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Seniors v AJAX
Round Number 11, Saturday, 01 July 2017
- Opponent: AJAX
- Match Result: Win
- Played at: Home
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 2.3 3.7 6.11 11.15.81 Them 1.3 3.4 5.6 6.9.45
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve typed that the Seniors were coming into a must-win game in season 2017. Coming off probably our best half of footy against one of the competition’s standard-bearers, Old Scotch last week, we faced our next opponent Ajax in Round 11 in the VAFA’s 125 Year Celebration round at Dunshea. We welcomed back star recruit, Jason Ashby, after a 6 week lay off, as well as Luke Crozier, Tagan Carter-Taylor and Nick Richardson for his first senior game for 2017.
The pressure was on.
For only the third or so occasion we started the game well and actually had a 6 point lead at quarter time – 2.3 (15) to 1.3 (9). This was on the back of ruck dominance in Lewis Fotheringham giving our mids first use of the ball and us controlling the territory battle. We could have been further ahead but, given our starts thus far in 2017 – we were happy to take that. The start was soured by what looked like to be a serious knee injury to Luke Crozier. Luke has had poor luck over his career with his body and we feared the worst.
As is the evenness of B-Grade, Ajax were always going to hit back. Fothers kept winning the ruck battle however Ajax’s mids gained control. Despite this, we had more of the play and should have gone in at half time further ahead than the 3.7 (25) to 3.4 (22) score line indicated.
Again we challenged the boys with the season effectively on the line. Ajax scored the first goal of the second half to go ahead in the game. We had 2 choices – curl up and lie down – or do something about it.
The leaders stoop up and we kicked 3 of the next 4 goals to go ahead by 11 points at ¾ time – 6.11 (47) to 5.6 (36). We sensed that the boys were ready for one late flourish.
What pleased us most was that the boys probably had their most fierce contested intensity for the season in the last quarter. This was summed up by them laying 30 tackles in a quarter – the last quarter nonetheless. Extraordinary number. Pleasingly we ran away with the game kicking 5 goals to 1 and running out comfortable winners after Ajax had pulled the lead back with the first goal of the quarter – 11.15 (81) to 6.9 (45).
With the club having 4 wins out of 4 on the day – it was a much needed boost.
The win was soured by the news that Crazy had significantly injured his knee requiring a full re-construction. We will stand by him – like we are with Lochie Hall – and wish him all the best in his rehab and recovery.
We go to the bye with momentum. We will recuperate and look forward to the next must-win game against Peninsula down there.