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Reserves Mid-season Report – 2012

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.

Fos

 

Round 2 Reserves Match Report -V- Brighton 2012

On Saturday the reserves took on Brighton in our first home game of the season, in what was a tough hard fought contest.

We expected the game to be a physical encounter and in the first quarter Brighton were first to the ball, won the contested football and got the jump on us. To play our style of football we still need to win the ball and our contested football was no where near were it should have been.

After the quarter time break we started to get some fluency into our game and pegged back the difference to go into the main break with a one point lead.

In the second half we won more of the ball and were able to feed our runners to play more to our strengths and run out with a hard fought 25 point win.

Apart from the first quarter where we put our defenders under immense pressure by not putting enough pressure on our opponents up the ground, we had another even spread of contributors.

The back six where well lead again by Trent Clarke and Scotty Bester. Stuart Clarke played his best game for the club running off half back. Chris ‘Lloydy’ Harper applied the CLAMP!

Up forward Jack Anning gave us some spark across the half forward line when we became stagnate going forward in this area and Brodie Phillips finished with three goals for the Day.

Josh ‘Yonna’ McWilliams and Michael VanBeest worked hard in the ruck as did Brenton ‘Pup’ Allie when the ball was on the ground. Both wingers Simon McCarthy and Jimmie Mitchell got lots of football due to their run.

Lindisfarne Nu-Jet Blues 10.8-68 def Brighton 6.7-43

Goal Kickers: B. Phillips 3, S. McCarthy 2, J. Anning 2, T. Clark , B. Allie , S. Haberfield
Best Players: B. Allie, C. Harper, S. McCarthy, S. Clark, J. Mitchell, T. Clark

Next week we travell to Kempton to take on the Central Hawks.

Round 12 Reserves Report

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
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. 

Kaine Menzie

Round 11 Reserves Report

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.

Henery Pfieffer
Henery Pfieffer

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.

Kaine Menzie