Thank you to PJ (deputy ed) again.
There was a late change to the fixture list which may have dampened parents’ spirits on Saturday evening, however, with winter woollies aplenty, the Suns headed over to Weldon Oval in Curl Curl for an 8am kick-off against the Manly Spitfires.
With Trent one of few adults in shorts, some of the boys adopted the Thierry Henry look (sorry, wrong code but the World Cup is on after all) – socks over knees and thermal underlayer to fend off the wintry breeze.
The first quarter was evenly matched in terms of possession, territory and wins in the ruck, however strong conversion from the Suns saw them open up an 18-2 lead with Noah continuing his goalscoring form from last week. He coolly slotted two and Zac showed quick feet to add a third, whilst the Spitfires got two behinds in response.
The Suns continued their sharp shooting in the second quarter, capitalising on some excellent marks. Marcus was riding some strong tackles in the middle of the park and Noah was sweeping well across the back. Max converted the Suns’ first goal of the quarter and we then saw a “triple mark play” with Thomas grabbing the first mark, kicking it on to Max who then unselfishly pumped it to Liam, who dropped it through the posts. The Spitfires weren’t as clinical in front of goal as they scored 3 behinds. 30-5 at half time.
That was the last time the Spitfires breached the Suns’ backline and as has become customary this season, the Suns went from strength to strength in the second half. Archie was on fire with two behinds, one of which came from a fine Justus assist and then Archie finished off a fine run with a goal. This prompted cries of “goal of the season” from the crowd!! 38-5 with the final quarter to go.
The Suns’ territorial control continued in Q4. Noah was back up front and Hipster Coach continued to keep the boys on their toes. Hugo scored a behind and Noah capped off a fine display by the Suns in the cold conditions, with a goal to bring up his fifth hat-trick of the season as well as two behinds.
Great spirit from the Suns again. They can now enjoy a well deserved two weeks off before coming back after the school hols with 5 games to go until the end of the season.
Suns 7.5.47 – Spitfires 0.5.5
Felt like North Pole