Phoenix downed by OMs

Monday 03 September 2018

The Phoenix had their season cut short on Sunday, going down to Old Melburnians by ten points in their semi-final clash at Trevor Barker Oval.

Persistent rain throughout the morning made conditions greasy and difficult for either side to find clean possession, but the Blacks were able to trim a nine-point quarter time margin to just one point at half time. 

It was OMs who found the going a bit easier in the third quarter, booting three goals to the Blacks' two to put a small amount of breathing space between the two teams at the final change. 

The Blacks were able to kick another goal in the final term to offer hope of a win, but OMs would answer with one of their own and hold on for a gritty ten-point win.

Ethan Etheridge, Brayden Poole, Josh Dawson and Rohan Cleary were among the best players, while Julian Di Nezza finished with a couple of goals in a solid display up forward.

Although the Phoenix are out of the running from a finals point of view, they should be immensely proud of their efforts in 2018. Sitting sixth on the Premier Thirds ladder after Round 13, they won five games in a row from Rounds 14 to 18 and built some real momentum heading into Sunday. Hopefully they can carry that momentum into 2019.

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
University Blacks 2.1 (13) 3.4 (22) 5.4 (34) 6.5 (41)
Old Melburnians 3.4 (22) 3.5 (23) 6.7 (43) 7.9 (51)

Goals: Di Nezza 2, Leviston, Prendergast, Etheridge, Muller

Best: E.Etheridge, Poole, Dawson, Cleary, Robinson, McIntyre

Phoenix downed by OMs

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