After a couple of weeks without footy it was great to be able to play, even though it wasn't in the driest of conditions.
To be a part of a day when four teams were representing the club meant a few more spectators so the opportunity to display some of our future potential was exciting and the players didn't let the parents and supporters down.
After destroying the banner paying tribute to Jackson Dickfos for playing his 150th junior game the team set about stamping some authority early by winning the ball out of the middle and creating countless scoring opportunities and had we kicked a little more accurately we could nearly have taken the game away early. However some poor skill errors and disposals meant the game was still there for Alexandra Hills to grab especially after a couple of easy goals that came about through lack of concentration and positioning on our part. Players watching the game and not playing it.3 Goals 5 behinds to 2 goals straight at quarter time but still a fair start.
An opportune time to reassess at quarter time was greeted with enthusiasm and expectation and the side feeling a good afternoon was there for the taking, and take they did. The remaining 3 quarters were filled with a hard working, hard running approach from all players and even those not experiencing a great day, at some stage when asked to do their job did just that. The pressure was fantastic and the persistence inspiring because the scoreboard started to reward the team for their efforts.
Jake Villot lead his team with some of the hardest hitting contests and tackling I have seen this year. Luke Pittle is building in confidence with every outing but the pleasing thing for me was the courage and the 1%ers shown by some of our mozzie brigade. The confidence to compete against some bigger opponents and force a contest created countless scoring opportunities for our team and credit must go to Marto, AJ, JR, to apply such pressure in our forward line especially. Only problem with that boys is now I expect it every week.
Another show of unity within our side is the willingness for all team mates to come to the aid of another when opposition players try to assert unfair authority. Needless to say take on any of the Under 14's tigers and you better be ready to take on another 21 at the same time. I am very proud of you boys and girl. I could have mentioned another 10 players but they have also had their time in the lime light before so unlucky.
Once again congratulations to Jacko on his achievement and from Jacko to his teammates thank you for making it a day to remember. Thanks again to all of our parents and volunteer helpers on the day.
Can I take this opportunity to offer the chance to anyone wanting to actively play a role on game day and experience the chance to run messages for me? You are most welcome as I am sure that Geoff and Storm are happy to allow you the experience. This will give you the chance to experience footy closely and respect some of the work our volunteers continue to do.
See you next week.