Round two had us away against Croydon on a true winter’s day with wind and heavy rain. Our under 19s run into a white hot Croydon who have been a pace setter in recent years in the under 19 competition. While our boys tried hard, Croydon’s size and quick ball movement left our young lads a little over whelmed. Reserves had their chances but a couple of costly errors proved the difference going down by three points. Lee, Barro, Foster, Clarke, and De Luca were all named in the best but Barro and Clarke both suffered late injuries. Seniors had their chances early but lost Joseph in the opening minutes with a finger injury as he joined Barro and Clark at Moorandah hospital. A third term fade out cost us dearly as we went down by 43 points. Captain Jackson Glossop was a standout, The Gordon boys battled hard with McArdle and Ryan also named in the best.
NEXT week we host Lilydale @ home for Anzac round, plus our 1st president’s lunch (already sold out) with Richmond premiership star Alex Rance. Please mark down the 26th of May for the comedy night, as the Junior and Senior club come together as one for our biggest event of the year.
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Under 19s Coach's Report
This week we travelled out to Croydon which is always a hard road trip. Luckily for us the reserves got the rough end of the stick with the weather and it wasn’t too bad for us although a little bit slippery.
The first half we showed some good signs, playing good patches of football and looking dangerous when we were able to link up and use our run and carry to get the ball in quickly to our forwards.
Unfortunately we had a couple of lapses which allowed Croydon to get some easy goals out the back and Jake Parente unluckily played on and kicked a goal as the siren went which meant we went into the half time break 2 goals behind.
With the game in the balance at half time we knew how important the 3rd quarter was going to be, disappointingly we were terrible in the 3rd quarter, Croydon were more desperate, worked harder and were much cleaner with their disposal and opened up a 6 goal break going into the last quarter.
We were better in the last quarter but the damage had been done. Until we learn to concentrate for 4 quarters and lift our work rate when the game is in the balance we will struggle to get the results that we desire.
Jackson Glossop was outstanding all day down back and Matt Gordon was very good across half forward for us.
Thanks to all the supporters who came out to watch us in trying conditions we look forward to seeing you all at home this weekend for the Anzac clash against Lilydale.
Neil Winterton Senior Coach