Game 4 – Eaton Boomers at Pratt Rd Eaton on July 23rd 2016
A westerly breeze blew across the Pratt Rd oval in Eaton to greet our 28 strong playing group. A great turn out to go with the 33 at Crab-land and 22 who ventured to the arctic fiords of Albany. These numbers put our away average for the year at 27 which could be a league record but certainly our highest away numbers which is a pretty good indication of a lot going right at Jurassic Park in 2016.
Well done to the boys who came along and helped out. 40 running water, Kev Jong running the magnets, Barbs and Maybs doing the umpiring/coaching duties, Hally, Mill, Greeny and Anzac’s special comments from the boundary, even a long lost Dino in Foggs was in the crowd so there would have been 40 odd Dinos around/on the ground.
The Eaton boys were dominant in all their games at the recent country carnival so we knew we were not in for a Tangerine Festival and that is exactly how it played out with Eaton slipping away to a 2 goal lead at quarter time into a stiff wind. Thank goodness Muzza had played it smart as the visiting captain and chose to kick with the breeze or the damage could have be fatal. Shredder and Griever were working hard but we needed to lift across the board.
Into the breeze in the second it was better and we held on, to go to the long break 3 goals down. Awesome effort from the Boomers at this stage with a hard working midfield and well structured forward line proving a challenge for the Jurassic juggernaut.
Barbs pulled out the strap AND the wooden spoon and gave us all a good old fashion thrashing…full of ‘it doesn’t matter how many on the bench if ya not gonna get the footy’, ‘this is not our style’ and challenged the team to ‘kick 9 for the quarter and get this game back to where it should be’.
The critical third quarter went as outlined by the coaching panel with Kingy/Capt Jack, Juice, Rowey, Macca and Griever dominating the clearances and the forwards firing for 8 unanswered goals. Well done to Fos for hitting score board with a nice 25m set shot (hey hey hey, did ya see that did ya ?, hey, hey, heys into the night).
In the final quarter they had the breeze and were determined to drop it into their forward line quickly and directly. One small problem with at was that although the Eagles have a Governator, we had 3 with The Barbarian, Gunja and Hoggs taking the Boomers long bombs and driving the pig skin back through the midfield where Barbs (who had had enough of being over ruled by his 14 year old umpiring partner) was rolling his playing sleeves up and looked as keen as Hally waiting for the ferry to Rottnest. In the end the Dinos finished with a 6+ goal margin and headed to esky for a well earned frosty.
Injuries: Duff hamstring (season), Reid ankle (season), Wharton bruised hip and shoulder (HE’s just fine)
Best : William Barclay Keech III, Capt Jack Sparrow, Griever, Kel, Kingy, The Barbarian, Fanta.
Thanks to all the support staff and Haousty for the Go West chariot.
Next game is at home to the Margs boys on Sat August 6th so lets continue the great numbers at game day and training and finish the year off with a BANG !!!
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