May.12: Round Two Match Reports
Four blowouts and a nail-biter; that's how we'll remember round two.
The Toronto Dingos erased their recent bad record against the Central Blues and won by 64-pts ; The Broadview Hawks upset the Hamilton Wildcats in massive fashion by 53-pts; The High Park Demons beat the Ottawa Swans by 78-pts; the Toronto Eagles thumped the Toronto Rebels by 69-pts; and then we had the nail biter, which saw the 2012 premiers erase a 6-pt deficit at three-quarter time to hold on for a 1-pt win against Guelph -- that's two games in two weeks Guelph was involved in a game that was decided by 2pts or less.
As for the ladder,we have two undefeated teams: the Broadview Hawks sit on top, after wins against the Blues and Wildcats and the Etobicoke Roos, after two come-from-behind wins against High Park Demons and Guelph. The Toronto Dingos, High Park Demons, Toronto Eagles and Guelph Gargoyles round out the top six.
See how your team fared over the weekend. (All clubs have their own match reports, so please feel free to visit their homepages for their take on how their Div.1, Div.2 and Women's matches fared)
Central Blues 4.2(26) def by Toronto Dingos 13.12(90)
It was a well known fact before the game that the Dingos had not beaten the Blues for a while -- try three years. So, to read the scoreboard after the final siren, that the Dingos won their first game for 2012 by 64-pts, was a tiny surprise. We thought it would be closer, but for most of the match it was one-way traffic. Dingo's first gamer, Canadian Kyle Morrison, bagged five goals from the forward pocket and created a club record; veteran Craig Stewart kicked six goals. The Blues lacked run, but their intensity was there, and after quarter time that dropped off. At quarter time the Dingos led by a couple of goals and that had stretched to 39pts by the main break. That was followed by a fairly even third quarter and 3.4 to 1.1 in the last term. Jimmy Duggan who played his 50th game, managed to score a running goal to mark the occasion.
Guelph Gargoyles 7.11(53) def by Etobicoke Roos 8.6(54)
The match of the round didn't disappoint this week with the Etobicoke Roos coming from behind again to pip Guelph Gargoyles by 1-pt at a windy Margaret Greene Reserve on Saturday. Guelph stormed out of the blocks and held a 27-pt lead at quarter time, much of that thanks to a strong four-goal breeze. The Roos answered the challenge in the second and scores were locked at 4.4(28) by half time. The third quarter was an arm wrestle; Guelph kicked 1.6, while the Roos 1.0. The Roos then kicked 3.2 to 1.1. in the final quarter. With 30 seconds reamining on the clock, Guelph had the chance to win the game with a set shot from 20m out, but the kick was smothered by the man on the mark. And time ran out for the home team. For the Roos, David Trotter was again amongst it and kicked another four goals and was supported by midfielder Jack Morwood and ruckman Ash Cannan. For Guelph, Greg Logel, Jeff Bory and Scott Rowe had solid games.
Broadview Hawks 12.4(76) def Hamilton Wildcats 2.11(23)
The Broadview Hawks surprised us all on Saturday. Not only did they beat Hamilton Wildcats, but they beat them convincingly by 53-pts at Humber South. The Hawks impressed and matched the Wildcats for intensity. One man stood in the way of the Wildcats and that was Nick Shuttleworth who bagged nine majors up forward and grabbed everything that came his way. Much of the hard work up field came from Conor Dullard and skipper Cody Royle who were efficient with their disposals. For the 'Cats, Major and Crouch, who kicked more than ten goals between themselves last week, couldn't be sighted for most of the day. Some of the new Canadians for the Hawks stood up on Saturday: Brandon Forrest, a Canadian in his second game, Nate Cragg, a Canadian in his first game; and Sean Dutton a Canadian in his seventh game.
Ottawa Swans 3.2(20) def by High Park Demons 14.14(98)
High Park Demons racked up a road trip win over the Ottawa Swans by 78-pts at the Rideau Carlton Raceway on Saturday. After a tight first quarter, the Demons opened up the match keeping the Swans scoreless in the second term, while adding 4.3 and took a 41-pt lead into the main break. It was much the same in the second half, the Demons added 7.8 to the Swans 2.1. The visitors ran out comfortable winners and have kicked off their 2012 campaign with their first win. Demons forward Tom McGregor kicked seven goals and Nick O'Farrell kicked two. For the Swans, Nicholas Vautour was their best.
Toronto Rebels 2.0(12) def by Toronto Eagles 11.15(81)
The Toronto Eagles notched up their first win over the Toronto Rebels by 69-pts at Humber South on Saturday. The Eagles kept the Rebels scoreless for the entire first half as they kicked 7.7. A much spirited effort in the second half saw a more competitive Rebels' unit as they kicked 2.0 to the Eagles 4.8. Aaron Falcioni kicked nine goals in the win, while Monty Burns kicked two goals for the Rebels.