I could see despondent looks on the faces of the girls as they came off the ground after 4 quarters of hard team football. Sometimes in this level of football where scoing is quite low, a game can tip either way quickly.
Jock and I, although disappointed we so narrowly missed a win and had to settle with a draw, were quietly pleased with the effort of all players and the continuous improvement across the team.
The first half of football was the best we have played as a team so far this year. It was tough football which enabled us to score a couple of early goals. We probably needed to score another goal while we held that dominance. Our intensity levels across the team have increased, our tackling is much better and we are starting to share and move the ball.
The girls are starting to apply some of the strategies we are asking of them such as sticking to your opponent when needed, positioning across the ground, trying to avoid crowding the contest and moving the ball into space.
In the post match chat I found it difficult to identify the players to receive the awards, as I looked at each player I could see they were genuinely exhausted, I could think of several examples where each player did something noteworthy.
There were a few moments in the game that stood out. Mid 3rd quarter with Mosman pressing hard, our defense fought like their life depended on it. Polly saved a certain goal with a last line of defense mark and all our defenders fought while under continuous pressure. Emi laid several tackles where she held onto the ball like it was a christmas present being taken from her.
I believe we were the better team on the day but probably need to learn how to defend a high ball from girls who have a height advantage. It was Mosman’s height advantage that provided them a chance to work back into the game by taking several marks from high balls that resulted in shots on goal.
Overall, it was a very encouraging team effort and I’m sure we have more improvement to come.
We play the arch rival in the Willoughby Wildcats this weeked. They are a very strong team so we will need to be ready for a hard battle.
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