Round 1 in the WKFL we were up against reigning premiers Bidyadanga.
After a few early misses, Bidgy converted a couple a couple of goals to have us on the back foot. But the boys responded well getting a couple back and to just trail at qtr time.
The 2nd quarter was a beauty as Towns combined brilliantly to boot 5 straight goals for the term. The midfield were on top and providing the active forward line plenty of opportunities and the backline defended strongly and provided plenty of rebound. Towns held a slim lead at the half time break which was very encouraging.
In the third term Bidgy bounced back and found their mojo. They had plenty of chances to put us away but we were lucky they were wasteful in front of goal kicking 1.7 and Towns failed to score. All the good things we did in the 2nd term didn’t happen in the third. We had our own opportunities but we continually just missed targets and the ball somehow fell Bidgys way and they are very hard to catch once you are caught out of position. They made us pay for our turnovers.
We trailed by a couple of goals at ¾ time and we hoped all the hard work we put in during pre season would pay off – unfortunately the heat had taken its toll on our boys and we ran out of legs. We fought hard and managed to hit the scoreboard late with a couple of majors but 3 unanswered early term goals to Bidgy put the match beyond our reach.
We ended up going down by 28 points. Bidgy 10.15. 75 to Towns 7.5. 47.
Great signs for the club. We had 12 players play for us for the first time and most performed extremely well.
Michael Wilson starred at centre half back, with some great interceptions and provided plenty of run. Jessie Harris was another who also provided plenty of run off half back and another first gamer. Beau Leach yet another first gamer got plenty of the footy on the ball. Kevin McKenzie and Glenn Dann were dangerous up forward and provided good targets for the guys up field to kick to. Last years B&F Shae Butler battled hard, as did skipper Sean Gregory.
Despite the loss, the coaching staff and supporters were pretty pleased with the first up effort and we are encouraged that the team will continue to improve their skills and continue to gel together. Positive signs.
This week we travel to Derby to take on the Tigers up there. Hopefully we have a full team to pick from and if so we should go a long way to picking up our first win.