A great day and the opportunity to pit ourselves against another top three side. When we first played Sherwood earlier in the year we were on the end of a 70 point thrashing and I have since made the statement that they were the best team we had played.
Our new self belief and development was once again put to the test but our game plane is simple. Compete when it is your turn. Commit your body when it is your turn to do so and make your decisions based on what is right for the team. Stay disciplined and work hard for each other.
A steady start saw us have scoring opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on and Sherwood were able to make the most of a couple of mistakes and poor option choices by us to take a 3 goal lead into the first quarter.
The second quarter was a struggle with just tough hard football played mostly between both fifty metre lines and scoring was minimal but still a 25 point lead held by Sherwood. They did look threatening at times but solid defence all day by Driftman,Haydos, Jakey V, and our tireless onball brigade in Liam and Jacko kept the tigers within reach of what was beginning to become a head ache for the Sherwood side who expected this game to be in the pocket by this stage.
This team has prided itself on never giving up and no matter how hard they get hit or how sore or tired they are, they get up dust off and just keep coming. Our second half was built on character and toughness and continued self belief that gave me one of my proudest moments as a coach. Even with our effort and desire and competitive nature we still fell short of a win by 11 points but against a side that will play finals that beat us by 70 the last time we played. We managed to keep them goalless for the second half. We won the second half and we had the satisfaction of an opposition coach come to us and say it is one of those rare occasions when the best team on the day didn’t win. With a little luck and experience it could have been so much better but that is footy. You gotta love it.
Special mention to a couple of players who played beyond there years in Jacko, Liam and Marto who showed that guts, determination and toughness is alive and well at the Redcliffe Tigers. Some of the best tackling I have seen was on show from Josh Driftman who played his best game this year. Haydos and Pittle continued to show why they could develop into anything with very solid contributions.
While we won’t play in the finals we have the opportunity to make a difference to the final positions within those top teams and teams should be warned that facing us is not a prospect to look forward. Very well done players.
Good luck to Rosie in her endeavors to perform in a girls state carnival next week.
Thanks to all of our parents and supporters for your assistance in bringing these kids along the way they have.