The trip last week to Cygnet allowed the Blues to post a solid win over Cygnet in the Seniors and a disappointing loss in the Reserves.
Post-game beers in the Cygnet clubrooms in amiable surroundings made celebrating the mixed results enjoyable. We thank Cygnet Football Club for extending their hospitality and we hope to reciprocate in Round 13. Thanks to Nifty and the team.
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Another road trip for the Two Blues, this time to Cygnet, saw our senior team take the points in perfect conditions for football at Cygnet Oval.
The first term saw both teams play some exciting end-to-end footy with the Two Blues taking a slender lead into quarter time.
Early dominance in the second quarter was a sign of things to come as the Two Blues extended their lead ay half-time.
With a strong defence, hard-working mid-field and lively forwards, the Two Blues controlled the game after half-time and never looked threatened to record a satisfying Away win.
A strong team performance was the highlight of the day, allowing Marriott to kick five goals and Nick McWilliams three with a host of other important contributors.
The Two Blues Reserves travelled to Cygnet in what proved to be a valuable earning experience for the young team. It was terrific to see a lot of improvement from the previous week, especially the younger players some of whom have clearly signalled their intention they want to work hard and play senior football. The return of several strong and experienced players combined with some very exciting youngsters will see the Two Blues Reserves mould into a very competitive team in the coming weeks. The team is well coached by Boof Turner and a solid win is just around the corner.
Unfortunately, Lindisfarne failed to get enough interest to field a Colts side last week.
Things are afoot to remedy this situation and, with the bye against Claremont this week, we have some to time to consolidate our plans.
In what was Adrian Goodwin’s first game as new Club Coach, and a long pre-season for the players, the opening game proved to set the future for 2011.
Starting slowly with the wind, the boys, under new Club Captain Justin Myers, lead by only four points at the first change.
The second quarter showed the Nu-Jet Blues in better light with Nick McWilliams adding another goal to his tally with newcomer Justin “Maz” Marriott blasting his way around all parts of the ground and booting some massive kicks to penetrate the forward line. Maz went on to kick five majors for the game with Nicko kicking four. Michael “Pup” Clark was sensational in contests, Justin Myers showed leadership though demonstration. An unselfish handpass to Assistant Coach Marriott from Cam Potter after taking a contested mark 40m out directly in front resulted in no score as the siren sounded as soon as Maz took the ball. Brothers Brody and Matt Phillips showed their respective talents, and Justin “Froggy” Fielding did some excellent ground work and Paul Jackson ably undertook the second ruck and forward roles with a newly-honed Ricky Batt proving a hard-contesting player in our back line.
With the Blues 20 points up at the last break, they managed to outscore the Hawks against the wind with the Blues ending four goals up over the Hawks at the final siren.
We look forward to taking on Cygnet at their Slab Rd home next week.
Last week we travelled down to the small Kingston Beach Memorial Oval to tackle Kingborough. With injury hitting us hard this season, it has been difficult getting our best 22 players on the field all at one time.
The Tigers got out of the blocks and put us on the back foot right from the first bounce.
The disappointing thing from our point of view was that we didn’t stick to the plan and our efforts at times weren’t up to scratch. We were second to the ball and allowed our opponents too much space to run the footy through the middle of the ground.
No excuses will be made for our poor performance on the weekend: we were just beaten in all areas of the game by a better team on the day and credit must go to Kingborough. They played some really good footy.
Best players for us were M Phillips, C Turner, N Braslin, N McWilliams and S Bester.
It is important for us now to regroup, bounce back and play some really good football in the last month if we wish to participate in this season’s finals.
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.
A disappointing effort last week against New Norfolk but on the positive side, it showed us all how much improvement is needed to compete with the top teams in the competition as I think New Norfolk will once again be the yardstick.
I thought our attacking game was good but our defensive side of the game was very poor. We were simply too unaccountable when we weren’t in control of the footy which allowed New Norfolk players too much space to spot up targets further up field which put our backs under extreme pressure.
The challenge now is to regroup, bounce back and play good footy against another quality team in Dodges Ferry this week.
Best players were Aaron Hilder, Dave Woolley, Dave Scott and Nick McWilliams.