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Coaches:: Jethro Calma-Holt
Team Managers: Paul Perrett
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Time is 6:15pm sharp to 6:45pm
Maatch 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 …