On Sunday, we traveled out to Springwood to take on the Pumas in what we knew was going to be a tough match. It was a perfect day for football and the boys looked switched on from the start.
We wanted to focus on starting well, as in our past couple of games we haven’t done so, and achieved that by going out to a 4 goal lead at quarter time. The pressure around the ball from our guys was first rate as we continually forced the opposition into turning the ball over, which led to multiple scoring opportunities. Sam Mackenzie was giving us great run and drive out of the middle, whilst out backline, led by Damien Burdon and Liam Ulacco, were repelling the attacks made by Springwood.
The second quarter saw us skip further ahead as we kept the intensity up. We were taking risks and switching into the middle at almost every chance which opened the ground up for our runners in Braidyn Field and Karl Flaskett to utilise. Some deft tap work from Trystan Juffs-King and Callum Hill were giving our midfielders first crack in the middle and they took full advantage of it.
We started well in the third quarter, looking to finish the Pumas off, but trailed off in the last 10 minutes to leave the door ajar for them to stage a comeback. We also saw some incidents arise where our players were getting hit high and late, but to their credit they responded by going after and winning the footy.
The final quarter Rick and myself challenged the guys to finish the game off full of running, which is exactly what happened. Cooper Archer and Marcus Lewis were a big presence down forward, whilst we were getting plenty of drive from Aaron Roche and Jack Hotham from the middle. Ronan Morris attacked the ball all day and his voice could be heard all over the ground. Ryan Prentice was asked to quell their best player, limiting him to a couple of touches in the second half in what was a selfless act for the team.
All in all it was a great 4 quarter effort with an even contribution from everyone all over the ground. Both Rick and I were proud of the way all the boys handled themselves in regards to the rough conduct we were shown. Special mention goes to Sam Fedorniak and Jack Hotham for not retaliating when they had every right to. Hopefully this is a springboard for our season and we look to keep improving week after week.
We would also like to thank those who volunteered to help out with the boundary and goal umpiring as well as the water carrying. We really appreciate all the effort that you’re putting in.
Final score: Redcliffe 13.12.(90) to Springwood 7.8.(50)