Falcons senior coach Paul Shoppee reviews the 2017 season…
Highlights of the season:
- Winning our First Round 1 match for who knows how long
- Bricky – Leading goal kicker with 23 goals
- Jack Amies – Leading tackler with 61 effective tackles in the last 12 games
- Tyson Cattle – Most tackles in a match with 14 against Swinburne Round 17
- Josh Beets – Most goals kicked in a game with 5 against Westbourne in Round 16
- Josh Beets – Most goals conceded in a game with 11 against Richmond
- Josh Beets – Failing to respond to friend requests on Facebook from the Coaches daughter’s
- Snowy & Jack Amies were the only players to play every game for the season
- Thush Shrimpton– Attended 66 of the 72 training session including pre-Christmas & Pre-Season
- Davide Concilia – Worst taste in music
Based on pure win & losses we have had a disappointing year after the encouraging performances early in the season. We lost 3 games by < 10 points & 5 games by < 4 goals including to Powerhouse & UHS-VU who finished clear 1st & 2nd on the ladder.
At the beginning of the season we focussed on what we saw as a big weakness in our game from last season and that was stoppages. A big thank you to Heath Wallace who provided us with videos and insights through his connection with North Melbourne & to Doddsy who worked tirelessly with the mids all season. Over the last 12 rounds of the season we won the centre clearances in 10 of those games and general stoppages in 8 of those games.
We will continue working on this aspect of the game to keep ourselves as one of the best clearance teams in the division, but given the solid foundation laid this season we can now allocate more time on our defensive structures and ball movement over the coming pre-season.
It is always good to benchmark yourself against the best to see how far away you actually are. This may become a little confusing but stay with me.
Looking at our scoring for and against for the season and comparing this to Powerhouse who finished on top of the ladder, the following is discovered:
We scored 513 pts less and conceded 461 pts more than Powerhouse.
Over 18 rounds this is 28.5 pts less per game scored & 25.6 pts more per game conceded
Bringing it back to 1 quarter that is 7 pts less per quarter scored and 6.4 pts more conceded
This is basically one turnover per quarter where we turn the footy over in our forward line and the opposition goes down & scores a goal.
Now if we were able to kick 1 goal more per quarter and concede 1 goal less per quarter over the season we would have turned a 4 win – 14 loss season into 14 wins and 4 losses and 3rd place on the ladder.
This small improvement in offense and defence is not overly difficult to obtain if we are prepared to do the work over the pre-season.
The upcoming Presentation Night is when we recognise individual achievements over the season.
Please make every effort to attend on the night to congratulate the winners & to continue to build on the improved culture and feeling around the club that has been developed throughout the season. I will also keep my thanks you for that nights as well.
The journey to success never ends, we have the next couple of months to recharge our batteries, enjoy the end of season trips, AFL Final Series and Spring Racing carnival before we reconvene to begin the work towards 2018.
We are all responsible for recruitment for next season so if you have any prospects for me to contact please email their details to me via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or you can text me the details to 0402 126 217.
I implore all players to really commit to being back next season. The platform has been set and the hard work continues so we can build towards achieving the ultimate success we all crave.
One Team, One Dream!