Round 11, 2016 – A Grade vs Kilburn
Game day Saturday 25th June, the first Triple header for all three teams at home for this season.
Due to the ordinary weather in the week leading up to the games, training had been restricted to enable the Oval to be in reasonable shape. Given that the players still put in quality training if not quantity, certainly pressure on for spots in the sides for game day.
All grades were looking forward to the upcoming challenge, given that in round one we had only one win against Kilburn (B grade) so it was game on. The day had started off well, with both the C grade and the B grade having good wins, so it was down to the A grade completing a clean sweep and making for a successful day all round for the Walkerville Football Club.
Pre-game the boys were keen to continue on from the previous week and bring the same intensity as was displayed in that game. The game started at a rapid pace with both sides testing each other out with some heavy clashes around the ground. To the boys credit, they absorbed everything thrown at them and the first quarter became an arm wrestle right up to quarter time break. Scores were WFC 2-3 trailing Kilburn 3 goals. The second quarter continued on from the first, no major was scored by either side and although we had our chances, accuracy in front of goal was costly. The boys were slightly off the pace and playing catch up footy, giving Kilburn a chance to go further ahead as the quarter went on. Half time, WFC 5-5, Kilburn 8-3.
At the break, the boys realised that we needed to fine tune our game plan, some positional changes were made and everyone was ready for the 2nd half to proceed. There was a real positive air in the rooms, no reason for panic but to go out and play our style of footy.
The third quarter got underway and the boys were into attack immediately playing a better style of football and being first to the ball, unlike the first half. Rotations were running smoothly with the group driving them and having control over the changes. Unfortunately, we had our first casualty with Dan Callary getting a knee in his driver muscle abruptly ending his game, which to that point had been excellent. Kane Moore went on to Dan’s wing to give us the drive needed as we started to take control of the quarter. By the three-quarter time mark, we had added a further 7-2 to our score while Kilburn added 3-2 for us to go into the last quarter up by 8 points. This was due to an improved effort all over the ground, from our defence through the midfield and into our forward lines, importantly kicking goals not points. Score line WFC 12-7, Kilburn 11-5. Everything was set for a thrilling last quarter.Similar to the previous week’s game, there was an air of calmness among the group as they knew once again, that it was the side that was prepared to give
Similar to the previous week’s game, there was an air of calmness among the group as they knew once again, that it was the side that was prepared to give their all, which would prevail in what was an absorbing contest. No sooner had the quarter got under way when once again we were hit with another injury, this time to Josh Partington (broken ribs) who had been a driving force off the half back flank. This moved Rhys McCulloch from being on the ball to taking up the half back flank position to provide run and drive from our backlines, which he did superbly, mopping up any loose balls in his area. With one interchange player to cover our rotations the players had their system worked out well to keep fresh legs on the ball. In almost a replica of the last game, the boys were magnificent, constantly applying pressure, attacking the ball/body with controlled aggression. Obviously, Kilburn didn’t like the attention and they became undisciplined, resulting in several 25-metre penalties, much to our lads’ delight giving us a couple of welcome goals. The further the quarter went on, the more the boys confidence grew, finally running out comfortable winners.
Last quarter WFC kicked 5-5, Kilburn 1 point, Sensational effort once again by the lads.
Best Players: Ryan Madden, Rhys McCulloch, Chris Scholfield, Stu Callary, Ryan Stacey
Goal kickers: C Scholfield 6, H Wallace 3, R Stacey 2, Jed Woolford 2, T Kowald, S Callary, K Moore, T Sinclair