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Match Report Round 1 Sunday April 15th
Port Colts U9 v Cheltenham Green
Venue: Le Page Park, Cheltenham
What a fine welcome back to footy it was! The weather gods got the memo, turning on wind and lashings of rain. The perilous Panthers at home seemed a stern first up test in more ways than one. Footy was back.
After a mindful warm up in the rooms, and Captain McMaster’s succinct words of encouragement, 21 Colts players trotted out into the inhospitable field of play. As a coach I was immediately pleased to see our “secret” game plan being followed, as well as players managing to keep their feet and take safe chest marks in the wet environment.
We managed to kick a few goals early and defend well when needed. We were getting some good drive from Charlie and Jonesy, and Johno was sure-handed in the wet. Mitch and Luke looked really switched on with their attack at the ball, providing a good contest.
Lewis had a few long range shots on goal, spraying some in the wind, and then managing to get a couple through. Albert slotted a beauty in general play. Elijah’s superb long range bomb from way out unfortunately couldn’t be counted. It was kicked from the mid-zone!
In the second half the concentration levels did not waiver. Will really came into his own with some flying runs from the backline. Daring to even bounce in the slippery conditions, he continually drove the ball forward with penetrating kicks to open the game up to our advantage. His two goals were icing on the cake. Declan too became a ball magnet and showed us what a strong left foot he has. Woody was clever at reading the play at both ends, also adding himself to the goal tally. Eddy really introduced himself as a spearhead, and kicked his first major for the club late in the last quarter. Congratulations to him!
Special mention must be made to our players lent to the opposition at various times: Ozkar, Liam, Eddy, Freddie, Billy and Leo. They tried their hardest for both teams, so well done boys.
Playing as a team, supporting and encouraging each other, and enjoying “getting amongst it” in games and at training is what it’s all about. The U9s have this enthusiasm in spades, and it’s showing in their play. It was a great start. Two home games are coming up. Go Colts