Goannas last home game brings division one victory

Tough clearance: The Goannas division one team recorded a close victory against UTS at Gipps Road Oval. Photo: Jacqui Carville.

Tough clearance: The Goannas division one team recorded a close victory against UTS at Gipps Road Oval. Photo: Jacqui Carville.

Division one

The last round of home and away matches at Gipps Road Oval saw the division one Goannas taking on University of Technology Sydney (UTS), looking to make it eight straight wins.

The visitors got the early jump, catching the Goannas on the back foot and opening up a three goal lead at quarter time.

Goannas gradually swing the momentum back in the second term, and a late burst of goals saw the home team close the gap to just five points the main break. With so much at stake the game developed into a real arm wrestle. At the start of the last quarter the margin was four and a nailbiter was on the cards.

The lead changed a number of times a late Goannas goal put them up by three, and they managed to hold on and win. Ben Rogers was named best on ground with another excellent performance and five goals, with Trent Schmutter also having a fantastic game in defence.

Division four

Division four also played UTS, who were top of the table. The game started evenly with both sides having chances but UTS made the most of theirs and eventually stretched to a 36 point lead with a burst before half time.

The start of the second half saw a determined Goannas outfit take the fight up to the Bats, but again did not get the full reward for their efforts. 

The margin was back to 30 points at the last change and the visitors came out and took control, shutting game down for a 49 point win. Chris Jones was outstanding on they day was was named best on ground, with Peter Zuvela outstanding in the backline and also generated plenty of attacking opportunities.

Division five

Division five were took the field for the final time in 2014 against Blacktown. Looking to finish the season on a high, the Goannas certainly showed plenty of excellent patches of football.

Despite their best efforts, the boys were not able to stop Blacktown coming away with the win. 

Mitch Ramsay was the best on ground in his return, while Matt Smith finished his excellent season with another outstanding performance. The club thanks coach Clive Sharp and the team for their efforts this year and look forward to bigger and better things for the team in 2015.

Under 19s

The Under 19 Goannas had a tough task, kicking off the day by against the table topping Western Suburbs. 

The home team was determined to put on a good showing, and they certainly came out and took it right up to the Magpies. 

While the visitors may have had the lead for the duration of the game, they most certainly did not have it all their own way, and in an encouraging performance for Goanna they managed to kick the highest score conceded by the Magpies all season. 

Zaki Zarin was named best on ground for the Goannas, with Matt Seymour, Luke Mansour, Jake Aubert, Stephen Smith and Justin Taylor all stepping up in one of the team’s best performances for the season.

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