Last Wednesday, the footy team travelled to Sweeney Reserve to participate in the Winter Sports Lightening Premiership. Poor weather threatened to stop us before the first bounce, but fortunately it stayed fine enough. This didn’t alter the fact that it was cold and very slippery under foot.
Our first game was against B.P.S, an opponent we hadn’t faced in the home and away season. We were unsure of what to expect. The O.P.S boys didn’t wait for them to show us anything, jumping to an immediate lead and running away with the match before half time. A big win gave all players a real confidence boost.
OPS 10 . 1 . 61
BPS 1 . 0 . 6
Goals: Justin 4, Anthony, Ben 2, Tyron, Kye.
Our next match was against another new opponent, KValley. The boys approached the match in similar fashion, dominating play and keeping the ball exclusively in our forward line. At half time we spoke about not getting carried away and about how if we were to win our next couple of matches we would have to play disciplined and well structured footy. The team responded well, still dominating, while playing their position. It was impressive to see such selfless team football.
OPS 7 . 5 . 49
KValley 0 . 0 . 0
Goals: Justin 3, Kye 2, Tyron, Bailey W.
Our last pool match was against BPark. BPark were also undefeated, meaning the winner would progress to the grand final. The big stakes saw a few of our boys start to show some nerves. Also the last time we played BPark, they won comfortably. The match started well, with our boys surging forward much like the previous matches. BPark seemed to be struggling under the pressure and we were able to kick the first goal. Things changed at the half way point of the first half. They started moving the ball well and we had to shuffle things around in defence to stop their run. As a consequence of their dominance, they put on 3 straight goals and things weren’t looking good. Fortunately, just before halftime, we were able to pinch a goal against the run of play. Halftime scores were 2 . 1 to 3 . 0. The second half was extremely impressive. We took total control and had many opportunities to score. Unfortunately we only kicked 1 . 2 from the ball being down our end for 90% of the half. Even though we hadn’t taken all our chances, we still led 3 . 3 to 3 . 0 with only 2 minutes on the clock. Sadly, the BPark boys had one last effort and were able take the ball from one end to the other untouched. A mark in their forward line saw them line up for goal with a minute left. The kid was ice cool as he nimbly played on and slotted the match winner. To our boys credit they had a desparate final crack, but time ran out and BPark advanced to the GF with a 3 point win.
OPS 3 . 3 . 21
BPark 4 . 0 . 24
Goals: Justin 2, Ben.
A great day was had by all players and the coach. All the boys should be very proud of their efforts, they represented themselves and their school very well.