Over 35s Reserves Match Reports

2016 – Ressies: Round 1 v Coburg

Congratulations to the new captains for the reserves this year – Butter (Dean Wallin), Shawy (Geoff) and Ben Doughton.

On a perfect day for footy and our goal kicking resembling that of Travis Cloke the boys fought hard all day against a determined Coburg. A lot more goal kicking practice is in order. In saying that, the teamwork and handballing was a treat. Defence held up well all day. Great effort by all and well done to the new boys on their first game. Let’s all get down to training and take it right up to Beaconsfield.

Best players: Dean W, Ash, Squawk, Gos, Furnie
Goal kickers: Dean W 2, Ash, Rob S, Crackers, Ben, Gos

2015 – Ressies: Round 3 v Marcellin

We arrived at Marcellin to find perfect conditions and a pristine ground but with more than a few players from the selected side either promoted or unavailable. After a few last minute phone calls we were able to replace those missing. B.Ball even making the drive over after the O/50’s game to lend a hand.

After new jumper assignment and a team photo we were set to go. After a great start by the Sharks, kicking the first goal in less than 20 seconds from a text book centre clearance, Marcellin then got the upper hand and control of the game by kicking the next 6 . Although the backline, ably lead by Furny and Andy, battled hard and rebounded many a time they could not stop the run that Marcellin had. We were found wanting in the legs and discipline.

Although we had some winners around the ground in Johnny, Matty and Squawk, as injuries occurred with others and Simon leaving the ground after a nasty head clash it was clear Marcellin had a tight grip on the game. It was not until the last quarter the side rallied and had a real dip. Unfortunately too little too late and we saw our first loss for the year.

2015 – Round 2 v Beaconsfield

After a not so ideal match preparation, with 6 players helping out the 45’s, we took to the field for our first home game of the year against a highly rated Beaconsfield outfit and everyone knew we were going to be in for a good contest.

What we presented all day was a very ugly brand of football, with good opposition making us accountable at every contest. Kicking with the wind and Matty Gos being able to run loose, our boys took the lead at the first change but knew the second was going to be tough as Beacy came out ready to answer our challenges. To our credit we went into the big break still in front with a chance to consolidate in the third as the on ball brigade were accountable and busy around the ground.

Possibly not our best quarter for the day but with the back line, in Andy, Furny, Smitty, Walshy, Tim, Carlso and Butter, holding strong and pushing the ball forward we should have been well ahead and starting to take the game away at 3 quarter time, unfortunately poor kicking and judgement let us down and Beacy were still in it.

The last quarter saw Beacy turn up the heat, aided by a breeze got within 2 points, and with a diminished bench due to injuries and cramps creating for some anxious times. The team rallied and was able to score into the wind to see an 8 point win to the Tigersharks

2015 – Round 1 v Werribee

Preseason and practices match finally out of the way and the first game is here. With the long drive out to Werribee / Wyndham Vale more than a few of the team decided to make a day of it by commencing in the 45’s. Although a bit disorganised as we prepared due to first game teething problems we were lead out on the ground by Smitty (new reserves captain ), and everyone was out to impress.

Werribee offered little resistance and with Jimmy Giggles doing as he pleased on the wing, scoring came easy via various goal scorers. The on ballers found no real resistance and cleared from every stoppage. By the second quarter the 3 new players to the club in Lips, Luke and Ash settled and really took control. As the game wore on Werribee fell further away and the half back line just didn’t let anything past them. We lost a couple of players as they went to double up with Supers and then was the New Grandparent call to one very proud John Collins, who removed himself from the game and was last seen having a kiss and a cuddle on the boundary fence with Tracey.

There was plenty of opportunity for players to move around into different positions to the point we saw Dave Carlson score a rare goal. We ran away winners by some 20 goals.

It was a good way to start the season especially with no injuries, except for Furny’s “really bad” blisters, as we look forward to stronger opponents in the next few games

2014 – Round 11 v Coburg

Round 11 of superrules reserves football saw the Tigersharks looking to finish the season on a high, take on Coburg at Eric Bell reserve.

After the disappointment of missing finals, the Sharks certainly wanted to prove that they were a finals worthy side, however, began slow out of the blocks, trailing at both quarter time and half time. Coburg were harder at it and outnumbered the Sharks at most contests.

After a fair bit of soul searching at the long break the Sharks re-committed to each other and turned up the heat. The likes of Benny D, Reecey, Squawk, JC, Andy Mac & Crackers lifted the intensity at the ball and the player and suddenly it was Coburg that struggled. Goals to Squawk, JC, Andy Mac were followed by a clever snap from Rob Stapleton, and when Timmy Coyle slotted his third in his 50th game, the Sharks had taken complete control. Big Razor Ray goaled virtually on the siren to make it a six goal to nothing third term.

Coburg had the strong breeze in the last quarter, but the back six led by Josh Beard (playing his first game for the reserves), Crackers, Smitty & Dave Carlson repelled each attack. In the end Simon drilled the only goal to be scored in the last term and the Sharks ran out convincing 36 point winners.

All in all it has been a good season by the reserves, considering the shaky start with numbers in the first 4 rounds. Certainly a platform has been built to go forward in 2015.



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