Goannas' seniors nab a win heading into finals

Tough in the wet: The Goannas had to fight to record a morale-boosting win over University of NSW heading into an elimination final. Picture Jacqui Carville

Tough in the wet: The Goannas had to fight to record a morale-boosting win over University of NSW heading into an elimination final. Picture Jacqui Carville

With their place in the finals assured, the Goannas took on UNSW at Blacktown with the knowledge that if results went their way they may be able to sneak into third on the log and secure the all important finals double chance.

In wet and slippery conditions the Goannas made a great start with the ball spending the early part of the game camped in their forward 50, but the conditions made scoring difficult.

The Dogs scored a goal against the run of play to stay in it, but a late goal gave the Goannas a seven point first-term lead.

The second quarter followed much the same pattern, with the Goannas finding it difficult to shake UNSW and assert their dominance on the game - at the main break the margin was 14 points. 

After the intermission the Goannas started to get the reward for their efforts. Nailing three goals to none in a dominant display saw them open up a lead 31 point lead which was a significant margin in the conditions.

The Dogs came out firing in the last quarter and had the Goannas on the back foot for most of the term, trying to reduce the deficit. 

The visitors kicked 4 unanswered goals in the last quarter, but resolute defence late in the game from the Goannas saw them hold on to a nine point victory.

Stuart McKinley was named best on ground with a great game in the midfield, topped off with a couple of goals. Trent Schmutter continued his excellent form in the backline, and was well supported by Sunny Gill, Andrew Grogan and Luke McLeod. Chris Irwin lead the way in the forward line in both attack and defense.

The Goannas will now take on Pennant Hills in an elimination final to keep their tilt at a premiership alive.

Under-19s

The Under 19 Goannas headed out to Penrith for their final game of the season playing for pride and looking to finish with a win against the Rams.

The boys made a great start, matching it with the Rams in a very even first quarter, which saw the home team take a six point lead in to the first change. 

The Rams were able to open up this lead as they controlled the second quarter, with the lead being 41 points at the long break.

With a half of footy left the Goannas dug deep and lifted, controlling the third quarter and outscoring the home team five goals to three, brining the margin back to 32 points, confident of a strong finish.

It was not to be however as the home team steadied and finished the game off strongly to record a 72 point win.

Jamie Morris had an outstanding game and was named best on ground.

The club would like to thank Lee Nolan and the team for all of their efforts this year, and look forward to seeing all the boys back up either in the 19’s again or making the step up in to senior footy.

Final Scores:

Division one - Goannas 7.7.49 def. UNSW 6.4.40

Under-19's - Goannas 9.2.56 def. Penrith 18.20.128

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