Highflying and even hungrier for success in 2018 are the Zookeepers. Poised to take the finals by the scruff of the neck by storming home in the last half this season and Saturday just gone against Chadstone was no exception.
Down the Monash, whilst the rest of the club headed north for the day our Zooies taught Chaddy a thing or two about what it means to be in the hunt for a flag. The first quarter was hard to separate the teams on the scoreboard, despite Uni knowing they had more in the tank to run out the game albeit early days. As sure as a broken apple watch (Chris Marchio can sell you one) tells the time twice a day, the veteran brigade in Diff (3), Collo (2), Squirta (2) and Robbie Sloan (2) could bring the heat on the scoreboard to propel the Thirds into their second consecutive finals appearance!
Dez, the peoples beard “Cheese”, (that’s a) Paganin of the Luke variety and Bae-watch Smith were tireless in their efforts and did most of the grunt work allowing Uni to take a comfy 8 goal victory into the finals this week!
The Tommy Two Medals Woodlock Scoreboard:
Up to Parade College, a ground of where the club has had limited success in previous ventures (up until Saturday) both the 1’s and 2’s traveled. The Reserves, another of Uni High’s fancied teams to go far in the finals kicked off proceedings for the club in Bundoora against an Old Parade outfit coming off a spirited win against fellow flag-contender Whitefriars.
In blustery conditions not much separated the teams at the half where inaccuracy was costing Uni a larger buffer at the main break only leading by 2 points. Sam “Keith” Nielsen was formidable down back keeping the defence in check whilst the game was still being contested hotly, Specky was making good coverage and reading the play well also from CHB.
After the half, the boys seemed to click into another gear and through the run of James “JimJam” Gilfillan and tough inside work of Reis “Bull of Brens – Roadshow edition” Uni were kicking away from the Raiders to carry out a 6 goal victory at the final siren.
The James Healey Kensington Good Karma Network Scoreboard:
Old Parade 4.8.32
At 2pm the VAFA D2 match of the round took place, with the high flying vultures wanting to make amends for last times loss against the flag favourites in Old Parade. Sitting equal on points and a percentage of 20% separating the two at the start of the day, the spectators were in for a good honest game of footy!
The first half showed everything that a top of the ladder clash would have in that it was hotly contested and pressure was intense from both sides, leaving Uni with a 7 point lead at the main break thanks to a classy into the breeze goal from Tommy Waters.
The second half started on fire with Jack Higgins and Ezza doing a bit, maybe a bit and a half in the middle with first use from Fraser making the Parade defenders worry when the ball came into the 50 with the likes of Bish (3) and Azza (3) capitalising on the scoreboard. As the game grew on, Uni’s dominance continued against the Raiders leaving UHS outright on top of the ladder by the final siren, ready for a big finals series ahead!
The Tony Boyce IGA Carpark Scoreboard:
Old Parade 5.5.35
This week brings finals fever for the Thirds who will host Hampton Rovers at Brens on Saturday morning where two club champions in Fruity and Tommy Woodlock will play their 250th and 200th games! We would like to invite all of the UHSVU and more to support and help out our thirds and give these two great clubmen a day to remember!
The Reserves and Seniors are on the road again where they travel to Eltham at 11:40 & 14:00 as per the usual fixture!
For our UHSW fans tomorrow night is the VAFA league vote count, so stay tuned to see who polls!
The 18th of August brings about the Reverse Raffle and Off-Field Awards Night! See the facebook event or chat to your friendly neighbourhood Brenton Cross for more details!