About the Team
WEDNESDAYS (Aanenssen Oval)
5pm - 6pm
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Time is 6:15pm sharp to 6:45pm
Match Report Round 11 Sunday July 15th
Two weeks away on school holidays hadn’t dulled the girls enthusiasm for football with the team switched on right from the start for their home clash against St Peters. Ruby was captain for the day and in the huddle before the match reminded the girls of our mantra …. tackle pressure, play on and have fun! It was a tough first qtr, with the girls kicking into what was a stiff wind. The midfield was holding their own lead by Grace winning plenty of ball, and Olive laying a couple of crucial tackles. Super sub Tess was controlling things down back with Emma and in Claudia managed to snag a goal into the wind to round out what was a strong first qtr.
The game opened up kicking with the wind in the 2nd qtr. The ball spent most of the qtr in our forward third, and when it did get up to the midfield it was swiftly sent back into the attacking zone. Stephanie was competing well at full forward, and Noa was also applying good pressure to lock the ball in. Imogen shrugged off a couple of tackles to kick a strong goal and Grace was constantly dangerous and unlucky to finish with 3 behinds for the qtr. Despite being back into the wind in the third qtr, the girls continue to dominate play with Ruby and Emma both slotting girls to extend our lead. Eliza played a great role sitting a kick behind play in the midfield and was getting plenty of the ball as she cleaned up across the half back line. Zoe and Shani were also competing hard around the contest, really highlighting the even contribution across the team.
We went into the 4th qtr with a strong midfield and were able to dominate the clearances. The forward line was able to take advantage of this, and Tully held position perfectly at full forward, to open the scoring in the 4th qtr and then Tess followed up with strong long range goal.
All up a strong performance on a windy day, and a great way to kick off the 2nd half of the season.
Match Report Round 8 Sunday June 3rd
Our girls are getting really good at storming home with momentum! We kicked a handful of goals in the last quarter, but we'll come back to that later.
We played on a cold day in Brighton for the second week in a row. Our support crew and team staff were very proud of our girls from the first bounce, defending well on the largest oval we've played on so far. Olive, Bridgette and Issy set great examples on tackling pressure while we kept the home team to only just one goal for 3 quarters.
The run and carry from Imogen and Grace helped us cover lots of distance while 2nd-gamer Stephanie was awesome with her clean skills to ensure Port Colts maintained possession. Captain Claudia battled hard all day with long, driving kicks and a few strong marks.
We saw Noa and Sophie use their handballing skills linking up with teammates, while Madera and Chloe were great in the middle of the packs and tracking the ball through the midfield.
Ruby was awarded a free kick from a 'holding-the-ball', great run down! Eliza again was great at clearing the ball from our backline while Emma and Tully were great through the mid and very active in the forward line.
Our team effort throughout 4 consistent quarters meant we finished the game with nothing but smiles! Enjoy the weekend off and see you keen as beans for our home game on June 17.
Match Report Round 7 Sunday May 27th
Subject: Tight Tussle at Brighton Beach
It was an early start for everybody on Saturday with the girls away to Brighton Beach at 8:30am Sunday. It was cool, but a bright sunny day and perfect weather for footy
After warming up, negotiating to lend a player to Brighton Beach to even up the numbers we headed to the fair end of the oval ready for the first bounce. We soon realised that we playing on a the proverbial "postage stamp" with the ground set-up inside the 50m arc of the goals, which took us all aback slightly! But away we went ...
All season the girls have been great starters, but not today. Brighton had a strong midfield combination, and were utilising the small ground and strong forward pressure to keep our defence under the pump. They scored the first goal quickly, and then proceeded to score 4 more. The qtr time hooter couldn't quickly enough for the coaches with Brighton having skipped away to a 5 goal lead.
Heading into the 2nd qtr the girls needed a sharp lift in intensity and to rediscover their pressure and run which was sadly missing in the first qtr. The coaches needn't have worried though as the girls came out and started to dominate the opposition. Our midfield was getting on top, constantly pushing the ball into the forward line and with Sophie taking advantage of great forward pressure to snag a couple of quick goals. The trend continued into the third qtr, with Madera and Brigette all scoring to have the score evenly matched heading into the final qtr.
The 4th qtr was a tight contest, with both teams at times on top in the midfield. Claudia was dominant off half back, repelling the opposition and on several occasions kicking over the middle third into our forward line. Grace also sent a long kick sailing through the goals, only to have it called back for a point as she kicked it from the middle third. (Yep - that gives you an idea of the size of the ground!). Emma kept us in it with a great goal from the pocket, only to have the clock tick down with Brighton Beach running out winners by one point! (63:62)
We were really proud of the girls today. They learnt a lesson, about needing to be switched on right from the start and the way they fought back in what was scrappy, congested game was really encouraging. Special coaches mention to goal sneak Sophie for a game high 3 goals, Stephanie for getting involved on her first game and for Grace, Noa, Shani and Ruby who all very willingly played a qtr each for the opposition!
Match Report Round 6 Sunday May 20th
Match Report Round 5 Sunday May 13th
Another perfect day for footy as we slid on our colourful zone armbands and took covered the field with red and blue.
Our team was prepared to bring more effort against East Malvern who we only played 2 weeks prior.
Round 6 captain Shani gave an inspirational speech encouraging the troops to tackle, play-on and have fun. Practicing our tackling in the warm up worked a treat because our pressure was on from the get-go. Olive laid a game-high 7 tackles, while Claudia and Grace had 4 breakthroughs exploding out of packs and moving the ball forward. Eliza and Ruby formed a dangerous duo in the forward line moving the ball really quickly and Issy was great zipping around the ground. Noa and Chloe were very active when in the forward line going up for marks and causing chaos for the opposition.
Looking at the other end, Shani took a couple of great defensive marks from long and high kicks. Bridgette clearly loves to win any contest she's in and worked hard producing 4 good kicks, while Madera and Sophie kicked a goal each.
Imogen ran hard all day and Zoe's effort tracking the ball around the field applying great pressure.
We had 5 girls kick 'schnags' with a special mention to Emma kicking 2 crunch goals in the final quarter.
Tully was always in good positions to kick one herself and is really liking the forward line always looking dangerous.
Great effort from everyone and coaches Paul and Jethro are admiring the improvement they see each week!
Match Report Round 4 Sunday May 6th
Subject: Decisive 4th quarter
The sun was shining as we arrived to play our bayside neighbours South Melbourne at Albert Park. We had a strong squad of 15 players and it was great to welcome back Zoe into the team for her first game of 2018! After a little confusion with one on the more unusual ground set-ups the girls are likely to play one, we were away! After conceding the first goal the girls knew they were going to have regroup which they did! In a tight first qtr, Captain Isabelle led from the front with some strong pressure around the ball and Eliza was busy with several key clearances to push the ball forward.
The 2nd qtr continued in a similar fashion, with neither side able to gain control of the match. Sophie kept us in match with her first goal of the season, as a result of some good forward pressure. We gradually started to get on top during the 3rd qtr, and kept the ball in our forward half for much of the qtr but a series of behinds and an opposition goal against the run of play meant that it was locked at 3 goals each heading into the last qtr.
We needed have worried though, as the girls produced one of the best qtrs of football for the year. Super sub Tess, ball magnet Grace, Zoe and Noa started to dominate in the middle and kept pushing the ball forward. Our reluctant full forward Tully took full advantage of multiple forward entries to kick her first goal of the season, and then following it with a another (perhaps playing in forward zone is not so bad after all ). Claudia and Imogen also got amongst the goals (2 each) in the final qtr to close out the match strongly.
Special coaches mention to Noa who experienced her first win as a Port Colt, and Tully and Sophie on their first goals!
Overall, a really pleasing effort with once again our pressure around the ball and tackling a stand-out feature of our game. As we shared with the girls during the match, we will continue to focus on improving our ball movement, particularly playing on quickly and field kicking.
Match Report Round 3 Sunday April 29th
With Coaches Jethro and Paul away this week we welcomed Kogs and Matt who stepped in and ensured the girls had a great game of footy.
Although there is no official report it is fair to see we are all enjoying watching them grow and develop as junior footballers.
Match Report Round 2 Sunday April 22nd
Rd 2 vs Prahran
Our first home game for season 2018 was complimented by beautiful skies and perfect weather for footy! Our objectives for the day were to build on the form from Round 1, continue having fun sharing the footy, and lastly to play a great game for birthday girls Madera and Bridgette... AND WE DID!
With our Captain Courageous Madera leading us out onto the field against Prahran, we kicked away in the first quarter. Our strong midfield and forward line meant the ball didn't really go to our backline the whole quarter. Tackling and pressure acts are definitely our strengths and we put on a clinic of well-executed tackles which meant our quick-footed smalls swooped on a lot of their turnovers and loose ball.
As we rotated across the zones each quarter, it's very promising seeing how well each player can defend and attack. Tully and Sophie combined well running hard to win the ball in their area and Isabelle was awesome linking up with teammates to control our footy. Special mentions to Madera and Shani who kicked their first ever goals. Only 99 more until 'the ton'!
In the second half we could see our girls tiring as we ran a lot and it was quite hot. In saying that, we still moved the ball really fast from defence to the forwards and were able to continue kicking goals. Everyone played in the backline so that's a massive effort from all 14 players!
Thanks to all the parents, volunteers, managers, trainers, 'behind-the-scenes' people and crowd who cheered and supported us at training and game day. We have a great little family being the under 10 girls and the coaches are very proud to see an amazing team putting in 110% effort each week.
Match Report Round 1 Sunday April 15th
It was certainly welcome to football season as we made the long trek down the Neapen Highway in the driving rain for the U10 girls season opener against Mordiallic Braeside. We didn’t quite know what to expect as it is a new team, with half the team getting ready to play their first ever match of football! As we arrived the rain stopped briefly, and we had 12 super excited girls raring to go! After the pre-game scramble of jersey distribution, arm band allocation and talking the girls through positions on the white board for the first time we were away.
Fortunately the girls took it all in their stride and the nerves of the two rookie coaches were quickly eased. The first centre bounce set the tone for the rest of the day … a strong ruck contest by Imogen, a quick handbell to Emma who broke free for our first centre clearance to drive the ball forward to Claudia who swooped on the loose ball, ran through a few opponents and calmly slotted the first goal of the match in the first minute. The girls then proceeded to dominate the first half, with Mordiallic Braeside struggling under the constant pressure around the ball from the Port girls and also not having any answer to the run of our players.
The 3rd quarter continued in the same vein, and while the girls tired a little in the 4th qtr the defence held firm to keep the opposition scoreless for the day and for the girls to record a very encouraging 48 to 0 victory. There was a spread of goal kickers with Claudia kicking three (and getting the opposition award for best player) and Emma, Ruby, Imogen and Grace all kicking goals. While there is plenty to work on, what was most notable from a coaching perspective was the even contribution, with all the girls getting their hands on the football, not being afraid to tackle and getting involved in the game.
There lots of individual highlights …. Claudia’s 3 goal, the run and carry of Emma and Grace, Ruby’s first goal but special coaches mention this week to Bridgette (our captain for the week) and Olive. It was awesome to see both of these girls tackling, handballing, influencing the contest and notably gaining in confidence as the game progressed.
Of course though, the biggest highlight was seeing the smiles on the faces of the girls as they sang the song together in the rooms for the first time as team! There is certainly plenty to look forward to this season …