Round 17, 2016 – A Grade VS Gepps Cross
Saturday 6th August, 2016. A most significant day in the Walkerville Football Club’s proud history. This game would determine which team and club would face relegation down to Division 4 next season, so everything was on the line against a side that had beaten us in round one by 14 points.
With a near full strength side with key players coming back from injury, the playing groups pre-game meeting was a reinforcement of our belief in our game plan, our structures, the importance of playing and producing a strong, consistent four quarter effort. It was evident in the room that the boys had come to play, so game on!
The weather was sunny with a slight breeze, perfect for footy and the game ahead. The first quarter began and the boys quickly won the centre clearance and went into attack immediately. Our structure was working well, with the forward line being kept open to enable the forwards a clear run at the forward entries from down the ground, resulting on goals on the board. The pressure being applied to the opposition was constant, putting them on the back foot for most of the quarter and enabling us to have a handy lead going into the first break.
At quarter time the message was simple, stick to our pressure game and move the ball quickly to keep Gepps Cross under the pump. The boys use of the ball was as good as it gets, constantly finding targets by hand and foot, importantly not letting the opposition have time to settle down and play their game. Unfortunately we lost Ryan Stacey with a hip injury early in the quarter and he would play no further part in the game. This meant a re-shuffle of our rotations which the lads handled well, ensuring that we had fresh legs coming off and on the bench regularly. Half time arrived with a four goal lead and there was an air of purpose and confidence within the group, knowing that we had to produce another half as good or better than the first half.
The third quarter got under way and once again we were into attack, hitting the scoreboard regularly putting the pressure immediately back onto the opposition. Scoring was consistent with the focus also being on our defence, which had been solid, restricting Gepps X to only kick 2 points for the quarter while we kicked a further 5-3.
Going in to the last quarter it was evident that the boys were focused on keeping the game in their control, there would be no lapse in concentration today. The lads had kept solidly to our structures, pressure, clean ball movement, hard at the ball and all round team play to ensure that there would be no easy scores from the opposition. The quarter wound down with the A grade having their best four quarter effort for the season, importantly ensuring that the club would remain in division three for next season. The Club song was sung with great enthusiasm back in the change rooms in front of a large contingent of loyal supporters and followers.
Goalkickers: C Scholfield 5, D Fromm 3, R O’Brien 2, 1 each A Law, M Kelson, J Woodford, S Callary
Best Players: D Stobbe, A Law, R Madden, T Allen, S Callary.