Coldstream Prevail in Cougar Cup
A week after a comprehensive victory against Nunawading, the boys saw the next three weeks crucial if they wanted to be sitting in finals contention for the back half of the season. The first of these games was against local rivals Kilsyth in a game that is always hotly contested and physical.
Prior to the game Coach Chad Rogers placed an emphasis on bringing the tackling pressure and intensity which was one of the main areas of success early in the year. With in the first 10 minutes it was clear that the boys obliged, consistent tackling pressure and repeat efforts saw the boys crack in time and time again running into quarter time ahead by 3 points. Great positioning behind the football caused repeat inside 50's and prevented Kilsyth from running the ball out and into their half of the ground. As per usual Jai deacon and Cam Shield were applying their regular tackling pressure but were assisted by all other players to this point.
Goals to Anthony Faulkner and Darcy Carrigan provided huge rewards for effort and if the kicking going inside 50 was better the lead could have been larger.
The second quarter began and the momentum continued for Coldstream, the first two goals came through Mitchell Edmonds and Faulkner to open up a handy 14 points lead. At this point the boys looked to be in cruise control and about to kick away. Kilsyth however had different ideas, 5-6 consecutive clearances gave their forwards first opportunity and the drop off was dramatic. 3 quick goals saw them up by a goal before a 3 on 1 effort from Tim Smith set up co-captain Lauchy Craig to send one home just before the main break. The score all tied up at half time.
The whole third quarter saw Kilsyth dominate the time in forward half, the football seemingly stuck in their forward 50 as the game became physical. It was clear the game was on their terms as little spot fires sparked up all over the place. Cool heads were needed and despite their dominance Kilsyth were unable to put the score on the board. The only goal of the quarter came through Faulkner who booted home his third of the afternoon. A 3 point lead to Coldstream at the final change set up a huge last term and a challenge that the Cougars needed to take!
In an arm wrestle of a last term both sides cracked in hard without any real altercations to the score board. After 10 minutes Kilsyth managed to kick truly to put their noses in front. In years gone by this was a game that Coldstream could have let slip but today wasn't going to be one of those days. The tackling pressure lifted and the back six continued to hold up. After 2 behinds the game was tied up once more and was there for the taking! With 10 minutes on the clock there was 4 stoppages in a row in Coldys forward pocket on the 5th Mitchell Edmonds swooped in off a Darcy Fritsch tap to snap home a clutch goal!
Quite soon after, the ball rebounded from defence to attack where Fritsch again was involved. His high work rate and hard running had been on show all day and with less then 5 minutes to go he was rewarded with a shot on goal from the boundary line to give our boys a 2 goal lead. He kicked truly to put the game beyond doubt.
A huge win for the boys in a tight and physical contest. Ben Thomas, Liam Koger and Brendan Dickinson all played terrifically down back which mixed with Fritsch, Edmonds, Faulkner up forward and Deacon, Shield, Carrigan, Craig, Daniel Versteegan and Todd Clayton through the midfield helped to ensure a memorable victory.
Final Score: Coldstream 8.9.57 defeated Kilsyth 6.9.45
Goal Kickers: A. Faulkner 3, M. Edmonds 2, D. Carrigan 1, D. Fritsch 1, L. Craig 1.
Best Players: D.Carrigan, T.Clayton, C.Shield, D.Fritsch, M.Edmonds, J.Deacon
Next week the boys return home to take on the second placed Glen Waverly Hawks where they again will need to perform at their best.
After one of the most disappointing weeks in recent history, Coldstream headed out to take on Kilsyth and seek some redemption for such a poor showing the previous match. Early going it was evident just how willing they were to get their first win of the season. Although out sized, the boys different back down from the contest, the physicality and speed through ball movement was setting up all sorts of scoring opportunities and confusion for Kilsyth. Daniel Witanga lead from the front with his tackling pressure and presence on the ground while Justin Wiggins was commanding the football inside 50 and finishing the good play off further up field. At quarter time the scoreboard read Coldstream 2.0.12 leading Kilsyth 0.3.3.
Knowing the chance the had Jamie Pegg revved the boys up and they stepped up yet again. Adam Dale and Ryan Kerr combined their wealth of Football Knowledge to hold the fort up down back, the run of Lachy Schack and Mat Urmston provided plenty of forward drive as they continued to frustrate their opposition. Eventually Kilsyth seemed to crack, their attention going from the ball to the man as things heated up. To Coldstreams credit they weren't taking a backward step, if anything the physicality inspired them to lift up a gear as they opened up a 13 point lead at the main change.
Things were rolling for the Cougars and when spearhead forward Wiggins booted home goals 4 and 5 in the third quarter the game was almost all over. The lead was healthy and the way the boys were playing had many people
asking why they were yet to win a game this season. Unfortunately Kilsyth wasn't
about to roll over however as they kicked a quick three goals in reply margin back to
less then a kick before Dave Trueman kicked truly for his second of the afternoon.
At the third and final change of ends the boys could sense their first win.
The intensity of the game was the highest they've had so far this season and if they
could lift it again for one more quarter there was almost no chance Kilsyth could run
over the top to steal victory.
The fourth quarter began in an arm wrestle, the contested footy proved crucial with
both sides cracking in and moving the ball forward inch by inch. The first goal would
go against the grain to Kilsyth and all of a sudden the margin was less then one
straight kick. The boys needed a lift and it was given by one of the youngest guys on
the field, Lachy Schack using his pace and fleet of foot to open the game up and
continue to get the ball into Coldstreams forward 50.
With less then 3 minutes remaining the game was still up in the air. Unfortunately
Kilsyth would kick the game winner in the final seconds of the game.
Heartbroken the boys begrudgingly left the field battled and bruised. But
ultimately should take a lot of pride in their performance as it was a huge step
forward on previous weeks.
Final Score: Coldstream 7.6.48 Def by Kilsyth 7.10.52.
Goal Kickers: J. Wiggins 5, D.Trueman 2.
Best Players: L. Schack, J. Wiggins, D. Witanga, A. Dale, M. Urmston, S. Hartley
A huge opportunity presents next week as Glen Waverly come to town.
Hope to see you there