Round 10 Greenvale at Home
Pascoe Vale 15-16-105 defeated Greenvale 9-9-63
On a perfect winter’s day, we made 4 changes to our last start victory against Airport West. Bringing in Mellington, Boyd, Ross, Economou which gave us good confidence in what was a must win game. With our three loses coming against the sides above us on the ladder, we needed to change this equation to push for finals footy.
We planned well with some focus on a couple of their key players. Although Greenvale had a couple of key outs we knew they would come out for a win at Raeburn Reserve. The first quarter was a very frustrating one with credit to Greenvale who attacked the ball ferociously and took control out of the middle on the back of some dominant ruck work from Deluca. To our credit we stuck fat and rode the onslaught of inside fifties, a lot from our poor ball movement and lack of thought in how we went about our craft. This was challenged at quarter time by the coaching staff and we looked for a positive outcome. The only positive of the first quarter was that Greenvale did not capitalised on their dominance and we were only down by 9 points at quarter time.
The second quarter was a complete change of attitude and effectiveness. Our rucks minimised the influence of Deluca allowing our mids to work their way on top. Our defenders were winning their one on one battles and rebounded the ball hard. The flow of the game quickly changed with Watson kicking two , Petrone, Polizzi and Cellini all getting on the board. We were much more effective at shaping the ball from different scenarios on the ground. To absorb the first quarter and respond with 8 goals in the second was very pleasing for the coaching group, also to keep them to 2 points for the quarter was great.
We spoke at half time about putting the foot down and really challenging Greenvale to respond. I though our first 6 or 7 minutes were very good but unfortunately through poor goal kicking conversion and loose checking from kick ins we were kept under pressure. Greenvale used their opportunities to get the margin back to 3 goals late in the third but we were good enough to steady and kick two late goals to restore the 5 goal buffer.
The last quarter mirrored our season with poor conversion (season average now under 50%) meaning the margin jumped around the 6 goal mark. We kick 3 goals 7 behinds to not ram home the advantage, it is something we have been continuing to work on at training.
Good players on the day were Nick Mellington back from Williamstown, Damien Petrone lead hard up at the ball carrier and was rewarded with 3 goals, the back six controlled their opponents and worked well offensively and our big forwards controlled the air when given an even chance of catching the ball. A very pleasing result which moved us into 3rd place on the ladder.