U12's Lose Crucial Game
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U12's Lose Crucial Game
We rolled up to Wynnum on a magnificent Sunday morning. Perfect day for footy no breeze or cloud in the sky,ready to cement our spot in the four. It's a very important game. We sit 4th 1 game clear of Wynnum. A loss would see us slip to 5th due to our low percentage.
As with most games the first started of pretty scrappy with players finding their feet and pace of the game. It was very quiet out on the ground as both teams didn't appear to be communicating to much and as a result players were competing against team mates for the ball. The runner came to the bench saying that the boys were complaining that they were tired. Not what the coach wants to hear half way through the first quarter in such an important game. Wynnum were the first to score a goal finishing the quarter 1.1 to the Tigers 1 point.
We needed to get the enthusiasm up so the message was to start talking to each another, help, shepherd and move around and nail a couple for the quarter. The second wasn't to much different from the first although Wynnum seem to pick up a bit knowing they could get into the four with a win. The Tigers were trying hard but nothing seemed to work and Wynnum kept going inside 50, the Tigers defenders kept clearing the ball, but with the amount of ball Wynnum had it was only a matter of time before they scored. The Tigers hit straight back to register their first, maybe this was the spark we needed. At the main break Wynnum lead 2.4 to 1.1.The Tigers lucky Wynnum couldn't take advantage kicking 1.3 for the quarter keeping us in the game.
The message at half time was to keep working hard run to space and stop fumbling and just pick it up and use it well and to pick the talk up as it was still way to quiet. Third underway the Tigers seemed to lift which was great to see with some good patches of play and some hard work resulting in the only goal for the quarter the Tigers had got themselves right back in this being only 4 points down 3 quarter time. We were quietly confident the the Tigers would take this one out ,but it was going to take 15 mins of good solid footy for that to happen as Wynnum had a chance to go to 4th with a win so we knew they were not going to give up without a fight in front of a home crowd. The boys knew what they had to do.
The last kicked off with Wynnum having a lot of the footy and repeatedly going inside 50. The Tigers defenders were under huge pressure to win the footy and clear out of defence and were doing a great job, but eventually Wynnum scored a goal to give them a 10 point lead. Still plenty of time left for the boys. With some injuries we ended up having no one on the bench to come on. With young Hayden taken away in an ambulance for some precautionary xrays which turned out to be fine just a bit of bruising for the little man as was the same for Cole and Ainsley both copping high shots and unable to return to the field. Wynnum then scored again and finished the quarter kicking 2.1 to 1 point to win by 16 points. Moving into 4th and pushing us down to 5th.
Our talk all day was missing and as a result we have players competing against each other. At one point 3 players went to mark against each other while Wynnum players stayed on ground and picked up crumbs. This is just one example where talk would have made a difference with one player marking the ball therefore maintaining possession. It was right across the ground all day and it is an area we really need to fix. It's just a confidence thing. That's another one that has got away from us. Now we need to beat Narangba on Sunday at home and rely on Wynnum to go down to Alex Hills and Yeronga for us to sneak in. Don't like relying on results, but when you lose 3 in a row to games we should have won that's just the way it has to be. So C'mon Tigers we still have a chance.
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