After last weeks come from behind win at Kew the Wellers would go into Saturdays game with some confidence and belief that we could be competitive with any C grade opponent. Unfortunately we would come up against a very determined and quick Peninsula outfit who would show us how to play consistent hard running football and teach us a thing or two about wet weather football.
We would start the game well, matching the Pirates with 3 first quarter goals. The boys were up for the fight and winning plenty of ball in the middle through Robbie Campbell in the slippery conditions and at the first break we would lead by 4 points.
The second quarter would see us drop away from the contest. We would struggle to hold our structures and watch the opposition continue to drive the wet ball forward and create many opportunities. Luckily our backs led by Deev & Bennett were holding strong in tough conditions.
The second half would see the us create many opportunities to score with numerous forward entries early in both quarters but time and time again we would choose the wrong option and fail to capitalise. Our work rate was up but we would continually turn the ball over with poor execution and wrong decision making. The opposition would make the most of our mistakes and score consecutive goals at the other end. Peninsula would eventually run away with a well deserved 39 point victory.
Good players on the day were Fraser Wells who continues to improve and Chris Young who did a great run with role with one of the elite players in the competition. Nick Adamson also showed some good signs after an extended layoff.
Thanks to all supporters who braved the conditions and we hope to see you all back a barnyard in a few weeks.
With a bye this week it give the boys an opportunity to take a break and comeback next week refocused and committed to a big second half of the season.
Goal Kickers: T. Kanz 2, N. Latsas, C. Young, B. Hart, A. Taverner, J. Allen
Best Players: F. Wells, N. Adamson, R. Deev, C. Young, L. Stanboultgis, T. Kanz
The team this week were unlucky with the defeat to Peninsula. The game was played in difficult, wet & slippery conditions.
Throughout the game we trailed by 8-12pts and we slowly pulled the score in our favour.
In the last quarter we went to the front and lead by 3 pts throughout the quarter.
We missed opportunities of kicking goals, we could not convert, we could not kick over a “jam tin”.
The ball was driven into our forward line for a good part of the quarter. However with less than a minute to go, the opposition kicked long, the ball skid along the ground, trapped in one grab swing around and goal!!!!
The game was lost.
The team did play well, stuck to the game plan, positions and structure. It was ball & “finger skills” that beat Old Camberwell, not the opposition. So we as a team must increase their training attendance and practice, kicking, picking up the ball and handball to each other. As said before….”back to the drawing board”
Better players were, Squid, Schip, Eastie, Benny Mann, Mailman and Tommy Staynor back from injury……
Others came into the game at different times and contributed, well done.
This week the Senior Coaching staff have suggested a week off for all, however do your work, a run and kick of the footy.
Look forward to seeing you next week, fresh and ready to improve.
Ps. We have three players leaving us this week heading OS and living out their dream.
Jenkins, Boyce and Berry, enjoy your trip, travel safe and look after each other.
Goal Kickers: S. Boyce 2, S. Anjou, B. Hillier, T. Bedford, M. Bromell, M. Jenkin
Best Players: B. Dean, T. Schipper, T. Eastick, B. Mann, M. Cottrell, T. Stayner
With a number of new players coming in to the side it was always going to be tough to take on one of the top two sides.
Caulfield jumped out to an early lead and it didn't get any easier. Comprehensively beaten on the scoreboard in the first two quarters - however we showed in the second half that we had pride as we kept them to less scoring shots then the first half despite finishing the game with 16 players due to injury.
Playing accountable football as well as ensuring that we lifted our effort and endeavour across all areas in the ground. There were some strong showings from players such as Calidore across the backline who showed great desperation winning a number of two on ones, Zac in the ruck battled hard both in the middle as well as around the ground. Warburton and Cunningham showed great poise under pressure with the number of entries in to the defensive 50. While Danny showed desperation and placed pressure on opposition as he looked to chase and tackle hard.
While the result was disappointing as a whole it was great to have a number of players putting their hand up to help out on the day either running water, doing goals or the boundary so a huge thanks to all of them for their assistance.
With a week off and a number of players to come back we will be looking to put a stronger performance on the field after the long weekend.
I'd ask that as many players can get down to training next week when we return so we can put a big win on the board.
Goal Kickers: N. Russell
Best Players: G. D''Alessandro, B. Warburton, D. Berry, J. Smith, D. Park, C. Cramb