With many familiar faces out of action this week, plenty of young blood got a chance to throw on the jumper. Determined to keep the club rolling after a red hot 3-0 start to the season, this was also a great opportunity to show the depth the Rebels AFC has competing for Division One roster spots.
The first half saw a bit of a slow start from the boys with the skills a bit sloppy, and the overall compete level looking weak. None the less, the Rebels brand could be seen shining through as the structures and positioning assignments were as strong as ever. It’s likely this commitment to their process was what kept the Rebels from falling too far back of the Demons heading into half time down four points.
Rebels AFC 4.5.29
HP Demons 5.3.33
During the break the Rebels were able to give their heads a shake, and learn from the mistakes made in the first half. Captain Steve Verzyden and Head Coach Daimin Bodnar worked with the line groups to identify deficiencies and got everyone refocused on what needed to be done going forward. Straight from the bounce the Rebels came out firing on all cylinders posting twelve scoring shots in the third quarter and adding another six scoring shots to finish off the Demons in the fourth. Veteran Michael Fabbri showed he is still a force to be reckoned with bagging six goals, while OAFL AllStar Rob Tersigni continued his evolution into one of the league’s most complete players adding three goals of his own, while throwing some thunderous defensive hits.
Keegan was a little above average, nabbed a couple goals. Get around him.
Rebels AFC 13.14.92
HP Demons 5.6.36
M. Fabbri 6, R. Tersigni 3, D. Keegan 2, M. Murdock, M. Roche