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Under 9 Mixed PMJFC – Season 2019
Round 13: Sunday 4 August 2019 - Match Report
Vs Mordialloc Braeside JFC at Murphy’s Reserve – Annenson
Back to our preferred early morning start time, our team of much improving Under 9s presented with vim and vigour for our last official match of the year. We knew we were in for an even match with the Mordi Brae team having just missed out on the chocolates last we met by a mere two points.
On a windless day we set our sights on some fast ball movement and solid team work to overcome our opponents who have some very tall and long kicking players.
Our skipper for the day, Phoenix, was a late withdrawal due to being unwell. Stepping up to the plate was Connor who was keen as mustard to wear the mighty Number 1. Connor’s message was simple and followed the Colts way to the letter; run and gun footy, tackle hard, help your teammates and above all…. have fun!
Wanting to ensure we didn’t get jumped at the start, the coaching panel strengthened our backline with some key players tasked with the job of keeping Mordiallic out at all costs…they had plenty of opportunity as the ball was swept forward on numerous occasions.
Our midfield got on top towards the end of the quarter and we managed to convert a few opportunities to scores. Another tight and hard game was upon us but looking around the first huddle it was clear that we were up for the challenge.
We spun a few magnets to get a more even coverage of tall players in key areas and to ensure we had the right mix of strengths across the paddock. We kept some key players in the backline to make sure we were solid again in the second quarter.
Half time break saw us without oranges but the committed for it, a sip of water and as suggested by Trace a “chew on the grass” was all these warriors needed to go on with it.
The second half started as a seesawing thing; each side trading scores…. our ball movement out of defence was again a pleasure to behold…..rarely turning over and linking a few clean passes to gain valuable territory and give our forwards a chance.
We were close going into the last quarter, however if there is ever certainty in football the way the team rallied and strode out on their home deck to start play in the last surely meant that Mordi Brae were no chance. And so, it proved, with some of the best teamwork all season we gang tackled, won possession and moved the ball forward with great enthusiasm and skill.
Colts ran out winners 44 to 29 in the end.
Taj, Ashton, Thomas S and Thomas G – outstanding attack on footy and metres gained all day – the Duracell Bunny looks positively lame against this lot!
Liam, Daniel, Connor, Angus, Jacob and Luke – fantastic use of the footy with highly effective marking kicking and handballing – “the glamour set”- not just glamorous though as they all love to tackle and win their own footy too
Jacques, Henry ES, Sasha, Ethan and Jenson – tackle after tackle when needed- setting a standard for the team to lift- the are a miserly bunch that takes any score against them personally
Henry M and Archie H – our rotating Ruck/Backman sensations, I look forward to these two continuing to provide a presence in the middle for Colts teams in the years to come.
Luca, George, Jake, Trace and Hamish – speedy outside running and hard ball gets continually across the deck…..put themselves on the line against bigger bodied opponents at some really critical times in the match.
Previous matches have gone unreported….sorry for that but the pattern and effort noted above has been similar now as the mighty Under 9s notched up 3 successive wins after the narrow post bye loss to South…..the hard work at training paid off team….rounding out the season with a solid 7/6 win/loss ratio. Well done.
Lightening Carnival approaches….3 games (shorter format) over 3 hours will test our charges…. big last effort before the season ends and we pack up our boots (and puffy jackets) for another yea
MATCH REPORT ROUND 10 - Sunday July 14
MATCH REPORT ROUND 6 - Sunday June 2nd 2019
Under 9 Mixed PMJFC – Season 2019
Round 6: Sunday 2 June 2019 - Match Report
Vs Mordialloc Braeside JFC at Walter Galt Reserve – Oval 2
Another late start this chilly Sunday, good for the family morning relaxation…but generally not so good for our young champions.
Having a disrupted week with training called off with player wellbeing upper most in our thoughts, we had a team tactic meeting in the sheds before the game……positions noted, game plan reiterated and Captain Luke’s motivational message delivered, we did some brief circle work before the bounce. Team looked sharp and up for the challenge.
Our worthy opposition burst out of the blocks and gained a solid ascendancy in the midfield with smart play and fast footy on display….thankfully their kicking was a bit off as they peppered the goal line in the first few minutes….their dominance in the midfield continued but was countered at every turn by our tenacious backline. Inspiration came in the form of Henry ES who had no intention of being beaten, he was outstanding in his first, second and third efforts at the contest…his backline colleagues responded and went all the way with him to beat back charge after charge by Mordialloc. Bit by bit the midfield also responded and got the contest back on even terms on the ground, if not on the scoreboard.
Time for a few positional changes at Q1 to address some size mismatches on the paddock and our Colts went back out to it. A far more even contest ensued and we had the wind to aid us….we potted a few goals to be closer and fought well for possessions across the ground.
Half time break was time for a quick orange and a few encouraging words…we were set and ready to go again well before the home side ventured back to their positions.Thinking the breeze would strengthen even further, Mordialloc had left their backline a little under sized. We took immediate advantage of this as our midfield started to get on top of the opposition centremen…..Taj, Daniel, Henry M, Connor all outstanding in this regard. Our forwards capitalised on the ball coming their way and kicked a few important scores to edge us closer. Our opponents got some good ball movement going, but again they had to battle their way through a tough defence with fantastic efforts by Thomas S, Luca, Hamish, Archie and again the intrepid Henry ES. Ashton was an absolute ball magnet and was quite likely suffering from “leather poisoning” at the end of this quarter…we were wayward in our finishing but fired plenty.
Our tails were up as we took to the field in Q4, wind with us and plans clicking well on the field. After such a great Q3, we changed very little….same zones as before off we went.
With great courage we scrapped our way to be even on the scoreboard…..Mordialloc had knuckled in too and came out very determined….again our backline was peppered by quick ball movement and they stood up and counter attacked to great effect….Thomas S was again strong in manning the goal line which he had done so well in Q3…this time though he had the wind at his back and the great presence to surge forward from defence when we could…excellent decision making as to when to go and when to stay….Jacques now has a “brother-in-arms” with this highly prized skill.
We tackled very hard throughout the second half with some strong displays by the whole team when their time came.
Again a bit wayward in our kicking but we managed to run out winners by two points….a long awaited victory after playing without luck over some tight contests of late. A great game played in the right spirit by both teams.
Some highlights of the team….
· Luke’s high intensity Captain’s game…great on field leadership with all round performance
· Ball winning by Henry M, Taj, Daniel, Jake, Connor and Ashton across the ground
· Hard nut tackling by Henry ES, Liam, Ethan, Sasha, Archie O and Luca
· In and under ground ball work by George, Hamish, Angus and Connor
· Poise under pressure by Jacob, Jacques and Thomas S
· Run and gun footy by Taj and Ashton – exciting stuff at full flight boys!
· Penetrating distance kicking by Liam, Daniel, Thomas S, Taj and George
· Phoenix coming to cheer on his teammates from his sick bed.
The “having a red hot go and building confidence” nominees this week ….Jake who keeps improving with every game and continues to build belief and Sasha who took an important mark and confidently went back and kicked well without looking to hand off – great stuff!
Our opponent awarded Taj “opposition best on ground” a worthy recipient- great game Taj.
Henry ES was awarded our player of the match for inspiring stuff when we were against it in Q1 and throughout the game-well done Henry.
Great to finally sing the club song, hopefully we will get to know it off by heart by seasons end through repeated renditions.
Congratulations team on a really good effort by you all….great spirit a
MATCH REPORT ROUND 5 - Sunday May 26th
Under 9 Mixed PMJFC – Season 2019
Round 5: Sunday 26 May 2019 - Match Report
Vs ST Kilda City JFC at Wattie Watson Oval # 2 ground
A chilly breeze was blowing off the Bay to remind us we are living in the Southern part of our country; undeterred by anything so mundane as the cold, our Colts were excited to be again facing off against the well credentialled Saints.
As usual, the facilities and approach of Saints were warm and welcoming. The drainage too seems to have been improved in the off season as the #2 Ground was not the expected muddy patch we’ve come to know and love.
Angus “Angy” Barnes was the proud and deserved wearer of our skipper’s #1 jumper for this all-important rematch. He led a team depleted by travel and injury, with a squad of just 19 available for duties. Some carry-over illnesses and equipment “malfunctions” saw us further reduced to just 17 players by the time the toss was won, and we elected to kick against the wind in Q1 to have it at our backs in the last. Saints kindly gave us a “pair”, so the sides were evenly numbered.
Saints burst out of the blocks and used the freshening wind to great advantage…. they were just harder at the ball, more alert and played well to storm to a four-goal opening term. About 9 minutes in we were back to “full strength” with heroic efforts of Taj and Trace who were both suffering upset tummies taking the field again.
Our newest recruit, Archie H, also made his much-anticipated debut for the Colts…welcome Archie. Coming up to full strength and an increased determination saw our Colts stem the flow to get the game back to a contest late in the quarter. Still we were 4 goals down with nothing but “duck eggs” on the board to show for the effort.
Some well-considered magnet spinning by the Assistant Coaches and some reminders to work harder and support each other set us up for a far better, more committed team approach in Q2. Our stylish mid-field started to gain the upper hand and used the wind to advantage, peppering the Saints goal line. We didn’t kick straight, and Saints were solid in defence. We managed to peg the deficit back a little and were up and about by half time.
The Saints team had some booming kickers on hand, with some remarkable distance gained against the wind…our backs were under great pressure all day.
We mostly maintained the core of each zone for the whole match…, with just one on the bench and a strong wind it simply made sense. We were able to switch-hit a few key players into “danger areas” to help out and this also made sure equal levels of involvement.
Against the wind in Q3, we played some of our best football this season. Not sure everyone realises just how good a quarter this was for us……a strong wind in favour of a well drilled and skilled opposition and we just gave nothing away at all…every kick, handball, ground ball, mark and ball up was fiercely contested….Saints got nothing cheap! The whole side ran, scrapped and fought with true Colts spirit- hard but fair. We kicked the only goal scored against the wind all day in Q3…it was through a series of fantastic hard ball wins and great team play. Saints got a late goal, so the task was ahead of us for the final term.
A few subtle magnet turnings, and we took to the field with a steely resolve…what a quarter it was too. The opposition was no less determined to keep their margin and defended stoutly our continued forward thrusts.
Nail biting stuff, with shots just missing or desperate fingers just touching to deny us goals. Run and gun footy was on display…we kept the pressure up in our forward half. When called upon the backline chimed in with some terrific defence…. crashing packs and moving the ball away to advantage.
We ended up “drawing” the Q2, Q3 and Q4 accumulated score, with Saints running out winners on the back of their excellent Q1.
Contributions were again across the whole group…. some “special” moments of note;
· Ethan’s massive tackle that saved a certain goal……inspirational stuff
· Henry M’s play on charge out of fullback that showed great initiative and bravery
· Luke’s clearance work in and around the ball- all day
· Archie H’s first game of footy- great ruck work too
· Liam’s tackling pressure and ball usage all game
· Taj and Trace bouncing back from pre-game illness to contribute solidly
· Connor’s ball winning commitment
· Jenson and Hammer committed to the contest with great chase and head over the ball stuff
· Jake’s manic forward pocket work with repeated efforts
· Man back play in midfield and defence by Archie and Angus -always there when needed as drilled at training
· Increased workload efforts in Q4 by George, Luca, Daniel and Henry ES.
· Jacque’s ball hunting when put forward- revelled away from backline- we’ll do this move again
· Thomas S dominance out of full forward
Opposition team “Player of the Match” awarded by Saints to Archie H on debut…well done Archie. Liam awarded our team prize for consistent effort and output all game.
We are playing good footy without luck; we will continue to strive for consistency and with that the wins will surely follow.
MATCH REPORT ROUND 4 - Sunday May 19th
Under 9 Mixed PMJFC – Season 2019
Round 4: Sunday 19 May 2019 - Match Report
Vs South Melbourne District JFC at Murphy’s Reserve- Anneson Oval
A cracking Melbourne autumn day arrived for the mighty Colts to face off against our “archrivals”, South Melbourne, on our home deck. An unusually late start gave us all the opportunity to have a more leisurely start to our Sunday (unless hiking across town to watch siblings play footy, netball, tennis etc etc).
A special occasion this week, with our newest team member, Phoenix, being presented with his first ever playing jumper…...Phoenix’s Cheshire cat grin and his family’s pride was great motivation to us all to have a day on the field. Welcome Phoenix!
Coming up against his old team for the first time, our gun transferee, Thomas Siles was proudly wearing the Number 1 captain’s jumper on the big occasion…….his message to the team was simple and completely aligned to the Colts’ philosophy…..Run and Gun, look for a team mate and have fun!
We started well in Q1 with great contribution from the team in the middle forging us forward for the opening goal by Liam…...a good series of play-on chain passing after some hard ball winning was just as we had drilled….so far so good. The wider spaces of Anneson Oval made scoring a challenge for both sides who were equally committed to defending their goals.
Our skipper kept his troops organised and motivated all day, he was ably assisted by terrific all game efforts from Taj (who was backing up from an earlier round ball session), Ashton, Daniel, Luke, Thomas G, Archie, Liam, Angus and Connor. Also, of note was the continued tackling pressure of Sasha, Jenson, Trace, Henry ES, Ethan and George…. like the Duracell Bunny they just kept going all day.
We also saw some great backline play by Henry M and some terrific work on the wing by Jacob, who was one out against numbers on a few occasions but had second and third efforts to hold up the opposition at important times. Jake too was up and about when called upon, he has been a consistent high-level performer as a first-year recruit to the Colts. Luca was his usual busy self with some important one on one wins. Hamish also put his head over the ball at some important moments and made good handballs out of the pack to advantage.
Our usual suspects chimed in for some critical scores, all from great teamwork…. with the breeze freshening, scoring was getting harder and harder for both teams.
Heading into the last quarter a goal and some change down, we got off to a flyer with an early goal…the margin was shrinking, and South look a little frazzled…. they stuck to the task and got a late goal against the run of play however….
This was a hard-fought contest as they always are, the win went to South Melbourne who just kept coming back all day with some skilful ball movement when they got into space.
No shame in a loss in a low scoring tussle featuring evenly matched sides: South just a little better on the day…. we all look forward to a return match.
No silly mistakes this week and our training drill efforts were carried out on the field…. the later start may have made us a little less alert but none of that matters when effort, skill and game sense continues to show improvement week to week.
Big thanks to all game day volunteers too!
MATCH REPORT ROUND 2 - Sunday May 5th
U9's Match Report vs East Malvern, Murphy's Reserve
Really great game today Port Colts. Our attack and pressure on the footy in the first and last quarter will be the big take away's from this weeks game. Final scores were 46 to 33, so East Malvern winning by a few kicks with a big third quarter.
We started the game on a huge high with Thomas S making his debut for the Colts, and kicking two goals. He took a couple of great marks, and was able to finish them off to give us a good lead. He was well supported up front by Liam and Connor early. We were able to win plenty of the ball out of the middle thanks to Taj and Thomas G's long penetrating kicks to the forward line, with a load of support from George and Henry M. With Jacques manning the goal line, and Jacob and Trace providing support, we were able to
protect our lead into quarter time.
We gave a lot of effort in the second and third quarter, but we must remember and stick to our basic game day rules. One of the most important being to kick to the wings when coming out of defence. This also means leading to the wings. We can't stand still in the middle corridor with an arm in the air and scream for the ball. We have to give our kicker some options and lead to the wings. We didn't do this well today, and it cost us dearly. By my count three of their goals came directly from turnovers following a kick to the middle. As coaches we can't stress kicking to the wings enough. We also talked about the "see ball, get ball" principle. At times we seem to watch the footy pass by - we need to keep our feet, and go in and get it!
After the third quarter we were down by a few goals, and I was really pleased to see a huge turn around in effort in the last quarter. If effort could be translated into goals we would have kicked a bag full. Our captain Daniel's run for the footy, and never give up attitude helped propel us forward, as did Connor's run, and a second goal for Jake giving us a sniff of a chance. Ashton took one of the best two touch overhead grabs I have seen! He then pushed us forward as we looked for more goals. Sasha never gave up in midfield and got the ball to our forward line on more than one occasion. Luke took a number solid grabs and kept us in it, as did a dominant Liam. Hamish, Henry ES and Jenson ran all day to help us, Ethan made a goal line tackle which saved us a goal, and Luca, Angus and Archie were reliable for us as usual across the park, though it was East Malvern's goal line defence that saved them in the last quarter. I have to say how proud I was of all your effort to give us a realistic chance at pinching this one.
Well done to Thomas S for winning this games best player award and voucher for his fantastic debut for the Colts with two goals. A couple of big things to keep working on at training this week - kicking to the wings, applying pressure to the opposition when they have the ball, and remembering in defence to *not leave your player*.
Really good game today Colts. On another day, we might have pinched this one.
MATCH REPORT ROUND 1 - Sunday April 28th
East Brighton Vampires JFC U9 Mixed v Colts (away)
With much anticipation we travelled to game 1 of season 2019 to the home of the Vampires.
Wow, the redevelopment of Hurlingham Reserve has resulted in fantastic footy facilities, a glimpse into the future of our own home ground!
The whole team was excited to finally be playing a match, having worked hard during the pre-season they were “cherry ripe” to go.
As an opening game, it doesn’t get much harder than facing the Vampires on their home deck! We had some terrific games against this side last year which were decided by a kick or two. There were no illusions as to the challenge.
Very proud to say the entire team responded to that challenge and brought their very best to the game…..Knowing it was important to get off to a good start, our skipper (and proud inaugural wearer of the #1 jumper), George Notaras elected to kick with the wind in Q1. Master stroke too. That was only the beginning of his Captain’s Knock of a day, great leadership George
Getting off to a flyer with mid-field dominance, we moved the ball quickly and effectively into the waiting hands of our forward line….they didn’t waste that silver service delivery either…..Daniel Boots was outstanding with a hatrick for the quarter, having led into space well for good delivery from his forward colleagues.
When threatened, our well drilled backline repelled all opposition pushes, not just in first quarter but all day.
We continued our midfield dominance throughout the game….depriving the Vamps getting their hands on the ball was a constant theme. On the odd occasion they did win some contests, they proved themselves to be quality opposition with smart chain foot passing resulting in scores…..we just didn’t allow them the chance too often.
We had some impressive individual performances from the likes of Taj, Ashton, Daniel and Connor throughout the day. Their efforts stood out all the more because the entire team responded and made sure they stuck their marks, hit their passing targets and won the ground balls when there to be won…..this was truly a whole of team performance.
I cannot stress enough how critical the whole of team effort was to the game…..every single player contributed……made their moments worthwhile and stuck to the tasks assigned them. If footy is won through the “One percenters” then we could have won many times over, from Henry E-S manic chase down in Q4 to nullify a turn over, to Archie and Angus having first, second, third and beyond efforts in the middle, to Trace sticking to his opponent like glue, to Jenson battling through feeling unwell to take the field, to Liam’s lace out delivery of kicks in general play, to Luke bouncing back up after a huge hit, Henry M imposing himself on contest after contest, to every one trusting their team mates and honouring leads for kicks or handballs, just too many to remember them all….this display made the coaching group not only proud but look marginally good too.
Defensively, Sasha was outstanding in assigned role as “tackle master”…..asked before the game to “tackle everything that moved with the ball from the Vamps”….she responded by doing just that all game- I stopped counting at six- it was becoming so predictable!. Also of note is the work down back by Jacques as last line of defence….always covering the line in crucial moments….others rotating through fullback also did this well. Our kick out drills paid off in spades….not one single kick out went down the middle nor did we turn the ball over within a kick to goal.
With the breeze freshening and the Vamp’s pride stinging a bit, the coaching group spun the magnets to boost our midfield and defensive lines…..last quarter midfield group were simply amazing. Henry M was massive in his ruck tapping to advantage, the in and under work of Thomas G and comrades was outstanding and then the finishing power of our forwards was a joy to watch….Connor kicked two and Jacob nailed a difficult set shot from a terrific mark straight off the interchange bench!.....
This wasn’t the perfect game for skills….we need to keep working on our kicking both distance and accuracy…it was however a very fine example of how important team work is to success.
Quality contributions from all across the park saw the mighty Colts run out winners 70 to 22…..10 goals + is outstanding at this age level (Swans and Dees would give their eye teeth to manage 10+ a week at the moment)
Opposition team had a great touch that exemplified the game spirit…they awarded “Opponent Player of the Week” to Connor C…well done!
Back on home deck this week, lets make sure we bring the same intensity and joy of playing again.