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Last week saw us head to Abbotsfield Park with our Seniors looking to start the season 2-0. We knew Claremont would be disappointed with their opening Round loss and wanted to turn up with the mindset to work hard and not be complacent. To the boys credit I thought we played 3 quarters of really strong footy in difficult conditions with wind and rain making the day challenging. Our focus on the day was to play team footy and to bring each other into game this was highlighted by a team goal we put in place and that was to make sure we got ex-Claremont player Jake Harris an early first quarter goal.
Jake kicked the opening goal of the game and finished with 3 for the quarter. We ticked that off well and I thought our 3rd quarter was our best of team footy for the day…we kicked 11 goals in that period, but it was the way we went about it that pleased the coaching staff the most. Full credit to Claremont as they never threw the towel in all day and there pressure and intensity in the last quarter never fell away and they played the game with tremendous endeavour and effort throughout. We had a number of best players throughout the day but standing out was young gun Brock Daniels who after half time went on ball and showed why he is regarded as one of the best players at the club.
His ball winning ability and use by hand and foot in tough conditions was sensational. Jack Adams and Jayden Charlton won huge amounts of footy and won clearance after clearance. Jason Gridley was solid in defence. Down forward coach Alex Gilmour although wasteful finished with 7.6 but the even spread of goal kickers with 14 players hitting the scoreboard is a healthy sign for the footy club. This week we host New Norfolk in what shapes as a huge match for both footy clubs. New Norfolk have recruited well in the off season and look to be a serious contender in 2021 so we’ll need to on our game from start to finish if we are going to come away with the win !!!!
In very trying conditions our goal for the day was a stick to our structures and play team football which we did for the majority of the day. Our backline stuck to their role with limited opportunities and rebound the ball well.
We worked hard to find space and once we start to move the ball long was rewarded on the score board Matt Hale was best showing a four quarter effort with a lot of run and carry. He was closely followed by Josh Dykes with kicking five. The big hundred gamer in Ryan Barrow moved forward late in the game to get himself two goals. Once again Ryan excellent milestone and it’s a credit to yourself.
This week it’s time to regroup with a very big game against your new Norfolk this week to put us 3-0 leading into the bye. It’s going to take us four quarters of hard football to get the win this week! Go Tigers!
Saturday was an impressive day for the boys and the whole club with the first win on the board for the u19’s this season, in emphatic fashion. With only 19 players available this week they started the game in a real positive manner; best on field David Monks was on top in the ruck from the first centre bounce. We had 12 shots on goal in the first quarter but only converting 3 of those into goals. We spoke at quarter time about adjusting our entries into the forward line and taking smarter shots on goals and the boys handled this really well adjusting straight away.
After quarter time we kicked 8 goals, 3 behinds. Going into the main break with a substantial lead of 44 points the boys had really ran hard and set up the game early on. After half time the weather conditions worsened and we were kicking against a strong breeze, and held Huonville goalless which was a great defensive effort. It was good to see the boys finishing the game strong in winning the last quarter, especially considering there were no bench rotations after half time due to injury. There were some strong individual performances on the day with David Monks rucking near all day and winning quite a lot of the ball around the ground also. Supporting David was our midfield in Alex Wiggins, Dane Ayliffe and Angus Murfitt who all won plenty of the ball and delivering plenty of the ball to our forwards. Aran Fowler provided plenty of run on the wing and half back in his first game for the club and Aidan Donovan provided a target up forward kicking 4 goals. We will be looking for continuous improvement and our next opportunity will be against New Norfolk who will look to test us on our home ground this weekend.