Sivaraj has requested red. No other comments, so line ups and colours confirmed as follows:
Reds: Sivaraj, Ian, Dan W, David N, Robbie Whites: Rajiv, Dom, Imran, Neill T, Lawrence
Everyone, please be early.
Reds took the lead, and it was tight and close until 6-5, with never more than a goal in it (Reds first: 1-0, 1-2, 3-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-5).
Reds were actually pressing at 6-5, and really should have extended their lead, with several shots straight at the keeper in a one-on-one situation, and several desperate blocks by Whites' keeper and defenders. However, Reds left themselves a bit exposed at the back, and once Whites grabbed a couple, they quickly got 3 more to lead 10-6.
Reds did well to claw the score back to 9-10, but Whites grabbed the last 2 to run out 12-9 winners.
Neill and Lawrence did very well on their GIFFA debuts, while David had a good start playing at The Cage for the first time, but struggled towards the end in the stifling conditions. Ian also picked up a knock to the ankle in the second half hour.
Both sides missed several more chances, but the score would have been a lot closer if Reds had put away a couple more of their very good chances, and had cut out a couple of the soft goals conceded.