1st XVIII report – SPC accounts for Grammar

April 29, 2015

Score: St Patrick’s College 30 19 (199) def Ballarat Grammar 0 2 (2)

Goal Kickers: Jackson Carrick 5, Clay Bilney, Max Scales 4, Jacob Brown, Leslie Moroney 3, Ben Hurley, Ollie Nash 2, Jordyn Cotter, Jake McQueen, Nick Stuhldreier, Tom Evans, Daniel Rioli, Cameron Jackson, Sam Mead 1

Best Players: Max Scales, Tom Evans, Jackson Carrick, Cameron Pither, Leslie Moroney, Daniel Rioli, Cameron Jackson-

St Patrick’s College have recorded a thumping victory over Ballarat Grammar by 197 points.

Keeping the opposition goalless is one thing, but for St Patrick’s to kick 30 themselves sends fear down the spines of the rest of the BAS competition.

A quick clearance from stand-in Captain Ben Simpson to second gamer Jordyn Cotter, who goaled in the opening seconds, got the ball rolling for the home side and they never looked back, going on to kick 13 goals for the first half.

Onlookers witnessed a complete domination from a side which was far from its best. However the ball movement on their spacious oval had the opposition struggling to keep pace.

SPC players, irrespective of the one-sided scoreboard, continued to obey the non-negotiables as they played selfless football.

-There was not one passenger out on the ground,- coach Howard Clark said.

Arguably SPC’s most valuable player this season so far, reliable defender Ben Hurley tried his hand playing as a key forward in the third quarter and marked strongly and kicked two goals.

The 100 point margin was reached just five minutes into the third quarter. However there was no decline in intensity from the home team. – Rather SPC players continued to bring the ball through the middle of the ground and score with relative ease.

Many SPC players produced their best game in the prestigious jumper. Max Scales’ work rate playing in the forward line was invaluable and he was rewarded with goals of his own. Cameron Jackson, in the absence of Matt Geary, took ownership of the number one ruck position and Tom Evans got plenty of the football running through the midfield.

While the game was played on SPC terms, injuries were sustained during the third quarter. Lachlan Thornton came off with a knee injury and Joe Dodd took no further place in the game after a nasty poke in the eye.

St Patrick’s College coach, Mr Howard Clark, was extremely proud of the way his players took the opportunity to play for the 1st XVIII.

-I honestly believe there wasn’t a passenger among the 23 that played,- Mr Clark said.

-The only thing that we can control is how we play and I thought the boys stuck to their structures and the things that myself and the coaching staff asked of them so I’m really pleased about that.-

The Paddy boys will have time to rest up with the bye next week but this win, no doubt, sends a strong message to the rest of BAS competition.-