Round 4 – Blues find their mojo and get first win
A 4 quarter effort by the Blues on the weekend was called for and the team delivered throughout the day. In other games, the young Blues Two’s battled hard against an all star Woodrow lined De La reserves side, the Thirds just battled and the Unders played a blistering 2nd half to earn a great away win against Old Ivanhoe.
|De La Salle||1.4-10||3.7-25||6.10-46||8.13-61|
Goal Kickers: K. Harper 3, T. Quinn 3, T. Harper 3, A. Cordy 2, R. Eade 2, R. Young, J. Carr, D. Batarilo, M. James
Best Players: T. Harper, R. Eade, S. Schulz, K. Harper, J. Taylor, A. Cordy
Games don’t come much bigger than this early in the season. The Blues were yet to win after a tough opening few rounds and De La had been well beaten with a last term blitz at Old Brighton the week before. With some enforced changes and a couple of late withdrawals, there was a sense of expectation pre match with debutants Louis Wardle and Hamish MacInnes making their senior debuts (well deserved).
The first few minutes looked ominous for the Blues as De La well and truly jumped out of the blocks on their home deck. Thankfully, multiple shots on goal were misses and the Blues steadied through a couple of goals of our own. Straight shooting and clever work from Tim Harper meant we went to the break with a 14 point buffer after an even first term.
De La again jumped out in the next term kicking the first goal and the Blues had work to do kicking up the hill to the playground. With the Cordy / Eade combination getting to work and continual Blues harassment around the ball, the mobile Blues forward began to create opportunities which were being taken this week. Goals to Cordy, Quinn, Carr and Kieran Harper pushed the lead out to 5 straight goals at the break however the game still seemed tight with 10 scoring shots apiece.
The third term saw the Blues gain some ascendency with hard nose and defensive intent at every contest. Skipper for the day Jeremy Taylor led a young Blues backline as De La made a run and the intensity of the match went up a notch through the middle of the term. The Blues held their nerve and weathered the push with 2nd gamer Sam Schultz leading the way in midfield.
2018 has not been kind to the Blues in the last term however there was no drop off as the match wore on. In fact it was pleasing to see the defensive pressure being placed on De La’s ball movement creating multiple turnovers and leading to many attacking entries. Another 4 goals in the term pushed the Blues score over 100 points for the first time this year and percentage lost in the first few weeks was partially recovered.
The challenges don’t stop coming this week with the Blues needing to back up the effort to the same level against the high flying Old Brighton who come to the Uni for the first time in a few years. A big crowd will be in attendance with our first pre match luncheon for the year with AFL CEO Gil McLachlan ready for a tough Q&A. See you there.
|De La Salle||3.4-22||7.6-48||12.8-80||16.9-105|
Goal Kickers: J. Daniel
Best Players: S. Briggs, J. Hinkley, R. Walker, C. Curran, C. Hitchen, S. Gill
|Old Ivanhoe Grammarians||3.5-23||3.9-27||4.10-34||7.11-53|
Goal Kickers: S. Allen 4, M. Scales 4, A. Eaton 2, N. Ziemkiewicz, J. Noonan, W. Stephenson
Best Players: J. Humphrey, M. Scales, N. Lanyon, W. MacInnes, L. Cashman, A. James