Year 9's Match Report
Tom Parker - Year 9 Coach
Bayswater travelled to Kingfisher Reserve on Sunday, with confidence, after a month of solid football and physically fresh, having had the long weekend off. With the loss to Ballajura by ten points in round one in the back of their minds, there was certainly a feeling that this was a very winnable game – and in fact a game that needed to be won by Bayswater in order to prove their credentials to the rest of the Blue division competition.
Alas, facts don’t care about feeling and emotion. The fact is, Bayswater were beaten by a more cohesive unit in Ballajura.
The game started evenly with both sides entering their forward half on multiple occasions, but where the Ballajura team seemed to play with more run and had an open forward line, the Bayswater team entries where rushed and often into a crowded forward line. Bayswater goals came on the back of individual moments, where Ballajura’s goals seemed to come far easier: largely on the back of run, share and strong team play. This was the tale of the tape for the remainder of the day. It was a tough day at the office ... and yes, The Bears were missing a few players...but generally speaking Bayswater didn’t play to their potential. What does that mean though? General team play is Bayswater’s strength – sharing the ball, running to create, bringing others into the game more regularly. Certainly, this Bayswater team is better than last year, of course ...but Ballajura looked much more like a team.
On Sunday, Bayswater operated more on the back of strong individual efforts, rather than repetitive strong team play. Some of these individual efforts came from Horsfall on the wing (another great chase down and tackle to add to his collection), Fewster in the ruck and defence and Parker and Primerano through the middle. Anderson found some form on the wing and half forward (a midfield role for him beckons this week) and Meldrum battled hard all day up front. But to an outsider watching Sundays game it is difficult to describe Bayswater style of play. So where do they go from here? The coaches this week will need to demand more handball and run from this talented list....and they must look to sequences of play that resemble more mature levels of football....Bayswater will not consistently beat the better sides until they can develop a stronger, more obvious brand ...built around sharing and supporting one another. The effort is there, but Bayswater need to play smarter football.
This weeks game will be a tough one against an opponent who will look to correct the result from the last meeting of these two sides, and it presents a terrific opportunity for the lads in red and green to present a style of football that will win the big games.
Bayswater Bears 6-7 43 Ballajurra 10-9 69