For the forth week in a row, we were undermanned and had to call on Daniel Holland to help out. Our team setup had some boys playing in unfamiliar positions and our success as a team would be determined by how well the boys would adapt to the conditions. Our message, stick to the game plan and back yourself, brought out the best in everyone. After an evenly matched first quarter, the boys stepped up a gear and held Greythorn scoreless in the second term which would create the buffer needed to beat a rampaging opposition in the last. With no bench and rotations, it was only a matter of time as to when the mid field would run out of legs but to the credit of the whole team, they didn’t give up and gave 100% to the end. We consider this the most even performance as a team with special efforts from every player, hard tackling, linkup play and creating options. It goes to show what we can achieve if we stick to our plan and never give up. A brilliant effort. With a near full team available for round 8, we will need to bring on a similar performance to knock off Glen Iris.
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Nick was fantastic, especially in the second quarter when the pressure was on. He won 3, 3 against 1 contests and safely cleared the ball out of the back line. His fierce attack on the ball and player not only puts fear in opposition but also gives his team mates confidence that if he doesn’t win the ball will almost always even the contest. Keep up the great work!
Zel and I struggled to separate this weeks nominations for the Carmines so decided to reward both for their best performances this season. Nick Thorn took his game to a new high this week. He chased, took intercept marks and tackled strongly. His increased confidence sees him bringing more aspects to his game. We have seen a massive growth in his game this season and look forward to many more. Definitely his best game for the season. Last year Jake was known for his tackling and in and under work. He has been working hard to be a complete player and this week he showed us what he is capable of doing. Winning the hard ball, run and carry and the poise to slot a nice goal on a 45 degree angle…great game.
This week we have 2 polo winners! Out numbered 2 to 1 Tom needed to hold off the Greythorn forwards deep in our back line. He held his ground and nerve getting first hands on the ball and rushing it through for a behind. In the second quarter, Nelson sprinted 10 – 15 meters to lay a tackle as the Greythorn player was about kick at goal. He not only stopped a certain goal but also rewarded with a free kick. Given the 8 point margin at the end, these were both game winning defensive efforts.