Coaches Report – Preliminary Final vs Central Districts
After playing a number of elimination matches over the past few weeks our reserve group found themselves in the preliminary final v Central Districts. Playing at AAMI stadium was great reward for our reserve group as some boys haven’t previously experienced this. Centrals won our two previous encounters quite convincingly so our boys knew they were going to be up against it.
Our boys had gained valuable confidence & momentum over the previous weeks, so a good start was going to be vitally important. What we were hoping for, happened as after the first 5-6 mins of the game, once settled our boys got into their groove & played some of their best football for the season to lead by 23 points at quarter time. Their ability to control the ball by foot & be composed & controlled under pressure was very impressive for such a young group.
The next two quarters seen the momentum of the game swing between the two sides as both side had moments of control. Majority of the goals that we conceded during this period was due to crucial mistakes in which Centrals to their credit certainly capitalized on. We still managed to cling to a valuable 17 point lead at ¾ time knowing Centrals were going to come home with the breeze.
In a last quarter which mirrored the previous week, the opposition came at us strongly & took momentum of the game. We appeared to be running out of legs on the bigger oval & warmer day. Similar to last week’s game, Centrals were able to kick repetitive goals to take the lead back late in the last term. Again our young group showed their fighting spirit of the previous weeks & again fought back to regain the lead & run out eventual 10 point winners. Making their way into the Grand Final week.
Whether they win or lose in the last game of the year, the club & supporters should be really proud of this young group of men. The way they have been going about playing over the past few weeks has been inspiring & a great example of the spirit, commitment & unity our club wants to showcase to the rest of the football community.
Again there were no passengers as each member of the side made valuable contributions in their role.
Riley Milne & Michael Galley were fantastic in their roles on Central’s 2 key dangerous forwards. Riley in particular also provided great run from defence. Jacob Carger, Mathew Snook, Alex Neil-Bullen & Brad Agnew continued their impressive form over the past few weeks, again with strong games in the midfield. Darcy Bailey (4 goals), Boyd McCurry (4 goals) & Dylan Gamble (25 Disposals, 11 I50’s) were in everything up forward.
So our reserve group eventually make it to the Grand Final. They are very much looking forward to the premiership opportunity. They would again love to see & hear your support so please come out & show those proud Tiger colours.
(GFC Reserves Coach)