Rennie has put in its most complete performance of the season defeating Waaia at Rennie by 54 points.May 20, 2014 3:45pm
The Hoppers were able to win all four quarters and, when challenged in the third term, were able to stand up and resist the pressure.
The quality of the win was based around relentless defence where the bombers were unable to kick a goal in the first half as James Price, Solimo and Mitchell were impassable, which then complemented the onball work of the two Cam’s, Sandral and Wood, and the grunt power work of Fountain and Murphy.
The only downside was kicking for goal, 21 behinds for the day.
The Hoppers have kicked 68 goals 81 behinds for the season which is a poor conversion rate. Even so the forward line work of Lewis, Forsyth and Sam Price made it difficult for Waaia to easily extract the ball out of its backline.
An even spread of goalkickers saw Lewis, Sandral, Forsyth and Murphy kick 2 each. After a slow start the Hoppers are 4 wins from 7 games and sit third on the ladder after the first completed round of games.
Awards- Woods Bus Lines - Cam Sandral, Corowa Fertilisers - Cam Wood, Mulwala Water Ski Club - Matt Solimo, Cellarbrations - Jarryd Fountain, Criterion Hotel - Jeremy Murphy.
The seconds could never blow Waaia away but were able to also outscore their opponent in every term to win by 21 points.
Mark Wallace was the star with his around ground work providing the impetus for Justin Rattle to play a blinder and allowed the twin towers of Chappell and Clarke up forward to provide constant headaches for the opposing backman.
Normal suspects Judd and Boulton were solid on ball and Mitch Clifton got plenty of the pill. The reserves are fifth after round 7.
Awards: Bi Rite Electrical - Mark Wallace, Criterion Hotel - Justin Rattle, Pistols Tavern - Daniel Boulton, Andrew Goldman Excavations - Jack Judd, Cellarbrations - Grant Chappell.
Playing fourth placed Waaia, the visitors kicked the first 2 goals of the game with fast flowing play.
Then the Hoppers kicked into gear winning the centre clearances, giving Buckmaster and Zak Garner the opportunity to score. And they didn’t let the side down booting 3 out of 4 for the first term. Hoppers 4.1 to Waaia 4.2
Rennie showed no fear in the second with gutsy team play and a willingness to take on the opposition at all costs. Captain Bozzola with Lach Vissenga, Bruce and Sanderson were doing an almighty job down back defending Waaia’s efforts to score whilst setting up plays to deliver it forward to Bond and Tom Ryan who kicked his first goal for the year .
Rennie up by 2 pts.
The premiership quarter saw Rennie pile on 4 goals to 1 with everyone in the side stepping up and playing as a team. Plenty of run and numbers to the contest gave Rennie the upper hand. Fullback Sanderson snuck forward and booted a great goal from a strong mark. Bucky had a day out kicking another 2 goals to finish with 4 for the game.
Last term Rennie kept up the forward entries but couldn’t convert any majors. And as good sides do Waaia fought really had and coming home with 3 goals to nil nearly caused coach Giblett to have heart failure. But the young men from Rennie held on for a great win.
Awards:AXT Plumbing - Lach Vissenga, Wingates Sportz - Zac Garner, Belmores Accounting - Denver Bruce, Dominiques Jewellers - Zac Buckmaster, Yarra Mulwala Golf Resort - Alex Donovan.
The fourths suffer a similar problem to their senior counterparts, 84 goals 82 behinds for the season is not a good enough conversion rate. Against a good side like Waaia 5 goals 14 behinds kept the bombers in it all day.
Jack McMahon and Charlie Campbell were standouts in an even team performance well supported by Sam Thomas and Josh Ednie but the smallest Hoppers looked like a week’s break will do them a world of good.
Awards: I & P Ferguson - Joel O’Dwyer, Ken Forge Contracting - Jack McMahon, Kennedy Builders - Sam Thomas, STF Engineering - Josh Ednie, Yarra Mulwala Golf Resort - Charlie Campbell, Rennie Catering Committee - Zane Chilcott, Wingates Sportz - Josh McInness.
Rennie have this weekend off due to the interleague break, then they travel to Katamatite to play for the Andrew Goldman Excavations trophy.
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