Match Reports Round 4
The under 8's hosted Prahan.
Our team were there warming up nice and early to prepare for the game. The theme for the past few weeks was to create pressure through chasing and tackling, to play as a team and have fun.
This week our co-captains were Hugo Hill and Leo.
The first quarter started like previous weeks with plenty of pressure and tackling. Tommy and Hunter lead the way in the backline with plenty of tackles. Bobby and Jake provided plenty of pressure and Hugo Hill was moving the ball well through the midfield.
Lachie kicked a tremendous goal.
The second quarter continued with plenty of pressure and tackling. Leo continued on with his great work from last week with plenty of pressure and tackling. Tommy continued on another great quarter with his pressure and took a great mark. Kahn also applied some great tackles. Prahan started niggling at a few of our players and to our credit, the colts just played the ball, Zack created some great opportunities which created a goal. Hugo and Jake transitioned the ball which also lead to a goal.
The third quarter saw some great handballing when under pressure and saw the team looking for the best options. Zack and Hugo K made the third quarter theirs by creating space, getting to contests and having plenty of touches. Hugo K also kicked a terrific goal.
Leo, Stella and Hunter lead the way by creating pressure again.
The final quarter saw Prahan kick a quick goal and then continually put our backline under pressure but the backline manned up on the opposition and created space when we had the ball. Super effort from Zack, Hunter, Stella, William, Max and Anna. Jack also applied some great tackling up the field. Once we handled Prahan's pressure the team then finished strong including a great goal from Benji.
This was the 4th time the under 8's have got to attempt to sing the club song.... I think it's starting to sound better 🙂
U10 Port Colts v Waverley Park Hawks - JL Murphy Reserve – A.T Aanensen Oval
A beautiful sunny Mother’s Day and the Colts U10’s were raring to go.
1st quarter highlights:
- Tom Kogs and Dom R fighting hard out of the blocks to move the ball forward, Tom Kogs kicking a behind straight up with the next play producing a great snap goal to Jacob
- Ben quick hands to Lenny great mark for a behind
- Great string of play out of defence Ben taking a mark, kick to Flynn, then to Harry who kicked it forward towards the goal
- Ben kick to Dom, to Zac who took a great mark before the siren
Great quarter, go the colts, defended our early points on the board amazingly well.
Ben, captain for today, set the tone and has worked hard and done a fantastic job in defence. Dom, Giorgio tackling hard and picking up stray balls in the mids to perfection and strong tackles and kicking from Harry and good positioning from Zac and Ethan D in defence.
2nd quarter saw Waverley hawks fighting back with scrappy play in front of their goal leading to a goal for the hawks.
2nd quarter highlights:
- Great linking play, Tommy K, Harper, to Cooper to Dom R for a great goal
- Giorgio to Dom R for a behind
- Jacob clears out of defence, mark to Ethan to Dom for a behind
- Giorgio from the ruck with a great kick for a behind
- Great mark taken by Jacob in defence
- Dom to Ethan C for a goal
- Eddie took a blow to the face, putting his body on the line but bravely went back on field.
Waverley turned up the heat this quarter but we were able to raise the bar and match them. Dom amazing quarter, great finishing. Ethan C, combining well with Tommy K & Jacob out of defence
3rd quarter the tussle continues. Great defensive play with Cooper, Dom, Lenny and Jack combining well to keep the hawks at bay. Oscar working hard kicking forward to Ben, then to Tommy K to then Tom Kogs on separate plays. Dom R second to none marking taking in defence, a great site to see. Dion, Dom S and Oscar hustling and scrapping to get it forward from the mids.
3rd quarter highlights
- Amazing string of play with Jacob to Tom Kogs to Eddie who kicks across our goal then to Harper to Ethan D for his 1st goal ever. Congratulations Ethan
- Ben marks to Harper for a behind
- Tommy K great scrapping
- Dom R playing next level
4th Quarter Waverley had some successive behinds before we were able to move it forward. Great tackling by Dom R with Tommy K, Harper, Giorgio, Dom S and Eddie combining well with Zac in the mix to keep the ball moving. Great handballing Ethan C to Jas and Harry.
4th quarter highlights
- Behind after amazing passage of play between Ethan, Giorgio & Eddie
- 2nd behind shortly after
- Dom to Dion to Jacob amazing kick in front of an open goal for a behind
- Dom mark to Oscar, to Jacob goal
Great job to the Colts who fought it out to the very end. The scoreboard difference to the Colts didn’t truly reflect the action on the pitch with the Hawks fighting hard and maintaining contested ball situations through most of the day with some great pieces of action from both sides when the ball got free.
Players of the match - Dom R and Ben J and No. 26 for the Hawks
Firstly a big happy Mothers Day to all the mums involved with Port Colts! I hope you all had a great day and enjoyed the show the boys put on for you this morning!
It was a beautiful Mothers Day Sunday down at Murphy's Reserve and we were up against the Caufield Bears. We've spent a bit of time talking about how we as a team are slowly transitioning from rotating thru every position, and moving towards starting to specialise in a few specific positions, and today was a good first test for a few key positions for us.
We also had Mozart, or Mozzie as he likes to be known, join the club this week and play his first game in a Colts jumper and it was great to see all the boys get around him and welcome him to the Port Colts. Ashton was our captain today, and my message to the boys was simple - if you can will yourself to the footy as much as Ashton does, we will be one of the toughest teams to beat. Ashton revved the team up with a pre-game speech, and then with it being Mothers Day we invited any mums that wanted to come along and give a rev up pre-game. Shannon (Angus' mum) was the first to take up the opportunity pre-game and the kids knew they needed to put in the effort for the mums!
The first quarter got off as well as could be expected, a Taj ruck tap to Luke for the clearance forward which resulted in the first of two goals to Henry! Talk about route 1 football! We continued to win a lot of the footy this quarter, a great goal from Taj, and the run out of the middle from George and Ashton to compliment Luke, and with the pace on our wingers Hamish and Callen meant that our forwards were working hard. Sage in just his second game proved what a great footballer he is going to be which a number of tackles and kicks to keep us moving forward. Daniel was crafty all game today, and was richly rewarded with the first of his two goals, (the second being a goal of the season contender banana kick on the run), and Jacob, Luca, Jack and Trace supported well to make sure we were ahead at quarter time.
Following a rev up speech from Sara (Luca's mum), the second quarter started off in much the same way as the first, with some goals coming quickly, with the team running and leading to space which gives our forwards plenty of opportunity to kick it forward. Connor, Liam and Angus were prominent with their run and attack on the footy, and Jacques did well in the ruck. George got his hands dirty to earn plenty of the footy and finished nicely for his goal. Archie chased hard and applied good pressure, as did Mozzie in his first quarter of footy, well done.
The half time team talk was elevated with a great rev up from Charlotte (Taj's mum). The Caulfield Bears had still not managed to register a score at this point, and the boys weren't about to let them move it forward easily. Every time the ball looked like it was going their way, we used our number back spots well to return the footy back to our forward line. Sage, Hamish, Luca, Chris, Ashton and Jack did so well for us here and meant we could keep attacking our goals. And this is when the goals started raining in. Callen fresh from having kicked his first goal last week, chipped in with two goals after some excellent ball movement up forward. This work off the ball in our forward line gave plenty of kids the opportunity for a shot at goal, and we made the most of it.
Manda (Trace's mum) gave the last rev up speech for the day, and the boys were determined for more goals. For this last quarter, we had moved Jacques to our forward line, and he looked right at home. After having bombed a long goal earlier in the game, Jacques managed to kick three more this quarter to rack up a four goal game! Each goal had come from some excellent midfield play down the wing, some run and carry from Taj, Connor, Daniel and Luke, and then some excellent forward work from Angus and George (who very unselfishly handballed to Jacques when he could have kicked for goal), resulted in another highlight which was a first Colts goal for Chris, and he finished beautifully! There was just enough time for Luke to kick a pearler with a now trademark goal celebration, and time for Jacob to kick one with seconds to go to register our first 100+ score.
Overall a great day for the kids and a lot of great development in all the boys, particularly in being connected as a team and playing for each other. Really was great to watch.
That was the last of our grading games so fixtures will be out this week. Keep an eye on Team App for these, and please remember to volunteer for game day roles - it really is much appreciated.
Thanks again to the mums today, and a big thanks particularly to Manda who was put to work as our trainer today!
Rnd 4 - U12 Mixed Port Colts v Prahran - Sunday 9th May at Woodruff Oval
In the last match of the grading rounds it was a tough day at the office, albeit the home office. The Colts came up against a Prahran side hungry for their first win and willing to hurl the bedroom pc at us to get that result.
The Colts nibbled the ball into our forward line early for a minor score. Thenceforth it was the two blues who derived the most scoreboard nourishment. Some lightning ball movement in their forward line created a feast; at our end-famine.
For the locals, Eddy was magnificent down back with some repelling marks. Substitute half-back Ashton tackled terrifically. Finn and Cohen took some majestic grabs soaring arms outstretched to the heavens. Unfortunately, Johno acted as a springboard for an absolute “speccy” by a giant Prahran praying mantis.
Amidst the fierce tackling and relentless pressure, a few Colts players came off second best. Leo and Woody came off the ground for brief periods. Ozkar was truly selfless to get back on the park.
The team never gave in and the coaches agreed that the last quarter was our best, which is a huge positive. I believe that last week was no chimera. Structurally we are looking better. We learnt a lot in this game about the fight for front position, attacking the ground ball and getting more penetrative kicks.
We’ll see the results of the grading process and where we end up this week. It’s a reset and then we are away into the season proper. The journey continues and these young Colts are riding this white-knuckled ride together with all they’ve got.
With two injury outs this week we were lucky to have the services of U11 guns Ashton and Taj. Both boys were cracking additions.
Prahran JFC 11.6.72 Port Melbourne 0.2.2
Rd 4 – U14G vs Hampton
In what was a special Mother’s Day treat, we had an early away game vs Hampton down at the Boss James Reserve!
After a narrow win vs Prahran last week we were interested to see how we would match up with Hampton on what I believe one of the largest grounds in the SMJL. As our brave band of 13 girls assembled and looked across the vast expanse of Boss James and the 19 players warming up from Hampton squad it was clear there was going to need to be plenty of running and commitment from our girls if we were going to be competitive! After consultation with the opposition coaches, we agreed to play 13 v 13 and so off we went!
What ensued over the next 2 qtrs was easily the best football we have played all year. Our midfield was dominant around the contest, winning both the contested ball and working harder to get to more contests and constantly moving the ball forward either through link up handballs and run or kicks into forward 50. Imogen led the way with her physicality and dominance in the ruck, Grace and Claudia were doing what they do best and racking up possessions and metres gained and with Madera and Ruby nailing their roles and positioning we were very hard to stop out of the middle. What was particularly pleasing though was the improvement we saw in how the midfield group kept the structure and set-up behind the ball when the ball was in our forward 1/3, making it very hard for Hampton to move the ball back out of defence.
With repeat forward entries, and Hampton having no match-up for the strength and marking ability of Tess, the energy and contest created by Hannah and the dangerous goal square presence of Farrah at full forward we ended the qtr having piled on 33 points to 1. On the rare occasions the ball did move into our defensive zone, our pressure and work at the contest particularly from Neve, Issy and Amber allowed us either to rebound or time for our midfield to work back and support.
In the 2nd half we took the opportunity to shuffle things around, but continued to control the game running out winners 46 points to 9.
It was a super effort by the girls, with a really even contribution across the team and 100% commitment from every player. Coaches awards though to Tully and Matilda who both had break out games, showing what they are capable of…. Tully with her first goal for the season, kicking penetration and work rate when thrust into the middle and Matilda for her run, tackling, general competitiveness and strong showing through the midfield.
We have been “rewarded” for a solid 4 weeks by a being placed in Division 2 after the 4 weeks of grading games. This is going to test the girls, as will get to play some good sides this year but if we maintain the effort and application we showed on Sunday I know we will be take up to our opponents over the coming weeks!
Colts v's St Kilda at home on Mother's day.
It was business as usual for us and we have been instructing the players during the 4 first grading games it really gives us an opportunity to build our fitness and skills for the season ahead. It's always good to play competitive teams; the team was instructed that the scoreline didn't really matter.
We welcomed new a player this week Cielo for her first-ever game and we were thrilled to see Hannah Webb come back into the team as well.
The Colts were at full strength with 17 U16 players...amazing how we have formed a great side in the past few weeks.
Colts took control from the first bounce and applied great pressure to the contest. When we had possession we pushed forward at every opportunity and were unrelenting in defence.
Plays of the day;
- Some fantastic running and bouncing from Siena, I will call the goal of the day after 5 bounces and a great goal on the run.
- Gwen again contesting hard in the middle giving our centres first use
- Izzy B going forward and kicking three great goals in a quarter
- Cielo laying some great tackles in her first appearance showing us that she is up for footy
- Maya strong in defence and when switched into the middle had a couple of great clearances
The last quarter was a challenge to not let the Saints score and the girls did just that with immense pressure.
Final scoreline was a 10 goal win keeping the Saint goalless all day.
So the season starts this week, we have made Division 2 and have a host of new teams to play, fixtures are hopefully out tomorrow.
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