The season is now 2/3 of the way through, and after Saturday’s game against Dodges everyone is looking forward to a weekend off with the bye.
All three sides have shown positive signs this season. It has been particularly pleasing to see the continual improvement, in particular by the colts and seniors.
The seniors showed last week that they can compete with everyone in the competition, having a solid display and taking it right up to New Norfolk. The reserves have been solid all season and I am sure will get over the minor hiccup they had against New Norfolk last week. The colts under Scotty Bester have become a solid unit and should win more games before the season’s end.
We still have 3 home games to go and are always looking for extra help on match days. It takes a lot of help to run the club on home games. This includes finding bar staff, canteen staff, 4 people to man the gate, people to sell the raffles and margin tickets and a couple of people to man the BBQ and wet area. On top of this, on the football side we need 3 match managers, people to man the scoreboard and time-keep in each game, water boys, trainers, interchange stewards and at the start of each day people to set up the ground. The day finishes off with people cleaning the ground and clubrooms. In this context I’d like to thank those people who tirelessly help each week, they have done a great job.
If anyone reading this letter can lend a hand for an hour or so please let me know. Extra help is always most welcome.
Finally I’d like to wish the three sides all the best for the last part of the season, in what we hope is a lead up to another finals campaign in each grade.
The Colts had a rest last week, due to the Magpies’ forfeit.
However, we took the opportunity to place some of our Colts players into the Reserves team. Ian MacKenzie, Kieran Isles and Jordan McCallum all performed brilliantly and have been commended on their football against a strong Clermont Reserves side.
Kieren Isles: One of three colts players to play reserves against Claremont
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.
This week the reserves took on Kingborough on our home turf at Anzac Park.
We went into the game knowing that Kingborough were going to be a challenge and that a win would set up our season and give us a chance to get back into at least the top two on the ladder.
Disappointingly we were outplayed for the first half of the game and even though we fought the game out we played to inconsistent to challenge a top team and eventually lost by five goals.
As a team we went into the game coming off the bye and three good wins expecting things to just happen. All the good things we had been doing in the past had gone. Our run and our attack on the football was poor. At least this gives us an idea on were improvement is needed.
Our back line was under attack all day and the score would have been worse if it wasn’t for the efforts of Chris 'CT' Turner and Ricky Batt. David 'Country' Smith up forward gave as an option and didn’t miss his opportunities as did Stuart 'Stu-Fu' Dare. In the middle Paul 'Smokey' Jackson gave us first use of the ball but we could not capitalize apart from the clearance work of Paul 'PJ' Johnston. Around the ground there was not much to be happy about as we were outnumbered at many of the contests and stoppages but Chris 'Rusty' Russell and Jeremy Pfeiffer battled hard all day.
This weekend we take on Central Hawks at Oatlands and we should expect a hard challenge. If we want to give ourselves a chance of winning a big improvement is needed from last week effort.
This week the reserves took on Dodges Ferry down at Shark Park and we went into the game loosing around six players (due to injuries in the senior side) from the side that defeated New Norfolk the week before. This was not going to be a big deal as the club has a lot of depth and the players bought into the side were more than capable.
Dodges were always going to give us a hard contest as they were coming off the bye and their side included some very capable players. To our credit we took control of the game early and held possession until we were able to hit up our large forwards.
87 points is a good victory but we also kicked at goal poorly. 18 goals 25 behinds is not a good conversion rate and is something that needs some work to improve.
Our back line was terrific all day as Mick 'Lofty' Grimsey again went about his business along with Nathan Barton who repelled many attacks and Ricky Batt who was hard at it all day. Andrew Clarke was also impressive all over the ground as was Jesse Hamill and Chris Russell who gave the on-ballers a lot of the footy. Luke Mason played in a number of positions and showed his versatility to the side.
We now have the weekend off due to the bye and will hopefully come back the week after full strength to take on undefeated Kingborough.