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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Mens 1st Dvision - Round 7 vs Orara Valley Dingoes


Round 7 Match Report

Premier League

Northern Storm V Orara Valley Dingoes
 

After a disappointing loss in round 6 the Storm found themselves mid table in 6th position, a position unvisited after two very successful seasons and with a relatively unchanged squad. There would be an obvious out come to this result, WIN or challenge new depths. With another hot day and a home ground advantage, the heat was on in more ways than one.

 I can definitely say it was an improvement on previous weeks, but still off the mark. I say week in and week out and I’ll say it again, bring a positive attitude, respect your fellow players and do not question the “Referee”! Matt Bennett was gracious in letting teams say their piece but the next one wont.

Reminder-Yellow card for decent towards the ref = Reserve grade the following week.

It’s always bias from a coach’s point of view but I try to keep it real. We all know we should have hit the sheds at half time leading by 3 and that’s still allowing there 1, but too many squandered chances in front of goal let us down, a goal against play caught a flat footed backline and Mitch of his line and 1-0  Orara was the half time score.

This Week the half time break seemed favourable by reflecting on the importance of the game, slowing things down, breaking down their weaknesses and being clinical in both defence and attack.

Although not to our potential it was still enough to hold 70% of the possession and dominate the second half. On the 63rd minute it was a “stirred by the crowd” Brendon Myers who took on the backline beating 3-4 lunging defenders finding his right foot and belting it home from just inside the 18 yard box. The post goal celebration was mellow but effective, an open hand circling his ear jogging towards the silenced away crowd, and they really were silenced. Well done mate! This lifted the Lads and you could feel the belief from the sideline. I mentioned at half time Matty’s wing was the one to attack and with the substitution of “Froggy” whom Matty contained beautifully in a match up that was enjoying to watch, there was no time like the present. On the 73rd minute Matty received a pin point ball, charged into the corner of the 18 yard box and touch line hammering a perfect drive to Gum who made a difficult finish look effortless, jumping at the ball like a gazelle and placing with the inside of his left boot, unsaveable! An example of the clinical finishing we need. Spot on Gum! And another cracker of a game for you Matty!!! There was no change in the score line from this point leaving the score at 2-1 to the “STORM”.

I have to mention the improvement of the back line. Our aim was to not concede a goal but unfortunately that happened on the 38th minute. Other than that Mitch had nothing to really cause a sweat. Leaving the goal behind Mitch had a great day on the boot, all kicks had value and were well controlled, well done mate except for coming off your line way to early allowing a simple volley to near cost us the match! I was lying when I said leaving the goal alone! Why did we concede a goal, the aim was not to concede a goal, but we conceded one…but why. I hate conceding goals…….but we did.

Shot tally – Orara had 8 shots 1 goal and I reckon 6 of them were stupid free kicks??        Northern Storm had 22 shots 2 goals and I believe only 3 of those were free kicks. Hmmm

OK –this week we again work on holding possession and being CLINICAL. We can do all the drills in the world but I firmly believe you Guys have the ingredients which I’m looking for, the will to succeed, the desire to be the benchmark in every area of the game ,personal and team belief and a positive attitude to make every training session and game enjoyable from here on in! “Please” bring those ingredients this week because we all know Sawtell just beat Coffs 3-0. What perfect timing for a BIG game.

DO YA WANT IT????

 

Current Ladder
POS
TEAM
P
W
L
D
F
A
GD
PTS
1
7
6
1
0
38
4
34
18
2
7
6
1
0
29
8
21
18
3
7
6
1
0
23
8
15
18
4
7
4
2
1
19
16
3
13
5
7
4
3
0
23
17
6
12
6
7
4
3
0
16
16
0
12
7
7
2
5
0
14
22
-8
6
8
7
1
5
1
15
18
-3
4
9
7
1
6
0
7
25
-18
3
10

 

Were in the breakaway pack, let’s find the top. We must lift that goal tally and contain the against tally, it could prove crucial come finals.

Man of the Match went to Jamie Kennedy after a tireless performance well done JK. Again thanks to Daniel A, Marual, Salvador (the African love muscle) who also got man of the match in reserve grade and Jordan.

A huge thankyou to Trevor & Wendy for the tireless work over the last couple of weeks while Colin’s been in Hawaii swirling red wine topless in a flowered reef…bit like Kizza at Goldie but doesn’t need any coconuts. Please acknowledge what these guys do for us to make sure you boys turn up and enjoy your footy with no stress. Washing strips-bibs, pumping balls, cleaning sheds toilets canteens, filling match cards- bottles, collecting bibs, text messages, supplying strapping tape, extra shirts –shorts –socks, opening, locking, star-jumping you name it. It goes on and on!! Thank you Wendy, and Trevor you’re a legend mate! Also thanks to Craig who gave up his Sunday to help with the field set up and pull down, endlessly offering assistance to help our day run smoothly, cheers mate. Not to mention “WIDDOW” the Snagologist. Without the help of these guys there is no club.

Report by Jade Porter

 

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