Seconds v Mazenod
Round Number 9, Saturday, 17 June 2017
- Opponent: Mazenod
- Match Result: Loss
- Played at: Away
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 3.4 4.5 7.8 9.8.62 Them 2.0 5.2 8.3 9.10.64
Heading in to our Mazenod fixture, we knew we had a pretty important job in front of us… A few helpful returns gave us reason to be optimistic without being overly confident. It was our second game in a row without a genuine ruckman and a bit of a borrowed bench from the threes.
The side jumped out of the blocks pretty well, scoring two majors quickly, but then spent the remainder of the quarter in an arm wrestle and squandering a few chances. We led at quarter time BUT had given the opposition reason to believe they were not without a chance.
The second was again a dour struggle, Matt Parker was good for us and Jack Quartermain was integral to saving us down back. We again didn’t take opportunities and went into the break basically square [Mazenod 32 – Carey 29].
In the 3rd we began to convert BUT were unable to stop Mazenod from finding answers on the rebound. The game continued to see-saw. Tim Smith was fighting in the front half BUT was often against 3 opponents. The last quarter was set to be a last-man standing effort.
Snaring the first goal and holding a 5 point lead, you’d have hoped we’d go on with it. Instead we got stuck down the Mazenod end where they kick 7 consecutive points before we could get it out of the area. With 5 minutes left Mazenod scored a contentious goal which left us with 8 points to claw back.
The last 5minutes was frenetic and played mainly across our half forward. We managed to eventually scrap a goal from a tumbling kick forward. That gave us 2 minutes to try and stick our nose in front. Again we got the ball as far as half forward but could not manufacture the mark needed to get a shot on goal. Mazenod had all players back by this stage and we were not smart enough to pick our way through it. At the siren, we’d gone down by 2points.
The effort was valiant BUT there were execution things we must work on. It is our second close loss and in a tight competition it dragged us back into a pack of sides squabbling over 4th spot.
At the half way point of the season we sit 5Wins 4 Losses in 4th spot.