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.
This week the reserves took on the Central Hawks at Oatlands, who even though undermanned were always going to give us a physical contest on their home turf.
We won the toss and with a decent breeze blowing to the eastern end of the ground, we decided to kick with it.
Knowing that the breeze was not going to do it for us we went out and played some good football. Playing in front with quick ball movement and some good skills allowed us to set our game up and go into the first break with a seven goal advantage.
The second quarter was a lot different as we had to work a lot harder to move the ball quickly into our forward line. We started to be second to the footy and started to get lazy, prepared to leave the hard work up to someone else.
After the main break we started to get our game back on track and the second half seen our attack on the football improve and our run to link up or to get numbers to a contest get better as we continued to run the legs off our opponents to win the game by around 10 goals.
Our main focal point up forward was Dave 'Country' Smith who even though double teamed and out numbered, led to the right spots and then converted his opportunities to finish the game with five goals. Paul 'Smokey' Jackson and Chris 'Rusty' Rusell gave the on-ballers good use of the ball and presented well across half forward all day. The 'Michelle' Pfeiffer brothers got plenty of the football and fed our forward with some accurate disposal and Andy 'Tonguey' Clarke, Andrew 'AK' Kennedy and Jesse 'Sammy' Hamill played some good hard in and under contested football.
We now look forward to the challenge that is Claremont who are undefeated and sit on top of the ladder.
Saturday saw the colts travel to Oatlands to take on the central hawks.
After a few hard weeks of playing the benchmark teams the boys were confident on taking on the hawks who have been struggling this year.
Kicking into a stiff breeze in the first term we were happy to come of at 3 goals a piece and by half time we were up by around 4 goals. The third term saw the hawks take the ascendancy and with the breeze they were leading by a solitary point heading into the last. The boys dug deep and with the aid of the breeze kicked 7 unanswered goals to run out winners by 46 points.
Better players for the day included Jake Whittenbury, Kieren Iles, Raedan Smedley, Shaun Frogson, Jordan Watson and Luke Alsford.
Major goal kickers were Jake Whittenbury with 4 and Shaun Frogson with 3.
Was pleasing to see that our game-plan is coming together and our forward structure is working.