Shady Punter Round 7 Review
AFL Quebec Round Seven kicked off on Saturday 8th August with the first ever meeting of the two Ottawa based Women’s Teams, the Carleton Warriors and Rideau Shamrocks. The Shamrocks were without the injured Christie Childers but welcomed Kelly Cambridge, Nathalie Presseau and Roberta Kramchynsky back into the team. The Warriors like they have been most weeks had a pretty much unchanged side, a side that includes Holly Costanza and Vivian Nguyen and the ever improving Margaret Werniuk.
The Warriors with the aforementioned had too much run for the Shamrocks in midfield and attacked relentlessly on the Shamrocks goal from ball up to the final whistle. If it wasn’t for the Trojan work of Kelly Cambridge in the Shamrocks defence the score could have been ever more then what is was. But superior fitness, strong running and clinical finishing from the Warriors was enough to see them walk away from the first ever Ottawa derby convincing 10.7.67 to 0.2.2 winners.
Round Seven action then continued on Sunday 9th August at Vanier College with the Montreal Demons and Old Montreal Dockers first up. Despite the atrocious display of goal kicking on show, this game actually proved to be quite an entertaining affair , which went right down to the wire. Shaughnessy and Michelmore swapped two goals apiece in the first quarter (and as many behinds and as many on the full also), while two further goals in the second saw the Demons lead at half time 27 to 17.
The Dockers kicked four unanswered goals in the third with the pick of the goals coming from Leyva after a strong run by Shaughnessy through the Demons defence. They led at ¾ time by 15 points. Michelmore was on fire in the last kicking three behinds while Shaughnessy brought his ‘out on the full’ tally to four for the day. Whyte kicked two in the last for the Demons but a Jack Robson goal ensured the Dockers walked away with a seven point victory and with all four points.
The second Montreal derby of the season was nestled in between both Men’s games. The bottom of the table Eagles had again another new recruit in Shera Robinson and they also welcomed back Corinne Talbot Roy to the side. But they were once again without Team Canada star Elaine Gilmore (at this rate she’ll struggle to qualify for finals), while Belzie and McCallum were also noticeable absentees from the Eagles side.
Besner having played twice for the Montreal Angels finally made here Giants debut and as was exciting to watch as she was in her Angel’s performances. Without Benedetti in defence, the Giants could have struggled but their alternating midfield brigade of Moreau, Legault, Parrod and Bureau kept the ball in the Eagles for most of the game and ensured the Giants defence had little to do.
The Eagles put up a strong showing in the first half with Fenelon particularly impressive but as the game progressed the Giants midfield started to assert their dominance. The Eagles matched the Giants in the first quarter goal for goal and only trailed at half time by a nine points. But a four goal to zero third quarter all but sealed the game and in the last the Giants ran in another five, with Moreau finishing the day with a tidy haul of seven goals. Andrusyshyn was a solid performer throughout for the loosing and battled hard right to the end.
The final game of the day would see both the Bombers and Wooders hope to bounce back from defeats in round six against the Demons and Dockers respectively. It would be the Wooders, without Phil Manassa who would start the brighter and would go in at quarter time five goals to three ahead. Sam St Laurent was taking on the rucking duties in Manassas absence and was faring well against much more experienced opposition. St Laurent managed to bag himself two opening quarter goals to go with an impressive first half performance. The goal scoring roles switched in the second quarter with the Bombers scoring five to the Wooders three and it would see the teams go in at half time separated by a single behind.
Strom was the most notable goalscorer on the day bagging six first half goals and adding another three after the break to tie Dan Robinson and Todd Rogers for most goals kicked in a game. The second half really belonged to the Bombers who kicked ten goals while all a tiring Wooders could manage was three goals. Without Manassa in midfield the Wooders seemed to lack direction in the second half and notably seemed to ignore the tried and trusted long ball to big Petosa in full forward.
The Wooders will have some soul searching to do after the defeat, the first time they have lost back to back games since Robinson took charge. The Bombers on the other hand will be flying high after such a comprehensive victory, but the big question will be whether Strom will stick around for finals. If he does, the Bombers may be the new AFL Quebec 2015 premiership favourites.