It was nice to play on a full grass pitch with real goal posts at ELS Hall 3 oval. Taylas went down by 4 goals to a team with talent across all areas of the field and several in reserve.
We went into the game with some predetermined plans designed to limit the influence of some of their key players. Tanya was asked to “tagg” one of the best in the competition. It was pleasing to see Tanya execute just as I had asked. Polly moved into the middle to add some height to our injury depleted midfield and performed reliably as usual. The first half standout was Kayla who, a day short of her 12th birthday lit up ELS Oval with break away speed and 2 first half goals. An injured ankle slowed her down in the second half.
Unfortunately, we would not trouble the scoreboard again as we were slowly beaten by a well drilled team.
In saying that our effort was fantastic and we fought hard right until the final siren. Missing our usual ruck (Immy Williams) forced us to try a few different things which provided some learnings for future games.
Issy competed in the ruck despite being significantly outsized and it worked nicely as we managed 3 clean center clearances in a row, one to Celeste who proved she can play in the middle and 2 to Sivy. Harmony laid some nice tackles and some more continuity in her game will help, Aria fought hard as did Emi in defense. Mila from the Under 10s laid a few typical Mila tackles.
Kaia who played her first injury free game showed some competitive instinct which will stand her in good stead for the remainder of the year. Chiara and Nikita are growing in confidence as they get games under their belts.
The 4 goal defeat probably reflected the game.
Both Taylas and Parker have a mix of new and experienced players and it will take time for players to become comfortable with the speed and physicality of the game. Experience really does count. Importantly, we have seen improvement and I’m sure there is more to come in the next few games or so.
We take on the Manly Bombers this Sunday, a team ranked close to us. It will be a tough game but if we bring our best and raise the intensity we should be very competitive.
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