Agency All Stars triumphant in inaugural Seven West Media AFL Challenge

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Seven West Media's advertising team recently took on a team of Agency All Stars in the inaugural Seven West Media AFL Challenge at Leederville Oval.

SWM's Group Sales Director Beau Waters captained an agency team combined of players from OMD, Carat, The Brand Agency and Initiative that competed against a Seven West Media agency sales team. In a fantastic afternoon of footy, bbq snags and beers, both teams had a blast coming together to play a spirited game. The teams are already in training to be fit for the next draft!
 
 Here's the official Match Report:
THE AGENCY All Stars have won the inaugural Seven West Media AFL Challenge, holding off a late fightback to win the historic encounter by 11 points at Leederville Oval.
 
In an intense and highly-competitive clash against Seven West Media, the All Stars rallied late, with a stunning snap from Sam Guiffre sealing the 9.4 (58) to 7.5 (47) win.
 
After falling 26 points behind at half time, SWM received a rocket from Damian Hampson, who stormed the field and appointed himself coach, delivering a spray reminiscent of Hawthorn great Allan Jeans in 1989. 
 
His players, led by West Coast premiership defender Sam Butler, responded, and a remarkable comeback win was on the cards when Dennie Chung kicked a late goal to put them in front.
 
But the All Star's young and pacey midfield took charge in the dying minutes and ensured victory for premiership Eagle Beau Waters' team, giving the agencies bragging rights until the next bout.
 
The All Stars set the win up in the midfield, with Bart Atkinson and Ryan Proud playing a key role in getting the ball forward, while the quick feet of Ben McAuliffe created opportunities for the team.
 
Keleigh Moore, Luke Driscoll and Sam Marx were also crucial to the All Stars winning the territory game, with Jakob Troy-Johnston, Diego Kendrick and Anthony Gileno surging the ball forward and stepping up at crucial times to showcase their talent.
 
The All Stars had winners all over the park early, with Brannon Heath sharp in front of goal and Christine Foster important with her skill, agility and willingness to assert herself physically. 
 
It was Waters, however, who was always in the right place at the right time, leading his team superbly and kicking a brilliant 40m goal from an acute angle as the All Stars built their first-half lead. 
 
A brutal collision with Chris Pearce in the first half was a highlight and a throwback to Waters' AFL career, with Pearce's teammate Seb Tatur describing it as "an eight on the Richter Scale". 
 
Waters wasn't the only All-Star to intimidate the SWM team, with Caleb Brown's gun show matching his speed.
 
But just when the Agencies looked like running away with the match, having kicked 6.2 to 2.0 in the first half, SWM responded to Hampson's intervention at the main break.
 
"What the #@$& are you all actually doing out there? Stop with these sh&t little kicks and actually move the ball forward." Hampson yelled, in a rousing speech that could be heard by the enthusiastic crowd.
 
When the players ran back out, captains Waters and Butler agreed to extend the second half from 15 to 20 minutes, giving SWM a window for a comeback.  
 
Playing one man down after Jo Purdy (back) failed a fitness test, SWM showed courage to cut the margin in the second half and eventually steal a late lead.
 
Backline duo Michael Hart and Sam Butler were resolute, while Chris Pearce, Ryan Gower and endurance athlete Mitch Joliffe were crucial in creating opportunities from the midfield. 
 
The comeback was forged in the engine room, with Annette Herbert putting her head over the ball in a fearless performance, and Mick Hart scrapping for the contested ball. 
 
Tatur (three goals) was the team's most dangerous forward, alongside Laurie Paton, Lauren McAdam and Kate Molinari, who each found plenty of the ball and shared a couple of goals.  
 
Both teams lifted on the back of the commentary of Mark Readings and Andy Ward, and the flamboyant umpiring of Brent Stewart was a highlight.
 
But it wasn't enough for the highly-drilled SWM team, whose heavy training load amounted to nothing.

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HelpfulSherbert said:

Nice work gang. Where's BigYogurtCloset??

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