Shady Punter Round 4 Review
AFL Quebec Round Four:
Game one of the day went pretty much how everyone expected. Without Fairbrother, Bone and Gavidia the Bombers were always going to struggle against an almost full strength Wooders team. Despite the list of absentees, the late arrival of the Rogers brothers and the early injury to Alexis Boulerice, the Bombers never gave up and battled right to the end.
Laval just didn’t have the manpower to deal with Robinson, Manassa and Houvion and when they did the Chemin brothers and Boudreau were more than willing and able to step up their game and have an impact. Barranco and Rotaru were the Bombers star performers while Stevie Owens had a solid game in defence on the big man Petosa, limiting him to just two goals. Down the other end of the field Ian Martin was making Augers day a nightmare, contesting hard the limited supply making its way into the Bombers forward line.
The Wooders limited the Bombers to just one first half goal (Rotaru) and lead at half time by 50 to 8, thanks to three goals apiece by Manassa and Robinson and one for Sam St Laurent. But as we mentioned the Bombers never gave up and actually won the third quarter kicking three goals to the Wooders two. But status quo was restored in the last with seven goals for the Wooders to the Bombers three, the highlight goal been Yannick Massicotte’s first goal in AFL Quebec for the West Islanders.
The second men’s game of the day while not a classic was entertaining none the less and went right down to the wire. An even contest throughout, both teams were tied at 58 points with only minutes on the clock, but it was the Montreal Demons who rallied the strongest and pulled though with an 11 point win.
The result of the game may have been a lot different had the Dockers not lost both Darren Murphy and Killian Gerlach early in the game after both players collided, bravely contesting the ball. While the Demons had a healthy interchange of five players, the Dockers were now down to just the players on the field, many of whom were carrying injuries. Shaughnessy manned the full forward position admirably and the Dockers chipped in with seven different goal kickers in Murphy’s absence but it would prove not to be enough.
The Demons were well serviced as normal by Graham who kicked four on the day, with plenty of supply coming from Michelmore. Ingersole and Carnevale were giving the Dockers a torrid time providing run and finding space time and time again all day. Had the Dockers had a healthier list, they would probably have snuck away with the win but nothing can be taken from the Demons who rebounded well after losing last weekend to the Bombers. Expect another see saw battle next time these teams meet in Round 7.
As I spoke off in my preview of this game, it was really a matter of the Eagles just seeing out this game and moving on from there. Despite the result they will take a lot of positives from this game, Corinne Talbot Roy in her first Australian Football game showed exciting glimpses of what’s to come from her, McCallum was a rock down back when moved there and the Eagles never give up attitude is to be commended.
Held goalless for three quarters the Eagles were finally rewarded for their persistence when they bagged a goal in the last quarter. Eagle’s sole goalscorer Andrusyshyn was also awarded with the 2XU Heart not Hype Women’s player of the day with another tenacious performance. Surely a Team Canada call up awaits this lady.
Moreau was her usual self, bagging a tidy seven goals along the way as the Giants fell just one point short of the century. Before the game, the NDG Giants had only two goal scorers. Now they can add Emily Legault (1), Margo Legault (2), Sarah James (1), Veronique Chasse and Kata Polus (3) to that list. After their opening round defeat things are finally starting to come together for the Giants.
Unfortunately the women’s game between the Carleton Warriors and Rideau Shamrocks was postponed due to a ground scheduling conflict and will be played on Saturday August 22nd.
AFL Quebec Round Four Results