Parrots edge out Maroons
By Kate Pellicano
THIS week the Parrots were up against the Traralgon Maroons with key players Col Sanbrook, Mick Otto and David Gourdis back from injury and Sam Marriott stepped up to play with the seniors.
Both of the Vernon brothers, Dwayne Holt and Jess Hickey were out.
The first few minutes of the game were very scrappy, with the Parrots giving away a fifty metre penalty with nothing in it, but Traralgon unable to make something of it and kicked a point.
Hayden Browne was having a lot of influence in the first quarter, managing a free kick, but he was unable to kick a goal.
The Parrots began to set up their defensive wall, however Traralgon’s Dan McKenna broke through and kicked the Maroons first goal of the match, rewarding his teams mate for their hard efforts on the ball.
Late in the quarter the rain started to get very heavy, sending all supporting in to the grand stand, with icy cold winds and only the diehard fans going out to listen at the quarter time break.
The Parrots were trailing Traralgon at quarter time by 15 points, in what was shaping up to be a low scoring match.
Tas Clingan kicked his first goal for the game, which was also the Parrots first goal.
Jake Best showed off his best skills and Paul Le Page took a pearler, stopping the Maroons from kicking it into their forward line.
Dylan Westaway stepped up to the plate having a great two quarters, kicking a well earned goal for the Parrots.
The Parrots were back on top going into the half time break leading Traralgon, 27 to 22.
Going into the third quarter the rain had thankfully stopped and Jake Best came out strong kicking the first goal of the quarter.
Dylan Westaway was awarded a free kick and made the most of it by kicking another goal for the Parrots.
The Parrots showed their class despite the late start by maintaining the majority of the play in the third quarter.
The Maroons were not giving up and displayed some hard hitting tackles forcing the Parrots to earn the right for the ball.
Leongatha had increased the margin by the end of the third quarter and went into the last leading 39 to 24.
Tas Clingan kicked a long bomb into the goal, but a Maroons player got to it right on the line.
Col Sanbrook, back from injury, showed his presence and kicked to Jake Best right in front of goal, but he was unable to finish with a goal.
Stu Kilsby applied great pressure, shepherding his player, while his team mate Ricky O’Loughlin playing his second seniors game for the year, displayed some hard tackles.
The final siren rang on the match with the Parrots just in front, in one of the lowest scoring games of the round.
There has still been no confirmation from the club regarding Beau Vernon’s condition after he was taken from the field in an ambulance two weeks ago.
“He’s still in hospital and his parents are back and trying to figure out what’s going on,” secretary Matthew Grylls said.
“The club have had the psychologist from the Richmond Football Club come down to training on Thursday night and offer his services and obviously some guys have taken it pretty hard but we’re all making an effort.
“How Beau feels is more important than how we feel because he’s the one who’s going through it all.”
The club is supporting the Vernon family where they can at this stage.
“We definitely are going to do some fundraising in the future for him and look after him but the family just have to work out what they need and whatever they need we’ll get it for them,” Mr Grylls said.
“We’re not just going to say it’s terrible and then walk away; we’re going to do everything we can.”
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