With the season about a third of the way through, I thought I would do an update on how our season has been progressing.
We find ourselves in third spot on the ladder with five wins and two losses. The two losses that we have suffered came from Claremont and Kingborough, the two teams above us on the ladder.
The club has once again found its self in a good position with good numbers and the reserves (due to club injuries & unavailability) have already had a total of 43 players play one game or more this season. A special mention should go to the underage players in Ian "Red" Mackenzie, Jordan "Jordy" McCullum and Kieran "Kizza" Isles who when given the chance to play reserves stepped up and showed they are more than capable.
As a reserves coach it is always good to see players step up to senior level and play. This season up to 12 players have already played in both senior grades.
The great turn around in players has not helped the reserves side due to the fact that we can have up to six changes in the team per week, but to our credit we have soldiered on and kept winning games.
Our success so far this year has been contributed greatly by the players that are consistently doing the right things by turning up to training and giving 100%. Down back Wally "JT" Dare has provided the attack and run while the leadership of Ricky "BattMan" Batt and Adrian "AJ" Pennicott has given us the platform to attack off The "Michele" Pfeiffer brothers (Henry & Jeremy), through the middle have given us some extra class and polish. The hard work down back and through the middle has been capped off by Dave "Country" Smith up forward who has been a focal point for us.
I’m sure we are all looking forward to the rest of the season with some big challenges in front of us.
On the weekend we took on undefeated Claremont at home, who eventually broke the shackles in the last quarter to defeat us by 17 points.
Even though we have been hit by some injuries and a loss of players to the seniors due to a number of reasons, we still went into the game full of confidence that if we worked hard and stuck to our structures we would give a good account of ourselves.
Our contested football was very good, we played in front of our opponents and won a lot of the hard football, but we let ourselves down with our poor work rate and the pressure we put on Claremont was dismal when they had possession. This in turn put a huge amount of pressure on the back line, which held strong for the majority of the game.
Ian Mackenzie, Jordan McCallum and Kieran Isles were given an opportunity to step up from the Colts and all of them played extremely well showing that they are more than capable at this level.
Matt Stone tried hard all day and his attack on the football was an example for others to follow. Ricky Batt was a general in defense and continually tried to lift the side and the Pfeiffer brothers, Henry and Jeremy played another good game both showing superb skills.
This Saturday we take on the Lions in what I am sure will be a better account of ourselves and hopefully a return to some of our best footy.
Round 2 Reserves Report –V- New Norfolk. Season 2010
The Two Blue reserves team went into last weekend’s game prepared for the challenge that was New Norfolk, who are the reigning premiers and also were coming off a big win against Dodges Ferry.
The game started with the expected intensity with players on each side giving everything to win the footy. The Two Blues seemed to settle into the game a lot early than our opponents which gave us the early lead which we built on during the game.
A huge positive for the side was that we were able to maintain our hard straight line running and also our work rate never slipped. We continued to have numbers running the lines, linking up and putting on protection for each other. This was especially pleasing considering the hot conditions that the game was played in.
A lot of run and clearance work was done by Dexter Bertoldo who played another good game for the club since transferring from the Central Hawks. The defense held strong all day and was well served by Mick 'Lofty' Grimsey and Mick Hemming. Shaun Skelly and Dave 'Country' Smith provided a headache for opposition players at both ends of the ground. Nathan Barton’s skill and attack on the football was exceptional and Henry 'The H Man' Pfeiffer provided many assists to the forwards. Chris 'Psycho' Turner also played a great game by doing the team things that don’t usually get recognized.
All up a positive day for the Two Blues reserves, were everyone contributed to a good win. Going forward we still have a lot of improvement in us as a team as we work towards sticking to our game plan.
This weekend we play Dodges Ferry at Shark Park and will be up for another challenge from a strong club on their home turf coming off a bye. We now must maintain the standard that we have set ourselves.
Kaine 'Sheffield' Menzie