A big game playing a top side.
We had some bad news before the game and lost two players before the start of the game.
The game was tough and fast and Parkdale capitalised on their opportunities early and we missed some shots.
I asked the boys to put in a big last half effort with them all responding.
We locked the ball in and stopped their running game. With a big last quarter we had them by running and moving the ball. Unfortunately they got a score and we lost.
Two games remain and two wins are needed to make finals. We are good enough if we believe and follow our game plan.
A finals like game feeling to the game as we squared the win loss total for this season against Parkdale.
Both sides hitting the ball hard early and the result in the 1st 1/4 against the breeze really set us up.
Second term with the wind and we stretched the lead that in the end was the winning margin.
The healthy rivalry built in a short time with the Parkdale boys looks like it will get to continue when finals arrive.
Hit the track this week to recover and set ourselves for Marcelin next up.
What a great way to celebrate Paul Pitmans milestone game.
A really gritty and hard fought win. The opposition were bigger and dominated overhead. Coburg were more desperate and had numbers at the contest in cold and slippery conditions.
After trailing by as many as 3 goals through the game, we held Box Hill goalless in the last quarter while we peppered the goals and made them extremely nervous.
John Haddad with ice water running through his veins slotted the winner from a set shot with less than 2 minutes to play. It was a matter of keeping our nerve and holding them up from there.
A fantastic team effort that keeps the season alive. If a couple results go our way, the f word could start getting thrown around. One week at a time though.
Well done buys.
Despite the threat of some nasty weather 20 players braved the trip down the highway to take on last year’s premiers. They were greeted by a heavy hail storm as they watched the previous game, but were able to play the whole match in sunshine on a very good surface.
Good team structure meant that Werribee, kicking with the strong breeze, were limited in scoring opportunities until they got a run in “Red” time in the first quarter.
That was their last real damage on the scoreboard with Jenny Bonney and Kate Francis in the backline turning many Werribee attacks into forward forays for the Lions. The second quarter saw Sabina Ahuja score from deep in the pocket. The midfield, bolstered by the return of Bec Brown controlled play with Werribee unable to add to their first quarter tally.
With Werribee having the breeze in the third quarter the Lions resisted attack after attack to limit them to only one behind for their efforts.
The Lions continued to challenge the opposition for the remainder of the game playing it out with a strong resistance right to the end. The best whole team effort this season with even better to come. Go Lions.
Game against Plenty Valley was a hard winters game.
We started ok and just kept with them till half time.
Inaccurate kicking for goal and field kicking no good they took control of our mistakes and scored.
It was a scrap from then on and we fought hard in muddy conditions but came away with a loss.
Big big challenge next week and we need to be on from the start.
Away from home against Plenty Valley on a ground that was tough going after some poor weather through the week.
Really pleased with the work rate across all lines and we improved each quarter to come away with a strong win despite some average kicking at times.
Looking forward to returning to our home ground as we continue to improve each performance and start to settle a side to take a tilt at some finals footy.
The 45's jumped out of the blocks and took control with 4 goals to nil in the first quarter.
Coburg were winners all over the ground, denying the ball around the middle, winning the ball back across half back, locking the ball in and scoring at will.
A real team effort and stands us in good stead for the final three rounds.
Returning to Coburg City oval conveyed no home ground advantage in the windy, cold and rainy conditions.
It was a matter survival losing three players to injury early in the game.
Opening against the wind the Coburg girls worked together to keep Mordialloc out. With the half back line of Kate Francis, Freya Tobin and Stacey Spiteri doing a lot of the heavy work.
The second quarter showed we had few options going forward and needed to rely on Rosie Busuttil to provide some movement, but we failed to score against the flooding of Mordialloc.
The third quarter was a repeat of the first with the backline repelling attack after attack and denying the opposition scoring opportunities.
The efforts of the first three quarters told on the players during the final quarter with Mordialloc running out on top by 20 points, leaving the elusive first win another fortnight away.