On Saturday the Bill Robertson Toyota Gladstone SUNS hosted their first home game for the season against the Glenmore Bulls.
First up it was our Yaralla U13’s who were coming off a tough 1-point loss last weekend against the Roos. No doubt the side was excited to have their chance to play in front of a home crowd and from the very first quarter our side took full control. The Suns side was never troubled by the Bulls as they held their opposition scoreless for the game while managing to kick 7.6.48. From there the boys and girls had their chance to sing the new song with pride!
Next up was our Yaralla U15’s and they were coming off a great win from last weekend. In what ended up being a tight first quarter on the scoreboard, Bulls had their chances to open up a good lead but could only manage to kick 1 goal 5 while keeping our side scoreless. In the second quarter the young Bulls side started to pull away from our lads as they opened up a 5 goal lead at half time. Much like the 3rd quarter, Bulls had plenty of chances in front of goal but again wayward kicking meant the margin wasn’t opened up too far. The Bulls side managed to kick away again in the last quarter, as they ran out convincing winners in the end. Coach Tony had some great advice after the game and no doubt the boys will take it all on board and work hard over the break.
Our Yaralla U17’s were up next and after a couple of handy inclusions to the side, they were hoping for a change in fortunes from last week. With a slight wind advantage, the lads were the better team in the first term but unfortunately, they couldn’t take advantage of having most the play but managed to take a 7-point lead into the first break. In the second term, Glenmore were able to take advantage of the breeze as they kick 4 goals for the quarter and kept our lads to just the 2 goals, giving Glenmore a lead of 8 points at the main break. Once again with the change of ends, the Suns side was able to take back the lead as they kept Glenmore to just one behind as we put 3 majors on the board. In what was going to be a tight finish, our guys kept hold of the lead for most of the final quarter but Glenmore were able to wrestle back the lead late as they come home 9 point winners in the end.
The Bill Robertson Toyota Reserves were next to take to the field and after a big loss last week and plenty of new additions to the side they were looking to be far more competitive. Glenmore had the better start of the 2 sides in a tight first quarter, as they managed 2 goals to none heading into the first break. The Suns side were able to reverse the lead in the second quarter as we managed a 3-goal term to Glenmore’s one. Heading into the half time break the Suns side were up by the smallest margin of just 1 point. The 3rd quarter was an epic arm wrestle as both sides could only manage 2 goals, but Glenmore had more chances in front of goal and were able to take the lead via behinds kicked and took a lead of just 2 points into the final quarter. From here Glenmore were able to kick away slightly and managed to take the win by 20 points in the end. In what was some very promising signs, the new guys to the club/team looked like in the coming weeks they could make some very handy inclusions to the senior side.
Our Oaks Grand Gladstone Women’s side took to the field in the penultimate game of the day. They were taking on the consistently strong Glenmore side who have been one of the better sides for quite some years now. Coming up against a side that has been up the top of the ladder for many years now was always going to be a challenge, but our new side is looking for small improvements, week by week. Glenmore were able to take a lead from the start and never looked back as they increased their lead quarter by quarter as they managed to keep our side scoreless and run away with the win. A couple of games and now a couple of weeks off to work on some things, our women will look to bounce back in a few weeks.
The last game of the day was of course our Bill Robertson Toyota Seniors side. After a last quarter fade out after being competitive last week, we were looking to make some improvements from last week even with a couple of key outs in the side. Unfortunately, the guys got off to a slow start and Glenmore took full advantage of the miss match up forward as Calvin Hockley managed a quick 4 goals within the first 10 minutes of the game killing all momentum for the home side. The second half on the first term was a much better contest as Glenmore could only manage a further 1 goal for the rest of the term. In the second term Glenmore continued to open the lead as the Suns backlines were under plenty of pressure but held their ground well against some quality forward entries. By now the margin was going to be a real struggle to pull back but the second half but the second half was a much better effort when compared to last week as the guys continued to battle hard up against a Bulls side looking to send their club stalwart Nick Paine out on a high. In the end Glenmore took the win and now our side looks to head back to the drawing board over the next couple of weeks off.
I’d like to take this time to wish Nick Paine all the best on his move up North and no doubt he will be missed by the Bull club, he has been a great servant for many years.
Once again, big thanks to all our awards sponsors for their support of our playing groups for 2019!