Best: Crispe, Stilgoe, Robinson, Wenham, Johnson, T. Cester
Well due to some fine games on our part throughout the season and a finish in the top four at the end of the home and away season. We were fortunate enough to be able to experience our second finals game in as many weeks and while once again we could not field our best side, the players picked were more than capable of getting the job done.
A very quick summary showed that we were beaten by the better team on the day Redlands used the ball more effectively and by day’s end we had players that had worked themselves into the ground with very little rest time possible. We were down one on the bench with both Josh’s Hanning and Sands unable to take their place in the team. Two of our three bench players were riddle with injuries that have restricted their involvement for most of the year. Jayke Villott played his first game after a broken ankle earlier in the year and Anthony Maher is best summarized as having a body problem for most of the year but to the credit of both players they wanted to be able to give players a rest as much as possible knowing they would be restricted with their own injuries. What great team men.
We certainly had our chances throughout the game and had it not been for a lapse in the second quarter we could have been even closer. I know the boys worked as hard as possible and I was and have been proud of the way they have stuck to their guns throughout the whole season.
Players to stand out to day more so than others were Zac Crispe who was easily our best, repelling countless forward moves from Redlands. Brodie Stilgoe continues to be a big game player and also did his utmost to lift his team with many chases and tackles and never say die contests. Charlie Robinson played his best game of the season and is living proof of what persistence and commitment can do for someone who has a bit of ticker regardless of his size. He has never looked for excuses but just worked harder. Johnson, Wenham, Ty Cester also worked hard as did Jacko, Trent Ely and Pete Furness. As mentioned I am proud of all the boys.
While we are out of the game now we are far from disappointment at our efforts and what has been achieved this year. I will elaborate more at presentation and do our thank you’s on that night as well so please get in early and arrange your tickets as they are not sold at the door.
I take this opportunity to thank my right hand man in Mick Glover for his support and guidance throughout his first year at the club and I can confidently say that he is and will always be a tiger. Thanks mate. To Daryl Spencer, who has been our runner all year and has earned the respect of myself and all the boys, for committing to the team and being a valued member of our team. To Jo Furness our manager for most of the early part of our season and to Sally Watson who so graciously took over when Jo went away and finished the year. The two of you made my job a lot easier and you were both an important part of our team and we are eternally grateful. Thanks to all of our volunteers and parents for your support and once again I urge you all to purchase your presentation tickets because it will be a night you won’t forget.