Jayden vanUnen. Best On Ground.
Photo courtesy of Sharon Jones Photography.
After a close loss last week we had to keep our season moving forward. We took on Noble Park in perfect conditions at Quambee.
We didn’t start with the same energy as previous weeks. Our pressure and tackling numbers were down. We also lost a couple of players before half time to make the job even harder.
Jayden vanUnen started well and Hoegel was finding the ball in his role in the midfield.
We went to half time a few points down and us playing well below the level to what we had in previous weeks.
The players were asked for an extra effort after half time and we got it. The tackling and intent lifted. Fenton was moved forward and had an immediate impact with 5 tackles for the quarter and Phelps had a huge quarter on ball. Sheppard came to life at half forward and kicked 4 second half goals.
Cullinan and Mackinnon were also continuing to battle manfully in the ruck.
Scores were level at 3/4 time.
With two men down and a third under duress we knew it was going to be heart and effort that was going to get us home. With 5 minutes to go we kicked a couple of goals clear with a second vanUnen goal to cap off his good day. It looked as thought we would get the points but then Noble kicked two in two minutes through contested marks forward of the ball. There was some goalkeeping done on our goal line to avoid a point being rushed and in the end the siren went with us one point in front.
It was an ugly win. Sometimes an ugly win is good. We didn’t play as well as previous weeks but I was proud of the boys to turn it around at half time. The scores remained close but our tackling numbers lifted. We had 20 to half time and had 35 after and we were able to do that down a couple of players.
To be 3-1 after 4 weeks is a good start to the season. Blackburn are much better than a 1-3 side. It is a massive game this week in context of the season for both clubs.
M. Sheppard 4, C. Dunne 2, J. vanUnen 2, M. Kakaflikas, G. Phelps, D. Harris, J. Hoegel
Brett Moyle – Senior Coach
committed to giving all we had to get our third win for the season.
We started the game well and were able to get on top early.
Our pressure was strong, and we were able to win the footy first, but then we didn’t pressure the
ball carrier from Noble Park to create a turn over and win back possession.
I felt our midfield really got us moving early. Max Dymond, Dan Cox, Ash Goldsmith and Jason Sharp
for his first game back were critical getting the game on our terms. Our wings, in the form of Josh
Kennedy, Luke Braunthal, Jake Moss and Jack Murfett ran and spread well and gave our forwards
Ralphy in the ruck and up forward really stood up, and Josh Taratuta and Tyson Wills for his first
game for the year gave us a strong contest also through the ruck and up forward.
At half time, we were up by a bit over 4 goals and were playing good footy.
Our 3rd quarter however was a little disappointing. We were able to still hit the scoreboard and kick
3 goals – but we allowed the opposition to kick 7 and get back into the game.
Our last quarter, to the credit of the boys, dug their heels in and took back control of the game.
Jasper Rouget really stood up in the last quarter and gave us a strong target up forward.
Our backline all day were very study lead by Peart, Ursich, Dan Wright, Mitch Cullen, Owen Tozer,
Tom Falzon and Jesse Cox all beating their opponents and creating run and spread.
Was great to be able to get our 3rd win for the season, and leaving us 3-1 going into Blackburn next
week which is going to be another massive challenge.
Really Proud of the boys efforts to dig their heels in and force the win. Well done lads.
Welcome to Round 4 – 2018
The boys wanted to come out hard this week and redeem themselves after a
disappointing game last week against Vermont.
We came out of the blocks pretty well and it was neck and neck in the first quarter
for the better part.
Bradley Whelan was playing himself in some really strong form and Mitch Heckley
continued his super start to the season.
We moved on to the 2nd quarter with message to play smarter and be accountable as
we felt that Noble Park were getting really easy exits from the contest without too much
pressure, this however was by far our worst quarter and we certainly let the boys know at
halftime this is not how we play Saints football.
I was really hoping for a strong response and was satisfied with the way the boys
responded, we defended better and got on top in the midfield with some great work from
Jack Murfett, Jacob Bell and Aiden Glassborow.
Lachlan Shield and Alex Eastwood defended really hard and we were much more
accountable, our composure was also much better in this quarter.
We continued our improvement in the Final quarter and never dropped our heads as we
lost players to injury and we play were at least 2 players short of the opposition by games
We will hit the track this week, with some areas of our game that we really need to