Round 8 vs Korumburra-Bena
Coach: David Main
Was great to be back playing at the Cobra Dome! It didn’t take long for our senior team to realise that this game wasn’t going to be easy. In the four years playing against them every game has been very competitive. Our boys were challenged early on in the first half and our leaders stood up when it counted. Heath Briggs was fantastic with his intercept marking and foot skills. Chris Johnson and Brady White thrived on the contest and were everywhere. Billy Thomas dominated the hit outs and gave our mid fielders first use of the ball. Matt Ryan continues to improve every week and played a big role up forward as well providing support in the ruck. Nathan Gardiner continues to stand up when it counts and is having a better season than in 2019. Ash Williams was solid in defence for the whole game. To Korumburra’s credit they kept coming at us but eventually we kicked away late in the game.
Coach: Michael Palmer
After a great win against Dalyston last week the Developmental team looked forward to the challenge of facing Korumburra-Bena in our first home game since returning from the mid-season lockdown. From the outset the boys were ready to play with a solid first quarter from both Liam and Lachy Taylor setting the standard while Matt Ferguson began to assert his dominance on the game.
Precise ball movement and a team first mentality continued in the second as Riak Akoi got in on the action. Our midfield lifted another level in the second half as we continued to apply scoreboard pressure despite strong opposition and contested footy from the Giants. A most satisfying win for everyone involved, played in beautiful conditions at the Dome. It was great to be back on our home deck! Growing in form and confidence over the last few games, Nick Buckland had a breakout, best on ground performance. Special mention to Jake Ross, Jordan Osborne, Lynden Banting and Corey Brook.
Thirds - U18s
Coach: Michael Ryan
Interesting game, half way through the second quarter those that had backed Korrumburra for over 60 points would have been getting ready to collect. Nicholas Pastras in the middle, Ryder Milne at Centre Half Back, Brandon Borg on the wing and Owen Hartley were clearly not going to let that happen through their strength of mind and determination. After Half time with those aforementioned still going strongly and mids Trishane De Silva, Taj Kerby and Wrang Reik finding the ball, the team was improving. Mach Machar marking well forward and doing ruck work was helpful. Chol Chol is lively for the team and took a great mark which helped the cause. Douth Jock showed all his class and speed, he is a tremendous player for the team. There was a pulse at three quarter time as our players had lifted. Jet Milne was still going strongly, Jayden Vella prior to hurting a muscle was doing his best work for the game. Ryley Potter was injured and a great loss for the team. Jacob Oryem helped lift the team playing ruck and forward well. In the end the team only lost by a few points despite Korrumburra looking far too good early. Our arm-chair experts are taking an interest and offering their advice. Overall Nicolas Pastras and Ryder Milne put on a clinic in what was a good effort from the lads; the tackling statistics have improved also.
Coach: James Perkins
We faced a disciplined and committed Korumburra-Bena at home, Again our boys were able to place scoreboard pressure on our opposition early and capitalise on some great clearance work from our midfielders which gave our forwards plenty of opportunities to kick a winning score. Again Max McDermott (3 goals) along with Jett Edwards (3 goals) provided strong targets up forward, Caelan Addis worked tirelessly across Half Forward whilst Connor Gilbertson and Ben Baird were exceptional across Half Back, The group are continuing to improve each week and look forward to testing themselves against fellow finals aspirants over the next month.