U9 Black v Newtown
Alan Davidson Oval, 23 May 2015
A game of 2 halves……
The first quarter started strongly with William I clearing from the centre bounce to Lachlan C who swept the ball down the wing via Denver and an early goal to William M resulted. Back at the bounce and it was Lachlan D winning the tap again to Lachlan C who attracted much attention and won a deserved penalty for a high shot. The kick downfield was swooped on by Damien who goaled and we were back in the middle. Two more goals to Denver and Luke rounded out the quarter. Harrison worked hard in the middle whilst down back Toby, Cooper Jackson and Harrison were solid without seeing much of the ball.
The second quarter started in similar fashion with Toby stepping up to get a clearance. William I continued to rack up the tackles and Harrison and Cooper soon followed up with some big hits of there own. During this quarter there was a lovely interchange of hand passes down the left flank between Lachlan C and Lachlan D which almost led to a goal. Lachlan C managed two long range goals as their backs drifted up and he bounced them through from 40 meters or so. Denver continued to run hard in the mud as did Luke and Lachlan D.
The third quarter opened with a goal to Newtown early, then a second as they started to get a sniff. Hard work in the middle from Damien and William M slowed them down. Toby burst down the flank and managed to offload in a tackle, getting his arms up early as per training. Damien launched a chaos ball into the half forward region which almost led to a goal by Denver who was scythed down just as he tried to kick. The turnover allowed their gun midfielder to take off, hoping to go coast to coast until William I launched himself from the side and dead-set ragdolled the guy. The holding the ball penalty that resulted went through for a behind – majors had become rare now. Quarter four was much the same. Early goals to them. a few behinds to us and really strong defence. Both Lachlans tried hard to get things going. Cooper and Harrison hung on grimly. Jackson started to impose himself around the stoppages, slowing the play as the seconds ticked by. The final hooter sounded and the boys dropped to their knees in relief. Their early lead had been enough.
Outstanding Players/Special Mentions
The strong defence from all the boys made the difference.
Damien, William M, Luke, Denver, Lachlan C (2)