It was a tale of two halves as once again we found ourselves in a commanding position at half time only for City to roll over the top of us in the second half.
Against a stiff breeze, we hit the ground running in the first quarter like a team whose season depended on it. The exciting Billy Towers kicked two of our four goals to their three and then we extended that lead in the second quarter with three goals to two to go in at half time 15 points up.
City adjusted in the third quarter and injuries to coaches Bilkey and Tomlinson wreaked havoc with our match-ups at both ends of the ground as we went scoreless for the quarter.
We weren’t without a chance at the final break just 14 points down and coming home with the breeze but we could only manage one more goal to City’s three as we went down by 26 points.
Damien Haynes was again a cut above with his pace and maturity beyond his years, along with Callum Spoor who held his own around the footy and Jack Pratt who always relishes the big games and showed no signs of his recent knee injury.
The loss now leaves us two and a half wins outside the top four with four games remaining so whilst still a mathematical chance, we’ll be relying on other results to go our way as long as we win all four, starting this week with Gosford.
Hello Hawks fans.
This week The Birds head to No. 1 sports Ground to take on City. It’s a big game against what has been the competition heavy weights for some time now.
We go in to the game with a bit of confidence after some promising performances over the preceding weeks. The game gets under way and it’s not long before we realise why this team has been at the top of the table for a long time. We don’t start too badly but good teams can expose you if your not on your game. We try hard but City hit the scoreboard early and before long its quarter time and we’re down.
City 4 / 5 / 29 to 0 / 0 / 0.
The second quarter we rally and manage to slow their momentum a bit but struggle to score. Not a bad quarter but we don’t narrow the gap. Half time.
6 / 7 / 43 to 0 / 2 /2.
At half time we spoke about chipping away at their lead and trying to get back to being a bit more composed with the ball while under pressure. While we did start to settle a bit more we still struggled to score although we did manage to contain them a lot better and held them to a goal in the third. We still have a lot of work to do.
6 / 10 / 46 to 0 / 3 / 3.
The last quarter was pretty good for us as we showed how we can go with the good teams , we just need to do it for longer periods. The Birds were strong right to the end but we had given up a strong lead to our opponents. We held our own in the last quarter and it was pretty even so we can take some confidence out of that. We score a couple of late goals but in the end City were just a bit too good on the day.
Final score City. 9 / 10 / 64 to 3 / 5 / 23.
Despite the early morning rainfall a centimeter perfect morning greeted the Reserve Graders as they made the annual trek to Rose Point Park to take on Singleton. With the Roosters consistently fielding 22 for the last few weeks, there was a fair amount of unknown headed into the match up. As we strive to get our best 22 on the park coming into finals, the Ressies welcomed back Andrew Risby and on-ballers Angus McGuinness and Matt Dippolito, all from injury, with Jim Nash making his debut for the club also.
A strong focus on avoiding complacency the boys came out tough in the first quarter piling on 6 goals and 7 behinds.
As they always do Singleton managed to arrest some momentum back in the second quarter getting on top in the clearances. However, this didn’t translate on the scoreboard. Our back six again stood up and get our running game going from defense.
After halftime the group was again determined not to let complacency dictate the results. The boys put on a superb display of foot skills throughout the day and this couple the discipline to keep an open forward line resulted in a 16 goal second half to drive home the result and a nice percentage booster coming into some tough games.
Jim Nash was excellent in his first game through the ruck, while Andrew Walker and new found forward Jared Campbell bagged hauls of 5 and 6 respectively.
A few injuries to some key personnel soured the result with league leading goal kicker Brendan Wold going down with a calf and mercurial small forward Danny Priest aggregating an old achilles injury.
The travel continues next week with a massive test against the Killarney Vale Bombers.