Colts Grand Final Preview

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 6:58 PM by Owen Davies

It’s all come down to this, a years work! Our Colts will try and secure our 3rdColts Premiership as they take on Claremont in this Sunday’s Grand Final at Optus Stadium.

Last Time Against Claremont:

We front up against the Tigers for the second time in 3 weeks who will be looking to make amends for their home defeat in the 2ndSemi. In a game that was a tough struggle for the first 3 quarters it was a number of the usual suspects that stood up and got us over the line. Tyrone Thorne was again a driving force, with 25 Disposals (64% DE), 7 Contested, 7 Marks, 6 Tackles and 3 goals, while Bradley Oldfield (23 disposals) and Captain Jarvis Pina (26 disposals) also key as we kicked away in the final term to put ourselves into the Grand Final 8.15 (63) – 4.5 (29).

While we managed to get through to the Grand Final a fortnight ago, the path to it was far from easy. It will be imperative for our boys to take some of their early chances to build some scoreboard pressure. This was something that we didn’t manage to do in the 2ndSemi and was reflected on the scoreboard as we went in at half time somehow still with the lead, kicking 1.10 (16) – 2.2 (14).

If we carry our field position and statistical dominance from the 2ndSemi through to the Grand Final, you would have to think we should have enough to come out on top. We comprehensively led most statistical categories: Disposals 340-269 (+71), Contested Possessions 141-117 (+24), Marks 112-58 (+54), Uncontested Possessions 194-146 (+48) and Clearances 39-27(+12). The only area Claremont really came ahead was in tackles (61-64) and they had plenty of extra opportunity to do that. Football isn’t played on paper though and 2ndplaced Tigers are still one of the 2 teams to have beaten us this year, so all of our boys will have to be at their best in order for us to bring the Cup back to Mandurah.

Opponents Form:

After falling short against us in the 2ndSemi, it was another tough game against West Perth last week in the Preliminary Final. After trailing at half-time by 2-points, Claremont arrested back the momentum in the 3rdand comfortably got over the line 9.12 (66) – 6.9 (45) in a low scoring 5 goal to 2 second half at Fremantle Oval. Jack Cooley (21 disposals) and Anthony Davis (17 disposals, 2 goals) both instrumental in the Tigers victory.

Game Times:

Sunday @ Optus Stadium 11:40am

Live on Channel 7 from 11:30am!

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