It was a very important game for both sides, Phillip Island were trying to line up their wins heading towards finals, we also had a keen eye on where we sat on the ladder and who was around us as well. We had a hard-fought game back in round one with Phillip Island, so we knew heading down to their ground wasn’t going to be easy.
Due to plenty of rain, it was a tricky deck to play on with some areas muddy and others quite nice. We were confident of a good showing even with a few ins and outs within the team.
As mentioned earlier, the game was played at a very high standard considering the conditions, with both teams having periods of dominance or field position. There was only ever a goal or 2 difference between the two sides throughout the whole match, but Phillip Island always seemed to have the upper hand and was able to answer anything we threw at them.
Late in the last quarter we were able to be within one goal on the scoreboard, even with playing one man short, however Phillip Island was able to get one more goal and make it a strong win for them.
The boys tried their hearts out all day and never gave in with many great performances. Caelan Addis & Ryder Milne were both pillars of strength for us in defence, intercept marking and saving us many times, Ben Baird was hard at it out on the wing and gave 100% all day, Olly Sail in the ruck worked tirelessly at every contest, BJ Broughton & Ashton Hermanus both adapted to the conditions well through the midfield and tried hard.
With no game next week for the Under 18’s, we prepare for our next hit out the week after against Garfield.