The Lindisfarne Football Club signed veteran coach Adrian Goodwin as its Senior Coach, a move which Club President Trevor Bailey sees as a solid step for the club regaining its former glory.
“With the signing of Adrian, the Club can look forward to its Centenary Year in 2011 with a strong positive outlook,” Mr Bailey said.
“His experience is highly valued and we are sure that Adrian’s professionalism and experience will be reflected in our game play during the season and our ladder position at the end of next year,” Mr Bailey said.
“We had several of our younger players step up into the Seniors last year due to a horrible string of injuries, mostly broken bones, to many of our key Senior players, three of which have now retired.” he said. “With that in mind, and with the signing of Adrian, we hope to attract new, experienced, players to the Club to build on the player depth the Club has and play some really competitive football.”
Mr Goodwin is well known in the football fraternity, having had coaching positions at Kingborough, Lauderdale and Clarence.
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.
In what was a very important game for us in getting our season back on track, we had the difficult task of travelling to Oatlands and tackling the Central Hawks who had been in pretty good form.
After three losses on the trot, we went into the game with the mindset of getting back to enjoying our footy and giving one hundred percent to every contest.
The first quarter saw us kicking against a four to five goal wind and this made it difficult to score at one end of the ground. We came in at quarter time failing to register on the scoreboard and being 39 points down. However, we knew we had had our own share of the footy and things would turn our way.
For the second quarter, it was our turn to use the wind and, to our credit, we continued to win the ball and start pegging back the margin on the scoreboard. At half-time the deficit had been reduced to 13 points and we were right back in the contest. After half time, the wind had died down and we were able to match Central by winning the quarter and, being only seven points down at the final change. Kicking downhill to the scoring end of the ground, we were confident that if we continued to win the ball our fitness would get us over the line.
The last quarter saw the lead change a couple of times but, to our credit, we worked hard for each other and the result came our way, winning the game by eight points.
Best players in what was a great team effort were: Josh White, Nick Braslin, Matt Phillips, Dexter Bertoldo, Justin Myers, Scott Bester, Tim Bracken, Dave Scott and Jamie Tubb.
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.