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Thirds give their fans a big win

03-Aug-2018

Thirds Fan Day at Ramsden Street was something to behold. From the banner honouring Adam Taib for his 43 games featuring the line ‘You can’t polish a Third’ to the individual playing cards and badges of each player, there was plenty of colour and movement capturing the essence of Fitzroy Thirds footy.

One gets the impression that they’d like the fans to appreciate it, but if they don’t’ it doesn’t really matter… the most fun is to be had in the creation of such an occasion.

As the club song blared out, with the waft of souvlaki in the air, and the aforementioned banner was shredded, the risk was the team might lose sight of main objective of the day…. win the footy.

But after a slightly patchy start, it was pretty clear that once they crossed the boundary, it was all business.

The victory was an impressive one. The first half was close and tight, with Williamstown getting on the scoreboard early and Fitzroy having to play catch up. By half time Fitzroy had just put a small gap on the visitors and led by 9 points. Fitzroy edged further in front by three quarter time and then showed superior pace and fitness in a seven goal to nil final quarter. The final result made the game look a lot easier than it was; 19.13.127 to 9.8.62.

The goals were shared around with Harald Jorgensen and Tim de Natris kicking four each and Simon Heather chiming in with three. Will Symons, recently back from overseas, showed his drive and class out of the middle and hit the scoreboard a number of times.

The four from the captain means he’s now just one behind the leading goal kicker.

The imposing number 7, Nathan Grimshaw, seemed to mark everything in his vicinity and was named in the best players, along with Hugh Morris-Dalton, Bryce McAdam and Rhys Dolby.

Off field the organisation and effort was just as good. A huge thanks must go to everyone who helped create a great fan day with a particular mention to Jenny de Natris and Eric Grimshaw, who made everyone happy with their superb canteen work, particularly with the souvlaki preparation.

Amazingly, while Fitzroy was putting the sword to Williamstown’s finals chances in the final quarter at Ramsden Street, De La Salle lost its first game of the season to Beaumaris, which means Beaumaris is now in the second spot with a likely double chance.

With just one game to play in the home and away season, the Thirds travel to Monash University to take on the Blues on Saturday morning. The second, third and fourth sides are all on 40 points and the most likely outcome is that Fitzroy will stay where they are in third spot (with a gap of nearly 7 percent) on the ladder and host a home elimination final next weekend. Then again, a mighty big win would give them a crack at the double chance.

It’s been an impressive and exciting season for the Thirds so far under the stewardship Trent Coleman; let’s see what the final round holds.

 


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