Frank Gray reserve always seems to throw up windy conditions making for a difficult game to watch, play and coach. Despite kicking with the breeze in the first quarter we got off to a bad start with Manly scoring early in the first few minutes. It’s a pattern I have noticed in the last 2 games and one I hope to address this coming match.
Much like last week we came up against a well drilled outfit with a couple of standout players who we were unable to contain. I’m not sure what is in the water in all areas of Sydney other than Lane Cove but it must be a growth hormone because we are often undersized across the ground.
I usually try to take out the positives and there certainly were a few individual positive contributions but it can’t be overlooked that I thought we performed below our best. Jock and I could sense the energy levels were low and it reflected in the way we played the first quarter. As a collective, the team needs to bring more energy next week.
We improved as the game progressed and managed to nullify their advantage in the ruck by not competing in the air and instead maintaining an extra player at ground level to apply instant pressure.
Our defense fought very hard under constant attack. It was Nikitas first game as a defender and she showed a natural defensive intent playing a very nice game for a player so new. A few games as a defender will help her grow into the role. Kaia, with another game under her belt, improved again and Emi is becoming a very physical player.
Frank Gray Reserve worked well for Aria as she kicked her second career goal and first of the year in almost the identical way as last year when she kicked her first career goal at the same ground.
Our players tried and worked admirably but were beaten by a team with some high end talent and some clever football IQ. We will gather some learnings and move on…
We are up against the Manly Red team this week who are generally considered stronger than the team we just played. It will be another tough contest but one we look forward to.
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