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Makos Hold Off Cards In Electric Opener

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first round of the CAFL for 2018 got off to a flying start and showcased a lot of new and exciting talent!

In the first quarter of the game the players were still finding their feet after the off-season, a lot of chances missed saw the Makos keep the gate open for the Cards who were using the ball well but couldnt get much use forward of center. Some strong leadership from Danny Kay in the Makos kept their defence tight and focused helping the Makos keep their lead at quarter time.

Leading into the second quarter the Cards were energized and their midfield clicked into gear James Hancock winning a few clean possessions and busting through to deliver to their forward line, Lewis Collett opened his goal scoring account shrugging of a tackle to kick a great goal. The Makos however straightened up their kicking and kept their advantage going into half time.

The Third quarter was frantic, with tiring legs but a determination to push on both teams gave themselves plenty of shots at goal, Brett Wolfenden and Alexander Clark from the Makos showing their running ability and pulling the Makos along. Andrew McManus from the Cards slotted a good goal turning out of trouble to size up the stick.

Heading into the last quarter it was closer than most people thought, with the Makos having a lot of possession but the Cards working hard and using the ball well when they did have possession the scores meant it was all to play for. The Cards didnt stop, with Caroline Sellar trying to create some line breaking run from the back line the Cards kept pressing. In the Midfield John McIntyre for the Cards and Alex Young for the Makos battled hard in the ruck trying to give their play makers first use of the ball. In the end however it was the Makos forward line of Stacey Hughes and Jen Treacey that made the difference firing on all cylinders in the last. The Makos ran out the last quarter well and made the score line reflect the effort they had put in all game.

Player of the day went to Lewis Collett who kicked half the goals for the Cards. Lewis has taken his game to a new level and we hope to see this continue on.

DETAILS

Date Time Competition Season
January 13, 2018 11:00 am CAFL 2018

RESULTS

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Goals Behinds Total
Mako Sharks 2.5 6.7 1.8.10 4.10.13 16 13 109
Card Sharks 1.2 4.6 7.9 10.12 10 12 72

MAKO SHARKS

# Player Position CAFL MVP Votes
Alex Young Ruckman 9
Alexander Clark Midfield 11
Grant Murray Forward 3
Stacey Hughes Forward 3
Danny Kay Defender 10
Jarrad Williams Defender 3
Melanie McDevitt Forward 3
Brett Wolfenden Forward 13
Jennifer Treacy Forward 4
Joe Perry Defender 11
DNP Daniel Connor Forward 3
DNP Mark MacFarlane Forward 3
DNP Sarahmairead McLachlan Forward 2
Total 78

CARD SHARKS

# Player Position CAFL MVP Votes
Derek Smith Defender 2
Andrew McManus Forward 7
Caroline Sellar Forward 8
Duncan Bertram Forward 3
James Hancock Midfield 8
Lewis Collett Defender 14
Andrew Kerr Midfielder 2
Orfhlaith McCaughey Defender 3
John McIntyre Ruckman 5
Adam Jack Forward 3
Total 55
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Preseason Interclub Game

The Sharks held a pre-season interclub friendly Saturday 18th of November at GHA Rugby Club.

The club tried out the new AFL-X rules in the game with an eye on fine tuning how the CAFL would function in 2018.  AFL-X is a shortened format of Aussie Rules.  Designed by the AFL as the way to play the game on Soccer and Rugby fields around the world (which are more accessible than the cricket pitches AFL is normally played on) the game is played with 7 players on the field (two defenders and two attackers must stay within each of the marked out 40 metre arcs before the central bounce) 3 players on the bench.  There are two 40 metre arcs, around both goals, normal scoring is seen within the arcs though and goals scored from outside 40m arc are given 10 points instead of the normal 6.  Quarters are 10 minutes long, the last person to touch the ball before it goes out of play has a free kick payed against them and kicks to team mates behind the kickers position does not incur a mark, instead play continues.  After every goal and behind play starts from a kick in that must be taken from behind the goal line i.e. no goal square.

The interclub game was a fast, free flowing affair with a soft ground everyone tired quickly.  Lots of new faces along mixed with experienced heads meant that there was plenty of opportunities to for our leaders to show how the game is played.  Our more seasoned players took the lead during the game and helped to highlight just how much the AFL-X is focused on quick scoring, end to end football where turning the ball over is much more costly than ever.  Though more impressively our newer players stole the limelight.  Adapting to the sport very quickly and showing a willingness to take the game on was very encouraging.  The game ended in a one point victory with the siren making the last kick of the game, though would have meant a draw, wasn’t counted.

After the game and discussing some aspects of play that suited and those didn’t the CAFL and it’s intention to improve players game understanding, knowledge and skills some of the rules will be adapted for the next outing.

Stephen Connor, Head Coach and umpire during the game said “The style and format of the game was really exciting, scoring was high and I definitely saw that people were encouraged to have a shot from 40m when presented with the option of 10 points and most had the ability to do so, this may help players feel more comfortable scoring from distance. All in all I think this was a great game to watch.”

The club is still looking for newer players and with another interclub game set during December and a few Tuesday trainings between now and then it’s a great time to get along and see what the sports all about. Make sure you let anyone interested know about how to contact us.