Guys in, wintery conditions, at home, we played some early brilliant football to set up a reasonable lead, only to see it whittled away with some loose checking and turnovers in the first quarter. From there it became a battle between the two best sides in the competition and to see which team could sustain the constant pressure needed to win finals games.
We certainly proved to ourselves and everyone else watching that when we play on our terms with our game style, we are very hard to beat. To begin the way we did was an example of how we should enter any game with the same mindset. We repeat it in a fortnights time. More about that next week and at training this week and next.
Again, we proved that if we keep playing to the EWW standards we set at training, any side will find it difficult to play us. Another 14 goals against them after 16 goals last week are examples of bevy, plethora, litany of goals they don’t have kicked against them.
Although not as great with our KPIs this week, it does indicate that when we achieve all of them, we would be very hard to beat against any opposition. The fact we were still able to win, when we were down in this area says plenty about the character of the team. The last quarter in particular was most pleasing when we achieved all our KPIs which assisted us in running away from Old Xaverians, However we still need to address a few areas, in particular, clearances from stoppages all over the ground. Tackling needs to improve as well..
Our focus areas of mids filling the hole and trading up, communicating throughout was imperative. Full credit to our defence again for knowing and playing their roles and restricting Old Xaverians to 68 points after 53 points last week. This was the seventh consecutive week we have limited the opposition to a low score - fantastic performance by all.
* Lukes contested marking and 8 goals were outstanding
* Our overall competitiveness was excellent again
* 26 scoring shots against quality opposition (average approx 7 per quarter) was not only a great effort, but will win most games we play against anyone. 61 inside 50s should win every game you play.
* Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches, no separation and killing contests, all day – this has improved immensely, massively immeasurably, extraordinarily and incalculably
* Our last quarter saw all KPIs achieved – we kicked 5 goals to their 1
* 19 overlap runs in the last quarter was a reward for working off your man - decisive. There is no better sight seeing us run in waves, spreading and creating options
* Mids filling the hole which remains a focus – stays this way – has greatly assisted in restricting teams to low scores
* Jules kicking another great goal for the Club
* Most players contributing again
* The ability to kick goals was great after some great chain of events, including hard running, spreading and sharing the ball. When we are against the breeze, it is only mindset that stops us kicking goals against the wind. With our style of play, it should never matter against or with the wind.
However, there were areas that need to be addressed
* COME TO TRAINING AND DINNER– numbers were very good last week again – we had a great training session and dinner together – imperative with finals
* If teams crowd us up in our forward line we have to be a little smarter and square the footy up – be more patient. Too many times they took uncontested marks in our forward 50 – forwards must work harder.43% conversion rate is proof – it was 48% last week. THIS NEEDS ADDRESSING
* They hurt us at clearances from stoppages, in particular boundary throw ins
* Some turnovers, in particular, wrong options with switching were mistakes that can be rectified if we stay patient and set up tempo by controlling the ball.
* Our overlap run was well down from the the last 3 weeks 72, 66 after 72. We only had 55 with only 36 up till ¾ time
* Only 6 individual goalkickers – we need to be sharing the load and being unpredictable – 43% conversion rate UNACCEPTABLE
* At times, we allowed some of their players to mark uncontested and we could have caused a contest – we must continue to cause a spillage with strong contested football
L. Edwards 8, T. Demetriou 2, J. Farah 1, A. Mitropoulos 1, J. Handford 1, J. Yap 1
L.Edwards, A. Lekkas, J. Handford, M. Muscari, S. Armstrong, J. Maddock, T. White, N. Gieschen