Colts head into finals with confidence
The Colts wrapped up the home and away season this weekend with a hard fought win over ladder leaders Morningside on Saturday morning. The young Magpies ran out 13 point winners in what always promised to be a close and physical contest. Having twice taken care of the ladder leaders in the final 6 rounds, the Pies will go into a tight finals series with plenty of confidence.
The Pies won the toss and went with the wind and lead by 5 points at quarter time. Unfortunately, in the second the Panthers were able to make better use of the advantage and kicked 5 goals to 2 to be 18 point leaders at half time. The Magpies knuckled down after break, closed in on the Panthers and trimmed the deficit to be down by 13 at the final change. Few gave the Magpies much hope running into the steadily growing breeze but the boys dug deep and put together a 5 goal to one final quarter which saw them take top spot on the ladder moving into the bye next week, and guaranteed of a Top 2 finish.
Young mid Caleb Franks made a scintillating return to the Colts brushing would be tacklers off with ease and kicking 3 handy goals from the midfield. He adds a touch of class to the already stacked midfield lead by Max Webber and Jacob Sheath. Abdullah Haddad was once again in everything this week and is proving a nightmare for opposition defenses. With Jack Austin and Hamish Campbell up and firing it makes for a tricky forward line to try and curtail. Whitlam Biship and Zac Stegemeyer got the job done against their highly fancied opponents in the back line and are getting great support from Sam DeNys, Tristan Dowdy and Ethan Sivijs who have all hit form at the right time of year.
The boys now get a well earned rest and will use it to refresh, recover and get ready for what should be a fantastic finals series.
Goal Kickers: C. Franks 3, J. Austin 2, S. Hartog, H. Campbell, J. Johnson, J. Sheath, A. Haddad
Best Players: J. Austin, A. Haddad, C. Franks, Z. Stegmeyer, T. Dowdy, E. Sivijs