The Goannas round nine results

The Division 1 Goannas headed out to UTS looking to get back in the winners circle after two narrow losses. 

Taking on UTS at home the boys knew it would be a tough task but it was a challenge they were up for. The first quarter was a tough and scrappy affair, with neither team able to gain any real advantage.

Photo supplied by Jacqui Carville.

Photo supplied by Jacqui Carville.

The Bats were leaders by two points at quarter time and in the second quarter they opened this lead up, controlling the tempo of the quarter and kicking the only two goals to be 12 points up at half time.

The Goannas came out firing in the third term, taking it right up to the Bats but every Goanna attack was matched by UTS, and at the start of the last term the lead was five points but the match was still anyone's.

Once again the Goannas gave it all they got but had every move matched by UTS, and in the end it was the second quarter that made the difference as the Bats won by 13 points.

Brodie Crane was the best on ground for the Goannas, with Matt Cahill, Sunny Gill and Michael Stacey were excellent in a fighting effort from the backline.

Taigen Dubbelde and Sireli Fifita Division 4 headed to the beaches to take on Randwick City and were looking to keep their excellent momentum going. Early on the game was a scrappy affair, with the Goannas having the greater possession but they were unable to make the most of their chances, and lead by six points at quarter time.

The second quarter saw the Goannas start to get the reward for their dominance, again controlling possession for the majority of the quarter, and 4 goals to none saw the Goannas stretch the lead to 32 points at the long break.

The third quarter again saw the Goannas be a bit wasteful with their opportunities, and late goals to Randwick saw honours even for the quarter, the lead 39 points heading into the last quarter.

With the game all but sewn up the Goannas put the foot down in the last quarter, completely dominating play, and five goals to one in the last saw them triumph by 69 points, making it 4 wins in a row and moving in to the top 5.

Peter Zuvela lead the way for the Goannas with a great game across half back, while Grant Webb and Mark Pettit were also excellent down back. David Hook continued his excellent form in the midfield and had excellent support from Ed Helmore and Scott Nolan.

Div 5 were on a high after their win last week, but with some key players out were facing a tough challenge when they traveled to Camden. That task was made even tougher when Camden made a flying start, dominating the play and converting their opportunities well.

The Goannas tried valiantly, but as injuries began to take their toll on the team they found it hard to keep a rampant Camden at bay, and the Cats came away with a big one. Nathan McLean made a welcome return to be best on ground, with Matt Smith, Clive Sharp, Jawad Beedar, Tim Watson and Clive Radford also trying hard on a difficult day for the boys.

The Under 19’s travelled down to the Shire to take on Southern Power. With the side missing a number of players and having no bench, it was going to be a real test for the team.

To their credit, the boys did not back down from the challenge in front of them, and made the Power work for everything. In the end however the numbers advantage that the Power enjoyed would prove to be too much and they secured a convincing win. Trung Nguyen was the best on ground for the team, with Jay Patel, Chom Manut, Jake Delaiola, Jake Stiles and Mihir Wagle also performing well.

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