Reserves v Caulfield
Round Number 1, Saturday, 07 April 2018
- Opponent: Caulfield Grammarians
- Match Result: Win
- Played at: Away
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 5.2 9.6 12.10 17.11.113 Them 3.2 6.2 9.2 10.5.65
After a solid 2017 and a strong pre-season there was optimism amongst the Reserves Squad.
Whilst the personnel had changed a lot, the confidence was high.
I’d have to cast my mind back to “can’t remember” to call out the last reserves round 1 victory.
Both sides cracked in hard early and played at a frenetic pace.
Any messages about altering the tempo of the match were forgotten.
Karsten Rodenberg, Harry Hill and Jeremy Cator had been prevalent early.
Whilst we felt things were quite even we did manage to open a bit of a gap by about 20minutes in.
Our work was partially undone by some loose goal-line checking on the siren, which left the score at: 32 -20.
We talked at length about feeding backwards to go forwards at the break and with the better application of this we saw some cleaner football played.
Cal Cameron looked great in his role down back, working off his opponent and switching play well.
Despite appearing the stronger team in the second, the scoreboard pressure wasn’t quite there for the moment.
Already; we were seeing our mids fatiguing a little and were aware that good rotations would be key. At half time: 60 - 38
Nick Morris was reaping the dividends of a career best preseason in the new position of ruck.
However his excellence, was not always being best utilised by the mids, who at times were caught running forward of the ball.
Some of this forward running did expose us to the precociousness of Jimmy Delacca.
The piece of elastic couldn’t be broken in the third (Final break 82-56) and we came to the final break needing the first goal in the last to put it beyond doubt.
Tom Jepson had really come into the game in the back half and some Ben Smithwick tackling was top-class.
We did manage the first two goals of the last quarter and were only then able to relax.
We were a little wasteful in front of goal, which prevented a blow-out BUT all-in-all a great Round 1 Victory.