We have just hit the half way point in the season with eight games down with another eight to play. We find ourselves with six wins and two losses and sitting third on the ladder and about to go into a game with New Norfolk that will decide second spot.
As a reserves coach it is pleasing to see a number of players who started in the reserves go up to seniors and play good football. Brenton ‘Pup’ Allie, Dexter ‘luigi’ Bertoldo, Josh ‘Squish’ Hobden, Scott ‘the Eagle’ Bester, Leigh ‘Ben’s Brother’ Milbourne and Stuart ‘Bro’ Clark have all made the transition flawlessly when the opportunity arrived. A special mention should go to Jimmy ‘the new JM’ Mitchell who as a sixteen year old made his debut for the seniors this year. I would expect in the second half of the year one or two other reserves players will get the call up.
Up forward we have good contributions from a number of players. Jack ‘One Direction’ Anning continues to impress, kicking goals and being elusive. Shaun ‘Head’ Haberfield has given us a target across half forward and Henry ‘H’ Pfeiffer pops up and kicks his couple a game.
Across the mid field we have struggled to win stoppages and be accountable against the better sides. Josh ‘Yonna’ McWilliams has tiredly worked in the ruck. Danny ‘nut’ Wignall has provided us with plenty of drive and Simon ‘Macca’ McCarthy has continually been one of our better players. Matthew ‘Howeller’ Howell continue to improve with every game.
Down back we have held strong on most occasions and Trent ‘Dozer’ Clarke has been solid all year. Providing plenty of run and stopping power.
We need to continually focus on our intensity. When we are up, we are a good running side who wins contested football. But when we get challenged we struggle to respond. We need to find a way to wrestle momentum back our way when it is against us. Individuals need to lift and the leadership blokes need to find it in themselves to produce more efforts, set the scene that we won’t be happy in this type of situation and lead by example.
Moving forward to the second half of the year it will be pleasing to see the return of Dave ‘Caveman’ Wooley, Phil ‘Philphy’ Ashlin and hopefully Michael ‘the Count’ VanBeest returning from injury and Brodie Phillips returning from his sojourn to the USA as a Mormon door knocking missionary. We should also have an influx of senior players returning from injury which should help the reserves side out as they will either come through the reserves or will provide us with players dropping back.
At the start of the year if you said this side will be six and two I would have been very happy with that result, but I believe this side is more than capable of doing better. There is still a lot of improvement in this side and my aim is to get the most out of the players every week.
Round 5 Reports -V- Huonville at Huonville
The Lindisfarne Football Club wishes to announce Co-Op Toyota of Argyle St as a new major sponsor for the Nu-Jet Blues for the 2011 Season. Co-Op have been supporting football in southern Tasmania for decades and continue to do so with this signing. With Toyota as the naming sponsor for the AFL Season, it provides a natural space for Co-Op Toyota to fill in our league in Southern Tasmania. Please contact Co-Op for all your new cars needs. The Club thanks Brad Costelloe, Stuart Hawkesford and the whole team from servicing, spare parts, retail, fleet and administration at Co-Op and we look forward to a long future together. Remember: when you thinks cars – think Co-Op.
I’d also like to welcome all the past LFC players who have come in from interstate this week who are watching today’s game and wish them well.
After a very disappointing first half, which saw the Nu-Jet Blues trailing by three goals, a good spray from Coach Goodwin got the Seniors to regroup. With a greater determination, the boys met the Lions front-on and proved that the Blues are in this season to win. The tenacity and fitness which is a hallmark of this season’s group won out on the day. Even with the siren blowing twice as Mitch Williamson took the final kick in both the 3rd and final quarters. Although a small margin separated the teams at the end of the match, it proves that Lindisfarne is a true contender for finals this year. Leading goal-kickers were Williamson with five and Marriott with three. Excellent performances from “Pup” Clark, “Squish” Hobden, Flood and “I get bums on seats” Batt. We look forward to playing the Glenorchy Magpies this week at home in front of supporters, sponsors and our past player visitors.
The Reserves played some hard-fought football in a low-scoring game. With the score on the cutting-edge throughout the whole game, the 30 minute final quarter saw the Lions boot the final goal in a closely contested match to equalise the scores. Unfortunately, the siren sounded on the final bounce to see a rare draw. Great, competitive football was the winner on the day with Dave Woolley, Dex Bertoldo, Chris Turner and “Tonguer” Clarke excelling.
The newly-formed Lindisfarne Colts suffered their first defeat for 2011 at the hands of the Lions last week. Even with seasoned Colts campaigners Jye Bannister, Nathon Brown, Jordan Watson and Jordan McCullum, the Nu-Jet Colts were underdone against a more experienced side. The hard-playing Huonville boys showed the new recruits the style of play which wins SFL competitions: tenacity. However, Jacob Walker, Jordan Rogerson and Arnie Kelly proved their worth and played well against a style of play against which they were not accustomed. The young bloods of the day have learned from last week and hope to make a good impression this week against the Magpies at home.
Round 4 Reports -V- East Coast Bombers at Anzac Park
The Nu Jet Blues hosted a rejuvenated East Coast Bombers outfit in difficult swirly conditions at ANZAC Park on Saturday. The opening quarter saw the Two Blues jump out of the blocks to kick an inaccurate five goals nine 39 and holding the Bombers to a solitary two behinds. This trend was to continue for the remainder of the contest, the two blues kicked away at every change eventually winning by 148 points kicking an inaccurate 31 behinds. The game was predominately played in the Two Blues forward half with forward line efficiency being the order of the day. In all, the Nu Jet Blues had a good spread of 11 goal kickers and were well served by our back six and hard running midfielders. A trip to Huonville this week will give us our sternest test to date with the outcome giving us a true indication to where we are at.
Our Reserves Coach Spoof Turner has the boys firing with its second win in a row against an under-manned East Coast Bomber side on Saturday. With a dominating midfield and hard running defence the bombers were no match for the Two Blues as they won by plenty. Big Jacko, young Jac Standen, evergreen Wools and Squishy taking the honours against the Bombers with seasoned campaigner Mitch Leale kicking seven goals.
Last week saw Lindisfarne put its first Colts side onto the field for 2011. With a mixture of Nu-Jet Blues Colts from the previous two years and some new recruits, we had a four-point win over a Lauderdale-enhanced East Coast Bombers side. All players played hard and Lindisfarne Junior Football Club stalwart and U16 State player Dan Blazely running hard all day along with Alex Elwell, Toby Godfrey, and the Jordans McCullum and Rogerson all adding great depth.
The boys are keen to play and Huonville looks to be a great challenge.
A disappointing effort last week against New Norfolk but on the positive side, it showed us all how much improvement is needed to compete with the top teams in the competition as I think New Norfolk will once again be the yardstick.
I thought our attacking game was good but our defensive side of the game was very poor. We were simply too unaccountable when we weren’t in control of the footy which allowed New Norfolk players too much space to spot up targets further up field which put our backs under extreme pressure.
The challenge now is to regroup, bounce back and play good footy against another quality team in Dodges Ferry this week.
Best players were Aaron Hilder, Dave Woolley, Dave Scott and Nick McWilliams.
Justin “Chooka” Rainbird