U19s v Fitzroy
Round Number 3, Saturday, 21 April 2018
- Opponent: Fitzroy
- Match Result: Win
- Played at: Away
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 3.5 6.6 9.7 17.10.112 Them 2.1 3.3 8.4 9.4.58
Best Players: R. Thompson, M. Hogg, H. Thomson, B. Chatfield, O. Dickson, T. Vitacca
A start time harking back to Year 8 for the boys on a ground most had memories of YJFL games. The weather gods were far more considered this week and provided a beautiful morning. The assistant KP had flown the coup to Sydney, Val and Miller had flown back in from their respective junkets, Merc and H returned and Chappy graced us with his considerable presence.
The side was reshaped from the shemozzle of the week prior and after a pretty solid week on the track things looked positive. The first 5 minutes were not.
Fitzroy jumped from the blocks and kicked the first 2. This time the boys were able to lock down in the midfield, create a series of stoppages and arrest momentum. The Fitzroy players sensed this and started to lose discipline. There were a number of off ball incidents that were ugly. Our composure, including from Taden and DIcko who trudged off with claret streaming from their respective nostrils, was a very good sign.
In the last 10 minutes of the quarter we took over and kicked the last 3 of the term to go into the break ahead.
3.5-23 to 2.1-13
It was good to show some positivity and have the group focused on maintaining the ascendancy. We controlled the contest and Fitzroy further unravelled. A couple of behind play snipes created a foreboding about the contest. Our efforts remained strong and resolute. Mac Hogg controlled the anchor role behind the stoppage, our half backs were impenetrable and the onballers won a majority of hardball. Bristle was permanently forward and looked dangerous.
6.6-42 to 3.3-21
At halftime it was difficult to quell the conversation about the thuggery pervading from the opposition. Retribution was discussed and rebuked. Winning the game was the more important and most final of wins. Fitzroy had another say in this. They fought hard in the 3rd and won the relatively high scoring quarter to bridge the gap. It was a poor quarter as a collective (as Zach discovered when he suggested the contrary) but praise needs to be given to Riley Thompson, his long lost and dropped P cousin Harry and Ferg for their individual efforts. The magnets were tossed around again and not for the first or last time a spray was delivered (poorly) in an attempt to rouse the effort levels.
9.7-61 to 8.4-52
There was a huge sigh of relief from the coaches station. We flew out of the blocks. Chappy and Val put the defensive shutters up. Brew relished being the +1 in the backline. Summers went forward and snagged a couple. Bristle continued to pop up out of the sprinklers and find the footy in dangerous space. The on ball brigade won more than their share and our wingmen (Riley and Oli) were indefatigable holding their width and providing a permanent release point every time the ball went into the back half of the ground. A super quarter of footy, a commanding performance.
17.10-112 to 9.4-58
Thanks to the super duo of Adina and De for TM duties and Lara for rising early to maintain the physical wellbeing of the playing group. Also thanks to the supporting contingent.