In our final Home and Away game before a next weeks gala day, Team Hawkins took on LCC club mates Team Selwood. In our second battle for the season, the boys looked forward to the challenge.
Our pre game focus was to win our own ball, however the Selwood players were quickly into gear and they were first in at the contest. At quarter time we had only gone into our forward zone once, but we were under heavy attack at in our defensive end. The 2nd quarter was not any different as our team defence offered little resistance. Too often we were caught napping and not prepared to do the hard work to chase and put pressure on the opposition. Individually we needed each payer to lift in their output and put the team first. It was a timely reminder of the importance of not giving up and to keep chasing/running. Our pressure on the ball had to change and we needed to be more competitive with our efforts.
The 3rd quarter, provided some of this lift from the whole team. Players were in and under scrapping their way with or without the ball. We won more possession and defended better, but we were not able to capitalise. Each time we put together one or two possessions, we couldn’t string together the third. The 4th quarter was similar to the 3rd and our forwards were metres behind our opponents on any forward line entry, resulting in repeat turnovers.
Credit to Team Selwood who played a great game and were convincingly the best team on the day. The boys from Team Hawkins, must learn to stay alert in games and be ready to win the ball when it is in their area. Overall the players skills have developed in line with the competition, however all the boys must find a level of competitiveness that delivers a weekly minimum to take on any opponent. I will carry this ongoing expectation into the Gala Day.
Best Defensive Play Award: Thomas Bredenhann. Best Team Player Award: Joshua Hodgkiss.
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