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Sat 9 Jun 14:00 - League

Round 5 - Nottingham vs Manchester

A rubbish start left us a mountain to climb, but guts, determination and old fashioned hard hitting footy saw us make a good showing for 3 quarters

 

Round 5 saw the top two teams in the league go head to head, Nottingham vs Manchester. Both undefeated so far this season. Statistically Nottingham is the best defensive team and Manchester is the best offensive team. Both would be put to the test on a damp and slippery day.

Unfortunately for the Scorpions, we decided not to play footy for the first 20 mintutes. Manchester steam rolled us scoring 7 unanswered goals. Disorganisation, lack of focus, ball watching and not marking our men would cost us dearly with Manchester moving the ball around the park at will. The quarter couldn't have finished soon enough ending Manchester 7-2-44 to Nottingham 0-2-2.

Manchester were understandably jubilant with their start, getting ready to crack open the champagne already. But some strong words at quarter time and strategic positional changes from the captain Rich Lucas proved all the difference, strengthing the Scorpions resolve not to give in and take the fight to the Mozzies.
The second and third quarters were hard fought but constant pressure and some big hits from the Scorpions forced Manchester to rush their kicks and passes disrupting their control of the game. Nottingham managed to claw back 15 points in the next 40 minutes, showing that despite the rubbish start we were still a force to be reckoned with, and getting to within 5 goals with 20 minutes remaining. The half ended Manchester 11-3-69 to Nottingham 5-4-34 and third quarter Manchester 12-10-82 to Nottingham 8-7-55.

The final quarter saw more of the same hard work from both sides and despite a multitude of scoring opportunities by the Mozzies in the second half of the game, the Scorpions defence kept them to the sides and near the 40m so they couldn't convert most into goals. With a mountain to climb in the final 10 minutes the Scorpions had to play some desperation football but it didn't pay off. A last second goal from the Mozzies sealed the win of the final quarter and the game, Manchester 15-17-107 to Nottingham 10-9-69.

All the boys deserve a pat on the back as everyone turned it up a gear for the last three quarters and played their guts out. Special mentions go to Vinny Carey for some big hits and getting the ball up out of the middle to our forwards all day. Adam Biddle moved to full back after the first quarter and was a titan in defence, shutting down the Mozzies scoring rate and making some brilliant charge downs. Jamie Thomas and Rob Goliah made their 2012 debuts in the toughest match of the season and we couldn't have asked more of them. Jamie was running into clear space time and again and Rob was darting between attackers seemingly untouchable...at one point he was outnumbered 3 to 1 and still popped the ball up to our forwards resulting in a goal.

But nobody would doubt our best on ground, and most probably best on ground for the match, was Andy Kraefft. After the first quarter Andy was everywhere and in everything, winning the rucks, turning over ball, running from one side of the field to the other, picking up 4 goals and huge respect from his team mates for his efforts.

Message of the day...Manchester got a lucky start but then knew they were in a fight for the rest of the match...they won't be cracking open that champagne bottle just yet!

 

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  • Manchester
  • Nottingham
  • 0
  • M Kearney Behind 10:00'
  • A Kraefft Sub On 30:00'
  • V Carey Sub On 30:00'
  • A Kraefft Sub On 30:00'
  • J Thomas Goal 30:00'
  • R Goliah Behind 30:00'
  • N Crowcroft Sub On 30:00'
  • N Crowcroft Goal 30:00'
  • M Kearney Goal 30:00'
  • M Kearney Sub On 30:00'
  • R Lucas Goal 30:00'
  • R Lucas Behind 30:00'
  • M Kearney Goal 30:00'
  • A Kraefft Goal 50:00'
  • A Kraefft Behind 50:00'
  • A Kraefft Goal 50:00'
  • N Crowcroft Behind 50:00'
  • R Lucas Goal 50:00'
  • M Kearney Behind 50:00'
  • A Kraefft Goal 70:00'
  • A Kraefft Sub On 70:00'
  • A Kraefft Goal 70:00'
  • V Carey Sub On 70:00'
  • V Carey Behind 70:00'
  • M Kearney Goal 70:00'

Period 1

10:00
M Kearney scores a behind for Nottingham

Period 2

30:00
A Kraefft is substituted on for Nottingham
30:00
V Carey is substituted on for Nottingham
30:00
A Kraefft is substituted on for Nottingham
30:00
J Thomas scores a goal for Nottingham
30:00
R Goliah scores a behind for Nottingham
30:00
N Crowcroft is substituted on for Nottingham
30:00
N Crowcroft scores a goal for Nottingham
30:00
M Kearney scores a goal for Nottingham
30:00
M Kearney is substituted on for Nottingham
30:00
R Lucas scores a goal for Nottingham
30:00
R Lucas scores a behind for Nottingham
30:00
M Kearney scores a goal for Nottingham

Period 3

50:00
A Kraefft scores a goal for Nottingham
50:00
A Kraefft scores a behind for Nottingham
50:00
A Kraefft scores a goal for Nottingham
50:00
N Crowcroft scores a behind for Nottingham
50:00
R Lucas scores a goal for Nottingham
50:00
M Kearney scores a behind for Nottingham

Period 4

70:00
A Kraefft scores a goal for Nottingham
70:00
A Kraefft is substituted on for Nottingham
70:00
A Kraefft scores a goal for Nottingham
70:00
V Carey is substituted on for Nottingham
70:00
V Carey scores a behind for Nottingham
70:00
M Kearney scores a goal for Nottingham

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