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ANU Griffins

June 25, 2019

G’day all
 
Another good, crepuscular outing against the ANU mature aged students, although sadly we couldn’t stop them from chanting their slightly creepy anthem to mutual onanism, again. Still, it was footy for fun—a hard game played in good spirit against strong, fair opposition.
 
First blood went to us, via Ring In Number One, aka Heath, one of the scholars on loan, taking extramural classes in front and centre roving and generally running all over the place. A bright beginning, but not sustained and in the end we were pretty convincingly done in by superior passing skills and linked up movement. Score was something like 3 or 4 goals versus 8+ with plenty of behinds. Masters alumnus Joel O’Brien, nowadays an ice hockey adherent in balmy Edmonton CA, put on bit of a clinic with explosive power and a scorching left boot.
 
We tried hard, though, especially to land tackles and pressure the ball carrier, setting up a scrappy encounter with plenty of stoppages. Manny excelled in this environment, but also ran to provide options in attack or as the defensive safety valve. Bowie had a blinder, the only one really to match it for skill and cunning. Lovely touch kicking, drawing players into space, and aggressive running and attack on the pill. Moose was nearly as good—slinky ground skills and driving kicks to advantage. Cranky Benny scrapped, ran, tackled, and niggled all night. Bustling Mal was strong, directing traffic and a bulwark on the last line. Tomo as usual stepped up with the increased tempo, put himself in harm’s way, got and gave plenty. Shark couldn’t stop moving, feeding on loose balls and finding space. Jock started well in the ruck, became a likely forward, and finished off a beautiful Bowie lob into space with a nice long angled goal. T Bone replaced Jock in the ruck, set up many plays from the centre and around the ground
 
Many thanks to Squirter, and Tuanny for organising the ANU lads, and to Caitlin and the rest of the ANU committee for putting on the game, and the generous hospitability. Shout out too to the young umpire who took control and no nonsense. He done well. Cheers to coach Nato as well; it’s a shame his flawless win loss ratio was marred.
 
Upcoming events
This Wed is the last of the month, which should mean the president’s get together at the Stirling Labor Club after training, but I can’t make it unfortunately. So…business as usual, post training refreshments at the Stirlo.
 
Next intra-club is Sunday 30 June, venue tba
 
Bateman’s Bay game set for Saturday evening, 6 July has been postponed due to a venue booking malfunction. May be rescheduled to early September; stay tuned for more.
 
Saturday 3 August – away trip to Wodonga, v Murray Crays. A highlight, get it in your diaries.
 
National carnival, Townsville, 29 September to 5 October – not exactly inundated with responses. Please let us know your intentions—makes it so much easier to plan etc.

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