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.