Goals: Dawson 10, Ty Cester 4, Dickfos 3, Ely 3, Cantlin 1, Johnson 1.
After countless training sessions and numerous hours of running suffering and sweating during their preseason program, the Redcliffe Tigers under 16’s began their McDonalds Cup campaign for 2011 with a home game against unknown opposition Jindalee. Since November the majority of this team have worked tirelessly towards preparing themselves to compete against the best players of this age group in south east Queensland
The pre match talk was based on reminding players what we have done to prepare for this moment and how it would stand us in good stead for this game today. We knew little of our opponents and they knew little about us, so a very even stage to play on for both sides. With the naming of our Leadership group in Co Captains Trent Ely and Lachlan Johnson, along with deputies, Brandon Wenham, Anthony Maher, Jayke Villot and Peter Furness we were ready for battle.
Aside from the first minute of play when Jindalee scored a goal with some very slick movement the game plan was proven to be one that Jindalee had no chance of stopping. All positions were filled with a player prepared to do whatever he had to, to earn possession. All changes and rotations worked a treat and players were able to adapt to the changes and challenges each move created.
It is one of those rare days when each member of the team was worthy of a positive mention. Sure we had some stand outs but it is the team result that matters and the players understand that they are unable to be the best players without the help of their 21 other team mates. Josh Hanning was tremendous on a wing and created numerous opportunities with his attack on the ball and his gut running ability. Liam Dawson rotated between on ball and up forward with Jackson Dickfos and both kept the scoreboard ticking with 10 goals and 3 goals respectively. Trent and Lachly both lead from the front with countless efforts while on ball and up forward and have already proven to be the ‘do as I do’ leaders we expected them to be. Throw into the mix the workman like efforts of Wenham, Villot, Stokes and Watson across the middle and the defence of Spencer, Bailey, Ricker, Maher, Stilgoe and Carlson and we were always going to have an advantage. All of this enabled us to set up a forward structure that was capable of scoring and with Tylor Cester leading the way with his 4 goals and committed attack on the ball, we had a target that would create a contest until help arrived and by the end of the game, Cantlin, Robinson, Barker, Marriot and Brae Cester all looked dangerous. Ty also handed off many chances to team mates in a selfless act that drew praise from all of us. The only downer was the injury of Pete Furness before half time and that will be an anxious wait for us to see what damage he has done and how long we may be without him.
Other than that a fantastic start to our season, but of course we know there is a long way to go. We will take each week as it comes and endeavor to improve on each occasion we run on to an oval.
Thank you so much to all of our parents and volunteers for your commitment to the team, the coaches and our cause and a special thanks to Jo our manager and my right a hand men Mick and Christo and Watto. See you all next week.