RD. 9 VS WALPEUP UNDERBOOL
The trip west, to face Walpeup/Underbool, saw a contrast in size between our boys and our close
rivals. This resulted in four players swapping the red and blue for the Roo’s colours. These boys
acquitted themselves well playing against their regular teammates. The advantage of this was we
were able to give some of our younger players a taste of U16's and it was great to see them relish
the opportunity; one of whom was Lachlan Comrie who was able to play his first game for the club.
Despite the greasy conditions our boys started well, with Alex Maynard slotting an early goal and
Michael Gardien leading well at centre half forward. Matt Cresp again played a great game, often
winning the hard ball and also showing class with his finishing skills. For his efforts all over the
ground he was duly rewarded with ‘Best on Ground’ honours. Declan Anderson played his best game
for the year, he got into good positions up forward and also played well when moved into the midfield.
Others to play well were Liam Blume who showed a lot of fight down back for the Roos and Ethan
Munro who gave his all in just his second game of U16's. In a good all round game of footy, in which
the contest was much tougher than what the scoreboard implied, our boys played well and deserved
the four points.
Awards: Australian Seed Cleaning - Matt Cresp, Greggs Laser Electrical - Declan Anderson, Mallee
Route Café - Michael Gardine, Ouyen Mallee Bakery - Liam Blume, Nth West Ag Towel - Alex
Maynard, Top End Training (Glass) - Ethan Munro
In a must win game to keep in touch with a very tight top four, our boys responded very well to the
onslaught of pressure from the Walpeup/Underbool boys. Once again we were short of players;
having to use Morrish, Mclean and Cresp out of the U16’s. Coach Pengelly and Jason Scott (the
runner), were duly asked to don a jumper, to ensure the team could field a side. Ouyen United were
well on top in the centre, with Hulland rucking well all day to Fishwick. A welcome return to the side
was key forward Relton Roberts, who bagged a very classy 11 goals for the game. Stacey and Weir
had to play on key forwards Walpeup/Underbool (O’Shannessy and Brown) and made it extremely
difficult for the Roos to get a kick. A very good all round performance by all the boys. Coach Pengelly
found it difficult to pick awards from the star studded line-up. Here’s hoping the boys can keep up
this effort in the following weeks.
Awards: Heenens Caltex – Relton Roberts, Patche Pub – Corbin Stacey, Ouyen Vic Hotel – Adam
Weir, Nth West Butchers – Billy Fishwick, Elliott’s Rural Supplies – Nic Hulland, Ouyen Club –
Ouyen United started well in the first quarter. It was even for most of the first term, with both
team’s forwards looking dangerous throughout and the scores remained even at the break. During the
second quarter our on-ballers got well on top. Lead by Rooster, we were able to deliver into our
forward 50 far more than the slow footed Roos, creating a handy half time lead. Vallance dominating
and the brilliant tactical decision to send the formidable Dom Leech into the Demons forward half,
allowed both boys the opportunity to kick 5 goals each for the day. Coming out of the half time
break, the Roo boys decided to dig in their heels and fought a hard third term. The final quarter was
very pleasing to see the boys run the game out and win the quarter easily. It was a fantastic all round
team performance. Our leaders stood up and young guys were disciplined in their roles. The end
result was a very happy Cat.
Awards: Top End Training - Ben Gregg, MFL - Brad Vallance, Haeuslers - Dom Leach, Ouyen &
District Plumbing - Aron Morrish, Shaddocks Freight - Andrew Jardine, Hill Top Motel - Jordan
The boys did very well against the Walpeup/Underbool side. Both teams were evenly matched and due
to a high calibre of game play the awards were difficult to allocate.
Awards: Coach's Glass - Jarn Clarke, Encouragement $5.00 - Will Nhill, Encouragement $5.00 -
A big thank you to all the volunteer trainers, water boys, runners and umpires, without whom we wouldn’t be able to play the game we love.