Houston Reds (11.6.72) vs Rodeo Clowns (13.7.85)
Reds: T Donnelly 3, P Mueller 3, Erik 2, Beers 2, Matt Leinbaugh 1
Rodeo Clowns: Remeljej 6, Holwerda 2, Weikel 2, Power, S Donnelly, Dan 1
Reds: T Donnelly, Stevens, Dillon-Gibbons, Gelbs, Erik
Rodeo Clowns: Remeljej, Willow, S Donnelly, Edge, Power
In a similar performance to the previous metro, the Rodeo Clowns came bursting out of the centre through strong rucking by Willow, and piled on the first goals, unanswered. The Reds rallied themselves and through some clearances by Beers, pulled back the margin to a straight kick at quarter time.
The second quarter saw The Reds come out firing. Carcamo and Dillon-Gibbons used their pace to break open the midfield, delivering the ball to Mueller, who kicked truly. Tom Donnelly was everywhere and showed some brilliance in what was the contest of the match between “The Brother’s Donnelly”. Sam Donnelly held his own and was crucial in the high marking contests. At the long break The Reds had put themselves in front, but indirect kicking proved costly with The Clowns still in it.
Both teams came out of the long break with resolve to close the game out in the Premiership Quarter. The Reds delivered the ball consistently forward, but The Clowns backline held strong. Power stepped up his game another notch out of the middle and pushed the ball forward. Remeljij continued his star effort up forward. Stevens held Holwerda goalless in the 3rd, which proved critical coming into the final change, with scores level. It was anyone’s game!
The even nature of the contest continued into the final quarter with strong play at both ends of the ground. Gelbs was a rock for The Reds down back, pushing the ball forward. (New) Nate pushed hard all day and showed promise of what is to come as his knowledge of the game develops.
A late surge from The Clowns put the game out of the reach of The Reds with a goal after the siren from Weikel pushing the final margin out to 13points.
We had a great turnout and saw good effort in our 2nd metro game. It’s very positive for the club to have so many new faces contributing so much. Lets keep pushing each other and prepare for the big games this year!