Our Under12s team had a hard fought win on Sunday in hot and windy conditions, on a surface that resembled a cow paddock more than an AFL field. To add to the challenges we played 15 minute quarters instead of 13 minutes and rotated two of the opposition players through our bench each quarter, which always disrupts our cohesion. The end result was a performance everyone can be proud of with a 3.6.24 to 1.9.15 win.
Jaeden captained the side after good performances at training and in last week’s game, and he replicated those efforts again! Max continues to show his ability to win the ball, make 2ndand 3rd attempts and position himself perfectly for the next play in the centres, the same way Joey is doing in the backs, helping turn the play in our favour. William Moore played like he had been playing for three years not three games with touches in every quarter and it was great to have Darcy back tackling in the thick of it and positioning well on the wings. As expected Sam made significant metres up the middle and won the ball regularly in the contest, with Daniel covering huge amounts of ground on the wings and managing to shake his defender constantly to provide a high percentage target whenever we had the ball. With Ryan and Liam out the rucking was left predominantly to Lucas – who performed impeccably not only in the ruck, but in defence and attack as well. Schoey backed up in the ruck well and was very strong in the air marking and spoiling, with Rafe swooping on the contested ball and keeping the defence busy all day.
James matched his impressive defensive work with some great marking and Will M provided good options in the forward line and helped secure the ball at the turnover. Will Z is showing great versatility in the forwards and backs with safe hands and strong accurate kicking at both ends of the field. Blake was everywhere in attack and defence and has a knack for taking contested marks against a pack twice his height! Lachy thought he had a quiet game – but I don’t think anyone noticed as he seemed to be in everything as usual. Louis created numerous turnovers in defence and helped provide the pressure that resulted in the opposition kicking behinds instead of goals.
Our strengths again were our quick handpassing and ability to win the ball on the ground. Our defence was rock solid and we forced the opposition to take long range and low percentage shots. We didn’t tail off in the last quarter the way we have in the previous two games – which is remarkable given the conditions and long quarters and a very positive sign for the rest of the season! We will continue to work on kicking to a leading player so we can move the ball down the field quicker and maintain position more consistently. We end up with a higher work rate than the opposition in most games as we win the hard ball only to give up possession with a big but errant kick, that allows the opposition to attack deep into our defensive zone, forcing us to win the hard ball again! To our player’s credit – our fighting spirit keeps us in the game!
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