COLTS CRUISE TO BIG WIN
On Saturday morning at home the Colts took on a depleted Redcliffe and ran out 153 point winners.
Agreeing to play 16 a side due to a lack of personnel, it was a new challenge and possibly a danger game as the Tigers had been used to playing like this for most of the year. It must be acknowledged that their players fronted up to give our lads a game , played it in the right spirit, and despite the scoreline, they never resorted to dirty tactics or chose the easy option. It takes character to front up and keep composure when they knew they were up against it. So credit must go to Redcliffe.
As for our team, it was a test of the renewed commitment to the team first mantra, and the coaching staff were very pleased with the acceptance of having to rotate through the bench regularly. With 6 on the bench it kept the interchange steward Vanessa Renner and Warren , our assistant coach and rotations overseer ,quite busy.
It's hard to really pinpoint highlights , although Jeremy DeRooy's 4 first quarter goals were exciting as was the continued development of Dom Morrison as an attacking half back. Liam Reynolds was back to his best and has really benefitted from his run in the Reserves last week. Rory Johnson continued his late season burst of form with a classy display in the midfield and Chae Lawson, Ash Gore and Phil Stumer had a ball as small forwards . Pat Renner is finding form and the new ruck trio of Kurt Vine, Damon Allen & Connor Green shows promise.
Down back, Cam Smith & Tommy Luke were solid and just too good for their opponents but it was a strong showing from Mark Adamson that caught the eye. He was good one-on-one , and also showed ability to be a link up player as well, finding space and giving the option for the switch play on many occasions.
When you are totally in control as the Colts were , it was a good opportunity to throw the side around a bit and found that Ryan Vagne has an ability to kick goals , Josh Senescall has potential as an attacking half back, Jaidon Johnstone- Bates can give a lead-u-forward option & that Jeremy DeRooy is handy up forward.
Now it's time to re-focus and keep the improvement in attitude and team first acts going so the young Magpies can bridge the gap to the top three teams. Another great week on the track and willingness to learn will see them primed for another top performance this coming Saturday Night against Coorparoo.
Magpies : 25.19 -169
Tigers : 2.4 - 16
Goals : J. DeRooy 6, C. Grant 3, C. Lawson 3 , R. Vagne 3, P.Renner 2, M.Adamson 1, C. Green 1, J.Gainford 1, C. Smith 1, A. Gore 1, P.Stumer 1, L. Reynolds 1, M. Mazerolle 1
Best: L. Reynolds, D. Morrison, R. Vagne, M. Adamson, R. Johnson, T. Luke