A Grade lose in last kick of season by the smallest of margins
In its final game for the year, TAs have gone down to Kingsley by the smallest of margins on close to the last kick of the day.
In eerily similar fashion to R3, TAs got out to a strong start only for Kingsley to come storming home. A 6 goal to 1 opening quarter for the Boomers continued a trend of fast starts, with big men Ben McAullay, Damon Guinness, Jamie Birrell & Tim Watkins all having a scoreboard impact.
The second and third quarters saw the pace of the game slow down, and Kingsley begin to chip away at the lead, however heading into the last TAs still held a 14 point lead. Clearly running out of legs and against an opposition that was rolling the dice, the boys were unfortunately not able to kick that steadying goal to kill off the comeback, and when Kingsley scored a point with only 90 seconds to go, TAs faced an upfill battle. Kingsley were able to lock the ball in their forward half, and when the final siren went on season 2019, the 1 point margin probably summed up the season as a whole; very close, but not quite good enough to get the job done.
Despite the result, the boys can be commended for their effort, in particular Matt Rodan, Josh Rouphael, Jeremy Power, Tim Watkins & Kane Ransted.
The focus now turns to the A-Reserves and A-colts, who carry the clubs finals hopes into a couple of elimination finals next week.
TAs 12.6 78
KL 11.13 79
Job Well Done, Now to the Real Season
Short and sweet, with bigger games on the horizon, we got the job done. Kingsley were full of merit for their last game of the season taking it up to us in the first quarter and really pressing in the last quarter, but the boys showed some metal and ran out 4 goal winners. Mentally they are tough games to prepare for, knowing nothing can change on the ladder and next week is a massive Elimination final. We focused on what we want to bring for the game this week and worked on running it out to be at our absolute best, hopefully for the month ahead.
Not taking anything away from Kingsley, but we have bigger fish to fry and it is hard not to think about what is in front of you before reaching it. I felt we were control of the game the whole way, never feeling like the boys would slip up and go into the finals with our first loss for 8 weeks. That was the case and in the final quarter we displayed a maturity to again play smart football to make sure Kingsley’s final push would be left to late. In the end we did what we had to and that was win the game, now we can look forward to what the boys have been waiting for all season and that’s finals football.
Trinity Aquinas 11.6- 72
Kingsley 7.3- 45
Goal Kickers: W. McSweeney 4, D. Lenzo, S. Franich, D. Murray, F. Hudson, C. Hunter, M. Mather, D. Crane 1
Best: Will McSweeney, Jackson Flematti, Frank James,
As a coach I am fully confident that the long and arduous season has steeled this team both mentally and physically for what finals football brings. This season has seen a number of young players grow into senior football, showing continuous improvement and learnings from their extended game time. That, mixed with some experienced older players gives this team a great dynamic of youth and experience to make it back to another Grand Final. Winning is dynamic, forging bonds and memories for life but it is the losses you tend to remember more. What could we have done better? What moments really cost us? What should we have done differently? Last year stung having a real shot, but putting ourselves in a position to make another run at a Grand Final is all we can ask for from this squad of players. I don’t use the word squad lightly either, as throughout the year we have built a bond of Feeling the Love (team motto), making sure whoever comes through those 2’s doors, is welcomed with open arms. Having had 59 players play a game this year, shows throughout the year how much help you need to win games and make that final 5. Those boys who have earned their spot, will understand they are playing not only for themselves and this team but for all who have missed out and contributed throughout the year as well. Tough losses, and strong team building wins have no doubt in my mind prepared us for these moments and now it is just about executing our style and game plan on the big stage.
Higher intensity, increased pressure, games where big moments matter, welcome to finals footy. For us the equation is simple, in the long-haul win 4 games and beat the 4 best teams throughout the year. Looking closer, take care of a tough North Fremantle team up at Charles Riley Reserve.
Having lost and drawn to them this year, the game promises to be a hard-fought contest between two proud clubs, hoping to continue their season week by week. For us, we have potentially 6 players who played league last week putting their hand up and a host of other players who have reached the 5 qualifying games throughout the year. A decent sized headache for selections is better than having nothing to choose from and you can bank on these boys having the drive and willingness to fly the flag high for the seniors this year. We implore you to get down and support us and the Colties as well, as a little goes a long way and with the amount of work that goes into a season the boys deserve everyone’s full support.
A Colts Finals Bound.
The Colts came into their final home and away game against Kingsley this week knowing that they couldn’t move from fourth spot on the ladder. Whilst this may cause some to go into self-preservation mode as they focus on what is to come the following week, the boys were clearly focused pre game on ensuring they continued to build on their strong end of season form.
Unfortunately the pre-game focus didn’t translate to what was produced in the first quarter as Kingsley started the game strongly, showing they were much better than their 3 win and 14 loss record indicated. Kingsley were able to apply plenty of pressure around the ball forcing our boys to make some uncharacteristic errors. Despite the strong start from Kingsley we were able to take a 1 goal lead into the quarter time break, where the coaches stressed on our boys that we must focus on the job at hand and not get ahead of ourselves. The boys responded to this first quarter challenge and lifted their efforts in the second quarter as they took a 3 goal lead into half time. The boys continued to improve in the second half and ended up grinding out a solid 40 point win to finish the home and away season with a 13-5 record.
Our attention now turns to our elimination final this week against Wanneroo to be played at North Beach. I would encourage all supporters to make the effort to get down early to watch the future of our club in action!
Goal Kickers: Santella 3, McCormack, Starkie, Hamer-Mathew, Riley, Stone, Dodge and Austen