With the bye in the last Round, Round 17 was to be our last chance to stamp our authority on the completion but unfortunately not all games ended with the results we had hoped for! Our Under 18’s looked good from the beginning and didn’t disappoint, coming away with a win and cementing top spot going into finals. We always knew the day would be an interesting and challenging one for our Reserves and Seniors with a number of players having to play both games. Results didn’t go our way but under the circumstances we can’t be too disappointed and now look forward to all 3 teams having a crack at finals.
The boys were primed for a highly anticipated clash with the Maiden Gully YCW Eagles. A couple of lapses last time we played led to a 47 point defeat and we were keen to make up for that below par performance. We started really well, our pressure was high and Dylan Goulding kicked a pearler from 50 to set the scene for the day. We ran hard both ways and maintained our structures very well. After leading by 8 points at half time, we kicked away in the third term and took the margin out to 21 with a quarter to play. The boys were really smart with their ball use and didn’t take the foot off the pedal all day – maintaining that buffer until the final siren sounded. Zac Dingwall was exceptional across half back whilst Mitch Stephens won plenty of ball through the middle. A great win for the boys who have now locked in top spot!
Final Scores: Pyramid Hill 7.10.67 defeated Maiden Gully YCW 4.6.30
Goals: D. Goulding 3, C. Cooper 1, M. Farrell 1, E. Caburnay 1, A. Cunningham 1.
Brett Hercus Award: Z. Dingwall. Millers Ag Supplies Award: M. Stephens. Pyramid Bakery Cafe Award: B. Moon. Special Award: J. Godfrey. Others: D. Goulding, C. Cooper, M. Farrell, L. Dillon, E. Caburnay, M. Swiney, C. Mayman.
The Reserves were looking at locking in a possible top spot heading into the finals as they were up against YCW Maiden Gully. The boys started well having the ball in their foward half but were inaccurate in front of goal. Things didn’t go well for the next 3 quarters as the boys dropped off and YWC won by 3 points.
Special mentions were Brad Fawcett, Dylan Tonkin, Matt Scott and Nathan Moon.
The boys are now fired up to bounce back and have a good finals series.
Final Scores: Pyramid Hill 6.8.44 lost to Maiden Gully YCW 47Goals: M. Scott 2, J. Ritchie 1, G. Birt 1, C. Milroy 1, N. Moon
Pony Award: B. Fawcett. Egan Taylor Award: M. Scott. National Hotel Award: D. Tonkin. Victoria Hotel Award: N. Moon. Others: C. Driscoll, J. Hickmott, G. Birt, J. Douch, T. Woolhouse.
It was an interesting feeling in the changerooms with just 15 players for the team meeting. Injuries and unavailability’s were at a significant high for our final home and away game of the season, requiring 7 players to double up and play both reserves and seniors. The focus of the day was purely on effort as regardless of the result we had locked in 3rd spot on the ladder. We produced that effort early, our intensity around the footy was great, our pressure was high but YCW made the most of their chances inside 50 and led by 26 points at the main break. As expected, there were a few tired boys during the second half which meant we couldn’t provide a lot of run and carry. The Eagles showed their class and ran out 45 point winners in some shocking conditions – even a burst of hail. Hopefully, with the bye, our injured boys are right to go in two weeks as we prepare for our Qualifying Final clash, most likely against the Eagles again.
Final Scores: Pyramid Hill 6.8.44 lost to Maiden Gully YCW 13.11.89
Goals: R. Thiesz 2, M. Cheeseman 2, A. Holland 1, C. Milroy 1.
Egan Taylor Award: Gav James. Victoria Hotel Award: A. Holland. National Hotel Award: T. Sala. Others: B. Micevski, M. Cheeseman, P. Micevski, M. Bateman, A. Dobby, L. Carroll.
The girls took to the court for the last time this season. MGYCW were a tight team with some pretty impressive plays, but Pyramid was showing off just how much all of the girls have improved this season. Some fantastic intercepts kept the game interesting, as well as the accuracy of the goals on both sides. What a great game to finish off the 2018 season. A big thanks goes to their coach, Adam Caspani, for his work with the girls again this year, the improvement in their game is pretty impressive. Awards for the day went to Ellesha, Erin, Jasmine and Charli.