Seniors v Parkdale
Round Number 13, Saturday, 22 July 2017
- Opponent: Parkdale
- Match Result: Win
- Played at: Home
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 4.2 9.10 12.15 15.17.107 Them 0.1 1.4 3.6 5.7.37
With the tightness of the ladder – particularly in the relegation zone in Premier B Grade – each week is a key to our Panthers’ fortunes. This week at home was no different as we welcomed Parkdale in a crucial match for both clubs’ Premier B Grade survival. We again had to make numerous changes due to injury and unavailability and welcomed back club legend, Joel Rice as well as Marc Lock, Jordy Easton, Cam Wallace and James King coming off a horror injury run over the last 2 seasons.
It was a chance to win our 3rd game in a row against an opposition that was below us on the ladder but one that had given us a touch up last time we played them. They also welcomed back goal kicking machine Matt Boland so the challenge was squarely put to the boys to match the opposition’s physicality and play the game on our terms. The teams took 10 minutes to sort themselves out before the first score occurred but from there, the Panthers took control and ran out the quarter nicely going into the break 4.2 (26) to 0.1 (1).
The boys were again challenged to put the foot down which hasn’t been our strength over the last 2 seasons. We were really pleased with the response as we exerted pressure from the inside mids around the contest and the back 6 were working outstandingly well together and the forwards capitalised on the dominance to take their opportunities. We went into the main break leading 9.10 (64) to 1.4 (10). It was easily the best half of footy we had played in the last 2 seasons.
The players knew that Parkdale would come out hard in the 3rd quarter with the season to play for. To our boys’ credit they responded really well and continued to exert dominance around the ground. The only slight flaw was that we did not take our scoring opportunities enough however the conditions were not overly conducive to footy with the strength of the breeze at hand. We won the quarter again and went into the last break ahead by 63 points 12.15 (87) to 3.6 (24).
The boys were challenged to win the last quarter to finish off what had been a great performance. We have not won all 4 quarters in a match all season. It is easy to ease off in these situations but to the players’ credit, they did not. We ran out the match finishing in front by 70 points 15.17 (107) to 5.7 (37). All players put in well. The only downer was a potentially serious shoulder injury to courageous small defender Jacob Murphy. We hope that everything turns out well for him. A special mention must go to our full back, Andrew Sloan, who kept Matt Boland goalless in a best on ground display.
We now go into our next match against top four team St Bernard’s full of confidence on the back of our 3rd win in a row.