After the short break the team arrived fresh and rejuvenated. With spirits high and neighbouring Luna Park, we were hopeful of a good performance ending in a big smile.
Parents started off the early morning happy, with good espresso coffee available just around the corner.
We started quickly out of the centre with several early inside 50s but unable to convert. Contests were earnest with the Zacs (Bowen and Ziesing) ever-present and Jamie Drahein mastering some good tackles and marks.
Off the field, our bench was caught short in need of white shorts so at the interchanges, both players and shorts were… interchanged. 😮
St Kilda City had several talls (including no 37 – quickly nick named “Man Child”) that dominated the contests which proved costly with 2.1 on the scoreboard. We missed opportunities late in the quarter resulting in just three ‘one-flaggers’ but at least we were on the scoreboard.
Q1 scoreboard ~ 0:3 – 2:1
The contests were good but we were consistently outrun and put under great pressure. We didn’t score this quarter. It’s a strong team we’re playing today.
Q2 scoreboard ~ 0:3 – 4:4
Coach’s key message at the big break:
– Better talking on the ground to support each other when they’re about to get tackled. In contrast there’s lots of talk at training, but not on game day.
Despite strong efforts, it was another scoreless quarter for us. It’s all in front of us now.
Q3 scoreboard ~ 0:3 – 5:7
With a blasting centre clearance and great mark by Jack Kennedy, we score a big one as he converts, here we come!
Zach Bowen had a great quarter, with Ned also showing great determination in chasing the ball, Jamie Delaney mastering a wonderful mark through “Man Childs” legs and Luke pulling off some great shepherding.
Despite renewed vigour, better contests but often thwarted by taller opposition who created more from their opportunities, it was not be today.
Final scoreboard ~ 1:3 – 7:9
The final wrap
1. Better decisions needed on the ground
2. Better running and shepherding required
3. More attacking needed
4. Their kicking was the biggest difference, we need to put the hours in to become better.
Awards go to Zach Bowen, Jamie Draheim & Jamie Delaney.
Time to regroup and refocus. See you at training.