Shady Punter Round 9 Review
The last week of regular season games saw the first ball being thrown skyward for the Montreal Demons and Laval Bombers clash. The Demons shocked the football world by not having any new imports for once and the Bombers let Demon destroying Nathan Strom stay home for some unfathomable reason.
The Demons were off to a quick and uncharacteristically accurate start with 5 goals and no behinds in the first with Bombers superstars Bogdan Rotaru, Stevie Owers, and Todd Rogers answering with one apiece. The Demons seem to prefer close games and let the score lines squeeze up in the second and third despite a couple of soccer goals dribbling over the line from Tony Purdie. A gritty performance from Nathan Hockley (who fell afoul of a typical Montreal problem of standing in a pot hole) and Kevin Barranco wasn’t enough to overcome the drop in team discipline late in the game. Instead, the Demons were able to get some points on the board for hard working Matt Ingersole, Simon Carnervale, and impact player Chris Cuellar while stand out players Chris Shea and Morgan Whyte kept the board ticking over all day long. While the Demons prevented the Bombers from beating all three teams in a row they still have a tough road ahead in the finals. The Bombers will be waiting on Committee decisions to see whether they made it into the top 2 with their late season charge.
The ladies got things going with a game that most predict will be a warm up to the Grand Final with the Warriors of Carleton coming to visit the NDG Giants. The game was tight throughout. Mrs. Legault kicked a goal in the first and Alicia Falardeau got into a steady goal scoring rhythm starting in the second. The Warriors kept up a solid game in the midfield and were able to shut down the Giants little big weapon of Val Morreau who was only allowed 1 behind and a goal all game. Big efforts in the middle from Vee Chasse and Gabby Bureau slowed the Warriors down but they were able to share out the goal scoring with plenty of points coming off the boots of Lauren Stoot, Holly Costanza, and Dora Bartulovic. The Warriors are taking the momentum into the finals but the Giants will have plenty of reason to be confident that they can walk away with the final box of chocolates as well.
The West Island Eagles faced a tough struggle against the Rideau Shamrocks even though a big chunk of the Shamrocks were playing a second game after a ten minute break. Luckily for the Eagles, the accuracy of Vivian Nguyen was a little off as the best on ground player kicked 5 behinds in the first half. The Eagles had plenty of opportunities to practice their new kick in strategy but were unable to move the ball up over the half. The Shamrocks started hitting their straps and kicking straight goals in the second with Ash Scott and Holly Costanza getting on the board. In the third Dora Bartulovic got her eye in for what would be a 3 goal fourth quarter for her and a six goal quarter for the team. Despite the score line the Eagles kept up their effort with Elaine Gilmore, Robyn Graham, and Marie Jacques always in the thick of it. The Eagle’s best opportunity to score came in the final quarter with a good effort from Jenna Haverfield coming up just short much to the disappointment of the Eagles, everyone on the sideline, and I’m sure deep down, most of the Shamrocks.
The last game of the day saw the West Island Wooders up against 9 men from the Old Montreal Dockers. The Wooders started off strong with big Phil Manassa finding space, showing leadership in bag loads, and slotting precision kicks from deep into a reliable as always Fabio Petosa. Skill and hard work from Messieurs Houvion and Chemin saw the Wooders carry a 19 point advantage into the first break.
From there the Dockers showed that they had read my preview and put on a great team performance to get right back in the game. Medium sized Dom Coogen put in some solid work in the ruck against Phil Manassa and there were plenty of players using the ball well and slotting in goals. Attrition was starting to set in in the third but the Dockers are a tough bunch and Bells kept playing through some obvious discomfort. A brave call by Todd Rogers at goal umpire put the Wooders back in charge but the game came to a premature end with a scary looking tumble from Aaron Fellows that left no one in the mood to carry on. By his own accounts he is OK and we hope to see him back soon. Aaron just hopes to be fit enough as soon as possible so that he can have a few beers and remind everyone that he held on to that incredible mark.
At the moment the situation is to hold all tickets until we get word from the committee as to how the result is treated but I am sure that I speak for everyone when I say that the health of Aaron is on our minds more than the result of this game.