League Match Report Rd 2
After a strong Round 1 performance the focus was on consolidating the win and making sure we continue to improve. The players had a really good week on the track in what was a pretty tough week in our training cycle in preparation for our first home game of the year.
The game didn’t start as fluent as we would have liked. Both sides were guilty of simple mistakes while on the inside at stoppages it was tough and hard. We had plenty of the ball but at times we over used it and weren’t as direct as planned with West having the best of the first quarter and going to the break with a 1 point lead.
The second quarter is where everything started to fall into place with a dominant performance having plus 14 entries and winning the quarter by 49 points. The players were strong on the inside while having some real class on the outside, running in waves and playing some very attractive football to give us a 48 point lead at the main break.
The third quarter started poorly for us with West having 5 shots on goal in the first 7 minutes. The players weathered that storm and started to play some nice football kicking 4-3 to 1-0 for the remainder of that quarter. The start was very disappointing but to get back the momentum and go on with that was a good sign.
When you have a 10 goal lead going into the last quarter you can make life hard or easy for yourself and we made it hard. To Wests credit they kept coming but there is no doubt there was a drop off in our intensity, which is something that will be reviewed and discussed. The final margin of 60 points was a strong one and we must not forget there was some very good football played.
Our focus now shifts to Anzac Day against Sturt. It’s an absolute privilege to play on this day and one things for sure we will prepare to make sure we are ready for the fight. The club has started this season strongly with all grades showing very good signs. We now just need to keep working hard and make sure every game is valued and our intensity and thirst for the contest gets stronger and stronger as the year goes on.