Friday, May 26, 2017

Round 4 v Brunswick

Brunswick       8. 6. 54
Chirnside Park 5. 4. 34
Best:    Reece, Mick, Scotty, Huss, Peter Doran, Pas
Goals:  Scotty 2, Mick 2, Reece
After last rounds comprehensive victory we entered this match with a great deal of optimism. Mick won the toss and elected to kick
with the 2 goal breeze favouring the southern end. We managed to get numerous forward entries however Brunswick played extra men in
defence which congested our play and we were forced wide. Reece was continually getting clearances and putting his head over the ball
however he wasn’t getting the necessary rewards from the umpires. 
By quarter time the scores were fairly level but we wasted many chances.
The second stanza was much the same with Mick and Huss providing a lot of drive however scoring became difficult and the home team held
a slight lead at half time. Unfortunately in the third term we again failed to follow the coaches instructions and Brunswick played the smarter
football playing the defensive side of the ground to hold a 9 point lead at 3/4 time.
Scotty got us going early in the final term with a terrific snap goal and celebration to match only for the home team to answer back with two
quick goals to seal the match. Our backline led by Peter Doran and Andy Nickholds played well throughout the match however Brunswick’s   greater disposal efficiency got them over the line in a highly competitive match.
It is important that we stick at it and get to training on Thursday so that we can continue to work on our skills and tactics and hopefully put
that into practice for our next challenging game at Williamstown.
Ladder position after Round 4: 6th
Bean Seen Cafe Lilydale $30 Award Voucher:  Reece

Round 3 v Northern Districts

Chirnside Park      5.4-34  9.6-60  12.13-85  15.17-107
Northern Districts 1.1-   7  2.1-13    2. 1-13    2. 1- 13

Best: Clarky, Stoney, Pas, Anthony, Mick, Cat

Goal Kickers: Anthony 6, Choc 2, Cat 2, Mick 2, Clarky, Pas, Leslie

Report: We had a bye last round so we were keen to atone for our first round loss. Northern Districts informed us pre-match that they were short of a few players so for the game to proceed we had to loan them some players. Thanks must be extended to Les, Scotty, Rod and Nick for putting their hands up and playing for the opposition.

In fact the only two goals they scored for the match were one from Nick and one from Scotty.
The game again started in showery conditions and we held sway early due to some good teamwork and long kicking. Big Anthony managed to snag three first quarter goals using his superior bodywork and footy smarts. His comeback after missing a season due to a achilles operation was truly magnificent.

In the 2nd quarter our midfield led by Clarky, Mick and Reece were getting plenty of the ball and we held a 8 goal lead at half time.
After the break the game was basically played in our half of the ground and we were able to hold them scoreless for the half. Our defenders played tight disciplined footy and led by Stoney in particular repelled many attacks. Our kicking for goal in the 2nd half was astray and this really cost us an opportunity of a 20 goal win. Choc did well when swung into the forward line in the last quarter and chipped in with two goals.

Our next assignment is against Brunswick who are just above us on the ladder which should present us a much tougher match.

Ladder position after Round 3: 6th

Bean Seen Cafe Lilydale $50 Award Voucher: Scotty

Cheers Alex
Assistant Coach

Round 1 v Beaconsfield

GOALS: Mick, Dools, Cat ,Bobby,

BEST: Wazza, Nickholds, Russell, Mick, Clarky, Nick

Last season we showed great improvement and finished with 7 wins and 1 loss and a percentage of 270, so we were hopeful of similar results.
This season there has been an increase of 4 teams bringing the total teams in the competition to 15. With the first game against last years undefeated top
team in Beaconsfield a real challenge was presented to us first up at home.
The game started in showery conditions and Mick got us going with a terrific banana kick goal from the half forward flank boundary. New player to the team
Clarky and Huss were showing plenty of run from the backline and we managed to hold them scoreless until quarter time holding a 14 point lead.
Things turned sour for us in the second quarter as their on ball division got going with some precision passing and teamwork for them to hold a two goal lead at half time.

After the break we decided to put hard tags on two of their prime movers with Andy Nickholds and Wazza given the roles. Both players excelled and shut their opponents out of the game as well as gaining valuable possessions themselves.

We battled hard in the second half with our defence holding steady especially new player to the team Russell. His anticipation and bodywork repelled many attacks. However Beaconsfield’s overall class shone out after quarter time and they kept us at arms length.

Failure to follow Mick’s pre-game instructions cost us many goals and hopefully we can learn from this and show improvement in the coming games. We have a bye next round so we have 4 training sessions before we play Northern Districts in Round 3.

Award - Bean Seen Café Lilydale - Andy Nickholds

Ladder position after Round 1: 11th