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Seniors v AJAX
Round Number 2
- Opponent: AJAX
- Match Result: Loss
- Played at: Away
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 3.1 4.4 8.8 11.10.76 Them 5.2 7.2 9.5 11.12.78
After an overall disappointing display in Round 1, the Seniors were itching to get amongst it as we travelled to Gary Smorgon Oval in Albert Park to take on Ajax in Round 2. It was a blustery day and the oval was in poor condition and needs to be upgraded to showcase the quality football that Premier B Grade in the VAFA delivers.
We had three forced changes with Luke Crozier, Michael Thompson and Brodie Easton unavailable. Into the side came Andrew Sloan, Tom Chapman and Lach Macleod, and we were very excited to have Ed Aujard debut for us. The players prepared as well as they could under less than ideal circumstances in the two weeks between games and we felt we were ready.
We kicked against a strong, blustery breeze in the first quarter and matched the opposition goal for goal early. The last five minutes of the quarter were disappointing as we gave away two easy goals through some lazy checking and basic errors. We went into the break 13 points down.
Often when a team comes out kicking with a strong breeze they think that it will just happen. Ajax, as expected threw two behind the ball to try and take our ability to score away from us. We backed our structures in and unfortunately didn’t capitalise on the weight of possession we had. We made some crucial errors again which allowed the opposition some late goals against the wind and we went in 16 points down at the main break.
The boys responded well in the third quarter with a strong commitment to whittle away the opposition’s lead. With our leaders standing tall, we outscored the opposition comfortably into the strong breeze with precision ball use to go into the last quarter only three points down.
Again the chance to utilise the breeze was ahead of us. Alas the task proved beyond us. We battled hard with some very good contested footy but fell short by two points to get our first win for the season.
The players know what’s ahead of us as a group and we will continue to train hard to get the results that we deserve.
In great news for the club, the Reserves had its first win for nearly 3 years and club great Jarrod Reid made a triumphant return to footy after nearly two years out coming off a knee reconstruction, kicking four goals.
We wait for our next challenge against nemesis St Bernard’s this weekend.