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First XVIII – Lessons learnt from two lossesPosted in on Friday, 12 May, 2017

Round 1: MCC 6.2 (38) lost to CBC 8.10 (58)

Five Things We Learnt
We Started Slow – Allowed CBC to get on top early and kick the first four goals, which proved costly when you go down by 20 points.
Our Defenders Got A Good Workout – CBC had 18 scoring shots and numerous attacks inside 50, which meant our defenders worked overtime.
We Lacked Polish – The ability to win the ball was good but the ability to hit a target regularly at times seemed a struggle.
Scoring Accuracy – Kicking accurately kept us in the game and possibly made the scoreline a little flattering.
Ball Winning Ability – Winning the inside ball was a highlight, we just need some outside runners to complement the hard work being done on the inside.

Top Performers
Brayden French – Worked hard considering all the entries coming in. Won most 50/50 contests and the score could have been much worse had he not been there.
Keiran De Sando – Plenty of inside ball for Keiran but needed some help on the outside to complement his good work.
Jamie Humble – Positioned himself well and got the ball in good spots. Generally used it well, but needed a few more mates on the day.
Josh Jones – The opportunist kicked a couple of goals and provided some great forward pressure to keep the ball inside 50.
Rob Hutson – Another tireless worker who was among our best when we got back into the contest.

Round 2: MCC 5.3 (33) lost to Comet Bay 10.6 (66)

Five Things We Learnt
The Feeling Of Deja Vu – Same game, different week. Slow start for a second week in a row.
We Look Good, Sometimes – There were many spurts where we looked dangerous, but others where we look below par. Need to close the gap between our best and worst.
Our Decision Making Can Be Questionable – Many times we kicked to a pack of Comet Bay players who raffled the ball, or made wrong decisions by hand or foot. This especially proved costly against Comet Bay.
The Best Ruckman Might Be No Ruckman – We looked our best in the midfield when our ruck acted as another mid. Maybe food for thought in coming weeks.
There’s No Quit In This Team – The endeavour for the whole game was superb, but were ultimately outmatched but a slicker outfit.

Top Performers:
Michael Stevens – Came back into the team this week and imposed himself, particularly when he moved into the middle.
Josh Jones – Back-to-back solid weeks from Jones, plying his trade in the backline this week, winning many 50/50 contests and using the ball well when in hand.
Rob Hutson – Stepped up his game again this week, pressuring relentlessly and winning the ball on numerous occasions.
Mitchell Bell – Another fresh face in the team. Played well with his attack on the ball proving a stand-out.
Michael Fenton – Toiled hard inside the defensive 50, repelling attacks and hitting the contest with vigour. Our most consistent defender on the day.

Next week (Wednesday) we have a very winnable game against Emmanuel at home.

Let’s keep plugging away boys and the results will come.

Mr Danny Chartres
Team Coach