Under 19

Monash blown away by gritty Rovers

?Our skill level was hopeless. There wasn?t any kicking or handballing going to our players’?  Sound familiar?**  They could have been Quonny’s comments after the game and I suppose if you spent the afternoon watching from the car or the clubrooms the comments could have seemed valid!  On the ground it was a different story – a 60k northerly blowing straight down the ground made any good footy virtually impossible.  All the more disappointing was that we probably had in our strongest team for the year  which was unable to display the considerable skills they have.

 

For the first time in the season we weren?t leading at quarter time.  The Blues, with the wind, kicked 3.5 before we were on the board and it was only a strong final 5 minutes that saw some good running rewarded with a couple of goals against the gale.

 

With the wind in the second it wasn?t any easier.  While we peppered the goals we were inaccurate and it was only Robbie J’s two long bombs and a mark and goal to Matty Innes that were accurate.  By this stage our backs had settled and with Max Greenway having his best game for the year in the back half they were regaining their reputation for miserliness.  After quarter time Monash only kicked 1 more goal.

 

Tom Youl was continuing his good form, no doubt spurred on by the boundary line support(?) and Ed Turner and Russ Howe were in and under all day.  With Big Pat back on the ground and sharing the ruck duties with Marlz they were gradually taking ascendancy in the midfield.  With the rotation of the midfielders working well, it could be seen that as the game went on the Blues were in trouble. 

 

It was also clear that Jack Baxter, being more obstreperous than usual, was eager for the game to finish and birthday celebrations to begin!

 

In the last quarter the floodgates (?) opened and both Ned Fallon and born again forward Jordan Goss slotted 2 each and the game was over.  Monash, to their credit, fought the game out and didn?t resort to flooding tactics in the last in their efforts to win the game.

 

Our loyal band of supporters filled the rooms after the game and listened with interest to the coach’s comments on the events of last Saturday – the big day out due to the forfeit – and his assessment of today’s game.  The coach gave his MVP award to Max and at the same time expressed his disappointment that the conditions did not let us show our true form. 

 

As the night wore on it was clear that he was buoyed by the team’s success and tackled a number of parents about their sons’ pre game preparation.  The most surprising response was from one mother, who shall remain nameless, who declared that she and her son come as a team – if she’s late he’s late – bad luck coach!  I wonder who that would have been!

 

(**Preston coach talking about his U9s last week!)

 

Scores

 

HR      2.1     5.8     6.8     10.11            71

MB      3.7     3.7     4.11    4.13             37

 

Best    Greenway, Fallon, Youl, Turner, Johnston, Innes, Howe

Goals  Goss 3, Fallon 3, Innes 2, Johnston 2

 

NEXT WEEK

 

Vs BEAUMARIS at Banksia Reserve for a 11.40am start.  The starting time will be confirmed Thursday at training and on the website.

 

OFFICIALS

GOAL            STEVE YOUL

TIME             STEVE MASSIE

BOUND          JOE NAULTY

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