The Hawks vs Team Venture
So far, only one of the two scheduled matches for round 2 of the 2014 Buce League has been played because of a delay in the Wu-Tang Clan vs Toecutters match, leaving Team Venture to square off against The Hawks. Despite a strong display in last week’s round, The Hawks fell to Team Venture 3-1.
The match begun with a barrage of attacking opportunities from Team Venture, who almost went a solid 10 minutes in their attacking half for the first half of the match. However, despite several chances, they were only able to complete a single point from Ashley Everson, who received a slick pass from Alec Forbes to put Team Venture on the scoreboard.
Despite solid efforts of leadership by Matthew Lee, who made several difficult plays to get the sack out of their defensive half, The Hawks continued to find themselves in an intense defensive rut, and were forced to keep holding on before they could get some attacking opportunities. This was compounded by Team Venture housing 3 substitutes for the game, to the Hawk’s none.
After around 10 minutes the Hawks started striking back, but it was a mixed affair, with Venture still clinging onto dominance and the game becoming much more back-and-forth between the two bins. Venture newcomer Brenton Littlewood found himself at the end of many close attacking chances, and was unlucky not to have a hairline point counted by the referee.
The Hawks begun creating attacking chances just before half time but, like their opponents, had more than enough close misses to warrant frustration that would last throughout the match. Early into the second half, the game went up a gear, becoming more fast paced and the sack travelled across the court much faster than previously. Each team was able to capitalise on their opponent’s mistakes as fatigue set in, which eventually culminated in Nick Allan conceding an own buce halfway through the second half.
A late point by Tim Abel was not enough to equal Team Venture after a well-fought but unfortunate run for the Hawks. Abel and Matthew Lee did an excellent job of enforcing the Hawks’ attacking half, while Nick Allan’s own buce may have overshadowed his excellent work in the midfield and in defence. Despite both teams boasting veterans of the game, both teams fielded some newcomers, with Kody-Anne Condon stepping up for the Hawks and in some ways may have been unlucky not to capitalise on some prime attacking plays.
Sally Spicer lived up to the hype in her much-anticipated debut, primarily playing in a defensive role. Her intense style of marking complimented Alex Conway’s desperate defensive effort for Team Venture, both playing a large role in the team’s success this round. Chris Beavon and Charlie Rogers shone again, and Original 8 member Alec Forbes lived up to expectations with his excellent return to Buce. Ashley Everson played his typically spectacular game, being a dominating force in both defence and attack.
The excellent performance by The Hawks and Team Venture has further solidified the prospect of an extremely competitive league this summer. Team Venture has had a close scramble to make it to the top of the ladder thus far, and all teams in the league look equally capable of carrying the trophy home by the end of March.
Another topic on everyone’s mind is “Where are all the Buces?” While it’s never been this long into a league without a single buce being scored (excluding Allan’s own buce), many players feel it’s just a matter of time before the points start breaking out in future games.
Man of the Match
It was a difficult call to name the Man of the Match this week, especially because several players exceeded past performances, and due to a tough game, no player stood out enough for the BNN team to agree fully on a man of the match. However, after much discussion, Ashley Everson has won this week’s Man of the Match, for his excellent all-round work in maintaining Team Venture had a solid chance against the Hawks.
Everson had a strong presence in all aspects of the game- defence, midfield and attack. His game-changing point for Venture sealed his position as this week’s Man of the Match.