Under 19s v Old Melbournians
Round Number 1, Saturday, 07 April 2018
- Opponent: Old Melbourne
- Match Result: Win
- Played at: Home
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 6.6 7.7 11.11 15.11.101 Them 1.1 6.5 8.7 10.11.71
We were rapt to finally face Round 1 post an extended and tough pre-season (tackled by all bar my old pre-season foes, the Cricketers).
On an unseasonably warm and still April afternoon we faced an opponent that was met 3 times in 2017 (an anomaly of that fixture). Faces were familiar but some of the opposition looked as if there was ample time spent at the Couta Boat Club bar rather than the fields putting in the hard yards.
We have a fairly simple approach to footy this season. Attack the contest, run hard both ways, defend as a team and move the ball with risk and verve. Our first quarter gave a fantastic viewing of these philosophies. Scoring shots a plenty, sharing and caring and most importantly a water tight defence based on selfless running (cover for your mate).
6.6 – 42 to 1.1-7
At the break KP and I suggested that OM’s would not shut up shop and skulk into the evening. The pre-season they had done (even if it was mostly elbow based) deserved a lifting of effort and stiffening of resolve. We suggested that if we “turned down the volume” the scoreboard would equilibrate. A quarter unfolded that made the coaches prescient and the players clear that the game would not be a walk over. So in the space of 50 minutes of footy we had expressed our duplicitous self. Doctor Jeckyll and Mr Hyde.
7.7 – 49 to 6.5 – 41
A reset took place at ½ time. We decided to be a little more humble in a football and recognised that our opponents could play the game on their terms if we did not respect their game. A couple of positional shifts took place, was hoping to get far deeper into the season before pulling those strings, and off we went. With the attitude readjustment the 3rd quarter was more aligned to the start of the game. Our run was tremendous in spite of the stifling conditions (and inevitable 1st game cramping) and we took control on the scoreboard. Unfortunately we lost Amac to a knee injury and this tested our key defence personnel and structure.
11.11-77 to 8.7 - 55
A hydration break was essential. Lots of calves stressing players. Plenty of chat about a far better application of our game style. The last quarter was tough as both teams battled hard but the quality of the game diminished due to fatigue and a grumpiness prevailed (especially No 24 for OM’s who took a significant dislike to Summers). We ran out the game well and won the final quarter (very good conversion helped). A really good first hit out.
15.11-101 to 10.11-71
Thanks very much to Geoff (our trainer) for dealing with my stress. KP for his counsel. The Bavage boys for their exceptional boundary umpiring and Paul Val for keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Sure I have forgotten someone however your efforts were appreciated also.