The first round of the men's Melville Toyota League produced 44 goals at an average of more than seven goals a game. Below is a brief report on each game.
YMCA Coastal City v Old Guildford Mundaring
YMCA Coastal City commenced its Melville Toyota League premiership defence in fine style yesterday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Old Guildford Mundaring at Lemnos Field.
The reigning premier went into the game at full strength with player-coach Jamie Dwyer, Kookaburra teammates Graeme Begbie and Eddie Ockenden as well as WA Thundersticks Matthew Boyce, Craig Boyne, Mark Boyne, Andrew Jacobs, Tyler Lovell and Daniel Sampey all lining up.
It didn’t take long for the home side to flex their muscle either with Dougal Middleton converting from a penalty corner in just the second minute. Daniel Sampey doubled the lead 10 minutes later before Craig Boyne added another just after the midway point of the first half.
Boyne and Sampey completed their braces inside two minutes of the second half to set up an unassailable lead for YM. Glenn Simpson reduced the deficit on 52 minutes from the penalty spot and with the game petering out, Tim Bates grabbed a late consolation goal for Old Guildford.
YMCA Coastal City 5 (Middleton 2, Sampey 12, 37, C Boyne 20, 36) defeated Old Guildford Mundaring 2 (Simpson 52, Bates 70)
Melville vs Westside Wolves
Westside Wolves overturned a 3-1 halftime deficit to win a see-sawing encounter 5-4. Jason Wilson broke the Maroons hearts scoring the winner three minutes from time after sparking the Wolves comeback with his first early in the second half.
Melville 4 (Lee 19, McNess 27, Geers 28, Meacock 46); Westside Wolves 5 (Welch 8, Wilson 40, 68, Parry 42, Grant 55).
Wesley South Perth vs Old Aquinians
Trent Mitton opened his season with the first of three hat-tricks for the round. Old Aquinians battled hard and the scoreline does not do justice to the closeness of the game.
Wesley South Perth 6 (T Mitton 2, 40, 69, Miller 24, Dancer 38, Girvan 62) defeated Old Aquinians 1 (Haami-Jones 42)
Curtin Trinity Pirates vs Peel
Peel Rebels were dealt a rude awakening by Curtin Trinity Pirates in their top flight debut with Pirates opening up a three goal advantage inside the opening ten minutes.
Rhys Angwin grabbed a hat-trick with his second and third goals coming within seconds of one another. AIS players Kieran Govers and Glenn Turner battled hard for the newcomers but could not find a way past the Bevan George led defence.
Curtin Trinity Pirates 7 (Coates 2, Ciriello 8, R Angwin 9, 63, 63, Pearson 18, 45) defeated Peel 0
Victoria Park vs Hale
Jacob Whetton continued his goalscoring form leading Victoria Park to a 3-1 victory of Hale. Whetton's clinical finishing resulted in hat-trick of goals in a game that Hale controlled for long periods of time.
Victoria Park 3 (Whetton 15, 34, 62) defeted Hale 1 (Cleghorn 22)
Fremantle vs University of WA
The final game of the weekend capped an opening round goalfest with neither team able to be split in a ten-goal thriller.
The students looked to have the game sewn up with a 4-1 half time lead but the port side, through Charlie Clifton, Simon Orchard and Matthew Butturini brought the teams level.
It looked like Sam Pike had put paid to the comeback with a quick reply but Butturini bobbed up again with a minute to go to share the honours.
Fremantle 5 (Durell 25, Clifton 49, Orchard 51, Butturini 56, 69) drew with University of WA 5 (Bausor 4, Ashford 17, Edmonds 28, Wickham 29, Pike 57)