RD 18 VS SEA LAKE NANDALY TIGERS
What a nail biter! Exertion, composure and determination were emotions clearly plastered over the faces of the Ouyen United boys as they took the field against the Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers. In a loggerheads tussle that spanned the duration of the match, it was never clear who might come away with the win at the final siren. Both teams have finals to contend with; however that didn’t slow either side from hitting hard and looking to run the ball all day. Andrew Jardine was a crucial factor in the Demons drive for victory. His continual run, ability to shut down his direct opponent and leadership in the backline, created a plethora of scoring opportunities for the Ouyen forwards. It was Ouyen’s inability to capitalise on some easy scoring shots that seemed to be the deciding factor in the end. Sea Lake matched goal for goal with the Demons and by the final siren came home with a one goal victory. One player who failed to get an award but, in this reporter’s eye was deserving of one, was Ouyen’s Coach, Peter Caldow. His tenacity and drive throughout the game was influential in creating scoring opportunities. He was willing to get the hard ball and provided, at times, third and fourth efforts at the ball. The week off will do the Demons good.
Awards: Top End Training - Andrew Jardine; MFL - Ben Mole; Haeuslers - Marc Hahnel; Pengelly Plumbing - Ben Gregg; Gniels Transport - Brad Vallance; NAB - Tim Weir.
It was a top of the table clash to end the home and away season for Ouyen United Reserves and the match did not disappoint. It was a tight battle from the beginning with both teams crashing in hard and using the ball well. There were tight contests all over the ground with no one willing to give up their edge but it was hard running that saw Ouyen come into the first quarter break two goals up. The arm wrestles continued over the next two quarters with Sea Lake fighting back and drawing even in the fourth quarter. The Ouyen boys had the answers though and were able to steady and kick a couple of goals to finish the game. Jacob Grigg and Wade Brady were damaging up forward and provided good targets while the back six lead by Justin Kay, Jimmy Shaddock and Nathan Mole were solid and unyielding. It was an impressive effort by the team and continues weeks of good form leading into the finals. Now that challenge is to keep it up after the break and play some solid team footy.
Awards: Heenens Caltex - Casey Stoetzer; Patche Pub - Jacob Grigg; Ouyen Vic Hotel - Justin Kay; Nth West Butchers - Wade Brady; Elliott's Rural Supplies - James Shaddock; Ouyen Club - Nathan Mole
Our final home and away match of the year saw the U16's take on the third placed Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers in a tough and hard fought match. Early morning drizzle saw slippery conditions, particularly early in the game, but both sides seemed to adjust relatively quickly. Thanks to good play from Jacob Grigg, Tom Morrish and Kyle Sporn our boys took an early lead. To the Tigers credit, they continued to push for the entirety of the game. Jake Cresp was moved forward and provided a spark for his team, he created many scoring opportunities and soon we were back out to a handy lead. The young Tigers never let up but thanks to strong performances from Harrison Jolly who ran hard on his wing, Daniel Kay who bagged two goals and Brandan Corp who defended well the young Dees ran out 41 point winners in a good hitout going into the finals.
Awards: Australian Seed Cleaning - Jacob Grigg; Greggs Laser Electrical - Jake Cresp; Mallee Route Café - Kyle Sporn; Ouyen Bakery - Daniel Kay; Nth West Ag (Towel) - Harry Jolly; Top End Training (Glass) - Brandon Corp
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Sea Lake looked strong around the ground and were able to capitalise on a few quick scoring shots which Ouyen weren’t able to draw back. Final score was Ouyen – 0-3-3 to Sea Lake – 3-0-18. Congratulations on a great season boys!
Awards: Coach's Glass - Tate Hulland; Encouragement $5.00 - NAB Voucher - Lachlan Comrie;Encouragement $5.00 - NAB Voucher - Louis Monaghan
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.