Guys, Straight to the point, this was by a long way your best game so far.
You have already played the big top teams in the opening rounds and Ferny Grove are up there with the best. Well Done Ferny for a magic game of football. Clean players & clearly a team with a great respect for the game.
The wind was blowing strong to one pocket and Coach Adrian had great advice for game play which all the boys heeded and put into practice. From the outset all the boys tried their best and warmed up by keeping defence strong and working out what they needed to do in position.
As the game progressed the score line was 0-0 right up until half time with both teams not giving an inch.
Coach Adrian kept the momentum going at the half time break with game plan and probably the shortest break I’ve ever seen with the boys out on the field ready to attack hard, 5 minutes before the 3rd Quarter siren!!
Stroke of genius (Adrian.G.) as the boys confidence lifted and all the players started really listening to their specific roles, moving ball forward, spreading, calling and being tough at the footy. The back flanks were finally seen now as opportunities to move the ball forward and the centres had a fantastic game plan….Win ball, quick to centre half forward then into the goal square. Fantastic marks, tackling and speed all contributed to the best quarter of football I’ve seen for the season.
Mayne in the 3rd Qtr. had overcome Ferny’s defence and through hard work and listening to Coach, nailed goals and realised their potential.
The Hardest part in any Ozzy Rules game is to ride out the full 4 Quarters. Many games are won and lost in the twilight stages of a 4th Quarter. Today, you boys showed guts and determination to stay on top and finish the game with pride.
Now you guys know what you are capable of, you need to keep it up. There will be many more tough games ahead this season so keep focussed and always listen to Coach Adrian.
Special Mention to Our U10 players:
Thomas – 2 of the best goal square marks I have seen at this junior level across the competition hands down. And then to convert to 2 goals……That is AFL style football!!
Brian – All day worked hard with no fear going for the football, some great kicks and a goal which lifted the side to no end.
Gus – Mate, It was great to see a young fella have pride playing up a grade for his club and most of all himself. You played amazing football today. You read play and had the skill and courage to win ball and unselfishly move it where it needed to go. When the U11 boys lifted you on their shoulders for end of game walk off….You will remember that for a long time. Congrats.
Boys, make sure your parents pat you on the back. You all played great footy and should be proud!!