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Reserves v Peninsula
Round Number 5, Saturday, 13 May 2017
- Opponent: Peninsula
- Match Result: Win
- Played at: Home
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 7.4 15.10 23.13 32.16.208 Them 0.0 1.0 1.1 1.2.8
As coaches, we presented the boys with a nice little challenge pre-game – win today and establish the longest reserves winning streak in over a decade (Looking for 4).
The Peninsula side we were facing had faced into a tough first month, having come up from C Grade last season, so we were optimistic we could jump out of the blocks if we went about it the right way.
From the outset the ball spent much of the game in our front half. Gavin Plummer got us started with a few early goals (3) and Cal Cameron looked a likely avenue. Peninsula had taken the field with a bare 18 and already early, a few had taken bumps and it wasn’t long before they were playing one short. At the end of the first we’d leapt out to a 7 goal lead.
The second followed a similar theme with the mids having ascendency and starting to milk a few fly-bys for quick forward entries. We too by now had a few off the field (Cambridge & Plummer) via injury, but were in no way as hamstrung as Peninsula, who; to their credit, kept trying and against the play goaled just before the half. Cal Cameron was starting to accumulate majors and the run of Zander Adam, James King, Pier Akec and Cam Wallace was telling. We arrived at the half time break with the score 100 – 7.
We made a few positional changes at the half, many with good results, Ed Aujard was great as a Half Fwd and Wing and Nick Morris clunked countless marks in the 3rdkeeping the scoreboard ticking.
Very fittingly, in the last; we pushed 100 gamer Nick Richardson forward and he immediately goaled. He was great as always across the ground! The final stages of the game were the Cal Cameron show as he approached 10 goals (stranded on 9). It was pleasing to look at Michel Mazzacato try his hand in the ruck and Jack Quartermain play up front amongst other new roles.
Often… lopsided games see plenty of lairising and selfish acts, after the siren rang (208 – 8 FINAL SCORE), I reinforced to the side that the most pleasing aspect was that they played team football and demonstrated a certain humility. For many of the side; we were in the shoes of Peninsula for much of last year, so winning gracefully was of importance. Peninsula lost no friends for fronting up and playing it out to the dying minutes, despite the adversity.
We now look toward a game at Monash.