Year 8's Match Report
Mike Scott - Year 8 Coach
Our first "Road Trip" for the year, up the hill to Sawyers Valley to take on the top side Hills Rangers Grey, after three rounds. For the first time this year we had all our available players (Owen still out injured), and topped up with two Year 7's we had a bench of three, and being Kaisens 50th game we were keen for a big game.
The boys got off to a reasonable start, but unfortunately our bench of three was down to two within five minutes after Jackson came off with what appeared to be a dislocated little finger. So he was off to hospital to discover that it was not dislocated but in fact broken, so we will miss his size, speed and desperation over the coming weeks. It was a tight first quarter with both teams moving the ball well from end to end but we only managed one goal and held them to two. The second quarter presented a few chances be we could only manage three points, but once again held them to only one goal, so we where only down by 16 points at the half. The third quarter started with a bit of a flurry but unfortunately it was Hills Rangers doing all the attacking, and although the boys kept trying they couldn't hold back the momentum, and after a five goal to zero third quarter we looked tired and struggling to keep up. The boys were reminded at the three-quarter time break about the Bear's spirit, and that we don't give up and they were asked for an effort and to win the last quarter. The boys took it all on board and when they could have given it away they instead lifted their work rate, and really played for each other. Although we could not peg back the margin, we did in fact win the last quarter 8 points to 7.
The result was not important, but their response to being soundly beaten in the third quarter was, and we (the coaches), could not have been prouder with how they lifted their heads, kept running and the team effort was at it's best during that last quarter.
Once again the work in the mid-field was excellent and the run and attack again from Asher continues to be a highlight. The contribution from the our two Year 7's Lachlan and Jardyn was excellent. The backs were forced to work hard and except for the third quarter continued to provide plenty of rebound for the forwards.
Our game next week is back at home against old rivals the Morley Bulldogs.
Score: Bears 2-6 18 Hills Rangers 9-11 65
Goals: 1 - Kobe, Jardyn (Y7)
Best: Asher, Jessie, Zac, Kobe, Ben, Jack