Footy on ANZAC day, was the theme of Round 3 and the venue was Dittmer Park, the Home of Mt.Gravatt.
Once again, it was quite a warm, sunny day and the boys were quite excited to be able to play footy on one the great days of the Australian Calendar. Numerous players spoke of how honoured they were to be playing on ANZAC Day and there was a genuine feeling of anticipation for a great clash with the Vultures.
The preparation really began on the Thursday night at training with Coach Chad Owens organising a special guest to speak with for the playing group.
At Chad’s request, Vietnam War veteran Kevin Lynch made the long trek down from the Sunshine Coast on the day, just to deliver a 15 min talk to the boys about his war experience, his life as a soldier and a footballer, and about being part of something larger than yourself…a team.
He spoke of how the way things were done in the Army and how that was reflected in the way football teams and clubs work together. He spoke extremely well and his words were well received. It was inspirational and enlightening. The players and the club would like to thank Kevin enormously for making the effort to drive a couple of hours each way just to say hi to us, tell us his story and to help our club prepare for ANZAC Day.
The usual tributes were paid at the start of the game; the last post and the minute silence. It was another chance to reflect and to honour the ANZAC spirit.
Then the footy was underway!
With both teams having one win and one loss for the season, and both teams looking to gain a positional advantage over the other it made for a promising game and the players really delivered.
Whilst the footy wasn’t particularly skilful, it was hard fought and there was plenty of spirit and passion shown from both sides. PBC gained the upper hand through the second quarter but had trouble converting in front of goal. The Vultures fought back hard and with a lapse in the late part of the third quarter by the Lions, they took a 14 point lead into the last quarter.
The Lions showed real spirit to lift in the final quarter. The intensity of the game was high and it was quite an exciting contest. Although it took until the final few minutes, PBC lifted and were able to get the win by 6 points.
The scores were tight through both the earlier matches with the Reserves going down by 15 points and the Colts losing by 10 points.
What the coaches had to say;
Chad Owens (Seniors)
Character and will got us over the line this week. In what was a great occasion to play football, our boys displayed a lot of spirit and fight to get the job done. The game was won in the tight contests and that’s where we were able to gain the upper hand.
Big Jacko (Jackson Emblem) kept the scoreboard ticking over early in the game with 2 majors. Jesse Derrick at centre half forward was a great target and gave us a great avenue to goal. The second quarter we dominated but couldn’t put real scoreboard pressure on kicking 1 goal 6 behinds.
Being 15 points down 10 minutes into the last the boys were faced with a big task. Tyler Cornish and Dakota Bannister were very strong in the middle in getting the ball forward. Todd Bryant’s soccer style goal got the momentum going back our way and from there we got a run on with goals coming. Kyle Emery moving to the goal square was a telling factor on the result.
Our run from the back half was exceptional and the ability for our backs to win their one on ones provided the spring board to attack.
Special mention to Simon Marshall, Josh Woolley and Liam McNeven for their games.
Another big game this week against UQ who are coming off a big loss. We will need to be on from the first bounce.
Scott Lawton (Reserves)
3 weeks in a row we have started slowly and again this has cost us a game
We are struggling with following team rules and we are playing individual games.
It was pleasing to see after 1/2 time we listened & followed instructions which brought us into the game and gave us a chance to win.
Once we give ourselves an even starting point we are winning the 50/50 contests and getting the ball forward.
Our poor skills are still hurting us. This is an area we really need to improve in.
So, a new week….a new challenge
It was also great to see all the boys bond after the game and stick around to support the seniors. Well done!
Bill Fraser (Colts)
We played really well, but with only 19 players it was always going to be a battle to come home with the points against one of the better sides in the comp.
We managed to stick to the game plan for most of the day and that is what kept us in it.
We hit the front early in the last quarter but the fresher legs of Mt Gravatt, who had a full bench, managed to run over the top of us in the end.
Best player was Dale Neuhaus and special mention to Jesse Beame who was great around the contest all day, Reece Gallagher also battled hard in the ruck.
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Goal Kickers: S. Thynne 2, J. Emblem 2, K. Emery 2, S. Wilson , N. Carr , T. Bryant , B. Askey Best Players: , J. Derrick , D. Bannister , J. Woolley , S. Thynne , L. McNeven , T. Cornish
Best Players: , M. Hart , A. Jokovich , D. Nash , K. Walsh , C. Murphy , T. Carbone
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Goal Kickers: T. Golding 3, B. Pearson 2, O. Beston , B. Schneider , B. Emblem , M. Peters , S. Brookes Best Players: , Z. Turner , B. Schneider , S. Pennefather , C. Gabbe , B. Hoskins , N. Hamilton
Best Players: , R. Jenkie , M. Kealey , P. Neate , C. McGuren , J. Feben , M. De La Rue
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