Junior Match Reports, Round 7

Written by Daniel Hynes

25 May 2017

Under 8

This week the mighty Menzels played Mosmam at our home ground.
We had another good turnout and instead of subbing lots of players, we added to Mosman’s numbers by lending them three willing volunteers, Xavier, Dylam O and Genevieve, giving a nice even 13 a side game. Thanks champs.
Handballing featured well with Felix winning the award for best hand ball and Angus winning the gong for the best team player. The scores were very close  at the end and the team song was sung with great gusto.
Great to see so many parents cheering on our team.
Next week, the game will be a little later, but we will need all kids to arrive at normal time so we can do some practice with the Auskickers to hone our skills for the big game.
Apologies, but I will be out of town  next Saturday but James will be more than able to manage in my absence.
Coach David

Under 11

Under11s Taylor had our first character building loss for the season last week when we can up against the only other undefeated team in our competition.  You definitely learn more form a loss than a win and this game highlighted our strengths and weaknesses to give the players and coaches something to build on over the next few weeks.  One thing is not in doubt, and that’s this team’s tenacity. Our team never stopped fighting and finished the game with a strong last quarter with our players able to walk off the field with their heads held high.
Sam and Joey were both injured during the game and managed to come back on and play amazingly well despite their injuries, further proving our fighting spirit.  Whilst the ball didn’t get into our forward zone as often as we would have liked Lucas and Liam positioned themselves well throughout the game and attacked the ball when it was in sight, creating opportunities for our other forwards and midfielders as they came through. Emma’s big and accurate kicking ability came in handy to combat the tall and mobile defence and Will Z had his relentless field positioning all game rewarded with a well deserved goal in the last quarter. Jaeden, Max and Darcy ran non stop all game, tackling and clearing the ball constantly and marking up well.  Lachie, James and Cooper covered the midfield and defensive half of the field with countless touches of the ball, disposals and tackles as they chased the ball with great determination and tried to get the play out into the wings.  Schoey roved the field to get involved in just about everything, managing to kick two goals in the last quarter whilst playing in the backs as we employed the press up into our attacking zone.  Blake, Raferty and Louis worked tirelessly through the middle where most of the action was, creating numerous turnovers and halting the oppositions momentum to give us the chance to regroup and counter.
It must have been hard for Will M to sit there, eager to help his team and get involved in the action – only to have to sit the game out as a precaution due to a neck injury.  We also get Daniel and Ryan back this week so I almost feel sorry for St Ives as the they meet a full strength Lane Cove Cats team hell bent on erasing last week’s loos from their minds.
What do we need to work on? Marking up and offloading the ball accurately to a team mate in the clear.  Westbrook did this with ease and often kicked over our flooding defence to their unmarked players.  When we got the ball wide we looked good and stretched the opposition out of their comfort zone.
What don’t we need to work on?  Our tenacity and spirit.  Our players have that in spades, and that is something you can’t teach!
As a coach, I walked away from last week’s loss more proud than any other game we have played this season.  We never gave up and I have no doubt we will plug the holes in our game quickly as this team has responded to everything we have asked of them so far.

Under 12YG

What another milestone week for the U12 Girls, as we now officially have 15 registered players which gives us flexibility for weeks when not all girls can play.
I now have ambitions for another 3 to 5 players to join our team, so encourage all to still share the word if you have friends who may be interested in playing.
With Izzy, Catie and Ducky out this week, we fielded 12 players against St Ives and ELS North Ryde.   This was the second time we have faced this team, and once again it was all on for defensive play for us.
Their tall players were winning most of the tap outs from the ruck, and with our key tall ruck Emma out for first half, we were up against it. Despite that we played very well, and focussed on defence, with Lily D, Annabelle and the Charlies playing in the backs to keep the opposition scoring opportunities down.  Lily D enjoyed it so much she requested to play the whole game in defence, with lots of running, tackling and regaining the ball across the zone.
We had a special contribution from Sami who played her first whole game with the girls team this week. Even though she is one of our younger players, her strong tackling and kicking were a big help.  Unfortunately she hurt her ankle in the second half so had to sit out,
but was up and about walking and talking with the team at the end of the game.
With three girls with names starting with Char in the team, two with Lexy, and two Lilys, we have had to revert to short names that we remember in the team.  This week we now have Charli, Char Char and simply Char.
In the second half we started to win more of the tap outs from the ruck and ball ups, and had more opportunity to get the ball to our forwards. Lily S and Olive played the second half in the forwards and paired up well to almost score many times, while still ensuring we defended strongly if the opposition regained the ball, and not shying away from tackling even players much taller. Lily S has been a good role model in helping Olive, and now Olive is starting to come into her own, with consistent tackling, and passing contributing to the team effort.
Our centres in the second half including the Charlies, Elin, Annabelle and Emma all played with enthusiasm which helped us win more of the ball, and spend more time in our forward half.  Some players including Char managed to find the big mud patch in the middle of the field and so by the end of the game many of the team had the markings on their faces and uniforms of brave warriors who had been through battle.
Overall it was a fun game, injury free except for Sami, and with fair umpiring and happy helpful parents it was an enjoyable day.

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