The round 9 clash against a struggling Sorell in the rain on home turf has now consolidated our position in the top four of the ladder. We now sit in third position with a 6-2 win/loss ratio.
In the first rain affected game of the season, it was going to be interesting how the side took to the conditions and from the first bounce we took control of the game. Playing in front and being first to the football and while the ball was reasonable dry and not like a brick our skills especially our delivery into our forward line was excellent.
The majority of the game was played in this fashion apart from our second quarter, where we let ourselves down by not playing to the conditions. We started to become lazy and second to the contest and it showed by the amount of free kicks we gave away.
Simon McCarthy on the wing was in excellent form and relished in the conditions with a heap of quality possessions. Our ruck men and on-ballers dominated the center clearances and were well served by Chris Harper and Andrew Clarke who won the hard ball. Down in defense Stuart Dare playing the full back role was a rock as where Phil Ashlin and Adrian Pennicott. Up forward Mark Rutherford provided a handful for his opponents and Dave Smith kicked another bag of goals.
This weekend we are on the road as we travel down to Cygnet to take on the Port Power. We need to keep our work rate up for the whole game and keep working on our deficiencies to be competitive with the top sides.
This week the reserves took on Kingborough on our home turf at Anzac Park.
We went into the game knowing that Kingborough were going to be a challenge and that a win would set up our season and give us a chance to get back into at least the top two on the ladder.
Disappointingly we were outplayed for the first half of the game and even though we fought the game out we played to inconsistent to challenge a top team and eventually lost by five goals.
As a team we went into the game coming off the bye and three good wins expecting things to just happen. All the good things we had been doing in the past had gone. Our run and our attack on the football was poor. At least this gives us an idea on were improvement is needed.
Our back line was under attack all day and the score would have been worse if it wasn’t for the efforts of Chris 'CT' Turner and Ricky Batt. David 'Country' Smith up forward gave as an option and didn’t miss his opportunities as did Stuart 'Stu-Fu' Dare. In the middle Paul 'Smokey' Jackson gave us first use of the ball but we could not capitalize apart from the clearance work of Paul 'PJ' Johnston. Around the ground there was not much to be happy about as we were outnumbered at many of the contests and stoppages but Chris 'Rusty' Russell and Jeremy Pfeiffer battled hard all day.
This weekend we take on Central Hawks at Oatlands and we should expect a hard challenge. If we want to give ourselves a chance of winning a big improvement is needed from last week effort.
Some of the new recruits to the lfc for season 2010 include: Josh White, Troy Hitchins, Henry Pfeiffer, Jeremy Pfeiffer (all Sorell), David Wooley (Natone), Leigh Milbourne (Nth Hobart), Shaun Skelly (retirement), Damien Tonks (Triabunna), Jesse Hamill (Queenstown), Scott O'Connell, Dexter Bertoldo (Central Hawks), Wally Dare and Stuart Dare (Rugby Union)