The Match Report
Keep up to date with Pascoe Vale Football Club's seniors, and the results from all matches, with a weekly review straight from the coach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.