal square.
A hapless day for the Turtles as UHS ran riot on their home deck, but would like to thank them for good hospitality afterward and great spirit in which they played the game.
The Ben Anderson Coles Mini’s Scoreboard:
This round coming is the final home and away game for the year with the Seniors and Reserves taking on old rivals Powerhouse from 11:40 and 14:00 at Brens.
Whilst just across town the highflying Zookeepers take on Kew in the Thirds Preliminary Final for a shot at a first ever Grand Final appearance for the UHS Thirds (formerly Club XVIII).
10:15 – J.J.Higgins Reserve, Victoria Park, High Street – Kew
Perfect day to go and support the Thirds then over to Brens for the later games, making it a full day of UHS fun topping it off with the ESREVER Raffle in the clubrooms that evening