Well, a bit of a shock to the system and maybe just the wakeup call we need to move forward in this competition. A big thank you to Sherwood for hosting the game and making us welcome. A special thanks to the Western Districts club/committee for donating some much needed furniture to assist with our club house re opening and the rebuild required after yet another flooding.
To the game, I thought the boys were ok. Take nothing away from our opposition, they were very good and showed us where we need to be. I didn't write this report last night as I didn't want to make excuses or be critical or negative. I realise we possibly didn't go in to the game with our usual structure but as I said after the game, be patient, hold the faith, there's a bigger picture here guys. A few boys played in different positions today to Identify strengths and weaknesses. I wanted to see if Bailey could hold down a key defensive role, I wanted to see if Tom Pepper had a defensive bone in his body, I wanted to see if Harry could give us a marking option up forward, I wanted to see how hard and fast Josh may be in the centre and the list goes on. To the boys credit they did what was asked of them and everyone played the role I asked them to play, no fuss, they just got on with it.
OK, we went down by 27 points to a good side who obviously have a few big guys in their team. We were right in this game at half time and to be honest should've been closer at the end. The first quater was an arm wrestle. In the end I think the opposition had us by a goal at the 1st break. The second quater saw us run and do SOME of the things we've been doing at training and at the long break it was pretty even from memory. The third quarter (premiership quarter) they blew us away. and scored 3-4 goals without us even firing a shot. It set them up for the win in the last which is why they call it the premiership quarter. I think the last saw both coaches rotating players however, I was happy to see we kept them scoreless.
I want to finish with this. Although I take resposibility for the positions our boys play, I cant take responsibility for a lack of being hard at the contest, having a will to win, having a desire to hurt the opposition (fairly). Ok so some of the boys played out of position, Don't let this become an excuse. I want this to be a lesson in so much as, regardless of where the boys line up they must have the desire to win the contest, protect and win the ball, look after one another and play a running brand of football. Playing out of position doesn't excuse execution of the afore mentioned or simple skill errors.
Please, get to training and lets work on these things as a group (coaches and players). I was happy with the effort yesterday, that is something I can absolutely rely on with this group of champions, they never give up, and yesterday was testiment to this, well done.
I'm up for the challenge, are you?
Best: Bailey, Byron, Izzy, Taki, Harry, Billy and Trev