Another magnificent morning at the Boss, with a perfect crisp winter’s day, although I sensed a few bleary eyes amongst the parents after the gala last night.
The captains for the day were Angus and Zac who have both had strong years and were keen to lead the boys out for our game against Malvern East. Before the game, we spoke about sharing the ball and looking to give the ball to a teammate in a better position and it was great to see the boys put this into action in the first quarter. The mids dominated with Angus, Jack A and Spencer giving our forwards chance after chance and with Charlie playing up and finding space – it was only a matter if time until we converted. HD lead well to the ball and Axel added a goal. Down back, the boys had limited opportunities, but Nick B was
anticipating the play well and continually repelling the Malvern East attacks.
The second quarter saw Lachie Matthews in the ruck tapping it to Zac who hit the hot spot multiple times with great examples of teamwork. The boys up front continued to apply pressure as they tackled hard (but fair) and created chances, with Marcus hitting the scoreboard. It was great to see some great sportsmanship from Angus and Spencer who went back to check their opponents were okay after they had clashed. Nic B had some really good runs down the wing and was able to find targets up front.
The third quarter was a closer tussle, with Malvern East coming out strongly. This tested our backline as they were forced to hang on in defence. Marcus saved a couple goals in the last line of defence along with Alex and Will. The backs built the foundation for the mids where Mans and Charlie were having a great day. Unfortunately Leo copped a knock and had to come off, this gave an opportunity for Lachie Meehan to come off the bench and join the mids. Up front Jack R and JD were amongst the action as the boys found the goals.
We asked the boys for a big effort in the last quarter and they delivered. Charlie and Angus used the ball well and hit the hot spot, while Leo was back on the field putting pressure on our opponents. Jack A continued his strong day and seemed to have it on a string as he blind turned out of packs and hit his teammates.
A really good day for the boys, and its really pleasing to see them continually learn and improve their skills each week. The team sang the song with gusto, and I think I even saw a few parents joining in! Our award winners for the day were Angus, Jack A, Charlie and Nic B.
As always, thanks to our parent helpers including Andrew who found himself tying shoelaces as part of his trainer duties!
Tim & Walt