Best: Ely, Johnson, Hanning, B. Cester, Spencer, Stilgoe, Barker.
Today was a day that promised so much but delivered little in the whole scheme of things. We had a chance to cement 3rd place on the ladder and finish the second stage of the season with momentum heading into the first week of finals. Unfortunately we were unable to field anything near our strongest side due to injuries and other commitments that players have. We were fortunate enough to have Ethan join us again from the under 14’s which enabled us to have two on the bench and while his game time was very limited we sincerely appreciate him coming to offer to help to our team.
Without going into detail by dissecting the four quarters, I can sum it up very easily. The first two quarters and a bit we were slow, lazy, soft and lacked commitment. We allowed our opposition to dictate terms and we actually showed no sign of the maturity that has been evident over the majority of the last four weeks. It was clear that the effort required to turn the game around was too much responsibility for some to accept and that was very disappointing.
To try and recover from being 5 goals down 15 minutes into the first quarter was too much against this opponent. That was pretty much the story until the last quarter of the game. With Jindalee 40 points up we started to work our way forward with some better structured movement and kick 5 goals to one in the last quarter to add some respectability to the score board and gather some momentum leading into next week.
Trent Ely once again proved to be the best player wearing the tiger’s jumper today with his nonstop work rate and presentation towards the ball. He has had a stellar season and continues to lead by example. Lachlan Johnson can also be satisfied he did what he could to boost and inspire his team with a solid effort onball and in defence. Josh Hanning, Matty Spencer and Luke Barker all worked hard and consistently tried to rebound as much as possible from the half back line but at times it must have seemed that we had no players up field because the ball was coming back into defense faster than it went out. Braeden Cester and Brodie Stilgoe also had reasonable games.
Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers for helping out game day and thanks to Mick, Sal and Daryl for doing the jobs you do that allows me to focus on coaching.
As far as I am concerned now, a new season is starting and it should be the most exciting time of the year for a fledgling club like ours, to be able to experience div 1 football finals for the very first time in our short history. We are not a club well known for div 1 football teams or even a finals team, so we asked players to come to our club and help us create a team of players who would just compete to the best of their ability. Our new players could have gone elsewhere and had the expectation of playing finals from day one, but here we had to work hard and try and create those opportunities for ourselves. They have done that and deserve to be where they are. The experience they will gather from this moment on will be invaluable to them.
Please ensure that we do all we can to help prepare the players for the weeks ahead especially with the management of injuries. Players need to show that they value their spot in the team and will make every sacrifice to be able to play or be part of it.
We now know that we have finished third on the ladder (great job boys) and secured a double chance and will play Sandgate in a qualifying final at Wilston Grange at 11.15am on Sunday the 21st of August. Your support would be greatly appreciated.