The Basin VS Mitcham
The Basin 13.16 – 94 defeated by Mitcham 17.19 – 121
Goal Kickers: A. Battye 4, A. Cultrera 3, B. Gallichio 2, M. Thompson , J. Pitman , J. Wilson , C. King
Best Players: T. Mills, A. Battye, M. Smith, L. Watson, A. Cultrera, W. Gayfer
This week we got to tick off the first accomplishment for this season and play in the 2013 EFL finals series.
With a record of one win each during the regular season, we met Mitcham again at the unfamiliar surrounds of Vermont – a ground similar in size to Batterham that should serve us well. Andrew Cowlishaw couldn’t overcome a knee injury from the week before, and Matt Killian came back into the team as the only change.
Instructions from the coaches were not overly complicated, play our brand of hard, tough and physical football – and just as importantly not turn the football over and we would be right in this game.
A slow start allowed Mitcham to get a few early goals on the board, but we pegged a few back late to be only a few goals down at quarter time.
In the second quarter we got right back into the contest – dominating all the key areas, the backline tightened up, with Skipper Luke Watson leading the way, and Clinton King and Trev Mills taking over in the middle of the ground and Andrew Battye looked very dangerous out of the goal square.
Confidence was high coming into the break, however we took our foot off the pedal in the 3rd quarter, something you cannot do against quality opposition, and definitely not in a final and it allowed Mitcham to dominate the quarter and lead by 7 goals at three quarter time.
“Attack at all costs” was the message at the final break, and despite everyone doing exactly this – some wayward kicking coupled with the poor start to the game and the very disappointing 3rd quarter meant the deficit was just too much and we ended up going down by 20 odd points.
Best for the day was Trev Mills who showed what a big game player he has become this year, Matt Smith was dangerous up forward and Luke Watson and Will Gayfer ( despite being tagged at Centre Half Back!) were well on top of their opponents. Andre Battye was great up forward kicking 4 goals, ably supported by Andy Cultrera who finished off his season with 3 majors.
So we now reflect on a year which has had its highs and lows, but after playing finals our first year up in division 3 we know (like all other clubs) we need to improve our skills, depth and most importantly commitment to go to the next level.
Congratulations to the best & fairest winners, Will Gayfer, Trev Mills & Clinton King in the seniors and Jake Cosenza in the Reserves who like a host of very talented Under 19’s coming into the senior team next year we all remain hopeful will look to make an immediate impact.
The club and coaches remain committed to improving our list in the off season, with a number of exciting announcements hopefully not too far away – so stay tuned.
Once again thank you to all the off field helpers who make this great club what it is – and importantly a club players, coaches and supporters can be proud of.
We all now take a well-earned break away from the club, and need to come back refreshed and recharged and looking to go even further in 2014.
Till next year….