Round 1 Supers
BHN vs Mordialloc
Box Hill North 11.10.76 DEF Mordialloc 8.11.59
After a gruelling pre-season and the confidence obtained from the practice match against Carrum Round 1 couldn’t come quick enough for the boys. With the inclusion of a few new faces and some yet to be unveiled (Harrio being stuck in Bali) we went into this game with a sense of excitement and keen to commence our season on a winning note. We were able to jump out of the blocks early with quick goals to yours truly, our new recruit in Tractor and an off the ground ‘special’ from Ozzie. With Chappy and Diesel winning plenty of the ball in the midfield, we were able to develop an early lead. If not for some missed targets we would have been further in front at quarter time.
In the second quarter we seemed to rush our disposal and didn’t stick to our structures which resulted in the opposition coming back and taking the lead just prior to half time. With our rotations severely comprised as Affie, Tractor & Damo were missing in the second half we knew we had to reassess, revaluate come out firing in the second half if we were to have any chance to win the game. Enter Patchy, Tony G & Crazy who provided us with options in the second half. The boys wrestled back the ascendency in the third quarter as it became a goal for goal affair going into 3 quarter time. With coach Cros asking for one last effort and the boys knowing that we were always the fitter of the two sides we began the last quarter by spreading from the contest accordingly wining those contested possessions and getting numbers to the contest. This resulted in scoreboard pressure as we added a further 3 goals in the last quarter whist keeping them goalless. Whilst there a number of pleasing things to come out of the day which included an even team performance it was disappointing not to play 4 quarters. There still however were some memorable moments and highlights that need to be discussed in detail.
When things got close in the trenches it took one of the senior statesman to step up on Sunday. Playing in the midfield and without his partner in crime in Damo (who had to leave early under his Mrs instructions) Diesel was instrumental in his ability to create space & run being very dominant on the weekend. Having come off a limited pre season due to work commitments Diesel just continued to rack up possession after possession. His uncanny ability to pin point a target from 50 meters away was very Matthew Suckling like.
Having been granted the interim captaincy in the pre season and only lasting a quarter in the practice game due to a corky Mully was keen to make amends. A bloke who prides himself on his professionalism & his ability to cook a mean chicken risotto (using morel mushrooms which are edible mushrooms that are sought by thousands of enthusiasts every spring for their supreme taste and are highly prized by gourmet cooks, particularly in French cuisine) Mully was able to repel a number of forward entries from the opposition. Having been granted the kick out duties form coach Cros Mully was able to hit up targets at will going around at 95.69% kick efficiency.
Special Mention this week goes to our Senior Coach Cros for his gruelling, mentally challenging & physical pre season. Having undertaken 1460 push up’s, 950 crunches, 650 burpee’s, & running between 450 cones the pre season that kicked off in January obviously held us in good stead as we proved that we were fitter than the opposition by running over the top of them in last quarter. Prior to the game Cros also referred to the whiteboard & his theme about congratulations was emotional and had everyone giving each other pre game hugs after his pre match address.
However it was his motivational ¾ time speech in which he challenged us to dig deep was not only truly inspiring it provided the catalyst for us overrunning the opposition with ease.
Each week we will also present a number of team awards. This week for round 1 the following awards are granted.
Goal Kicking Award this week goes to Patto. With the game on a knife edge and the scores tied early in the last quarter big Patto dragged down a fantastic contested mark 25 metres out on a slight angle. Patto being meticulous in his goal kicking routine and renowned for giving instructions in goal kicking to his team mates went back to slot a much needed goal. Unfortunately for him and the team Patto failed to make the distance from 25 mtrs out and the ball sailed across goal and went out of bounds. Reckon you need to stick to the ruck work big fella and leave the goal kicking to Chappie and me.
Non Mark of the Day this week went to Ozzie. Being given the opportunity to cement a forward role (we all know how good he is at CHB) Ozzie presented on a long lead. Having 3 meters on his opponent and being beautifully hit up by Ash, Ozzie for some reason went to mark the ball on his chest. Only, for the ball to bounce off his chest at a rate of knots and hit the deck accordingly. The red mark evident on his chest at half time for all to see was the catalyst for coach Cros to move him to the backline in the second half.
The Jay ‘missed the bus at Hillside missing in action’ award this week goes to a new bloke at the club in Tractor. Coming off a massive pre season and in good practice match form the nuggetty onballer went into the game full of confidence. Starting the first quarter well with a goal and 12 touches he caught the eye of the Collingwood recruiting scouts that were there & keen to add to their veterans list. However just minutes before the siren to end the first quarter Tractor went down with the ‘old man’s’ injury with calf & Achilles problems and was unable to take any further part in the match. With the three weeks off now we all know Tractor will be diligent in his rehab and we hope he gets back for round 2.
NAB Rising Star Award this week is a real feel good story for footy, perseverance and the ability to never give up and follow your dreams. Playing his first competitive game of footy at 42 years of age it was pleasing to see AL get through Sunday’s game and have an impact on the wing. The bloke that wore full board shorts& a polo top to the practice game only a few weeks ago at Carrum took the ball under his wing, wanted to handball at every opportunity and got a number of quality possessions that had an impact on the game. Given it was his first game he is only going to get better and is a massive plus for the club and I am confident he will have a long & decorated career at the ripe old age of 42.
All in all it was a fantastic team effort on the weekend & just what we needed given the long pre season we have endured and fantastic reward for effort. It was even better that we were able to win so convincingly on our home turf in front of our supporters. We now start the season on a real positive note and have the opportunity to test ourselves against one of the fancied sides of the competition. In order to do this we really need to get everyone to training to practice some of set plays & drills.
Again we thank all the guys who came down to support the club. The guys/ladies who helped out with running messages, water & supporting the club we could not play without your assistance and support. We now get the opportunity to rest and recover before we have to make the long trip to Parkdale in three weeks
See you all on the track Thursday night.