Lane Cove entered uncharted waters when it travelled to Curl Curl last weekend to take on cross-town rivals Willoughby Wildcats in the preliminary final. The boys are quickly realising how special finals footy is; dedicated change rooms, the best umpires and a large crowd to cheer them on. One could be forgiven for getting overwrought by the occasion; however the boys took it in the stride.
Team Taylor feels like an express train at the moment. Momentum is unstoppable and the boys have develop this self-belied that belies their true age. And so they entered this game full of confidence.
The game started out similar to last weeks victory over the Hawks, with the Cats keeping the ball locked in their forward line. However, goals were much harder to come by. We ended up keeping the Wildcats scoreless in the first quarter but only managed 1 goal 4 points ourselves. The second quarter saw the Wildcats get back some control of the game, with both teams scoring a goal each. The Wildcats momentum seemed to gather steam in the third quarter as we were put under pressure with some long kicking over our defensive wall across half-back, exposing our defenders. So much so that we entered the third quarter down by two points.
Our strong run over the past 6 weeks has been met with meek resistance in most cases. So this challenge would have to be met with a slightly different strategy; hard work. All a coach can ask for is effort; and the boys didn’t disappoint as they knuckled down and toughed this game out after their normal style of free-flowing, running footy was negated. The ball didn’t leave our forward half the entire quarter, and we ended up keeping the Wildcats scoreless. In the end, we were resounding winners by 25 points.
The prize? Nothing less than a well deserved spot in the grand final!
Team Taylor feels like an express train at the moment. Momentum is unstoppable and the boys have develop this self-belied that belies their true age. We now enter the grand final with realistic chance of taking the title. However these boys are already winners. They have transformed themselves from a in-cohesive timid group, to a strong self-assured unit. We don’t have any stand-out players who can dominate the game single-handedly. We rely on good old-fashioned team work. Everyone has their role, and they understand their value to the group.
I specifically didn’t mention any players name is this report because we played as a team and won as a team. And I wouldn’t want it any other way!
See you all at the grand final!
Under 11 Coach
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