U19s v University Blues
Round Number 2, Saturday, 14 April 2018
- Opponent: University Blues
- Match Result: Loss
- Played at: Home
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 0.0 6.3 6.5 8.9.57 Them 6.2 7.2 11.6 12.7.79
Best Players: C. Clifford, T. Atkins, N. Brewin, C. Bavage, B. Chatfield, O. Dickson
Arriving for our second game of the season and our second game at Gramlick (albeit our first home game – you attempt to work that out) we had a couple of team changes from Rd 1. Chappy was having a trot in the “chaos” of the 2’s on Dunshea and Val, after his Rd 1 heroics went on a well deserved and poorly timed holiday.
Our preparation was poor and the weather preceding the game worse - horizontal rain that caused a downpour in the change rooms. Weird and wonderful Melbourne weather.
Somewhere along the road to Bulleen we forgot we were playing. Uni ran out and kicked the first 6 goals. We were absent. As a coach of this great game there a few times we wish that the basketball time out was introduced into our code. I needed 10 of them.
0.0 – 0 to 6.2 - 38
At the break KP and I suggested that we (we not them) would not shut up shop and skulk into the evening. You may think I got side tracked and cut and pasted something from Rd 1. All I need to do is replace OC for OM. The pre-season the boys had done deserved a lifting of effort and stiffening of resolve. We suggested that if we “turned up the volume” the scoreboard would equilibrate. Add in a few expletives for which I am a little ashamed.
We came out and showed the method of play that enables us to be relevant. A six goal to one term enabled us to close the margin to a very manageable 7 points at half time.
6.3-39 to 7.2-44
There was obviously something in the rooms that sapped us of enthusiasm and invective. Albeit appearing to understand the need to not get ahead of ourselves we re-entered the fray with less than an appetite for the contest. Blacks were more committed around the ball, defended better and left us in their wake when they had possession. Our inability to reset and alter the momentum was disappointing. Another goalless quarter was far from acceptable. The positive was we had a very clear memory of dominating the contest (only 25 minutes prior). The siren could not come fast enough.
6.5-41 to 11.6-72
I am a coach that likes to leave the fire and brimstone to the players. More often than not I believe the need to lift emotionally sits in the core of an individual. I left those thoughts in the box and approached a rather anxious midfield with a reasonable fire in the belly. The efforts of the playing group was well below the standard they had aspired too. I reminded them of this and offered a few stern directions. We threw the magnets around and directed the players to attack with gusto. When play resumed this was forthcoming in effort but unfortunately the execution was not quite there. A six scoring shot to 2 was reflective of our control but we could not put the required scoreboard pressure onto Blacks. The game ended with a comfortable loss. Off to round 3.
8.9 – 57 to 12.7-79
Thanks to all those that gritted their teeth in the outrageous conditions.