Contributed by: Troy Thompson
Group 4 had the honour of kicking off the first day of IC11 (along with Group 1 on the main oval) at Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney oval two (BISS2). Warm weather (which didn't last all day) greeted the players which would've been to Timor-Leste's (East Timor's) liking, but the heat was soon on them in their debut as Great Britain quickly showed them the ropes.
There was no respite for the Crocs as they then took on number 4 seed and for many Cup favourite Ireland. Fortunately the opening day format of 2 x 15 minute halves stopped some of the damage (although one Timor-Leste player was off to hospital with a suspected major shoulder injury).
The group then completed with the European neighbours clashing in what was a reasonable battle but Ireland's Warriors were a class above.
|Great Britain||7.4 (46)||10.10 (70)|
|Timor-Leste||0.0 (0)||0.0 (0)|
Goal Kickers: T. Mercer 3, P. Harris , C. James , R. Ashman , L. Tarn , M. Todd , L. Matias , T. Judson
Best Players: L. Matias, W. Worthington, S. Walton, C. James, A. Trigg, T. Mercer
12pm Ireland vs Timor-Leste - report by Troy Thompson
The Irish Warriors have kicked off their tournament with a 94 point win over the Timor Leste Crocodiles on BISS Oval 2. In sunny conditions and with a slight breeze from the Northern end the Irish got off to a solid start with quick hands and hitting targets up forward. Timor Leste learning from their first match were battling hard to spoil but the height advantage of the Irish shone out in both the ruck contests and the marking contests up forward. Big man Clifford Richardson kicking two for Ireland. The Irish going in at half time with a 54 point lead.
The second half saw the Timor boys fight even harder at every contest, tackling fiercely and refusing to give up. Some better kicking may have seen the Irish further in front but they comfortably put on 44 points in the second half. Sadly for the Crocs they've already accumulated some significant injuries.
Richmond’s Irish signing John Heslin kicked his first goal of the competition and for his country, and veteran John Enright kicked three goals for the quarter. Timor Leste lost their full back Carlos due to injury which didn’t help his team’s cause. Timor Leste had a chance to score after a 50 metre penalty put them 70 metres out from goal but strong rebounding play from the Irish denied them.
The Timorese will go through to Division Two having not won a game but their efforts so far suggest they should perform quite well against some of the other new footy nations.
|Ireland||8.6 (54)||14.9 (93)|
|Timor-Leste||0.0 (0)||0.0 (0)|
Best Players: N. Moniz Da Silva, A. Agapito Maria Guterres Da Costa, C. Britto, M. Tavares Pires, H. Brandao
1pm Ireland vs Great Britain - report by Tobie Rhyman
The teams looked evenly matched for size coming onto the ground, but the Irish Warriors are a hard team to beat and though the Great British Bulldogs have played them many times now, they haven’t been able to match the Warriors for skills and style before.
The Warriors came out strong from the start, with impressive kicking and accurate handballing. Their style quickly broke through the Bulldogs ranks and they took first blood, but the Bulldogs came fighting back, surging forward when they got possession and flying in to smother the Warriors kicks. There was a fierce fight in midfield for a while, where both teams struggled to break down the opposition back line, and frustrations either side resulted in a few high tackles and pushes. Eventually the Bulldogs managed to break through, snatching a goal back from the Warriors. However, the Bulldogs’ momentum was short lived and the Irish came back immediately, and got another goal before the siren went for half time.
The second half started much the same as the first with both teams battling it out in the midfield, but despite playing two games in a row, the Warriors’ spirit paid off and they began to break down the Great Britain opposition and came to clearly dominate the game. Mid way through the second half, one of the taller Bulldogs players, Anthony Trigg, had to be helped off after straining his knee, and after that the pressure became too much for the Bulldogs. The Warriors showed their true the second half, calm, composed, with penetrating kicks upfield, impressive marking and accurate shots on goal from around the 50m line, something the Bulldogs have been unable to match today. They fought on bravely but were unable to stop the superior Irish from running away with the game.
|Ireland||2.1 (13)||8.6 (54)|
|Great Britain||1.0 (6)||1.0 (6)|
Goal Kickers: M. Carey 2, J. Enright , K. O'Brien , G. Walls , F. Purcell , N. McDonagh , C. Richardson
Best Players: B. Nannery, J. Cunnane, D. McElhone, M. Carey, F. Purcell, P. Sharry
Goal Kickers: C. James
Best Players: W. Worthington, P. Harris, L. Matias, S. Walton, B. McGeever, C. James
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