MAIDEN Gully YCW had their work cut out on Saturday hosting ladder leaders Heathcote in under 12 football.
The Saints showed no mercy from the first bounce. A great goal from Captain Brayden Ferguson was soon followed by another from ruckman Thomas Johnson and the scoreboard was ticking over.
Jimmy “chips” Pringle fired after the quarter-time break scoring a whole lot of points before snapping a wobbler that bounced past 32 sets of hands to score his first for the game.
Taylor Maiden was in her element, tackling, marking well and kicking accurately to snavel another for the Saints.
In and under Jesse Bruce another standout for Heathcote, who along with the giant Johnson each slammed another goal on the scoreboard leaving the Eagles stunned before the half-time break.
Damon Ryan-May, although small in stature, was undeterred by his larger opponent and kicked two in a row.
Another goal from Taylor Maiden soon after had the scoreboard keepers scrambling to keep up.
To Maiden Gully’s credit they didn’t give up trying, managing a goal and a point in the final quarter with thunderous applause from both sides.
Brayden, Tommy, and Jesse finished the game all with a goal each, none of which would have happened without the amazing teamwork of Ryan Foster, Ami-May Burgess, Lexy Jorgenson-Neave, siblings Brooke and Blake Maiden, Harrison Ferguson, Callum Devine, Seth Creevey, and Tanika Cook.
Well done, Saints, enjoy the break!
Final score: Heathcote 12.22 (94) def Maiden Gully YCW 1.1 (7).
Goals: Thomas Johnson 3, Brayden Ferguson 2, Taylor Maiden 2, Jesse Bruce 2, Damon Ryan-May 2, James Pringle 1.
Country Kitchen Award: Taylor Maiden.
Jaime Johnson Plumbing Award: Jesse Bruce.
Coach’s Award: James Pringle.