Tigers Push Right To The End
Redcliffe 6.6.42 Defeated by Sherwood 8.11.59
Goals: Dickfos 2, Dawson 2, Hanning 1, Cantlin 1
Best Players: Dawson, Crispe, Hanning, Dickfos, Seeley, Bramwell
Today was another opportunity to show our improvement when we get to play a side that beat us quite convincingly approx 7 weeks ago by about 46 points on our home ground. It was always going to be a difficult challenge when we knew they would be physical and our side was young and small compared to them. Take into account that we didn’t have Tylor, Rosie, and Dan Williams as well. Taking that into account, the day was about showing that while we are small in height we are large in heart and commitment.
Without being able to match them in size in most positions we shuffled our side around to give us our best chance of competing and create an avenue to goal that may cause them some headaches. Our regular fullback started at full forward in Sandsy. Liam and Jacko changed from onball to CHF. Brad Seeley was asked to ruck all day. Josh Hanning filled the vacant CHB position and Crispy found himself in the middle for most of the game until asked to play his normall backman position late in the last quarter. All of these players did themselves proud and did us proud because not only did they follow instructions and presented themselves when they needed to. They put us in a position to win the game but we were unable to close the gap after a fairly ordinary third quarter let us down.
It is satisfying to me to see us create so much frustration to opposition teams and coaches when we just continue to compete, work hard and persist until the very end. The side looked a little disappointed at three quarter time knowing that they had let themselves down. They responded to the call and lifted themselves and just kept coming until the final siren had gone. However the score card at the end of the day had us behind by 17 points. The better side on the day had won the game but there was still plenty to be happy with from those close to the team.
Liam once again showed that in the air there is none better than he with his customary marking display and work rate to continually present himself. Not to be out done and to a lesser extent was Jacko who also marked strongly for one so small and also presented himself across half forward when needed and also on ball. Both of these boys have been battling sickness all week and carried it into the game but I couldn’t stop them from playing if I tried. Josh Hanning is enjoying a couple of fantastic weeks in the backline and using his spring and run to create plenty of forward thrusts. Crispy is an unsung hero in our side who just keeps working on the little things and beating his opponent in one on one contests all day everyday and did so again. Brad Seeley is growing in confidence and to ruck all day and compete the way he did was great for the team. Mitch Bramwell was another player worth a mention because he put his head over the ball when needed and presented and competed as if his side depended on it. They did depend on it and he didn’t let them down.
We have only two training sessions left for the year now and one game against the best side in the competition, Aspley. We will enjoy our last Sutton’s Beach session on Monday followed by Thursday night at the club and then our last game at home at 9.00am on Sunday to be followed by a BBQ after the game.
Thanks to my loyal band of support Staff in Jodie, Watto, Heathy and Christo. Thanks to our very loyal volunteers who have consistently put the hands up to help. You offer each week and want nothing in return and you are the people that makes us great and add value to our team and club.
See you all next week.