After being competitive for the first quarter and only being 3 points down and playing some good football, we came out after the break and could only manage a whimper for the rest of the game and this was represented in the scoreboard as we only managed to score a disappointing three more points and lost the game by 102 points.
We struggled to find the right match ups for their tall’s and their on-ballers. We also continually turned the ball over with poor decision making and even poorer disposal. From these turnovers New Norfolk continually made us hurt on the scoreboard and physically we were challenged and we did not respond.
On a positive, we can match it with them when we are switched on and we also have a number of quality players to come back into the side. We are 7-1 which is a great achievement, but we must now get back on the winners list to consolidate our position again.
Andrew Clarke was hard as nails and continually was the one player in the bottom of the packs. The whole back line played well with Shaun Haberfield, Matt Stone and Trent Laird all playing their roles well.
Next week we take on Huonville who are now right behind us on the ladder and will keen to knock us off.
In what was the best display of team football for the year the reserves side defeated Doges Ferry by 48 points.
As a coach it was very pleasing to see every player contribute to a win and be disciplined enough to play both attacking and defensive football. Our team structures also worked well and together with some strong pressure, we were able to create goals, that in other games we were not able to.
In a game were every body contributed I was really pleased with Andrew Clarke who was hard at the footy and created a lot of play coming out of defence. Nick McWilliams who is another hard at it footballer and took another step in his development and Nathan Hollis who’s attack on the football was also impressive along with playing a role for his team mates.
Big Paul Jackson and Josh McWilliams we tireless worker all day in the ruck and up forward and gave our on-ball brigade first use of the ball.
The Back 6 at all time were strong and tight and special mention should go to these guy who sacrifice themselves every week.
This week we face our biggest challenge against New Norfolk and we really need to be mentally prepared for it by taking all the good points from our win over Dodges Ferry and stepping them up another level again.
On Saturday we travelled up the midland to take on Central Hawks at Oatlands, in very windy and extremely cold conditions.
The game was a very even contest and it didn’t seem that any team really wanted to be out there early and it was only for a ten minute spell of good football that got us a 28 point victory.
Our communication out on the ground still seems to be a real problem for us at the moment and it’s something that we really have to work on. On a positive, we persisted in the terrible conditions all day until we finally broke the hawks and started playing some good football.
Shaun Haberfield was great down back repelling attacks, Sam Paino ran the ball hard into the wind and could have easily ended up with 5 goals but the wind seemed to get the better of his kicks. Nick McWilliams was hard in any position he played and Andrew Clarke was in and under the packs when he needed to be. Chris Harper and Matt Stone were good in playing their specific roles for the team.
We have the bye this week which will give us a well earned break and give us a chance to re-group and regain some injured players to our lists in preparation for some hard games to come.
I will take this chance to congratulate the reserves side on being undefeated so far this season and to remind them that we still have a lot of potential to improve but we will only get better through hard work on the training track and being disciplined and focussed.
This game against Sorell was the reserve grade Grand Final rematch and after the disappointment that we had on that day, we were keen to make amends.
We needed to impose ourselves early on the game and even though our ruckmen were getting first use of the football we were unable to get on top of a very determined Sorell team.After some hard work we were able to break away and started to get some delivery into our forward line were Leigh Proud was able to convert to give us an early lead that we slowly built on.
We constantly lost focus and let our selves down by being undisciplined, playing from behind, and our communication was way to quiet. These areas we must improve on if we are to be any chance against the best teams in the reserve grade this year.
It was good to get the four points and get back a little from last years Grand Final. The better players on the day were Kase Miller, Matt Phillips, Sam Paino, Shaun Haberfield, Paul Johnstone and Leigh Proud up forward who gave us a focal point and didn’t let his team mates down.
This week we travel to Oatlands to take on the Central Hawks. We must take our best game to play this side as they will be physical and they will never give up.
Last week our reserves travelled to Triabunna in a game that was a lot more important than it looked. Not only did we have 10 players out of the side but we also were without coach Kaine Menzie who had work commitments. We went up there with the focus of winning very well as we wanted to stay in touch with the top sides and percentage may play a part.
The guys were switched on and focused from the start and played a great brand of team football. The guys totally controlled the football and only allowed them 1 goal for the game which is a great effort.
Although everyone played a part there were some standout performers. Brodie Phillips was great all day through the middle and topped it off with 5 goals, Ricky Batt was fantastic all day, Paul Johnstone gathered possessions at will and Anthony Clifford played his best game for the year on a wing.
Special mention to Nathan ‘Wombat’ Senior who took over the coaching role in the absence of Kaine.
This week we take on Sorell which will be a tough game so we must be switched on and ready to go.