Round 21 - Match Report
Canberra 4.5 7.8 10.11 14.12.96
Southport 0.3 4.5 8.8 13.12.90
Goal Kickers – Clements 5, Thurlow 2, Baxter 1, Johnson 1, Fowler 1, Hancock 1, Erickson 1, O’Shea 1. Best Players – Keras, Tape, Clements, Thurlow, Pantic, Crowley, Budarick.
Despite not having a finals spot to play for, there was plenty riding on Saturday’s clash with Canberra. A loss would see us finish the season in ninth place, the lowest in the club’s proud history.
The players were reminded of this but what they dished up in the first quarter was extremely poor, only laying 8 tackles for the quarter.
After a deserved quarter time spray, it was left to Rob Clements who responded brilliantly and single-handedly kept us in the game, despite the loss of Hamish Shepheard with a hamstring injury.
Nathan Bock asked for an increase in work rate and better execution during the third quarter. It was an arm wrestle but 2 late goals had us close enough to challenge in the last quarter.
We opened with a flurry of goals, including a ripper from Jack O’Shea, and scores were level at the 6 minute mark. We peppered the goals over the final 20 minutes of the game but some poor conversion saw us fall short by 6 points.
Clements, Tape, Keras, Pantic, Thurlow, Crowley and Budarick were all gallant in defeat but we just didn’t have a group of players desperate enough to win the game. This will be addressed over the next 2 months. End of season review meetings will be conducted this week as we try to construct a list that will enable us to compete in this extremely tough NEAFL competition.
Congratulations to midfield star Jordan Keras who has taken out the 2017 NEAFL Most Valuable Player. His professionalism is second to none and this is a great reward for his efforts this season.
Jarrod Field GM – Football Operations