I guess it’s a sorry state of affairs when the performance of the day goes to Assistant Coach, ‘Little Dave Smith’, after he admirably stepped in for Waddy to do the post-match awards/autopsy of yet another lacklustre performance by KXP. His summary was spot on when he said too many of the lads aren’t ‘stepping up’ and instead go hiding, preferring to rely on the more consistent performers in the team.
As in previous weeks, KXP’s first half performance was littered with handling errors, poor positional awareness and game intelligence and KXP’s plight was made a whole lot worse when their leader, Louis Inman was forced off the field with what transpired to be broken arm. We wish Louis a safe and speedy recovery.
The half time whistle couldn’t come soon enough and at 22 points to nil down, KXP had again left themselves with a mountain to climb. Their second half performance was better, though admittedly it couldn’t have been any worse. Noah Thomis crashed over the line to score a deserved try for his battling performance and Noah Smerdon added the extra 2 points.
This was never going to be the start of a fight back, as West Bowling ‘A’ were better than KXP in every department today and indeed they were to have the final say when they scored out wide to post a comfortable victory, 6-28.
On reflection, there were positives that could be taken from today’s game. Sebastian Fahey’s debut for one, running strong and direct and Jasper Taylor’s continued improvement, finishing the game without having thrown any clothesline tackles.
Here’s looking forward to next weeks game…….I think.
Opposition Man of the Match: Ted Grogan
Top Defensive Performance: Tyler Brocklehurst and Ted Grogan
Man of the Match: Ted Grogan
Coaches Award: Ben Fahey
Match report by Graham Smerdon