Round 15 Glenroy at Home

On another horrid winter’s day which may have reached 7 degrees if we were lucky. We saw rain, hail, sunshine and a tough and uncompromising contest. We knew Glenroy would come out firing after beating Strathmore in very similar conditions 2 weeks prior. We knew that contested ball and centre clearances would be pivotal in controlling the game and hoped our midfield would give us first crack at putting their defence under pressure.

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Digby Morrell
Round 14 Marby Away

The plan was simple; return to our pressure game, heat the ball carrier, locate quickly and spread the ball. All key principles in what has made us a competitive and tough team to score against.

From the bounce we saw a different mindset than last week which allowed us the control the contest early and get an early lead. Although at quarter time we were only up by a point, the coaching group was happy with the intent. The coaching group was not impressed with our execution of some of our groups pre planning and the lack of communication on the ground around this. We must continue to strive to get better at executing our plans.

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Digby Morrell
Round 13 Strathmore at Home

We spoke as a group during the week about how important this game was to Strathmore and how it could heavily influence our and their year. We spent time talking about the way Strathmore move the ball and the requirement to locate and pressure the ball kicker. Going into the game we thought the boys were ready for the game and up to the challenge of executing the plan.

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Digby Morrell
Round 12 Keilor at Home

In another week where the game was going to be played in one half, we came in with a concrete plan to play in two ways. The wind was howling down the ground towards the city end and was worth around 6 goals.

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Digby Morrell
Round 11 Doutta's Away

In very trying conditions which saw the reserves come off the ground due to hail, the boys worked hard to gain the win. The ground was very muddy and slippery due to the heavy downpours during the week and the wind was strong to the Cooper st end.

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Digby Morrell
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