Two big wins for Boro to finish off 2021

GNC 1 had a big finish to the year with a victory over Northcote Park 1.

The Boro ladies outclassed their opponents in one of the matches of the round.

GNC 2 had a bye.

By Paul Nichols

Greensborough Men’s had a comfortable win over experienced team Cityside Stingers this week, but they didn’t have it all their own way.

The consistency the team showed earlier in the season waned a bit over the course of the game.

Borough bolted out to a quick lead with two fast gains making a four to nil lead. The Stingers were not used to borough’s strong defensive end. Joshua Wells in GK took out the Stingers favoured play of a quick lob over the top to their big shooter, supported by Danna Button protecting the space in front.

The Stingers took a while to adjust, but gradually got their star shooter, well-known CitySide umpire Joshua Jellis, cutting in across the top of the circle and shooting well. The quick start may have given the borough boys some false confidence, as they lead by just two goals at the end of the first quarter due to some clumsy challenges and over optimistic passing.

Kade Rowe came into Wing Attack in the second quarter and made an immediate impact. His speed around the court had the opposition turning their heads, giving more options for Tony in Centre and Alex in Goal Attack in passing and receiving.

Julian Taylor in Goal Shooter and Alex in Attack got back their mojo and started to move around the circle and creating space for each other.

The passing in was quick and fierce from Kade and Tony. Greensborough picked up their speed and let the ball go, with some awesome long and high passes to the Post from mid-court as Kade sighted the defenders with the heads turned.

Although the team was playing strongly, the mid court was not adjusting well to umpire calls and rough play of the opposition, so the call was made to bring Tony back to Keeper to tag a more mobile circle line up from the Stingers when their big shooter went down.

In the third Tony and Dana kept surprising the Stingers feeders with their exceptional elevation and anticipation, really rattling their timing and confidence to let the ball go. Dom in Wing Defence and Kade in Centre now took full advantage of tips and intercepts to bring the ball down court quickly not giving the Stingers any time to set up and defend.

Ash Tranter back into Wing Attack for the rest of the game played a blinder, giving great service to the circle. The forward line was able to rely on Dom in the transverse for a pass back and reset, so access to the circle was short sharp and smooth, with Alex bombing more than ten in the quarter.
With a comfortable lead, Greensborough took off the pressure a little in the fourth, which is not something they can afford to do in tougher games. Passing got a little ragged and there were less leads and preparation before changing direction.

But the defence end kept it tight and clean, hardly giving away a contact or obstruction call for the quarter. In a tighter game the disciplined play the team is getting known for needs to stay in place across the full four quarters.
Five wins for five games halfway through the season, Greensborough has become the team to beat.

Pictures thanks to Nathan William Media from NWMSports