The LA Dragons returned to their home ground at Westchester Rec Center on Saturday, hosting the Denver Bulldogs and the Dallas Magpies for Ladies Day.
The day started with the Dragons Women, who were hosting a hybrid team of players from Denver, Dallas and Arizona in a 10-on-10 game. The contest was hard-fought from the get-go, with a mix of Dragons veterans and newcomers contributing. Veterans Lani Silvio and Aileen Yoon got their hands on the footy many times and gave the Dragons a chance early on, while classy midfielder Yui Kawakatsu made several key tackles. Unfortunately, the opponents from Denver got out to a hot start of their own, securing a halftime lead. Undeterred, the Dragons kept battling in the second half. Rookies Michelle Hotta and Jess Ceniceros continued to show progress, while Katiann Scherer — one of 2017’s most promising players — made a nice return to footy. The Dragons fell by a final score of 5.5.35 to 2.1.13.
The first men’s game commenced between LA and Denver at 2 pm. Playing the Bulldogs for the first time in over a year, the Dragons showed a lot of grit and physicality around the contest. With the consistency of on-ballers David Higgs and Joe Silvio and ruck Donald Lee, the Dragons were able to feed the ball forward to tall targets Pat Nicholls and new player Nick Shuttleworth. Simon Ansell and Freddy Schulin got plenty of the footy from their spots on the wing, while Chris Bagot and Paul Jackson used their athletic ability to collect a number of key intercept marks on the halfback line. Despite windy conditions, the Dragons still made the most of their scoring opportunities to take home a nice win, 7.5.47 to 3.7.25.
In game two, the Dragons took on the Dallas Magpies in another big contest. Playing shorthanded, the Pies tried to keep pace with the boys from LA, but the Dragons were having none of it. Shuttleworth and Nicholls both bagged numerous goals, while Ansell, Billy McGovern and David Dollar moved up to gather valuable crumbs in the forward line. Fullback Ryan Lorseyedi, used his big frame to harass the Pies’ undersized forwards. Ultimately, the Dragons cruised to another big W by a score of 12.8.80 to 2.2.14.
Away from the on-field action, the Ladies Day festivities were a very nice highlight. We’d like to thank the Dragons women for helping organize the day’s events, as well as all the friends and family of the Dragons coming out to support.
After a bye week, the Dragons will host their fourth and final home match of the season: the second round of the SoCal Cup versus Orange County and San Diego. Game times TBA.