Those who are familiar with Ivan Britto’s coaching probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear his players joke and laugh about how his repeated mantras and catchphrases have been seared into their brains.
They might be a little surprised to hear that he actually tested this theory out by not showing up to the game, telling the girls he had nothing left to tell them and that they could do it on their own.
Given a primetime spot on the farm dome schedule, sitting second on the ladder and with a point to prove, the Monash women Vic League 2 Reserves side came out guns blazing.
The women popped in a cheeky two goals in as many minutes, and the rout was on.
It started from the backline, where a rock solid Meg Thompson set up attack with balls of the short and long variety.
Chelsea Miles had the motor running full throttle, giving plenty of drive in the middle of the field and was aided by an extremely welcome cameo appearance from Whitney Sylivris.
Steph Cassin was dynamite down the wings and her line-breaking speed was invaluable.
Speaking of speed, or rather lack thereof, a stray Emily Wilkinson took full advantage of the coach-less sideline and wandered her way into the midfield where strangely enough she looked quite at home.
The spiritual leader and captain of the team Val Bell was just happy to be there, but slipped in three goals for good measure.
Goals: Bell (3), Trini Woodman (2), Gabby Sylivris, Bella Dredge
Around the grounds:
M1 vs Werribee 2-1
M2 vs Werribee 1-2
M3 @ MCC 1-2
M4 vs ECHO 1-0
W1 vs Melton 10-0
W2 vs Melton 7-0
W3 vs Hawthorn 0-2
W4 @ Casey 2-0
Mens Masters 35BE @ KBH 0-1
Mens Masters 35BS @ Gippsland 0-4
Womens Masters 35A @ Camberwell 0-6
Womens Masters 35BSE vs Mentone Navy 2-2
U16 Juniors @ Waverley 7-0