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Seniors v Fitzroy
Round Number 8, Saturday, 03 June 2017
- Opponent: Fitzroy
- Match Result: Loss
- Played at: Home
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 3.0 4.7 5.10 5.13.43 Them 3.1 4.3 6.5 9.8.62
Rare back to back games at Dunshea was afforded to us as we hosted Fitzroy in a must win game for both clubs in Round 8. The weather was magnificent and the stage was set for a fantastic day. Injury and unavailability forced 5 changes to our team so we welcomed back George Curnow, Tom Chapman to play with his younger brother Henry, Jeremy Cator and Matt Parker for their first games in the Seniors for the year and young Tim Newton making his debut.
The boys started well early and the game was played at a frenetic pace with the ball transitioning from one end of the ground to the other. We hit the scoreboard early through our Captain Cam Jones and the intensity levels were up to where they needed to be. An even first term saw Fitzroy go into the first break 1 point ahead.
Our most dominant quarter of the year followed when we had 13 inside 50’s for the quarter and only conceded 3 inside 50’s. Unfortunately this did not translate into scoreboard pressure and we wasted that dominance kicking 1.7 to Fitzroy’s 1 goal straight. This gave us a 6 point lead at half time – a win of sorts given how bad our second quarters have been this season.
The injury curse struck in the second quarter with game-ending injuries to Harry Hill and Henry Chapman which reduced our capacity to rotate somewhat. This did not dampen the spirits of the players however and they were able to get out to a 12 point lead early in the third quarter and things were looking promising. We still did not capitalise on the dominance that we had however and a third game-ending injury to Jeremy Cator seemed to deflate the boys and we conceded 2 late goals to go into ¾ time 1 point down.
The final quarter saw the boys battle it out as well as they could but the dam wall could not be held for long enough and Fitzroy went away with it to win by 19 points.
The injuries are a reason to an extent but we will not use that as an excuse. We should have had the game sewn up by half time but did not convert our opportunities.
We now have a bye to rest our bodies and come back with renewed energy to take on Mazenod in a season defining match.