After a stirring win last week, we were confident if we brought the same attack on the ball and the man , we would be in for a real shot of winning the game.
Returning was Mick Apeness, Jasper Rouget and Dylan Van Unen, which would strengthen the side.
Losing Aaron Fenton due to an ankle injury on the eve of the game was a massive out for us.
South Croydon had the same win/loss ratio as us (1-3).
South Croydon jumped out the of the blocks, dominating the first quarter with their precise ball use , as well as their run and spread.
This continued through the second quarter and at half time they were up by 49 points.
After half time, the boys come out and showed glimpses, kicking 3 of the first 4 goals, but with limited bench rotations, due to game ending injuries, they kicked 9 of the last 10 goals to win comprehensively.
Michael Apeness, Michael Locco, Dylan Spurrell, Dylan Van Unen and Jacob Bell all had good games, with Michael Apeness kicking 3 of the 5 goals.
We have one of the biggest tasks next Saturday, playing an in-form Blackburn at Blackburn, which is never easy at the best of times.
The premier division this year has proven, if you are 5% off your game, you will get beaten and beaten big.
Goal Kickers: M. Apeness 3, D. Harris, J. Rouget
Best Players: M. Apeness, M. Locco, D. Spurrell, D. Van Unen, J. Bell
On Saturday we played South Croydon at Home.
Last week against Noble Park, our numbers were very much down with only 15 reserves players
available – and it was a massive effort from Craig Osborne (Ozzie) who took the reins in my absence to
get the boys up and about and almost snatch a win.
After this performance, we were up and about this week with a number of players back in the team,
including Nath Payne, Tim Cochrane, and Rob Petracca all pulling the boots on for their first games
for the year.
Pre-game, the mood was really good and the group were up and about.
Unfortunately, our performance in the first 3 quarters did not reflect the energy on the group and
we had too many passengers on the bus. We had passages of footy where we moved the football
well, but then made poor decisions in the execution and released straight into the rebound zone.
The attack at the footy at the coal face was good, but we turned the footy over too much and were
beaten out wide and on the rebound.
Our last quarter was better, and the intent increased and most importantly we started playing some
better team footy.
Dan Wood was a shinning light for the group and played some good footy and took some strong
marks across half back. I thought Jake Tyler was very solid all day as was Griff, Tommy Falzon and
Ash Goldsmith in the midfield.
Big Josh Taratuta worked hard all day as well.
Some important learning from today and the importance of team first footy. Let’s rebound next
week against Blackburn and play some solid footy for 4 quarters.
Goal Kickers: M. Kakaflikas
Best Players: J. Tyler, A. Goldsmith, J. Sultana, M. Griffiths, D. Wood
Paul O’Callaghan – Reserves Coach
Under 19s Versus Rowville:
ROUND 5 vs Rowville – MATCH REPORT
Welcome to Round 5 – 2019
We took on Rowville in Round 5 at Home – we were set for a big day for the club
with ladies also playing – meaning 4 games in a row at home and big crowd gathering.
The boys were up and about ready to go, for what was another really important game for
We welcomed Dan Scholz in for his first game at North Ringwood.
Our First half was very good, we were unlucky not to get more reward on the
scoreboard. Noble were a very physical team, so our boys were in for the fight in the first
half – we went in to Half time one point down, but still felt like we had the momentum.
Heckley and Troto were working hard in tandem in the middle, Shield was also making a
good impact, Purbrick was giving us some good options forward and working really hard at
Spence had a different role playing Forward and he was a really strong contributor in a great
4 quarter effort.
Unfortunately, after halftime we hardly fired a shot and Rowville ended up running over the
top of us which was disappointing to say the least.
We have some things to review now, in order to be a good team consistently.
We will hit the track hard looking to bounce back quickly this week.
Best Players: E. Purbrick, M. Heckley, J. Spence, M. Trotto, W. Cuthbertson, X. Fry
Best Players: A. Harris, D. Rushford, J. van Unen, E. Stephens, V. Chelsea, M. Timms