Over 35s Supers Match Reports

2016 – Supers: Rd 2 v Beaconsfield

Rd 2 of the season finally came around after an extended 3 week break. We certainly knew footy is a winter sport when we got to the ground. Luckily the ground was lush and green but the stewards would have graded it a Heavy 9 and by the last qtr a Heavy 10. I felt this was a danger game for us given the soft preparation we had before this match up. The instructions were simple, basic wet weather footy and apply scoreboard pressure.

Within the first few minutes we got our bearings and we were peppering the goals from set shots and snaps. While it would have been handy to kick a few early, it was wet and windy so I couldn’t be too critical of the misses. Besides I missed the easiest one of all. I thought we took the honours in the first qtr without putting scoreboard pressure on and some of our forward entries were a bit wayward, but with Bumper and Cam setting the physical intensity I knew we had come to play.

The second qtr was much the same with the ball slipping around from end to end without goals being scored. Again we had some good chances in front of goals but just couldn’t convert any of our 10 shots. I didn’t think we were working hard enough for each other and we were playing into Beaconsfield’s hands by keeping the ball in pack situations. Some readjustments at half time saw a smaller half forward line and swapping Shawry into attack gave us a different look. The backs, led by the evergreen Zeuy, were getting on top and once again we had plenty of scoring shots.

It took until the dying seconds of the 3rd term before the straight shooting Quiche Lorraine registered our first goal. The sling tackle that caused the free kick ruffled some feathers and we saw the dark side of Matty McKay come to the surface. A lot of Hampton Park and Pines bad boy action was happening in the goal square as he flew the flag for the Tigersharks. With tempers flared and an 8 point lead at the 3qtr time huddle, we knew the first 10 mins of the 4th term was vital.

In the most positive sign of the season, the boys stood up and played the best qtr of footy when it mattered most. The ball spent most of the qtr in our forward half and when it did get out the backs and wingman had set up a wall to push it straight back in. Gav scored his and the team’s second goal mid way through and a few people must have thought the game was done and relaxed. That is the only reason I can think of why Scotty Palmer was sitting down in the goal square allowing his opponent to kick a goal to immediately reply! The last 5 mins was a real arm wrestle, but our consistent performers in Cade, Zeuy, Sean Brown and Gav all were influential and we were able to repel any more threats. A goal on the siren to Bish gave us the biggest lead of the game , and we walked off wet but satisfied. A great win in tough conditions and we look forward to improving again next start, particularly in front of goal.

2015 – Grand Final v Marcellin

Well the big day had arrived and in perfect finals weather there was going to be no excuses.

The boys were nervous early and Marcellin jumped out the blocks to kick 4 of the first 5 goals with the help of the breeze.

Quarter time gave us a chance to settle, make some changes and go over the game plan.
The second quarter saw our intensity and our tackling pressure lift. We got rewarded for our efforts by 3 great goals from Matt Shaw. Dain also had done a great job on Barlow and Sean on Taylor. We managed to go in with a small lead at quarter time.

The premiership quarter was important as Marcellin had the wind and we had to contain them. They took a slender lead of 7 points into the last change.

The last quarter was a tight arm wrestle that could have gone either way. Cam kicked a goal to put us in front. Then Ray kicked a goal to give a 9 point lead. To Marcellin’s credit they never gave up. They dominated the last 5 minutes. They had 4 scoring shots to reduce the margin to 3 points.

The players were all exhausted but held on to win by 3 points.

The relief was followed by celebrations. It was a fantastic effort from all the players and they should be proud of their efforts. It was made all the more special because of the quality of opposition. It was also a great time to reflect on our team mate Johnno who was part of this side and our 25th player.

Thanks to all who played through the year for your efforts. Premierships are won because everyone plays their role on and off the field not just the 24 man playing group.

Well Done Sharkies!!

2015 – Round 5 v Williamstown

Today we travelled to Altona to take on Williamstown. A tough and well respected opponent.

The first quarter was a hard fought contest. We were able to impact the score board and took a 2 goal lead at the change.

The second quarter Williamstown stepped up the intensity and the pressure around the ball. Although under pressure we maintained a small lead at the half time break.

The second half was extremely tough all over the ground. Williamstown had there tails up and were very dominant. They were winning the clearances and getting first use of the ball. They were also able to hit the score board and kept us goalless, to run away winners by 5 goals.

Thanks to Reece, Gos, Dawesy,JJ and Andy for helping out. Your efforts were much appreciated.

We now must stick together bounce back against quality opposition in Diamond Valley.

2015 – Round 4 v Essendon

The Tigersharks hosted the competitions yard stick Essendon, in a top of the table clash, in perfect conditions. It was always going to be a tough contest and the game did not disappoint.

The first quarter saw the Tigersharks come out blazing to open open a nice lead, at quarter time. We knew they would come back and they did in the second quarter but the sharks settled to get a couple of late goals to maintain there advantage at the main break.

The third quarter was a tough contest with Essendon cutting the margin to 8 points but again we rallied and kicked the last 2 goals.

The last quarter was a great contest as Essendon never gave up, but we were able to run out winners by 5 goals. It was a great 4 quarter performance and team effort to get the 4 points.

Better players included Razor who has become very important to the midfield, Cam and Tex battled all day. Simon ran all day. Chad battled against bigger bodies. Overall it was a high standard of Supers football that all involved should be proud of. Thanks also to the players that doubled up.

On a sad note Scott Daniels was injured after kicking 5 match winning goals. We wish him a speedy recovery.

We have a tough month coming up with back to back away games against quality opposition.

Good luck to all sides.

2015 – Round 3 v Marcellin

The Supers travelled to Bulleen to take on Marcellin. Many would agree the setting of the ground was sensational and with the sun shining we were looking forward to our top of the table clash.

With a couple of late withdrawls Andy Smitty and Ash Stevens both stepped up for their first game in the supers.

The first quarter was a tight contest but we managed to take a slender lead into the break. We continued well early in the second quarter to extend our lead to 6 goals. We then had a lapse and Marcellin reminded us what a good side they are and kicked 5 unanswered goals to reduce the lead to 1 goal at the main break.

With a few injuries in the first half we were down to 1 on the bench. The main injury was Brock’s blister and we hope he has a speedy recovery.

The premiership quarter was exactly that, and with a slight breeze we we able to put on a few goals to take an important lead into the final quarter.

The final quarter seen the boys keep on the pressure and hold their lead to eventually win by 6 goals. This was a great result away from home against a quality opposition.

It was a complete team performance. Big Scotty was awesome kicking 8 and Macca was dangerous kicking 3 from half forward and setting up Big Scotty with some easy one. Scotty Daniels showed why he is going to be a great player for us going forward and Ray played his best game.

We now look forward to hosting Essendon in a top of the table clash.

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