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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 1 Reserves Match Report – 2012

2012 Round 1 -v- Dodges Ferry
Pre-game Instructions

The Lindisfarne Football Club currently finds itself in a strong position with huge numbers of footballers challenging each other for games.  The reality of this situation makes for a strong club but unfortunately also means players will miss games.  These players must now challenge themselves by pushing for selection and show their desire to play even though they have found themselves not playing.  Opportunities to play will arise through injuries and rotations.

Our first game of the season was against Dodges Ferry down at Shark Park.  Apart from an intermittent strong breeze that would come up and sweep across the ground the game was played in very warm weather. 

We started the game well and our contested football was excellent.  Our Intensity and desire to win the football was good early and this set the scene for the majority of the game.  Our on-ballers found good 50/50 ball and feed our runners who inturn ran the line and gave us some good entry into a forward 50.

Our defensive six led well by Michael Vanbeest and Trent Clarke, continually played tight giving their forwards limited opportunities to score. They also attacked when needed especially through Leigh Milbourne who played his role well.

Up forward Henry Pfeiffer finished the day with five goals; Shaun Haberfield’s hands were on and gave us a target to kick to when going forward and Daniel Wignall was a handful with his attack on the ball and run. 

The hard work was done by the on-ballers whose work rate was excellent.  The rucks either won or made a 50/50 of the ruck contests which allowed our on-ballers an even chance when the ball was in dispute. Brenton Allie, Matt Stone, Simon McCarthy and Brodie Phillips where hard at the ball and ran all day in very hot conditions. 

A lapse of concentration in the third quarter was the only major negative to come out of the game; we started to tire in the hot conditions and were beaten to the football.  Our decision making also suffered as we tried to take on tacklers when we should have disposed of the ball earlier. 

It’s very early into the season but some positive signs came out of the game.  We had a very even spread of contributors and stuck at our structures especially in contested situation and the use of first options to our runners was good. We still have a lot of work to do and we have a big game against Brighton this weekend.

A mention should also go out to our younger players who all played good games and showed that they are more than capable in reserves grade football if not higher for the club.  Well Done Jimmie Mitchell, Matt Hutchinson, Matt Howell and Jack Anning.

Lindisfarne Nu-Jet Blues 16.9-105 def  Dodges Ferry 4.6-30

Goal Kickers: H. Pfeiffer 5, B. Phillips 2, B. Allie 2, S. Haberfield 2, M. Vanbeest , D. Wignall , R. Sice , S. McCarthy , A. Clarke
Best Players: T. Clark, L. Milbourne, S. McCarthy, H. Pfeiffer, D. Wignall, B. Allie