Match report vs UHS-VU
There was a buzz in the air at the districts with Big Red’s 200th, four home games and a massive luncheon to celebrate the ‘07’ premiership reunion, all being held at the same time. It was exciting to see a bunch of the old heads floating around the
The districts welcomed back a few blokes for the must win clash against the top of the table UHS-VU, which included the captain Eastman and a young debutant from the under 17’s, Kurtis Macaulay. With Aiden firing on all cylinders and Minna back to full health, the bloods were setting themselves for a boil over.
The zoo keepers started well with a few sausages which forced Zebras hand into a few positional changes midway through the first which seemed to have worked in slowing down the vultures attack. With Jamie moving down back and Eastman thriving in his new role forward, the bloods started winning the ball across the ground. We went into the first break having continually improved throughout the first term.
The message at the first break was to play physical football and make sure that the vultures knew after the game that they had played the districts. The second stanza saw the districts improve the attack on the pill and the intensity around the ground while putting on scoreboard pressure. Money was dominating across half back, racking up contested ball while the two juniors in Macaulay and Palmer were instrumental at the stoppages. We played our best football in the second term, seeing us win the quarter and if it wasn’t for a few bounces of the ball, the bloods would have been well within striking distance.
The second half was a bit of a blur as this bloodman found the festivities upstairs a little more appealing and a recount wasn’t forth coming from the players after the match. In lieu of a detailed report, this bloodman would like to take this opportunity to clarify a statement made in last week’s match report. It has been confirmed that Jordy Heis’ injury wasn’t a bruise and was in fact a corky. From all of us here at Bloodlines we would like to wish Jordy a swift recovery from his severe injury.
In the end UHS-VU ran out 88 point winners after several bloods succumbed to injury in the second half, limiting our run. There were plenty of positivity’s to come out of the day with improvements across several key indicators including intensity, pressure and physicality. Up next for the bloods is a home match against the undefeated Powerhouse. For some reason we keep coming up against undefeated teams as this is the fourth time from six matches we have played a side without an “L”. It’s a good opportunity to get a hit out against a stronger side before we finally play some weaker teams in the following weeks when we expect a few key returns.
There was a bit of excitement in the rooms as Big Red was back for his 200th and Daniel McBrearty was again pestering the trainers for rolls and rolls of tap for the first time in years. With a few ring ins we managed to suit up 22 blokes to play the top side, UHS-VU. It’s safe to say we struggled a little bit at the start of the game as the zoo keepers kick three goals in the first three minutes and it didn’t stop there. Poor Oscar, after being volunteered to goal umpire was complaining of a sore neck at the first break as the footy kept sailing over his head.
With a few defensive adjustments at the first change, we managed to stem the flow of goals from the vultures but none the less, UHS-VU raised the bat just before half time. A passionate message from Span at the main break gave the boys encouragement to improve their output and it was immediate in the third stanza. The bloods started playing a more physical brand of footy and they didn’t allow UHS-VU to push them around anymore.
The last stanza was a fairly boring affair with the zoo keepers putting the clue in the rack and the districts getting some run in the legs of a few blokes that needed it. I know my readers expect a weekly clip thrown in the direction of the Frenchman, Kev Tutty but he kinda played another good game this week and I might be getting lazy, lacking creativity or that no one edits this match report but you’re going to have to settle with Kevs a flog. Dara Blake continued to rack up another best on ground and Big Red was excellent down back. Span was awful in his return to footy while there were a few others that could be mentioned in the below average column.
In the end, the vultures run out 28 goal victors which proved how far off the competition best we are at the moment. We have a chance to bounce back next week against Powerhouse while we encourage the boys to stick at it and get through this tough period together.