Coaches’ Reports – Elimination Final

First Grade

On the back of a barnstorming opening quarter in which we kicked six goals to one with a strong wind, we booked ourselves a fourth straight Preliminary Final berth.

Similar to last week the game was fairly even after quarter time but we never allowed Warners Bay back into the contest at any stage.

No player dominated the scoreboard in any of the quarters, instead having an even contribution from those whose role it was to kick goals.

Izaac Hughes was best afield with his game-high four goals and received the Duke Hotel Coach’s Best Award, Adam Clarke was constantly in the clinches and had numerous clearances to earn himself the Players’ Player Award and young back pocket Connor Edwards showed his discipline, maturity and growth as player this season with his pressure and spoiling and deservedly won the Ironbark Hill 1%er Award.

Our starts have been a strength this season and our ability to hold sides out and grind out wins will stand us in good stead over the coming weeks. The game was played in a very willing spirit which is ideal preparation coming into a game against a side that will be smarting from two straight losses to end their home and away season.

We came through mostly unscathed and the boys have been diligent in their recovery since Saturday, leaving no stone unturned, and hence we’ll hit the ground running at training this week.

Cardiff: 12.16 – 88

Warners Bay: 4.8 – 32

Goal Kickers: I. Hughes 4, M. DeLeur 2, M. Ryan 2, A. Clarke, P. Delaney, T. Keys, L. Cathcart

Best Players: I. Hughes, P. Delaney, C. Edwards, N. Tomlinson, T. Keys, D. O’Donnell

 

Women’s Grade

Unfortunately our season finished on Saturday as we went down to Wyong in a dour struggle in windy conditions. It was a typically whole hearted effort from The Birds as we went toe to toe with one of the better teams over the last couple of seasons. A real arm wrestle in the first quarter as the two mid fields went hard at it and our defence ,once again , held strong. We are going ok at the break.

Cardiff 0/0/0 to Wyong 0/0/0.

Rinse and repeat for the second quarter as forward entries and goals were hard to come by , partly because of the dour nature of the game but the wind definitely played its part. Shez was leading the way with an inspired performance and Matisse and Emma were outstanding at the back. Half time and still nothing to show.

0/0/0 to 0/0/0.

The third quarter and we finally break the drought withe first score of the match , a behind to take the lead 1 nil. Not for long however as Wyong kicked their first to lead at three quarter time.

0/1/1 to 1/2/8.

Unfortunately a couple of free kicks went against us in the final term and gave Wyong the opportunity to kick another two goals and sadly for our girls a margin , however narrow , was too much. We go down in our elimination final and our season is over.

0/1/1 to 3/2/20.

Best. Shez , Emma , Matisse , Kate , Tayla G , Taylah W.

It’s been a terrific season for the Cardiff Women’s Team and it’s taken a lot of players to apply themselves week in week out to achieve the results we have this year. But , results aside , it has been an inspiration to coach this team this year. Their toughness , resilience , and the realisation early on that it’s team first , individuals second , driven by the players themselves , that has seen this group come together like few others.

Good luck to our first grade side this weekend. And good luck to our junior teams still alive in their finals.

Thanks to all at the club and our friends and family who supported us every week. We felt the love.

By for now.

Cardiff: 0.1 – 1

Wyong: 3.2-20

Best Players: S. Vukovich, E. Hieke, M. Coram-Parker, K. Moffatt, T. Grazules, T. Wilks

 

Game Day photos courtesy of Geoff Robinson Photography

*Womens photos to be added soon