REDCLIFFE TIGERS U16’S GRAND FINAL MATCH REPORT 12.09.09
Redcliffe 6.12.48 def by Aspley 12.10.82
Best Players: Ben Delahay, Braeden Tansacha, Corbin Dickfos, Joel Adsett, Sam Cabrera, Ben Strang.
Well, the Grand Final has been played and won by Aspley. Therefore, congratulations go to the winners as the final result showed that they were the better team on the day.
After a very lack-lustre performance had been displayed against Aspley in the semi-final a fortnight ago, our Tigers bounced back and redeemed themselves by earning their spot in the Grand Final with a comprehensive victory over Caboolture in the preliminary final the following week. On display in this game was a team totally committed to the fundamentals of what our game has been about all year. We worked hard for one another and played with the team oriented self-less attitude that had served us so well for the majority of our games all season. Unfortunately for us Steve Parkes went down with a season ending ankle injury so it was not the ideal situation or preparation we needed heading into the Grand Final. Alas, as football so often does and will continue to do, is that one player’s misfortunes is another ones opportunity.
We prepared ourselves during the week with as little fanfare as possible, but also making a significant point to the boys that this was by no means just another game. This was the Grand Final, a feat to make it in itself, yet a sense of mission incomplete now that we had booked a place into the Grand Final.
From the beginning of the season and all during its course, I had specifically made no grandiose plans of being a Premiership Team. It was always my intention to provide the boys with the basic understanding of our game, to teach them, to guide them and to enjoy our time together and build a TEAM based camaraderie that if all went well, we would provide for ourselves every opportunity to be a successful TEAM, regardless of whether we win, lose or draw, and to try and become a self-less player and forgo any individual pursuits or accolades for the betterment of the TEAM.
We headed into Saturday’s Grand Final quietly confident that we could reverse the results from the previous encounters against Aspley. In those matches we were beaten by hard running, hard working individuals but not necessarily a better team.
The first quarter turned out to be the worst possible start we could imagine, we failed to take our chances to have any impact whatsoever. Our skill level was down, thus providing too many turnovers and opportunities for Aspley in which they fully capitalised on the scoreboard. The message to the boys at quarter time was one of still having the belief that if we could just slowly work our way back into the game, contest by contest, we would and could go into the half time break again confident enough to give us a slim chance .The boys responded in this quarter and although still trailing at half time, we had gained that opportunity.
The second half was a total contrast to the way we had begun the game, Aspley was now the ones to look tired and start to feel the pressure as we continued to chip away. All boys put in an almighty effort; they attacked the ball with random acts of self-less courage, providing inspiration for one another, our skill level both by hand and foot improved, our teamwork and control of the tempo in which the game was played was now ours. Unfortunately for us we were unable to bridge the gap, so for all our effort in three quarters of football, it was our horrendous start which would be the telling factor. A valuable lesson learnt that this game of football is played across four quarters.