1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time final Score
Redcliffe 2-1-13 3-1-19 3-2-20 3-2-20
Aspley 1-0-6 3-2-20 3-4-22 4-6-30 Goals: Declan Watson 1, Ethan Cole 1, Billy Bryant 1 Best : Connor Bloss, Ethan Cole, Declan Watson, Curtis Nicholson, Josh Patching.
Our under 12's today travelled.... no hold on we actually played at home today !!!!
as Allan Lynne mentioned to me today the boys were hard to pick out in their black shorts !!!!
Today we had a top of the table clash between two undefeated teams, Aspley a very well drilled side that over the past four weeks teams have had trouble scoring against.
Our focus at training this week, quite deliberately, was to build this game up to the boys as a mini final and just give them a little test early in the year to see how they perform with a bit of added pressure on them, much the same as we hope to encounter later in the year.
Our boys, to their credit in the first quarter, all hit the ground running and with the boys in the backline all solid once again and our midfield and forwards all getting a touch of the ball early, we managed to apply the pressure we needed to have our opposition chasing us and while two goals were a fair reward, with a little more composure and skill under pressure, we may in fact, have been more than seven points in front at the first change.
Once again, as has been our habit over the past three weeks, we seemed to fall into becoming spectators in the game and allowing our direct opponents easy kicks and standing back waiting for someone else to do the hard work for us. and while this has not hurt us to much against other sides, against a well drilled quality opponent, that prides itself on its defensive pressure we seemed to look tired and slow just from being second to the ball on most occasions and not attacking the football. at half time those lapses allowed Aspley to gain some momentum and go in one point ahead.
The boys were reminded at half time that they were indeed in a contest and to really work hard defensively in the third quarter, as a group, to stop the flow of the football their opponents had been getting and make it harder for them to score, which with a two points to one third quarter, we did.
We were confident our ability to run out games would give us the advantage we needed to overcome a two point three quarter time deficit but unfortunately Aspley made all the running in the last quarter and for the most part kept the ball pinned in their forward half of the ground the whole last quarter which meant we could not use the run we have had over the last few weeks and we failed to score in the quarter for the first time this season.
At the end of the day the boys need to keep the loss in perspective and realise they have, so far this year, been exceptional as a side and that there is still a lot of football to be played for us so we need to keep our heads high and not get down over one setback.
The good thing about football is we have this week to redeem ourselves and get our confidence in ourselves and each other back.
The hallmark of a really good football side is to accept you have been outplayed on the day, learn from it, and go into the next week ready to overcome it. this is something I am sure our tigers under 12's of 2009 will do because they are a very good football side.
Today was an opportunity to perform against one of the better credentialed sides of the division we play in. Our goal for the day was to compete to the best of our ability and we could certainly give them something to think about.
Unfortunately the signs were there early that we did not turn up to play and the preparation from some of our better players was poor to say the least.
What was disappointing was they dragged their teammates down with them by not doing the right things and before you know it we are playing individual football.
It is and was frustrating to have to make changes and find a winning combination when all we had to do was follow instructions and compete when it was your turn. When this doesn't happen, our young brains and mentality is so inexperienced that we begin communicating in a disrespectful way that only makes things worse because no one likes to have a finger pointed at them from another teammate.
We lost a little ground today due to that inexperience and the inability to control our emotions and that is something we will definitely be discussing during the week.
It would have been nice to perform for our skipper Jake Villot who played his 50th game today and deserved a better effort from his team especially when he had his normal workman like performance for us. We congratulate Jake for that. He did have a handful of teammates bust there buts for him and none better than Josh Martin at HB. He attacked the ball well and committed his tiny frame on countless occasions and did everything he could to inspire his team. Peter Furness also can hold his head high along with Zac Crispe, Jackson Dickfos, Tylor Cester and as mentioned Jake Villot. The beauty of playing a season is our best game could very well be a little closer and only a week away. A better preparation during the week will give us a better chance to perform hopefully and some more incentive is the chance to play in Jackson Dickfos' 150 game against Everton this Sunday coming.
Thanks again to Geoff, Storm and Jodie for your continued support and of course to our volunteers on the day and supporters, my continued gratitude for the opportunity to play this small part in your childs lives.
Redcliffe 22.10.142 def Mt Gravatt White 3.2.20
This weekend saw the Redcliffe Tigers U16’s travel down to Mt.Gravatt to take on the Vultures. Our theme all year thus far has been to stamp our authority on the game right from the opening bounce and not allow the opposing team any free, easy possessions of the football. With this in mind the boys burst out of the blocks and took hold of the first quarter to dominate in all facets of the game. In the centre clearances we were led by Van Haaften who continues to provide an honest rucking contest, which then paved the way for the likes of Wadley, Dickfos, Delahay & Cester to capitalise and send the ball forward. Up forward we had Parkes, Duffill, Madden & Van Rooyen (who played his best game for the season), clearly out mark and out-play their direct opponents which enabled us to score goals in what seemed at times to be an easy display of team work football. Across the back half we had all players contribute to hold out any forward thrust that Mt.Gravatt attempted and although there were a couple of dubious goal umpiring decisions that went against us, the boys rallied and didn’t let it affect them. Strang continued his good form with another solid display of rebounding attacking football, a role he has played in all games to near perfection. Hayes playing across the wing/half forward and after initially getting a corked thigh early in the match came back on after receiving some treatment and produced his best game for the season. Another great TEAM effort. Well Done Boys.
Whilst we are sitting on top of the ladder undefeated, we haven’t had it all our own way in every game, but it has been the way the boys have gone about their roles and how well they have responded to what is being asked of them from us as a coaching panel that has been most pleasing and so too should the parents be justifiably proud of their sons efforts thus far.
We will continue to put our best foot forward and work hard and strive to maintain the good start to the season we’ve had, but a football cliché that pertains to our current situation is that for every game we continue to play, we are one game closer to a loss.