U18s Bloods v Legs semi final match report

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U18s Bloods v Legs semi final match report

Post by blackandred on Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:58 pm

The idea of watching another excruciating West Adelaide/Norwood game of footy was not very enticing but it was a nice day and a chance to show some support to the kids so why not go down the Bay and watch the U18s play in the first semi final?

Wow! What a magnificent win they had over second placed Norwood running out easy winners 16.16 to 6.16. This is a team that plays an exciting brand of fast attacking footy. They tackle hard, take strong one-grab marks, run all day, back themselves, display great teamwork and strong discipline and they attack, attack, attack. Pity I had to wait until September to see a Westies team play such a quick, disciplined, spirited and skilful brand of footy.

At Q time we had 6.6 on the board to zero from the Legs. Big, strong marking forwards like Hassan Ahmat-Watkins and Jess Watchman were dominating the contest. Key forwards leading, marking and kicking goals, I thought I was dreaminí! The message from the coach at the first break was back yourself, donít be frightened to make mistakes.

Norwood fought back in the second kicking to the northern and scoring end but were often under pressure and at the long break we still had a good lead, 7.10 to 3.6.

But had we run ourselves into the ground? The third Q produced our best footy of the game, Westies adding 7.3 while keeping N to a miserly 1.3. The highlight of this Q was a magnificent running goal from Hugh Haysman. Running hard from the half back flank he shared the ball around, got it back on the half forward flank and from 40m out on his wrong side, at full pace, curled a beauty through from out near the boundary. 3Q WA 14.13, N 4.9.

The message from the coach at 3Q time was Ďdonít feel sorry for the Norwood Football Clubí. As if! We booted 2 in the first 2 minutes to seal it off nicely. Norwood then dominated the play for most of the last Q and it was a credit to our defence that we kept them to 2.7 by applying pressure to their ball carriers, working the ball along the flanks and playing mature defensive footy. Norwood were not helping themselves by playing their farty little sideways chipping style of play but this was also a reflection on the pressure they were under.

Durdin dominated the rucks and around the ground. Great forward options in Holliday, Watchman and Ahmat-Watkins, smooth ball carriers like Snelling, Ferraro, Haysman and Agostino but they all played well today in a brilliant effort. Well done to them all.

As befitting a game between these clubs there was some spite out on the field today. In the last Q Jack Agostino was shirt-fronted by a Norwood player, went to ground for some time and was badly shaken up. He ran from the ground and thankfully returned a short time later.

From sitting 6th 2 weeks ago we will now finish no lower than third. Whatever happens the challenge for the club will be to retain this group and progress them through to senior level. Get out and support them, you wonít regret it.
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Re: U18s Bloods v Legs semi final match report

Post by Lee Harradine on Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:26 pm

Good summary again, B&R.

I've been lucky enough to see 7 or 8 of their games this year and have followed several lads for a while now.

First, Will Snelling was best on ground for the second week in a row, after showing consistent form in the Reserves. His work rate is excellent and a rare strength is his off the ball work, which results in him making great position.

Brett Turner is a classy on-baller, subject today to a tag that would be penalised at League level, but was still very effective. Hugh Haysman was a little off his game in the furst half, but was outstanding in the second half.

Several of Norwood's goals resulted from poor kickouts by us.

A special note to watch young Riley Bonner, son of Derek. This lad is a really smooth mover, with an accurate and often very long kick.

Next week is a big test against North, but if you want a lift by seeing some outstanding talent coming through our juniors, get along to watch them next week.
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Re: U18s Bloods v Legs semi final match report

Post by testy on Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:08 pm



A fantastic "team" effort today from a side that has such great confidence in each other.
It was a great to see them win by 12 goals last week but to see them today and win by 10 goals against a very good Norwood side was a terrific effort.
Hugh Haysman's goal in the 3rd quarter was as good as you would ever see.
Well done to all players today and look forward to next week's game against north.

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Post by Mark Beswick on Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:40 pm

Sensational Game and some talent in this side - WOW

Also went to the Metro Junior South Medal Count last night. U11-U16.5 grades - Great night
Will be following up five kids that should be in our new zone. Of course this is long term but hopefully a pay off in the future - its never to late to get exciting kids into our system Very Happy
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