Shady Punter Round 5 Review
AFL Quebec Round Five Review
West Island Wooders 14.13.97
Montreal Demons 8.7.55
If ever a statement was sent to the rest of the league in any competition or sport, this game was it. The Wooders are sometimes deemed a three trick Pony; Robinson, Manassa and Houvion and that without one of these three players they struggle. In round three they beat the Dockers without Manassa and now in round five they have beaten the Demons without Robinson, so that urban legend can be all but put to rest.
While the Demons weren’t at full strength themselves they still fielded a side that should have been better able to put it up to the Wooders than they did. The Dee’s actually started the brighter and took the lead but a three goal haul by Phil Manassa in the first meant the Wooders lead at quarter time, four goals to two. A five goal quarter in the second with some textbook Wooder/Petosa play meant the Wooders led at half time by six plus goals.
The Demons pulled it back slightly in the third with goals from O’Farrell, Nixon and Whyte while Core added his third for the day for the Wooders to keep their scoreboard ticking over. Going into the last quarter four goals down, the Demons still had an opportunity to take the game. But the last quarter belonged to the Wooders and in particular Houvion who bagged himself three goals and helped the Wooders to run out the game comfortable seven goals winner.
The result and in particular the performance by the Wooders will surely reinforce their tag as AFL Quebec 2015 Premiership favourites. Chemin showed exactly why he is Team Canada material while brother Eric is fast becoming a vital part of the Wooders Team. Houvion, Manassa and Petosa. as senior members of the squad, led by example all day, while Robinson will be delighted with the return and performance of Frenchman Thomas Core.
The Demons on the other hand have a lot of soul searching to do after what can only be described as a half-hearted lethargic performance. They had no visible leaders and were unable to cope with the running game the Wooders took to them all day.
Laval Bombers 13.8.86
Old Montreal Dockers 8.14.62
This Dockers team confuses me to be honest, for most parts this season they seem to just go through the motions. But last Sunday for the first time this year they showed a considerable amount of fight and desire. Going into the game severely depleted due to injuries and absentees one would have expected this game to have been a cake walk for the Bombers, but it was anything but.
The Bombers welcomed back both Bone and Fairbrother to the squad after both missing the last two games and were finally able to hand a much anticipated debut to Nathan Hockley. Other than Gavidia, Owens and Huggett they were pretty much at full strength.
The Bombers started to get on top in midfield early on and where delivering ball into the grateful arms of Rogers with relative ease. Despite a whole host of inside 50’s, the Bombers however only lead at quarter time by three goals to two. The Dockers somehow managed to snag themselves two majors, through Ed Duff and Steve McCammon, to keep themselves alive.
The second quarter belonged to the Bombers who kicked five goals against a tiring Dockers side. Fairbrother, Rotaru and Bone were starting to get on top in midfield and Auger was reaping the benefit in the forward line. Dockers however, will only have themselves to blame, kicking five behinds and no majors in a quarter that arguably lost them the game.
The game could have been well and truly over in the third, only for some wayward shooting by the Bombers, in particular Auger, but also by some tenacious Dockers defending and tackling. Hockley will have been delighted to score on his debut while Boulerice and Fairbrother both added goals while Shaughnessy kept the Dockers in touch with two well taken goals.
A huge last quarter by the Dockers saw them come within a couple of goals but unfortunately the whistle came all too early and the bombers ran out deserved winners in the end. If the Dockers can show this fight more often and sort out their goal kicking they may begin become serious contenders. But these are two big asks.
The Bombers will have been delighted to return to winning ways and will be looking to build on this result and finish in the top two.