Round 1



Dear Dragon Supporters,

The season is well underway after the Dragons ventured to the leafy streets of Mitcham, a stones throw away from the humble abode of our current president and undertook ouR maiden voyage into the realms of Division 3. A young B-grade side brimming with fresh faces after a successful recruiting period hit the ground running controlling play and exhibiting an impressive brand of football in the first half. Wayward kicking resulted in the reserves only leading by 7 points at the half, and they piled on 1 goal 10 behinds to a single goal in the third quarter, when they should have iced the game. Mitcham sensed an opportunity in the last term and scored a quick 5 goals to a single Dragons major to snatch the lead in the dying minutes. A long bomb from Clive Waterhouse lookalike and recent old scholar 'Esky' on the siren bounced through untouched as the Mitcham players celebrated in the square, levelling the game and saving what should have been an easy win. Coach Ryan Shipway was quoted after the game quoting a controversial Malcolm Blight line regarding drawn football matches that we won't repeat on this platform.

The A-grade had a similarly impressive start, showing link up handball and sharp passing that was arguably the best we've seen from a Dragons outfit in recent history. New recruit Shane Byrss made a statement with the first goal of the game launching a casual torpedo punt from 55 out on the run that sailed through the middle of the two tallest posts at that end of the oval. Best mate of Byrssy and recent Greenlow medal winner Ben Fisher must have felt threatened by his West Adelaide team mate however and took a trademark chest-mark hanger shortly after and squared up for his first major score of the game. Fish went on to kick three more for the Dragons adding to 3 goal hauls for fellow midfielders Scott Blesing, Rhys French and Mark Rusby. The Dragons ran out the game with a solid performance quelling a third quarter charge from Mitcham to win by 31 points.

Young old scholars Jack Lange and Todd Marsh were very impressive on debut as was ruckman Phil Middlin (ex Plympton/Norwood). Joel Steer, Russell McInerney and Rhys French also posted impressive first round performances.

This week the Dragons have requested an away game at Walkerville to allow Glandore Oval some time to recovery from recent irrigation works. A number of changes have occured in both grades allowing a bunch of players an opportunity to cement a spot going forward. Please note the changes to the fixture below.

Round 2 8th April

Dragons v Walkerville @ Walkerville Recreational Ground

B Grade 12.15pm

A Grade 2.15pm

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