Harvie Dental Game Day Review

Round 1 2017

After a long wait for the season to get underway, Round 1 was finally upon us and the mood around the club was buoyant as it has been all preseason.  Plenty of new faces at the club, some completely new, a couple of previously affiliated Southport players now joing the club full time and a couple of well known’s returning.

First up assignments don’t come much tougher in the QAFL than Morningside at Morningside.  They have been at the pointy end of the competition since the formation of the new QAFL a few years back and some great matches have been played between the two clubs.  Interestingly, PBC Seniors had not won a game at Morningside since the new competition was formed and this was something that they boys were ready to address.

It was new look Lion’s side running out onto Jack Esplen Oval on Saturday. New to the club included former Southport Captain Jason Burge, Jake Dignan (Portland, Mooroopna, NT Thunder), Bradley McDonald (Ballarat), Antony Sercombe (Port Douglas, Burleigh), Simon Callahan (Mildura Imperials) and Thomas Arnold (Tweed Coast).  Dylan Troutman and Lachlan Ritchie have also joined the club full time this season after having been Southport Affiliated players over the last couple of seasons. Former PBC Junior and 2013 Premiership Captain Angus Munro has returned to the club after a couple of years away and former PBC Junior Tyler Cornish has also returned after a number of years with Southport  and last season at Wodonga Raiders.

Another interesting note to the first round and a great endorsement to the Club’s approach to homegrown junior talent.  11 of the 22 players for Round 1 were former PBC Juniors including teenager Taylor Hombsch, who was amongst PBC’s best on debut. Well done Taylor!!

The game was hotly contested early and with a strong breeze blowing directly across the ground, it was difficult for the players to execute their skills.  First game of the season was always going to be a bit scrappy and that was how it unfolded in the conditions. The Lions seemed to want to take the game on but were tentative and turnovers were numerous.  They gave the ball back to Morningside on numerous occasions.  However, Morningside, whilst demonstrating some aerial dominance with their marking, were also suffering from some skill errors off their own.

It took until about 5 mins out from half time before the Lions started to look comfortable.  All of sudden the kicks were finding targets and they looked like a team that was starting to take control.

The third quarter was the match winning quarter for the Lions as they piled on 7 goals to 2 to break the game open.  From there on it was mostly a similar margin for the remainder of the game.

The heat did go out of the game midway through the last quarter and both sides looked happy to hear the final siren.  First hit out, first win! A great day for the PBC Lions winning their first QAFL game at Morningside.

Next week the Lions face off against reigning Premiers Labrador at Labrador in a rematch of last years Grand Final. Get along and support your Lions if you can!

What the coaches had to say;

Senior Coach – Chad Owens

After a long and exciting pre-season the boys finally got to get out on the park and play for points.

In what was a very tough and close first half of footy we held a narrow 2 goal lead at the main break. Zac Harrison was one that got of the blocks straight away  and started the game well.  Our pressure around the contest was very good we just lacked some polish going into our forward 50m. Morningside used the ball a bit better and got too many easy marks around the ground.

In the 3rd quarter with the game firmly in the balance we went up a gear. A 7 goal to 2 quarter opened the game right up. The boys started to hit their targets and were able to shut down the oppositions loose players more effectively. The relentless attack on the ball and the tackling pressure was very pleasing to watch.

Link running and outnumbering at the contest became a feature of the 3rd quarter and put the game heavily in our favour. Our midfield worked tirelessly and the backs played tight, creating drive out of their half. The forwards are working well together and will improve the more they play together.

Our new recruits featured heavily in our best players with Dylan Troutman, Jake Dignan, Jason Burge and Lachie Ritchie all performing well.  Zac Harrison and first gamer Talylor Hombsch also amongst the better players.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and loyal supporters who made the trip up the M1. This Saturday we take on Labrador at their ground. It would be great to see a lot of maroon shirts there.

Reserves Coach – Ritchie Elliot

A disappointing start to the season with the side losing the opener by 29 points despite having much more possession and one extra scoring shot.

The side that took to the field was extremely young with eight seventeen year olds and will only get better as we gel and sync together however the boys need to address where we let ourselves down and rectify these areas.

We refused to follow instructions and adhere to the game plan that was set, our skill execution was extremely poor and lastly our discipline was nowhere near expectations. Seven fifty meter penalties conceded, in which four goals were gifted directly to the opponents, just wasn’t acceptable.

Plenty of positives and upside however with bigger and better days ahead starting at last year’s other grand finalist Labrador this Saturday!

Colts Coach – Trevor Watson

The boys all gathered together at the start of the game to pay respects for our Captain Hunter Hall’s Grandmother who passed away over Easter.  Hunter, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during these hard times.

With a few injury concerns – Hunter Hall (Broken Foot), Kieran Bucknell (Broken Hand), Lachlan Blackmore (Knee), Jake Burrows (Flu), Nick Perso (Flu) and Tyson Schuener (Flu) we ended up only fielding 20 players.  With the early morning dew, still on the ground the battle was on from the first bounce.  Both teams applying pressure at every contest.  Sloppy tackles gave Morningside the advantage with our only goal coming from Ben Stubbs for the quarter.

Second Quarter saw the boys take advantage of the centre clearances and great leadership was displayed on the ground by Jeht Wollington.  Three goals scored within the first 6 minutes of play.   By the end of the quarter we were 9 points ahead.  Riley Engles kicked 3 for the quarter, with a great snap from Lachlan Torpy to finish off the first half.

After the break, Morningside took hold of the game scoring 4-goals that quarter.  Over usage of the ball cost us when moving forward.  Our only goal came from our stand in Captain Dean Katsiris halfway through the quarter.  Arron Ashby gave us plenty of options in the centre along with Mathew Oats on the wing.

Last quarter saw an arm wrestle for the game.  Morningside wanted to win on their home ground but due to missing several shots, they opened the door for us.  Jeht Wollington and Billy McAllister capitalised on opportunities in front of the goals, both kicking a goal early in the quarter.  The boy’s held their nerve and ran out with a 1 point victory.

Match Results:

Seniors Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Morningside 2.3-15 4.4-28 6.6-42 10.8-68
Palm Beach Currumbin 3.2-20 6.5-41 13.9-87 16.10-106
Goal Kickers: B. Bisset 3, K. Abey 2, J. Dalton, A. Mitchell, S. Godfrey, A. Nash, N. Bertoli-Simmonds
Best Players: B. Bisset, A. Nash, L. Dignan, J. Rayner, S. Godfrey
Goal Kickers: L. Ritchie 4, J. Douglas 2, B. McDonald 2, J. Derrick, T. Thynne, T. Cornish, A. Sercombe, J. Woolley, S. Callahan, J. Dignan, T. Arnold
Best Players: D. Troutman, J. Dignan, J. Burge, Z. Harrison, L. Ritchie, T. Hombsch
Reserves Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Morningside 5.2-32 8.4-52 9.5-59 13.6-84
Palm Beach Currumbin 2.4-16 3.7-25 4.10-34 7.13-55
Goal Kickers: M. Graham 7, J. Richardson, B. Hodge, C. Kinch, T. Vaughan, M. Peak, O. Smith
Best Players: M. Graham, S. Munro, L. McKean, P. Mollison, M. Peak
Goal Kickers: J. Collins 2, H. Hulls, J. Verdoorn, B. Schneider, M. McGill, T. Frazer
Best Players: P. Connelly, D. Koenen, C. Graham, J. Collins, L. Marshall, B. Schneider
Colts Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Morningside 1.3-9 3.5-23 7.8-50 7.12-54
Palm Beach Currumbin 1.0-6 5.2-32 6.3-39 8.7-55
Goal Kickers: B. Goff 2, C. Tishler, J. Pannam, J. Chapman
Best Players: Unavailable
Goal Kickers: R. Engels 3, B. Stubbs, J. Wollington, L. Torpy, B. McAlister, D. Katsiris
Best Players: J. Wollington, A. Ashby, L. Torpy, J. Jago, D. Katsiris, B. Stubbs

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