It was a bit of an earlier start than we have been used to (Saturday afternoon at 1:10pm at Prospect), but it turned out to be a great day for football, minus the wind. We kicked with a strong breeze in the first quarter and we should have converted an early goal when Luke Partington followed up from a fwd stoppage to snap on goal to just miss. We continued to attack the goal front during the quarter, going inside 50 17 times, and we could have been further in front at quarter time. We were winning the contested ball and our backline was holding up well, returning the ball back into our fwd line regularly. Liam McBean continued off where he finished last week with two first quarter goals along with Luke Reynolds.
The second quarter started in a similar fashion to the first, with us having a lot more of the ball. We kicked 3 goals and were looking like we would go into half time with a healthy lead. However, as we expected, North had other ideas and they put the pressure on and got a sniff after a couple of undisciplined efforts from some players allowed them to score a goal. Once North get a sniff they can be very dangerous, and we found this out with them kicking the last 4 goals of the quarter in about the last 6 minutes of the term to bridge the gap to 10 points.
The third quarter was a real arm wrestle and both sides had difficulty kicking the Burley in very tricky, windy conditions. North were able to close the gap further to 2 points and had all of the momentum at three quarter time.
We addressed a few structural things at the break and when Marlon Motlop kicked a goal in the first minute of the quarter it was the start of some very good football. Our mids dominated clearances and our forwards were working well together and making the most of their opportunities, kicking 5 goals to 0 in the first 18 minutes of the quarter. Liam McBean finished the game the way he started with another two goals in the quarter, while Reynolds, Motlop and Hosie were all also able to kick majors in the last quarter, helping us to a very exciting win by 31 points.
Congratulations to all of our teams that played on the weekend, with the 18’s, Reserves and Ladies team all having good wins on Saturday afternoon. Thanks for all our supporters that came to Prospect to watch. We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday May 9 at 2:10pm when we play Sturt at home.
– Brett Hand, Senior Coach
Goal kickers: L. McBean (5), L. Reynolds (3), L. Hosie (2), M. Motlop (2), M. Allen, A. Bradley, B. Turner
Trademark Player: Matt Allen