U14's Top of the Ladder, When it Counts Most

By , 5 August 2014

U14's Top of the Ladder, When it Counts Most
U14's Top of the Ladder, When it Counts Most

Tigers Win Top of the Table Clash against Alexandra Hills

Next Sunday Last Home & Away Game of the Season, then FINALS

Redcliffe vs Everton/Kenmore at Home

U14's Top of the Ladder, When it Counts Most

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday our Redcliffe Tigers under 14's had a top of the table clash against Alexandra Hills. A win would see us go a game clear on top of the ladder and a loss keeps us 2nd. The game was built up like a final as we were both clearly the best 2 teams in the division and will play the first final against each other in 2 weeks time. We had beaten them convincingly 6 weeks ago but our message was loud and clear, don't be fooled by one game and expect them to come out hunting us.

The boys looked ready and from the first bounce, we were first to the ball. The contest was fierce and through good work from the midfield we drove forward and opened up the game with the first goal. To Alexandra Hills credit they pressed hard but only managed a point for their hard work. Our boys then moved the ball well with good hands and plenty of run which resulted in our 2nd goal. The boys were up and about but the opposition hit straight back with a goal to bring it back to a goal the difference. What a game...hard, fierce and contested footy all over the ground. Yet again our boys moved the ball well and made the right options allowing us to kick another goal. As the quarter was nearing an end we were clearly getting on top and deserved to be further ahead. Despite the oppositions solid pressure in defence we were able to grab a late goal and go in at 1/4 time 4.1.25 to 1.1.7. Despite opening up a nice lead the contest was good, both sides throwing everything into it.

The 2nd quarter started the same as the first with both sides refusing to give an easy possession. Alexandra Hills continued to drive the ball forward and eventually grabbed a much needed goal. Game was tightening up... but yet again the Tiger spirit was on show with the boys responding with the next 2 goals to extend the lead out to 4 goals. The game was there to run away with but the opposition came at us again thanks to some bad errors and use of the ball. Defensively we were holding up but it was coming in too often for my liking. We looked to have just got away with the continuous attacks from the opposition when they seemed to mark near goal just after the siren.....wrong.....mark paid.....result a goal.....coach not happy....!!!

Half time break was a chance to fire a rocket or two at what was a lazy sloppy last 10 minutes before half time. 1/2 time score Redcliffe 6.2.38 to Alexandra Hills 3.2.20.

Third quarter started and it was clear Alexandra Hills fancied their chances and were hard at every contest. The ball was travelling from end to end with both defences holding up, but their midfield were starting to get on top. We stopped spreading and leading and manning up and allowed Alexandra Hills to score the first for the term. We needed someone to stand up and be counted and it was our captain who put his hand up and threw everything at their midfield with damaging runs and contested footy. The boys seemed to find a little and we were able the get the next goal, but still didn't look safe at all. Alexandra Hills refused to drop off and again came at us, constantly pressing forward and again found a way through to score another goal just before the end of the term. At 3/4 time we led 7.2.44 to 5.2.32 and the challenge was put to the boys. The message was to start using the ball like a team and not panic, control the game and show the opposition who deserves top spot.

Ball raised...siren sounds to start the last quarter, coaches hairline receding by the second, the opposition won the first centre break but kicked it straight to us. We spread well and hit up some easy targets then drove the ball forward and YES scored the first of the final term. Our supporters were up out of their seats in the stands...yes they had mini grandstand there :)... Bang out of the centre we went again but could only manage a behind this time. Alexandra Hills started to struggle to get it out of our forward line, not due to the lack of trying but again we failed to punish them, scoring behind after behind....5 in a row. Our boys were working so hard and were rewarded with a great team goal and opening up what seemed to be a winning lead of 5 goals. Our boys were back to their best, winning the hard ball and working as a team and again scored a major to go 6 goals up with 4 minutes to go. To Alexandra Hills credit they kept fighting all the way and scored the next two goals. Both sides refusing to give up but it was our boys who again rallied to score a late goal and go to the top of the ladder with a great win. Redcliffe 11.7.73 def Alexandra Hills 7.3.45.

What an amazing game of footy played by both sided but credit goes to our boys who have showed everyone what they are made of and showed great fight against a very good side. Parents and Coaches have never been so proud of their boys........  GREAT EFFORT BOYS,  bring on the FINALS..... coach

 

U14's Current Ladder 

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % PTS
1 Redcliffe 13 9 2 0 2 0 0 574 262 219.08 44
2 Alexandra Hills 13 8 3 0 2 0 0 462 226 204.42 40
3 Morningside Red 13 4 7 0 2 0 0 311 366 84.97 24
4 Everton/Kenmore 13 1 8 0 2 1 1 231 472 48.94 16
5 Ipswich 13 1 8 0 3 0 1 177 535 33.08 16

 

 

Next Sunday at Home

Redcliffe vs Everton/Kenmore

10:30am at Rothwell Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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