Novak Van from Dunsborough Ducks chases the ball as Mark Flynn tries to shephard from the ground.THE mighty Dunsborough Ducks football team travelled to Dalyellupfor a big clash against the Dinosaurs in the South West Masters League.
The Ducks were once again without important players, with the absence of President Bubbles Hanley an especially big blow to the dynamic ducks line up. Luckily, Hanley was onboard the bus in a support capacity, along with Froggy Bruneton, Al Mechanic, London Bridges and Anywhere Baker’s Dad George.
The support squad did a great job and kept up the spirits of the depleted ducks all afternoon and by games end needed support themselves, such was their celebratory vigour.
The game itself was one played in the best possible spirit with a great camaraderie between the Dunsborough and Dalyellup sides.
Ducks debutant Mark Mazing had the ball on a string early, taking strong grabs and kicking goals with assistance from super coach Magoo Hamilton, JockStrap Novak and another debutant, Bryce Bendigo.
Coach Magoo in particular wound back the clock with his dashing play across half forward, penetrating deep into attack with his deadly left boot.
It was developing into a pulsating contest with each team having the best with the wind in the first half.
Junkyard and Tank on the wings were taking posesssion from the midfield and providing service to the forwards who in due course were having an accurate day in front of the sticks.
Bromley in the ruck couldn’t get his hands on the pill unfortunately and had another dog day out, only saved by the persistent and flawless stoppage work from Ben Finch and Bruce Goose in the centre.
Finch and Goose were using the Sandilands method of centre play and consistently winning the ball off the opposition’s ruck taps.
The final quarter saw the Dalyellup team putting up a final push to get the points in the closely contested encounter.
Luckily, the Dunsborough Ducks had a third player on debut in Paul Marker and what a debut it was.
Repelling wave upon wave of Dinosaur attack, Paul and Bryce Bendigo put the work in where it counted and had a huge influence on the end result.
The backs left everything on the park and must be commended for their efforts.
In the end, the mighty Dunsborough team had the edge on the Dinosaurs in an even, skillful game which was played in the best possible spirit.
Both clubs exhibited the values with which Masters footy should be played and enjoyed a quiet lemonade after the game with no injuries recorded.
Thanks goes to the Dalyellup Dinosaurs for hosting the game and also for gifting Dunsborough their best players to even up the numbers.
The Ducks are looking towards a big finish to the season with only a few games to go, so are calling out to players past, present and future to get down to the club for training on a Friday at 5.30.
As usual, training will be followed by a warm down in the club rooms with a refreshing ginger beer or two, so we look forward to seeing you down there.
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