Paddy Report 2017, Round 8 vs Seaford
Wow. Here we are after round 8, with 7 wins and sitting on top of the ladder. We head to the mid-year break (no game next week-end due to QB public holiday) in pretty good nick with pretty much a full list for the second half of the year.
For those lucky enough to be at the Seaford ground on Saturday, it was a cracker and easily the best game this season. A packed crowd, with heaps of noise for both sides, created an electricity in the amphitheatre that is unique to this ground. It was like the games of the 80s with both sides seemingly aware of the bragging rights that go with the Sundowner cup.
The first half was the hardest hitting of the season with Seaford keeping their noses in front. Our game structures held up with the only difference being our goals coming from the centre corridor whereas Seaford played the much deeper pockets knowing that the angles are not that bad on this ground. Having said that marks inside 50 at half time told a bit of a tale, with our opponents on top and our usual numbers well down. The second half saw our team finally wear down the opposition and gain scoreboard ascendancy. Deep into the final quarter we were 5 goals up, but some goals in junk time shortened the final margin to 14 points. A great game to watch, fitting of the top 2 sides at that time. There were lots of cameos, rather than one or two standouts, so the mentions as follows include; Dylan Smillie continued improvement as a tap ruckman beating the opponents in the centre; Chewy Scanlon belies his years and was as tough as he’s been in the centre clearances; Aaron Edwards one out marking was up there and finished with 6 hardworking goals; Lachie Marshall was crazy brave and together with clutch goal sense was adjudged the 3RPP best player for the day; Tim Bongetti hit the packs hard and took some ripper marks as well as kicking 4 goals; Nick Boswell was superb at CHB and also chimed in for a couple of beaut goals; Guy Hendry seems to be loving the backline and took heaps of intercept marks. As stated earlier, there were heaps of cameos and it was a great hit out where we learnt a lot about where we can find more improvement, and still win the game.
Pines – 4.1.25 7.2.44 14.5.89 17.10.112
Seaford – 4.4.28 8.6.54 12.6.78 15.8.98
The reserves had a hard hit out with the second placed Seaford side, and could not get their noses in front when it counted. Our boys will continue to improve and will be a handful when they put it together. The game itself was tough as Seaford employed a very disciplined press on the tight ground, and as with the seniors, found their own space very wide in the pockets, where most goals were kicked. Our delivery to our talls probably needs work, as we tend to try to get them to lead onto low passes when having the ball in the air might provide a better mismatch. Having said that the final margin of 16 points suggests that they are gettable when we play on the larger grounds, so long as we learn from each week and continue to show faith in the football program. The list remains as strong as ever as we look toward the next round where the top team – Mt Eliza – awaits. Game features included; a welcome back to Matt Kiely who kicked two nice goals from set shots; Harley Peace-Stirling (Sauce) chipped in for two and played well; Rhys Chalkley also kicked two nice first half goals and Adam McPherson with one, rounded out the goal kickers for the day. Jayden Goldsmith and Dave McLaren were serviceable in the backline. Jarryd Guganovic and Adam McPherson were good around the ground and Lee Hearnden gave all as expected, along with Brendan Barfoot who absorbed plenty of the hard hits dished out by the opposition. We will be better for this game.
Pines – 7.2.44
Seaford – 9.6.60
The under 19s had an unfortunate lead up to the game with a number of players unavailable due to junior representative responsibilities and for the first time this year had to borrow a couple from the opposition to field a side. There is a lot being done in the background to ensure this is not how it is in the future, so for now we thank all involved and the resilience of the kids who turn up, and those that play 2 games on a week-end. The scores showed that the opposition was stronger but didn’t reflect some really bright football being played by our boys. We only kicked two goals but that was more because of differing physical strength than our abilities. So there is a good future to look forward for the boys and it is evident that there is some good coaching taking effect. Best players included; Josh Howe – got to lots of contests and never gave up, Kadel Key – won well in the ruck and is improving every week, Aaron Philps – is consistent in both the 19s and 17s the next day, Lyndon Vraca – a good kid who has improved weekly, Joel Nichols – leading the side by example, Grant Humphrey – very good game in difficult positions. Goal kickers Kallum White and Aaron Philps. Keep it up boys.
Netball results were mixed as the team adjusts it’s mix based on availability. The girls are showing great resilience but could do with some help from any people with a netball background. This can be playing assistance or preparation or even administration so if you know of or are keen to help please let us know. A grade went down 66 to 36, B grade drew 37 apiece, C grade lost 53 to 27 and the glamour side for the weekend went to D grade who won handsomely 30 to 20. Well done to all the ladies in competing so good and representing the club as well as you do.
So a break this upcoming week-end and a time to re-set and re-energise for the next phase of this season. I’ve attached a link to the football record from this weekend gone and will do so each week – if this works – for those in far flung places as I know this email is sent to many places from Atlanta USA, Tokyo Japan to Phukett, Thailand as well as across Australia. The record has a nice eulogy for Bud Williams as a feature article this week, so enjoy and reflect here as well as the website www.pinefnc.com.au – Jeff Svigos.
For those of you who weren’t able to attend, we can now add the football record to the Paddy Report, see below. In particular, there is a good tribute to Bud.