League Match Report Rd 1
Welcome back to another exciting year of football. After what was a gut wrenching loss last year the players have put together an elite pre-season. It’s always a challenge to mentally fight back but the players have been exceptional and have really come with a sense of anger and passion and are very fired up to make sure we give ourselves a chance to compete at the end of this year.
If you want a challenge, well going to play Centrals at home is the one you want to start with. The game started well for us being able to convert our opportunities to put some scoreboard pressure on getting to quarter time with a 17 point lead.
The second quarter was a bit closer, we had plenty of chances but didn’t hit the scoreboard and luckily for us Centrals were inaccurate, finally losing that term by 3 points but still with a 14 point lead at the main break.
The conditions were tough so both sides enjoyed a good break to recharge the batteries for a tough second half. The third was a real arm wrestle, statistically nearly the same along with both teams scoring 15 points. It was disappointing to give up 2 goals late in the last couple of minutes as this swung the momentum towards Centrals.
Centrals then kicked the first goal at the 2 minute mark and the margin was back to 7 points and it was game on. This is the part I am very proud of. With some less experienced players and the game on the line the whole group stood up and made the last quarter ours. This is a great sign of strength and fitness and a testament to their hard work. The team finished strongly kicking 6-5 to 0-1 in the last 20 minutes of the match with the final margin being 47 points.
The first 5 rounds are always tough to predict and if Centrals had kicked better in the second the pressure may have been different. We have to be proud and happy to start with a strong win but we need to make sure we get better as Saturday wasn’t perfect and we have plenty to work on. In saying that we did do a lot right and after one game I can see we have plenty to work with.
Anyway that’s round 1 and now we head home to Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval to take on West on Easter Saturday. Every game is a privilege and we couldn’t be more excited to get home and play in front of you. We want to continue to improve to make sure we give you all plenty to cheer about.