Coach's Column Round 7

Determined to turn the result around – Round 7

12.05.17 13:28

Another top quality opponent and AFL side to face this weekend presents us with yet another opportunity. An in-form Gold Coast Suns is the challenge this week, after they had a big win over the GWS Giants last weekend. The Suns, who had four of the top 10 draft picks last year have a NEAFL side that consists of some exciting up and coming AFL talent. This presents a great occasion for our young side to showcase and test their talents against professional athletes.

Unfortunately, last week’s loss was one we couldn’t afford to have. Now sitting on two wins and three losses means every game is critical to get the win and stay ahead of the win/loss ratio. Going back and reviewing the game and stats, it’s definitely one that got away from us poor skill execution and decision making in the end hurt us, most notably our 12 scoring shots (three goals nine behinds) to Canberra Demons two goals in the second quarter was most disappointing. The loss is a harsh lesson in the importance of ensuring you take the opportunities when they are presented to you.

I can ensure you the mood of the players this week has been one of focus and determination in turning the result around. The focus at training this week has been ‘train hard, play hard’. Tuesday’s session included a lot of contested ball drills, gloves were off and players ensured no possession came easy to their own teammates. Look for a more physical and committed group at the footy this week.

Get down early to support the dry season Women’s Lighting Competition, they kick off at 4pm.

Then hang around for the main game at 6:30pm, where I believe thanks to Chemist Warehouse one lucky fan will get a chance at kicking for $5,000 at quarter time.