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.
On the weekend we took on Huonville in our last roster match on our home soil at Anzac Park.
We started the game very low key and this attitude stayed with us for the majority of the game. Even though we outplayed our opponents and lead in all our performance indicators, we only coasted in a game where we should have been using to gain some good momentum coming into the finals.
In the end we won the game by 13 goals and credit should be given to the 22 who took to the field as we still suffer from a huge amount of club injuries and player unavailability’s. A huge thank you should go out to all the colts’ players and last minute inclusions who have stepped up. None of these guys have let the side or themselves down and have done a terrific job.
Some really good individual efforts were had by the twin towers up forward in Wally 'Sack' Dare and Mathew 'The Big Show' Weeding up forward. Through the middle Andrew 'AK' Kennedy and Matt 'Stoner' Stone played valuable roles but the defense were solid all game and none better than Adrian 'AJ' Pennicott, Mick 'Lofty' Grimsey and Ricky 'Batty' Batt.
Our last roster match this weekend will be against Sorell at Pembroke Park. A tough contest is expected against a side that will have nothing to loose.
On Saturday the colts took on Sorell at Anzac Park.
Our theme for the day was 'No Excuses' and we were looking to win against our first top 6 side.
The game was played in persistent rain and it was going to be a hard slog. The boys attack on the footy was first rate, backing themselves in and knowing they had the support of their team mates pushing numbers to the contest. The game was close for the first 3 quarters with both teams swapping the lead several times and Sorell going into the last break 1 goal up. During the last we were able to hold Sorell scoreless while we put on 3 unanswered goals to win by 14 pts. This thus far is our best win and we look forward to Cygnet and the challenge of 2 wins on the trot.
This week I will not name individuals as it was a great team effort and all 22 contributed.
The round 9 clash against a struggling Sorell in the rain on home turf has now consolidated our position in the top four of the ladder. We now sit in third position with a 6-2 win/loss ratio.
In the first rain affected game of the season, it was going to be interesting how the side took to the conditions and from the first bounce we took control of the game. Playing in front and being first to the football and while the ball was reasonable dry and not like a brick our skills especially our delivery into our forward line was excellent.
The majority of the game was played in this fashion apart from our second quarter, where we let ourselves down by not playing to the conditions. We started to become lazy and second to the contest and it showed by the amount of free kicks we gave away.
Simon McCarthy on the wing was in excellent form and relished in the conditions with a heap of quality possessions. Our ruck men and on-ballers dominated the center clearances and were well served by Chris Harper and Andrew Clarke who won the hard ball. Down in defense Stuart Dare playing the full back role was a rock as where Phil Ashlin and Adrian Pennicott. Up forward Mark Rutherford provided a handful for his opponents and Dave Smith kicked another bag of goals.
This weekend we are on the road as we travel down to Cygnet to take on the Port Power. We need to keep our work rate up for the whole game and keep working on our deficiencies to be competitive with the top sides.