The U16’s travelled down the road today to face a fired up Strathpine. Our focus in the pre-game talk was about getting a good start. We have let ourselves down in this area in previous matches, but today we hit the ground running. Sam Cabrera, playing in only his 3rd game for the season in the ruck gave us first use of the football as he set up the on ball players with precision tap outs. Strang, Wadley and Delahay were then able to drive the ball forward and provide our forwards plenty of scoring opportunities.
Madden, Parkes, Cantlin and Duffill were some to reap the rewards from the good work from further afield. Down in the back half, the likes of Munsie, Adsett, Chidiac, Van Haaften, Gould and Tansacha worked hard to repel any forward thrusts that Strathpine tried. Their run out of the backline was hard and straight, which also provided the boys further up the ground with more avenues toward goal. Quarter time break saw us have a commanding lead and the results showed that it was one of the better quarters of football that this U16 team has produced all year.
The second quarter saw us drop our high standards, as we allowed Strathpine to play the game on their terms, they were first in to get the football, thus outscoring us, as we seemed to have suffered a lack of urgency and revert to some old bad habits of letting someone else do the hard work. So for all of our fine efforts in the first term, we had let ourselves down in the second, but still went into the half time break in front on the scoreboard.
The third and fourth quarter saw the Tigers step up again and play some really good solid team football. We had players prepared to do the hard work again, resulting in us dominating these two quarters of football. As we shuffled the team around the boys continued to respond in a manner that was most pleasing. Jake Sammut lead the charge from the front and his work rate in the ruck and up forward was rewarding for all to see. The continued improvement from the likes of Wilkinson Pyke, Smith, Chedzey and Dunbier shows that all players involved with this team have a role to play. This Tigers U16’s team is not about individuals, nor is it about a win at all cost mentality, but this team is big on the little things, we play for each other, we look after one another, we involve everyone and Together Everyone Achieves More.