NORTHERN STORM - MATCH REPORTS
Round 8 – against Sawtell
First Grade – report by Colin Scully
It was a great to be back from a 2 week break. The feeling in the dressing shed was positive and the lads were here today to play top footy.
Prior to the commencement of the match, the coaching staff stressed the importance of this match, in particular, the need to dominate the match from the opening whistle and for the lads to retain possession.
The first half was exhilarating as the lads clearly outplayed Sawtell all over the park. Our defence was solid, our passing was clinical and we created lots of opportunities. At the 19th minute of play Grant Scully scored and it looked like we would run away with the game. However, 8 minutes later Sawtell levelled the score but it was Storm who continued to attack but could not find the back of the net.
At half time the coaching staff requested that the lads hold their positional play and continue to dominate their opposition. The second half saw lots of missed opportunities. However frustration was clearly evident as a number of poor refereeing decisions resulted in our lads losing their cool. There was at least a 10 minute period when we dropped our momentum. It must be said that the spectators attending this match couldn’t believe that Storm were not awarded a number of penalties. Unfortunately we can protest as much as we like but the score will not change. The game ended in a draw and we lost a valuable 2 points.
I must say that there are a number of positives arising from this match. First and foremost is that it appears we are coming together as a team. Our defence is tighter and we are creating many opportunities. We now only have to play smarter and retain our composure rather than rushing, panicking and becoming frustrated in not scoring at every opportunity. It is coming together lads and at the right time of the season.
A good effort lads.
Northern Storm 1 Sawtell 1
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Our next match is Monday, 9th June - Storm play Urunga at The Cove, Korora. Reserve Grade kicks off at 12pm and First Grade at 2pm
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