By Briana Kendirian
Scoresby got back on track in Division Three with a win over Ferntree Gully at home on the weekend, setting a new tone for the 2022 season.
Scoresby mentor, Kristian Bardsley was incredible proud of his side’s fight to remain in the lead against Ferntree Gully on the weekend and secure the Magpies first win after a knocking off Glen Waverley at home in Round One.
“We knew Ferntree Gully have been down a little bit and they are a better side than the ladder probably says so we knew we were in for a tough game,
“We played well in the first quarter [however] Ferntree Gully came back hard in the third quarter but and we were able to withstand it,
“We were really pleased with how we stuck to our structures and stuck to the way we wanted to play and got away with the win.”
Bardsley was pleased with a lot of the older guys who stood up and played well, setting an impression for the younger members of the team.
“It was a tough game, our co-captains Ryan Hicks and Dave Marcius-Evans were excellent and led the way,
“Dale Hehir was very good up forward and put a lot of pressure on the opposition,
“Ben Bronsgeest kicked 5 goals, so he was good, and Jarrod Hicks was giving us a target up forward,
“Just across the board as a team everyone contributed when everyone needed to contribute to make sure we got the result.”
Bardsley is just hoping the return to an uninterrupted season of football this year stays the same as it gives him the opportunity to accurately show off the rest of Scoresby’s talent.
“Whilst last year was difficult and it’s been difficult over the last couple of years, we’re starting to see light in the end of the tunnel in terms of a little bit of normality in training and playing and having a game very week, so it’s actually been really good,
“We’ve lost a lot of players so there’s a lot of new guys coming through, and those new guys are starting to get familiar with the way we play so guys like Aaron Taylor who has come over from Knox has just been fantastic for us,
“We will continue to improve and play a style that will allow us to stay in games, be in games and win games,
“We’re going in the right direction and we’re getting better every week in terms of how we play together.”
Bardsley is adamant Scoresby haven’t been able to show off their full potential and put their best foot forward yet and will be able to do so in the coming weeks.
“The games we played were a lot tighter than the results reflect,
“We’ve been ok this year, but there’s always room for improvement,
“We’re just focusing on every game week in and week out and making sure we give a consistent performance in terms of what we set as our yearly priorities and how we want to play,
“Although we lost to Donvale by, I think 10 goals, halfway through the third quarter we were only a couple goals down and we lost three players with injury before that and that determined how we finished the game,
“And the same against Waverley Blues, going into the last quarter we were only a goal down and it was a close game and we lost four players in the third quarter, and it affected how we finished the game, so things hadn’t worked for us in terms of those.”
Scoresby are set to play against Coldstream who currently sit in third place, but Bardsley is hopeful and determined they will be able to pull out a win if they stick to their style.
“We review the opposition hard every week, so we know what Coldstream’s strengths are and they’ve been pretty good this year,
“They play their ground well, so we have some plans in place to counter that,
“I think if we bring our best game, they’ll be a massive chance at winning the game,
“Having said that, we’re not underestimating how good Coldstream are and what they’ve been doing.”