Just the two games to report on this week with the girls having a bye. Unfortunately, results didn’t go our way with both the Seniors and Reserves going down to Parkdale.
The early signs were positive for the Bloods with Oaksy kicking the first major of the game after 7 minutes of tense footy. Both sides were testing each other out and the game was being played between the half bank flanks before this first major.Trevo showed that he hadn’t lost his touch over the last few weeks of absence with some great ruckwork, giving the onballers first use of the ball. Joel Constable and Jacko Arthur were leading the way on the backline and when Jimmy Paul kicked our second, things were looking promising.But Parkdale kicked the next two goals to tie things up and while the skills were sometimes lacking, theendeavour from both sides was commendable.
The second quarter belonged to Parkdale as they gradually gained the ascendency. We were struggling to force any scoreboard pressure while the visitors appeared to take their chances. We only managed a Seccull goal for the quarter, while Parkdale managed to kick four to take a handy 11 point lead into the main break.
There wasn’t any wind to speak off, yet the city end was proving to be the scoring end. We kicked three goals for the quarter and held Parkdale goalless. The game openned up a bit and our skills improved accordingly. The run was being led by Nicho and Jim Paul, ably backed up by Corey Connelly and Shak who was his normal bullocking best in the clutches. Rayner Seccull was also getting some handy possessions.
We had to start the 3rd well which we did despite losing the impressive Tom Rogerson down back to a Broken Jaw and went into the last change with a lead of 7 points which couldof been more if we converted better. The last quarter was very even with both sides desperate to register a win but Parkdale finished the better as Raff was struggling as well and we had only 20 fit players. Full credit to Parkdale though as despite us having more inside 50s and more of the footy they were cleaner with their ball moving forward and deserved their first win of the year. Again a disappointing result for the group as the endeavour was great but again we have nothing to show for our efforts. Our leaders and more experienced mids lead the way in Jimmy, Shak and Gledders with help from Will Paul. Was great to have Whitey, JD, Jacko and Trevo back in the side and they will get better in the weeks to come. Down back Riley Thompson stuck to his task well and Nicko provided great drive for us. Up forward Sammy Loewe worked hard and was dangerous as was Pop.
We back up again next week against St Bernards at home and will be doing everything we can this week to tidy up a few things to give us the opportunity of getting the 4 points.
Goal Kickers: D. Seccull 2, L. Treverton, J. Nicolopoulos, B. Oakes, S. Loewe, J. Paul
Best Players: J. Paul, P. Shakallis, J. Constable, N. Garratt, L. Treverton, M. Rafferty
An abridged version of Rainesy’s Review as the Supercoach had a prior engagement on the weekend. So the Seccull/Constable combination stepping into the huge coaching shoes. Indeed we got off to a flyer, kicking the first two goals of the game. But Parkdale fought their way back into the contest and the injury curse hit us again with prime movers Jordan Hurley and Dan Forster both going down. Our young team fought hard for the rest of the game but the bigger bodied Parkdale team gradually wore them down.
Goal Kickers: M. Seccull 2, L. Eddey, A. Ventouras, B. Scammell, M. Irwin
Best Players: T. Williamson, M. Kirkwood, M. Seccull, A. Ventouras, J. Elston, H. Bignell