Round 1: Greenvale Away
Greenvale 11.12 – 78 def Pascoe Vale 8.7- 55
The team entered the first round with excitement and confidence but also the knowledge we would be up against a very well drilled Greenvale side. Our side consisted of first game , 17 yr old Aaron Hilton , young Pascoe Vale junior players in Dylan Exposto, Liam Forbes ,Lachlan Stredwick and 7 other debutants for the club. We knew what ever our first up performance looked like we will see improvement throughout the year.
Our focus over the pre-season had been on a changed mindset around defence and team defence and also a tweaking of how we want to move the ball. Early on in the game the group was under pressure with Greenvale kicking the first three goals , to the groups credit we steady and started to win our fair share of the ball . Players who help steady the ship included Ogden, Allen, Economou and Johncock. By quarter time we had evened up the score board and took many positives out of the quarter.
The last three quarters followed a similar pattern with Greenvale getting early scores and PV working back into the game as it went. We unfortunately could not get our noses in front and too many skill execution errors occurred which were punished by a seasoned Greenvale outfit. In the end we won many key performance stats including clearances and inside 50’s but we were not effective in either. Our inside 50 kicks were poor from an execution and decision making quality.
Was a great learning curve for both the group and the coaching group
Key players on the day : Allen, Ogden, Stredwick, Johncock , Clare