Shady Punter Round 1 Review
The 2015 Men’s season kicked off with two new looking teams in the Montreal Demons and the Old Montreal Dockers. It was quite evident the both teams drafted heavily in 2015 as both for considerable periods of the game lacked structure and cohesion and were struggling to gel their respective teams together.
The Demons started the stronger and led by six points at half time courtesy of goals from two new recruits in Andrew Michelmore (two) and Zachary Brandstater (one) and veteran Chris Cuellar, while the Dockers goals game from returning players Steve McCammon (two) and Dom Coogan.
The third quarter was all about the Darren Murphy show, who bagged five goals while all the Demons could muster was a solidarity behind. The Dockers welcomed back Manus McDermott in this game who was proving to be a colossus in defence.
The fourth quarter was again a relatively even affair with the Demons kicking four and the Dockers three, but the damage the Dockers had done in the third was enough for them to hold on and run out 17 point victors.
The second game of the day and first in the newly expanded women’s league saw the NDG Giants square off against the Rideau Shamrocks. The first half was a low scoring affair with the Shamrocks leading by the smallest of margins, 14-13. The Giants failed to score in the third (in large part thanks to the defensive work of Kelly Cambridge) and while the Shamrocks were only able to muster the one goal, it would prove to be enough.
A goal apiece in the last quarter saw the Shamrocks run out 30-19 winners. Moreau was the sole scoreboard contributer for the Giants while Bureau worked tirelessly all day long. The Shamrocks were well served with the aforementioned Cambridge and Lauren Stoot.
The women’s second game of the day saw the Plateau Eagles go head to head with the Carleton Warriors. The Warriors were impressive from the start and lead at half time by 31-8 with Canadian International Holly Costanza bagging herself two goals. The Eagles did start assert themselves a little more on the game in the second half, a half which saw Lindsay Belzie kick three goals (and four for the day) but it was all in vein as the Warriors ran out 53-29 winners. Nguyen was particularly impressive for the Warriors while Andrusyshan had a solid footy debut for the Eagles.
The much anticipated Grand Final rematch was the last game of the day and in the first half had all the makings of a classic. But like last September however the Wooders completely blew the Bombers out of the water in the second half. Rogers started incredibly strong bagging three goals in about as many minutes and the Bombers lead by 19 to 16 at the end of the first.
In the second quarter however the Wooders started to find their rhythm and tagged another four goals, two from Robinson and Houvion each while Rogers added another to his total to keep the Bombers within reach. Bombers coach Paul Fairbrother would have been happy with the debut of new recruit Rohan Bone who had a strong first half showing.
The third quarter was where the Wooders really started to pull ahead. It’s not called the premiership quarter for nothing and a five goal to two goal quarter and the game was effectively over. The Wooders put in a performance that we have come to expect from them, with plenty of run in the midfield and penetrating ball into that man, Petosa.
Fairbrother and Bone tried hard all day and the latter was rewarded with a fourth quarter goal but it was all in vein as the premiership champions ran out 90 to 57