Not the way it should have been, however the loss to Dromana 3 weeks ago has come back to haunt us, and cost us a spot in the 2015 final series. Sorrento at Sorrento is always a hard task, the boys did play some good football and had a real dip, but failed to capitalize on their opportunities in the second half. The scores were level at ½ time and we were in the game, playing some great football. Ben Holmes in his 100th game for the club was very dangerous down forward as was Adrian Gileno. Brady Egan was playing a great game in the ruck, in the absence of Rhett Sutton who was out with an ankle injury.
Sorrento lifted the intensity in the second half, and we tried to go with them. Dean Millhouse who was back in his first game since round 10, was playing well down back. Adam Kirkwood who would be Rye’s best player with Brady Egan, was holding the key Sorrento forward Myles Pitt. Ryan Mullett was again playing a tremendous game in the midfield and would be a massive chance to take home the league B & F, in a few weeks. Matt Dunn, was again pulling the pants down of the dangerous Leigh Poholke.
With 5 minutes to go in the last quarter we got the margin back to 9 points and we just needed to get a goal to get within a kick. Unfortantly a dodgy decision in the centre of the ground, where Steve Daniher was collected in a marking contest, but failed to receive a free kick, resulted in Sorrento getting a goal, and killing our season. Steve ended up with 2 broken ribs, so you would think a free kick should have been paid. In the end a loss is a loss and to finish 6th on the ladder after being 1st or 2nd for most of the year, is a bitter pill to swallow.
In Josh’s first year as coach, and Adam Kirkwood’s first as Assistant Coach, they have learnt some valuable lessons and will be better for the experience of season 2015. All in all a very disappointing way to end the season for the senior group, and now the coaching staff along with the match committee can begin planning season 2016 and have Rye back in the finals race, were we belong.
The Reserves in AD’s, final match as coach, had a fantastic win which was against the 4th placed Sorrento, by 8 points, which like our senior team, meant Sorrento missed a place in the finals, due to the loss. AD was a very happy man after the game and the song was sung as loud as I have heard for quite some time. The Reserve boys really lifted for the game, and had some great inclusions this week, in Matt Sibberas, Anthony Joel, Adam Parson, Matt McIndoe and Matt James in his first game for the year, since having a knee reconstruction last September.
Troy Parker was damaging down forward along with Jumping Jack Woolacott and Kylie Lynch, along with Harry Crowe in his 100th game for the club was also in the best.
The Under 19’s in their final game after a very tough year, played some good footy against a team sitting 4th on the ladder. With 6 under 17’s playing the boys had a real dip and kicked 3 goals and restricted Sorrento to 14. Trav Doolan was BOG for Rye, closely followed by Justin Cameron and Nathan Jackson. Young Jackson Allen who is still only 16 played a fantastic game off the HB Flank and Angus Emery battled hard all day in the ruck.