It was a beautiful winter morning at Blackman Park for our first home game of the season.
Scarlett, our captain for the day, set the scene as she led her chargers through the guard of honor. and in the early stages of the first quarter laid a bruising tackle. That tackle intent was maintained for 4 quarters and right up until the end our newest team member Eloise saved a couple of goals with great defensive tracking.
As the coach i have learnt that regardless of size or ability level every one of our players will tackle and pressure as much as they can. It’s nice to watch.The ball moved from end to end during the first half and we managed to threaten the scoreboard without it going our way. Defenders, mids and forwards worked well together and we saw some nice handballing and few runs.
Had a few things gone our way we would have finished the half even on the scoreboard.Both teams started to tire as the third quarter progressed and the winter sun started to burn. Isla and Issy took some good marks and some link up handball started to get some movement on the game. This provided Tanya a couple of opportunities to display her customary dodge and run.
We were playing one player down for this game and Willoughby also had 2 spare on the bench so their fresher legs started to swing the momentum there way.The last quarter Maddison the Willoughby Wildcats super star switched into the middle and Scarlett toiled hard reducing her influence. In the end we lost to a team with an extra player all game but our effort and intensity is first class and i think the standard is good given we are a fresh teem. The last few weeks at training we have focused on attack at the ball and the one on one contest. This week we will start to focus more on moving the ball across the field.
Great write up, thanks Ivan, As always, if you need anything, please let Ivan, Kelly or myself know and importantly please continue to register attendance to training and game day on the app. With the situation in Victoria and the outer Sydney suburbs getting serious again, I suspect we will see further comms from the club and the AFL later this week (just a hunch), please keep an eye out for these, I’ll send a note on WhatsApp if I see anything.
See you all Wednesday night for training!