Henderson: Young Gulls should take "lots of confidence" out of practice match

Written by Nicholas Sacco


(Jesse Tardio was his prolific self against Port Melbourne. Photo by Martin Keep)


VFL specialist coach Brett Henderson was pleased by the efforts of the young Williamstown side that went to battle with Port Melbourne in Saturday’s practice match at La Trobe University.


The Seagulls went into the match blooding several new recruits, with just one player from the 2019 grand final side selected to play in the boys' first hit out of 2020.


Despite being overrun in the last quarter and knowing results aren't everything in practice matches, Henderson said there was plenty to take out of the entertaining contest. 


“I think the most pleasing aspect, with the inexperience of the side, was how they performed overall," he said.  


"It was really exciting to see some of our new boys unveiled and I think they all played really well.


“Their pressure was really good… I thought our ball movement was in line with what we want to do during the year, and I felt that they worked really well for each other throughout the game which I think was really pleasing.”  


Henderson hopes that the remaining practice matches will continue to instil some belief into the younger players as they continue to prepare for the 2020 season.


“I think they’ll take a lot of confidence from these games; I think a lot of guys will actually realise that they can play at this level,” he said.


“Obviously, it’s going to get quicker, harder and faster in the coming weeks, but I think they will take a great deal of confidence out of it and know that they can play in this side.” 


Our next VFL practice match takes place at the Whitten Oval this Saturday afternoon when the Seagulls battle with Footscray. The side will also face Geelong and Sandringham before a Round 1 blockbuster with Port Melbourne on April 4.  



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