It’s never easy to digest a loss, especially when we knew it was a game that most would have looked at, on paper, in our favour. We couldn’t get the work done and we lost by 33 points to Woodville West Torrens.
We started the game on the back foot and really struggled to find our feet for the first quarter. Overall, we won the clearance battle, which is something we’ve been working on and consistently bringing to each game this season. However, we just weren’t able to move the ball effectively from there. Woodville West Torrens were able to intercept our kicks and prevent us from gaining any momentum.
Although glimpses of the Tigers of old, Woodville were just able to outwork us, and probably disappointingly for the group was our tackle pressure. To be down the possession count for most of the game, and losing the tackle count, just highlights the need to improve these areas going forward and to get the match back on our terms, playing the systems we are trying to implement. We had some missed opportunities going forward, and our forward line weren’t able to create enough scoring opportunities when we needed them.
Despite the loss, there were a few standout performances from our players. Ellie Kellock was our best player with 23 disposals and our only goal of the game. Matilda Scholz was important in the ruck with her tap work allowing us to win the clearance rate, and I was really impressed with Violet Patterson’s game on the wing – her effort and her competitiveness and endeavour never wavered.
Looking forward as a young group, we need to refocus as every game matters towards our road to the finals. We’ll be working hard on improving our ball movement and tackling, and we’ll be looking to create more scoring opportunities. It’s a disappointing result, but we’ll take the learnings and come back stronger next week.
Goal Kicker: E. Kellock
Best Players: E. Kellock, V. Patterson, M. Scholz, M. Freeman, M. Bennett