Match Review- Practice Game 1 PVFC v West Preston
Pascoe Vale 13 – 4 – 82 d West Preston 10 – 3 – 63
On a cracking Sunday Afternoon we commenced our 2019 season with a hit out with the Northern Division 1 premiers from 2018. On the selection front , players who had consistently trained and prepared themselves well over the summer were given first opportunity to display their wares in 2019. Some young faces had accepted the challenge from the new senior coach to train hard , these included Lucas Kyriazis, Lachlan Stredwick, Tim Campesi, Anthony Petrocco, Billy Campesi, Dylan Exposto and Aaron Hilton . It was a pleasure to watch these boys take up the challenge and equip themselves well.
The game was played in great spirits and the ball movement was sharp for the first outing. The first half we controlled the inside ball and maintained possession of the ball which allowed us to kick 10 goals to 5. Our midfield with a different mix to the past few years and worked well at stoppages and provided our forwards with plenty of opportunity to score. The more time this group spends together the more cohesive they will get. Great to see some great defensive efforts by Jacob Polizzi, Errol McConnell and Liam Ogden. This now becomes the platform for our group to challenge and uphold the standards of each other during the game.
Our forward line looked lively with 9 different goal scorers and a nice mix of talls and smalls. The introduction of Dean Clare and the improved fitness of Damien Petrone, Liam Forbes and Tim Campesi allowed for us to be mobile but also strong around the ball. Matt Watson gave a great target in the forward line but also set the others up so the group worked well.
The back half impressed the coaching group with its intent and attack on the ball. The opposition had taken 8 marks in the forward 50 in the first quarter but this was soon shut down in the second to only 1 with a much more group focused defensive effort. Lachlan Stredwicks attack on the ball was impressive and his ability to play in the air and on the ground was pleasing. He was supported well by Economou , Keats & Whaley . The young boys who floated through the back half worked hard and did their job, Anthony Petrocco’s smashing spoil which resulted in a goal was exactly the attitude that a young player requires.
Overall a positive start to the year