Round 5 vs Nar Nar Goon
Coach: David Main
We travelled to Nar Nar Goon expecting a tough contest and the game exceeded our fears with a rampant and committed Nar Nar Goon beating us in one on one contests all over the ground. Coach David Main tried many different strategies through the game but to no avail as NNG outplayed us and played their own style of football. We did get close a couple of times due to sheer persistence by players coming in and out of the contest but it was not nearly enough. We need to re-group, attend training, take notice of the coaches and realise we are in a tough season. At our best we have proven we can match it with any team in the competition but we weren’t up to it this time.
Robert Hill played his best game for us this year and really shone in defence where he had many opportunities. Chris Johnson played his usual tough, classy game in the mid field. Tristan Fernandez was lively in the forward line and Tim Payne helped to shore up the defence on many occasions until he had to come off with an injury. Nathan Gardiner kicked three goals on a dirty day for our forwards. Matt Ryan keeps improving each week and took on a number of roles through the game with great effect. Looking forward to a better game next week.
Coach: Michael Palmer
The Reserves came up what we thought was an evenly matched Nar Nar Goon outfit and the game see sawed up until half time. Nar Nar Goon effectively won the game in the third term when they kicked five goals to our one. This seemed to have an effect on our players and their efforts in the second half proved to be ineffective as the opposition got on top. A disappointing performance overall.
Nick Helsby proved yet again he has the ability to step up into the seniors with a consistent mid field performance. His class was evident around the ground. He received another cruel injury that will keep him out for several weeks. Sean Wilson took some nice marks and seemed to judge the conditions a lot better than his team-mates, scoring four goals. Kane White had the hardest role on the ground, in an unfamiliar position at full back but didn’t stop trying for the whole game. Corey Ramsdale is our most improved player this season and is continually able to run and be a presence due to his improved fitness. Nick Brooks continued to show a great spirit in the mid field, never giving an inch and showing an uncompromising attitude towards the football. It is great to have Kane Martin back in the team after a long absence showing his usual courage and ability to take great marks.
Coach: Michael Ryan
This team keeps improving week in week out and we opened up well. The scores were close at quarter time. Ryder Milne doing great work at Half Back and Owen Hartley was excellent in defense with tackling pressure, winning the ball on numerous occasions and using it well, then he moved into the middle and continued the good work. Brodie O’Callaghan was tough in defense all match. Adam Menes moved around well and won plenty of ball in the forward line, whilst Brandon Borg played all over the ground and kept trying all game. Taj Kirby got cramp from running so much and was a solid player in defense or mid field. Jet Milne was prolific in the backline. We ran out of run in the second half and were soundly beaten, however showed some improvement on recent weeks. With more training and fitness we will improve.
Coach: James Perkins
Round 5 saw another strong performance against Nar Nar Goon. Our focus was to continue our team first theme and not fall back into bad habits once the game opened up. Once again our backline was terrific keeping Nar Nar Goon to the two goals for the match. They continue to grow in confidence and work for each other. Our Midfield gave our forwards plenty of opportunities throughout the day, and we were able to hit the scoreboard regularly and have a sizeable victory. Credit to Nar Nar Goon. They never threw in the towel and battled the game out until the final siren. Notable performances to Rylan Nowlan, Darcy Edwards and Jackson Ratten who played thier best games for the season whilst Max McDermott’s 6 goals and Piper Pincharee were standouts down forward and back respectively.