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About the Team

Coach: Stephen Fitzgerald

Assistant Coaches: Dan Crawley, Damien Joyce, Craig Ellinson

MATCH REPORT ROUND 3 - Sunday May 12th

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The u/8s had the week off in Round 2, so the team was raring to go in
Round 3.  There was the added bonus of the match being the local derby
against South Melbourne!!

Dom R was skipper for the day, and he embraced the responsibility, winning
the first centre clearance and booting it forward, where Dion won the ball
and kicked a goal.  Dream start!  Our midfield was winning the early
battles, with Dom R, Dom SH, Gardner, Jacob, Jas & Leo all getting in first
for the ball, setting a great example for the team.  They were also sharing
the ball and looking for team-mates, typified by Jacob's handpass to a
running Dom SH.  Up forward Kai took a great intercept mark and with
Daniel, Dion, James J, Oscar & ?? they were following instructions to work
hard in keeping the ball in our forward line.

South kicked a goal but some fantastic defensive work showing great
initiative by Lenny and a mark by Ben ensured we went into the first
quarter roughly level.

In the second term the team continued to go in first for the ball, with
Flynn leading the way early in the quarter with his attack on the ball and
his tackling.  Ben & Zac showed great teamwork with a 1-2 handball to each
other, and then Dion won another clearance, gave it off to Dom R who was
involved again as he took his five, broke away from the pack & passed to
Jacob who scored a goal.

The midfield of Ben, Flynn, Georgio, Lenny, Kogs & Zac were teaming well,
and Lenny in particular continuing on his first quarter with a great attack
on the ball.  Gardner was stepping up too, taking a great mark after a Kogs
centre clearance.  At half time it was still close.

In the third term the Colts broke the game open.  The midfield of Harper,
Harry, James B, Tom K, William & Xavier did a great job of forcing the ball
forward.  Where Georgio showed the benefits of playing in front taking a
great mark.  Lenny was continuing his great efforts & pressure.  Tom K had
a shot on goal which just fell short, but soon after Tom Kogs & Georgio's
persistence at the contest was rewarded with a great snapped goal by Kogs.
    It was Kog's second goal for the quarter as he was on fire.  Oscar
teamed well with Ben who then handpassed to Georgio who just missed adding
another.  Zac nearly got in on the act too, but the ball refused  to bounce
up for him in the goalsquare. In the backline Daniel took a great mark
during the term, whilst Xavier finished the quarter off with a fantastic
mark and the Colts had a handy break at three quarter time.

In the last quarter Kai & William set a great example with defensive
pressure in the midfield to hold up South.  When the Colts got the ball
forward Harper took a mark but missed the goal.  He quickly forgot that as
he intercepted the kick-in and snapped the goal for the old 7-point play!!
Jacob added another goal to give a buffer, and the back six held tight
(great marks by Jas & Leo saved the day!!) , typified by Gardner who worked
hard to get to a contest, put in the second effort and did the clearing
kick.  The Colts had held on to win in a high quality match.

Let's get to training on Wednesday to continue to work on the skills,
ahead of another test against Prahan at home next week.


MATCH REPORT ROUND 2 - Sunday May 5th 2019



MATCH REPORT ROUND 1 - Sunday April 28th 2019

Rd 1 v St Kilda City (Home)
Today the 2019 Port Colts u/8s made their football debuts at Murphy Reserve against St Kilda City.  It was a cold, wet & windy morning - perfect for football!!
There was plenty of excitement as the match began, and Oscar & Dom R. teamed well to win the first centre clearance. Soon after Gardner showed great teamwork to give a handball to the running Oscar.  However St Kilda were rebounding and getting the ball forward, and as they were slower to adapt to the zones, our backs were outnumbered & doing it tough!!  Our defenders, Flynn, Georgio, Harper, Harry, James & Kogs did a tremendous job in putting on the pressure & limiting them to two goals considering the circumstances. Kogs in particular was a rock, saving goals with big tackles and great marks.
In the second term the team settled & started to run more.  Coby took a great mark in the backline.  Dion & Dom R. were working well together up forward, and then Ben took a mark at the top of the goal square and kicked the goal.  The Colts had a shot of confidence, and everyone was stepping up, typified by James B. who went in hard and received a free kick for in the back & Ethan who was Treloar like -involved in everything in the middle.
The third quarter saw a continuation of the great football.  Zac & Lenny were doing a great job in the backline chasing down their opponents.  Whilst up forward these kids are attuned to the modern game - Harry was laying big tackles & going in hard, Dom R was locking the ball in with big grabs and then following more hard work Harper kicked our second goal - though not without sacrifice after hurting his leg.  Dom R. added another goal after the midfield of Coby, Domenic S, Kai, Oscar, Tom & Ethan again sent the ball forward.  They were spreading, taking risks trying to run the ball & had the momentum!
In the last quarter Dom S. was working hard up forward and creating opportunities, Coby was laying big tackles, Kogs had plenty of inside 50s and Jacob put the icing on the cake with a snapped goal and fist pump celebration.  The team hung on well from there against a very good opponent, with Leo holding firm in defence with Tom K who was putting on great tacking pressure, whilst Daniel was running hard in the middle and Ben was releasing team-mates with handballs.
The siren went & the Colts persistence was rewarded.
Well done to players & supporters for getting through the first week, we'll all learn plenty and see you at training on Wednesday!!
Go Colts!!


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