2017 - Round 4 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Richmond Central

Guys, in great conditions, for footy, we bounced back and played the football we are renowned for. After a miserly effort of 3 goals last week, we were able to kick 19 goals in a far better display of eww football - Our game style, especially as we train for it, ran them off their legs –Lateral movement of the ball will always hurt the opposition and open the game up. Our switch of play and shifting their defence around, by switching the football worked for us after a fairly slow start.

Full credit to Richmond for their opening exuberance and energy which gave them an early lead. We must come out the same way this week and every other week – this is an area that has been lacking

More poise and no panic, really opened the game up with outnumbering and using the spare players throughout. Our chain of event goals were a feature in the third quarter particularly, when the game really opened up. We had the character to regroup, after the loss last week and made a statement.

With new personnel who are still learning about everyone and game style, it is imperative that all our leaders do what they do best – lead from the front and not be reminded.

PLEASING ASPECTS

* The continual improvement by a number of players, in particular, some first year players

* Our overall efforts for all quarters was very good - 3rd quarter was a great spectacle with a number of players involved in chain of event goals.

* Better overall intensity from the outset was better than last week,

* Our KPIs were far better than last week

* Great individual efforts by Adrian – 7 goals, Wills ruck work outstanding

* 8 individual goalkickers – our best return for the year – which is more common for us

* 28 scoring shots will always win you a game

* Our voice all over the ground and our support for each other was good, considering a number of new recruits –this will continue to improve

* Brilliant defensive work with 3rd man in, hammer punches, no separation and killing contests, all day – we took the initiative away from their tall forward who started on fire

* Highest score for the year

* Having over 20 numbers at training was a major positive and must continue – greatly assists with planning and structures

* Inside 50s of 64 will always win you a game

AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT

* Conversion still needs to benchmark at 55% - we were at 49% 3 weeks ago and only 42% 2 weeks ago, 31% last week, still only 44% this week – FORWARDS MUST CONTINUE TO WORK HARDER

* Could probably provide easier scoring opportunities up forward with forwards presenting and opening up space, particularly when they flood us – need to shift their defence by switching the ball. Also, to get the ball in quick to avoid the flooding

Goal kickers

A. Gileno 7, J. Georgini 3, T. Beech 2, W. Cowie 2, T. Demetriou 2, T. DeWit 1, J. Farah 1, P. Gaynor 1

Best Players

A. Gileno, W. Cowie, C. Pana, T. Beech, D. Bubunaras, T. Elmaneh, J. Georgini

 

2017 - Round 3 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Old Xaverians

Guys, in reasonable but heavy conditions, at Bulleen Park we were very disappointing to lose to Old Xaverians after being the far better side for 3 quarters. The old cliché – “bad kicking is bad football” was at the forefront of the loss – 3 goals from 15 scoring shots says plenty. Only 3 goals will never win a game and is most unlike us.

A lack of poise and panic, no players at the back, during pack situations, as we train for was clearly missing and we should not be happy with the outcome. Its our first loss since St Francis Xavier in round 6 last year and is hard to swallow and we should have the character to regroup this week and make a statement v Richmond Central at home.

Last week, I wrote that one bad quarter could cost you the game. It happened in 2 quarters on Saturday. First was even, we dominated the second and third while we clearly lost the fourth. THIS CANNOT HAPPEN AGAIN.

With new personnel who are still learning about everyone and game style, it is imperative that all our leaders do what they do best – lead from the front and not be reminded.

PLEASING ASPECTS

* The continual improvement by a number of players, in particular, some first year players

* Our overall efforts for the first 3 quarters was very good

* Better overall intensity and voice from the outset was better than last week, particularly the first 3 quarters.

AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT

* Only 3 goals from 48 inside 50s – conversion needs to benchmark at 55% - we were at 49% 2 weeks ago and only 42% last week only 31% this week – FORWARDS MUST WORK HARDER

* Only 15 scoring shots – we average close to 30 per game which is a reason for our success over years. We have been below average in our 3 games this year

* Only 6 goalkickers,last week 5 Round 1 and only 3 this week– we normally hit the 10 mark – the importancve of multiple goalkickers

* We kicked the lowest score of the Round. Never done that

* Lack of discipline during the game – always costly whether we think we are right. Umpires will turn, particularly in a low scoring game

* Not one KPIs was achieved which was very disappointing and says plenty

* Very poor last quarter – a number of players did not work hard enough to win the game in the last quarter

Goal kickers

A. Christou 1, J. Georgini 1, M. Bandera 1

Best Players

T. Beech, A. Gileno, S. Speer, T. DeWit, D. Bubunaras, D.Tyrrell, A. Ziccone,

 

2017 - Round 2 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs South Mornington

Guys, in windy and great conditions, at home, we were lucky to salvage a draw against a spirited South Mornington which came ready to play and win. It was a great lesson for all that unless there is energy, liveliness, enthusiasm and exuberance at the start of the game, which they had, then one bad quarter - the first, could cost you the game. THIS CANNOT HAPPEN AGAIN.

With new personnel who are still learning about everyone and game style, it is imperative that all our leaders do what they do best – lead from the front and not be reminded. This certainly happened after half time with a wake up call, where they did the lead the way and helped enormously to get us back into the game.

Full credit to all players for the fightback after a 38 point deficit in the second quarter and being 33 points down at half time.. It was a great reward for the character, resilience and make up of all to chip away, eventually wilt the margin down and eventually hit the front late in the final quarter, where we were unlucky not to win the game. Again, we gained the ascendancy in the third quarter in a very even team performance, with everyone contributing. A major part of our sustained success has been having a number of contributors and this is how this team has functioned for a long time and will continue to do so.

PLEASING ASPECTS

* Asking the leaders for a special effort in the third quarter and their response, by performance and voice was game changing

* The overall reaction from the playing group after a poor first half, as well was fantastic

* Our game style EWW, which was clearly evident, especially as we train for it, ran them off their legs in the second half –Lateral movement of the ball will always hurt the opposition and open the game up. This was evident in the second half only – results say enough

* Our voice all over the ground in the second half and our support for each other was good, considering 8 new recruits – this will continue to improve

* Tims 4 goals in his first game of the year were great.

* DTs game as well – his first hit out for the year.

* Tom DeWits game, over 10 marks and rucked brilliantly– fantastic individual performance

* A great effort to fight back from such a deficit, considering we had two players on the bench who were quite ill and really only had one active player to rotate

AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT

* Only 12 goals from 50 inside 50s – conversion needs to benchmark at 55% - we were at 49% last week and only 42% this week – FORWARDS MUST WORK HARDER

* Only 21 scoring shots – we average close to 30 per game which is a reason for our success over years

* First quarter, lack of spark, talk, enthusiasm – they were the opposite

* Only 6 goalkickers, 5 last week – we normally hit the 10 mark

* Lack of discipline during the game – always costly whether we think we are right. Umpires will turn

* 13 goals kicked against us – very unique and must cease

* We must come out every game with sustained energy from the OUTSET – first bounce. There was a distinct lack of voice across the ground in the first half. NEVER BE FLAT AGAIN DURING A GAME

* KPIs were down which also could turn into a positive as we did not lose – if they were higher, we win. We only achieved 2/7 KPIs yet were still able to draw.

* Helpers pulling out on the day – guys don’t place unnecessary pressure on GDF- it is hard enough as it is organising helpers, as we always want to be well organised. This detracts from this quality

Goal kickers

T. Demetriou 4, , C. Pana 3, J. Georgini 2, B. Coutet 1, N. Criticos 1, A. Karim 1

Best Players

T. DeWit, J. Georgini, C. Pana, N. Criticos, D. Bubunaras, D.Tyrrell, B. Coutet

 

2017 - Round 1 - Brunswick NOBS Vs Hawthorn Spartans

Guys, in very windy and warm conditions, big ground, new recruits and in a scrappy type of affair we were able to gain the ascendancy in the third quarter and came away with a comfortable win – so well done to all. It was a very even team performance, with everyone contributing. A major part of our sustained success has been having a number of contributors and this is how this team has functioned for a long time and will continue to do so.

With 6 new recruits who all played a major role in the outcome, it was a very good win, considering Brunswick NOBs had a full contingent to choose from – 8 on the bench and are definitely improvers this year.

Its a good strat to 2017, and all gears up from now on to really stamp our authority on the year BUT we need a fully committed squad to make another stance on this competition

PLEASING ASPECTS

* The new recruits, always adds spark to a side

* 27 scoring shots – we normally benchmark around 30, but we were able to stamp our authority in the third quarter - we must come out every game with similar sustained energy from the OUTSET – first bounce

* Asking the forward players for a special effort in the third quarter and their response

* The overall reaction from the playing group after just an even first half

* The defence was again very good and conceded only 4 goals for the game

* Our game style which was clearly evident, especially as we train for it, ran them off their legs –Lateral movement of the ball will always hurt the opposition and open the game up

* Our voice all over the ground and our support for each other was good, considering 6 new recruits –this will continue to improve

* Will in his first game laying 6 tackles in the third quarter – the match winning quarter

* Tireless ruck work by Tom in his first game – he will continue to improve

* Adrians 2 goals on debut were great. In fact he could have doubled his tally, but for the wind playing havoc

* Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches, no separation and killing contests, all day

* Having over 20 numbers at training last week was a major positive and must continue

* Almost achieving all KPIs

* Sam Speers last quarter – fantastic individual performance

AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT

* Only 11 goals from 27 scoring shots – conversion needs to benchmark at 55% - we were at 49%

* Could probably provide easier scoring opportunities up forward with forwards presenting and opening up space – share it more

* Only 5 goalkickers – we normally hit the 10 mark

Goal kickers

A. Christou 3, A. Karim 3, A. Gileno 2, A. Mitropoulos 2, C. Pana 1

Best Players

N. Criticos, S. Speer, T. Beech, A. Gileno, D. Bubunaras, A. Ziccone, T. DeWitt, D. Raponi in a great team effort