A huge challenge lay ahead for the team today as we faced the Balgowlah Suns on our home turf (Steve Chisholm Oval). There was an air of excitement as we warmed up with plenty of comments about Mothers Day, the weather and that the Suns looked a much bigger side than us? “Much bigger”, I said, but we are faster and we will use the ball better than them and this is how the game started. It was a pretty even affair and our midfield was well on top, winning the ball easily and kicking it into the forward line. This is often where it stopped though as their defence was well drilled, they would take the easy mark and send the ball straight back. Our backs were equally as good as much of the play was between the 50m arcs.
At quarter time we were up by a point, but I felt the game was very even and could go either way. The support on the sidelines was deafening at times. Our Mums had turned up to cheer and there were plenty of supportive comments.
In the second and third quarter the Suns started to get on top. We lost some momentum in the middle and they kicked 5 goals to our none. At three quarter time the team’s spirit was a little low. Our plan was to have an all out assault to kick our much deserved goal in the last quarter. We were hard at the ball, won it easily, and kicked forward efficiently where we could. The Suns were still taking marks, but during this quarter we worked better as a team and with Eliza’a goal on the siren we felt a sense of achievement.
We are improving with every game and I felt (and this was echoed by the Swanson Mum Supporter Group, SMSG) that this was our best game of the season so far against good opposition. Every player contributed and did not watch the play roll past them. I wanted to highlight the tackling today, one of the opposition girls was very determined to use us as speed bumps, trying to run through us not around, but nearly every time we stood our ground tackled hard and received a free kick. Amazing courage and this could define what the way we play for the rest of the season.
We left the ground today with a few bruises, saw ankles, bent thumbs, and knocks to the head, but there were also plenty of smiles. That’s Footy. Happy Mothers Day.
Final score Lane Cove Cats 1.2(8) vs Balgowlah Suns 6.5 (41)
Players Player: Charlie D
Spirit Award: Jeannie N
Courage Award: Elin L