It all boils down to this. After 17 rounds of footy, we come into the final round of the home and away season sitting in 5th position on the ladder, with 11 wins, 6 loses. After today’s game, we could possibly finish as high as 3rd and be right in the thick of finals action, or be as low as 6th and season over. For those that were at the game against Colac last week, I'm sure you'll share our confidence that we'll be in the thick of finals action after today.
Going into last weeks game against Colac, we knew that to guarantee our spot in the final five, we needed to win our next 2 games. Part 1 is completed, and the boys did it in emphatic style. Colac had been one of the form sides leading into last weeks game, but we matched them early, curbing the wind advantage they had in the first quarter to be almost at level scores with them at quarter time. We kicked 6 goals to 1 in the 2nd quarter, and from there Colac were unable to claw their way back into the game. Our boys, with their attack on the ball and determination being comparable to our form at the start of the season, were never going to let that happen. Leigh Thompson played one of his best games for the club to take best on ground honours, and our midfield brigade of Matt Miller, Jai Thompson and Ryan Dalhaus were also sensational on the day. Unfortunately our 12 o'clock team were unable to get a win against a “much improved” Colac reserves team, going down by a few goals. In what was a scrappy game due to a strong wind advantage to the bay end of the ground, reigning League Reserves Best & Fairest Adam Bond was a clear best player for our boys. Tom Quinlan toiled hard in the ruck to also be named amongst the best players. Congratulations goes to Tyler Jones, who today plays his 50th senior game for the club.
Our Colts team play their elimination final tomorrow at Portarlington, starting at 9.45am. Make the effort to get down to see Jarrod and his team take on Geelong Amateurs, as finals footy is what we strive for, and the boys will appreciate the support we can give. In what has been a tough year for the club with the revised Colts format, Jarrod has put together a team capable of winning the flag, despite a few hiccups over the past couple of weeks. Good Luck tomorrow boys.
On the social scene, we have just completed a big 3 weeks of functions and on behalf of President Phil Carmichael and the Committee, we'd like to thank all that took part in these events. They were all successful, and it is sensational to see that we have such great support from our members and playing group. This season to date has been a successful one for the Leopold Football Netball Club, and lets hope after today we are one step further in our quest for a premiership. Go Polders!
With 2 rounds to go in the 2012 Home & Away season, nothing has changed. "It is still up to us."
Sitting 5th on the ladder and coming up against other Finals hopefulls, Colac and Bell Park, it is simple, win both games and our finals spot is guaranteed. Having sat in the final 5 for all but 1 game this year, we have proven that we can match it with anyone on any given day. Victories this year has shown that we can be a formidable force when we play to our structure, and this is what we must do.
With all to play for, nothing other than winning our last two rounds will do!