Match Report vs Albert Park AFC
In the lead up to our first home game for the season the boys had multiple disruptions with the head line news being Marchy deciding to step away from the senior coaching role. This bloodman would like to thank Marchy for his considerable contribution to
In some aspects having an injured captain this week wasn’t such a bad thing as it allowed Jack to taking on a coaching role alongside the ressies coach Chirgz, as interim coaching appointments. This allowed the dynamic duo to continue their coaching careers together after the huge success that was last year under 16’s. The message was simple, disrupt the oppositions rebound, win the contested footy and be creative going forward which had the boys in good stead for the match.[/size]
The opening term was a high scoring, free flowing affair and the boys were working really hard but they let themselves down by allowing the falcons out the back for easy goals. Our mids were on top through Clarke and Vlitas and Scott was looking very creative up forward. The scoreboard didn’t reflect the two team’s efforts as the bloods dominated possession while Albert Park scored on nearly every forward entry.
The start of the second was a throwback to a few years ago were the falcons slammed through five goals in ten minutes to hold a commanding advantage. We fought the quarter out but the mood was understandably a little down at the half. After regrouping at the main break we started to get the pill in the hands of some of our better ball users. Money was terrific off the half back flank and Christensen was using his lethal left foot on the wing. All of a sudden the ball was being shared and we were looking dangerous.
It was awesome to see at the start of the last, the women’s side cheering on from the balcony after their come from behind draw and it’s been a while since so many supporters were at a districts game. The game petered out to a five goal loss for the bloods which was effectively the ten minute period in the second that we let the match slip. Hopefully, the inconsistency of performance through the four quarters doesn’t raise its head again next week as we continue to look for our first win against Westbourne Grammarians out at the school.
After consecutive 100+ point floggings the scoobies brains trust decided that a change was required so they swung the axe and dropped coach Chirgwin to the ones. On short notice, the texas ranger stepped into the role with immediate action by sending out the SOS out to consistent performers Rooey, Jones and Pickering. Also, with the recalled O’Dea, the side was looking strong and a big chance of an upset.
The first quarter was a tight struggle with both teams trading early goals with the falcons kicking with a slight breeze. As expected, the south midfield with this week’s added strength was starting to get on top and with targets to kick to up forward, were starting to look dangerous. The Texans message at the first break was to continue to fight for the inside footy and spread going forward.
This bloodman was thoroughly disappointed with the Albert Park defence early in the second as they allowed Tutty to kick his second for the match. After calming down from giving a huge spray, it was quite clear that south were controlling the play and the scoreboard was starting to reflect the dominance. The third saw the falcons fight back into striking distance as they kicked three goals to one which left Walks with the tough task of his first ¾ time speech to rev on the boys to victory.
South were kicking with a slight breeze for the last stanza and with our defensive pressure, the Falcons never looked dangerous. Every time the pill went down back it was either Slayer, Pickers or Berms creating a turn over. This allowed the boys to enjoy the last quarter and revel in the magoos first win for the season. Unfortunately, we had some major injury concerns with Marchy severely re-doing his shoulder and KJ’s knee cap fell off again. Last weekend was a big step forward for the two’s on field but as usual they could do with a little more support with footy ops such as goal umpires and time keepers.