On Saturday we took on Triabunna at Anzac Park. We were aware that we needed a big win to give ourselves a chance of moving up the ladder. This game also marked the 200th game for club stalwart Adrian ‘AJ’ Pennicott.
Our first quarter gave us the start we needed as we moved the ball quickly and accurately to our forwards. The next two quarters where good quarters but where pedestrian in the fact that we just were going through the motions and then we finished off the game with another good quarter that gave us a 200 point victory.
Adrian Pennicott: 200 Games
For the majority of the game our tackling pressure was ok and our ability to run and link up through the lines was good but we fumbled the ball quiet a lot when the conditions were good for ball handling.
Senior coach Justin Rainbird played at full forward and kicked five goals as well as giving plenty of goal assists. The team was rotated a lot and regular back men Mick Hemming and Adrian Pennicott performed well up forward.
Senior players coming back from injuries in Aaron Hilder and Luke Goodsell both made valuable contributions to the team. Aaron picked up numerous possessions playing in the center and Luke took a lot a valuable mark playing at either end of the ground.
In what was a good team effort, others that played well were the ruckmen Josh McWilliams and Chris Russell as well as on-baller Matt Stone.
Next week we travel to the large expanse of Boyer oval to take on New Norfolk.
Round one 2010 got underway with the Two Blues on the road to take on cellar dwellers Triabunna. It was new look Lindisfarne outfit that took to the field with first time senior coach Justin “Chooka” Rainbird notching up win number one as coach.
In what was expected to be a one sided contest “The Bunna” jumped out of the blocks kicking the first goal of what turned out to be a closely fought first quarter, with the Two Blues struggling to find there rhythm going into the forward line where Nick McWilliams was on fire, marking everything that came his way.
The second quarter got underway in much the same style before the Two Blues running game got going as they piled on the pressure, forcing the opposition into turnovers with inaccuracy in front of goal costing what would have been a bigger half time lead.
After the long break it was completely different game with the home side falling off the pace and the Two Blues taking it to another level with the half back and centre lines linking up, running down the ground in waves and getting the ball quickly into the potent forward line where the likes of Jamie Tubb, Tim Bracken and Aaron “Squirrel” Hilder were taking marks and kicking goals at every opportunity.
The most impressive part of the game was the team’s willingness to work for each other with sheppard’s and unrewarded running being a stand out factor in the side’s performance. Other key players on the day were Dave Scott who was good marking target on the wing, Brodie Phillips who set up a lot of forward thrusts with his run and ball use off half back and Nick Braslin who got plenty of footy through the middle.
The win should give the side confidence going to next weeks game when The Two Blues are back at Anzac Park and are taking on last years premier New Norfolk who had a first up win over Dodges Ferry.