Despite a last quarter comeback in Round 1, where they ultimately went down by less than two goals and a narrow loss to Pakenham in Round 2 (by 8), Officer managed to win just 1 of their 16 matches.
They conceded large scores too often and would have liked to hit the scoreboard more often themselves.
Round 7 produced their solitary win, over Mt Evelyn by 34 points, having a whopping nine individual goal kickers.
They were ranked first for rebound 50s however this is natural, given how often teams got the ball in to Officer’s D50.
What would be pleasing for Officer is that they were the second ranked side for contested disposals, only behind Premiers Narre Warren, with 98.3 per game. Likewise, with scoring efficiency with 58.6%.
In 2023, Officer would hope to have a lot more entries inside 50, an area that new coach Charles will be honing well over the pre-season.
Officer has a handful of guns including Brent Moloney, Luke Smaluch and Anthony Bernardo, Joshua Westra and Benjamin O’Loughlin. As well as a long list of recruits and returning players the likes of, Antonio Quach and others coming from Berwick and Rowville (Seedsman). With this combination the Roo’s will be looking to climb more than a few rungs on the ladder in 2023.
Written by Jordan Peeler