Colts Report: August 2015
- Thursday, 13 August 2015
COLTS HEAD COACH - SEAN WRIGLEY
The colts player group continues to show a culture of sticking together, resilience and an ability to strive to seek ways to get better
Although the scoreboard hasn’t fallen the way we would have liked, as often, the endeavour and work that the players are putting into their football has been terrific.
A solid win over East Perth, narrow loss to Perth, followed by competitive efforts against two quality sides in South Fremantle and Swans Districts, the group continues to work on identified areas for improvement.
Last weekend, in what was the youngest team fielded for the year the players were excited to take on the top team Swan Districts in challenging conditions at Steel Blue Stadium.
The player’s ability to improve and compete for longer periods, tackle pressure and kicking efficiency were features in the way the team played. Matching Swans with possessions, clearances and inside 50 numbers was encouraging and a credit to the team.
Although we matched the Swans on forward entries our scoring efficiency was a let down; specifically with some of our ball movement going forward. This is an area that the group has aimed and will continue to improve to compliment an increase in intensity and the ability to apply pressure for longer periods. The 72 total tackle count against Swan Districts was a season high and reflects by the player’s effort.Luke Halligan dives on the football against South Fremantle.
The form of many players has been particularly pleasing. Captain Jack Beverley is having an outstanding season and his leadership qualities continue to grow and develop.
The effort of the more senior players of the group Ethan Burnett, Bailey Nylander and Abe Kennedy has been promising, along with McKenzie Lawrence, Aaron Breman, Liam Catalfamo, Sean Foley and Matt Pannell who continue to show that they will be important players going forward for the colts program and the future senior transition program.
Players continue to be blooded into the system with all making solid contributions. Jesse Berglund who has returned from a long term knee injury and made his debut, along with Sean Foley, Daniel Ryan, Braylin Indich, and graduating from the under 16s program to debut at colts level Matthew Pannell, Brandon Reed, David Purser, Nick Barker, Troy Edwards (Esperance) and Riley Wojtowicz (Kalgoorlie). The ongoing support from parents continues to be terrific which is enhanced by the travel contribution made by our country families.
The transition program between under 16s to colts has seen a further 6 players added to the squad, congratulations to Brandon Reed, Michael Laphorne, Christian Martin, Max Dennis, Corey Young and Jake Halligan. These players continue to impress and will look to push for selection within the 3 remaining games.
The success of the senior’s transition program has recently seen Josh Chapman and Michael Braut debut at reserves level against Swan Districts.