Woodend-Hesket v Moorabool
July 15, 2018
By Ben Bush
In writing up a match report for an over 35s football team, I can safely assume that our youngest players were born in 1983, meaning its an odds on chance that all of us who don the boots and the green and white and yellow and red guernsey have seen the Quentin Tarantino masterpiece Pulp Fiction. That film was one out of the box for a number of reasons, not least of which being that the chronology of the story line didn’t run simply from beginning to end, but in a less linear way, where the beginning is the middle and we come back to bits we’ve seen.…it’s all over the place.
So with that idea firmly established, I can jump into this week’s match report, late in the final quarter of a very tight game, to highlight some excellent and characteristically selfless shepherd play from the mighty Razor Ray Tadd, and some similarly well-natured shepherd from Matt Brundell, which assisted yours truly to ping a goal that may or may not have won a game with scoring discrepancies aplenty, and may or may not be referred to in years to come as “adequate, but I wish he’d shut up about it”.
But games of football are not one by single efforts (no matter how cool they are) they are won by consistent efforts from every team member. And on a day where the Hawks showed more grit that grace, there was strong efforts everywhere.
Rhys Nuttall is always great to watch, and against a tuff Moorabool Valley Crocs, he really tore open packs and ran onto some hard ball whenever it was near him. His strong run all day got him Best on Ground when the final whistle blew.
Much like Rhys, Mango was seemingly everywhere, getting tap-outs in the ruck, running into some strong marks and giving everyone a taste of the ball around the ground. In a hither to unknown clash of brilliance and madness, he was rewarded Our Best by Moorabool’s committee with a six pack of bottles, that he was equipped to knock the tops off of with his Tool award. The Tool award isn’t an easy thing to win, but Mango put on at least three good displays of the ‘reverse don’t argue’ aka, in the back, a precautionary measure that is easily forgotten during the heat of the game, since it’s only been a feature of the governing rules since 1897.
Around the ground we saw some solid run from Drew and Keir, reliable runners when you need some loose ball reined in or a pack broken up. Keir seemed to be finding space around the ground all day, and Drew roved like a machine. Mark Kohne was running out of the backline with the grace of a gazelle all day and making the Moorabool forwards earn their kicks. Daz Jacks was also running off the defensive line, strong as always, but with less grace. More like a fur seal than a gazelle, but a fur seal who had the nifty skills to blind turn and deceive his opponents. A thing of beauty is a joy for hours.
In any tough-fought game, there’s always going to be some tussle and blood. Fordy was everywhere, stepping into the ruck when required and making sure his opponents had to work to contain him, opening up his knee a little in the process.
Mick Woodbury also made his opposition work hard to contain him, using his head as a break pad and opening up his face in the process. It was something akin to an olympic gymnastics floor routine, by a person with no gymnastics training. In all honesty it was a small slight on a very good game by Mick, who was one of our goal kickers, and has come to be known as one of our more consistent forwards.
Jason Koliba was amongst it up forward with some strong marks and run. Ahead of his big climb next year, the Bull is building some serious strength and fitness. Leroy was in top form again running into packs and delivering reliably. Matt Brundell was excellent in full forward bagging three goals against a very tough opponent in a crowded forward line. I should reinforce what a wonderfully selfless player he is, shepherding through team mates goals when he isn’t kicking his own. 😉
While it was a game with no casualties, we certainly held our breath and grimaced when Jobe had a head collision with a Moorabool player, but luckily it only drew a little claret. When you chase the hard ball as solidly as Jobe does, and he did all day, heavy hits are part of the job description.
Robbo returned this week and got down to business, kicking a lovely six-pointer and reading the play well all day, putting himself in some good running passages.
Razor was again busy and amongst it, assisting with ruck duties, holding down the centre and more than anyone else, using his voice all day to guide teammates onto the ball. To this end, he helped the rest of the Hawks to find their voice and it felt like the communication was up a notch today, even though the game itself was a bit less silky than we are used to.
While it wasn’t an overall good-looking game, that isn’t to say there wasn’t good looking elements to it, none more so than the gloriously suntanned and well-groomed Peter Wood. Pete returned to the Hawks for the first time this year and delivered some very strong play as well as his many years’ experience and insight. Experience and insight be damned, Showbags, as coach, was having none of this at quarter time. It’s all well and good to know your stuff Pete, but Masters footy ain’t about that.
While there seemed to be some confusion as to the final score (Moorabool claiming a win and a draw depending on who you asked) this scribe is willing to take the word of Dean Frank, and record to the annals of history that we ran out winners 8.8.56 to 8.7.55.
Thanks must go to field umpire Mick Nolan, Bocca and Bocca Junior for running the boundaries, and to the Moorabool lads for bringing a strong well spirited match.
Massive thanks to the people behind the scenes who put the drinks on ice, the food on platters and ensure that the experience of everyone on the day is a great one.
Woodend-Hesket: 3.1 3.1 6.6 8.8 (56)
Moorabool: 1.2 5.4 7.4 8.7 (55)
Goals: Matt Brundell 3, Mick W 1, Jobe 1, Drew1, Robbo 1, Bushy 1.
Best: Rhys, Mango, Pete Wood, Jase Koliba, Drew, Keir.
Woodend Nursery – Peter Wood
Milko – Rhys Nuttall
Tool of the Week – Glenn Mangan