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MATCH REPORT ROUND 3 - Sunday May 12th
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MATCH REPORT ROUND 2 - Sunday May 5th
Port Colts U12 v St Kilda City
Venue: Wattie Watson Oval, Elwood
With a spongy field, sea view, and a canteen run by real Italians, the scene was set. Our boys had crossed the Elwood canal for our first Viking raid of the season. This game against “The City” was to be a true “Thriller in Sain-Killer”.
St Kilda got out of the blocks at full steam with an early goal. All our players immediately sensed that they were up against a worthy adversary. It finally took something very special to finally peg one back late in the quarter. Hammer pinpointed a pass to Tom-T at centre half forward for a contested clunker, booting it onto Hamish Elliott who elevated for a one-grab high mark. His set shot was true. The coaches were in raptures over that bit of play.
The backline had stiffened up somewhat, with Lucas mopping up, and Callum chasing his man around. But St Kilda had the chocolates at the first break with an eight point lead.
The action continued unabated in the second quarter. Bo was getting out on the wings, continuing on from last week, and provided much drive. Pat copped a blood nose and came to the bench for an extended period. The lionhearted Omar was rucking tirelessly and courageously. Bailey danced onto the flanks and kicked two momentum shifting goals.
Port had wrestled a seven point lead going into the main break. Based upon some old fashioned grit and determination, it had been topped with a sprinkle of finishing brilliance.
The third quarter was even. St Kilda’s overhead marking strength and front positioning caused headaches. But Port’s run and willingness to share always threatened. Aidan engaged in some fine linking up through the centre. When cult full-forward Dion “Chara” Charalambous juggled a mark at the top of the square and deftly split the middle, it became an eight point margin for the raiders. One quarter to go.
The locals came out firing, and all of a sudden the black, red and white were dominating centre clearances and the outside running. Backmen Smithy, Nello and Captain Webby battled bravely under the onslaught as the Saints drove the ball forward time and time again. Harry many times was outnumbered but managed to impose his defensive mettle on the contest, and clear or nullify. St Kilda were throwing the kitchen sink, pots and pans, and a bit of cutlery at the now-challenged Colts. Bailey, thrown back, was magnificent in this stage with repelling marks or spoils and long clearing kicks from the last line.
St Kilda grappled to a one point lead, while the Colts’ forward thrusts could only seem to be agonisingly repelled with interest. In the dying moments a foray forward revealed a chaos ball situation. Chara grabbed it. Snapped. The ball, tantalisingly, sailed between two uneven posts. Not long afterwards it was all over. The siren blew signifying a fitting draw.
The spirit, teamwork and desire from all our players was evident to all. Let’s bottle that and release the genie again next Sunday. You’d be bonkers to miss it.
Thanks to our uber-trainer Lucy who patched up the brave and bloodied winger Pat Cullen to get him back on the park.
MATCH REPORT ROUD 1 - Sunday April 28th
Port Colts U12 v Cheltenham Panthers
Venue: Woodruff Oval, Murphy’s Reserve
Game one, and all eyes were keen to see how our team of striplings and saplings would sprout after a long hot summer. Pre-season training had been diligent, though disjointed. The litmus test would be this first up hit-out against a Panthers side, itself full of some fairly sturdy oak trees.
The two pre-game themes were to “flick the ON switch” and “be a team”. Skipper Jasper (from what I’ve heard) spoke in the player huddle about mateship, a most appropriate sentiment for the Anzac round.
First bounce: Louis up, then in a flash Bailey streaming out the centre with ball in hand, driving it forward with a big kick. Iconic.
Morgan at full forward was using his body well and finding the right position in the square. He bagged two for the quarter. Marco’s hands were clean and strong on the tricky leather ball. Hamish E. guided through a set shot goal from a mark. Colts had got off to a flyer with four unanswered goals for the first term.
In the second term winger Bo was getting loose out into the wide spaces of Woodruff. Lucas seemed to be everywhere, and Jasper popped up with a curling snap goal off half-forward. In a tighter quarter spectators were starting to see some fine Colts teamwork, with handballs to players branching into space, and kicks to leading targets.
The third quarter produced some great moments. Dare we call it a “Tomattack”? Tom-T arced onto his right heading towards the boundary and screwed it through the big ones for a “special”. Tom “Mucka” Mcmullen owned the forward line, silkily dobbing two goals. And clever goalsneak Thomas “Wheels” Wheeler wheeled in with two goals of his own, one from a tricky set shot. But the backs and mids were hugely complaisant in another four goal quarter. Pat Cullen, your selfless shepherd on the wing did not go unnoticed by this coach.
Some last quarter recollections: Louis flying high into the stratosphere for some big grab attempts, Hammer creatively evading all comers with ball in hand, Bailey gut running, and Aidan willing himself into some form in the centre. Cheltenham were losing a bit of structure (read: playing in position) by then, so well done to our backs and mids for maintaining superb discipline and continuing to play their crucial roles. A good team effort produced a three goals to one quarter, resulting in a ten goal win for the day.
The U12s are up and running. We don’t stop now, and we don’t look back. There’s much to learn and lots of matches to revel in for this cadre. The adventure has begun. St Kilda City at Elwood this week.
Special thanks this week to our new team runner Mike Younger. Welcome to the Football Department Mike.