Dragons Gallant in Defeat to #2 Ranked Golden Gate
The LA Dragons hosted the Orange County Bombers and the Golden Gate Roos on Saturday, September 16th down at Penmar Park. It was a chance at redemption for the Dragons after losing to both the Bombers and the Roos at Western Regionals previously this season. In the end, the Dragons won big over the Bombers and suffered a narrow defeat to Golden Gate in a hotly-contested affair.
LA Dragons 12.6 (78) def Orange County 1.4 (10)
In a 14-on-14 style match, the Dragons came out with intensity and focus against familiar foe Orange County, showing admirable aggression and pressure around the contest. Ryan Hitch, Gary Green, and Joe Silvio worked tirelessly in the engine room, with Donald Lee getting plenty of favorable hit-outs in the ruck. Paul Jackson, Justin Kenna, and Chris Bagot made for a terrific halfback line, getting their hands dirty on the intercept marks and applying consistent effort throughout the match. The Dragons prevailed over their rivals, cruising to a 12.6.78 to 1.4.10 victory.
LA Dragons 5.10 (40) def by Golden Gate 8.4 (52)
The Roos were 2017 Western Regionals champs and proved to be a formidable side as usual in the clash with the Dragons, showcasing their athleticism and attacking brand of footy. However, this did not deter the Dragons, who got plenty of endeavor from the midfield once again and some classy form up front.
The second game was a great opportunity to get fresh legs on the field, such as Will Crandall, Trevor Osterholm, Pete Momjian, and Brian “Diesel” Cummins, who all played key roles off the bench and made impacts when called upon. Dragons debutant Sean Morris showed great form in his first run with the club, and Gabriel Martin del Campo looked close to his old self after battling injuries in recent months. Justin Kenna, Pat Nicholls and Justin Hall all booted goals in the back-and-forth contest, with Sam Murphy also getting involved at full forward. Unfortunately, the Sherrin didn’t bounce the Dragons’ way in the end, as the Roos escaped with
Despite hitting the lead with less than 5 minutes to go the Sherrin didn’t bounce the Dragons’ way in the end, as the Roos escaped with a 12 point win with 2 late goals.
Ultimately, there were numerous positives to gather from the afternoon; Coach Kenna was pleased with the effort and intensity throughout the matches and it’s a great performance to build on heading into the season’s final month. The club will have a big road test next weekend, as players fly to Texas to take on the Dallas Magpies and Houston Lonestars in what could be the Dragons’ final big test before Nationals in October.
It was also a huge day for the LA Dragons women, as they scored an upset victory over the San Francisco Iron Maidens. With a great crowd turning up for the club’s annual Ladies’ Day festivities, the Dragons finished their final home match in style. Now, their attention shifts to Nationals.