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.
Injuries and player unavailability has been costly for the club this year and especially so the weekend just past, when an undermanned reserves side took on the undefeated Kingborough Tigers.
We eventually scrapped a side together with the help of four Colts players in Jordan Mccallum, Jai Bannister, Luke Alsford and Kieren Isles who doubled up to ensure a full squad hit the field.
The side played good football for the first half as we applied as much pressure to our opponents as we could, but their better skills and speed eventually wore us down and being a well drilled side kicked away from us in the second half. To our credit we battled hard all day and we could walk off the ground knowing that at least the group that took to the field where out their playing for each other.
Our back line was terrific all day considering the amount of football that was in their area. Mick Grimsey played the majority of the game injured; Daniel Donavan continued to spoil his taller opponent and Wally Dare, Mick Hemming and Adrian Pennicott repelled as best they could.
Andrew Kennedy is starting to find some good form and set the scene early with some courageous football. Chris Russell toiled all day in the ruck. Jordan Watson played well above his years, as he was on the bottom of many packs and got plenty of possessions.
Some positives to come from the day were that we won the last quarter and the young players that played showed that they are well capable of playing in this grade and above.
This weekend we need to bounce back when we take on the Central Hawks at home, who are breathing down our necks on the ladder.
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.
With the season about a third of the way through, I thought I would do an update on how our season has been progressing.
We find ourselves in third spot on the ladder with five wins and two losses. The two losses that we have suffered came from Claremont and Kingborough, the two teams above us on the ladder.
The club has once again found its self in a good position with good numbers and the reserves (due to club injuries & unavailability) have already had a total of 43 players play one game or more this season. A special mention should go to the underage players in Ian "Red" Mackenzie, Jordan "Jordy" McCullum and Kieran "Kizza" Isles who when given the chance to play reserves stepped up and showed they are more than capable.
As a reserves coach it is always good to see players step up to senior level and play. This season up to 12 players have already played in both senior grades.
The great turn around in players has not helped the reserves side due to the fact that we can have up to six changes in the team per week, but to our credit we have soldiered on and kept winning games.
Our success so far this year has been contributed greatly by the players that are consistently doing the right things by turning up to training and giving 100%. Down back Wally "JT" Dare has provided the attack and run while the leadership of Ricky "BattMan" Batt and Adrian "AJ" Pennicott has given us the platform to attack off The "Michele" Pfeiffer brothers (Henry & Jeremy), through the middle have given us some extra class and polish. The hard work down back and through the middle has been capped off by Dave "Country" Smith up forward who has been a focal point for us.
I’m sure we are all looking forward to the rest of the season with some big challenges in front of us.