It was terrific to be back in North Ringwood colours on Sunday as we took on rivals East Ringwood in the traditional Sunday Round 1 game. It is always a crucial game to start the season.
We had a new look side with only one player above the age of 28 and 10 of the 22 new to North Ringwood in 2018.
The conditions were warm and blustery.
Our first 15 minutes wasn’t great. A little fumbly and some crude tackles. Our intent was good but I suspect over anxious and nervous.
We did settle in the second half of the quarter though. A terrific Jones spoil and goal, a Hoegel goal after terrific work up the field from Sheppard and Anthony Sharp and Marcus Joyner hitting the scoreboard were among the highlights.
Culljnan started very well in the ruck in his first game with the club with 4-5 first quarter marks and Whelan winning a truckload of the ball we went to 1/4 time with an 11 point lead.
The second quarter was a bit of an arm wrestle with both teams unable to use the ball effectively enough going forward. We didn’t kick a goal for the quarter- one where we had 16 inside 50s for 6 behinds. We maintained a slender lead at half time.
In the third a couple of terrific goals to Jones and another full length transition that ended with Hoegel had us on top but again our last possession inside 50 was seeing us waste opportunities and not ending the contest. The ball had continued to be very ‘hot’ around the contest with both sides tackling well and pressuring the ball carrier but our composure to complete our good work up the field has to improve.
The last quarter was a slog. Both sides were fatiguing in the hot conditions. A great left foot captain’s goal from Jack Whelan and a long set shot from Jones for his 4th of the day put an exclamation mark on both their great individual performances.
I think both sides would say that the ball use could improve but it was a very competitive contest so to get a hard fought win with so many new faces and a side that is still learning to play together was a positive start to the year.
We hope to see heaps of the North Ringwood faithful at Quambee this week as we take on Knox.
Goal Kickers: T. Jones 4, M. Cullinan 2, J. Hoegel 2, M. Sheppard 2, A. Sharp, M. Joyner, J. Whelan
Best Players: J. Whelan, T. Jones, M. Joyner, M. Cullinan, J. Petracca, G. Phelps, A.Sharp, M.Sheppard, M.Locco.
Match Report for Club
Welcome back to the 2018 season to all sponsors, supporters, committee and players.
On Sunday we took on a local rival in East Ringwood for the first Round of 2018 Away. It has been a
strong pre-season for the club, with several new players and the inclusion of the a large contingent
of u/19s from last season, which has brought a good energy to the group.
Congratulations to Jake Hollingworth who played his first game for the club after joining us from Chirnside Park.
Congratulations also to Michael Peart who led the boys out today as our Captain this year, with his
Vice Captains Josh Taratuta and Jordan Ursich.
The weather Sunday could be best referred to as warm and sunscreen was needed! Jane Bun told
me it was going to be warm, but I reckon she got the forecast slightly wrong and could have been
classified as hot.
We started the game well. We won footy at the coal face and moved the footy well through the
corridor. We were able to settle pretty quickly, change, direct of the footy and create opportunities
up forward, with big Kaka and Jordy being strong target points.
At quarter time, we went in up, but maintaining intensity was important to ensure we lowered eyes
to hit the best targets.
Our second quarter was again strong with some great work from our midfield group control the
tempo of the game and creating opportunities. Toddy Morgan, Dan Cox, Max Dymond, Ash
Goldsmith, Jake Moss, Luke Braunthal, Darcy Harris and Jake Holligworth all went through the
midfield and wing and gave us real strength at winning the footy first.
At half time, we were up and in control of the game, but the first 10 minutes of the 3rd was going to
be critical to ensure we consolidate to maintain the tempo and control.
From the first bounce in the second half, we took control immediately with Josh Taratuta giving us
first touch and Darcy Harris having a cracker of a 5-minute patch kicking 2 goals.
By the end of the 3rd , we had a strong lead – but wanted to finish off the game strong.
Our last quarter however we gave a bit of ground to the opposition allowing them to kick 3 goals to our
1 point. I think a mixture of fatigue from the heat and complacency set in, which we spoke about after
the game – however this is a really good learning for the future as we spoke about.
I think our backline did a tremendous job. Tom Falzon was strong all day was and had a couple of
great efforts to create play. Michael Peart and Mitch Cullen, the iron fist, were very solid. Bailey
Marshall was able to keep his opponent goal-less as well whilst getting his share of the footy.
This is a great start to the year for the group, and good reward from a strong pre-season and for
several of the boys after a couple of tough years.
Moving forward to round 2, we mustn’t get comfortable, lazy or think we have got the job done. We
must focus straight away to our next challenge in 6 days against Knox at home. We must continue to
keep working and getting to training and strive to get better, and ensure on the weekend we are all giving our absolute best. Each week is going to be very tough with good opposition, and we must be right to go.
Well done boys.
Welcome to Round 1 – 2018
We had worked really hard over the pre-season on recruiting new players and retaining
current under 19s players, we also had a high percentage of players coming through the
NRJFC to play 19s.
So, we welcomed several new players to NRFC including Jacob Bell (Norwood), Lachlan
Shield (Heathmont), Aiden Glassborow (Templestowe), Liam Lyall (Mooroolbark), Jasper
Rouget (ERFC) *Seniors, Liam Taylor (Park Orchards) *Seniors.
Our Round 1 game was against Blackburn, who we knew would be very strong, they have
had the same group of players since Under 11s and won numerous Flags over that period,
they also had 38 players to choose from including around 14 TAC Cup listed players.
Unfortunately for us their Seniors had played the week before and they had most of the TAC
cup players available for this game, so we were up against it from the start.
We started the game with only 20 fit players, with a few boys still unavailable, having said
that the effort of our boys was super.
We worked really hard to maintain possession when we could and really had to earn our
forward entries on most occasions.
I was really proud of the way the boys conducted themselves, they never dropped their
heads even when the opposition got a run of goals, we were able to settle and grind our
way back into battle.
Ultimately, we were out classed and didn’t have the luxury of any rotations which in 30-
degree weather is not ideal and we ran out of the legs.
As a team we learn a little from this game and quickly move on to our next opposition Knox.
Better Players: J. Povey, J. Bell, L. Shield, B. Naismith, C. Patterson, N. Payne