When you start out playing football as a junior, most of the time your happy that you are out on the field, with your mates, playing a game of football and having fun. After the game you share all the moments from the game with your mates and family and have a laugh. These are the memories that you will treasure for the rest of your career and reflect on memories from your earliest years. The weekend, in the reserves, brought back memories to what many can sit back and reflect on as a kid. Cold, Windy, and a game played in majority in one half of the ground. Adding to the already tough conditions, playing the game with 17 men from the opening bounce. It was tough never the less and it certainly showed on the scoreboard but credit to the boys who fought very hard to limit the damage on the scoreboard. After being held scoreless heading into the gale in the opening quarter, we managed to hit the scoreboard in the second, kicking just two behinds, with the home side taking a 49 point lead into the main break. The effort continued in the second half and we did manage to kick a major and also keep the margin under triple figures….. just. It was a big effort from the boys who fought hard all day, some carrying injuries, to reduce the game from being a complete blow out.
Then It was the seniors turn to hit the field. Conditions were much the same, except being the senior side, they had a 22 men. It was a great start from the boys, kicking seven goals to three in the opening term to take a 27 point lead into quarter time. We continued on from our good start, adding a further four goals to our tally to their one, taking our lead to 41 points at the main break. The home side fought back in the third and won the quarter three goals to one and reduced the margin to just 30 points. However that was as close as it got with the troops rallying to kick away and run out 51 points. A good win from the lads and nice to get back on the winners list. Blake Grant was the pick of the forwards creating havoc for the home sides defenders, kicking five majors.
Anglesea: 16.10.106 def Portarlington 8.7.55
Goals: B. Grant 5, S. Leeds 3, B. Jaska 3, C. Kennedy, S. Horne, J. Walters, T. Leeds.
Best: J. Bews, S. Leeds, C. Kennedy, J. Walters, T. Leeds
Anglesea 1.5.11 Def by Portarlington 16.14.110
Goals: N. Baddeley
Best: N. McGuane, N. Baddeley, A. Gordon, T. Norman, M. Bews, M. Kelly