Match report – Juniors gala day

Written by Daniel Hynes

26 August 2015

Under 9

Sunday was officially the end of the season for the U9s. Fifteen under 9s travelled to North Narrabeen and played 4 games of footy in the Gala Day. There were some concerns over the weather at the start of the day but it was excellent and the grounds were in great condition for the conclusion to the season. Our first game was up against the Manly Bombers, who all season were the most ferocious and well drilled team in the competition. Despite playing 14 against 10 we could not manage to trouble (I’ve never heard of the word trouble used in this context) the score board as we were learning how to play with a mixture of Selwood and Bartel players.

With the boys finishing a little despondent, we quickly backed up against St Ives. The wind picked up and so did the kids intensity at the ball. Kicking with the wind in the first half St Ives got to an early lead, but in the second half, with the wind at our backs we attacked the footy harder and started to play as a team. We kicked a number of quick goals to win the game and lift the boys spirits.

The third game was against Willoughby, and this was a tough game with both teams playing hard, the wind had increased which led to more ball ups and more play in one corner of the ground. Unfortunately the conditions and Willoughby got the better of us and we ended up going down in a close game.

The final game of the day was against the second Manly team, and the boys were now playing much more like a team, the ball moved quicker, there was more support for each other and the tackling was much stronger. The boys, together enacted revenge for their earlier loss and came out victors in the end.

It was a great day, except for the lack of sausages at the end of the game, and everyone who played should be proud of their game. See you all at Presentation Day at the Diddy on the 12th September.

I look forward to seeing everyone back in 2016, at the Lane Cove Cats.

Michael Negri
U9s Coach


Under 10

Well what a year the U10 Hawkins team have had. A great year on the field, which culminated in 3 great wins at this week’s gala day. Whilst there were no official awards on the day the mark of the day would come down to two, with Billy Sykes taking a great contested mark on the half back line being slightly edged out by Max Negri who took an absolute screamer over a pack. It is that kind of skill that has been the hallmark of Max’s season and a true indication on why he was selected in the Swans Academy recently.

The goal(s) of the day was split amongst a few – Ben Williams kicked plenty as usual, Ben Cheshire (another deserving Swans Academy selection) was elusive as ever, but a 4 goal quarter from Callum Mitchell was outstanding in the second game. In the last game Sam Hynes snap from the pocket was the eventual difference between the sides.

Declan Fitzgerald was tireless across the ground as always and has been a fantastic player all season. In particular his foot skills and combination with Max and Ben C have been a highlight. Billy Rogers took on plenty of responsibility during the day and often attacked the ball against 3 opposition! Will Mason who only started playing AFL this season has been fantastic. Well done Will – you have improved so much from the start of the season and the LCC are so happy to have you as part of the club. Matt Bell finished the last game very strongly, springing to life in the last quarter and was unlucky not to goal.

The team player of the day, amongst a lot of great players is best described in the following piece of play. So it is late in the last quarter of the last game and the game is tight. The U10 Hawkins team’s unbeaten season record is on the line. LCC are up by about 2 points. Matt Sidhu takes the ball deep in the forward pocket, breaks free of a tackle and is running into an open goal. Kick the goal and we win. Instead Matt chooses to kick the ball to Liam Cunneen to see if he can get a goal for the day. Unfortunately the ball is spoiled and goes through for a point. That play though summarises the team and how far they have come this season and what is great about a team sport.

A huge thanks to all of the parents who have brought their sons along to training and the games all season. It has been an absolute pleasure to coach each and every one of them. A special thanks to our champion manager Mark Sykes, his able assistants in Michael Cheshire and James Mitchell, as well as the ever present President Denis Fitzgerald. Thanks to everyone for your support of the team and I hope to see you all back at the mighty Lane Cove Cats next season.

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