Colts Corner with Beau Wardman | RD16

Beau Wardman gives his weekly update on the Subiaco Colts program following the sides third win from four games after a victory against Perth on Saturday.

Q: Probably ended up being a bit closer then you expected and would have liked; but the boys found a way to win when the game was on the line in the last quarter?

Would be fair to say. However, we knew Perth would come hard. They have been improving each week. We have learnt from some games early in the season, losing by narrow margins – that’s a positive sign. There is a pretty good spirit among the playing and coaching group and I think this come through in the last quarter. 
Q: Reasonably good start but in the second and third quarters you really struggled to put scoreboard pressure on, did you feel that this was due to Perth’s pressure or more down to your own errors and lack of execution?

Perth’s pressure was really strong and we struggled to spread from the contest as well as what we would have liked. We gave ourselves a chance with the entries inside 50, however as you say, weren’t able to capitalise with goals – that can shift the momentum. Our players have been pretty good with their execution in recent weeks – sometimes that’s football, but a lot of credit to Perth and the way they were able to impact the contest in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
Q: Some of your attacking play and ball movement in that last quarter was scintillating, you kicked the last three goals of the game to go from two goals down, to two goals up. Is it sometimes frustrating as a coach that your team can play such good football, but not across four quarters?
The ball movement in the last quarter and attack on the contest reflected much of our training – that was pleasing to see. We keep striving for consistency across the game, however understanding this is very much a development level and we encourage the players to take risks – not always does this come off. The boys really took the game on in the last term which paid dividends with scoreboard pressure we were able to secure the result.
Q: It had been a big week for the indigenous players in your squad, how pleased were you to see them shine on this special occasion, Che Wyatt was brilliant early, Kyron Hayden was instrumental late in the match and Duane Smith had a strong impact as well?
It was a great initiative for our colts’ team to celebrate NAIDOC week. Michael Farmer was instrumental in making that happen and when the idea was thrown up everyone got behind it. To have Des Hedland speak to the boys pre-game and our senior indigenous players during the week was outstanding and showed the respect among team mates. The boys certainly all contributed well throughout the game. The early goals for Che and Kyron set the tone for the day. Duane Smith has been in really strong form over the last month and his speed to break the lines in the final term was outstanding.  
Q: Ben Miller came back into the team Saturday and really gave a standout performance. 44 hitouts, 18 possessions and 7 marks. He also kicked a pivotal goal to start the final quarter run, must have been pleased with how well Ben slotted back into your team?
Ben is a really impressive kid. He made trips to and from Kalgoorlie during the week, returning to play on Saturday. His performance was really strong. He gave us first use at the stoppages and his work around the ground was as good as we have seen. Ben willingness to learn and then implement is why he has been so successful this year and only better things are on the horizon. We would have liked him to of capitalised on a couple of shots on goal in the final term – they might make our bloopers reel!
Q: Max Dennis had 27 possessions and Liam Hickmott had 23 possessions to lead the team with both boys having an important influence in that last quarter?
Liam was really strong all day for us and Max continues to push himself to new levels. We were disappointed with our stoppage set-ups for much of the game – something we will continue to work on at training, however their consistency and work around the ground has been good. Our captain Liam Connolly really led from the front, his attack on the ball and rebounding was strong and the intercept making of Madoc Plane this week was outstanding. Only in the last couple of weeks has he moved back and he has played some critical roles.
Q: Another strong tackling display by your team and they have really excelled in that area this year, Nic Baroni led the way with seven tackles and Luke Foley added six as well, must be pleased with your tackle pressure again?
All year our effort has been there – that’s why we have been close in every game for long periods. It was good too see Luke execute well on the weekend, this has been an area of focus and we want strong pressure from our half-forwards. It is important we share the load. There were still a few missed tackles at critical times so we will need to get better again.
Q: With the win you jump to fourth and looking ahead you have a mouth-watering clash with third place Claremont next week, no doubt the boys and your coaching staff will look forward to the challenge next week?
It will be another great challenge. We had a close win earlier in the year against Claremont, but they are in great form having beaten Peel and West Perth in the last couple of weeks. There are a few things that we would like to improve on so this will give us an opportunity to rebound strongly on Sunday. I think a couple of boys will be coming in from Esperance and Kalgoorlie which will be good to give them an opportunity against the premier team in the colts competition over the last number of years. 
Q: Behind you on the ladder the gap to sixth position is two games and a chunk of percentage, a finals position continues to get a little bit closer with each win, do you think finals excitement is building in your group yet?
We just want to see constant improvement from individuals and the whole squad, I think we have done this well to this point in the season, however we cant rest on that. There is a strong spirit amongst our group and they are putting in great work on the training track –you would like to see that rewarded. However, you get what you deserve in footy, there are shortcuts or secrets, only hard work and skill execution will get the job done.


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