My doctor says I am meant to take 1 pill a day for my high blood pressure, but the contemplation of swallowing the strip did cross my mind at 9.08 on Saturday morning! Another slow start and lapses in focus and shape ensured we had a hill to climb to get control of this game. The players need to try and funnel their keenness to attack the ball and start off disciplined, having heard and understood the pre match coaching instructions. To be fair to our opposition, they started strongly hitting us hard in the 1st quarter with a rapid double raid through the centre of midfield, in which their number 7 powered home his 2 shots. Learnings on the bounce of the ball, defenders pairing up to tackle and leaving gaps in front of Harley and the usefulness of staying on your feet, were the post quarter talking point. Moving the ball forward and not across danger areas, tracking back by all as a team effort and decision making to get tight or steer wide were the highlighted points. Quarter 2 started really as the last had ended, with a few scares at the back but with a swing in sheer effort and termination, the game possession moved to their half. A good effort on goal by Noah was spilled by the keeper to be tapped in with a speedy reaction by Guy in the box. With the end of the quarter following soon after, the confidence in the team was back, with Guy providing the belief. The peak battle of this game was in quarter 3 in who was going to take control of this game and push on their efforts so far. Opportunities to score were with both teams as our cross bar and post rattled. The scramble and clearance off the line of a dead ball, showed all were ready to do their part. Charlie had a chance sliced wide and Jamie just failed to get a shot off quickly to test their keeper. Thankfully it was the Vikings that made the first impression in a well worked passing goal between Noah and James for him to accurately hit the net. This time a rapid reply from the Vikings had Jamie holding the ball up front and turning to send the ball through to James overlapping to net his second. The team discipline and concentration on positioning and decision making was exceptionally good in the 3rd / 4th quarters. Harry sitting waiting in the Def midfield to send the ball back in to box when it came out from our corner, Charlie and George chasing lose balls or snapping at heels, Wills and Jamie watching and safely clearing out in defence, Harley vocally growing as the ‘Boss’ at the back and James settling in well in the team dynamics. The reward in the 4th quarter for all and James, was his hat-trick and a constructive comeback for the team to win the game. At the end of the game, I explained that games are won purely on hard work, effort and team work. All else like confidence and ability will flow from these being applied. This team has all this in abundance, but it just needs to apply it from the start and not when having to ‘look up the hill’ after 8 minutes in. A great game for all parents to watch and I am sure all walked away feeling proud of their efforts. I certainly did.