We arrived to a very cold and windy Blackman Park. There will be no reward for any kicks toward the river end today as this was right into the teeth of the breeze. We were playing the Manly Bombers who convincingly beat us in the first round of the season, so today would prove a good gauge for the team. Todays captain, Lexie chose to run into the breeze and the game was quickly underway. The Manly side possessed the ball extremely well and put our defence under lots of pressure early. Charlotte A and Lily D had lots of ball repelling all of their attacks. Kicking back into the wind was hard and play remained in our defensive 50.
In the second quarter the play was more balanced with Anabelle, Amber, Lily S and Charli and getting their hands on the ball. At half time we were a couple of goals down but feeling positive about the second half. Manly were very good at collecting the ball and hand passing out of traffic this is a skill that as a team we can certainly improve on. Again our defence was highly involved with Charli D stopping lots of kicks forward. We saved our best quarter for the last. Emma was using the wind to get long kicks away down field, this helped us get the ball into the middle where through a series of hand balls Lucy slotted our first goal. When we were able to get our hands on the ball, the girls worked well as a team matching the classy Manly side. We have seen such a huge improvement so far this year and its only half way through the season. The Manly coach commented after the game what great spirit it was played in and how well our players had played for Manly ( we lent them 2 players). I think this shows how much passion the girls show for the game and we all should be very proud of this. We didn’t get the chocolates today but we all had lots of fun and are looking forward to next week.
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