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: 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.
Last week’s game saw us take on the struggling Triabunna Kangaroos who are yet to register a win this season and it was important for us to get a big victory to boost our percentage which may play a part in the positioning of the ladder later on in the season.
From the first bounce to the final siren I felt we were in total control of the game and it was pleasing to see that we got off to a great start kicking 12.6 to one behind in the first quarter, coming to the break with a 77 point lead.
From there on the game became scrappy with a lot of stoppages around the ground and not a lot of free-flowing footy going on.
The thing that was most pleasing was that we stuck to structures and played for each other and didn’t become selfish which at times can happen when you’re dominating a game.
The only disappointing part on our behalf was our inaccuracy in front of goal, finishing the match with 25 goals, 28 behinds which means that that we kicked 13 goals 22 behinds since quarter time which is something we have to improve.
The end result was a 163 point victory which will give us confidence heading into the next round against a very tough opponent in New Norfolk at Boyer.
Best players were: M Phillips, B Phillips, T Bracken, J Tubb, N Braslin and D Scott
Last weekend’s game at home was the rematch of the Colts’ first win in four years against Triabunna earlier in the year.
We knew last Saturday’s game was going to be a tough affair, with several of our key players out through injury.
Tribaunna started hard at the ball and continued that way for the rest of the game. The first quarter was disastrous for us, but, to their credit, our boys fought back through the next three quarters with some excellent football and never let up. Our under-strength side battled well but, unfortunately, was unable to make much of a dent into a well-structured and hard playing Roos side.
The boys travel to Boyer this week to tackle New Norfolk. With key players returning to the side we look confident that, by playing to our strengths and structures, we can give good account of ourselves.
Best players last week were: L Alsford, C Potter, J Whittenbury, J Bannister, B Brown and J Sullivan
Saturday saw the colts take on last years premiers Brighton at Anzac Park.
Conditions were good but there was a stiff breeze blowing towards the tennis-court end.
Brighton kicked with the breeze in the opening term and, although we won our fair share of ball in the midfield, there class shone through and they went into the first break 40 points up. Second quarter our boys dug deep, and with the midfield on top, we kicked 4 of the first 5 goals of the quarter before Brighton got a couple back in the latter stages. Second half the boys tried gallantly and down to just 18 players we fought on although eventually going down by 75 pts.
Best players for the day included Jai Bannister, Raedan Smedley, Jordan McCullum, Ian Mckenzie and the entire backline stood up despite being under constant pressure.
This week we look forward to Triabunna at Anzac park in which should be a close encounter.
The season opener had arrived as we travelled to Triabunna to take on last years cellar dwellers.
Not much pre-season gossip had been mentioned of the teams from Triabunna so the reserves group went into the game not assuming anything about the reserves team we were about to meet, especially in the first game of the season.
The new season also seen Chris 'Lloydy' Harper anointed as the new captain with Adrian 'AJ' Pennicott and Andrew 'Tonguie' Clarke as vice captains.
A lot of new faces to the club made their debuts, and for the reserves we had Henry & Jeremy Pfieffer, Dexter Bertoldo, Wally & Stuart Dare, Jesse Hamill and Damien Tunks. All these new players fitted in well straight from the first bounce and will definitely make the side stronger the more we all play together.
We took control of the game early and continued to dominate for the full game. We held an edge over our opponents with our run and fitness and continued to pepper the goals for the whole game. Our back six were fantastic setting up our attacks with a lot of run out of the back line and our on-ballers continually won the 50/50 ball to drive us forward.
The wind and our lack of goal kicking preparation (due to the unavailability of our ground) could of been a factor in our poor goal conversion rate but another factor could of been that we rushed our disposals when we didn't need too, and found ourselves having to many set shots from angles instead of straight out in front.
Dexter Bertoldo and Justin 'Warner' Fielding were hard workers all day busting pack and running lines. Our defense was well served by Wally Dare and Nathan Barton who continually ran to link up off the half back and to drive us forward. Jeremy Pfieffer showed a lot of skill in any position he played and Ricky Batt was sensational in a fill-in ruck roll. Up forward Matt Dunne was good as he used his strength to take many contested marks.
Next week we have a huge challenge against last years premiers New Norfolk and we will need to play some really good football to be a chance. As a team we have a lot to work on but our potential is huge and with a good bunch of blokes I'm sure with each game will come improvement.