The game we had to lose, in order to keep ourselves on track for the remainder of the season. I don’t necessarily subscribe to that theory; in fact to the contrary, I believe that in every game you are involved whether you play or coach you want to give yourself every opportunity and prepare both mentally and physically so that you can do the best you can. Then and only then can you be assured that no matter if you win, lose or draw, if you have done the preparation and played to your optimum level you can walk off the ground with your head held high, look one another in the eye and say “ I gave it my best today”.
Our first Friday night fixture under lights against Aspley saw Aspley take full control of the game right from the very first bounce. Our boys were caught out. Whether it was a lack of urgency and a touch of complacency from winning 6 from 6 we just expected things would happen for us. Whether it was from poor preparation at training in the previous weeks; whether it was from having a bye last round; whether it was from being too cold the last few nights. Whatever it was from, the cold hard facts were that our boys made better spectators and passengers than they did footballers during that first quarter. We stood back and allowed them to dictate. We watched - we were neither proactive nor reactive as there were occasions in the quarter where we just let Aspley players run around as if they were in a training session. How could we expect to give ourselves an even chance when we were not even participating in the contest?
During the second and third quarter the game was played like an evenly contested arm wrestle, as neither team were able to capitalise. The game had become an ugly spectacle as both teams struggled with the ever increasingly slippery football. We were more competitive during these two quarters and we slowly edged our way into a better position from where we could mount a challenge The final quarter saw the boys play at a level we had come to expect from them They had regained their competitive streak, as now we were the team that was being proactive, we played the ball with renewed enthusiasm and zest, as we worked harder to create scoring opportunities. Unfortunately as disappointing as it was to fall a few points short at the final siren; I was most pleased that the boys responded to the challenges put to them at three quarter time.
For our efforts, Friday night saw us get our just desserts, it’s now our time to re-focus on getting just what we DESERVE.