Well after all the hard pre season fitness work and some new philosophies and game plans in place the boys were in good spirits as we prepared for rd 1 opener v Montrose.
The boys have been great to date with having to take in and digest alot of information . So it was a great test to see where we were at versing a team that last year beat us by app 90 points in the season opener.
We hit the ground running in the opening quarter with what was a great display from an excited bunch of u15 lads. Crofty and curly worked hard at holding the ball in up fwd with guys like kaleb showing belief in his own ability to step up and play to the coaches instructions. We had many other good contributions but in accurate kicking proved costly.
Best players : crofty kaleb swinny jacko nick damo.
Q time scores basin 1.4 mont 1.1
The second quarter was a bit more lop sided as Montrose gained control with their bigger lads coming into the game. The boys stuck at it tho and went into the half time break behind by 3 goals but only 3 less shots on goal.in my opinion we were more than up to the task. The body language unfortunately suggested otherwise. We will work on mindsets during the year as self belief is a big must .
Best : nick ted ( before being injured ) walter tinny damo jacko connor.
1/2 time basin 1.5 mont 4.5
After a chat at half time the lads responded . We asked for more run n support from behind , switching and belief. This resulted in us matching it with mont for the quarter. It was great to see the boys open up the game more and play with more intensity and belief. Damo taking on the game was a pleasure to watch with nick n swinny not far behind. Dobbo got busy and jimmy and azz running hard to create options. Basin first gamer harry was impressive with his efforts and did have some touches. Well done H.
Best : harry tank jimmy rhino trav swinny damo nick dobbo
3/4 .. us 2.7 vs 6.7
The 4th quarter was similar to the 3rd with the boys trying to impress the coaching staff. Montrose just edging away but not without us showing plenty of fight and some great free flowing footy. Azz was popping up around the ground and josh with some great courage toiling hard. Connor matching it with the bigger bodies of Montrose. Batts tried hard along with taylor sam and tank again.
Best : damo josh nick rhino connor swinny azz tinny harry.
Final score 4.9 to 8.13.
Both jordan and I pleased with the progress we are making but will ask for more of the boys as we build a team that will play with intensity and belief.
Special thanks to all support recieved on game day from water boys up.
After a big week of training we were home again v Donvale.
The boys were in great spirit and ready to step up to the challenge. We asked the lads to focus on their role today and take a positive high intensity attitude out on the park. Theme for the day was “your ability is only limited by your imagination”. Boys were asked to imagine good things out there such as taking a strong mark or picture themselves running down the wing taking on the game with belief.
Well what unfolded was a pleasure to watch. The first quarter was played with great intensity from both teams. Once we steadied tho our game become cleaner with some great run thru the corridor by our mids. Ants down back was playing solid footy from in front and laying a big tackle. A brilliant contested mark in defence by jimmy started off one of our best passages of play for the day. Jimmy switched to corey who was active early who in turn pushed it out to Taylor . Taylor took off looking confident as and kicking fwd where dobbo won the ball and kicked truly.
More fwd pressure and a turnover set dobbo up for another great team goal. Curly getting into QB position and harry playing his role too was great to see.
Basin 3.2 Donvale 1.2
Best Taylor ants jacko jimmy batts dobbo
Kicking into a breeze the boys toiled hard to keep control of the game. Harry winning a contested possession was a sign that he is coming on quickly with his development. Also being involved in a slick QB receive dished out by kaleb . Tinny was solid and along with trav nick damo azz n ants lead the backs constantly in repelling Donvales fwd thrusts. Batts was busy up fwd n dobbo and elo active. Dobbo was sensational up front bagging 4 majors to half time but more importantly finding space constantly.
Us 5.2 v 2.4
Best. Trav tinny kaleb batts azz harry nick damo sam dobbo
At halftime we spoke about keeping up the intensity and belief. Also on decision making in trying to eliminate fwd handball , holding onto the ball until options presented and an active fwd line were discussed.
The start of the 3rd quarter saw a brilliant read of play from sam who made a decision to leave his man and attack an incoming ball on the wing. Gathering on the run he dished off to damo who with gut running got into the QB position n pushed us into attack once again. This was the pattern of play for the quarter. Kaleb got busy with good running as too curly and elo. Swinny being solid along with ants trav n crofty down back. Connor blitzed and snagged a couple of well earnt team orientated goals. Taylor jacko and rhino were winning heaps of stoppages. Nick carrying an injured thumb was brilliant with damo controlling and running off half back.
Us 10.2 v 2.7
Best connor rhino harry kaleb nick damo dobbo elo Swinny
Going into the last the coaches asked the boys to dig deep and finish full of running. There were some outstanding passages of play . Damo again constantly running from behind. Play of the day was from sam tho. Sams attack on a skied kick to the tallest player on their team , run and leap from 20 meters away to spoil was incredible. Donvale had 3 players to one (sam) yet sam caused a stoppage to occur.
Jacko kicked a brilliant soccer goal and was unlucky not to have another one. Curly was everywhere and corey kicked a ripper from the bounday.
Us 13.6 v 3.8.
Best sam curly jacko corey batts connor ants azz trav jimmy. And Ted (stats man)..
A good result boys as singing the song was great and a day the 3 boys playing they’re 100th will not forget.
Thanks to all the help again from all . Cheers knobbo.