From the Coaches Box
We have concluded a very important block of football in our season, one where we as a group identified as being pivotal to our season.
Over the past two months we have played 9 straight games, which included winning 7 in a row and unfortunately dropping the last two games heading into the bye to Doncaster and Vermont respectively.
Our list has certainly been well tested to this point having used 32 players, and having a few players in the medical room. Through injury comes opportunity, and we have been pleased to give opportunity to many of our younger players on the list, to this point Vanderhaar, North, Davis, O'Sullivan and Baglava have all tasted senior football in 2017.
We now draw breath with a bye this weekend, and it gives us a great opportunity to regroup. The players have been really professional over the past two months and it's important for them to refresh heading into an important final month of the season.
The match against Vermont was a pleasing effort from a very young side. I couldn't fault the endeavour, nor the courage of the players. Of particular mention was the performance of Jackson Weatherald, who not only hurt his shoulder, but strapped it up, and continued to show great courage to play through. This is the exact reason why we have great pride in him being our vice captain.
I was encouraged by the performance of 2nd gamer Danny Baglava, who in the 2nd half showed that he can be a regular senior footballer, and the opportunity to play him in such a high level match was a great learning curve.
Our side had the opportunity to win the match in the final term, coming from 28pts down to draw within 2 goals - we worked very hard as a group in the final term, but couldn't generate a winning score kicking 4.2 to 2 behinds. We certainly draw great confidence from the performance where 5 members of our 22 had played 12 games or less.
Our side was well served by the performances of Kris Pendlebury who again was fantastic in defence, Shaun Cross in midfield, who was well supported by Joffy Simpkin, Rennie Gilchrist and Marc O'Reagan.
We have 5 games to play, 3 of which are at Balwyn Park. Our goal is still in sight, and we will be looking to regroup next Tuesday, and play the way we know how.
Best Players: K. Pendlebury, J. Weatherald, J. Simpkin, D. Baglava, J. Wright, T. Simpkin
Bye This week (22nd July)
Next Game (29th July)
at Balwyn Park
Seniors 2.10 pm
Reserves 12.05 pm
U19s this week 10.00 am
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