Purple Heart wrote:
Fantastic game on many levels. The atmosphere was electric mainly because very few of us thought we could win. The game was played at a blistering pace and the kids were inspiring in the way they played like a cohesive unit.
That first quarter was absolutely brilliant, particularly the first goal by Banfield. Brennan Cox and Adam Cerra were two standouts, but there wasn’t one passenger. I thought that Apeness stood up when he needed to, Ed Langdon did his usual effective run and carry with the ball, young Giro was terrific, and Brandon Matera inserted himself on the game. As usual, Hamling was a trooper in the backline along with Wilson, Pearce and Ryan. Nyhuis did a damn good job as well. Lauchie and Connor were first rate as well.
I was really impressed with the fluid movement of the ball and the confidence that so many of the youngsters displayed. It was like a switch has been flicked and suddenly the whole group were making good decisions, kicking well and running and tackling hard. Geez I hope we see more of that.
We deserved that win and as far as being a boost to the kids’ confidence, I think it was as good as it gets.
Well done Freo. It was a mighty fine game.
Well said PH! Totally agree mate, their ball use and movement was polar opposites to previous weeks. Great to see! Apeness was immense in the final stanza and Jones did some good things also. Luke Ryan looks like a veteran down back now also!