HEATHCOTE’S under 12 football side took to its home ground like ducks to water next door at the local pool on Saturday, taking on StThereses.
The first minute had the crowd pumped, with Ryan Foster’s quick hands to James Pringle saw him kick swiftly to Brayden Ferguson in the forward 50.
Ferguson then kicked straight into the hands of Oliver Ayres in the pocket for Heathcote’s first goal of the year on home soil.
Thomas Johnson again started in the ruck and was having a great game, beating his opponent everywhere and managed to snap the second goal for the quarter.
This didn’t deter St Thereses who quickly replied.
Good vision from the Saints with teamwork from George Chamouas, Fergo and Jimmy “chips” Pringle powering through the centre corridor to land the ball again in the sure arms of Ollie Ayres.
Ayres kicked true, draining the parents’ bank balance. Perhaps the $20 a goal man will face the match review panel this week?
A big welcome this week to Matilda Edsall-French making her debut, bringing the number of girls on the team to six.
Matilda and Lexi Jorgenson-Neave combined well in the second term, tackling, crumbing and shepherding like stars.
Pringle, despite his garden gnome size, laid a superb tackle to be awarded a free and booted it straight to Ayres who tested the black netting behind the goals, a good save from the ball ending up on Wright Street.
Damon Ryan-May hit the ground running in the third quarter with a great goal to keep the Saints going.
Kody Johnson, Seth Creevey, Callum Devine and Tanika Cook did well deflecting St Thereses’ constant attack.
Magical stuff in the final quarter saw Tommy Johnson kick to Pringle with a short kick to Fergo who booted from 50 on the wing.
The ball dropped just short when brother Harrison Ferguson pounced to score his first goal of the season and cement another victory for the team. Well done, Saints!
And thank you to all the spectators and helpers.
It’s another home game next Saturday with the first bounce set for 9am.
Scores: Heathcote 6.5 (41) def St Thereses 2.4 (16).
Goals: Oliver Ayres (3), Thomas Johnson, Damon Ryan-May, Harrison Ferguson.
Country Kitchen Award: Harrison Ferguson
Jaimie Johnson Plumbing Award: Matilda Edsall-French
Coach’s Award: Tanika Cook