Round 15 Glenroy at Home
Round 15 – Pascoe Vale 9-9 63 def. Glenroy 7-8 50
On another horrid winter’s day which may have reached 7 degrees if we were lucky. We saw rain, hail, sunshine and a tough and uncompromising contest. We knew Glenroy would come out firing after beating Strathmore in very similar conditions 2 weeks prior. We knew that contested ball and centre clearances would be pivotal in controlling the game and hoped our midfield would give us first crack at putting their defence under pressure.
Early on our clearance work was the only thing keeping us in the game. We were getting our hands on the ball first but not using it well going inside 50, not pressuring the ball when it exited the forward fifty and were lead to the ball by Glenroy’s tall forwards in the first quarter. Our only saving grace was a late goal by Watson and some dogged work by our small backs which kept us afloat. At quarter time we outlined our poor decision making, poor execution and poor work rate to locate and wanted the boys to play with more poise and ball control in the second quarter. We did this and although not smashing on goals in the second, we managed to reduce their effectiveness and started to work into the game.
At half time, we asked a few questions of the group and were frustrated by the lack of response. Once prodded our group understood the requirements of the second half and we were confident we could turn the game around. We focused on being more predictable to each other with the ball and locating our player with much more speed. Again although we didn’t hit the lead we started to get the game on our terms and reduced the margin to 6 points at three quarter time. We had kept Glenroy to 1 goal in each of the second and third quarters.
In the last we restructured to be a little quicker and mobile forward of the ball and challenged our midfield to up their work rate and give us a chance to work on their backs inside 50. To the groups credit we found a way to absorb the pressure of being behind all day and eventually hit the front. The pleasing thing was once we hit the front we managed to get the margin outside 2 goals and then shut down the game. A huge quarter by McConnell, Boyd, Ogden, Johncock and Cellini through the middle and another strong performance by our small backs in Keating, Stillman and Hemala allowed us to crawl past a very dogged and determined Glenroy outfit.
Another W in the book