Great to have Michael Locco back after long injury lay-off.
Photo courtesy of Sharon JonesPhotography.
Coming off the bye we welcomed back Michael Locco, Anthony Sharp and Curtis Dunne from extended lay offs.
We competed well early and had the much better of the play in the first quarter but were unable to convert many good scoring opportunities and scored 1.5 for the quarter to Doncaster’s solitary goal. We needed to put scoreboard pressure on to put them under pressure but also build confidence in our group and see rewards for good strong effort.
That didn’t happen and Doncaster kicked the first of the second. We completed well in the early part of the quarter but for 20 minutes Doncaster ran all over us. The difference as compared to the first quarter was when they went forward they took full advantage on the scoreboard. We trailed by 35 points at half time.
We changed some things at half time. Fenton was used in a role foreign to him early and that didn’t work and he was then thrust back into the role as ball winner and early in the third with the help of a few others we were able to get 3 of the first 4 goals as we worked into the contest. Doncaster then kicked the last couple. Their outside speed and cleaner ball use definitely hurt us.
The last quarter was bit of a non event with 1 goal to zero and Doncaster ran out comfortable winners.
The positives for us were Josh Kennedy’s continued development as a player over the last month. Darcy Harris acquitting himself well in a run with role with one of the premier midfielders in the competition after half time and Jake Ireland again looking far from out of place.
Goal Kickers: C. Dunne, J. Hoegel, D. Harris, A. Sharp
Best Players: J. Kennedy, A. Fenton, D. Harris, J. Whelan, M. Payne, J. Ireland
Brett Moyle – Senior Coach
After a weekend off, we had the opportunity to take on rivals Doncaster away.
Early in the year, Doncaster beat us at home in a game which was pretty well fought out but we fell
away late; so we could see this as a good opportunity to redeem ourselves.
Similar to last week, after a month of our opposition low on number, we got them at a week when
they were back near full strength!
There was a very strong breeze which we kicked with in the first term. We were rugged at the
contest and won at the coal face. Our spread was Ok, but probably got over excited with the breeze
supporting us. Run off the half back line was fantastic with Jake Tyler back into the team having the
ball on a string and we were right in the contest. The issue was our skills and conversion. We kicked
1.5 in the first quarter and allowed the opposition to get 3.1 out the back when we were pressing
forward. If that we 5.1, the story changes for the day.
Our second quarter was in my opinion the best for the year. We outscored the opposition kicking
with a four-goal breeze. At the contest, we were fantastic and a lot of credit needs to go to our
midfield team, Cullen-Hall, Dymond, Goldsmith, Cox x 2 and Nicholson for their combative intent and
our ruck division of Taratuta, Barnard, Wills and Rouget for working over their ruckman. Kaka and
Ursich were critical in defence cutting off attacks and Bailey Marshall kept a very good opponent very
At half time, we were pretty happy with ourselves and thought we were right in the contest.
Our second half, Doncaster brought their A-game back onto the park and we just couldn’t kick into
that next gear to get back on top. Doncaster are a pretty solid outfit with 4 or 5 guys who have
played over 100 senior games, and I am really proud our intent and ability to be in the contest and
have control of the game for a great deal of the time.
It is hard to say this was a good loss, as I always want to win – but our boys played really well and I
am proud of their effort. There was investment from the group to focus on transition of the footy,
changing direction and taking the game on – which is a fantastic stepping stone. We now must focus
on our execution, skills and as I talk about pre-game; taking opportunities.
Another massive challenge this week with Vermont at home. Let’s all get to training and take next
week on like we did last week.
Goal Kickers: J. Moss 2, D. Cox, J. Rouget
Best Players: B. Marshall , M. Kakaflikas, J. Rouget, J. Cullen-Hall, A. Goldsmith, M. Dymond, J.
Ursich, M. Peart, J.Tyler
Paul O’Callaghan – Reserves Coach
We took on Blackburn in Round 15 at Doncaster – the ground was in good condition,
with a strong wind towards the grandstand end.
The Boys were looking forward to challenging Blackburn, a team that beat us by 119
points in Round 1, so we were keen to see how far we had come.
We had a full bench this week, with some assistance from the under 17s – we
welcomed Jackson Braunthal for his first game in the Under 19s.
The Game started off really well for us with Jack Murfett working real hard getting plenty of
clearances out of the middle, creating good opportunities for our forwards.
Mitch Heckley kicked a nice goal for us against the wind getting us within 9 points of
Blackburn at quarter time.
2 nd quarter kicked off and we continued our midfield dominance with Jacob Bell
really getting on top with some super work in close and Liam Lyall showed his dominance
around the ball both teaming up well and showing us some real talent.
Although we struggled to impact the scoreboard in this quarter we definitely
showed we were capable of matching it with the best teams.
We went in at half time only 22 points down but I felt we were playing much better
than that. In the rooms we could hear the frustration from the Blackburn coach, which we
used to motivate our boys further, knowing this would be a tough quarter against the strong
The 3 rd quarter started off really badly with one of our key midfielders Jack Murfett
unfortunately getting a season ending ankle injury – we wish Jack all the best in his recovery.
This quarter is probably one we would like to forget; other than Blake Naismith’s
outstanding work at Full back we struggled.
Hoping the boys would respond hard in the last quarter, I thought we did really well,
we had as many inside 50s as them, just couldn’t convert.
Paddy Dunne kicked a great left foot goal from the boundary showing us his class.
Ethan Sinn moved onto the ball and seized the opportunity with some great work
and also showing us he is going to be a serious talent.
CJ Williams had by far his best 4 quarter game this season, working hard in the ruck
and when forward being very dangerous and creating opportunities.
Lachlan Shield and Darcy Church were again awesome off half back – both using the
ball really well and giving us lots of drive.
In summary we have improved a lot, the scoreboard certainly didn’t reflect the way
we played the game, just need to capitalise on those opportunities when they present but
we are a very young side with heaps of upside in the coming years.
We will get ourselves ready for the challenge of Vermont next week.Goal Kickers: P. Dunne, M. Heckley
Better Players: J. Bell, B. Naismith, W. Lyall, D. Church, C. Williams, L. Shield
Matt Povey – Under 19s Coach