SATURDAY’S round 12 of the Heathcote and District League saw Colbinabbin Football Club’s thirds begin the day with a fantastic win against a strong Heathcote side.
After a dominant first half that was highlighted by slick ball movement and ferocious tackling, the Hoppers went into the main break with a commanding 39-point lead.
From there the Saints mounted a comeback and regained some momentum, but Colbo were able to absorb the pressure and maintain their composure until the final siren to win by 19 points, 8.6 (54) to 4.11 (35).
Will Brown was terrific in defence, consistently beating his direct opponent and providing plenty of run.
Hugh Hamilton was fantastic all over the ground, taking a number of contested marks and using the ball with precision, Charlie Ryan and Cooper Hamilton both ran riot through the midfield.
Other better players included Tommy Coyle whose ruck work was sensational and Xavier Conally whose attack on the footy was first rate.
The reserves continued their excellent form, notching up a comprehensive win against an undermanned Saints side, 14.11 (95) to 1.2 (8).
A six goal to none first term was the catalyst in the victory, as Heathcote were unable to get their hands on the footy with the Hoppers dominating all areas of the game.
The second term was much of the same as Colbo added 5.6 to the saints 1.0 to head into half time 61 points in front.
The second half was a much more even affair as Heathcote’s contested ball improved dramatically which prevented the score line blowing out.
The Hoppers were able to add 3.4 and restrict the Saints to just one behind to run out eighty seven point winners.
Cory Jacobs looked as though he hadn’t missed a beat on his return from injury, having a stack of disposals through the middle.
Liam Ryan was brilliant again, his ability to win his own footy and clear the congestion were real highlights.
Hangers McMurtrie was outstanding, providing plenty of excitement up forward and pinch hitting through the midfield.
Darcy Taylor’s consistent season continued, he worked extremely hard and finished with four majors.
Other better players were Stephen Tuohey and Alex Van Ruiswyk who both showed why they are regulars in the senior side.
The seniors recovered from a slow start to edge out a spirited Saints side, eventually winning by 47 points, 13.13 (91) to 6.8 (44).
The opening term was scrappy and both sides found it difficult to hit the scoreboard with Colbo kicking 1.5 to Heathcote’s 0.2.
The second term opened up and both sides were able to get some clean footy with the Hoppers adding 2.3 to the Saints 2.2, to take a slender ten point lead into the main break.
Colbo began to control the game in the third, having plenty of play as they kicked 3.3 to Heathcote’s 1.4.
The final term was the Hoppers best as they piled on 7.2 while restricting their opponents to 3.0 to seal the 47-point win.
Cam Hall was outstanding in the midfield, extracting clearances at will, Sam Vale worked tirelessly all over the ground, his contested ball work was brilliant, Nat Nixon’s wonderful season continued, he was untouchable through the middle of the ground, and Ryan Hon was back at home in the forward line, he was electric finishing with five goals.
Other better players were Patty O’Brien who was super off half back and Darcy Booth who worked hard in the middle.