Round 6 was beyondblue round and Uni High showed their support for those with mental health conditions by wearing blue tape on their right wrist and a small fundraiser through the raffle on Thursday night at dinner. This is a cause of which our club is committed to for all folk within our community. For more information regarding the organisation and how to get involved please go to www.beyondblue.org.au
Chadstone made the treck to Brens oval to face an in-form UHSVU thirds. Losing the toss and going against the wind UHSVU were ready to mount a strong defence, this was not to be the case. UHSVU came out firing and kicked 4 goals to 0 in the first quarter with “Goodboy” Kusch flying through the packs like a gazel. The second quarter UHSVU did not make the most of the wind as both teams only scored one point each. Chadstone came out after half time with intent as they pulled the lead back to 10 points. It was all UHSVU in the last quarter as Sinny “The Chook” and Crossy couldn’t miss with 5 goals between them.
Chadstone AFC 5.6.36
Whitefriars made their way down to Brens oval for a battle of two big heavyweights in the reserves competition. UHSVU coming off their first loss in 24 games were keen to make amends. Dom Goulding and Fraser Allen were extremely dangerous down forward putting UHSVU up by two goals in the first quarter. Against the wind in the second UHS managed to keep their lead with Seen Rathjeen and JLo running rings around the Whitefriars forwards. The margin stayed the same as UHS couldn’t make full use of the wind in the third quarter. Up by two goals almost all day, UHS let in two early and the scores were locked at 47 a piece with 10 minutes to go. Holding strong against the wind in the last UHS made sure we held on to the draw and a handy two points that could have easily gone the other way.
An undefeated Whitefriars were looking to make it 6 on the trot as they faced the Boys from Brens for the first time in almost 30 years. Whitefriars chose to go with the wind in the first but UHS stood strong. Project Runway star Luke Bell blasted out of the blocks with the ball on a string, picking up possession after possession to keep UHS within striking distance at quarter time. Down by 7 UHS lapsed in the first half of the second quarter and allowed Whitefriars to push their lead out to 22 points. But it was all UHS from half time onward as Gerard Sharrock decided enough was enough and took the game by the scruff of the neck grinding the game back to 2 points going into the last. Gerrard Hawkins (The Quiet Man) made it his time to shine in the last snagging a huge goal from outside 50 to put UHS two goals up with not long to go. A huge win for UHS against an undefeated team in division two as things are starting to look promising for UHSVU for 2018.
UHSW ventured to Lindsay Hassett Oval in Albert Park seeking victory in blustery conditions against South Melbourne Districts. Scoring goals was difficult with only 5 goals between the two sides for the day showing how congested the game was played out. Souths played a clever brand of football which allowed them to set up well for any Uni rebounds from the backline. At half time only 1 goal was the margin in the favour of South Melbourne, Roisin McSweeney with the only goal for Uni High.
In the second half, Souths were able to break away and kick a few more goals which would eventually determine the final result. Lily Davis with her footy card worthy kicking action (available in tomorrow’s Herald Sun) as well as Ella Keogh and Ali Boyce doing the jumper proud with their intensity and pressure around the contest were some highlights despite the end result. Our girls played the game in great spirit and another win is not far away!
South Melbourne 4.7.31
Next week all Uni teams are playing away, stay tuned for round 7 match details later in the week!