Another great weekend by the boys.
On Saturday our boys took the field determined to play as a team and to play great footy. We were hard at the ball from the first bounce and the Willoughby team didn’t have a chance to move the ball at all under the pressure our boys put on them. There were great performances all around the ground, and I continue to say it, but it is great to see the newer players continue from strength to strength every week, with their confidence building, the team is getting better and better every week. It really is a joy to coach this team.
Next up is Mosman at the Alan Border Oval (Mosman) at 11am.
There are usually two things that occur after a series of close loses. Either it strengthens the resolve of players to go that extra bit harder to get the win, or deflate their confidence and push them in to their shells. I can gladly say that Team Taylor went the former.
After a heavy loss first up this season, the team has endured some close calls; including being in the lead in the last quarter in several games and one game ending in a draw. However, every player brought their A game to the Frank Gray Oval in Curl Curl against the Manly Bombers.
On a typical sunny Autumns day in Sydney, the boys played the best team footy I’ve seen all year. The support they gave each other was magnificent, with quick handballs out of packs and plenty of options for players running hard up the field.
The defence was ably lead by Luke Fish, our captain for the day. His attack on the ball was unquestionable, and it inspired his team-mates to do likewise. Time and again we repelled the Bombers attacks.
The midfield worked like a well oiled machine. A light must of gone off in the heads of the rovers, as they finally realised were to stand and take advantage of Charlie King winning the tap outs. This resulted in us dominating the centre clearances (thanks to Ben Cheshire and Sam Ferguson), and feeding the forwards with plenty of ball.
Lead by a strong performance from the two Samuel’s (Finucane Lunnie and Hynes), they didn’t waste their opportunities either. However it was the career best performance from Andrew Gillard which was so pleasing. Even Patrick Byrne, who was walking on one leg with a ankle injury conjured up a beautiful kick and goal in the last quarter.
We must also thank the Under 10 players to help us field such a competitive team. This week we had magnificent performance from Ben Cheshire, while Max Negri and Billy Rogers should us they will be a force to reckon with over the coming years.
This win pushes the team into fourth position. And while we won’t mention the F word, if the boys keep up this type of intensity, skill and team work, they will be making life difficult for all the other teams.
Award winners this week:
- Best kick: Andrew Gillard
- Best mark: Max Negri
- Best team player: Luke Fish
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