Spring Metro Round 3, 2015- Match Report

After scaling unreasonably high literary peaks with the Round 1 and 2 Metro reports it is a return to the mundane with Round 3. Alas, the football was to be anything but, and with the series tied it was winner take all. After the heavy conditions of round 1, and the atrocious conditions of round 2, the glorious conditions for the round 3 finale were a welcome sight for players and fans alike.

The game kicked off with the Mashmellows adopting a slightly defensive setup with extra players behind the ball, and a paddock for Sam D to work into from full forward. With a crowded midfield it was tough stuff in the middle as both teams struggled to find space. With Blue looking dangerous on the counter-attack and Sam D presenting well up forward they managed to keep it close. But it was CDG's reds slightly on top at the first change as their hard working mids were ultimately able to provide a little more opportunity to Tom D and Ricko who were looking dangerous up forward.

The second quarter began with a crunch as Phil was unlucky to be the man stuck at Center Half Forward as the midfield scrum converged on his jaw! This seemed to set the tone for Red who were able to bullock there way forward throughout the quarter with CDG, Talis, Matt S, and Perham beginning to take over the middle of the ground. With the Blues reverting to a more traditional setup, the Red forward line seemed to open up, and despite the strong defensive pressure of Fielder and Josh Morris, weight of opportunity would prevail as Red skipped away to a handy break at the half.

The second half picked up where the first ended as Red seemed to have slightly more of the play. Blue was hanging tough, and was able to test the robust red defense of Scott, Art, Sean, and Tobin through the tireless efforts of Jesse, Mash, Cam, Zach, and Brendan who worked hard to create opportunities on the counter. Red though, was never quite able to put the match beyond reach.

At the final change a few reds became blue, a few blues became red, and the coach saw purple. Football was the winner, and the Blues looked to create a wide open forward line for Ricko, Perham, and Ruggles to work into. It worked, and the blues came home with a wet sail as the forwards found space to work into. CDG's reds though, were ultimately deserving victors, rallying after their loss in week 1, and ultimately managing to get more players on the field.

Scores:

Mashmellows:    7.8.50

Reds:           8.9.57

Goals:

Mashmellows: (7)

Reds:           (8)

Best:

Mashmellows:    Mashmellow, Fielder, Josh D, Ruggles, Jesse

Reds:           Scott C., Ricko, Matt S, Tom D, Perham

Coaches Comments:

After another great series it is clear that the Metros continue to be a great way for the club to introduce the game to new players, have people play in a variety of positions, work on match fitness, work on skills, and work on game strategy. It has also been great this series to welcome a few new, but experienced, campaigners to the club in Scott, Steve, Sarge, and Max. As we head into our first games of the season this weekend here are a couple of observations to build off the 3 keys we want to rally around this year, Space, Execution, and Discipline:

SPACE

- Dangerous space when attacking: we want the dangerous space to be open, we want our forwards to have space to lead into. We haven't always been good at this but during the Metro series we stressed the importance of forwards continually making leads and saw some great progress there. The half forward position is a lot of running, and these guys should be looking to receive the ball from the backline which often means pushing into the defensive side of the ground.

- Dangerous space when defending: we want the dangerous space to be blocked, we want midfielders and wings to push back to take away space for opponents. During the Metro series we saw how hard it is for the defense when guarding a player who has space to lead into. We defend as a team, and this means the dangerous space might not be next to your opponent.

- We saw some really great progress with our handball use in crowded situations during the Metro series. The goal here is for one midfielder 'an in and under type' to feed the ball out of a pack/scrum via a handball or a knock to an open player standing in space who is able to sprint away. We did a great job of using the handball to create space all across the ground during the Metro.

EXECUTION

- We continue to see players rushing. It is very exciting when you get the ball in a game, and you often have a little more time to enjoy it than you think! This can be as simple as taking a few extra steps backwards to make sure you kick over the man on the mark, taking a quick look sideways to see if a teammate is wide open, or handballing backwards rather than rushing a kick over your shoulder.

DISCIPLINE

- From the metro series we are really beginning to look like a disciplined team in the way that we setup players around the ground, the way players move around the ground, and the where players should look to kick or handball. A couple of good examples of things that are not always easy to do; setting up the wall to lock a ball in the forward line, and defensive running to block the dangerous space for the opposition.

Spring Metro Round 2, 2015 - Match Report

Jeez … doesn't look like much of a day to go outside, wonder if the game will be on today. Looks to my companion in Facebook, Coach “Perfect day for footy boys, game on”. Well that answered that question!

Getting to the ground it's like a watery swamp, it's cold, it's wet and it's windy. The brave few are standing huddled in the rotunda looking out at the ultimate frisby boys who have decided it's game on. There are questions on faces as to why we have got out of our warm houses... then Coach rocks up, takes one look at the ground and says “warm up!!!”.

It's not as many as last week, with 8 on 8 starting the opening term. Many of the usual hard nuts are on the park with Zac, Justin and Coates lining up for blue against Stevens, Sean and new recruit Scott. As the game starts many can see it will be a game played below the knees with clean and controlled hands being of significant importance in the dire conditions. The Mashmellows take the advantage in the first with Coates and Earl showing how it's done, controlling play and hitting targets with short precision kicks to take the lead into the first change.

As the second quarter starts the conditions haven't improved, but RED's ability to win the ball has with Stevens and Sean putting their bodies on the line to surge the ball forward in the wet to the waiting arms of Matty L. He takes one of the marks of the day, leaping in front of Fielder to steal the ball from the tough back-man and converting with a handy goal. However, the quarter is highlighted by Earl's run off half back shutting down the younger Jordan, with Earl's ability to keep his feet and hit targets in the hazardous conditions helping the Mashmellows get to half time.

The REDs decided to change things up a bit in the second half. Having seen Earl have a field day in the first half, they rotated CDG to play the forward shut down role on Earl, while Jordan was released to the midfield, much to his delight. Ruggles was also sent onto the field for the first time, having missed daylight saving !!!!, and went straight to full back on Matt L. 

The second half showed some outstanding wet weather footy with Talis for the REDs and Justin for the Mashmellows running the lines and driving ball after ball into their respective forward lines. There were plenty of hits and shepherds out in the middle as the boys got ready to play the real stuff in a couple of weeks.

It felt like a tight tussle all day, however a determined effort by Matt L in the forward pocket, gave CDG the sealing goal for the REDs with the final whistle blown shortly after. An outstanding effort by everyone who was able to make it, including the supporters and coaches who saw the game out.

That levels the eries at 1 a-piece with the final game this Sunday 3pm to decide if the Mashmellows or Crimson Tide will take home the glory from the first Metro Series of 2015. 

PS>The weather for this Sunday actually looks OK!!!

Scores:  

Mashmellows: 3.4.22  

Reds: 5.3.33 

Goals:

Mashmellows: Earl, Maclaine, Justin

Reds: Matt L (2), Beers, Craig, Talis

Best:

Mashmellows: Earl (Smashed it), Coates (first half), Justin

Reds:Stevens, Scott, Matt L, Sean

 

~Craig Dillon-Gibbons (CDG, REDs Captain)