After the break and a couple of disappointing losses we needed to get our season moving against Knox.
In the first half we dominated possessions and inside 50s but lacked a little polish to finish our good work. Our mids were well on top led my Alex Mackinnon, Fenton, vanUnen and Whelan.
We held a solid lead of 27 points at half time.
The second half was of a similar vein bar a period early in the last where Knox took advantage of our lack of intensity for a period to get a few quick goals.
It was great to see Hoegel and Sheppard combine for 8 goals. A few players that have been out of form played much better and our midfield group put together a really strong effort.
We are now 5-4 and take on Balwyn this week. We have never beaten them but we are ready for this challenge and if we are to continue our push towards finials this game is crucial.
Best Players: A. Fenton, A. MacKinnon, J. Vanunen, J. Hoegel, J. Whelan, M. Payne
On Saturday, we took on we took on Knox away after the Queens Birthday weekend off.
Into the team was Rob Petracca for his first game for the Club, after missing the season to date with an
injury sustained in the pre-season.
Sam Brewer also played his second game this week for the club, after his first game last round –
(which I haven’t mentioned previously). Welcome Sammy. And we also welcomed Mark Griffith back
into the club for his second game for the year also similar to Sammy – welcome back Griff, great to
have you back.
After playing and beating Knox earlier in the season the guys went into the game with a lot of
confidence, however as we spoke about before the game confidence is important, but not be
confused with cockiness – so we needed to really focus to be ON.
We started the game very strong kicking into the breeze. We were able to win the first 3 clearances
through the centre of the ground via good work in the ruck from Jasper, and Rob Petracca, Griff and
Ash getting into the game from the start. We hit the scoreboard early and took control of the contest.
From here, Knox worked themselves back into the game to their credit and were able create pressure
and contest. We went in at ¼ time up and felt in control of the game, but still had work to do.
Our second quarter with the breeze was ok. We kicked the first and maybe then got a little ahead of
ourselves and all wanted to get on the end of the kick. As such, we kicked 2.6 for the quarter, with a
couple of poor decision when maybe we should have gone team first
We spoke about this at half time and needed to re-focus.
Our second half we went back to playing our team first footy and our conversion and decision making
in front of goal significantly improved. As such we were able to kick 3.2 into the wind to 0.0 in the 3rd
and 5.2 with the wind on the way home.
Our backline was fantastic. Michael Peart was very solid all day. Jake Tyler played his best game for
the season. Bailey Marshall continued his good form and defensively was strong. Mitch Cullen played
another strong game as did Max Cuthbertson and Owen Tozer really got into the contest. Dan Wright
did some really good things and had a strong game, taking a very courageous mark going back with
Jake Moss was sensational up forward kicking 7 goals! And I felt Prahn gave us a good option up
forward – but missed out on the scoreboard kicking a number of points and maybe 1 or 2 out on the
Overall as a team, it was a good performance. Well done boys. We re-focus now and get ourselves
ready to rock and roll against Balywn next week at home at the Past Player day.
Goal Kickers: J. Moss 7, J. Cullen-Hall, A. Goldsmith, T. Wills, J. Rouget, M. Griffiths, S. Brewer
Best Players: J. Moss, R. Petracca, J. Tyler, M. Griffiths, S. Brewer, T. Wills, J. Rouget, B. Marshall,
Paul O’Callaghan – Reserves Coach