Friday night’s game against Glenelg loomed as an important match given the even results in the competition. Glenelg kicked with a strong breeze in the first quarter and managed to kick a pair of goal while we could only manage a solitary point from 7 inside 50’s, a testament to Glenelg’s defense. With help from the breeze we managed to create opportunities but unfortunately not capitalizing kicking 5 points while also keeping Glenelg scoreless. We put a big emphasis on defending well in the third quarter and held Glenelg well until a late free kick resulted in goal while we managed to also kick a goal into the wind leaving us with some catching up to do in the last. We came home strong in the last quarter kicking 3 goals 1 behind but fell agonizingly short by 3 points. In the end we kicked twice as many points as goals and didn’t make the most of our opportunities.
As a team we are still learning how to respond under the pressure of opposition. We need to continue to learn when to be brave with the ball and when to be composed. Our best players included Isabelle Starmer who continued her rich vein of form in the ruck with 27 hit outs, 6 tackles and 10 disposals. Captain Shelby Smith shook a strong tag to gather 19 disposals, 12 of them contested while laying 4 tackles. Nicole Mark in her first game for the club battled well in defense alongside Demi Sonneman & Shannon Murphy who had a strong games. Paige Allan had some good moments gathering 10 disposals including 4 inside 50’s.
We play Sturt next Saturday night at Tanunda Oval which is a must win game.