|Great to back for the 2023 season
After a solid pre-season we enter round one with good numbers and a new look team. With a good mix of youth and experience our line-up for the 2023 season is exciting.
Welcome to the Redbacks: Josh Brown, Jackson Kean, Toby Godfrey, Mitch and Jay Annett.
What a great challenge for our first game, coming up against last year’s premiers in Knox and with Jamie Atkinson playing his 200th game for the club it was an ideal opportunity for us to get off to a good start with a win. It was always going to be a very good test for us and one we were all really looking forward too.
The first quarter our pressure was excellent early allowing us to lock the ball in our forward half for most of the quarter which saw recruit Toby Godfrey kicking the first goal to get us off to a good start. Our backs where solid keeping Knox goalless for the quarter and we went into the first change with a 15pt lead.
The next two quarters saw a very even contest with neither team able to break away. We knew Knox weren’t going to go away and that it was going to take a 4-quarter effort from everyone if we were going to take the points. The pleasing sign for us was every time Knox started to get a roll on, we were able to stay composed and respond back and we maintained our lead into the final quarter.
The last quarter Luke Haddock got on top in the ruck allowing our mids to get first use out the middle. We finished the game off strong kicking 4 goals to 2 in the last to extend our lead and eventually running out 29pt winners to get our season off to a good start.
Looking forward to our round two clash against last year’s runners up Templestowe in two weeks’ time after the easter break.
Best Players: L. Haddock, R Op, S. Lucas, T. Godfrey, J. Shambrook, N. Adkins
Goal Kickers: J. Broad 2, S. Lawrence 2, T. Godfrey 2, H. Gough, L. Haddock, C. Op, J. Shambrook, J. Kean