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Practice Match -v- St Virgils

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 Troy “Malza” Hitchens.

 

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

Pre-Season 2010 Update

LFC 2010 PRE-SEASON UPDATE – A Players Perspective

With pre-season fast coming to a close and practice matches about to commence, it seems an opportune time to reflect on the LFC’s performance during the pre-season thus far.  The pre-season has seen us spend a considerable amount of time pounding the turf at Geilston Bay High School, along with some time spent at Risdon Brook Dam, Bellerive Beach and Risdon Vale Oval.  Irrespective of the venue, rest assured the sessions have been tough!

 

New coach, Chooky Rainbow, has been working the playing group extremely hard through the summer which should see the boys well prepared to take on Triabunna on the East Coast on Easter Saturday.  The sessions have generally involved around thirty minutes of running and fitness work prior to working on our skills and game related drills with the balls.  While the playing group have found the sessions tough, they have been varied and enjoyed by all on the most part.

 

The club has farewelled a few players since the end of season 2009, however we also welcome some new faces to the playing group for season 2010.  Dave Woolley is likely to be a welcome addition to the midfield, Leigh Milbourne is competing with Tom Robinson for the best rig at the club and Josh White has seen the light and joined the club from Sorell.

 

As for the current players Tom Robinson looks as though he is even bigger than last season (if that’s possible!), Scott “Fritz” Bester has taken on extra responsibility moulding the youth of the club as coach of the under 18s, Justin Myers has been solid, as always, during pre-season, but will most likely face his biggest test once the season starts to ensure he remains uninjured.  Shaun Haberfield has been outstanding and not missed a target by foot since round 13 2008, ageing superstar, Kaine “Mr Sheffield” Menzie, has a new lease on life after kicking the habit over summer, Brad Johnson has carried his good form from the Footy Trip on the Gold Coast on to the training track and reappointed captain, Nick Braslin, is keen to spend more time forward this season.  It is worth noting for the female fans of the LFC, that youngster Kase “Muggsy” Miller has been performing well and will no doubt provide plenty of eye candy for them this year!

 

Numerous underage players have been training throughout the preseason and those that have been attending consistently are reaping the rewards.  Big improvers have been Col and Cam “Harry” Potter, while Kizza Isles is building on his underage best and fairest winning form from last season.  While the young boys have been training well it has been noticed by other members of the playing group that the underage players seem to be spending more than their fair share of time on the trainer’s table with Rod “Rocket” Smith prior to training each night!

 

The LFC’s self appointed number one supporter, The G-Train, has also shed plenty of weight over summer and is nearly down to playing weight.  This should allow “G” to run even more water this season!

 

Chooka announced the leadership group for 2010 after training last night.  The leadership group consists of the coaching staff of Chooka, JM, Luke “Calves” Goodsell and Besty as well as Bras as captain, Dave “the Doctor” Scott as his vice captain and Brad Turner.  I’m sure these guys will lead the club admirably in 2010 and hopefully see the club go one step further than the previous couple of seasons!

 

Preseason has been pretty full on to date, however those that have been attending regularly are noticing the benefits.  The playing group is in great condition and are really looking forward to taking on the ‘Bunna (and the bus trip back home) on Easter Saturday.

 

Paul 'Smokey' Jackson

Pre-Season 2009

The LFC pre-season 2008/2009 is under way and Menza’s asked me to put together a report on what will be coming up for the next few weeks and months.

Daniel and I got together a few weeks ago and agreed that we want to make this pre-season a lot more enjoyable than last year. So while there’s still work to be done, there will be a lot less road running and a lot more variety. We’re keen to use the footy’s much earlier and we’re trying to have more fun with it by playing games of soccer, Gaelic footy, touch footy etc.

The second thing we agreed is that we were probably a bit hard on the less fit guys last year. They might have felt the level of work we were asking of them was unachievable, and that might have caused them to be less keen to get to training. So this year we’re starting off at a much easier level where everyone can achieve. Some of the fitter guys might feel like this isn’t a benefit to them, but we hope that those guys have the discipline to do some extra work in their own time, and there will be opportunities to push yourself hard at training.

The schedule at the moment is two nights a week, Monday and Wednesday’s at Geilston Bay High School starting at 6pm. We’re also having an optional run on Thursdays for those who want to do a bit extra. The venue will be somewhere other than Geilston Bay, and will be advised each week. If you’re on facebook, check out the group at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=44447184114&ref=mf.  This will have updates each week.

The basic plan over pre-season is to try and get the whole group to a basic level of fitness before Christmas and ramp up the intensity in January and February. If you’re a little bit unfit, now is the time to get along to training and make sure you’re not too far behind the pack when the New Year rolls around.

In the first week, it’s been good to see blokes like Daniel Donovan and Paul Jackson at every session, keen to get their fitness levels up and set themselves up for big seasons. We’ve had over 20 each night, and we’ve had some hard fought games of Gaelic and American football.

So let’s try and keep the numbers up and bring along a few more. If you can’t get to training try and find time for a run, and remember to keep Daniel up to date.

Dave "The Doctor" Scott