The opening minutes of this game were very exciting with Jaykob Gavin, Kurtis Meier and James Day looking very threatening. They just couldn’t manage to find the back of the net and Young capitalised. In quick succession they scored three goals and then another two. Instead of being crushed our valiant team came back from half time to keep Young scoreless in the second half.
Rachael Perrott was very determined in goal. She used her body to block shots and her new kicking style saw her land kicks almost to half way. She was ably assisted by Hannah Joyce and Melissa Whatman, who seemed to find new life after the break.
Deejae Griffiths had an uncharacteristically quiet first half but with some vocal encouragement from the sideline became very involved in the action in the second half. Bailie Pursehouse helped out with long kicks down the sideline that put our players into a strong attacking position.
Claire Matthews starred in midfield with outstanding attack and defence. Annie Matthews was unlucky not to score with her long range kicks but continued to keep pressure on Young nonetheless. Madison Knight stopped many of the opposition’s attacks and therefore changed the direction of play so that we became offensive rather than defensive.
Despite determined efforts from James, Jaykob, Kurtis and Annie, we could not score. When Jaykob’s kick rebounded from the goal post, the crowd was loudly sympathetic.
The team is to be congratulated for the way they played the second half. Instead of giving up, they fought on determinedly and were unlucky not to be rewarded for their efforts. As it was the last game for their coach, Dave Knapp, who is off on a well-deserved holiday, the team were all awarded well-deserved certificates.
Final score: Back 2 Back – 5; Grenfell – 0.