Goal Kickers: J. Hoegel 2, M. Apeness 2
Best Players: S. Whelan, A. Fenton, D. Spurrell, J. Petracca, M. Locco, M. Kakaflikas
Last Saturday we had probably the toughest task in local football, taking on Vermont at Vermont.
It was also an extremely special day , with one of the all time favourites Jayden van Unen playing his 150th game for the North Ringwood Football Club and young Liam Lyall playing his first game in the seniors. Well done to both lads.
From the first bounce, it was evident the game was going to be played at a frenetic pace. We started well with Mick Apeness converting two early chances, to have us slightly behind at 1/4 time.
Our intensity and tackling pressure was fantastic and we were moving the ball well by hand and foot.
We stuck with them first quarter and a half, then they broke free, kicking 5 unanswered goals to go in with a 6 goal lead at 1/2 time.
After the 1/2 time break, it was all one way traffic, with Vermont kicking 15 of the last 17 goals to run out winners easily.
Better players for us, were Sammy Whelan, Aaron Fenton, Jules Petracca, Michael Locco, Dylan Spurrell and Mick Apeness.
Half way through the season we sit 3 wins and 6 losses.
Best Players: A. Goldsmith, A. Sharp, T. Falzon, N. Johnson, J. Moss, B. Marshall, X.Fry, J. Sultana
As per previous years, we knew would be a very tough challenge against an extremely strong
opposition, but felt we were a chance to make a strong contest and maybe sneak a win.
Our first quarter was slow. We were slow to react to their intensity around the footy and some of
our skill errors really let us down.
That being said, we were able to hit the score board and kick 2.2, but gave Vermont too much of an
opportunity to also score.
Our second and third quarters were unfortunately the same on the score board front, with us being
able to score – but Vermont were also able to hit the score board; was just too much in their favour.
The last quarter we set ourselves the goal of winning the quarter and kicking 3 goals.
And we did.
We were able to outscore our opposition and kick 3 goals for the quarter – which is a significant
milestone for the group.
Some of our movement of the footy, change of direction, giving our forwards opportunity and ability
to tempo the game in the last quarter was really strong and shows the group that we have the ability
to play strong (our brand) footy and we can match it with all our competition this year.
Although we lost the game, there were some really strong learning and performances in the game
and I think gives as a strong stepping stone moving forward.
As I have said after recent games, we are not far off our first win for the year – watch this space.
Best Players: W. Cuthbertson, J. Matthews, J. Murfett, A. Begg, B. Munks, J. Povey