The Basin 20.19.139
Going into The Basin match, the Cobras knew they would be in for a very hard day at the office; up against the top side in the league, with one of the largest player wage bills to match.
In a case of history repeating itself this season, the Cobras got off to a very slow start, and were left well behind at quarter time. To Canterbury’s credit, they fought hard throughout the match, and matched it with the top side in passages of play throughout the day.
Matty Pollett and Jake Rowe both had tough jobs on two different Clintons, with Pollett doing a great job on Clinton Jones, and Jake learning a lot from ex-AFL player Clint King.
The Basin, like all top sides do, didn’t take their foot off the gas in the last quarter, and while the margin blew out in the end, the Cobras can hold their heads high in showing strength of character and backbone, with coach Tony Rowe proud of all players on the day.
Going forward the Cobras’ injury list is getting longer by the week, especially in key positions; however this is an accepted part of the game. This week’s match up with Silvan is a must win for the Cobras, with a lift in overall skills accuracy crucial for this fixture. The hard work that’s continually on display on match day will start to pay dividends when the full squad is back on board.
Goal Kickers: A. Baker 3, B. Peel 2, A. Mock, J. Rowe, C. McCasker, M. Augustinus.
Best Players: M. Pollett, L. King, C. McCasker, A. Baker, J. Rowe, T. Beare.
The Basin 13.14.92
Like their senior counterparts, the reserve squad also got off to a slow start. Despite having plenty of the ball, it couldn’t be converted into scoreboard pressure. The Basin were rebounding well out of defence, putting an undermanned squad with plenty of fill-ins (Theo who?) under a bit of duress early on.
Coach Zaharopoulos was rapt with the squad’s performance all day, with all players sticking to their task. With a bit more luck, the Cobras should have hit the front early in the third quarter, though they were thankful for the Bears’ inaccurate kicking.
Scotty Burson was excellent all day in the ruck, with Clayton Skate best on ground tearing up and down the wing. From a consistency point of view, Shaun Kelly and the entire back six were solid all day.
Goal Kickers: M. Kocurek 2, D. Hardy, B. Allen, N. Smith, J. Perillo, C. Skate.
Best Players: C. Skate, B. Allen, A. Boyd, D. Dapiran, H. Dent, C. Burson.