On Saturday we returned to Anzac Park to take on the Claremont magpies. The game promised to be a tough contest for the Two Blues reserves, and Claremont did not let us down.
We got the jump on our opponents with some high level intense football that set the scene early for us. We won the hard ball and with our hands first on the ball were able to use our runners well.
Matthew ‘One Direction’ Howell showed composure above his years and won some hard ball and received plenty of attention from his Magpie opponents, but to his credit, while they tried to belt him they missed that he was delivering the footy into our forwards.
The second quarter can only be described as some of the best footy played by a reserves grade football team that I have ever seen. Our back line ran the lines in numbers and linked up well. Jordan ‘Feet’ Watson, Phil ‘Philphy’ Ashlin, Matt ‘Stoney’ Stone and Josh ‘Squish’ Hobden provided plenty of drive into our forwards. This drive was capped off by a four goal quarter by the elusive Cam ‘Alwyn’ Berry.
When we returned after the long break we obviously became complacent and lost respect for our opponents. We should have been on the top of our game but instead a more ferocious Claremont lead us to the ball and wanted it more than we did.
The last quarter was a lot better as we got some of our momentum back that we lost in the third quarter. Our run returned and we gave our forward some better ball delivery but it didn’t minimise the disappointment of being outscored in the second half.
Other good players on the day were Stuart Clarke who was solid in defence and provided plenty of drive from the backline and Andrew ‘Tonguie’ Clarke who was tough and started to get his hands on the ball more often.
A good start to the season sees us four and zero and this Saturday we will have our biggest challenge for the year when we take on an unbeaten and experienced Cygnet on their home ground.