Reserves Match Report Rd 1

The Reserves on Saturday had a new look with 9 debutants, but the way they went about the challenge hasn’t changed from last year. The game started slowly with both sides applying good pressure and creating opportunities off the back of that. As most first rounds go, once the dust settles it’s important to get into your game plan and stay consistent with that. The players executed this really well.

Up until time on in the second it looked like Centrals were going to be too strong, but when that time came the players found their groove. At this stage it was 3-3 to 3-9 and 11 to 23 inside 50’s so Centrals were really in control. After this the players executed very well and kept the mistakes to a minimum as the remainder of the game was 11-8 to 3-0 and 32 to 10 inside 50’s. Finally running out winners by 50 points.

With so many of our Under 18’s from last year making their debut it was very exciting to see the way they dealt with the increase in pressure whilst still being able to steady and execute. This experience will certainly help grow them as footballers, the challenge now is always to back up. This is the hardest thing to do for less experienced players, so that will be the focus this week. First you must make sure the body gets recovered then you need to hit the computer room to learn. Finally you must put in a good week on the track, then turn up in a good state so both as an individual and as a team we can improve every time we get a chance to play.

Ben Watkins
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