Under 11 Black v Wests
Drummoyne Oval, Round 11
Winners are grinners.
And we celebrated long into the night. Well, until about 7.30.
The excitable crowd was pretty confident and already eyeing off the BBQ sitting invitingly on the balcony after a five goal third quarter put the game beyond doubt, or so we thought.
But after three Wests goals in three minutes early in the last quarter, we needed a goal to settle the nerves.
And who better to deliver than the skipper? As brilliant as Thea’s second goal to seal the match was, like just about all our goals, it started upfield.
And that was the key to our mighty win. Just about all our attack started way back in defence or the midfield as we kicked a couple of coast-to-coast goals in our most team-oriented match of the year.
Connor and Sammy Bothfeet were both solid in defence, Finlay repeatedly mopped up loose balls across halfback, Ben was the springboard for many a forward thrust and Romano played the perfect wingman’s game as the link between defence and attack.
After two games of soccer in the morning, James G couldn’t get enough footy and just got better as the day got longer, up forward and in the ruck.
Paddy was back from injury as a reluctant forward, but looked at home in unfamiliar territory, booting three opportunistic goals.
His second in the opening quarter came at the end of a slick chain of possession started by Jack’s clever work in defence and then topped off by Will’s strength in the middle.
Then Manfred started the trend of long booming goals.
But, as usual, it started elsewhere – Ben roved on the wing, gave it to Thea whose great vision found Finlay who passed to Manfred to kick a great goal on the run.
We only kicked a point into the wind in the second quarter and were a shaky two goals up at halftime.
The kids responded to Andrew’s challenge to lift in the premiership quarter with five goals to none, which ultimately proved the winning margin.
Paddy and Thea kicked one each, Charlie marked strongly at centre half forward and went back to slot the goal, but it was the Jameses who will compete for the title of Goal of the Year.
James A went first – kicking a massive goal on the run from centre half forward after Connor and Thea combined upfield.
Minutes later, Ben and Sam were massive in defence, Romano then collected the ball on the wing before giving it to James G who combined with James A to bamboozle the defence with a slick 1-2 in the middle before he finished the dazzling move with a powerful running goal from the imaginary 50m arc to put us well clear.
Those tense few minutes in the final quarter were relieved by Thea’s goal and we finished strongly for a well deserved 9.7.61 to 4.5.29 win.
Now that we’ve broken the duck, let’s get a few more wins on the board with five games to go.