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Seconds v Fitzroy
Round Number 16, Saturday, 12 August 2017
- Opponent: Fitzroy
- Match Result: Win
- Played at: Away
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 2.0 7.2 10.3 15.8.98 Them 3.1 4.4 5.7 6.8.44
After coming out the other side of winter (for now) and having enjoyed a week’s break from the rigours of the game.
The reserves squad had some real depth to it. There was a real confidence we could turn the tables on Fitzroy, who handed us a demoralising home defeat earlier in the year.
We kicked off the match into a stiff breeze and kept our opponent at arms length. Securing 2 goals to their 3.
Still there was a fair bit to rectify at the break… We talked about creating more one-on-ones around the ground and focusing on fundamentals over flair.
Get the chance to kick with the breeze we were able to get repeat forward entries & Angus Archibald benefited from reading the play well to snare 2 of our 5 goals for the quarter.
The backline as a whole were working together brilliantly! It was going to be a rough day if you had a red jumper and were named forward. At the half we led: 44 : 28
As time progressed; the midfield began to get on top and they were also able to attack the scoreboard when resting forward. For the first time all year our mids contributed nearly 50% of our goals.
James Courtot, Steve Freo, Will Mitchell and Brodie Easton continued their hard work into the wind in the 3rd, giving us a handy buffer into the last. [63 : 37]
A challenge had been set, to demonstrate that we could finish off a quality side. The first few minutes saw a few poor habits sneak in, BUT we ultimately snuffed the game by the 10minute mark of the last and then could put some icing on the cake.
Mitch Nixon was great up front and would’ve been the owner of a bag of goals if not for a few wayward kicks. The final score landed at 15.8.98 – 6.8.44. It was our most complete performance for some 8 weeks.
The other good news being that we’d crept back into the fourth spot on the table. There are a few more players wanting to break into this side as we rally home and that augurs well for the panthers.