14+ min Penno 3.3-21 lead Uni 1.3-9 (12 pts margin). 30 seconds later, Barty kicked inside 50 and DPreen marked again, kicked straight and made it 2 goals within a minute of each other. (GOAL #4)
Penno on fire, 27 – 9, and there were ‘worrying signs for UNSW … struggling to link possessions at the moment.’
16+ min – DPreen marks again inside 50 … ‘this kid has some lovely hands’, and his kick goes wide for a minor score.
22+ min – Quarter time and Penno lead by 19 pts, 4.4-28 to UNSW 1.3-9.
1+ min – Bulldogs Jack Erickson (#29) received a free kick inside 50 and they ‘need an early goal’. Erickson kicks the goal, the Bulldogs second; Penno by 13 pts, 28 – 15.
Moments later, Theo Moraitis gets caught holding the ball right in front of goal but Uni’s Abe Davis (#12) hits the post from about 20 out … a bad miss! Penno by 12 pts, 28 – 16.
3+ min – As the second quarter progresses the Bullldogs now have the momentum and a goal by Taylor Preece (#16) and the ‘Dogs get 2 in a row’ cutting Penno’s margin back to 6 pts. PH 4.4-28 to UNSW 3.4-22.
The ‘Dogs played it ugly and got themselves back into the game!’
8+ min – DPreen kicks a behind from a free kick; Penno by 7 pts.
10+ min – ‘From inside the centre square Josh Barty ‘loads up’ and kicks a great goal from long range for the Demons. GOAL #5. Penno’s lead is back out to 13 pts, 5.5-35 to Bulldogs 3.4-22.
At this point, the commentators remark that the ‘the Back Six of both teams are working really well.’
13+ min – The Bulldogs star player Abe Davis is starting to have an influence, after a slow start. His kick from 50 m out took an off-break and bounced through for the Bulldogs 4th goal. Penno by 7 pts.
Barty vs Davis … Barty has been good for the Demons and ‘Davis has been the catalyst for the Bulldogs.’
14+ min – The Bulldogs are awarded a downfield freekick for a late tackle … ‘whacked after he got rid of it!’ Taylor Preece is the recipient of the free kick and he slots the goal reducing Penno’s margin to a mere 1 pt advantage. ‘This is a good test for the Pennant Hills Demons.’
16+ min – Preece is at it again, this time he ‘snaps another goal around the corner’ to put the Dogs in front. That’s 2 goals back-to-back for Preece.
17+ min – And again, this time Preece marks the ball 30 out and it’s another goal for him (his third in the quarter) and for the Bulldogs, their 6th major. ‘Midfield work by the Dogs has come to the fore in this quarter and the Dees are shellshocked at the moment.’
UNSW now leads by 11 pts, Penno 5.5-35 trail UNSW 7.4-46.
19+ min – a long shot by Jesse Hare (#9) lands on the goal-line and on the bounce, clips the goal post. 1 pt to Penno; ‘It came perilously close to a BIG major.’ Dogs by 10 pts.
20+ min – The Dog’s Hugh Miller (#4) has a shot from inside 50 but it is punched through for a behind. Dog’s out by 11 pts again.
22+ min – Under pressure Theo’s clearing kick goes OB. A chip kick to the top of the square and the Dogs receive a free kick from a defender’s infringement. Preece, again, takes the kick from a tight angle but only manages a minor score.
23+ min – the siren sounds for halftime.
At halftime, the Dogs had wrested back control of the game and led the Demons 5.6-36 to UNSW 7.6-48; Bulldogs by 2 goals/12 pts. It was 6 goals to one in favour of the Bulldogs and their gun forward, Taylor Preece, kicked 3 in the quarter.
As the second half got underway, the Bulldogs were ahead by 2 goals and ‘Pennant Hills need to get on top’ early.
But the Dogs got the first inside 50 and Jordan Foote (#17) kicked a behind. Dogs by 13 pts.
3+ min – Then Kane Latham (#5) kicked a long bomb to register the Dog’s 8th major and their lead was now out to 19 pts, 36 – 55. ‘What a ripper!’ Pennant Hills need to shutdown Preece and Davis.
5+ min – Andre Cupido (#14) kicked the Bulldogs 9th goal extending their lead to 25 pts, a game high margin. Penno 5.6-36 – UNSW 9.7-61.
Alarm bells are sounding for Penno as the game is ‘starting to get out of reach for Pennant Hills.’
7+ min – At last Penno gets going again with a kick inside 50 from Jordan Rene marked by, you guessed it, DPreen, diving forward and straight in front. GOAL #6 for Penno. Margin is back to 19 pts.
11+ min – Penno’s resurgence continues, with DPreen once again on the end of a kick inside 50 from Josh Barty. The ‘BIG athletic forward type with big hands’, slots another for the Demons. GOAL #7 and DPreen’s 5th! Penno 7.6-48 to 9.7-61; Bulldogs by 13 pts.
15 = min – ‘It’s become a bit of a dog fight and we have a ripping game on our hands!’
16+ min – Co-captain Regan Pinker kicked a sensational goal from the far-side pocket and brings the
margin back into single figures. GOAL #8. Dogs by 7 pts.
‘Pinker has been handy in the last few minutes and his dad (Coach David Pinker) will be happy about
18+ min – ‘The Dogs are just limping into three quarter time.’
19+ min – In one of the best displays of transition footy, Penno take the ball from one end to the other finishing with a goal by Lukas De Vries, getting on the end of an inside 50 from Josh Barty. (GOAL #9).
‘That’s how you kick a transition goal. That was an absolute pearler, a top team goal!’ Scores level, 60 pts each.
At this point the Dogs are stunned, enduring the Demons onslaught and were unable to score since halfway through the quarter.
21+ min – In the dying moments, the Dogs manage a behind to maintain a slender one point lead as the three quarter siren sounds.
At 3 quarter time, the Dogs are ahead by a solitary point after having lead by 25 pts around the 5 minute mark. What an incredible comeback by the Dees!
Pennant Hills Demons 9.6-60 trail UNSW Bulldogs 9.7-61
With only 1 point separating the two best sides in the 2013 Under 18 competition, ‘we’re no closer to knowing who will be premiers and it should be a cracking final quarter.’’
0+ min – Inside the first minute of the final quarter Taylor Preece kicks his 5th goal for the match, giving the Dogs a 7 point advantage in the early going.
2+ min – DPreen kicks off the ground for a point to Penno. Dogs by 6 pts.
4+ min – Nathan Mace (#4) makes a great smother right in front of the Penno bench. The crowd roars!
5+ min – ‘David Pinker working the magnets furiously, trying to find an advantage.’ But, realistically, it’s up to the players now to lift.’
Moments later, Campbell Luscombe (#13) kicks the Demons GOAL #10, ‘crumbing the ball from the feet of the big forward Preen, snags the goal with a quick left foot snap!’ Scores level, 67 each!
7+ min – ‘The Demons defence is standing up,’ led by Theo Moraitis.
Moments later, Liam Williams ‘just sneaks it in for a behind.’ Penno hit the lead for the first time since half-time; Penno by 1 pt.
9+ min – Brad Keough (#23) marks inside 50 but ‘he pushes his kick left and it’s rushed for a behind. Penno by 2 pts. ‘The Dogs need to find something.’
10+ min – Bulldogs player Jordan Foote (#17) drops a sitter inside the 50 and Penno clear the danger. For the commentators … ‘Is that the Moment?’
10+ min – Liam Williams kicks a goal but it doesn’t count as DPreen had infringed his opponent. ‘That’s unfortunate … Joy turns to despair!’
14+ min – Barty makes a clearing kick from defence … ‘The Dogs are 2 points and 150 metres behind!’
15+ min – Lukas De Vries shot on goal from inside 50 got touched on the line for another point. Penno by 3 pts, 70-67.
16+ min – Another defensive clearance by Nick Hey. 17+ min – A goal-scoring smother by Chris McKay (#16).
18+ min – Nick Hey stands under a high ball and gets smashed from behind. He receives a relieving free kick.
19+ min – Brett Tompson (#24) got run-down from behind but Bulldogs Michael Togher (#18) makes nothing of the free kick. This is quickly followed by Jack Erickson (#29) who ‘blazed away’ and his shot slewed of the side of his boot and went OB. Phew, Penno breathe a huge sigh of relief!
19.43 – The siren sounds for what seems a short quarter, although there had only been two goals scored. Penno win by 3 pts!
Final Score: Pennant Hills Demons 10.10-70 defeated UNSW Bulldogs 10.7-67
The commentators conclude that it’s ‘one of the best games of Under 18 football you’ll ever see!
Pennant Hills Demons Goal-scorers:
| #1 Preen | #2 Barty | #3 Preen | #4 Preen | #5 Barty | #6 Preen | #7 Preen | #8 Pinker | | #9 L De Vries | #10 Luscombe |
- Pennant Hills Daniel Preen was a dominant forward during the match and his 5 goals earned him the honour of Best on Ground. Had the result gone to the other side then, no doubt, DPreen’s opposite number, Taylor Preece, who also kicked 5 goals for the Bulldogs would have been BOG.
- Going into the GF, DPreen was 3rd on the U18 competition’s goalkicking ladder, 3 goals behind the leader, Abe Davis on 54 goals. In the GF, DPreen’s 5 goals (total 56) allowed him to pip Davis by 1 goal (total 55). After the GF, DPreen was the Leading U18 Goalkicker for season 2013.
- Jack Angel (#11) injured his ankle early in the match and was unable to return to the game.
- Among the Demon supporters who ran on to the ground to celebrate with the team was theiconic Judy Jack, madly waving her homemade Pennants Hills Demons flag and wearing her son Brant’s No 6 jumper.