Blue day for Waverley

Waverley Blues: 2.0.12   2.0.12   4.0.24   4.2.26

Croydon Blues: 3.1.19   6.4.40   11.8.74   14.19.103

Goals: Turner, Boyce, Engley, Slater

Best: Swierzbiolek, Turner, Edwards, Smith, Hogan, Playsted

It was anotehr dissapointing day for Waverley Blues, after suffering a 77-point loss to 5th Placed Croydon in round 14.

'Swizza' Swierzbiolek again played well in the ruck, while Wes Smith and Al Playsted were strong in the backline.

A promising start suggested that the Blues would be able to repicate their round 5 heroics that saw Waverley win it's first game of the season by just two points, however Croydon showed they wouldn't be snubbed a second time in 2017.

A tight first quarter had Croydon leading by just seven points at the first change, however the windy conditions started to show in the second, as Croydon kicked 3 goals while keeping Waverley scoreless to open up a 28-point lead.

That lead would only be strengthened in the third quarter, as a five goal term left Waverley trailling by 50 points at three quarter time, despite some strong glimpses of play that produced to goals for the Waverley Blues.

However with the wind in favour of Croydon in the final quarter, the margin would continue to grow, with innaccuracy the only thing keeping Waverley from total embarrassment, with Croydon kicking 3.11 for the term to finish with a damning 13 goal margin.

Waverley will face a tough task this weekend as they front up against second placed Doncaster East, who have dropped just two games for the year, with Waverley needing to win to have any chance of picking up the wooden spoon.

Waverley Reserves: 0.1.1   0.3.3   1.4.10   2.10.22

Croydon Reserves: 2.4.16   3.6.24   6.7.43   11.8.74

Goals: Griffiths 2

Best: Ewart, Stratfort, Twycross, Hansen, 

Waverley's Reserves faced a similar fate to the seniors on a day when wind conditions provided no aid to either team.

While Croydon only had a 21-point lead at half time, Waverley's vacant Goals Column proved that it would just not be their day.

While a 31-point lead at three quarter time was looking respectable considering the circumstances, a five goal final term to Croydon blew Waverley away, with the final margin resting at 52-points in favour of Croydon. 

Luke Ewart was best on ground for Waverley, playing out of his skin at fullback, while 50 gamers John Griffiths and James 'Towball' Hansen impressed, with Griffiths kicking the teams two goals and Hansen impressive in the middle.

This weekend will provide the Reserves with a big chance to add to their wins tally fo the year, with Doncaster east sitting in 7th position and with just two more wins than the Blues, it will be a big opportunity for Waverley to show their spirit.

Waverley Under 19s: 1.1.7   5.2.32   5.3.33   6.3.39

Croydon Under 19s: 2.3.15   3.6.24   7.9.51   8.10.58

The Under 19s showed a lot of promise in their clash with Croydon, with a 4 goal second term highlighting the capabilities of the team.

Waverley played to the conditions better early on, shown by an 8-point lead at half time in blustery conditions, however they ran out of legs as Croydon kept coming and ran away to win by 19-points.

Waverley did well to keep within striking ditance of the ladder leaders, proving they can match it with anyone in the competition towards the pointy end of the season.

With a game in hand, Waverely should push for finals contention this weekend as they play Cellar-dwellers Doncaster East, who they should account for.