If players, parents and the club didn’t think we could put up a fight in this competition then think again. I have had the belief in this group of boy’s from day one and now the challenge is to get everyone else to agree and jump on board. As I have said previously the consistency and concentration for the team needs to be for the full game and we can’t relax for a minute.
One of the obvious problems we have at the moment is the team spirit when things don’t go well. I have addressed this on several occasions and the lack of support from some players toward their team mates will destroy us in games and then overall as a team. Opponents will take advantage of this and the floodgates will open as we saw on Sunday. If you watch a superstar like Gary Ablett battling his way through with the Suns you will see the support and encouragement he gives his inexperienced team mates even/especially when mistakes are made. Lets get on top of it guy’s.
Pre game the boy’s looked awake and lively which was a good sign. I decided to make some changes to the team structure from what we had in previous games. I put Captain Jordan Collicoat in defence to control that area and show some run and carry from defence to attack and he didn’t let me down. Overall the defence worked very well and held us in the game as it was a very low scoring first quarter.
Score Redcliffe 0-1-01 to Wilson Grange 0-3-03.
In the second quarter we seemed to be all over the opposition however could not put the scoreboard pressure on that is required to put teams away. Great hard work from the midfield Paino, O’Shea and Bloss lead the charge with good run and carry. Sam Mackenzie found some form and the pace that I know he has but see too little of. Once again the defence with Roche, Field, Collicoat, Stewart and Lowe busting their gut to restrict the opposition to one goal was inspirational. I was very happy overall at half time with the effort but knew we had a long way to go. Wilson Grange who beat us by 45 points a couple of weeks ago knew they were in for a game.
Score Redcliffe 3-3-21 to Wilston Grange 1-4-10.
Coming out for the third quarter with everything seeming to be in our favour, things just didn’t happen for us. One quick goal against us from the first bounce and then Wilston Grange got a bit of a sniff and managed to kick a couple more quick ones while we wanted to blame each other for making mistakes. Five minutes of football can kill you if you switch off and that is exactly what happened to us in that quarter. We just found it so hard to get the ball forward and when we did it just come out way too easy. You can get away with lapses like that in lower divisions but top sides will make you pay. The defence once again worked really hard and Braidyn Field, Aaron Roche and Jack Lowe battled hard again.
Score Redcliffe 3-3-21 to Wilston Grange 4-6-30.
Final quarter and we needed to get early goals on the board to take the initiative away from the opposition. That never happened and it looked like we went into the blame game again. Wilston Grange managed to kick the first three goals for the quarter and it was all over. We worked so hard for so much of the game but little lapses will cost you dearly. A Buddy Franklin type run down the wing from Dominic Paino was fantastic however it is something that you don’t expect from the tallest boy on the field. Dominic’s effort was rewarded with a goal and another one late showed some respectability on the scoreboard.
Final score Redcliffe 5-3-33 to Wilston Grange 7-9-51.
Best Players: Roche, O’Shea, Collicoat, Lowe, Field and Demko
Goals: Lewis 2, O’Shea, Mackenzie and Bloss 1.
After the wash-up I guess overall there was more improvement in the fact that two weeks ago the same team kicked 14 goals against us and this time we kept them to 7 so that shows we did improve from last time. I genuinely believe we should have won the game and that was a bit disappointing, however as long as we keep improving and working on our faults that will come. I would like to make a special mention to Matthew Green who had a job to do on one of their really talented key players and he battled hard all day even after a knock to his knee.
As mentioned earlier the language and team mate disrespect is something that I won’t tolerate and will hopefully be addressed once and for all this week. There are no excuses for it and it lets the team down after some really encouraging efforts.