It was another beautiful afternoon to play football at Blackman Park.
Team Taylas welcomed 3 new girls for their first game of AFL and a convincing win was a nice introduction for them. Chiara, Nikita and Harmony all had moments in the game to suggest that as the season progresses they will help the overall improvement of our team.
Before the game I asked all players to focus on marking up a player, learning who your opponent is and being accountable for them and it was pleasing that the girls made an effort to do this. It was a big improvement from round1. These little things help our defensive efforts.
Jock and I asked players to drive the ball out of congestion into space. We have some speed and running power in our team but we are not particularly strong. Getting the ball into space allows us to play to our strengths. We could see players try this and we will continue to work on this at training.
Our midfield got on top early in the first quarter with some nice ruck work by Imogen and clearance work by Tanya with Kayla applying her speedy craft around the stoppages . As we repeatedly moved the ball inside our attacking areas we created 3 nice goals. Issy kicked a nice running goal from about 20m out to open proceedings and Immy forced her way for a couple.
St Ives applied pressure to us through the second term and restricted us to a single goal. Our defense worked hard to stop St Ives scoring despite St Ives generating several attacking opportunities.
Sivy started to find some ball in the last half of the game as she replaced Tanya in midfield. Tanyas pressure and effort provided her chance to kick a nice goal in the third and had it not been for some near misses we would have come away with 4 goals rather than a single goal.
After spending the first half out of the game due to illness Polly added some defensive grunt in the late at one time clearing the ball 40m with a booming kick. The 3 goals in the last quarter added some scoreboard value and we finished with a scoreline of 52 to 18. The coaching group was pleased with the team effort particularly how the girls tried to implement some strategies we talked about and learnt from the previous game.
Players player: Sivy
Player of the day: Kayla
Courage Award: Tanya
See you at training tonight, we might be in for a wet one.
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