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Weekly Coaches Reports 2012

Todd Edwards -
2012 First Grade Coach

Todd is a local junior and a well respected member of the Local community and the football fraternity. Todd has had great results through coaching in 2012. 2010, 2009 & 2008.

Below are Todd's Game Report for the 2012 Season.
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Round 18: 25th August 2012 - v South
With the Minor Premiership sealed it was always going to be hard to get the boys minds on Souths and not on a fortnights time in regards to the Major Semi-final. A Souths side with everything to play for with their season on the line were going to be up for this game.
We took the opportunity to rest a few players, but still put a team out on the field more than capable of winning.
Our ability to control the ball was non existant and unfortunately this led to Souths gaining momentum and points.
At half time we were well and truly still in the game and even up to 15 minutes to play in the game, the game was still there to be won. Unfortunately things got a little worse and finishing the game with 10 men made it a little bit tougher!!!!!
No doubt as mentioned earlier, the boys minds were certainly not on this game as some are looking further ahead to the Major Semi, but i am confident we will turn this performance around and with the return of some of our troops we can put our best foot forward in September.
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Round 17 - 18th August 2012 -v- Maitland

What a magnificent achievement from all involved within the club to win the 1st Grade Minor Premiership. All have contributed to attain this which enables us to have two cracks at another Grand Final appearance and a Major Premiership. A hometown Major Semi-final will be great for the club and Cessnock supporters.
To achieve this required the boys to defeat Maitland which we did, but not before being behind early. Poor ball control in the 1st half seen us turn over possession on at least seven occasions on tackle two or less which resulted in us being down 12 to nil. Once we completed a couple of sets and got into the opposition territory we scored a couple of quick tries to we draw level.
Another try to either team before half-time seen us trailing 18 to 16.
During the 2nd half we skipped away to a 32 to 22 lead before Maitland set the scene for an interesting finish, but again our defence got us home. It was probably not our most pretty performance, but to win against a quality team like Maitland after being down early and being dominated in the possession stakes, it was certainly a terrific result and something that we can draw on in the next few weeks. Final score 32 to 28.
Best Players - Alec Fata, Riley Brown, Jacob McKendry, Brendan Worth, Ben Taia, Jake Watts and Joel Brown.
Souths this week to finish the regular season off before the semis, and a strong performance is anticipated from all the boys, especially playing in front of the 'OLD BOYS'.
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Round 16 - 12th August 2012 -v- Macquarie
Any trip to Peacock Field to take on the Scorpions is always a tough encounter, let alone when it is 1st v 2nd. A win for us would put us in a terrific position to claim the Minor Premiership and at least book a homeground semi-final for the club. All the players were aware of the importance of the game and prepared really well for the game.
With injuries forcing the withdrawl of Chris Pyne, Joel Brown and the unavailability of Brendan Worth plus season ending injuries to O'Shea, Pelo and Deacon, this game was going to test the depth of our squad.
A physical encounter was expected and that's certainly what the Scorps delivered with both sides testing each other out early in the half. A good start by us seen an early set play lead to a try to Shaun Metcalf to lead 6 nil and the lead was soon doubled when Al Lantry crossed the next set for a 12 nil scoreline. An unconverted Macquarie try was soon cancelled out by a Jake Watts try from dummy half thus giving us a 16 to 4 half-time lead.
The boys were asked to reproduce this effort in the 2nd half and that's certainly what they delivered. The effort to scramble in defence to hold out Macquarie on numerous occasions was fantastic and the talk was the best it has been so far this season. 2nd half tries to Terrence Seu Seu, Junior Afu and Shaun Metcalf ensured the win for us with the final score being 32 to 10.
All players played really strong but a special mention to Junior Afu who produced without doubt his strongest performance for the Goannas. Many times throughout the game he left defenders laying on the ground after some really strong carries. And also to Ben Russell, congratulations on a fine debut in 1st Grade for the Goeys. Many people would love to play footy with tenacity and never say die attitude that he poses. It is certainly a trait that runs in the family with his brother's being no different (sorry but they are triplets for those that don't know). It was just reward for him for the effort he has put in and i am sure that his father Brett, a former Goanna, would have been proud of.
A home game this week sees us take on Maitland were a win will see us clinch the Minor Premiership. Hope to see many supporters turn up and support the side as well as acknowledge the efforts of the 1972 victorious 1st Grade side, who are celebrating their 40 year reunion. See you all at Cessnock Sportsground on Saturday
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Round 15 - 5th August 2012 -v- Souths
Townson Oval - wash out round

A tough encounter was always on the cards with the Lions fighting for their season. A really promising start for the Goeys resulted in points from our own end of the field with Terrence Seu Seu scoring under the posts.
Further tries to Riley Brown and two to Tissa McKendry seen us take a 24 to12 half time lead. The 2nd half was just as good for the Goannas managing to hold Souths out and also scoring four more unanswered tries.
Try scorers were Terrence Seu Seu, Junior Afu and two to Beau Ryan.

Best Players - Terrence Seu Seu, Junior Afu, Riley Brown, Jacob McKendry and Sam Wooden.
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Round 14 - 28th July 2012 -v- Kurri
Cessnock SportsGround
(change of venue due to plumbing issues at Kurri)

The much anticipated clash between the coalfields clubs was moved to Cessnock due to the unavailability of the Kurri Sportsground. With the homeground advantage we had to make the most of our good fortune.
A good start was required and that's exactly what the boys delivered leading at halftime 22 to 6. Both teams continued the second half with players injured and unable to finish the game, though the Goeys completed the game strongly and finished dominant winners 41 to 6.
A couple of highlights were the performance of Jacob McKendry, the 2nd of Chris Pyne's two tries and WINGER Dan Metcalf's try. I don't think many other wingers could have finished off these tries as these pair did.
A fantastic effort from the whole team on the day got the desired result.
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Round 13 - 22nd July 2012 -v- Central

With the return of the Country Reps came a much improved performance from the boys (minus Mick O'Shea - get well soon). A tight 1st half between both sides seen us go to the half time break leading 10 to nil. In cold and miserable conditions in the 2nd half we played some really good football leading to some great tries.

Our ball control and commitment to defence was a big improvement on the previous weeks effort. This must continue if we are to be successful this season.

A big rap to the boys who played three games of footy in six days, that's a massive effort and much appreciated by all involved at the club.
Best Players were Brendan Hlad, Brendon Worth, Joel Brown, Riley Brown and Jacob 'Tissa' McKendry.
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Round 12 - 14th July 2012 -v- West Newcastle
A tough ask at anytime travelling to Harker Oval to play Wests was made an even more challenging task with the absence of our six Country Reps plus the withdrawal of Jake Watts.
These setbacks though are no excuse for the result that eventuated. It was an even start with both sides completing their sets and not giving either team any early opportunities.
Midway through the 1st half West received back to back sets and we were unable to hold them out. Our defence which is normally our strength wiltered under the weight of possession and Wests went on to dominate field position throughout the game. Wests on the day were far to good.
We suffered some game ending injuries to Shaun Metcalf, Howie Grant and Mick Deacon, but our performance was very poor, though fortunately for us we get the chance to turn it around next week.
Best Players were Joel Brown, Brendon Worth, Ryan Gregory and Beau Ryan.

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Round 11 - 7th July 2012 -v- West Newcastle
at Cessnock
An opportunity for several players to stake a claim for a permanent 1st Grade position was available due to the absence of our 6 Country Representative players. The Bay although without a win so far this year, have been an improving side testing opposition teams out in recent weeks.
An early try to the Goannas it may have appeared to some that it may be an easy game, but a completion rate far from what is expected and a determined Bay side seen a half time score line of 10 to 6 in favour of the Goeys.
After a few stern words at the half time break we came out a more focused team displaying the football that we are capable of playing. Plenty of tries were scored and a great defensive mindset seen the final scoreline of 50 to 6.
A great side line conversion after the full time siren by Dan Metcalf may have reminded a few supporters of another Kiwi player for the Goannas, the 1977 Captain/Coach Henry Tatana.
Both Jack Fitzgibbon and Mick Deacon scored doubles.

Best Players were Alan Lantry, Joel Brown, Ben Taia and Brett Stevens
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Round 10 - 1st July 2012 -v- Wyong
at Wyong
An away match against a team who many would think would be higher on the table was always going to be a tough ask especially with 8 Cessnock players playing 24 hours earlier and successfully winning the Country Championships in Canberra.
Brendan Hlad and Riley Brown were unable to back up which gave Ben Taia and
Adam Tearle a start in 1st Grade.
Wyong started extermely strong and totally outclassed Cessnock in the 1st half taking a 38 to nil halftime lead. Injuries in the 1st half to Tom Pelo (knee) and Jake Watts (hand) which prevented them from taking any further part in the match certainly did not help the situation.
A much improved effort in the 2nd half from the Goannas seen us win the 2nd half 8 to 6, but unfortunately not the game. Wyong ran out winners 44 to 8.
Best players were - Mark White and Beau Ryan.
Try Scorers - Sam Wooden and Shaun Metcalf.

Congratulations to the 8 victorious players from the Goannas who successfully defended the Country Championship after Newcastle defeated Canberra 44 to 22.
Well done to Sam Wooden, Chris Pyne, Riley Brown, Alec Fata, Brendan Hlad, Terence Seu Seu, Mick O'Shea and Dan Metcalf.
Six of the boys gained selection in the NSW Country team to tour Samoa. Good luck to Sam Wooden, Chris Pyne, Riley Brown, Brendan Hlad, Terence Seu Seu and Mick O'Shea.
This prevents these players from playing the next two weeks against the Bay and Wests (Maggots). This will test the depth of our club , but will also give other players an opportunity to show what they are capable of.

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Round 9 - 23rd June 2012-v- Macquarie
Cessnock Sports Ground
Women In League Round
A top of the table clash, the Goeys were looking to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact. An evenly contested early start to the 1st half saw Cessnock start to show their dominance late in the half to take a healthy 24 to 10 lead.
Cessnock started the 2nd half in fine fashion scoring early and successfully kicking the conversion taking a 30 to 10 lead. It appeared from here that the Goeys might runaway with the game, but after a few uncompleted sets and the obvious signs of complacency creeping into the goanna team, Macquarie started to build momentum and with that possession and points.
Macquarie scored three converted tries to draw close, but the Goeys defence held strong at the end to complete a 30 to 28 victory.
Best players were - Terence Seu Seu, Brendan Hlad, Alan Lantry and Mick O'Shea who is playing the best footy of his career.

Try Scorers - Chris Pyne, Alan Lantry, Mick O'Shea, Sam Wooden, Jake Watts, Alec Fata.
Goals - Sam Wooden 6/6
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