The Basin VS Mitcham
What threatened to be a cold and wet day turned into a sunny blustery afternoon when The Basin took on ladder leader Mitcham at Walker Park.
With Clinton King and Andy Cultrera still missing from injury it would prove to be a daunting challenge to topple the Tigers. Winning the toss The Bears kicked with a strong breeze and started well, with Josh Adams clearing the ball from the congestion time and again. With a different forward line structure things started well for The Basin and early goals from Max Kruger, Criag Christie, Trev Milles and Matt Smith resulted in the Bears going into the break 5 goals up.
Against the breeze proved much more difficult as The Basin tried to close down Mitcham’s dangerous forward line of Steve Pimm and Joey Pignataro. The loss of Andrew Colwishaw and Josh Adams to injury only added to our worries as Mitcham continued to play the quarter in their half, wrestling back the buffer the bears had created. Halftime Mitcham led by 2 goals.
The wind started to die down as the game progressed and the game was there to take, in a competitive 3rd term, The Bears had opportunities to take the lead back but our inefficiency would hurt us. While controlling long periods of the quarter, we were still a couple of points behind at the ¾ time break.
The last quarter started much like the 3rd very even, this was until the 10 minute mark, when Mitcham started to get on top. The Bears continued to fight but Mitcham managed to finally break the game open and started to apply scoreboard pressure. While the Bear’s didn’t give in at any stage, Mitcham’s class prevailed and their lead started to grow. Resulting in a 5 goal win to the Tigers.
Better Players for The Basin were; Smith, Mills, Gayfer, Battye, Jones and Lee. The next 5 weeks will determine the success of the season, our goal of playing finals is very much achievable but will depend on our application over the next month. The coaches have every faith that if the players continue with their work rate and intensity at the contest, the wins will again start to flow and Beware of the Bears come finals time.
Photographs by Sue Smith