COLBINABBIN’S senior football side was clinical in its performance against Huntly in the Heathcote District Football League on Saturday, thumping the Hawks to the tune of 107 points.
The importance of a good start was a focus in the pre-game, and the Hoppers made sure they did just that, booting six goals to two to take a 25-point lead into the opening break.
Huntly fought hard in the second to arrest some momentum but were outscored again as Colbo extended their advantage to 34 points at half-time.
A seven goal to two third term meant the game was out of Huntly’s reach at the final break as they trailed Colbo by 63 points.
The flood gates opened in the fourth term as the Hoppers piled on eight goals to one to seal an emphatic victory against a fierce rival.
Sam Bowers was brilliant up forward, kicking seven goals straight in a best on ground performance.
Todd Bryant showed his class collecting 36 disposals and booting two goals.
Matt Riordan was sensational at centre half-back, rarely losing a contest in the air, taking a swag of contested and intercept marks.
Hadleigh Sirett’s terrific season continued. He dominated the ruck and competed well at ground level.
Rounding out the better players were Nick Knight who is relishing his role in defence and Mick Battista who set the tone early and finished with four goals.
Reserves: The reserves had a day to forget, being comprehensively outplayed by a switched on Huntly outfit.
The Hoppers were under the pump from the outset, remaining scoreless in the opening term while the Hawks booted four goals straight.
The second term was much of the same as the Hoppers battled hard for little reward, Huntly again winning the quarter two goals to one.
Colbo began to work themselves back into the game in the third, kicking two goals to one to reduce the three- quarter-time deficit to 24 points.
Unfortunately, there was no fairytale comeback as both sides added a goal to leave the final margin at 24 points in favour of the Hawks.
Dene Rodger was prolific through the midfield, winning plenty of the ball and kicking two goals.
He was well supported by Joe Barlow who was instrumental at the stoppages and won plenty of clearances.
Liam Vale worked tirelessly in the ruck and was excellent around the ground.
Other better players were Ned Barlow whose contested work was outstanding and Will Brown who was rock solid in defence.
Thirds: The thirds had a tough day at the office, being held goalless by a very slick Huntly side.
There were plenty of positives to take away from the game though, with some outstanding individual efforts.
Charlie Ryan worked tirelessly in the midfield all day in another best on ground performance.
Patty Mathers was terrific with his attack on the ball and tackling pressure.
Hugh Kerlin continues to impress, often outplaying his much bigger opponents.
Darcy Brown led from the front with his willingness to put his body on the line.
Other better players were Waugh George who fought hard in the ruck and worked hard to support the back six, and Hamish Wallace who led the way with his one percent efforts and unrewarded run.
A grade: Another handy win on the board for the A grade girls defeating Huntly by nine goals.
Score: Colbo 46 def Huntly 37.
A reserve: Colbo came out firing and gained a lead and up by eight at quarter-time.
Lily Wareham and Ella Kerlin were on fire under the ring.
Abbey Blow was a little pocket rocket the whole game running it out in centre.
Colbo led the whole game until a couple of minutes into the last quarter after Huntly gained a couple of goals in a row and Colbo couldn’t keep up.
Best on: Lily Wareham. Score: Colbo 42 lt Huntly 47
B grade: Well where do we start — absolute credit to the defenders, excellent game ladies.
Tiff had a great game in goals, making some impressive moves.
Milly, Naomi and Tiff were the girls who achieved incentives and were well deserved.
The twins also ran the game out with class and showed their great netball heads feeding into the ring.
At the end Huntly outclassed our girls, and played some hard, physical netball. Well done girls.
Score: Colbo 32 lt Huntly 47
B reserve: Playing Huntly was a very tough game but a great team effort.
Without shooting a goal in the first quarter, we came back fighting with strong defence all over court, but the Huntly girls were just too strong for us.
Georgia Morgan was best on court and a big congrats to Emma Tuohey on playing her first game back for Colbo.
Score: Colbo 9 lt Huntly 44
U17: Although the girls trailed at quarter-time, they picked up in the second and charged ahead to take out the game by 32 goals.
Tanzin Myers showed her versatility at both ends, blitzing in defence before switching to goals.
Keely Parker was everywhere in the attacking end, timing her leads and feeding the goalers who were consistent in their shooting.
Awards went to Tanzin Myers (canteen) and Keely Parker (Subway). Score: Colbo 56 def Huntly 24
U15: The girls played well as a team and kept themselves within reach of Huntly but unfortunately couldn’t get over the line. Score: Colbo 20 lt Huntly 25