BIG GAME BIG WIN: Seniors defeat MHSOB 7.7.49 to 4.16.40
Big win might be misleading but sometimes in football it is not the margin that counts but the end result. That was certainly the case with our Round 2 game against MHSOB. We anticipated it to be a very important game against a very good opposition and that is exactly how it turned out to be. Given this, we prepared with this in mind, testing ourselves in this area too – as an aspect of our game that needed to practiced and developed, just like our skill and our fitness.
To be able to come away with a win was important – but given the quality of the opposition in the end, and especially, given how we went about it – and STUCK to our task all day, the end result was even more pleasing.
They moved to ball quickly, ran hard and shared the ball around when in possession. Our focus was very much on intensity at the contest and pressure on the opposition. Although they missed many shots on goal that possibly should have gone (I know I would have been very dirty on our players if we missed so many), the pressure they were put under in taking those shots was significant (whether actual or perceived) and played some part in their missing.
As a game, it was a real arm wrestle, with neither side relenting. The game really remained in the balance right up to the final siren. What I liked most about this game, apart from the result which has given us a very positive start to our season and some good momentum going forward, was that we played the game right out. The pressure we applied early did not let up all game and our players were hitting the contest and the opposition with the same intensity at the end as they were at the start. This is a real credit to our players. Applying yourselves in such a fashion is demanding – it is easy to drop off a notch or two but we did not.
I think what was most pleasing to see – and it was borne home to me by one of our supporters after the game, who observed that “in the last quarter when the game was on the line, Yarra were the more determined side. They looked they just wanted it more and were prepared to work harder to get it”. Music to any coach’s ears and something I was happy – AND PROUD – to agree with.
A terrific effort and just like back in juniors, if you were looking to name best players – the old ‘team effort’ seems appropriate. However, within that team effort, some of our better players included Nathan O’Neil, David Wildsmith, Jackson Maloney, Richard Seeger, Rory Chipman, Jono Trend and Chris Hodgens.
-Greg Freemantle / Senior Coach.
Goals: N. Chamberlain 3, N.O’Neill 2, S. Yeo, C. Hodgens,
Best: N. O’Neill, D. Wildsmith, J. Maloney, R. Seeger, R. Chipman, J. Trend, C. Hodgens
Reserves fall to MHSOB 8.7.55 to 12.15.87
The reserves went into round 2 with a focus on defensive pressure against the reining premiers.
A slow start saw Yarra 4 goals down at the first change, but with a serious amount of intensity Yarra wrestled back ascendancy to go into the long break 10 points down.
Tom Hancock was lively through the middle of the ground while Tony Cook and Josh Harding were able to slow some very good forwards for the opposition.
The third quarter was more of the same and a real arm wrestle. Yarra’s endeavour could not be questioned as they pushed towards 73 tackles for the day.
Unfortunately MHS were able to open up the game in the last quarter and ran over the top add Yarra failed to sustain the pressure that made them so competitive, and Yarra finished 5 goals in arrears.
There were many encouraging signs including strong performances from Bill Harding, Ross Little and Alex Owen as well as the tackling effort and defensive pressure that the side had been asked to produce. The effort was good against quality opposition. However the game was lost and we are not playing for second place, which means there is work to be done.
-David Mills / Reserves Coach
Goals: R. Little 2, J. Woolley 2, T. Hancock 2, B. Seeger, M. Stone
Best: A. Cook, T. Hancock, A. Owen, R. Little, J. Harding, W. Harding
Women’s team just fall short against Ivanhoe 4.7.31 to 5.5.35
Fresh off a nice win the ladies ran out under the lights to take on Ivanhoe, after a bit of a slow start things eventually started to come together. The team showed great effort and didn’t give up, which resulted in a tight finish after a heart stopping last quarter. Although we didn’t bring home the points this week there were plenty of positives to take away from the game. Hilary and Maddy Spaulding were rock solid in defence and Bree just kept going in the ruck all night while Al just went to work and got the job done as usual. A massive test waits for us this week against a red hot Marcellin outfit but if we bring the same intensity and will to win I’m confident we will get win and come out smiling.
-Joel Sceney / Women’s coach
Goals: M. Herft 3, R. Selladurai
Best: A. Blackburn, M. Stone, B. Young, O. Miocic, M. Spaulding, H. Donelan