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Sizzling 16's Prove They Are The Real Deal

By , 18 June 2012

Sizzling 16's Prove They Are The Real Deal
Sizzling 16's Prove They Are The Real Deal

U16's get home in another thriller against 3rd placed Redlands

Sizzling 16's Prove They Are The Real Deal

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U16's Division One - McDonald's Cup

Redcliffe vs Redlands

Sunday 17th June @ Rothwell Park

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Redcliffe 9.15.69 def Redlands 10.4.64

Goals: Dawson 4, Cester 2, Hoffman 1, Patching 1, Thompson 1.

Best: Cester, Sands, Dawson, Ricker, Thompson, Boyle, Bond, Crispe, Dickfos, Roberts.

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It seems we have been waiting forever for a dry game and finally we had perfect conditions greeting us at Redcliffe and a fairly firm ground surface. Today we are to take on the number three side in the competition in Redlands. Traditionally our two clubs have played in some ding dong battles over the last few years and with barely a kick between us on numerous occasions today was set up for yet another cracker. The great thing about both these sides is that both teams have always played the game tough and hard but always in the right spirit and today was no different.

Today was a chance for us to test ourselves against a quality opposition who sit third and two places above us on the ladder. We have yet to take the scalp of a side higher than us and although we have at times tested those teams, we have fallen short on every occasion. We needed to create belief that we do belong among them and that those teams that take us lightly do so at their own peril.

It was great to be able to have a full squad to pick from and even though the game was extremely important, it didn’t take priority over the values and principles we try to implement, and players missed the chance to play for not following the team rules that we have all agreed on, and for this reason Ryan O’Shea was promoted from our under 14’s div 1 team to fill a spot on our bench and we thank Wayne, his coach and Kerry, his mum for allowing him to do this.

We kicked into a stiff breeze in the first quarter and although it didn’t show on the scoreboard we worked really hard at contests and around the ground and created chances for our forward line but weren’t able to convert. Redlands on the other hand were able to move the ball cleanly and with more precision and finished the quarter with a 9 point lead after kicking 3 goals 1 to our 1 goal 4 after Patcho made the most of a crumbing situation up forward and snapped truly.

There was no reason to panic though because the effort was there and we just needed to persist and try and pick the pressure up and the one on one contests around the ground. We also needed to be predictable moving the ball forward and utilize our key targets up forward which enables our crumbing players to position themselves better.

The second quarter saw us play some really good footy and through the efforts of Cester, Thompson, Roberts, Dickfos, Boyle, Crispe, Dawson and Ricker all rotating through the middle we were able to continually send the ball forward and apply pressure to the Redlands defense. Even when the ball came out and into their forward line, our defense was standing strong and I ran out of fingers and toes trying to count the rebounding from our defense to the forwards, especially from Sandsy and Jordy. Their accountability meant we were able to keep Redlands to 1 goal for the second quarter while we piled on 4 goals 5 to set up a handy 14 point lead going into the long break.

It would have been nice to know that we had the game under wraps and away we would go from the start of the third quarter but we know Redlands so well we knew that the game was a long way from finished and that Redlands would just keep coming. That’s who they are and that’s what they do especially when we play them. However we just needed to work even harder on our one on one contests and persist with what was giving us our best chance to be successful. It is hard for players so young to realize that even though they are playing the game, they also need to try and remember the game and be able to draw from the experiences they are going through. Where to stand and position themselves according to ball position and opponent position. If you are a defender or a forward, where is the best spot for me according to the team's needs and the state of the game? It is never about standing where I am comfortable or where I want to, it is about where it best suits the team. When we do that, our options improve and when we don’t, then it is the opposition whose options improve.

The third quarter was tight and exciting, frustrating, tense and great to watch but it was Redlands quarter and while holding us down to 1 goal 5 behinds, they managed to kick 3 goals 2 to be only 5 points down at the end of the third quarter. Here we go again, but the positive was, we were still in front and if we managed to control the centre bounces and win more of the individual contests against our opponents then we stood a chance of holding on to that glimmer of hope we had longed for against a quality side.

The last quarter was worse than the third with the same intensity, excitement and frustration that we went through in the previous quarter it was just 5 times the level, because it was all or nothing at the end of it for one of the two sides. The lead changed on a few occasions and in the end Dyl and Dawso were able to slot home some very important goals for us in reply to Redlands hitting the front. Both sides scored 3 goals 1 for the quarter and that left us 5 points in front when the siren sounded. It could have gone either way though with Redlands having a set shot for goal from no more than 20 meters out with only 30 seconds to go in the game and it went wide. So it is comforting to say that today luck was on our side and we celebrated because of it and I still believe no one sings the song with the gusto and feeling of the under 16’s at Redcliffe Tigers and I loved being amongst the boys and doing it today. Fantastic win boys well done.

While most boys enjoyed major contributions, our day would not have had the same result had it not been for the efforts of Tylor Cester who played on ball, CHF and FF in a rotation with Jacko and Dawso and clearly deserved best on ground. Josh Sands was fantastic at full back as was Dawso through that rotation and he finished as our leading goal kicker for the day with 4 goals. Trent Ricker plays this game with an aggression and endeavor that is rarely matched and he to, can be very happy with his afternoon. Boyle, Thompson, Roberts, Crispe, Anderson, Menheere, Dickfos, and Bond all worked hard and little cameo’s by Marky and Dyl once again showed that doing your bit when it is your turn to do so can make all the difference. Well done boys

Thanks to Sal, Storm and Mick for sharing the journey with us and playing there part in the development of these fine young men and thank you to all of our supporting families and the volunteers that do the jobs required every weekend. I am looking forward to not having to worry about the coaches’ board and team line ups or team sheets and websites for the next couple of weeks due to the school holidays. I would like to say you have some time off over the next few weeks but unfortunately when you strive to be better sooner rather than later then there is no rest for those with the desire to be the best they can be. So we will continue to train to make the most of the opportunities that lay ahead of us. At the end of this year we will ensure we have given it our best.

Words of Wisdom

If I can push myself to train when I know no one else will be training I will have found an edge. If I can push my body through hell and back and suffer when no one else will then I will have found an edge. If I can manage my pain and push past it knowing most can’t then I will have found an edge. Now when my team needs me to rise and fight I am able to because I have the edge.

Rob Dickfos

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Ladder After Round 9

POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 Aspley 9 9 0 0 661 276 239.49 36
2 Morningside 9 8 1 0 643 371 173.32 32
3 Redland 9 5 3 1 518 344 150.58 22
4 Sandgate 8 5 2 1 521 363 143.53 22
5 Redcliffe 9 5 4 0 588 525 112.00 20
6 Wilston Grange 9 3 5 1 538 569 94.55 14
7 Sherwood 8 3 5 0 377 515 73.20 12
8 Coorparoo 9 2 6 1 523 668 78.29 10
9 Mt Gravatt 9 2 7 0 403 665 60.60 8
10 Calamvale 9 0 9 0 237 653 36.29 0
 

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