Round 4 Reports -V- East Coast Bombers at Anzac Park
The Nu Jet Blues hosted a rejuvenated East Coast Bombers outfit in difficult swirly conditions at ANZAC Park on Saturday. The opening quarter saw the Two Blues jump out of the blocks to kick an inaccurate five goals nine 39 and holding the Bombers to a solitary two behinds. This trend was to continue for the remainder of the contest, the two blues kicked away at every change eventually winning by 148 points kicking an inaccurate 31 behinds. The game was predominately played in the Two Blues forward half with forward line efficiency being the order of the day. In all, the Nu Jet Blues had a good spread of 11 goal kickers and were well served by our back six and hard running midfielders. A trip to Huonville this week will give us our sternest test to date with the outcome giving us a true indication to where we are at.
Our Reserves Coach Spoof Turner has the boys firing with its second win in a row against an under-manned East Coast Bomber side on Saturday. With a dominating midfield and hard running defence the bombers were no match for the Two Blues as they won by plenty. Big Jacko, young Jac Standen, evergreen Wools and Squishy taking the honours against the Bombers with seasoned campaigner Mitch Leale kicking seven goals.
Last week saw Lindisfarne put its first Colts side onto the field for 2011. With a mixture of Nu-Jet Blues Colts from the previous two years and some new recruits, we had a four-point win over a Lauderdale-enhanced East Coast Bombers side. All players played hard and Lindisfarne Junior Football Club stalwart and U16 State player Dan Blazely running hard all day along with Alex Elwell, Toby Godfrey, and the Jordans McCullum and Rogerson all adding great depth.
The boys are keen to play and Huonville looks to be a great challenge.
After our loss against the Tigers down at the beach, it was important that we bounced back and get back on the winners list against the a Central Hawks team breathing down our necks on the ladder.
The game started at frenetic pace and our work rate and intensity was better than our opponents. This limited the opportunities for the Hawks and allowed us to get a jump on them.
We allowed the Hawks back into the game in the second quarter as we had a lapse in our game. We need to work on maintaining pressure and intensity for the whole game.
We ran away with the game in the second half as we played some excellent football, probably some of the best football we have played for most of the year. Our run through the lines and the use of some long linking handballs really broke the game open.
Ricky Batt and Scott O’Connell were outstanding all day in defence and played a crucial role to the teams win. Mark Rutherford and Mitch Leale played impressive games across the centre line. Chris Russell toiled hard in the ruck with little rest and up forward Cameron Berry was elusive slotting four goals and Josh Baliebalvari showed that he is returning to some good form.
In a game where all 22 players made good contributions a special mention should go to the Colts players that stepped up; Jy Sullivan and Kieron Isles showed that they are more than comfortable playing against larger bodies, throwing themselves at everything, and Dane Heather and Brendan Burridge where rewarded with goals.
This weekend we take on second place Claremont at Abbotsfield Park.
Round 14 saw the Two Blues take on the Dodges Ferry Sharks on our home turf of Anzac.
The reserves side went into the game bolstered by some handy inclusions from the side that went down to New Norfolk but, we were still aware of the fact that the Sharks were playing some good football and building momentum from their slow start to the season.
We started the game the way that we intended with intensity and lots of run. Our skills were good and we gave our forwards plenty of football. At the first break we held a 21 points lead and got the start we wanted.
This soon came crashing down and when the pressure was put back onto us we started to become undisciplined and unfocused which in turn gave our opponents too many easy goals.
In the second half our attitude, our work rate and our decision making all improved and we bounced back to play some very good football including a last quarter in which we kicked nine goals and kept the Sharks scoreless.
Mick 'Micka' Hemming, Mitch 'Lil' Leale and Mick 'Lofty' Grimsey were solid in defense all game. Our midfielders in Phil 'Philphy' Ashlin and Jeremey 'Jez' Pfeiffer knocked up getting possessions and Dave 'Country' Smith up forward held everything that came his way.
We still have a lot of improvement in us as a team and we need to play four quarters of good football and eliminate the bad quarter that we so often play. This week we play the ladder leaders in Kingborough, and we will need a four quarter effort to knock the Tigers off.
On Saturday we travelled to Boyer oval to take on New Norfolk in perfect conditions.
The Eagles jumped us early in the game and played with intensity on their home turf and we found it difficult to find any momentum especially up forward were we wasted some opportunity on goal and we went into the first break chasing a four goal deficit.
To our credit we fought back into the game by playing some hard in and under football led by Ricky 'Batty' Batt, Andrew 'Toungy' Clarke and Matt 'Stoney' Stone and by three quarter time we were only down by 2 points.
The last quarter was disappointing in the fact that we didn’t fight the game out and we finished the game with a five goal loss.
Our preparation was low key and this cost us. If we are to progress to the highs that I believe we can achieve then we must all start making a sacrifice for each other on the field, off the field and on the training track. We need to be improving and not become satisfied or content with our season so far.
Other players who played well were Mick 'Micka' Hemming, who steamed out of the backline all day and took on all that fronted him. Mitch 'Lil' Leale also provided some smarts in the backline.
In the forward line Mark 'Rudders' Rutherford provided headaches for the opposition and Jeremy 'Jezza' Pfeiffer scored two goals while playing on the ball. Chris 'CT' Turner continues to sacrifices himself for the team.
Next week we are back at home to play an improving Dodges Ferry. We need to improve on last week’s effort and get back on the winners list.