I was very proud of the team to come back from 39 points down half way through the 2nd quarter but also mindful that we need to analyse why we were so far down before we responded so strongly. To me, its about what we can control around our method, effort and intensity, as well as communication and decision making. We will continue to go to work on that and educate our players, training them further in these areas. I also think the players lifted for our amazing skipper Tom Keough who played his 150th game. The boys were never going to give in out of respect for Tom. Let us also not underestimate his achievement in this current day. We salute you Tom.
When we do get it right we can match it with any team. To have 56 inside 50m is well above our season average. This was very pleasing and even more so when Jono Beech finished it off with four timely goals, turning back the clock. Pat Fairlie coming back into the side made an immediate impact around the ball with 14 contested possessions, 10 tackles and 5 clearances. Together with Hamish Hartlett [14 tackles & 4 clearances], Joel Stevens [16 CP, 9 clearances, 6 tackles], Lachie Squire [15 CP, 6 tackles and 3 clearances] they gave us our best chances for the year at clearance and getting the ball to our forwards. As a result we enjoyed our highest score for the year.
Special mention goes to Kaiden Brand who played a super game in defence -not only defending but taking intercept marks and launching our offence. Sam May did a great job on the dangerous Hosie along with Sinderberry on the equally dangerous Reynolds.
All in all a lot to like and another step forward for us this season. We now need to re-charge ourselves for a big assault for the remainder the season. Our first win is definitely within reach if we continue to improve and get our method stronger for longer.
Best: Kaiden Brand, Patrick Fairlie, Jono Beech, Hamish Hartlett, Joel Stevens, Sam May
Goals: Jono Beech (4), Hamish Ellem, Connor Fairlie (2), Jackson Edwards, Josh Gore, Tom Keough, Callum Park, Joel Stevens