Round 7: Avondale at Home
Round 7 - Pascoe Vale 14.15 – 99 defeated Avondale heights 11. 8 – 74
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.
The first quarter was an interesting one to say the least. We gave Avondale two direct goals from execution errors in the back 50 and two goals from undisciplined actions in the middle of the ground. This placed the boys under pressure with Avondale leading by 21 points at quarter time. We were under pressure but still manufactured 6 shots on goal into a slight breeze. During the first quarter the team did not respond to the slippery conditions, attacking the ball carrier or ball too quickly and giving away frees or being moved off the ball and allowing the Avondale mids to get us on the outside.
The second quarter we responded to the position of the game by undertaking step one of our reaction plan. This allowed us to steady, start to control the stoppages and move direction with our ball use. The back six rebounded many entries and positioned themselves well. They also spread hard along with the mids to allow for us to shape the ball as required. By halve time we had worked our way into a 7 point lead on the back of 6 goals 5. Our response when challenged and facing a deficit was another great step forward in fine tuning our game.
The second half was a real arm wrestle with both teams tightening up on defence and limiting the scoring options. From a coaching perspective it was pleasing to reduce the chances of the opposition and play good, tough, honest football that is required in those moments when games are tight.
Avondale challenged again early in the last quarter but the boys were able to control the ball and spent time in our forward half which allowed for us to run out 25 point winners. In looking at our best players, it was a very even contribution. The back six held up well with Gregory and Foster good in the air, our mids improved as the game went on and our forwards were dangerous with Cauchi, Watson , Archer , Soncin all scoring multiple goals.
The best goal and celebration was from Kristian Economou who snuck down from defence, got front and centre, delivered 4 dusty arm bars, 3 borks and a nice snap finish. Most impressive was the 100m sprint back to full back which would have tested Usain Bolt at the Olympics. Good job Eco!