COLBINABBIN Football Club’s senior side made its way on to the winner’s list in emphatic fashion on Good Friday, controlling the game against Mt Pleasant for four quarters under lights and in front of a bumper crowd at the M.J Morgan Oval.
After a scrappy start the boys got rolling towards the end of the first term, sizzling the footy around and putting pressure on the Mounts defenders, kicking 2.3 to 0.5 to take a 10-point lead into the opening break.
The second quarter was marred by poor goal kicking from both sides, though the Hoppers continued dominate the majority of play adding 3.2 to the Blues 0.3 to double its quarter-time lead to 20 points at the long break.
The second half was all green and gold as Colbo finally cracked the game open, though the final margin should have been far greater with the Hoppers kicking a wayward 3.10 while restricting the Blues to 1.2 to run out 41-point victors.
Will Morrow was outstanding all over the ground, contracting a serious case of leather poisoning in a best-on-ground display.
Seth Hill was at his workman-like best, earning plenty of hard ball and never wasting a possession.
Clearance machine Sam Vale was dominant through the midfield and Nat Nixon showed his class in his first game for the club, elite foot skills and powerful marking were highlights of his debut.
Other better players included the consistent Thom Hill and David Price who both set up plenty of play from the back half.
COLBINABBIN reserves continued their excellent start to the season, accounting for an undermanned Mounts side by 65 points.
The first term belonged entirely to Colbo as they dominated clearances and general play, but failed to apply scoreboard pressure through poor execution, taking a four point lead into the first break.
The second term was more fruitful with the Hoppers kicking 4.4, but the game was very much anyones to win at half time, with Mounts adding two late goals to keep the margin at 18 points.
Colbo’s strength and endurance proved vital in the second half as they piled on 8.7 to the Blues 1.2 to ice the victory.
Shane Murdoch was all class on return from injury, having a stack of the footy through the middle of the ground in a best on ground performance.
Andy Nisbet was in ominous touch up front, controlling the offensive 50 and finishing with four majors.
Steven Morgan’s brilliant start to the season continued, providing plenty of dash of a half back flank.
Debutant Josh ‘Hangers’ Smith was electrifying with his pace, leap and crisp foot skills.
Other better players included skipper Darcy Taylor who was a livewire up forward and Charlie Taylor who worked tirelessly as always.
THE thirds put forward an extremely valiant effort in Friday’s opener, eventually going down to a strong Mount Pleasant outfit.
The ball movement, skill execution and decision making were all of a very high class during the first half and this saw the Hoppers head into the main break only two points behind.
From there though Mounts bigger bodies began to get on top through the middle of the ground and they kicked away to win by twenty eight points.
Will Brown was phenomenal in defence, dominating his opponent one on one and providing plenty of run and carry in transition.
Ian Fuller was at his silky best across half forward, creating scoring opportunities for his team mates through excellent ball use.
Cooper Hamilton was extracting clearances at will was prepared to work hard to influence as many contests as he could.
Hugh Hamilton’s work rate, ball use and contested marking were highlights of another excellent four quarter performance.
Rounding out the better players were Wade Brown who led from the front and continues to grow as a key position player and Cody Kemp who’s tackling and pressure around the contests was first rate.