After our loss against the Tigers down at the beach, it was important that we bounced back and get back on the winners list against the a Central Hawks team breathing down our necks on the ladder.
The game started at frenetic pace and our work rate and intensity was better than our opponents. This limited the opportunities for the Hawks and allowed us to get a jump on them.
We allowed the Hawks back into the game in the second quarter as we had a lapse in our game. We need to work on maintaining pressure and intensity for the whole game.
We ran away with the game in the second half as we played some excellent football, probably some of the best football we have played for most of the year. Our run through the lines and the use of some long linking handballs really broke the game open.
Ricky Batt and Scott O’Connell were outstanding all day in defence and played a crucial role to the teams win. Mark Rutherford and Mitch Leale played impressive games across the centre line. Chris Russell toiled hard in the ruck with little rest and up forward Cameron Berry was elusive slotting four goals and Josh Baliebalvari showed that he is returning to some good form.
In a game where all 22 players made good contributions a special mention should go to the Colts players that stepped up; Jy Sullivan and Kieron Isles showed that they are more than comfortable playing against larger bodies, throwing themselves at everything, and Dane Heather and Brendan Burridge where rewarded with goals.
This weekend we take on second place Claremont at Abbotsfield Park.
Injuries and player unavailability has been costly for the club this year and especially so the weekend just past, when an undermanned reserves side took on the undefeated Kingborough Tigers.
We eventually scrapped a side together with the help of four Colts players in Jordan Mccallum, Jai Bannister, Luke Alsford and Kieren Isles who doubled up to ensure a full squad hit the field.
The side played good football for the first half as we applied as much pressure to our opponents as we could, but their better skills and speed eventually wore us down and being a well drilled side kicked away from us in the second half. To our credit we battled hard all day and we could walk off the ground knowing that at least the group that took to the field where out their playing for each other.
Our back line was terrific all day considering the amount of football that was in their area. Mick Grimsey played the majority of the game injured; Daniel Donavan continued to spoil his taller opponent and Wally Dare, Mick Hemming and Adrian Pennicott repelled as best they could.
Andrew Kennedy is starting to find some good form and set the scene early with some courageous football. Chris Russell toiled all day in the ruck. Jordan Watson played well above his years, as he was on the bottom of many packs and got plenty of possessions.
Some positives to come from the day were that we won the last quarter and the young players that played showed that they are well capable of playing in this grade and above.
This weekend we need to bounce back when we take on the Central Hawks at home, who are breathing down our necks on the ladder.
On Saturday we took on Triabunna at Anzac Park. We were aware that we needed a big win to give ourselves a chance of moving up the ladder. This game also marked the 200th game for club stalwart Adrian ‘AJ’ Pennicott.
Our first quarter gave us the start we needed as we moved the ball quickly and accurately to our forwards. The next two quarters where good quarters but where pedestrian in the fact that we just were going through the motions and then we finished off the game with another good quarter that gave us a 200 point victory.
Adrian Pennicott: 200 Games
For the majority of the game our tackling pressure was ok and our ability to run and link up through the lines was good but we fumbled the ball quiet a lot when the conditions were good for ball handling.
Senior coach Justin Rainbird played at full forward and kicked five goals as well as giving plenty of goal assists. The team was rotated a lot and regular back men Mick Hemming and Adrian Pennicott performed well up forward.
Senior players coming back from injuries in Aaron Hilder and Luke Goodsell both made valuable contributions to the team. Aaron picked up numerous possessions playing in the center and Luke took a lot a valuable mark playing at either end of the ground.
In what was a good team effort, others that played well were the ruckmen Josh McWilliams and Chris Russell as well as on-baller Matt Stone.
Next week we travel to the large expanse of Boyer oval to take on New Norfolk.
The Lindisfarne reserves side took on Brighton at Anzac Park in what was a crucial game for the side. It was a third versus fourth battle with both teams on the same amount of points and the winner would find a little breathing room in third spot and still give them selves a chance of a top two finish.
We started the game with some good intensity and gave our forward a lot of football but due to the swirling wind, we did not capitalize and kicked a poor 2 goals and 8 points. If we could of made the most of these opportunities we could have had the game well and truly in our grasp.
In the second quarter, Brighton was never going to lie down and they started to wrestle some momentum back their way as we started to play some lazy football. Lucky for us our forwards started to capitalize and we went into the long break with a 16 point lead.
The second half was played much the same as the first but our intensity was back in our game and our tackling pressure was terrific.
Josh McWilliams and Chris Russell were good contributors in the ruck. Chris Turner went about his business in his usual no fuss way. The attack on the football by Mick Grimsey and Phil Ashlin was important for us. Up forward the elusive Mark Rutherford and skillful Henry Pfieffer gave their opponents grief and Jamie Tubb playing a dual role on the ball and up forward showed a huge work rate.