Round eight is here and we find ourselves back on the road seeking revenge on arch rivals Ulverstone after a poor showing on Anzac Day.
Last week we seen a change of game day start times and our Reserves took to the field first to start the day off but where soundly beaten by a much younger and faster Devonport on a wet and soggy day. With our depth stretched due to unavailablity and injuries the calls were made to some experienced veterans, Cam ”Dogs” Windram, Brant “ Plugger “ Maloney and Brad “ Sparey” Crawford who all where valuable contributors on the day. With our more experienced players leading from the front the boys just could not get the job done on the day and will be looking to bounce back this week. Our bests on the day , Josh Kaine, Michael Edwards-Grey, Lang-Hughes & Clinton “Hollywood” Carpenter
Our women come up against reigning premiers Devonport who proved to be too quick across the ground and well organised. Our girls battled hard all day and never gave in showing the true Penguin spirit. We hope our ladies can get back on the winners list this week and take the points this week over the Robins.
Game three of the afternoon seen the future of our club the under 18’s take the field and looked to be matching it with a well drilled and organised Devonport outfit early. A seven goal second term certainly deflated our boys but much to their credit never gave up all day. Lachie Blakemore who went back from a stint at the top level was a clear standout right across the ground. Jake Degroot, Harry Dick, Tim Haberle & Cam Maher where also impressive. We are excited to see what the boys can produce against the Robins this week.
The last game of the day seen the Two Blues get off to a slow start and ultimately paid the price at the final siren with the quarter time margin being the end game margin. Scoreboard pressure was once again the issue with opportunities being presented on multiple occasions. One positive sign was the presence of Jack Templeton up forward clunking everything that went his way… even when he was being manhandled he managed to get the ball on the ground for another one of our junior stars Jay Van-Essen to do some of his best work snagging 3 goals. Daniel Baldock is taking on his new role like a duck to water at centre half back and owning this position each and every week setting up our running backs James King and Willy Dau.
Our senior team is starting to gel and all systems are slowly starting shine through and we will be looking to see another cracking game today against the Robins.
The PFC would like to once again thank all Sponsors, Supporters and Volunteers that help keep our teams on the park each week.