GWS Go Down With A Fight In Season Closer
Victor P Taffa
On Saturday Team GWS faced off against the North Ballarat Rebels for their final game of the season.
In what proved to be a highly competitive contest, GWS put in an exciting performance just going down by six goals.
The game started with GWS coming out strong matching up hard on their opposition. However too much inexperience allowed the Rebels to take advantage of the centre clearances, resulting in a four goal lead over GWS.
Things looked ominous in the second quarter with the Rebels extending their lead to ten goals, but the second half saw an invigorated GWS side emerge.
Playing exciting rebounding footy, the boys worked well together to kick their first six goal term for the season.
Jake Neade provided exciting run and carry through the centre. Jake Townsend provided reliability through the middle as well as consistent rebound out of half back.
Coach Alan McConnell said that the third quarter proved that Team GWS could compete with much more experienced opposition.
“To come out in our last game and put a quarter together like we did was very pleasing as a coach.” Mr. McConnell said.
“We put some very exciting play together, showing glimpses of play that demonstrates the future at GWS.”
Three quarter time saw Team GWS reduce the margin to five goals, setting up a thrilling finish to the season.
GWS continued their exciting play into the final term, however a stronger and more experienced Rebels side had too much run throughout the last quarter.
Team GWS fought hard until the end, putting in a great effort going down by six goals. Mr. McConnell highlighted GWS Captain Kaine Stevens as a standout performer.
“Kaine had his best game for the season, his work rate with and without the ball was outstanding, and his use of the ball was tremendous.” Mr. McConnell said.
Mr. McConnell said that this TAC Cup side is full of young potential that can compete at an AFL level.
“This week GWS had 19 of their 24 players available to potentially become listed for GWS.”
“I hope that the development that we have put in with these boys over the season, continues throughout their football careers.”
Mr. McConnell was excited by the performance of the six indigenous boys that GWS allowed to travel and experience a high level of football.
“The excitement that these boys brought contributed to every goal throughout the game.”
“The list establishment rules, have given us a massive advantage throughout the season, allowing us to scout talent, and fast track the development of players that may not have been granted this opportunity.” Mr. McConnell said.
“The boy’s come from a very diverse background, and the enjoyment that they get coming to Sydney and being comfortable with the staff makes me very proud as a coach.”
Mr. McConnell said that he has enjoyed every aspect of this season, and gives full credit to the players and staff.
“Playing 78 players for the season has been a massive advantage for the development of the club, however for this many players to gel as a team has been very difficult.”
“For the players to come together and train as well as they have this year and put in the best performance that they have all season, makes the coaching staff very proud.”
“The coaching staff should be acknowledged and given full credit for their passion and commitment throughout the year.”
“Bringing such a diverse group together and working the way they have shows that this club has the potential it needs to develop as an AFL Club.”
Team GWS 15.14-104
North Ballarat Rebels 22.8-140
Goals: J. Bruce 5, K. Murphy 3, S. Milne 2, J. Neade 2, J. Anderson, S. Autio, K. Stevens
Bests: K. Stevens, C. Moller, J. Townsend, D. Coward, L. Hampton, T. Wales