Best:Ash Humphrey, Shane Ward, Toby Southgate, Brendan Le Mescam, Nick Spring, Craig Laycock, Jason Watson.
Reserves Report: Round 13
With the season’s end nearing, ladder positions are becoming important, so our game against the Roosters became vital.
Knowing that the roosters were second bottom on the ladder gave us a few targets to work towards, but the first quarter didn’t seem to go to plan as the luck of the bounce went the way of our counterparts. Having the same scoring shots but only landing the one major for the quarter made it feel like we were getting out played when in actual fact the quarter was fairly even, we just didn’t take our chances in front of goal.
Starting the second down, but certainly not out we kicked into gear booting a couple of quick ones to shut their lead down. We weren’t done yet though, holding them goalless with another solid backline performance making it easier for us to run forward and kick 5 for the quarter. Le Mescam, Watson and Spring defusing all attacks thrown gave players like Christie, Ward and Humphrey’s confidence to attack from halfback.
Running into the slight breeze it was important that we used the ball well all over the ground and we did, kicking 3 goals early in the third broke the spirit of the roosters even though they kicked one for the quarter. This quarter was pleasing that names like Southgate, Nicholson and Sculthorpe were starting to get involved.
Starting the fourth and final quarter our 4 goal lead wasn’t enough considering they had only managed 1 goal since the first quarter. That feeling must have spread through the team as every player stepped up and got involved in what became our second 10 goal win in as many weeks. Crowley, Williams, Royine with the help of the rest of the backline ensured that the last quarter would finish scoreless for the roosters but not so for us. Laycock, Heath and Caddy now adding their names to score sheet made it so we had a good spread of goal kickers.
Winning the clearances and holding Griffith to just the 1 goal goes a long way in showing what kind of team we are. Now we should all be looking forward to redeeming ourselves against Ipswich after a disappointing loss last time we met.