A trip down the highway to Alex Hills was what awaited us on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. With the advantage of a full squad to choose from we had to leave 3 out on game day. Jarrod Hayes, Nick Weier and Kieran Hart were told the news about 30 mins before kick off and true to their word, all took it well and then helped out with other duties.
Our first quarter was as impressive as we have been all year. Our work rate across the ground and defensive pressure against some much bigger opponents was a stand out. We slipped out to an early lead but were reeled in by Alex Hills who knew they were in a contest. Tyson Brown was a stand out collecting plenty of possessions and breaking the lines.
Our second quarter started promising but we slipped back to some old habits and allowed Alex Hills to gain the upper hand. We battled hard but were being beaten in the middle thus allowing them to get first hands on the ball. Tom Roney and Nathan Wadley were presenting well but we weren’t getting enough numbers to the ball and it looked like Alex Hills were about to break open the game. A 17 point margin at half time was going to present a big challenge against the top team.
After a bit of a talking to at half time and a timely reminder our last month had been very impressive the boys started to chip away at their opponents and started to gain the upper hand. Wads was taking some good grabs and with great back up from Ben Strang and Christian Sands in the ruck, we were starting to look menacing. Jake Haggerty and Josh Lowe’s attack on the ball was great to see and with our back 6 right on top the boys had a sniff of victory. With a 10 point margin at 3/4 time the boys were primed to pull off a great win.
The last quarter started with Alex Hills attacking out of the middle. Our guys kept up the fight and we started to get the upper hand. The ball see sawed from half back to half forward and with some brave and calculated kicks from defence by Sam Munsie and Tyler Hayes we had belief we could win the game. After Bomber hurt his calf Joey Cantlin moved into the middle to get some touches and with Joey Gould now at CHF we were hoping to run over them in the last 10 mins. Sadly Alex Hills held their nerve and they walked away with a 10 point win.
Another great effort by the boys! We now know we can mix it with any side on our day. If we stick to our plan and continue to play as a committed team then results will come our way.
A special mention to Nick, Jarrod and Kieran. It was a long way to come not to play and anyone of them could have spat the dummy and gone home, but as I would expect all 3 saw the bigger picture and took it extremely well.