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.
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.
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.
Last time we met the game was like an arm wrestle until the final siren, with Marby walking away the victors by 10 points in a nail biter. This time round we had our backs against the wall and our finals hopes in jeopardy. A win was the only end result that would be acceptable.
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.
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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