Round 10 Greenvale at Home

On a perfect winter’s day, we made 4 changes to our last start victory against Airport West. Bringing in Mellington, Boyd, Ross, Economou which gave us good confidence in what was a must win game. With our three loses coming against the sides above us on the ladder, we needed to change this equation to push for finals footy.

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Digby Morrell
Round 9 Airport West at Home

With Airport West registering its first win of the year and a very solid win by 82 points against Avondale heights , we knew we needed to bring our A game to the table, especially early on. We knew that with time and space, Airport West can move the ball quickly and score so an emphasis was put on pressuring the player with the ball and giving them no time and space when kicking the ball.

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Digby Morrell
Round 7: Avondale at Home

After a week of education around the learning from our draw against Glenroy the boys were keen to atone against Avondale heights. Avondale were coming off an excellent win against Doutta Stars where they played an aggressive, one on one style which allowed them to outnumber the opposition at the ball. We were prepared for a tough and long day.

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Digby Morrell
Round 6: Glenroy Away

In reflecting on the game, a frustrating game but one which will provide a huge learning curve for the group. The coaching group can see that the key fundamentals of our game plan and game style are being executed well for most parts of the game. It is the smaller aspects of the game which we still need to work on. Ultimately in games, both teams have the control for periods of time and it’s the team that can best capitalise on their time that will win the game. Glenroy definitely did this on the weekend and to their credit they hung in there better than we did, when we had control.

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Digby Morrell
Round 5: Marby at Home

A game in two halves,

The first half the midfield pressured the ball making the Marbi Park team kick the ball long and high. This allowed for our backs to control the air and rebound the ball into attack. We attacked through the middle of the ground and had plenty of run and carry. The game took a bit to get going but once halfway through the quarter ticked over the boys put their foot down. We continue to attack on the back of our defence and we soon smashed on 7 goals to 1 in the first quarter. Archer, Cauchi and Cellini all working hard and getting reward inside 50.

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Digby Morrell
Round 4: Strathmore Away

When heading to Lebanon Reserve to play Strathmore, you always know you are going to be in for a tough and enduring contest. We planned well during the week to counteract a style of play which is different from many others in the competition. We knew Strathmore would want to maintain ball control, use hit up kicks and use the run and carry of their young team. We knew if we could control elements of their play it would give us a great chance to rebound and attack from their turnovers.

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Digby Morrell
Round 18: West Coburg at Coburg City Oval

A dead rubber can always be hard to get up for, but in the last game of the year we had a reason to finish off the season well with three of our favourite players lacing up their boots for the last time in their long careers. Daniel Harris, Craig Anderson and Paul Bunn have become absolute favourites amongst the Pascoe Vale family, and as a group we wanted to give them the send off they deserve.

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Round 17: Glenroy at Raeburn Rerserve

With two games left and the slim chance to play finals still on the table, we had to take control of what we can control as a group  and let other results take care of themselves. In the last few games our starts have been a little reactive so message to get off to a fast start and kick the first goal was loud and clear. We knew Glenroy were coming to get a big scalp and after the last battle they were going to throw everything at us.

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Round 16: Essendon Doutta Stars at Nipper Jordan Oval

With Essendon Doutta Stars fighting relegation, we knew they would throw everything at us to help their campaign to stay in the Premier Division. In my eyes there is no doubt that their ladder position doesn’t reflect their the capability of their side. They fought hard all day and forced us to grind out a win.

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Kyle Hardingham
Round 15: Avondale Heights at Raeburn Reserve

In football it’s amazing how long a week in between games can actually seem! As we headed out to face Avondale, the vibe around the group just wasn’t anywhere near the intensity it had been just a week before. As i said last week, every game for us now is a prelim final and every team we now face will be doing their best to crush our opportunity.

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Kyle Hardingham
Round 13: Greenvale at Raeburn Reserve

The importance of this game couldn’t be greater. With the top four becoming tighter and tighter, we needed to have 22 contributors to get the four points and keep our season alive. In for their first games, at an exciting time for the club, came Ben Morgan and Matthew D’Angelo. The feeling you get when you tell young kids that they are playing their first senior game reminds you why you wanted to coach in the first place. There was a great buzz in the rooms while the debutantes were handed their first game jumpers and the group set their minds to the task. The message was simple and the side was up and about after a great warm up and ready to go.


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Round 12: Strathmore at Raeburn Reserve


In a game crucial to our season, the Panthers met Strathmore for the second time the 2018 season on a windy day in July. With a few key personnel out of the side it was an opportunity for others to step up and play their role for the team. While there needed to be 22 equal contributors on the ground, this key message didn't translate onto the field.


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