Glenelg Tigers v West Adelaide Bloods, Wolves, whatever…
It shaped like an early battle for the wooden spoon and if this was to be the case, The Varnished Culture would rather not be there. (Anyway, there was champagne and Impressionists on offer at the Art Gallery.) Consistent with the bad luck charm that we are, and with the Milera Boys flying, our absence ensured that the lads lost the battle (for the Spoon – or at least it’s deferred for now) by winning the game. We’ll let Senior Coach Mark Stone report, courtesy of the GFC FC website:
MARK’S MATCH REPORT – LEAGUE
Goals: T Milera 4, J Scott 3, M Motlop 2, L Hosie 2, I Milera 2
Friday nights win was a well earned victory at a venue where we haven’t tasted a great deal of success.
The 1st quarter was a slow, uncompetitive, easy to play against start, with full credit to West Adelaide who looked quick and sharp.
Play against anyone and register 5 tackles for a quarter and youre going to make it tough for your defenders and particularly if only 2 of those tackles were in the midfield.
But in the 2nd quarter, we re-aligned ourselves to the values we want to uphold in our game style and won the tackles 22-11, ground ball 28-20, the kick battle and the inside 50s to turn a 17 point deficit into a 13 point lead.
The players stuck to the task in the 2nd half and got the job done by 25 points.
It was reward for effort, coming off our 2nd 6 day break against a really quick and hard running West Adelaide team, and gives us strong belief in our fitness program and mentally how to dig deep when we need it. Losing Aaron Joseph in the 3rd quarter meant several players had to run out the game without a rotation and left the field exhausted and sore but winners.
We have 2 weeks to recover, work hard on the track, and prepare for Adelaide next at Gliderol Stadium. We have plenty to work on and must keep our heads down and all in together.
Some might quibble that we over-rely on Terry and Ian Milera. I don’t agree, but even if it were so, so what? They don’t train with the Crows, so their hamstrings should stay intact and ‘unaware,’ They are terrific men, and we wish them, and the whole team, all the very best for the season.