It was always going to be tough for St. Bernards who had been decimated by injury, and the Colts boys showed no mercy in what was a ruthless and clinical four quarter performance. The only thing that almost held De La back was an (almost) no show from Darcy Sinclair who was bringing the jumpers! Declan Minnet came to the rescue though driving to SInclair’s house and dragging him to the ground.
Harrison “Slow Start” Pietsch beautifully roved a Tom Martin tap at the opening bounce and proceeded to hit Joel Tyquin on the chest, who kicked truly to give De La their first within 30 seconds. Unfortunately for St. Bernards, this was a sign of things to come. Luke “I kicked 6 on debut” Lyngberg was back to his damaging best, marking everything and slotting four first half goals.
The Colts welcomed Nikitas, Stephenson and Khan for their first game with the side, the latter pulling out his best game of the season for the occasion. Liakakos took a while to get into the game but ended with two to his name and plenty of clearances. Sheedy broke the lines off the half back, in his patented running style while Will Richards was able to find some form on the wing. Tom Martin did what Tom Martin does, dominate in the air and run all day.
At half-time the magnets got thrown around a little bit, Zitzen went into the guts, McMahon went forward and Lyngberg floated to CHB. All three players performed impressively in these new positions; Zitzen using his size to bully opposition midfielders, Lyngberg taking intercept marks for fun (including one that wasn’t paid, ending in the funniest holding the ball decision of all time) and McMahon scoring three second half goals. It is great to have this kind of flexibility in the side, knowing that if need be they can mix things up and potentially change the momentum of a game.
Murray continued his rapid rise in form this week, with a career best 5 goals to go with the crucial two he kicked last week. It is great to see hard work and commitment paying off and a man living the leadership role he was given, out on the field. Once again, for the fifth consecutive week, the side was able to restrict the opposition to 3 or less goals, excelling in both attack and defence.
This week builds as a danger game against St. Bedes/Mentone who only went down to second placed Bulleen Templestowe by 2 goals a few weeks ago. Let’s see if the boys can keep the momentum rolling… this Saturday… 9:20am… at home! Be there!