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Seniors v Xavs
Round Number 16, Saturday, 13 August 2016
- Opponent: Old Xavs
- Match Result: Loss
- Played at: Home
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 0.0 1.3 1.4 8.5.53 Them 2.5 7.9 16.12 18.14.122
Best Players: C. Jones, S. Cust, P. Cremean, M. Nixon, N. Richardson, M. Parker
The weather gods shined on us for the first time in a number of weeks as Old Xaverians travelled to Bulleen to take on the Panthers in the last trio of games for season 2016 for Old Carey. Xavs is in the midst of a surge towards the finals and is playing very good footy. With seven changes forced upon us, the battle was always going to be tough.
The first quarter was played hard and tough as expected and was a dour affair. The Panthers were holding their own and Xavs found it hard to penetrate our defence despite having much more of the ball in their forward line. Harry Hill was doing a fine job on Brendan Goss and Andrew Sloan was doing a mighty job on Matt Handley. Xavs kicked a goal after the siren to go into the break 2.5 (17) with the Panthers yet to score.
The second and third quarters were all one way traffic. Xavs piled on five goals in the second term and nine in the third to hold a commanding lead at three quarter time 16.12 (108) to 1.4 (10). Michael and I challenged the team to rise above what the scoreboard was showing and respond to the hardest thing in footy – to go down fighting as hard as they could and glean some respect for themselves and for the footy club.
We were very proud of that response. The boys kicked 7.1 to 2.2 in the last quarter to eventually go down 18.14 (122) to 8.5 (53). Facing a 98-point deficit at three-quarter time is daunting. It can go one of two ways – roll over and cop a 25-goal hiding or show some resoluteness and play with dignity. The boys did just that and that gives us a platform to go into the last two games with some confidence that our best is not far way and that the players believe in each other.
We are treating our last two games as our finals for season 2016. The most pleasing aspect of the game was the first senior game for Scott Virtue for four years almost to the day. Scott has had a torrid battle with injury and he got through the game and made a significant contribution and gave the boys a tremendous lift.
We look forward to this weekend’s game at Dunshea – our last home game for the year.