Round 3: Keilor Away
Round 3 Pascoe Vale 11.10 – 76 defeated by Keilor 11.14 – 80
After the weekend off the boys were keen to be challenged by perennial finalist in Keilor. We knew the Mick Mcguane coached side would be structural sound, fit and attacking so we planned appropriately to counteract this.
There were some selection dilemmas with Dean Soncin and Nick Mellington (VFL Williamstown) bought in to bolster our midfield group.
We started well and controlled the ball allowing us to score first and get some momentum. Our back six held up with some great one on one battles between Economou/ Galea , Stredwick / McMahon and Keating /Joyce. As the quarter progressed, our skill level and execution dropped allowing Keilor to capitalise and be in front at quarter time.
The second quarter, although an arm wrestle, was played on our terms. Unfortunately, a high
turnover rate allowed Keilor to rebound and put us under pressure. We had a +14-turnover count
at half time. An extra 14 times we directly kicked the ball to the opposition! Makes thing difficult
indeed. Despite these numbers, we were great a pressuring the ball carrier, good at the clearance
and our ball movement patterns match our preparation. Leaving us with a small lead at half time.
During the second half, the game was a real arm wrestle. Although not the most attractive game to watch, both teams were aggressive and tough around the ball. Ross and Johncock on the wings gave
us great drive, Gregory and Economou combining well defensively in the back half and our mids of Archer, Ogden, Polizzi, McConnell, Mellington and Allen halving the contesting in the middle. We
played slightly smaller at times in the forward 50 and looked dangerous with Soncin and Inglis hitting the scoreboard.
At three quarter time we were down by 14 points, we spoke at three quarter time about keeping our head, maintaining our structure and being patient. To the boys credit we played some great footy, with Archer and Watson now dangerous inside 50 and putting pressure on the opposition back 6.
We edged in front with only one and a bit minutes to go but unfortunately Keilor won a decisive clearance from the middle and worked the ball into their forward fifty and after the ball spilled from the contest, they scored. With only 40 seconds left, we were left 4 points short. The group has spoken about how we need to react in future scenarios and have learnt a tremendous amount from the game. This game could well shape our season if the group understands the small things in games, if done consistently and better than the opposition will add up.
A special mention to Brad Inglis. A true clubman who due to work commitments will not be available for selection. His honesty, openness and attitude is a great example of what it takes to play great footy, also a great example of the values and skills required in life. “Good Luck Binga”