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Coach: Stephen Fitzgerald

Assistant Coaches: Dan Crawley, Damien Joyce, Craig Ellinson

MATCH REPORT ROUND 7 - Sunday June 16th

Mail :: Re: u8s Match Report

After a week's break celebrating Lizzie's birthday, the u8s latest
challenge took them to Princes Park in South Caulfield, taking on Ajax.
Coach Fitzy was back after his mid-season jaunt to Vietnam, and was
relieved Dan handed him the keys to the u8s car back with no damage!

Georgio was a late out with the flu, and as we arrived we found the
biggest ground we've played on yet by far - so we'd certainly miss his run.

We won the toss and kicked down the hill.  It proved to be a good toss to
win.  In an emerging pattern, for the third time in three away games so far
(maybe the further travel to games helps with focus - any other suggestions
amateur shrinks out there?!?) we kicked the first goal of the game very
soon after the opening bounce.  In this case, Dom won the clearance, who
found Dion, who took a good mark, wheeled around and kicked long to Coby
who kicked the goal.  Dream start.

The midfield of Dom, Ethan, Ben, Lenny, Flynn & Zac were winning the
clearance battles and driving the ball forward, and soon after Harper
pounced to kick a goal after a Dion pass.  The few times the backline was
under pressure, they rebounded well and Kogs & Jacob both took great
defensive marks, whilst Xavier, Dom SH, Daniel, Leo were teaming together
to shut down any Ajax entries.

Late in the quarter Dom kicked long to Dion, who dodged a couple, wheeled
around and then snapped towards goal, and it bounced, bounced, bounced and
bounced through!

In the second quarter Ajax had use of the end down the hill, and so
defensive actions were key.  In a quarter that was played in their half,
some stand-out efforts were, Jacob took a big mark, Dom SH showed great
dash and poise, Kogs was bursting out of packs, Xav showed bravery in a
marking contest and Gardner's tackle in the defensive 50 saved a certain
goal.  Ajax managed one goal for the quarter, so it was a two goal lead at
half time.

The third term was our last chance with the advantage of the slope, and
started well with the midfield working overtime, with Jack and James J both
going in hard for the ball.  Then some great passing & team play from Oscar
to Xavier to Jacob.  Dom SH soon after took the current leader for mark of
the year at the top of the goal-square, but unfortunately couldn't finish
with a goal.  Jacob then found the crumbs soon after an snapped a goal.
Kogs looked to have added another soon after but it was touched.  James B
did a great handball to Oscar, Kai was working overtime in the middle with
second efforts, Will laid a big tackle and then late in the quarter,
Gardner passed to Dom, who took his five, kicked long to the top of the
goal square where Xavier got the ball and snapped a goal.  Four goal lead
at three quarter time.

Fitzy asked for a big defensive effort in the last term, and Dion and Coby
responded immediately, both showing incredible courage flying for a mark.
The backline was under siege, and Kogs, the terrier, was huge with his
pressure and repeat efforts.  Lenny put in a big goal saving tackle, whilst
Tommy K showed great poise to kick wide to the boundary after winning a
free.  Ajax kicked a couple of goals, but the siren sounded to signal the end of a great game.

Well done Colts, thought plenty still to work on at training;
- defensive running  - manning up and working back when we lose the ball
- going wide when kicking out of backline, not back into the middle
- kicking.  Always practice your kicking!

Go Colts!


MATCH REPORT ROUND 6 - Sunday June 2nd

The Port Colts hosted the Hampton Rovers at our home ground.  Both sides
went into the game undefeated, so we were going to have to play a strong
team game to come out on top.  Jacob and Leo were our co-captains for the

The Rovers started strong, kicking 2 quick goals to put us on the back foot.
They kept testing our back line and Ethan stepped up with excellent
defensive tackling.  Xavier took a great defensive mark and followed it up
with a good kick out to the team who found space.  This quarter was all
about defence as the Rovers kept pouring on the pressure.  Dom tackled well
in the midfield and Dion made strong tackles in defence to stop any further
goals to the Rovers.  We had a match on our hands!

The second term saw a quick goal from Dom within the first minute which
lifted the team.  We knew we were going to have to work hard for every
opportunity as the ball stayed in the midfield often, with both teams
really contesting and tackling well.  Coby worked hard in the midfield to
get the ball forward and Jacob was able to get a couple of behinds under
pressure, but we didn’t have any set shots on goal due to good opposition
defence.  Our tacking really shone in this quarter, with great work from
Tom, Gardner, William and Kai putting into practice our training.  Dion
made a great kick from the backline to deny the Rovers any easy points.

The third quarter saw another quick goal, this time from Coby to again
boost our confidence.  The midfield remained challenging, but this quarter
we used strong kicking and marking to clear the congestion.  Georgio led
well from the midfield with a strong kicking performance and both Tom and
William took great marks and followed them up with targeted kicks forward.
Harper shone with a great kick whilst being tackled.  Coby finished the
quarter with another late goal thanks to great teamwork which put our nose
ahead by 2 points!  The Colts showed we were able to adapt our play to get
on top of the opposition and were being rewarded for our efforts!

In the last term, the Rovers lifted and the Colts responded again.  Dion
took a great mark in the centre, Harry put on a good tackle in the forward
line and Coby got another goal - 3 for the day!  Tom K and Ethan both took
good marks and followed with great kicking forward.  The last minutes of
the match saw a big final push by the Rovers to score, deep into our
defence.  The back line stood strong and William and Xavier laid great
defensive tackles to stop any goals to the Rovers.

Overall both teams were evenly matched, but the Colts again showed courage
to play strong under pressure, intelligence to listen and adapt against a
different team and skill by using everything we learn from our training and
previous matches.  Go Colts!

MATCH REPORT ROUND 4 - Sunday May 26th

The Colts latest match saw them travel down to East Brighton to take on

the Vampires.

Dion and Lenny were the skippers for the day, and won the toss and kicked
down the hill.  The Colts jumped out of the blocks in the first term, with
Dom R leading the way from the first bounce.  Harper (clearing kick) and
Oscar (mark on the goal line) did some good work early, and Dom SH was
providing his usual run.  Kogs was tackling and putting on pressure, and
the Colts were forcing the ball forward, where Jacob took a good mark and
kicked a goal.  Tom Kuk also took a nice mark and showed great team-working
passing to Gardner.  Likewise Harry and Kogs were teaming well.  At quarter
time we were 1 goal ahead, but showing good signs of working well together.

In the second term Dom R ran amok, trying his best to match Kogs' efforts
last week, kicking a goal within the first minute after an Oscar centre
clearance.  Will's attack on the ball and determination has been fantastic
in the past few weeks, and he was involved in the next goal, passing to Dom
R who kicked another one.  Coby, Georgio and James J were laying big
tackles, Leo and James B were getting in the bottom of the packs and all
the Colts were involved.  Then Dion won a clearance, kicked to Harper, who
passed to Ben, who took a bounce, passed to Dom R who kicked his third!
Another great team goal!!!  Not done yet, Harper passed to Oscar, who
passed to Will who took a great mark, then passed to Dom R, who like Kogs
the week before, kicked 4 in a quarter!!  Amazing effort!!

In the third term the Colts continued the good team play and pressure,
with Kai, Will and Harper all working overtime to keep the ball in the
forward 50.  Then the Colts kicked another, with Oscar snagging a goal
after a Dom R pass.  The Colts pressure and manning up improved on recent
weeks, and any Vampires surges forward were shut down.

In the last terms Kai showed his customary class at taking a ball away
from a clearance, Dion his usual burst of speed away from the packs, Jacob,
Gardner & Lenny did a great chain of team play together, and James B nearly
had a look at a goal but was a fraction too far out.

In the end another good game for the Colts.  The best team effort to date
this year.  Pleasing to see improvement in areas we've been working on,
such as manning up in the backline.


MATCH REPORT ROUND 4 - Sunday May 19th

Mail :: Round 4 u8s

Round 4 saw the u/8 Colts return to Murphy Reserve, taking on Prahran.

Ethan C, despite missing the game after having his appendix removed, was
captain for the day and won the toss and chose to kick to the Plummer St

Prahran was winning the early clearances, however Georgio was reading the
play well in the backline and did some fantastic clearing kicks.  The
backline was under pressure, but Lenny showed his usual dedication to the
task and great defensive mindset, Flynn was a tackling machine & Zac too
displayed great attack on the ball and tried to break through a pack.  Kogs
was attacking the ball hard in the middle and took a great grab, and
eventually we turned the tide and worked the ball forward where Harry &
Harper teamed well but couldn't quite manage a goal.  The midfield of Coby,
Daniel, James, Kai, Oscar & Kogs were holding their own against a strong
Prahran midfield.  James B up forward brought team-mates into the game
looking for them.  However at the end of a scrappy quarter there was no

In the second term Coby started to run with the ball and nearly kicked a
goal.  Georgio was instrumental in the middle in working the ball forward,
where we were peppering the goals for most of the quarter.  After more run
& dash from Coby, James J had the ball in the goal square and put it
through for the first goal of the game.  William took two great marks to
stop a Prahran forward thrusts during the quarter.  However our forwards
were waiting out the back a bit too much, looking for the easy goal instead
of leading up to the ball.  Something to work on at training!

In the third term the arm wrestle continued, though there was a classy
passage of play when Jacob rebounded from the 50, found Dom who worked the
ball forward.  The back six of Harper, Harry, Jacob, James B & Tom K were
holding firm.  Harper put in a great tackle, Jacob showed great initiative
to kick across to a free Harper & Harry also laid a big tackle.  Up forward
we couldn't quite mange a goal, despite a good example of team work between
Ben & Xavier.

The last quarter saw the Colts break the game open with a barrage of
goals.  Jacob won the first centre clearance, found Dom, who passed to
Xavier, who nearly kicked it, before Kogs got the crumbs and kicked a
goal!  Great team work!  Harry, Harper & Dom teamed well, and then Kogs
snapped another goal to make it a three goal lead. James B was clever in
the next centre bounce, grabbing the ball out of the ruck and dishing off
the handball to a running Harper.  Then Kogs kicked yet another goal.
Xavier took a great grab up forward.  The Colts had all the momentum and
Dom snapped a goal after good forward pressure by Jack & Leo.  Dion won the
next clearance and worked it to Dom, and soon enough the ball was in Kogs'
hands, and you guessed it, his fourth for the quarter!!!  Just before the
siren William got in on the act and snapped our seventh goal for the game.

It was a great game with lots of positives however plenty of learnings to take form the
game, especially forwards working to the ball and not waiting out the ball,
all players in general playing in front & players remembering to take their
5 steps and trying to burst away from packs.  See you at training on



MATCH REPORT ROUND 3 - Sunday May 12th

(2012) Mail :: Inbox

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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