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Round Number 10, Saturday, 18 June 2016
- Opponent: Old Melburnians
- Match Result: Loss
- Played at: Away
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 3.0 4.1 6.4 6.5.41 Them 6.5 11.9 15.12 17.17.119
Best Players: S. Cust, W. Nichols, T. Carter-Taylor, R. Mitchelhill, L. Fotheringham, L. Macleod
The Panthers travelled to Sportscover Arena to take on Old Melburnians in the Round 10 match up. Feeling refreshed after the bye, the boys worked hard in the lead up to the game and were ready to give it a crack in the hope of sending off the returning James Rimington in style. It was Rimo's last game for season 2016 and with his future uncertain, we really wanted to give a good account of ourselves.
The conditions were ordinary with the centre a bog heap, but this didn't stop the boys from having an excellent start to the game. On the back of winning the first six clearances the boys led 3.0 (18) to 2.3 (15) halfway through the first quarter. Alas, injury struck us heavily again and we lost our inspirational skipper, CJ, Lochie Hall and young gun Harry Hill by this stage.
This is no excuse, however, as all teams go through the same pain. We went into our shells in the second quarter and OM's took the game away from us with a five goal to one blitz which effectively had the game done and dusted in heavy conditions by half-time.
The boys came out with renewed enthusiasm and commitment and took the game on and, on the back of some great run out of defence, we battled hard for the second half. The boys can hold their heads high with a commitment level not seen this year.
The future is in great hands with our young tyros Will Nichols and Tagan Carter-Taylor having standout games. OM's eventually ran out winners 17.17 (119) to 6.5 (41).
We take the positives out and we work on what we need to for next week's challenge against Uni Blues.