Another glorious autumn morning greeted us for our first game at Boss James…this weather can’t last forever, but we must enjoy it while it does.
I am not sure what happened in Hampton on Saturday night, but all the boys seemed a little bit crazy as we warmed up for the game, the concentration wasn’t what it usually is and balls were flying left, right and centre. Malvern East promised to be our hardest opposition this year and they lived up to expectation.
The first quarter was a scrappy affair as our boys took a bit of time to get used to the smaller ground across Boss James and they seemed to want to play up one side of the ground. Although the play was a bit messy, our midfield was in control with Mans, Jack R and Alex winning lots of the ball and feeding our forwards plenty of opportunities. HD was focussed on teamwork as he continually shared the ball with his teammates, Leo was at the bottom of every pack and James was finding lots of space.
The tight game continued in the second quarter with both teams cracking in at the contest. Jack A, Tim and Nick were in the thick of it all quarter in the mids, whilst up forward Angus was dominating, showing great skills on his left foot to kick the ball forward. I really like seeing our boys try new things and seeing an u/8 using his left foot was fantastic. Alex was getting plenty of the ball and continually kicking the ball to the hot spot which to a goal – great team play.
At half time, we asked the boys to spread more and look for their teammates and it was great to see James lead to space and be rewarded by Leo passing it to him, who in turn passed back to Charlie – a great example of teamwork and sharing the ball. Similarly, Zac was great when he could have had a shot at goal from a tough angle but instead chose to centre the ball to Jack A who slotted home a certain goal from in front – great work Zac.
The last quarter was the best of the day as we saw Ollie H execute a trademark Dusty Martin “don’t argue” and Lachie “the tractor, jnr” Meehan take on the opposition as he stormed forward and delivered the ball into the forward line with James topping off a great day by kicking a goal.
Our captains for the day were Nick and James who led the team well all day. Our award winners today were Alex, James, Lachie M and Ollie H.
As always, thanks to our parent helpers who do a magnificent job and make our jobs really easy.
We will keep you posted on the draw for round 5 as the SMJFL reassess the grades of each team before releasing the fixtures for the rest of the year.