On the weekend we travelled to Pembroke Park to take on Sorell. Considering the rain that the ground had seen, it was in very good condition and the only bother was the constant wind that pushed the ball to the Sorell side wing.
We got the early jump on our opponents and played some really good running football. Our communication was top notch and for the majority of the game our decision making and pressure was at the level it needs to be.
These are all encouraging signs leading into the finals series.
Big Mathew 'Weeds' Weeding up forward was constantly out numbered as Sorell played numbers behind the ball but he finished with a solid five goals and Henry 'H' Pfeiffer was an elusive handful for his opponents in the forward line.
In defense Adrian 'AJ' Pennicott was solid and Mick 'Lofty' Grimsey and Mark 'Rudders' Rutherford provided plenty of run and attack when the opportunity was there. Ricky 'Batty' Batt also played a very good game in either defense or in the ruck.
Congratulations to my reserves boys for finishing fourth and on having a very good season. Now our focus must go into this week’s final and we all need to be 100% keen and committed.
After our loss against the Tigers down at the beach, it was important that we bounced back and get back on the winners list against the a Central Hawks team breathing down our necks on the ladder.
The game started at frenetic pace and our work rate and intensity was better than our opponents. This limited the opportunities for the Hawks and allowed us to get a jump on them.
We allowed the Hawks back into the game in the second quarter as we had a lapse in our game. We need to work on maintaining pressure and intensity for the whole game.
We ran away with the game in the second half as we played some excellent football, probably some of the best football we have played for most of the year. Our run through the lines and the use of some long linking handballs really broke the game open.
Ricky Batt and Scott O’Connell were outstanding all day in defence and played a crucial role to the teams win. Mark Rutherford and Mitch Leale played impressive games across the centre line. Chris Russell toiled hard in the ruck with little rest and up forward Cameron Berry was elusive slotting four goals and Josh Baliebalvari showed that he is returning to some good form.
In a game where all 22 players made good contributions a special mention should go to the Colts players that stepped up; Jy Sullivan and Kieron Isles showed that they are more than comfortable playing against larger bodies, throwing themselves at everything, and Dane Heather and Brendan Burridge where rewarded with goals.
This weekend we take on second place Claremont at Abbotsfield Park.
On Saturday we travelled to Boyer oval to take on New Norfolk in perfect conditions.
The Eagles jumped us early in the game and played with intensity on their home turf and we found it difficult to find any momentum especially up forward were we wasted some opportunity on goal and we went into the first break chasing a four goal deficit.
To our credit we fought back into the game by playing some hard in and under football led by Ricky 'Batty' Batt, Andrew 'Toungy' Clarke and Matt 'Stoney' Stone and by three quarter time we were only down by 2 points.
The last quarter was disappointing in the fact that we didn’t fight the game out and we finished the game with a five goal loss.
Our preparation was low key and this cost us. If we are to progress to the highs that I believe we can achieve then we must all start making a sacrifice for each other on the field, off the field and on the training track. We need to be improving and not become satisfied or content with our season so far.
Other players who played well were Mick 'Micka' Hemming, who steamed out of the backline all day and took on all that fronted him. Mitch 'Lil' Leale also provided some smarts in the backline.
In the forward line Mark 'Rudders' Rutherford provided headaches for the opposition and Jeremy 'Jezza' Pfeiffer scored two goals while playing on the ball. Chris 'CT' Turner continues to sacrifices himself for the team.
Next week we are back at home to play an improving Dodges Ferry. We need to improve on last week’s effort and get back on the winners list.
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.
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.
Considering the amount of rain that fell before the game, the Cygnet ground was in good shape and when we finally took to the ground the sun was out and the ball was sticky.
Cygnets were always going to be a hard assignment down there and they defiantly had come to play today. The first quarter they totally dominated the center clearences but our backline held up and gave us some drive to finish the quarter only a goal up.
After quarter time, changes were made and the ruckmen and on-baller started to get some first use of the football which in turn gave us some momentum and our forward capitalized on. Once we had a good lead, we were never able to break the game open, with us kicking two goals then the Power responding with a goal of their own.
Jeremy Pfieffer was prolific around the ground. Matt Stone and Daniel Rattenbury showed a lot of leadership by being hard in and under. The back line held together all game. Mike Grimsey was into everything off a half back flank, Ricky Batt never gives an inch to his opponent and Wally Dare keeps improving in any position he plays. Up forward Mark Rutherford was elusive finishing with four goals and numerous goal assists.
Even though I was happy with the day and our tackling pressure was good, we still let ourselves down by having lapses in our game and being led to the football on to many occasions.
This week we play an enthusiastic Brighton team in a third versus fourth battle in a must win game for ourselves if we want to maintain ladder position and give ourselves a chance of a top two finish for the year.