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Reserves Mid-season Report – 2012

We have just hit the half way point in the season with eight games down with another eight to play. We find ourselves with six wins and two losses and sitting third on the ladder and about to go into a game with New Norfolk that will decide second spot.

As a reserves coach it is pleasing to see a number of players who started in the reserves go up to seniors and play good football.  Brenton ‘Pup’ Allie, Dexter ‘luigi’ Bertoldo, Josh ‘Squish’ Hobden, Scott ‘the Eagle’ Bester, Leigh ‘Ben’s Brother’ Milbourne and Stuart ‘Bro’ Clark have all made the transition flawlessly when the opportunity arrived.  A special mention should go to Jimmy ‘the new JM’ Mitchell who as a sixteen year old made his debut for the seniors this year.  I would expect in the second half of the year one or two other reserves players will get the call up.

Up forward we have good contributions from a number of players. Jack ‘One Direction’ Anning continues to impress, kicking goals and being elusive. Shaun ‘Head’ Haberfield has given us a target across half forward and Henry ‘H’ Pfeiffer pops up and kicks his couple a game. 

Across the mid field we have struggled to win stoppages and be accountable against the better sides.  Josh ‘Yonna’ McWilliams has tiredly worked in the ruck.  Danny ‘nut’ Wignall has provided us with plenty of drive and Simon ‘Macca’ McCarthy has continually been one of our better players. Matthew ‘Howeller’ Howell continue to improve with every game.

Down back we have held strong on most occasions and Trent ‘Dozer’ Clarke has been solid all year.  Providing plenty of run and stopping power. 

We need to continually focus on our intensity.  When we are up, we are a good running side who wins contested football. But when we get challenged we struggle to respond.  We need to find a way to wrestle momentum back our way when it is against us. Individuals need to lift and the leadership blokes need to find it in themselves to produce more efforts, set the scene that we won’t be happy in this type of situation and lead by example.

Moving forward to the second half of the year it will be pleasing to see the return of Dave ‘Caveman’ Wooley, Phil ‘Philphy’ Ashlin and hopefully Michael ‘the Count’ VanBeest returning from injury and Brodie Phillips returning from his sojourn to the USA as a Mormon door knocking missionary.  We should also have an influx of senior players returning from injury which should help the reserves side out as they will either come through the reserves or will provide us with players dropping back.

At the start of the year if you said this side will be six and two I would have been very happy with that result, but I believe this side is more than capable of doing better.  There is still a lot of improvement in this side and my aim is to get the most out of the players every week.

Fos

 

Round 5 Seniors Report -V- Cygnet 2012

The Lindisfarne Nu-Jet Two Blues went into their Round 5 clash with the Cygnet Power on the weekend, looking to make it 5 and zippo and build on our promising start to the season. With the SFL rep game the weekend after, the boys were keen to put in a strong performance going into the week off.

With a cold, wet and windy forecast ahead both teams knew it was going to be an old fashioned brand of football that would bring home the chocolates. With Declan Crawford out sick with a nasty case of the runs, Josh ‘Squish’ Hobden came in to play his first senior game of the season. This was a good reward for Josh, who had a super pre season and some solid form in the Reserves. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Josh’s driving skills – Josh had a bit of Lara bingle on the way to Cygnet, but escaped unharmed and we were glad he eventually made it to the ground in one piece.

For the 5th game in straight the boys ran out after a victory in the Reserves – super work from Menz and the boys.
The first half saw a very even contest in ordinary conditions with Cygnet playing a tough and competitive brand of football. We entered the major break 6 points up, 6.4: 40 to Cygnet 5.4: 34. Midfielders Sam Hodben, Marty Allison and Nick Braslin were the pick of the players during the first half.

After a well deserved rocket from Coach Goodwin the boys ran back out onto the paddock with plenty to prove in the 2nd half. Michael Clarke worked himself into the game with 2 early sausages and George Fitzgibbon was moved up the ground and instantly proved a spark which been missing early in the game. By ¾ time the game was in the bag with the Two Blues leading by 37 points.

The final quarter saw the margin increase to 58 points with Fitzgibbon and Jenkins slotting through goals to make it a 3 pack a piece. The final siren sounded with the Lindisfarne Nu-Jet Two Blues defeating the Cygnet Power 15.8: 98 to 6.4: 40.

Best players were Batt, Fitzgibbon, Allison, S. Hobden, Swan & Braslin
Goal Kickers: Fitzgibbon & Jenkins 3, Swan, Allison, M. Clark & J Hobden 2, Allie 1.

Congratulations and good luck to Gavin Quirk, Mitchell Swan, Matt Phillips and Marty Allison who will be representing the SFL in Ulverstone on the 19th May. Matt has also been selected in the State U/23 squad which is a great effort.

Players/Supporters are also reminded about our next club function. Sat 26th May after our home game against the East Coast Bombers – put this date in your diary!!!

George Fitzgibbon LFC Fitness Coach
George 'G-Funk' Fitzgibbon Slotted two goals in wet and ugly conditions down at Cygnet

Round 3 Reserves Report -V- Central Hawks 2012

Our round 3 games was played in what I believe is a one off game at Kempton against the Central Hawks in very windy and wet conditions.

Our starts have not been the best in the first two games and when our captain Andrew ‘Tonguie’ Clarke won the toss and elected to kick to the highway end with the wind, I was hopeful that this trend might be about to end. Unfortunately it still took us a while to get going. Once we warmed up and started to win some contested football we started to take some ascendancy.

The second quarter was more impressive against the wind. Our work ethic kicked up a gear and we started to work into our spaces more often which inturn opened up our own running game.

We went out after the long break and started the second half the way we finished the second quarter, full of run. We had already run our opponents into the ground and we continued to link up and run the lines, giving our forwards some good ball for the rest of the game.

Once again the back six defended and set up attack after attack. Stuart Clark and Trent Clark where solid all game and set up attack either with their decision making or by running the lines.

Through the middle Matt Stone was in and under winning some hard balls. Brodie ‘Bartell’ Phillips knocked up getting possessions and his decision making was great and Josh ‘Squish’ Hobden continually sent us forward.

The forwards were fed some good ball all day by the players up the field and inturn put some good numbers on the scoreboard. The big boys up forward had a good day considering the conditions. Van Beest worked hard, Shaun ‘Ben Rafter’ Haberfield must of have had glue on his hands and Scotty Bester polished off everyone’s hard work with six goals or was that seven. Jack Anning did every thing that was asked of him and was in the right spots on more occasions than not and was rewarded with four goals.

Our structures worked ok, our run was impressive and we had 22 contributers but we still need to work on winning more contested football especially early. We need to keep this win in perspective as the Central Hawks where well underdone and this week we play a tough Claremont outfit that will definitely give us more of a contest.

Lindisfarne Nu-Jet Blues 25.13-163 def Central Hawks 0.0-0

Best Players: B. Phillips, J. Anning, S. Haberfield, J. Hobden, S. Bester, M. Vanbeest
Goal Kickers: S. Bester 6, J. Anning 4, S. Haberfield 4, B. Phillips 3, H. Pfeiffer 2, M. Stone 2, J. McWilliams , M. Vanbeest , J. Mitchell , M. Stevenson

Josh Hobden
Josh Hobden Played his first game for season 2012 after some early injuries.