Hoppers dominates Saints — bar one game

April 17, 2018

Will Lowe tackles a Heathcote player

ANOTHER successful round of football and netball for Colbinabbin this week at Heathcote.

With wins across the board, bar one close one goal loss for the A reserve girls, the club has continued our 2018 HDFNL season campaign in great fashion.

Thank you again to our major sponsors Morgan Legal, Reid Stockfeeds, Tyerpower Bendigo, and Old Boundary Hotel for their continued support.

A reminder to all ladies who play, support and sponsor our club that there is a Ladies Day coming up to help raise funds for The OTIS Foundation.

It will be held at 2pm at the “Shed” (near the goals) at MJ Morgan Reserve, Colbinabbin in round 4 against Leitchville Gunbower. $20 entry ($10 for juniors) to receive a gift bag, drink on arrival and finger food.

For more details check out our Facebook page or contact the club.



The seniors were clinical in their victory, as Heathcote struggled to find weakness in the Hoppers disciplined structures and set ups.

Colbo were well and truly on top in the first half, booting 4.5 to the Saints 0.1 to take a healthy twenty eight point lead into the main break.

From there the floodgates opened as the Hoppers sliced up their opponents through the middle of the ground with precision ball movement, kicking seven goals to one to extend the lead to sixty four points.

A three goal to one final term was the icing on the cake in the seventy three point victory.

Damien Carmody and Daniel Hill were phenomenal in defence, taking a number of intercept marks and using the footy well in transition.

Mitch Bright was very busy through the middle of the ground, he had the Sherrin on a string for a second week in a row.

Nat Nixon was in scintillating touch, his class highlighted by a ridiculous goal that was dribbled through from the car park.

David Price led from the front with his work rate and willingness to win the hard ball while Alex Van Ruiswyk was at his line breaking best.

Rounding out the better players were Geordie McMurtrie who booted an audacious goal from the pocket and Elliot Bowen who slotted five goals of his own.

Colbo 14.6.90 def Heathcote 2.5.17


The reserves responded to an early challenge from the Saints, as they kicked the opening two gaols in the game almost immediately.

Thankfully, the Hoppers were able to absorb the pressure and get the game back on their terms, having the next seven scoring shots to take a five point lead into the opening break.

The second quarter belonged to Heathcote as they reduced the lead to one point at half time.

The second half was all green and gold as the Hoppers piled on 5.4 to Heathcotes 1.1 to cap off the victory.

Co-coach Hugh Barlow led from the front, dominating the hard ball in the difficult conditions.

Old Man Butch showed that he hasn’t missed a beat in the off season, his decision making and skill execution were highlights of his performance.

Hezekiah Lawrence was electric in his debut for the Hoppers, whilst Tommy Coyle’s ruck work was sensational.

Rounding out the better players were Charlie Taylor who was damaging through the midfield and Stuart Mathieson who was solid in a number of roles around the ground.

Colbo 8.6.54 def Heathcote 3.5.23


The thirds showed sensational composure, holding off a fast finishing Heathcote side to win their second game on the trot.

Following on from round one the boys raced out of the blocks, booting four goals to one in wet and windy conditions to set up the victory.

From there the Saints ground away, eventually reducing the margin to three points late in the final term.

Despite the shift in momentum, Colbo were clean at ground level and executed their skills well in critical moments to seal the win.

Hugh Hamilton was brilliant again, kicking six goals and working extremely hard around the ground.

Cooper Hamilton was at his silky best through the middle of the ground; his work rate in the difficult conditions was enormous.

Darcy Brown’s good early form continued, he set the tone early with his intensity and pressure around the contest.

Will Brown was rock solid in defence and provided plenty of valuable rebound.

Other better players were Sam and Charlie Ryan whose composure under pressure were instrumental in the victory.

Colbo 6 6 42 def Heathcote 6 3 39


A Grade

In weather that was good for only ducks, the Colbo A grade started strong.

Zara Myers made her A grade debut and played excellently, starting in WD.

Zara has come up through our junior ranks and has a promising netball future ahead of her.

Georgia Rodger is a new inclusion in the Colbo line up, after coming over from Benalla in the GVNL.

Lou Dupuy was best on court for holding strong in the ring at Goal Shooter, and Georgia was second best for her efforts in Centre.

It was a scrappy start, but a strong finish for the A grade in trying conditions.

Colbo 64 def Heathcote 24

A Reserve

The first quarter proved tough with the Saints taking a solid lead, but Colbo did not let the questionable netball conditions get them down.

Paige Crouch took to the court mid second quarter and pushed the girls back in front, earning her best on court for the day.

In a tough and very close final quarter, unfortunately Colbo could not hold the lead, going down by one little goal.

Heathcote 27 def Colbo 26

B Grade

Once again the B grade girls walked away with a win.

Although the weather was not ideal, the girls fought through the rain and created many turnovers down the court.

Paige Crouch playing her first Colbinabbin game put immense pressure on the opposition, becoming a great asset to the team.

The star centre, Demi Taylor was awarded best on court, moving the ball down the court with ease.

Colbo 45 def Heathcote 20

B Reserve

Twas a dark and stormy morning in Heathcote.

Colbo’s B reserve girls fought it out in the wind and rain, narrowly coming out on top against Heathcote.

Despite the icy temperatures, there was fair bit of heat on court.

Trish Wilkinson and Georgia Morgan made a dynamic duo in the goal ring, shooting 31 goals to Heathcote’s 29.

With the Saints just ahead by the start of the final quarter, Colbo rallied hard.

Heathcote rose to the challenge, and both teams took turns leading the game, right up until the final siren.

Morghan Cairns was a key competitor, with quite a few amazing intercepts and was named best on court, rightly so!

Well done girls!

Colbo 31 def Heathcote 29


A cold, wet and windy game played in Heathcote.

Coach Lawford trialled players in various positions.

Dom Palmer and Laura Budge came up from U15s, showing they were up for the challenge.

Despite the inclement weather, the girls kept the lead the entire game.

Sportspower best on court went to Ella Coghill.

Second best on court went to Abbey Blow.

Colbo 35 def Heathocte 24


From the heatwave of the round 1, to the freezing and wet conditions in round 2 the girls came out hard from the start.

Our little pocket rocket Alex Ingram worked hard through the mid court feeding goalers Ella Kerlin and Ellie Moroney.

Ellie Moroney shooting with great accuracy after a year off due to injury.

Half time saw the girls up 33-2.

The second half defence combo of Tanzin Myers and Tahlia Pain proved too strong, rebounding well and quickly moving the ball into attack.

The wet conditions didn’t ease up all game, however the girls brought home a solid win.

Sportspower award this week went to Alex Ingram.

Colbo 40 def Heathcote 4

Primary D

It was great to see the Primary girls all give their best, despite the rain and a tall opposition.

Mon and Sadie lead well in the mid-court, with a strong defence in the ring by Summer.

Congratulations to Abbey, who continued to drive for the ball and received the McDonald’s award.

Best on court went to Mon and sponsor award to Alannah for her attacking skills.

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