Match Report

U18’s Match Report – Round 10 vs Glenelg

Round 10 saw us host Glenelg at home and we were keen to continue on from a strong performance the previous week. It’s always good to see players play their first games and in this one we had 3 of them – Ethan Cain, Ethan Johnson and Jonah Zinndorf. Some players returned to college football after a bye the previous week and many of our state representatives played against NSW on Saturday at Thebarton.

The first quarter was quite an even affair with Glenelg taking a narrow lead in to the first break. The first 10 minutes of the second quarter was probably our best footy for the year as we kicked 4 goals in that time and took a 20 point lead, before Glenelg fought back with 3 late goals to ensure we led by a single point at half-time.

Tyler Quinn kicked the first goal of the second half just 3 minutes in, but unfortunately that was our last goal for the match. Our last 12 shots were all behinds and we kicked 1.8 to 2.0 in the third quarter and didn’t capitalise on our play. Glenelg kicked 3 late goals in the last quarter to run out 20 point winners.

Oscar Talbot assumed the ruck duties in a positional change for him and competed well all game, Jameson Whitbourne led the mids with 24 disposals and a goal, whilst Judd Hansen had 16 possessions and kicked 1.3 from half-forward. Jackson Allen competed well down back all day, Liam Westdijk showed some good signs in different roles and Lachlan Tredwell looked our most prominent target despite finishing with 1.4.

Sometimes you have to grit your teeth and accept that the result doesn’t reflect the way the match was played. Full credit to Glenelg on their performance and they played well, but we also know we missed too many opportunities and it should have been much closer. Our boys were hurting after the match, but it’s now Tuesday and rest assured everyone’s attention has turned to the task ahead.

This Friday night we play Norwood away at 7:45pm. This is a big game for us and with no senior football for the club this weekend, all roads lead to The Parade and we look forward to seeing you there in your red and black. We will be ready for the challenge and look forward to bouncing back. We will see you there!

Best: Oscar Talbot, Jameson Whitbourne, Kade Hilton, Jackson Allen, Liam Westdijk, Lachlan Tredwell

Goals: Ethan Cain, Judd Hansen, Kade Hilton, Ethan Johnson, Padrick O’Donoghue, Tyler Quinn, Lachlan Tredwell, Jameson Whitbourne (1)

Paul Streatfield

Talent Manager & U18 Coach