This week we travelled over to Mosman to make amends for the Cats poor performance against Sydney the night before. The Mosman Swans come out hard early and kicking the first goal of the match. However our boys showed plenty of heart and fought back.
This was the best game they played for the season (I seem to be saying that every week). The boys were hard at the ball, gang tackling the opposition and not giving them a chance to move the ball at all. Our moto of “help out your mate” was seen all around the ground this week. The week in week out hardness of Billy Hardy was contagious across the team with everyone putting their bodies on the line. This hard play kept the other team goalless for the next two quarters.
There was great play all around the field, but the running game from Cooper, Angus, Billy Hardy and Mac in particular was excellent. It was also great to see Max join our team and contribute from the first bounce, kicking a great goal and taking a few strong marks.
Well done to all the boys. It was a great game and I was very proud of how much respect the boys had for themselves and their team mates, working as a team and helping out a mate.
It was game of close town rivals this week, with Team Taylor travelling down the Pacific Highway (all 2km of it) to take on the Willoughby Wildcats.
In a change from recent performances, the boys came out firing in the first half. The second quarter in particular saw some magnificent ball movement across the entire field, resulting in a swag of goals. The attack on the ball was strong, but it was the use of team-mates and hard running that saw the boys head into the main break neck and neck with the Wildcats.
The hard running seen in the first half seemed to diminish as the impact of the fast pace slowing weighed on players. We entered the last quarter only a goal down, however the Wildcats piled on several goals to win the game comfortably.
The team clearly has all the attributes to beat most teams in this competition. We have a strong ruck/midfield (the two Charlies & Sam Ferguson), attacking defenders (Xavier Russell, Alex Strassberg) and powerful forwards (Samuel Hynes, Sam Finucane). But the improvement from players like Ky Douglas (who took some magnificent marks this week) and Patrick Byrne have also been nothing short of spectacular.
All that is required is bring them all to team over the entire four quarters. I suspect we’ll will see this in the next round.
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