Saturday March 13th saw the new look Two Blues take on St.Virgil's in scorching conditions at Rosetta High. The match was played over five quarters (fifths?) with our senior squad on the park for the first three with new senior coach Justin “Chooka” Rainbird at the helm, and our future stars playing the final two under the watchful eye of Kaine "Mr. Sheffield" Menzie.
The match started out at a willing pace with an early crunching tackle from Dave "The Enforcer" Scott spelling lights out for a big St. Virgil's boy, and sending a frightening sign of things to come to opposition players throughout the south of the state. Fortunately, the big fella picked himself up and the game continued at high pace.
The Two Blues controlled the first three quarters, demonstrating our fitness in the heat after a tough pre-season. Despite our dominance in possession though, we were unable to open up a big lead due to some poor goal kicking, and a lack of help for our defenders against an impressive St. Virgil's outfit. Nevertheless, there were some exciting individual performances, particularly from our new recruits Josh “Boofa” White, Leigh “Leroy” Milbourne, Dave “Wools” Wooley, and
The midfield machine ticked away with plenty of clearances from captain Nick Braslin, Brad “Boof” Turner, Justin “Froggy” Fielding and Tom “Homma” Robinson, fed beautifully by ruckmen Paul “Smokey” Jackson and Josh “Yonna” McWilliams. The three-pronged attack of Jamie “Tubby” Tubb, Tim Bracken, and Aaron “Squiz” Hilder functioned brilliantly, ably supported by young Kase Miller. It was also great to see the “Rowdy Brothers” Brody and Matt Phillips, as well as Shaun Haberfield, play strongly down back.
The last two quarters gave our younger players a chance to impress Chooka and Menza, and plenty of guys grabbed their chance with both hands. Matt “Stoney” Stone, Big Scotty O’Connell at full-back, Brad "Beatles" Johnson, Chris “Psycho” Turner, Nathan “Haysey” Hay, brothers “Hezza” and “Jezza” Pfeiffer, and young Cam "Harry" Potter all impressed. It appears there will be plenty of guys pushing for senior selection this year, which can only be a good thing.
All in all, Saturday’s match was a great first hit out which showed the Two Blues faithful should have plenty to look forward to in 2010. However, there’s still plenty of room for improvement, so we need to keep up the great attendances at training and continue working hard. Thanks to St. Virgil’s for providing a great challenge in a match that was played in excellent spirit. The Saints look like a well-oiled machine under new coach Britto and will be big contenders for the Old Scholars trophy this year.
Dave "The Doctor/Enforcer" Scott