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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 3 Reserves Report -V- Central Hawks 2012

Our round 3 games was played in what I believe is a one off game at Kempton against the Central Hawks in very windy and wet conditions.

Our starts have not been the best in the first two games and when our captain Andrew ‘Tonguie’ Clarke won the toss and elected to kick to the highway end with the wind, I was hopeful that this trend might be about to end. Unfortunately it still took us a while to get going. Once we warmed up and started to win some contested football we started to take some ascendancy.

The second quarter was more impressive against the wind. Our work ethic kicked up a gear and we started to work into our spaces more often which inturn opened up our own running game.

We went out after the long break and started the second half the way we finished the second quarter, full of run. We had already run our opponents into the ground and we continued to link up and run the lines, giving our forwards some good ball for the rest of the game.

Once again the back six defended and set up attack after attack. Stuart Clark and Trent Clark where solid all game and set up attack either with their decision making or by running the lines.

Through the middle Matt Stone was in and under winning some hard balls. Brodie ‘Bartell’ Phillips knocked up getting possessions and his decision making was great and Josh ‘Squish’ Hobden continually sent us forward.

The forwards were fed some good ball all day by the players up the field and inturn put some good numbers on the scoreboard. The big boys up forward had a good day considering the conditions. Van Beest worked hard, Shaun ‘Ben Rafter’ Haberfield must of have had glue on his hands and Scotty Bester polished off everyone’s hard work with six goals or was that seven. Jack Anning did every thing that was asked of him and was in the right spots on more occasions than not and was rewarded with four goals.

Our structures worked ok, our run was impressive and we had 22 contributers but we still need to work on winning more contested football especially early. We need to keep this win in perspective as the Central Hawks where well underdone and this week we play a tough Claremont outfit that will definitely give us more of a contest.

Lindisfarne Nu-Jet Blues 25.13-163 def Central Hawks 0.0-0

Best Players: B. Phillips, J. Anning, S. Haberfield, J. Hobden, S. Bester, M. Vanbeest
Goal Kickers: S. Bester 6, J. Anning 4, S. Haberfield 4, B. Phillips 3, H. Pfeiffer 2, M. Stone 2, J. McWilliams , M. Vanbeest , J. Mitchell , M. Stevenson

Josh Hobden
Josh Hobden Played his first game for season 2012 after some early injuries.

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 16 Senior Report

Last week we travelled down to the small Kingston Beach Memorial Oval to tackle Kingborough.  With injury hitting us hard this season, it has been difficult getting our best 22 players on the field all at one time.

The Tigers got out of the blocks and put us on the back foot right from the first bounce.

Nick McWilliams
Nick McWilliams

The disappointing thing from our point of view was that we didn’t stick to the plan and our efforts at times weren’t up to scratch.  We were second to the ball and allowed our opponents too much space to run the footy through the middle of the ground.

No excuses will be made for our poor performance on the weekend:  we were just beaten in all areas of the game by a better team on the day and credit must go to Kingborough.  They played some really good footy.

Best players for us were M Phillips, C Turner, N Braslin, N McWilliams and S Bester.

It is important for us now to regroup, bounce back and play some really good football in the last month if we wish to participate in this season’s finals.

 

Justin Rainbird