Rebels defeated by 2pts in “Game Of Two Halves”

July 12, 2010, 04:19 PM AEST


For those Rebels’ supporters who travelled to Highgate Recreation Reserve at Craigieburn on Sunday, the outlook at half time was certainly bleak, with the Rebels trailing by 52 points and facing a well drilled Calder Cannons unit ready to carry on their bombardment with the aid of a strong breeze.

The Rebels failed to score against the breeze in the first quarter, while the home side managed six, but the damage was really done in the second as the Cannons added another four against the wind, while the Rebels only scored two for the half and recorded only one mark inside fifty metres. Coach Glenn Wilkins and the Playing Group challenged eachother to lift their efforts, play with passion and pride or face the distinct possibility of a sound thrashing, as the Cannons were primed to fire, again with the aid of the breeze.

However, in a “game of two halves” the Rebels rallied. A goal within the first minute of the quarter, after clean, quick ball movement involving Keenan George and Jarryd Hill realised a goal by Tom McDonald. Hill added two goals of his own as the forwards continued to apply pressure and force errors from the Cannons. Tom McDonald added another goal, and hit the post with a third attempt, as Nathan Kelly and Keenan George also scored goals.

The Rebels response to the situation was fantastic, with a committed attack on the ball throughout the quarter, winning the contests and the free kicks as they were first to ball consistently and disposal with both foot and hand improved significantly. The deficit was reduced to 18 points at the last change and the Rebels were well and truly back in the contest.

The Rebels continued where they left off and won the ball at the stoppages, with Ben Mabon rucking strongly. Kurt Aylett and Will Pomorin were everywhere, providing drive through the mid-field, while Sebastian Ross proved a key defender when the Cannons did manage to venture forward. Two more goals, and a few behinds put the Rebels within a kick of victory, and a long set shot from Sam Dobson hit the post, as the final siren sounded, with the Rebels falling two points short of what would have been a remarkable win. Nevertheless, the Rebels again showed that they are indeed competitive when the mindset is right.

The boys were encouraged by their ability to prevent the Cannons from scoring a goal in the second half, whilst adding eight of their own, and look forward to a break next weekend before taking on Bendigo Pioneers in a fortnight.

Final scores : Calder Cannons 10.13.73 defeated North Ballarat Rebels 10.11.71

Goal scorers : Hill 3, Tom McDonald 2, Cook, Pomorin, Kelly, George, Dobson 1

Best Players : Ben Mabon, Jarryd Hill, Wil Pomorin, Kurt Aylett, Sebastian Ross, Tom McDonald

For more information on this week’s game or the Rebels Talented Player Pathway Program please contact Rebels Regional Manager, Phil Partington on 5339 0915 or 0418 558850.

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