Seniors v Fitzroy
Round Number 16, Saturday, 12 August 2017
- Opponent: Fitzroy
- Match Result: Loss
- Played at: Away
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 1.3 5.5 5.7 7.13.55 Them 6.4 7.6 9.11 10.12.72
The saying goes that a week is a long time in football. Throw in a bye and 2 weeks can be an eternity in footy. When you come off the euphoria of a season-defining win against a power house on its patch and then serve up one of the disappointing efforts in 2017, the full gamut of emotions ensue.
We went down to historic Brunswick Street Oval to face Fitzroy which was staring down relegation and we were still in with a strong chance to play finals. With only 1 change for the team, welcoming back Jordy Easton – itself a great result for the team given the en-masse changes we had faced all year – we were prepared for the battle ahead.
Or so we thought.
Disappointingly we could not convert early chances against the breeze when we were in the game and once Fitzroy established some scoreboard pressure, we fell away badly in contested footy. Simply, we were second to the ball and out-willed by a team that played like it had greater commitment to its cause. We went into quarter time down 6.4 (40) to 1.3 (9).
We were better for longer in the second quarter and with a goal after the siren to Jason Ashby, we had somewhat got back into the game trailing 7.6 (48) to 5.5 (35).
Our first half of the 3rd quarter we played smart footy and had control of the game by using tempo footy to deny the opposition the ball. Alas, we could not convert our opportunities although we conceded only 2 goals and trailed 9.11 (65) to 5.7 (37).
With the wind at our backs we challenged the boys for one last supreme effort. Fitzroy kicked the first goal into the breeze which took the sting out of our comeback and, although we peppered the goals, we could not covert enough of our chances and went down 10.12 (72) to 7.13 (55).
Had we mustered a win, it would have been robbery as we were second to the ball all day and just didn’t play with the right commitment required.
This hurt more as we really wanted to give Morgan Evans something to celebrate his 100th game with.
We will review and get back on the horse and come out swinging against Mazenod at home this weekend.