The team were faced with a tough test today against the top of the table Quinn's Lightning with a win required to keep a finals position alive.
A great start by the boys gave us a quarter time lead. Numerous good passages of play rebounding off half back with Kylan Gillmore and Jack Prideaux providing plenty of drive, followed up by good use of foot skills to hit targets up the ground. Our midfield, led by Trent Foote in the ruck and Alex Sedlarczuk (our best player) provided many forward opportunties which resulted in a couple of goals. However the margin could have been better with a couple of missed opportunities close to goal costing us.
The opposition started the 2nd term well and outscored us by a few goals as the warm conditions and a number of injury concerns to Harrison Burt, Kaleb Duncan, Jack Spencer and Sam Bartlett kept the interchange rotations busy and unsettled some of our matchups. Sam Spyvee, Cameron Carr, Ben Chaseling and Sam Holmes had plenty of touches but our forward entries were rushed which limited our impact to capitalize on the opportunities and many attacking thrusts were repelled as we weren't able to hit our forward targets.
The 3rd quarter followed a similar path to the 2nd quarter with the opposition converting there forward opportunities. A commanding 3/4 time lead left the team with a big challenge and at the break the coaches asked the boys to dig deep and win the final term and be proud of their efforts.
A few late tackles got the boys fired up and it was great to see the boys supporting their team mates as it got a little willing. The boys responded by kicking a number of goals and restricting the top team to a single goal in the final quarter.
Although the scoreboard showed a victory to the opposition, the team won the opening and final quarters. With similar forward entries, the area that impacted us was our quality of entries and the ability to finish off the good work on the scoreboard.
A very encouraging performance by the team against good opposition. Let's work hard at training this week and finish off the season with a big performance.