The trip down the road to the home of local rivals Hawthorn didn't go as planned on the weekend, with both teams feeling the force of strong and well drilled Hawks outfits. The seniors were right in the game until Hawthorn kicked away in the third quarter, while the reserves had a huge challenge ahead of them taking on the ladder leaders.
Best Players: C. Brock, A. Szabo, L. Giles, N. Joseph, A. Panjwani
In what has been the story over the last few weeks, Saturday was a another tough day for the reserves side. Coming up against the competition leaders at their home ground was always going to be a challenge.
Hawthorn proved why they are the best side in the competition at present, with a strong structure and fast paced ball movement. Aside from a period in the third quarter where we really took it up to them, we were well beaten in most areas.
Our midfield group of Fish, Arun and Noel worked hard in and under and were able to match their mids in the clinches for most of the day. However, Hawthorn's skill and speed really hurt us on the outside and resulted in numerous scoring opportunities.
As a group we need to get back on the track and keep working to get better. We have a very winnable game this week and will be doing everything we can to ensure we are in a position to capitalise.
Goal Kickers: N. Szabo 2, S. Fitzgerald, R. Hobson, G. Driscoll, M. Szabo, G. Ratnakumar, R. Walmsley, R. Pearce
Best Players: S. Fitzgerald, T. Lowden, R. Walmsley, R. Goodwin, R. Hummerston, R. Pearce
Last Saturday we ventured down Canterbury Road to take on the benchmark of the competition, Hawthorn. We saw it as a chance to find out where "are at" as they say. With a strong side named, we were confident that we could take it right up to them and come home with a win.
Yet again we lost the toss and kicked into a strong breeze. Hawthorn predictably skipped out to a quarter time lead and by half time were four goals up. They seemed to have more numbers at the ball and behind the ball, and we struggled to convert the opportunities we had.
At half time we felt that we were still in the game, but a burst of eight goals to one in the third put an end to our hopes. We battled on in the last quarter and reduced the margin, but ultimately were taught a lesson by a side that was better organised, fitter and harder running than we were.
Fitzy and Wombat were very good for us on the ball, and Lowds was fantastic down back. Pearcey is returning to form and Moods, Hummer and Rob Goodwin battled hard.
Next week we get a chance to put this one behind us. Bring it on.
Here's the latest news for the Cobra's hitting the netball courts each week!
- The Richmond ladies team were dealt their first loss of the season last night, going down in a close game by 4 goals.
- The Doncaster ladies team had the bye this week, though will be back on court next Wednesday night.
- And the results from last nights Vermont mixed team game weren't in at the time of writing, though hopefully they got over the line with a win!
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Round 8 sees us head down to Elsternwick. The Wickers haven't been having the best season since coming down from Division 2, their seniors registering just the solitary win while their reserves are yet to take home the 4 points this year. This represents a great chance for both Canterbury teams to get back on to the winners list, though in a very even Division 3, no win is easy.
We'll be back at the Harp from 6.30pm this week to do the weekly awards, don't forget about the $22 parma & pot deal upon showing your Canterbury Harp card.