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.