A trip down the highway to Wynnum was our assignment as we were looking to break through for our first win. With the boys primed for a big day and all positional tasks taken care of we then spoke of what this day means to all of us. Drawing on past experiences as a child growing up I presented at times a very emotional portrayal of what ANZAC day means to me. My hope was to get a message across that playing on this day should be seen as a privilege.
When the boys hit the ground you could see they were pumped and after standing to attention for a minute's silence to pay our respects, not another word was needed as you could see in their eyes all were focused on what we wanted to achieve.
The first quarter was easily the best we played all year. The pressure we applied both forward and back was a credit to the boys commitment and to keep Wynnum scoreless whilst putting 5 goals on the board was quite pleasing. Ash Pritzler was a clear standout along with Bomber Haggerty, Tyler Hayes and Tom Roney.
The second quarter started well enough but we then went back to some old habits and let a chance to kill off Wynnum before half time slip through our fingers. Pritz was still presenting and Big Jake Sammut was holding his own in the ruck and up forward. Bomber, Marcus Gregory and Ben “Spooner” Strang were getting their fair share of the ball but we were being lazy and wasteful with our possession. It was very pleasing to go into ½ time with a 38 point lead but we knew there was more hard work to do.
After a rev up in the rooms and a timely reminder about the “bag” we had passed around pre match, the boys were once again focused on the task at hand. Wynnum were throwing everything at us but we stood strong. We were getting good service out of Joey Cantlin and Mitch Purvis and with both the Hayes boys presenting it was only a matter of time before the shackles broke. Tyson Brown was showing great dash off half back and with support from Zach Keating Jones and Josh Lowe we were repelling any forward attack from Wynnum. Sam Munsie was his usual steady self but when he had to come off after receiving a head knock, it threw our back 6 out of balance. Matt Spencer assumed the roll of Full back and with Kieran Hart now in the back pocket and driving his opponent crazy, order was quickly restored.
The final quarter gave us the opportunity to throw a few guys around and it was good to see both sides play it out right to the end. Jesse Keating-Jones was tireless in the ruck and with Nathan Wadley getting his hands on it through the mid field and then finishing with 3 goals, it showed that “gut” running can have it’s benefits. Joey Cantlin finished the day with 4 goals in what was a good performance for his first game. Jake Haggerty's hardness at the ball made every one stand a little taller and with contributions from everybody around the ground it was a pleasure to be able to witness it on such a special day.
Special mention to Matt Spencer and Luke Wilkinson for coming up from the U16’s.