COACHES REPORT RD 14 - HOME VS KEW

31 JUL 2014 | BY JAMES ROSE

By David Walter

The Gryphons got another taste of what is necessary to be successful at this level from ladder leader Kew on Saturday.

Apart from a couple of 15-20 minute patches, Kew was dominant for the majority of the match. There are 120 minutes in a game of footy and you don’t win many games if the team is only prepared to put in for 30-40 minutes. The way the Kew side was able to win the contested footy, spread from the pack, run and create showed the importance of discipline and adherence to team rules to the young Gryphons side.

Again, the common theme for this year continued with Kew kicking a total 11 goals in the last 3 minutes of each quarter. This area of our game must be tightened up before the all important Glen Eira and Elsternwick games.

Highlights:

Squid: Huge game from the skipper. Never gave up and won a lot of the footy. Led by example.
Poundy: Another great game off half back and thrived when rewarded with a run in the middle in the last quarter.
A Rob: Given a job on a taller, faster and stronger opponent. Terrific effort to limit the output of Kew’s best player. A couple of cheap late goals were an injustice. Relentless.
Alex Ross: 4 goals and selfless, courageous marking with the flight of the ball in the forward line showed what a bright future this kid has. A pre-season is the gym and Alex could be one of the best forwards in the division.
Polly: Gave his all and continues to play under adversity

Honourable mentions to Dan Petsinis, DB, Mitch Ryan and Andrew Barrett. These guys all at least broke even with their opponents on what turned out to be a tough day against the Premiership favourites.

We need as many Senior players as possible to training as we face Glen Eira and Elsternwick over the next to weeks. The more numbers, the better and more enjoyable the sessions will be and the better prepared the team can be for Saturday. These are must win games. As I mentioned on Saturday, I’m f*#king sick of losing. Let’s finish the last month of the season off on a positive, winning note.