After a long break which included the school holidays, it was great to be able to don the boots again and get back into the season. Today was to be the start of a new season for our team and an opportunity to get back to playing a brand we know we are capable off but have been unable to play due to a number of things that I won’t dwell on at this moment.
Today was also a chance to provide an opportunity to a few of our under 14’s who were so kind to occupy our bench and experience the pace and style of div 1 football at 16’s level. Those players were Ryan O’Shea, Lachlan Baynes, William Morris-Wilson and Jared Bond. Thank you to those boys, who more than held their own when given the chance, and to Jerry and their parents for allowing it to happen. I hope they enjoyed the experience.
This weekend we decided to add another dimension to our game which encouraged the boys to take the risks and run with more purpose and force the momentum of the game by playing on at all costs and use the runners on every occasion to force numbers with the movement of the ball. Our positioning at certain times was also changed which enabled us to apply more pressure on the opposition when the ball was in our forward half.
The first quarter didn’t go the way we planned and although we were a couple of goals down at quarter time we saw enough to know that the plan would work if we persist and stick to it. The reminder of that at the first break was enough to boost the confidence of the boys and they rallied to execute the plan perfectly during the second quarter to enable us to go into the long break with 44 point lead after a 9 goal quarter. Some brilliant team work that went from one end to the other at times was fantastic to watch.
To finally have a team mate in the right spots and use them the first time meant everyone was willing to move and run knowing they were a realistic option. It’s amazing how much you will do when you know you are going to get the ball. It was pretty much the same story for the remainder of the game as we were relentless in the second half with a 6 goal and 4 goal third and fourth quarter respectively.
That was the most pleasing thing about our game is we have been struggling to finish of our second halves but today we were able to turn that around and finish stronger.
Every player, including our 14’s was deserving of a mention and the game showed some of the improvement we had been working towards. Ely, Dickfos and Ricker continued their great form out of the middle which helped create endless chances for Ty and Dawso up forward kicking 12 goals between them. Pittle and Watto were also tremendous up forward finishing with a couple of goals each as was Barks, Crispey, Stokesy, Jake Carlson and Marsy in our backline. Across the middle Brae and Petey worked tirelessly and the more Brando and Brodie played the better they got, which is a great sign for us. Today also gave us an opportunity to advance the teaching of some of our new players in Charlie and Linc who both spent time forward and back which gives a great site on how to play both positions as an attacker and a defender. Their performance wasn’t based on possession but implementation of skills we have worked on and they did that and this all goes well for their development and ability to be versatile for future reference.
It was great to be able to watch the boys sing the song (with the 14’s getting sprayed in the middle with water) with gusto and passion and get the rewards they had worked so hard for and earned. Very well done guys and well deserved.
Thanks again to Mick and a very happy Birthday to you mate. Thanks to Jo and Daryl for the work and effort you put in and thank you of all of our volunteers and supporters who attended the day. I hope you enjoyed the display the team put on.
Please note we need to have a representative of the family attend training on Thursday night this week so Jo our manager can make some announcements. Your assistance in ensuring all players are attending training or contacting either coach is extremely important because it could be the difference between them missing out on a game if they don’t do the right thing. This is the time to leave no stone unturned so the saying goes as we attempt to make life hell for those playing against us for the remaining weeks of the season.
I look forward to seeing you at next week’s game against Wilston Grange at 3.00pm at Grange on Sunday.