Experience returns but not enough
Round Number 6, Saturday, 14 May 2016
- Opponent: St Kevin's Old Boys
- Match Result: Loss
- Played at: Home
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 1.3 1.5 2.9 3.9.27 Them 3.3 8.9 9.13 16.16.112
Best Players: P. Cremean, M. Parker, H. Moore, L. Hall, M. Mazzocato, W. Guiney
With some senior experience and quality back into the team with the likes of Pat Cremean and co-captain Henry McQueen, the reserves had a strong line-up together for the battle against SKOB’s, who themselves had quite a few regular senior players in their reserve team.
We had a real focus of being in the game at quarter-time and not conceding an early blowout lead, and I’m pleased to say that at the first break we only trailed by two goals, and the game was very even.
Our run-and-carry off half-back from the likes of Cremean, Moore, Parker, and Nick Richardson was setting us up for some dangerous forward 50 entries. Mazzacato was in for his first reserves game of the year, and was thrown into the last line of defence immediately to quell one of their tall forwards. He did a superb job for the entire day, not only beating his opponent but also putting his body on the line in front of their key leading full-forward.
The second quarter was also a tight battle, and despite the score line at half-time showing us down by eight goals, three of those were conceded in the last three minutes of the term which flattered SKOB’s a little. They were playing good footy and still on top around the ground, but we were doing everything we could to hang in there and some basic skill errors from us hurt our ability to compete.
After half-time we came out determined to stay in the game as much as possible, and both teams only added 10 points to the scoreboard throughout the quarter. On paper this was our best term of the year I believe, and shows that when we apply ourselves and crack-in as expected, and follow the game-plan instructed, we can be more than competitive against the top sides.
Unfortunately we fell away late in the last quarter and conceded some easy goals once the game was over, but we will take a lot of confidence out of this game as we continue to improve week-by-week.
We had some huge contributors throughout the day, in particular our on-ball brigade of Nick Richo, Hall, Parker, Moore and Cremean. Mazz was terrific down back, as was Will Guiney in the ruck. Pier gave us some excitement and speed down forward, and it was great to get Henry back out there.
On a sour note, unfortunately hard-nut Alex Richardson severely damaged his knee in the third quarter, tearing multiple ligaments and hamstring tendons along with some bone damage. Alex will now unfortunately miss the rest of the season, following reconstructive surgery earlier this week. Richo is a much-loved member of the playing group, and Saturday was his first game back after broken ribs. He’s in positive spirits and I’m sure we’ll see him around the club soon.