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Match Report Round 1 - Sunday April 15th v Dingley
Welcome back parents and players to football season 2018, where our team got up extra early and travelled to far away Dingley to face off against last year’s division 4 premiers. A cold drizzly morning met us at Dingley’s large home ground which did not deter our colt players, running in numbers with deft handballs & kicks to our forward line, where we took an early lead in the first quarter against the wind, 3 goals to 1. Our midfield was seemingly unstoppable, transitioning the ball to our forward players creating multiple opportunities for goals. A banana kick from a running Josh capped off a multiple goal day for Josh. A perfect end to end movement of the ball starting with Archie-Daniel-Archie to Ben to Damien also capped off a purple patch for our forwards, ending the quarter with another 5 straight goals. Other notable plays: Liam involved in at least 2 goal generating passages, Oscar with a great centring kick to Damien goal, Angus & Kaleb with some speed & nimbleness through the centre.
At half time the boys were told not to become complacent with the lead, at this stage leading comfortably. An easy trap for a team to think the game is won. The Dingley team were not done yet. They rampaged with a 3 goal 3rd quarter, the ball ending up mostly in their forward line, our backline under enormous pressure. Q4, we were kicking with the wind, but by this stage our opposition had a sniff of winning, and proceeded to push to ball forward, converting 3 more goals, their last goal kicked with under a minute remaining, putting them 2 points in the lead for the first time all game.
Unfortunately, not our day. Perhaps the wet cold weather dampened the spirits of our players, and thought we had the game won at half time. We let the other team mark the ball unopposed a lot in the last quarter also, something we will work on at training. A valuable lesson learnt for the first game, perhaps good timing this early in the season.
Summarising, all players should be congratulated on a great game. There were great passages of play, plenty of unselfish sharing of the ball, and we coaches and parents are all very proud of the game you played today against a combined div 3 & div 4 Dingley team. Yes, that’s correct, we took it right up to a team with div 3 & 4 players! Not only that, their div 4 team were last years premiers! Great effort boys. We look forward to playing Dingley again back on home turf.
Final score: Dingley 7-8-50 to Port Melbourne 8-0-48
Goal scorers: Toby, Ben, Josh, Archie, Damien.
During last week’s training the boys were asked to vote for who they thought should lead the team this year. They are now at an age where they respect each other and have the capacity to decide who should lead the team….. Archie Andrews was a clear favourite for captain of the team, with Gabe Raik-Allen chosen as our vice captain. Great choices boys, they have been great team players and always train and play to their utmost best. Congratulations to the four other leading poll getters in Will Pham, Ben Kuklych, Oscar Berry & Ryan Kamien. These 6 players now form the leadership group, and we will be relying on them to assist coaches in decision making both at training and game day, and lead by example as showing respect and good sportsmanship to players, opposition, coaches, umpires and all other parents involved in the team/club. Congratulations boys, we look forward to your seeing your leadership both on and off field.
How to Win:
Finally, a great youtube video of great sportsmanship and respect shown by a Barcelona under 14’s team winning a soccer match in Japan. How to win: https://youtu.be/tbvlM4Higy4