Last week saw us travel up to Boyer to take on New Norfolk which is always a tough challenge but we headed up there with confidence after winning our last four matches.
The first quarter saw us get off to a good start; controlling most of the play and being first to the ball which enabled us to get the ball into our forward line many times and give our forward players many chances. Unfortunately for us, I felt we didn’t take full advantage of this; kicking 3.3.21 for the quarter to new Norfolk’s one behind. Even though we had a lead of 20 points at the first break, I felt our lead should have been two or three goals more.
The second quarter saw New Norfolk take control with them kicking 6.4 to our 2.1 giving them a lead of seven points at half time.
The third quarter, I think, was an even contest, with the footy continually going up and down both ends of the ground with both defences standing up to the pressure. New Norfolk won the quarter by 11 points, leaving us 18 points behind going into the last.
Bracken scored the first goal of the last quarter and Tubb had a chance just minutes later but missed the shot on goal which would have got us to within a kick and maybe even an upset on the cards. However, New Norfolk steadied; kicking away in the last half of the quarter, winning the game by 44 points.
I thought our attitude, attack on the ball, and the way we played was very good which enabled us to compete and prove to each other that we are capable of matching it with the teams above us on the ladder.
Best players were: D Scott, S Bester, N McWilliams, J White, J Fielding and G Quirk.
Last week’s game saw us take on the struggling Triabunna Kangaroos who are yet to register a win this season and it was important for us to get a big victory to boost our percentage which may play a part in the positioning of the ladder later on in the season.
From the first bounce to the final siren I felt we were in total control of the game and it was pleasing to see that we got off to a great start kicking 12.6 to one behind in the first quarter, coming to the break with a 77 point lead.
From there on the game became scrappy with a lot of stoppages around the ground and not a lot of free-flowing footy going on.
The thing that was most pleasing was that we stuck to structures and played for each other and didn’t become selfish which at times can happen when you’re dominating a game.
The only disappointing part on our behalf was our inaccuracy in front of goal, finishing the match with 25 goals, 28 behinds which means that that we kicked 13 goals 22 behinds since quarter time which is something we have to improve.
The end result was a 163 point victory which will give us confidence heading into the next round against a very tough opponent in New Norfolk at Boyer.
Best players were: M Phillips, B Phillips, T Bracken, J Tubb, N Braslin and D Scott
In what was a good contest all day, I felt that we were a little sloppy with our skills which resulted in too many turnovers. Our decision making at times was poor as we put ourselves under too much pressure during the match.
The first quarter saw us kicking into a slight breeze but we had plenty of the footy but struggled to put scoreboard pressure n the opposition, coming into quarter time with a 12 point lead.
The second quarter was much the same: giving our forwards plenty of opportunity but we failed to convert; kicking two goals and eight behinds, which allowed Claremont to stay in touch.
The second half was neck and neck with us finally putting a match-winning lead of 20 points halfway through the final term.
It wasn’t pretty, but it was good to come away with the victory.
This week is another tough challenge; fronting up against Huonville at Huonville.
Best player were: D Scott, J Myers, J White, N Barton, D Bertoldo, and S Habberfield with J Tubb booting three goals up forward.
In what was a very important game for us in getting our season back on track, we had the difficult task of travelling to Oatlands and tackling the Central Hawks who had been in pretty good form.
After three losses on the trot, we went into the game with the mindset of getting back to enjoying our footy and giving one hundred percent to every contest.
The first quarter saw us kicking against a four to five goal wind and this made it difficult to score at one end of the ground. We came in at quarter time failing to register on the scoreboard and being 39 points down. However, we knew we had had our own share of the footy and things would turn our way.
For the second quarter, it was our turn to use the wind and, to our credit, we continued to win the ball and start pegging back the margin on the scoreboard. At half-time the deficit had been reduced to 13 points and we were right back in the contest. After half time, the wind had died down and we were able to match Central by winning the quarter and, being only seven points down at the final change. Kicking downhill to the scoring end of the ground, we were confident that if we continued to win the ball our fitness would get us over the line.
The last quarter saw the lead change a couple of times but, to our credit, we worked hard for each other and the result came our way, winning the game by eight points.
Best players in what was a great team effort were: Josh White, Nick Braslin, Matt Phillips, Dexter Bertoldo, Justin Myers, Scott Bester, Tim Bracken, Dave Scott and Jamie Tubb.