Panther finals action
Mixed bag of results last weekend with the Unders gallant but ultimately bowing out in their Elimination final to Marcellin whilst the Seniors played a gutsy game to hold off OM’s and now advance to a preliminary final and take on SKOB’s.
Lookingto last weekend, the senior’s game was played at Sportscover Arena (VAFA HQ) and as seems to always be the case come finals there was a strong 5 goal north wind blowing straight down the ground. The boys trained well during the week and had a light session on Saturday ahead of a meeting and the announcement of the final team. Based on match ups, Jacob Murphy was very stiff to miss out, having played all season it was a tough call, and one Coxy didn’t enjoy delivering. Things did change overnight as Mathew Laidlaw was still feeling the effects of hamstring tightness and withdrew for the team enabling Jacob to be called up. Whilst Mathew would be a huge loss the boys were thrilled to have Jacob back in the team.
Having won the toss we kicked with the breeze and got 6 goals on the board, however we let OM’s in with 3 goals so we needed to play well into the breeze come the 2nd quarter. Down by 8 points at half time , the game was in the balance. Coxy spoke a lot with the boys about mental toughness and focus, playing brave and work rates. The boys came out and kicked another 6 goals to lead at ¾ time by 24 points.
Despite conceding an early goal to OM’s the boys played a magnificent last quarter, full of gutsy acts and bravery, we kicked 3 telling goals into the breeze and kept Oms to 2. Winning by 4 goals the entire panther community was ecstatic. There were many good players including our gallant captain, Cam Howat, Ryan Bongetti, Joel Rice, Lach MM, James Murrie and big Col Crewther. Many others played inspired football; it was a real team effort. The picture below of a desperate Joel Rice really highlights the intensity of the game and our commitment.
Looking to this week the boys head back to Sportscover on Sunday to have another crack at SKOB’s who were beaten by Uni Blues. Two weeks on from our bad loss to SKOB’s I reckon the boys are back on track and very keen to redeem themselves. I know they play well when games are needed to be won so I have utmost confidence in the playing group and coaches. Coxy and his assistants have been magnificent in their 1st season at the club. It is a 2.15 pm start allowing father’s day breakfast before the big game, we are a win away from a GF match with Blues and A grade. However, let’s stay focused on this coming game for now.
In closing special mention must go to the Under 19’s and in particular coach Michael Tarrant. Taz has done a wonderful job with the Unders and got them playing much better football. Ably supported by Gary Chapman and Michael Mitchell, Taz has been able to get regular numbers at training with the result being the boys enjoying a much improved season. Plenty of wins, capped off with a finals appearance and a leading goal kicker in Mitchell Nixon.
So with the Seniors now the only remaining Panther team alive we need you all to stay involved as the season is getting interesting to say the least. Please join us on Sunday at VAFA HQ, Elsternwick Park, games starts 2.15pm.
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