As the clouds cleared, Portland turned on another perfect day. Whilst all around numbers were lower than usual, the footy standard was still as high as ever for 2 awesome games of footy.
The early game saw the Cascades and Loggers battling for their first win of the season. New recruit Dave Quinn kicked a quick 4 goals as the Cascades burst out of the blocks, but Coach Mooney of the Loggers stemmed the flow and with the help of some quality ball from Will Sandman, snagged 4 of his own to get his side within 4 points at the break.
The second half was as hotly contested as the first, with a similar tale to the first. Pete was everywhere for the Cascades and in the end his run and experience willed the blue side close, but it was the Loggers who had the run of the final minutes to get over the line. Shane and Brian, were solid performers for the Loggers in their first win, and Gaebe was ever present up forward for the defeated.
Loggers: Mooney 4, Blanden 3, Weinstock 2, Sandman, Begg 1
Cascades: Quinn 5, Mercurio, Gaebe 2, Worden, Borenstein 1
The later game saw the 2 undefeated sides go head-to-head in what was always going to be a kick in it sort of game. Unfortunately, due to injury and unavailability, the Ospreys only had 5 available, and with the PAFL ruling, this means a forfeit. Nevertheless, both teams with the help of top-ups, put on a terrific show of footy.
The Brewers, led by the evergreen Marto who seemingly had his own football early, had the run of the ball to start the half, before the Ospreys steadied, thanks mostly to Ty who’s attack on the ball was ferocious and played his best game since his recovery from the Bicep injury. The scoreboard reflected the tightness of the game, with scores level at 3.2 apiece.
The competition was just as willing after the break. The Brewers, with thanks to big Luke, kicked a couple of important goals, while moving Pete Ebbers forward for the birds was a smart move from Coach Okely, as he gave a willing contest and did the team things as continues to improve every week. Simone began to get more of the footy and Shane was kicking a bag up forward, and although big Seth dominated the ruck and around the ground, and Marto and Ramzy were at their usual best, Stewart was once again dominant in the midfield with his run and drive vital for the Ospreys’ 1 point win. 5 goals from the midfield capped a great second half surge.
Ospreys: Stewart 5, Blanden 4
Brewers: Mooney 4, Coventry 3, Gawlista, Weinstock 1
NEXT WEEK (5/24)
Memorial Day Weekend – Skills Development