Team Work Rewarded With Win
Score: Redcliffe 10.10-70 Defeated Kenmore 3.7-25
Goals: Cester 3, Dickfos 2, Hanning 2, Watson 1, Seeley 1, Cantlin 1.
Best Players: Each player did their job.
It is always difficult after a holiday or break to get back into the swing of playing and working as hard as you can for 90 minutes when the body has been afforded a rest for a couple of weeks. However experiencing this before, enabled us to lay a foundation for this weekend by having a very solid week on the track ending with a 30 minute tackling drill on Thursday night to remind the team of what is expected on the weekend.
We were venturing to Kenmore who sit 4th on the ladder and they were comforted knowing they got the better of us in the grading games, if only by 5 points. They had no idea though, that we had improved and their afternoon was not going to be an easy one because we have learnt to prepare better and respect our opposition and not to take anything we have or have achieved for granted. What I have managed to do is be able to show players that it is possible to get to a ground, assess the surroundings and create a game plan to suit conditions. We had two separate setups depending on which way we were going, uphill or downhill. Fortunately for us Liam won the toss we headed uphill and our first set up option was put into place and worked to a treat. With a little more application to our kicking we could have come in at quarter time with a better lead, but a 2 goal 4 behind quarter to 1 goal was a great start for us. Our team looked settled and prepared for a 4 quarter battle.
Obviously going downhill in the second quarter, and our other set up was put in place and while the score board wasn’t overly complimentary we still held an 11 point lead at the main break.
Half time and we reassessed and the game was ours for the taking because we were working harder we were creating opportunities because of it. We had our heads over the ball and were protected by the umpires for making the ball the objective. Our backline lead by Crispe, Carlson and Sands were as strong as they have ever been. Our half back line in Cole, Pyke and Williams combined with the onball brigade to bring the ball into the forward structure with precise accuracy which enabled Tyles and Connor to run rampant against a stunned opposition. With them providing the contest even our mozzie squad crumbed, chased and pressured the Kenmore players into making mistakes and then capitalised on it. A 5 goal to 1 third quarter gave us a 32 point buffer at 3 quarter time and a well earned lead.
I was afforded the luxury of seeing every player who came on make an impact. Every change we made was effective. Our Raiders boys who have just completed a gruelling week of rep footy returned and displayed all that they have learnt and raised the bar again. Cester was marking everything that came his way and it was a change to see Tylor’s marking as a highlight when we are so use to it just being Liam. Inglis was committing his body and running back into packs disregarding his safety for the good of the team. Dawson, Dickfos were playing their usual role all over the ground. Midson finally enjoying some game time after a 9 week absence through injury and I could keep going mentioning all players. I will mention the 4 quarter effort of Tom Watson who was by far our best player. Tom Started forward and created so many opportunities because of his work ethic and commitment. He played tall and small and competed like it was his last game. He ran to space and was in and under and ran off and fed the ball out. He was the complete team player today. Good job Tommy.
If there was a sour note left in my mouth it was the report from my players of the poor sportsmanship shown by the majority of the Kenmore players, not all but most, who were not interested in shaking our hands and giving us the gratitude and respect that we had earned, in particular their captain. This was a game of football where every person involved was just trying to do the very best they could and develop. When you have played the perfect game and not made any mistakes then you are in a position to be a little critical. I have not met a player, umpire or coach that good yet so to let it get the better of you is poor and undisciplined. We will just worry about what we have control over and let everyone else worry about what they have to do. I was very proud of our team for sticking to the tasks and playing the game. A magnificent 45 point win, our best this year. Seems I said that after our last game, hmmm we must be getting better.
Thanks again to my staff in Jodie, Heathy and Christo and a special mention to Storm who filled in for the absent Watto as my runner. Thanks to the volunteers for you help and to Dyll, Billy and Bakes for taking care of the water duties. See you all next week.