FINALS: The Newtown U14s will play Kellyville again in the 2nd Semi-Final this Sunday 28th August at 11.30am at the ground of Holroyd-Parramatta Goannas JAFC, Gipps Rd Reserve, Gipps Rd, Greystanes. The winner goes through to the Grand Final on 4 September, the loser to the Preliminary Final on 27 August.
from Home page: Instead a combination of hardness at the footy and a very even team performance with everyone contributing saw them beat the undefeated Kellyville team by 37 points and vault into secondspot on the ladder. Thereby ensuring a second semi final rematch against Kellyville this Sunday (July 21) at 11:30AM at Gipps Road Oval, Greystanes.
Match Review – Kellyville V Newtown. Short of numbers, not effort.
Sixteen Newtown Swans made the long trek to the emerging estates and encroached rural sprawl of Kellyville. It was the hottest day of winter, and undersized and undermanned the Swans faced the undefeated home side, who earlier in the season had inflicted a four-goal defeat at Alan Davidson Oval. The reality of the situation saw phrases like ‘damage control’, ‘concede’, ‘hiding’ and ‘flogging’ uttered among the adults, however, for those in the red and white, and about to take the field, there was nothing but resolve.The resolve was tested almost immediately as a huge thump out of the middle by the opposition ruckman saw a quick clearance to Kellyville and the goal umpire called upon within a matter of seconds.
The Swans were losing contests and their footing as the gumtree end with its patches of grass sticky from constant shade proving treacherous for defenders and allowing forwards free reign to the big sticks as Kellyville were on an ominous roll. Player by player the Swans lifted, heir pressure sullied previously clean Kellyville disposals, marks dried up as every contest became more keenly attacked, tackles begin to stick, passes found chests and shots at goal ground out, the reward not always reflecting the effort. The early onslaught was weathered and hope and commitment was wearing the red V. The second quarter saw the shots rain down, with cruel bounces and struck posts the only thing keeping the scoreboard unfavourable. On the field players were launching themselves at packs, smothers and tackles and drive for the ball the hallmarks of their hard work.
Our small guys tirelessly running into space and desperate at the loose ball, and faced with almost insurmountable tackling targets, none of which were ever shirked. Our big bodies were being battered from constant contact and punishing contests, but pushed on, repelling attack after attack down back and laying out opponents with such single-minded determination at the ball. It was only injury and an alleged verbal indiscretion that saw the tide finally burst, as the task of taking on a fresh bench of seven with two players down saw the scoreboard finally tilt out of reach, but never the effort or commitment as the boys competed to the very last.
It was an altogether impressive across the board effort, with players rising above themselves to the greater good of the team. The determination and team spirit shown by those sixteen was worth more than the four points at stake, as they shared efforts that may never appear on the scoreboard, but are the stuff of character and respect that is the glue than bonds teams together.