Allies left to rue inaccurate second-quarter against Vic Metro
The Allies will be lamenting opportunities lost in their Round 2, 2018 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships match against Vic Metro, going down by two points on Saturday.
The lead chopped and changed throughout the close encounter, but it would be a telling second term in which the Allies kicked nine behinds and zero goals, where the game was lost.
Better in the third, the Allies struck back, kicking three goals to one, seeing them go into the last quarter with a six-point lead.
To this point, Canberra’s Tom Green had kicked two goals for the Allies, but they were unable to add anymore, managing just three behinds for the quarter as Vic Metro kicked away, despite their own inaccuracy in the final quarter.
Allies Assistant Coach, Lloyd Perris said it was the Allies’ transition forward that let them down on the day.
“We weren’t able to execute going forward,” said Perris.
“We competed hard all day but turned the ball over by hand and foot in the last quarter, meaning we couldn’t finish Metro off. But to their credit, they took their opportunities in the last two minutes of the game.”
Albury’s Jacob Koschitzke was named as one of the Perris’ top AFL NSW/ACT players for the game.
“Kosi played on Metro full-forward, Ben King and did an exceptional job, keeping him goalless until the final moments.”
“Tom Green was very good again. He kicked two goals and showed he can be damaging in the forward line. He also won the contested ball through the midfield.
“Mat Walker consistently provided a strong option in the forward line, marking the ball overhead and on the lead.
“Briggs and Peatling both had solid games and each finished with two behinds, which pretty much sums it up for the Allies on the weekend.”
The Allies have the bye during Round 3 of the 2018 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships before heading to GMHBA Stadium in Round 4 to play South Australia.
ALLIES – 6.14.50
VIC METRO – 7.10.52
ALLIES GOALS- T Green 2, McFadyen, Blakey, Walker, O’Neill
ALLIES BEST – Turner, Koschitzke, Scott, Coleman, Walker, Baker