On a sunny Saturday at Penmar Park, the Dragons hosted the Seattle Grizzlies. However, due to a shortage of visiting players from up north, a number of Dragons suited up in their Outlaw metro jumpers and played opposite their teammates.
Despite the unorthodox nature of the game, it was a competitive hit-out, with the Dragons earning a 10.6.66 to 10.4.64 win over the hybrid Seattle/Outlaws side. There was plenty of action on display in a back-and-forth contest, and the Dragons were also excited to debut three newcomers from Melbourne — Tyson Williams, Jack Jansson, and Tom Nicholls, Gold Coast Suns player and brother of the Dragons’ own Pat Nicholls.
The Nicholls brothers led the charge for the Outlaws side, using their height and athleticism to their advantage in the forward line as both brothers kicked three goals apiece. Working on a narrow ground with no bench players, it was a great opportunity for both sides to showcase their fitness levels and ball skills. Paul Ioakim, Joe Silvio, and Gary Green (one goal) were influential coming out of the midfield and half-forward line for the Dragons, while Paul Jackson, Harry Dixon and Dre Jansen (among others) played well across the halfback and fullback lines. Forward and Dragons club president Justin Hall was back to his usual self, slotting four goals in his return from a concussion suffered against Orange County two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Outlaws fullback Brian “Diesel” Cummins was solid on the intercept marks, creating opportunities for the midfield and forward line. As anticipated, ball-ups and center bounces were also hotly contested between Donald Lee (one goal) and Sam “Headshots” Murphy. Several Outlaws players were able to get involved in contests as well; half-forward flankers Jansson and Williams showed their class up front, while forward pockets Rick Shaibani and Joe Davenport both kicked goals.
Despite the unusual setup, it was a great time having a run with a handful of Seattle’s best, as well as the trio of Dragons debutants. Up next is the final home game of the year on Saturday, September 16th, as the Dragons host the Golden Gate Roos for Ladies’ Day. The Dragons’ women’s team will open up the slate at 2 PM and the men’s game will follow later in the afternoon. It should be a great time and another wonderful opportunity for the club to grow the Dragons brand!