Round 18, 2016 – A Grade vs Pembroke
The weather was overcast with a slight breeze, perfect for footy and the game ahead. The boys were looking forward to the contest after having played a great, solid game the week before. Pembroke were sitting comfortably in third spot on the ladder, so we were certainly aware of the challenge ahead. The boys preparation before the game was both focused and relaxed with a sense of determination to end the season on a positive.
The first quarter began and the boys won the centre clearance going in to attack immediately. Our structure was working well, with the forward line being kept open to enable the forwards a clear run at the ball. The first goal went on the board quickly to show Pembroke that this was not going to be an easy game for them. The quarter progressed with the same effort from our lads, not letting up and applying constant pressure to the opposition. They responded with a couple of goals to end the first quarter with Walky’s ahead by a slim 2 points. The challenge for the boys was to ensure that our second quarter was strong and to keep Pembroke on the back foot. To the lads credit they certainly kept the pressure up with our press creating confusion going into attack, by causing turnovers from the opposition and enabling us to keep up the attack on goals. Walky’s defence was solid, containing Pembroke to a single goal for the quarter while we added a further 4 goal 3.
At half time the boys were composed and realising that our style of footy was taking it right up to a team that had beaten us in round one by 110 points. We spoke about the need to increase our tempo in the second half, to put the game beyond Pembroke’s reach but also knowing that we had to produce another half as good or better than the first two quarters.
The third quarter got under way and once again we were into attack, hitting the scoreboard regularly, putting added pressure immediately back onto the opposition. Our ball movement was very good, hitting targets consistently such was the boys growing confidence. Scoring was good, with the focus also being on our defence, which had been terrific all game, restricting Pembroke to a solitary goal for the quarter while we added a further 5 – 1.
At the break going in to the last quarter, it was obvious that the boys intensity was not going to wane. The message was simple, stick to our pre-game plan, keep up the pressure, play our style, take the game on and believe in each other. To Pembroke’s credit they came at us with all guns blazing, applying constant pressure which they had not done so far in this game. Every opportunity at stoppages they were hitting in heavily both on body and ball. This was a ploy to break up our lads concentration, but just as our boys had been all game, they steadied and stuck to playing our style and went back into attack again and again, stopping Pembroke in their tracks. The quarter wound down with the A grade having a 44point win. Sensational and credit to the playing group who all played well. The Club song was sung once again with great enthusiasm, before a large contingent of loyal supporters and followers.
Goalkickers: D Fromm 5, C Scholfield 3, 1 each H Wallace, J Blewit, T Sinclair, D Callary, J Langdon.
Best Players: A Law, M Kelson, T Sinclair, R Madden, R O’Brien, T Kowald, J Woolford.