Round 15 wrap


Away to Uni Blues

Round 15 had been the round we were waiting for, a shot at the benchmark team, Uni Blues.  With the boys coming off some good form in recent weeks we were eager to see if we had closed the gap on Uni since our round 2 defeat.  The first qtr saw us get off to a good start winning our fair share of contested footy and using it well around the ground and at qtr time we led by 14 points.  The second qtr was similar to the first with us playing good footy, but perhaps not hitting the scoreboard as well as we should have, however we still led by 20 points at the main break.  The challenge in the 3rd qtr was to sustain Uni’s attack while we only had 17 men on the ground due to a report in the 2nd qtr. We managed to do this for a short while, but you could feel Uni had stepped up their intensity and work rate and by the 3 qtr time break Uni had pegged us back to lead by 4 points.  The last qtr was another great challenge to see if we could handle the pressure Uni was throwing at us, but in the end they were a bit too good and won by 22 points.  The guys were positive after the game that they can match Uni and the gap has definitely closed since round 2, however we must continue to work hard and do everything right if we are to go passed them.




Away to Uni Blues

The boys prepared well during the week and we had selected another good team, despite the loss of Heners early on in the game we played aggressive football and kept Blues under pressure, the ball was held in where ever possible and the result being a low scoring contest.  At half time we trailed by 20 points and went in to the break knowing our game plan was holding up, like the seniors in the later game we needed to manage the pressure, both applying it and withstanding it.  It was disappointing that we then allowed the Blues to get a quick run on and kick several unanswered goals.  This lapse cost us the game as we were again able to maintain possession and get back into the game.  The boys endeavour was very good, so too their belief, Bas across half back was super so too Lachie Hall who was been rewarded this week with a spot in the seniors.  This week we have a real chance to play the game on our terms and we owe AJAX for the bad loss last round.  Another big effort will be required and out on Dunshea we must play run hard and take our chances.




Away to Old Trinity

Due to an early Season adjustment to Team grading we faced up to our next door neighbours Trinity for the second time in 3 weeks.  Last encounter saw us home by 80 points plus in the historic 400th game for Shrugger.  Trinity have had a peaks & valleys season but when they have their A Team available they are a formidable opponent.  We expected their A Team on their patch and after the first 5 minutes of the game we knew Trinity had come to play with their best side available.  They jumped us early and held a solid lead at quarter time.  We were very competitive but could not hurt them on the scoreboard.  At half time we were still in arrears by two goals plus.  The Third quarter was our best in terms of controlling the game but our inaccuracy in front of goal ultimately cost us the 4 points.  We kicked 2 goals 9 behinds and then let Trinity for 3 late quarter goals.  Our lack of concentration mixed with tired legs and constant Trinity pressure was taking its toll.  The last quarter saw us drop away and Trinity finished the game running all over us.  Final result was a 6 goal plus defeat.  Credit must go to Trinity who turned a 80 point loss in to a 40 point win.  A 120 point turn around in 21 days is impressive in any one’s books.  We were extremely disappointed as we had pencilled this game in as a win.  With 3 games to go we face our arch rival Ajax for the third time this week on Sunday.  We have beaten Ajax twice this Season by less than 2 goals and with Ajax still a mathematical chance of securing fourth spot they will come to play.  Best for Carey were Richo, Arundel, Macrow, Moshy, Fridge & Arrowsmith.  Goals Lenders, Cooney, Cornelius & TMB all 2 each.




Away to St Mary’s Salesian

On Saturday we took on the bottom side St Marys Salesian.  What was expected on paper to be an easy win, we were soon made to look like a bottom side as St Mary kicked 6 goals straight and could do no wrong.  Everything we did didn’t work and everything they did seemed to turn to gold.  We managed to get within a goal at half time.  The third quarter was the same as the first half and we were becoming frustrated and missing easy goals to keep them in it.  We also gave away to many 25 metre penalties and started to lose the plot, our behaviour on field was unacceptable.  To the boys credit we rallied in the last quarter and went on to win, which was a great effort as we didn’t look like winning all day.  We all learnt a lot of lessons and need to reload against Old Camberwell this week and gather momentum for finals.


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