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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

 

Reserves 2010 Elimination Final Report

 

The first week of the finals was on us and we had to travel to Huonville to take on New Norfolk in a fourth –V- fifth knockout final.

The word was that New Norfolk where eligible to drop half a dozen senior players into their side since their senior’s where not playing, but we went into the game confident that the 22 that we came up with were more than capable of taking on any side in this finals series.

We started the first quarter in the right mindset, we played to our game plan, our intensity and pressure was good and we lead at the first break by two goals.  

Our luck was soon to change as the senior side took Andrew Kennedy due to Tim Bracken’s late unavailability after being attacked by a dog while taking his dog for his Saturday morning walk. Adrian Pennicott then suffered a hamstring injury after playing some good football and then with about 10 second to go in the second quarter Joshua Baliebalvari and myself crashed heads, which resulted in concussion and a hospitalization.

After these series of events, we went stagnant and were unable to find our form back and ended up losing the match by 78 points.

Better players on the day were Ricky Batt who did a fantastic job, still got a lot of possession and showed a lot of leadership.  Mathew Weeding up forward plucked every ball that came his way and was our only major goal kicker.  Mick Grimsey, Chris Russell, Jesse Hamill and Kieren Iles battled hard all day.

In conclusion on the year:  It was a year that promised so much but ended up fizzling out due to the club’s injury list and non-committed players.

A big thank you should go out to all reserves players who seen the year out to the end.  We did have a winning season only losing five roster games and I owe all of you a big thanks.

To my assistant coach Nathan Senior, runner Kenny Weir, stats man Frank Menzie and my various team managers, I thank you all for the un-rewarded work that you all do.

In a week or two I will do a recap on season 2010, so stay tuned.

Stay Frosty! 

Kaine Menzie

Round 13 Senior Report

Dave Scott
Dave Scott

Last week saw us travel up to Boyer to take on New Norfolk which is always a tough challenge but we headed up there with confidence after winning our last four matches.

The first quarter saw us get off to a good start; controlling most of the play and being first to the ball which enabled us to get the ball into our forward line many times and give our forward players many chances.  Unfortunately for us, I felt we didn’t take full advantage of this; kicking 3.3.21 for the quarter to new Norfolk’s one behind.  Even though we had a lead of 20 points at the first break, I felt our lead should have been two or three goals more.

The second quarter saw New Norfolk take control with them kicking 6.4 to our 2.1 giving them a lead of seven points at half time.

The third quarter, I think, was an even contest, with the footy continually going up and down both ends of the ground with both defences standing up to the pressure.  New Norfolk won the quarter by 11 points, leaving us 18 points behind going into the last.

Bracken scored the first goal of the last quarter and Tubb had a chance just minutes later but missed the shot on goal which would have got us to within a kick and maybe even an upset on the cards.  However, New Norfolk steadied; kicking away in the last half of the quarter, winning the game by 44 points.

I thought our attitude, attack on the ball, and the way we played was very good which enabled us to compete and prove to each other that we are capable of matching it with the teams above us on the ladder.

Best players were: D Scott, S Bester, N McWilliams, J White, J Fielding and G Quirk.

Justin Rainbird

Round 13 Colts Report

Saturday morning the colts travelled to Boyer to take on the undefeated New Norfolk.
 
In what was always going to be a tough game, we were reduced to 17 players by the start of the match with some of the boys succumbing to injury and work commitments.

To the boys credit they never dropped their heads and even though New Norfolk ran out easy winners by 150+ pts we gained some positives going forward.
 
Better players for the day included Cam Potter through the midfield, Shaun Frogson & Kieren Iles down back while the 2 ruckmen Raeden Smedley and Dave Cruse both gave massive efforts.
 
Next Week we take on Dodges Ferry at Anzac Park, and with the return of key players it promises to be a close game.
 
Scott Bester

Round 13 Reserves Report

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.

Kaine Menzie