A sunny and warm morning greeted us this week as the U16’s took on Caboolture at Redcliffe City oval. With our preparation being interrupted over the past few weeks from wet weather, school holidays and player injuries, it was a wait and see, as to how the boys would approach this game. Having played Caboolture in the very first round of the season and then subsequently having our return fixture cancelled during the wet season, we were anticipating a good contest from the outset.
Caboolture undermanned and only fielding 18 players showed why that if and when they have a full compliment of players to choose from, they will certainly pose us problems in the future. They played with commitment, enthusiasm and a never say attitude that we could not match in the first half. In saying all of that, we still went into the half time break leading by a couple of points. So for all the effort that Caboolture had put into that first half and for all of our inept playing of the football, just reinforces my belief that we have in the making a very capable and good team when we choose to play.
This was evident for all to see in the third quarter, as we were a totally different team to the one that had just played, our renewed enthusiasm, our commitment and the way that we shared the ball amongst our team-mates provided plenty of scoring opportunities and we were able to kick 6 unanswered goals and put the game out of reach for Caboolture. Although they did manage to whittle our three quarter lead down to 14 points, in the end we held on for the victory. Not a bad result considering we only really played a quarter and a half of good quality football, the football that we want to see and expect from not only our parents, supporters and coaching staff but more importantly from ourselves.
The game however did result in a couple of casualties, we had both Braeden Cester and Corbin Dickfos receive arm injuries. We wish them both a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming them back into the team in the future.