On Thursday 19th July, Girton’s Year 9 & 10 footballers journeyed out to Marist College to take on the region’s best footballing schools. In windy conditions and after tough matches in the early rounds, the Girton boys hit their straps in the final match running all over the top of Crusoe College, with a commanding 6 goal victory.
After disembarking at Marist College, the Girton boys were jumped by a warmed up and well-drilled Marist side on their home soil. Kicking with the aid of a strong breeze, Marist were made to earn their possessions, with Girton players attacking each contest with gusto and 100% commitment. Although Marist jumped out to a commanding lead, after coming to terms with the conditions and adjusting to the tempo of the match, the Girton players really applied themselves to the task and worked really hard to close down the Marist run and maintain our own possession of the football. In particular Angus Mayes used his pace to good effect, Will Beever was strong rebounding from defence, while Thomas Perrin, Aden Shanahan, Lachlan Nemet and Daniel Keane were excellent contributors right to the final siren in the first match of the day.
Match 1 Details:
Girton V Marist College
Best Players: William Beever, Angus Mayes, Thomas Perrin, Aden Shanahan, Daniel Keane.
In match two, the boys were up against Catherine McAuley College (Formerly CCB) on the main oval. Traditionally, Catherine McAuley have been one of the toughest opponents in all inter-school football competitions, with a number of current AFL players having attended the college. In carrying on from their efforts in game one, the Girton team were able to lift their courage and application even further, playing a far more defensive brand of football, closing down many forward thrusts from the CMC players. In particular, William Beever and Daniel Keane again led the way, working tirelessly across the half back line and attacking with flair and purpose when opportunities arose. Thomas St Clair, Bailey Keck and Jarrod Milne were other stand-outs for Girton in the second match of the day.
Match 2: Girton V Catherine McAauley College
Best Players: Daniel Keane, William Beever, Thomas St Clair, Bailey Keck and Jarrod Milne.
In the third and final game of the day, the Girton side came up against a fired up Crusoe Secondary College, who had earlier taken the challenge right up to Marist. With the Girton leadership team making a couple of positional changes and implementing a couple of strategic plans, the boys rose to the challenge, jumping out of the blocks, kicking three unanswered goals in the early part of the game. Thomas St Clair played arguably the best individual game of the day, creating havoc for the Crusoe defenders, kicking three goals himself, while creating many opportunities for teammates. Captain Lachlan Nemet played a brilliant game, finding plenty of the ball and breaking the lines with pace and tenacity. Pleasingly, Girton rounded out the match full of running, continuing to hit the scoreboard right up until the final siren, eventually running out 39 point winners. In what was a dominant, all-round team performance, other standouts for Girton were Callum McConachy, Aden Shanahan, Lachlan Crean and Xavier Dole.
Match 3: Girton V Crusoe Secondary College
Goalkickers: St Clair 3, Butcher, Shanahan, Nemet, McConachy, O’Brien
Best Players: Thomas St Clair, Callum McConachy, Aden Shanahan, Lachlan Crean, Xavier Dole.