Masters taste glory
Wednesday, 12th October, 2011
A handful of the city’s Shinglebacks footballers will today aim to build on their promising start to the AFL Masters National Carnival.
The 10 locals are representing South Australia at the Carnival in Maroochydore, and all tasted victory on the first day of play on Sunday.
In the 35s Terry Anderson settled in perfectly in the back pocket and played a solid game, even winning some “kind words” this year from his coach for his voice and enthusiasm.
The SA 35s thrashed Tassie 15.5(95) to 0.1(1) under the midday tropical sun.
Also stepping out at midday was the over 50s with big Kerry Hoskins stunned when the coach said he could just play Ruck and Centre Half Forward.
“Alby” Hoskins turned the clock back with a vintage display of ruckwork, using his bulk perfectly to set up countless clearances from the midfield.
Alby also let them know he was no gentle giant, quickly returning fire once it became obvious that the Masters motto of “Footy for Fun” was not being adhered to by some of the Vic Metro boys.
The heat took its toll on the big fella, but he will be ready to go again today. Also lining up for SA was Frank Napoli who spent time at half forward and half back and used the ball well to help set up attacks.
Peter Nash dazzled off the wing, scoring a great disallowed snapped goal before having a half-time chat with WinTV on what it’s like to “give it to the Big V.” The SA boys won 11.4 (70) to Vic Metro2 5.2 (32).
Geoff Lehman in his first carnival was next up, turning out for the over 40s SA team that belted Vic Country 10.17 (77) to 2.2 (14).
“Lehmo” spent time at half forward where he took a hanger, and had the chance to score a goal but opted for out on the full instead.
A slight hammy niggle will see Lehmo spending time in the sea over the next 48 hours instead of the bar.
In the over 55 Veterans Jimmy “Judd” Hinton and David Jackson were in action. Hinton started on the dead wing and after a few touches was benched much to his disgust. Meanwhile “Jacko” was playing a strong game at half back running in straight lines at the ball and the player.
Hinton returned in the second quarter moving to the forward pocket, before lining up his own playing coach in a sickening collision which saw both players very groggy.
In fairness to Hinton it should have been his mark, but the “look at me” Coach with eyes only for his stats sheet came in from the side, collecting him in the head with his knee.
The 55’s defeated Qld2 11.14 (80) to 1.6 (12).
The glamour team of the SA squads is the 45’s with the three local lizards Brett Morris, Jay Robins and Garry Sandy all keen to impress.
The day started badly for Morris, copping some friendly-fire in the warm up that required the butterfly strips over the eye.
Morris and Robins started across half back whilst Sandy was on the wing. All three players had solid four-quarter games with Sandy taking the honours for the first BH player to kick a goal.
He marked 45 metres out, turned his back on all the leads, and calmly went back and slotted it.
Morris was moved into the midfield (and still marked nobody) before sneaking forward to score a goal from inside the goal square.
Robins was his usual dashing self across half back, no doubt helped by all the positive Coaching from Alby, Debbie Hoskins andnumber one fan Lindy Robins.
The SA 45s dominated the game winning 12.3 (69) to VicC 6.8 (44).
News was not so good for local Shingleback Maurice Hetherton who plays for the NSW Over 55s.
They went down by four goals in their game, but Maurie assures us he was best on ground.
Round 2 of the carnival will be played today.