Division Five Nail Bitter

Updated: July 10, 2013
Div 5 Round 12 Feature

It came down to the very last kick to change the outcome of the match between Division Five teams Blacktown Magic and UNSW Bulldogs in the Round 12 battle at Charles McLaughlin on Saturday.

The Magic played one of the most outstanding games of football seen to date with both sides trying to get their foot into the top five with a win today. In a low scoring affair, the game went back and forth with the lead countless times, with neither team grabbing the game by the horns. In the first quarter it was the middle of the park which saw most of the action. Ruckman Tim Baracz hardly lost a tap all game and provide countless opportunities for the crumbers Greg Driscoll, Jay Roughley and Andy Pyman to push forward.

It was the Magic who drew first blood via the boot of Darren “Pumper” Edmondson, and the boys knew the importance of that goal to gain the control of the game.

In the second quarter, the lack of accuracy in the final shot was affecting both sides on the day, perhaps from the pressure maintained from the defence at either end. The defence of the Magic were solid all game and shut down nearly every attacking phase the Bulldogs threw their way. Special mention must go to Tony Zakroczymski and Daniel McIntyre for their efforts down back however Blacktown’s best was in no doubt Craig Reynolds. He was a stalwart in the back and ironically it was his first game there as he usually plays higher up the park. At half time the scores were one point apart with no goals kicked in the second quarter.

Both sides started the second half with the same gusto as the previous half. Tall targets Jared Clifford, Darryl Hinton and Jamie Miller provided plenty of opportunities for the small forwards which was apparent with the Magic out numbering the Bulldogs in the scoring shots statistic. To their credit though, the Magic dictated play most of the game holding a majority of the possession and the build up play was sensational. Once again though it was the failure to convert the final kick which would come back to haunt them later in the match.

A final quarter which you would only dream about as a spectator was on show and it went end to end for the entire time. Blacktown were in front holding the lead with only a few minutes of play to go when the Bulldogs applied the pressure going forward. A scrappy period of play gave the Bulldogs the lead and put the pressure back on the Magic. All instructions from the coaching bench were to get the ball forward and get shots on at goal. There were several smothered shots only metres out from the UNSW defence line with the Bulldogs surviving wave after wave of attacks from the Magic.

A last ditched effort saw the ball come back into the attacking half of the Magic with a mark taken by Driscol about 55 metres out. The final siren went and it was an ambitious task to put the ball through from that distance.

Blacktown played one of their best team efforts in their first year as a Division Five team and not one player ever shirked a contest, or left a mate down. The effort was there for all 4 quarters, and everyone ran out everything they had in the game.

Nothing was left on the field and unfortunately Blacktown went down by 1 point to UNSW 42-41.


Div 5 Round 12 Overview

Action from the Round 12 clash between the Magic and UNSW Bulldogs

Div 5 Match Report Round 12

Goal Kickers

Goal Kickers:  J. Miller , G. Driscoll , T. Baracz , D. Edmondson , J. Roughley

Best on Ground

Best Players: C. Reynolds, A. Zakroczymski, J. Roughley, A. Pyman, T. Darvas, T. Baracz


Div 5 Match Report Players Round 12

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