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Match Report Round 11 Sunday July 15th
Round 11 saw us playing East Brighton at home in what were perfect conditions for kids footy.
East Brighton got the early jump on us with a number of well skilled, tall kids and our players did well to stick with them early.
Captains for the day were Rory and Cruz who both played well.
After trailing all day by up to 3 goals at 3/4 time, a great cameo effort from Nash saw him score 3 magnificent goals in the last quarter leaving us just over a goal behind on the final siren.
Special mentions to Jonty who was dominant coming off half back and won the award from the opposition coaches. Charlie Bell was inspiring with his running with the ball and long kicks.
A great team effort and the game was played in great spirit.
We are looking forward to the return of our 'super coach' Graham for training tonight and our match on Sunday.
Match Report Round 10 Sunday June 24th
In comparison to last week the kids, coaches and parents experienced 'tropical' conditions for our match against our arch rivals 'Ajax'.
Captains for the day were Sam Birkett and Cruz Jamieson - who both showed great leadership on the day.
We started well with 2 goals in the first quarter and led all day and celebrated by loudly singing the club song as soon as got into the rooms after the game.
Aryan saved us a number of times in defence and won the coaches award from our opposition.
Our awards went to Will and Nash who both played a great game but in reality, the awards could have gone to another 10 players.
Overall a great team effort and there will be an award for every player on Wednesday night who makes it to training!
Match Report Round 9 Sunday June 17th
This week we were at home to East Malvern in what could only be described as “winter footy in the extreme”
Captains this week were Will and Thomas. Will has been fantastic in his last few weeks swapping in the ruck with Charlie and jack. He ability to contest the ball and take the game on are fantastic. He loves his footy and his enthusiasm is great for the team and the coaches. Thomas is my “bulldozer’ and gives a 100% each week. Really attacks the footy and like Will, takes the game on. I enjoy coaching both and real positives for our team.
The weather was horizontal rain and really tough conditions. Keeping the kids moving was a priority given if the kids aren’t moving their hands can turn to ice blocks really quickly. Surprisingly the ground held up well and our kids really went at being first to the ball and effort was huge. Great skills of marking, kicking and in particular handballs to clear were great to see. The opposition kids also gave it their all and for the conditions was a great game all round. The last quarter we were behind and had to kick a few goals to take the lead. We did exactly that and a great reward for effort for the kids.
Unlike most weeks, this week I want to commend all our kids for being out there and playing the game. Its really tough but our kids stuck it out and we were really proud of all of them.
Awards this week went to Tess for some great marking and clearance work in the game. Tess loves her footy and given the conditions, really shone on the day. Great effort. Second award went to Charlie Webster. Great game, great improvement through the year and a real asset to our team and loves to get involved in the contest. Congrats to both
Match Report Round 8 Sunday June 3rd
Match Report Round 7 Sunday May 27th
This week saw us against South and we had a dry ground and good day for football. In my time as both assistant coach and coach I hadn’t seen a win against them. To me it was more about our kids being really competitive and a team effort across the board. Our first quarter was really good. Kids playing in their best positions but still all rotating through the bench. The key take always form the first three quarters was the movement of the ball by hand and foot. Our kids are really developing as a group and many of the skills we train on are progressing into the game.
We went into the last quarter behind and needed a really big effort across all three zones. The mids really attacked the footy, the guys in defence were solid and the forwards more than did their jobs. Two marks, great kicks and two goals for Charlie Dolan was a highlight to get us in front. A great mark and goal by Charlie Woods seized the victory.
The game was played in great spirit and a pleasure to watch. Our kids are very respectful on and off the ground and again huge support from the parents.
Awards today went to Jack for his great tap work in the ruck but it was his work around the ground that really impressed. Has come a long way in a short time and really looks to be enjoying his football and we love having on our team. Second award was for Aryan. He never plays a bad game., Always give a 110% but today was really solid across the backline and really attacked the footy and was key for us on many occasions clearing the ball back into the mids. Great game from both boys.
Equally we had a whole team of contributors. I thought all of our five Charlies had a great game and I don’t want to single anyway out really. I missed the match report last week as I was on the road so my apologies but it was a tough day, tough ground and tough conditions in the rain against a physically lot bigger side in East Brighton. Importantly was that our kids came back with a great game on Sunday. The bets feedback on Sunday was the opposition coach from South that commended our team on how we structured and played our positions.
Match Report Round 5 Sunday May 13th
This weekend saw us against Ajax and a big challenge on our hands. Later in the day game helped us in terms of a dry ground and reasonable playing conditions with not too much wind. Focus this week was all about being switched on from the outset. Captains this week were Tess first as she always contributes in a positive to our team, not just with her skills but also her effort she puts in each week. Although injured over the last two weeks she soldiered on as she didn’t want to let her team mates down and still has a really good last few games. Thanks Tess Second Captain was Noah and his ongoing want to learn and develop with his football but also his commitment at training each week. We look forward to watching him further develop over the year.
With some of Pete’s advice around taking the game on (I love this motto and should be what we pride our team on and how we play) and some commitment to hit the ground running and we were ready to go. That said, Rod tossed the ball and the game was on. They were a tough opposition but it was clear our kids were on their bikes. Our footy brains were working and we were positioning better around the ground. Ball spent a lot of time in the forward line and we headed into quarter time with a good lead on the scoreboard. The Ajax kids fought back really well and took some great contested marks and equally loved to take the game on. The scoring end worked with the wind and the goals fluxuated between both sides.
Some positive coaching from Claire on mother’s day at 3 qtr time saw the kids pumped to finish the game off well. The last quarter was again a see saw but into the wind we kicked some late goals through our forwards and snatched the game.
I thought all our kids played well and was one of those days when you don’t really want to single anyone out for an award. That said we picked two. Charlie Dolan over the last 3 weeks has really improved his footy and involvement and made some key saves and clearances in the backline. Well done mate and keep the focus and energy up for the rest of the year. Will received the 2nd coaches award for a really tough game he played. Went in hard, contested and took some great marks and most of all, really takes the game on. This year has been great for Will, he loves his footy and gives a 100% every week and at training. Well dome buddy.
Some other key mentions. Charlie bell was outstanding today. His level of football this year has gone to another level. He is a real presence on the field. Pete’s switch of Callum and Charlie in the last quarter paid dividends at both ends. Callum being the rock in the last line of defence and great kick outs from full back to advantage and Charlie really drove the ball through the middle. Zac found his mojo and really did some great work around the ball and clearing today and was the Zac of old including the big grin.
Things that were noticeable today as coaches, was the parents support behind us. I never hear any negative comments and lots of cheers and positive support from not only our mob but also the Ajax as well. I know the kids can hear this on the ground and this support is fantastic. I love the way our parent group does this and thanks to all.
Hats off to Rod and the opposition umpire for really rewarding the kids for the effort they put in. It’s a tough job but was umpired really well by both.
In summary the biggest compliment flor the day was from the opposition coach when he commended our kids on how much they have improved. Well done to all our kids, coaches, parents and support team for a great Mother’s day game
Match Report Round 4 Sunday May 6th
This week saw us up against some tough opposition and a team that was quite a bit bigger than us. The ground was wet so that was going to make it a bit tricky at the start. Big focus was on being switched on from the start
Captains this week were (a) Jack for his great effort and training during the week and his really good progression in the games this year as he keeps improving each week (b) Nash as a reward for his fantastic game last week and his skills and contested footy are through the roof this year.
Unfortunately we did not have a good first quarter, a few too many of our team were not switched on and the opposition jumped us with three goals in the first quarter. A quick rev up after quarter time and we started to get back into the game and move the ball well through the ground. It was the effort that kept us in the game but we were out played as the opposition set up around the ground was really well done and we quite often were caught out by this in terms of balls moving out of congestion. We are still learning this skill but we need to make sure we use our footy brains and not all go ball chasing.
The last quarter was by far our best and we were up for the challenge. We kept them goalless for the quarter which to my mail was the first time this year so credit to our kids. We nearly snatched the game but the result didn’t matter. Important was that when we focus as a team we play really good football. One of the lessons learnt for our kids was the need to stay focused during the game and not wander.
Awards for the day were Rory first who in the 2nd quarter, really threw himself into the contest and won some really good one on ones. Importantly was that played with this intensity for the whole game. It was great to watch Rory and he is absolutely our quiet achiever ðŸ˜Š 2nd award was for Charlie Webster. He has improved heaps since he started training with us at the start of the season. He reads the play well, positions himself to be in the thick of it and had some really good clearances. Well done Charlie.
Good solid games by Will, Thomas D, Aryan, Liam and Xavier. Great to see Sammy Fasso in the thick of it as well.
Match Report Round 3 Sunday April 29th
Match Report Round 2 Sunday April 22nd
Match Report Round 1 Sunday April 15th