Coaches Wrap – Round 10/8
Sponsored by Harcourts Tagni
Best Players: M. Clifton, T. Lush, M. Da Silva, C. Carlier, R. Jones, I. Quigley
It was a cold and slippery morning but the sun was shining and we were confident of a good result but it wasn’t to be. We had the best of the first quarter kicking our only goal to take the early lead and things looked like they were going to plan. Unfortunately we allowed a late goal to Morphett Vale and they went into the quarter time break with their tails up and a belief they could match it with us. We certainly had our chances in an even contest but just couldn’t convert in front of goals. The boys, to their credit, fought the game out right to the very end with the ball camped inside our forward half in the last quarter but we fell just short. A big shout out to our U12 players who have been fantastic all season when we need fill ins. Rhys Jones was BOG last weekend and Jack Manion has been a solid contributor every time he has played.
This unexpected result has really put the pressure on us to remain in finals contention but I’m sure we will bounce back. This week will test us against the second placed Porties at home but we are playing much better footy than we were in round 2.
Hopefully I don’t need to call myself a Waaaaaaambulance again this season and see you all at the footy.
Michael Haslam – Under 13’s Coach
Sponsored by City Rural Insurance
Flagstaff Hill 14.17-101 defeated Morphett Vale 4.4-28
Best Players: Z. Mayr, B. Jeffries, B. Sisson, T. Berndt, L. Ellis, J. Scanlan
We were looking forward to seeing how far we had come since playing them in Round 1.
Whilst we have improved as a team, so had Morphett vale.
They were very physical around the ball and made us earn the footy.
In the end we were stronger for longer with our Captain Ben Jeffries in a milestone game doing the hard work with Zac Mayr in the middle giving great delivery to our full forward Lachie who kicked seven.
We finished the day well with lots of link up footy which looked impressive from the sidelines.
Pt Noarlunga at home next week is our next challenge. Keep up the great work.
Sponsored by Macnab Finance
Best Players: A. Grayson, D. Kelsey, T. Brockhurst, S. Burbridge, B. Aldridge, J. Richman
One of our better games for the year
Marty Clifton – Under 17’s Coach
Best Players: A. Baltagie, R. McNamara, T. Smith, M. Caire, T. Meinecke
The boys battled hard and responded at times of the game to keep us in touch on the scoreboard. Unfortunately we fell down in our execution of team structures and we were a bit off the pace through periods of the game. We failed to reach some of our team KPI’s which meant we were behind on the scoreboard at the final siren.
One of the biggest positives out of the game was the debut of our U17 Ahmed Baltagie. He battled extremely hard in the Ruck and at times the opposition ruckman tried to rattle him with some dirty acts but he remained composed and deserved his BOG award.
Richie McNamara was our shining light up forward slotting 6 of our 7 goals, Matt Caire worked tirelessly through the middle winning some great contested footy, Tim Meinecke and Tristan Smith were solid in defence winning some great 1 v 1 battles, intercepting opposition kicks and giving us some much needed rebound from defence.
Looking to round 11 vs Port Noarlunga we are extremely determined to bounce back and execute our structures and game style with skill and precision.
Aaron Caesarikow and Raeph Caesarowicz
Flagstaff Hill 14.14-98 defeated Morphett Vale 8.6-54
Best Players: B. Patterson, R. Mountford, D. Kearsley, M. Walton, L. Beenham, N. Mitchell
Sponsored by Charlesworth Nuts
Best Players: D. Crisa, B. Knuckey, A. Baltagie, J. Bunworth, A. Baltagie, J. Williams
Sponsored by Chicken Hub
Best Players: E. Scanlan, B. Kleinig, J. Partridge, G. Baker, J. Sarjeant, A. Knuckey
Sponsored by Followme4wd
Best Players: K. Smith, M. Pearce, J. Costello, J. Keating, E. Johnson, C. Trott
Sponsored by Subway O’Halloran Hill
Christies Beach 3.3-21 defeated Flagstaff Hill 2.5-17
Goal Kickers: S. Aldridge 2
Best Players: E. Comley, S. Aldridge, S. Vowles, Z. Hodgson, A. Sorella, E. Smailes
The U14 girls drove out to Christie’s for the 2nd time this year. After drawing with them in the first round we knew it would be a tough game, and we had learned a lot since that first encounter.
The Christies team got off to a quick start, posting their first goal early in the game, and although the girls rallied well they were not able to post a major in the first half. It almost felt like we were trying to push the ball over the line for a try, whilst the Christies defence was holding strong.
To our girl’s credit, they fought back in the second half but some inaccuracy in front of goal cost us at times. Sienna Aldridge broke the lines several times and kicked our first goal in the 3rd quarter. She also kicked another playing out of the ruck in the last and the game tightened up with only 4 points separating the teams, and Flaggys with all the momentum and speed. Alas, time beat us in the end, Christie’s running out the winners 3.3-21 to Flaggy 2.5-17.
Zoe Hodgson in defence was terrific as was Abby Sorella and Erin Smailes. The girls thwarted many scoring opportunities and gave us great drive out of defence.
The endeavour from start to finish was exceptional, unlucky not to get the rewards in the end but we hope to get another opportunity later in the season.