Hoppers upset premier’s streak

May 02, 2018

Matt McEvoy in the ruck contest in the seniors win over Leitchville Gunbower.

Paige Crouch leads to the ball in the A reserve win over Leitchville Gunbower.

A HUGE day at MJ Morgan Reserve last week for ladies day.

The crowd was delivered a real treat as the seniors had a great win over the reigning premier and the weather was primed for the festivities at ‘the shed.’

The community came together and showed tremendous support for the OTIS Foundation, with our ladies day raising a whopping $2500, equating to 50 free night’s accommodation for families in need.

We would like to thank not only the Colbinabbin community for showing up in force, but also the women of Leitchville-Gunbower who also attended and contributed to such a great cause.

Another big thank you needs to go to the men of Colbo who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and in the canteen to ensure all women were able to enjoy the day.

Again, we’d like to thank our major sponsors Morgan Legal, Reid Stockfeeds, The Old Boundary Hotel and Tyrepower Bendigo for their continued support throughout the 2018 HDFNL season.


Seniors — Colbo 14.13 (97) def. Leitchville-Gunbower 10.13 (73)

The seniors ended Leitchville-Gunbower’s 16-match HDFL winning streak in perfect conditions at M.J Morgan Reserve last Saturday.

After an incredibly intense, frenetically paced first term that saw the Bombers acquire a seven-point lead, the Hoppers were able to settle and get to work reducing the deficit.

Through excellent pressure around the contest and improved delivery into the forward line, Colbinabbin won the second term booting 3.2 to 2.4, the Bombers half time lead cut to just two points.

A big premiership quarter saw the Hoppers take control of the game, heading into the final term seven points in front.

The lads were able to keep the foot on the throttle and controlled the final term, piling on 4.3 to the Bombers 1.4 to run out twenty-four point victors.

Nat Nixon was damaging through the midfield for the duration of the game, he was also able to sneak forward and boot four majors in a best on ground performance.

Mitch Bright was brilliant with his inside midfield work and is asserting his authority as one of the best contested players in the competition.

Hadleigh Sirett was sensational playing a lone hand in the ruck, though he was well supported by Damien Carmody who shouldered the load in defence.

Rounding out the better players were skipper Dave Price who did a phenomenal job on Bombers gun Matt Perri and birthday boy Gordon McMurtrie whose hair looked sensational.

Reserves — Colbo 13.5 (83) def. Leitchville-Gunbower 5.7 (37)

The Reserves fantastic start to the season continued as they easily accounted for the top of the table Bombers.

After a reasonably even first half that saw the Hoppers lead increase from six to twelve points at each break, the lads flexed their muscle and ran the game out well.

The third term was one-way traffic as Colbo kicked 3.1 while restricting Leitchy to just two behinds.

A four-goal to one final quarter was the icing on the cake as the Hoppers finished forty-five points in front at the final siren.

Old Man Butch was at his silky best through the middle of the ground, though he saved his classiest effort for later in the night.

Joe Barlow continues to be a ball magnet, amassing a heap of the footy and using it with precision.

Charlie Taylor was workmanlike again, his tackling pressure was a real highlight.

Bobby Stewart provided plenty of valuable rebound from half-back, he was well supported by debutant James Gledhill who worked extremely hard all over the ground.

Tommy Coyle and Oli Rathjen also worked well together in the ruck.

U17 — Colbo 6.2 (38) lost to Leitchville-Gunbower 10.15 (75)

The thirds suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the top of the table Bombers.

Although undermanned and well undersized, the lads stuck to their game plan and played their brand of footy, being within striking distance at each break.

Early in the final term Colbo were able to reduce Leitchville’s lead to just eleven points but weren’t able to maintain scoreboard pressure with back to back goals.

A few late goals to the Bombers bumped the final margin out to 37 points, which didn’t do justice to how hard each and every player on the ground worked.

Hugh Hamilton was magnificent again in the ruck and up forward, he booted five goals to take his season tally to seventeen.

Cooper Hamilton set the tone early with his attack on the footy and his bone crunching tackling pressure.

Sam Ryan’s game continues to improve in leaps and bounds each week, he was all class through the middle of the ground, seemingly having more time than everyone with ball in hand.

Charlie Ryan looked extremely dangerous in a new role up front, a bag of goals to compliment his midfield work is not far away.

Other better players were Harry Rathjen and Will Brown who both worked tirelessly all day.


A Grade — Colbo 53 def Leitchville-Gunbower 24

Colbinabbin A grade continued their winning streak, trying out some new combinations on court.

Without the likes of Holly Guerra and Brydie Lawford, Kate Chirnside and Lou Dupuy stepped up and played a solid game in defence.

Mardi Ryan shot beautifully in one of her first senior games.

Olivia McEvoy was best on court for her speed, endurance and versatility, playing in both C and GA.

Despite being challenged at times by the Leitchville-Gunbower line-up, the A grade girls finished with a convincing win.

A Reserve — Colbo 38 def Leitchville-Gunbower 31

It was another scorcher out on the court today for the A reserve team.

It was a close first quarter but the girls pulled ahead in the second and maintained their lead for the rest of the game.

Monique Williams made her Colbinabbin debut making a great impression on the court.

Zena Wareham also stepped up in the ring with sister Lily, getting herself best on court for the game.

B Grade — Colbo 47 drew with Leitchville-Gunbower 47

There was no winner and no loser in the B grade game this week!

A drawn game!

In an extremely high scoring match, dominated by goaling accuracy, Colbo came out strong to lead by two goals at quarter-time.

However, the reverse was the score at half time.

Strategic changes supported a seven-goal burst early into the third quarter.

The lead seesawed in the last quarter, leading to the final result.

Best players were Jamison Lowe who gunned it at both ends and Meg Taylor in goals.

B Reserve — Colbo 22 lost to Leitchville-Gunbower 45

The B reserve girls came back strongly after the bye with all the girls working hard.

It was hot on and off the court, with Colbo’s attack working hard to make the most of the available opportunities.

Leitchville-Gunbower came out firing and lead from the first quarter.

In the end the visitors were just too strong and won by a convincing margin.

U17 — Colbo 34 def Leitchville-Gunbower 28

Great game by Colbo’s whole team.

A bit of a nervous start, but our girls were first off the mark.

The opposition managed to get a bit of a lead up until half time, then it was neck and neck until the final quarter when Colbo took and kept the lead.

Best on court: Keeley Parker (MacDonald’s Award) and Ella Coghill.

U15 — Colbo 47 def Leitchville-Gunbower 16

Once again the U15’s came out strong with Dom Palmer and Lizzy Ingram teaming up in goals taking them to a 17 goal lead at half time.

Newbie Jo Brown controlled the centre court well, taking many intercepts.

Tanzin Myers and Lizzy Ingram shut down the Bombers attacking end which saw them remain scoreless in the third quarter.

Overall it was a great team effort and the girls are still undefeated winning 47-16.

Canteen Voucher — Lizzy Ingram

MacDonald’s Award — Dom Palmer

Primary D

Sponsors award went to Jasmine and the two canteen vouchers were awarded to Charlize and Sadie.

Our primary team had a smashing first half, with the girls all learning to play as a team.

The second half was goal for goal and an exciting one to watch.

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