PAFL Round 3
Finally! Finally! the Portland Australian Football League saw some decent football weather here in Portland. Although players numbers were down this week; no doubt due to Mothers’ Day, the number of mom’s, as well as other spectators attending the Sunday games increased, many enjoying a refreshing beverage, while watching some excellent football.
This week there was no co-ed rec game due to low numbers. But this will remain on the weekly fixture for the remainder of the season. For the women’s team, keep in mind the Portland tournament is just over two months away and the weekly co-ed game is a great way to work on your game.
In game one the Loggers started by playing some magic football looking to overturn their less than average performance from the prior week. Led early by James Begg across half forward, and the play of Paul “right time, right place” Kovacevic up forward who bagged four first half goals, the Loggers took advantage of the Cascades’ inaccurate boots and raced out to a 14 point lead at the half.
Looking down the barrel of a 0-3 start, coach Chalk, made a spirited speech at half time, as well as some key positional moves that saw the Cascades players shift out of low gear and begin to claw their way back into the game. Nathan Gaebe’s move to the back line shut down Kovacevic, keeping him scoreless, while Jon Palmer bagged three critical goals with his move to the forward line. It was not like the Loggers stopped playing; it was that the Cascades played their best half of football this season led by Mercurio across the middle. A great captain’s mark and goal in the final seconds by Chris Chalk, gave the Cascades their first win for the year and his wife a whinge-free journey home.
The late game saw the undefeated Ospreys take on the experienced Brewers, and it was the Brewers’ experience that gave them the edge over their fledgling competition. The Brewers played dominating football, running in waves and hitting the open man. With 10 shots at goal in the first half, the Brewers had 5 different goal kickers. The Ospreys, on the other hand, were relying upon the dominating forward play and straight kicking of Ryan Stewart who kicked all of the Ospreys four first half goals. The highlight of the first half was a perfectly weighted blind handball from Martha Baker to Martin Coventry running into space that Martin was able to pop through the big sticks.
The second half continued from where the first half left off, Coach Okely tried to lift the Ospreys with his play across the center, however the Brewers made a strategic move to drop ruckman Seth Wright back in defense to take away the space that Stewart had been running into in the first half. With Stewart held goal less the Brewers continued to play inspired football led by Michael Borenstein with three goals.
While the scoring might have been one sided, the game had a number of good contests. Terrance Brasch and Dan Newell matched up on Martin Coventry in the middle, making sure that Martin earned every one of his possessions. Peter Ebbers competed valiantly against Seth Wright in the ruck, and showed he has the athletic ability to become a valuable ruckman of the future.
Next week we will see if the Cascades can maintain their winning streak against the Ospreys in a middle of the table clash. In the late game the bottom of the ladder Loggers will see if they can dethrone the top of the table Brewers.
Loggers: Kovacevic 4, Begg 3, Cox 2, Baker
Cascades: Mercurio 3, Palmer 3, Chalk 2, Gawlista 1, Kim 1
Ospreys: Stewart 4, Cook, Brasch
Brewers: Borenstein 4, Brooks 3, Baker, Coventry, Cox, Wright
ATTENDANCE: A number of new fans took advantage of the wonderful weather and picnicked in the park. Thanks to all those that showed up to support the club!
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