It was a scorcher at the Concord Cricket Ground (CCG) on Saturday.
Grand Final Rematch: Marin Mavericks Vs San Francisco Knights
It started with the Grand Final rematch pitting the Marin Mavericks against the San Francisco Knights. The Knights were suffering with a few key players out with injury. With no Aaron Aikman or Andrew Upton, the Knights were looking to superstars like Mel Chen and Johnny Bekiaris to fill the void.
The game started with the Mavs taking an early lead after a quick goal. The Knights equalized shortly thereafter, but had trouble winning the ball out of the middle for most of the game. Several 50-meter penalties were given to the Mavs after some umpire back-chat, giving them some easy goals. The Knights had their chances and showed some talent on the day, but the efforts and extra height of the Mavericks proved enough for a win.
Mavericks: Rob Boyle (5), Mike Lancaster (3), Bobby Lancaster (2), David Franco, Joe Brugaletta, Kevin Brugaletta
Knights: Andrew Stamatis (2), Chris Morrison (2), Justin Yee (2), John Bekiaris, David Rossi
San Derby: San Francisco Seals Vs San Jose Hornets
Continuing “Derby Season”, the second game was the inaugural San Derby between the San Jose Hornets and the San Francisco Seals. A pregame draft took place for extra players, with the Seals taking an additional 3 to boost their total to 19, and San Jose taking 9 extras for a total of 16. Playing 15 per side, the Seals chose to start their native players on the ground and use their new recruits off the bench.
The new Seals, many of them first year players got off to a rocky start. Riccardo Leumann played out of position in the ruck and gave up a few free kicks to the opposing ruckman. The Hornets put on the pressure early with half forward “Hoop” slotting the first two goals. The Seals answered back with a goal off the boot of David “Plugga” Rossi, but the momentum was clearly with San Jose on the day as they went up by nearly goals at half time.
The second half showed a much different Seals team on the field. They were fighting an uphill battle but managed to shut down the Hornets in the third quarter and hold them to a single point versus the Seals’ four goals. The smiles were short lived as first year player Kez left the game with a concussion after a clash with Jim Blocho.
The Seals took their 4 point lead into the fourth quarter where, kicking with the wind, they were able to build on their lead. Replacement players Daniel Dahlquist, Saleh Tybjee and Mel Chen provided sparks out of the middle and the backline to drive the ball into the forward line. Seals fullback Matt Rayson shut down goal kickers Rob Boyle, Chris Johnson and Davidson Haworth as the Seals forwards built on their lead. A late push by last season’s Brownlow winner Chris O’Meara, who was likely playing his last game in the GGAFL, proved too little as the Seals went on to record their first win of 2013 (and in history!).
The GGAFL Tuckshop then ran out of beer.
Seals: Mickey Powell (3), John Carpenter (2), Daniel Dalquist, David Rossi, Matt Prescott, Mel Chen
Hornets: Chris O’Meara (3), Patrick Hooper, Rob Boyle
Article contributors: Adam Linke
2013 Ladder – Men’s League
|2||San Francisco Knights||5||3||129|
|4||San Francisco Seals||3||5||74|
|5||San Jose Hornets||3||5||69|