Drummoyne U11 Black V West Magpies Black
Round 7, Picken Oval
Due to the recent rain throughout Sydney, the majority of the Drummoyne games were cancelled, but fortunately enough for the U/11 Black, the skies cleared and the West Magpies opened their ground to host our boys under sunny blue skies.
The game started with Toby taking up his resident position at the centre bounce, and once again cleared the ball from the centre bounce for the boys to get first possession out of the middle.
Denver and Damien were working together early and set up some good linking play to clear the ball out of our backline where Nicholas was able to show his strengths at the bottom of the pack and get the ball out to Alex P to send the ball forward.
The first quarter saw our back half under consistent pressure from the West Magpies and without our ever reliant full back Alex on the field for the first quarter, a few players had to step up and take on the defensive responsibilities.
Ethan was effective with hard work across half back and with Russell demonstrating the hall marks of an evergreen backline player, he was busting packs and linking with the centre group of players.
This provided opportunity for Lucca and Luke to get possession and start shifting the ball forward of centre, putting the opposition under some real pressure towards the end of the quarter.
It was a strong finish to the first quarter with Cooper and Jonty working hard to hold the ball in the centre of the ground so that numbers could get around them to assist which resulted in our first scoring opportunity, finishing the quarter with a point on the board.
The second quarter was strongly contested with Russell yet again getting involved early and now with Alex taking up position in the defensive goal square, our back line was settled and provided a strong platform to send the ball forward.
Ethan was involved again as the link man running through the middle providing opportunity for Denver who stood tall all day.
Jarvyse and Lucca combined from half back with a penetrating kick into our forward line where it was strongly contested by Cooper & Jonty again bringing the ball to ground and forcing it forward, which resulted in our first goal by Mikhail who finished off nicely from the square off the back of the hard work which started across half back.
Nicholas was going from strength to strength in the middle with support from Luke where both players were relishing in the strong in and under work around the packs.
Off the back of this hard work, a clearance from the middle created opportunity for Denver to link up with Ethan, Jarvyse, Cooper, Alex P, and Jasper which again found Nicholas who was drifting forward and after repeat efforts he sent the ball through the middle for another goal on the board for the Power.
Going into half time, the boys were only down by 7 points and the momentum had started to shift in our favour.
Alex P & Jasper were doing their best to keep the ball in the forward line and when the ball managed to come out, Jackson was holding sway across half back and standing strong over the ball.
Toby was making his presence felt around the ground, not only with his deft touch at the ruck contest but also with his physicality at the ball, laying some bone crunching tackles that had a few of the opposition starting to look over their shoulder.
Denver continued his hard work around the ground and this created space for Luke, Russell, Lucca and Nicholas to link up with strong team play along the wing.
Ethan was courageous in the marking contest and across half back where he was standing tall with Jarvyse who single handed beat 3 opposition players to run out of defence and through the middle.
Mikhail, Jackson and Jarvyse worked together around the ball and Damien was injecting himself by running off half back and busting through the middle to send the ball forward providing opportunity for the small forward brigade of Cooper, Jasper and Jonty yet again.
As the boys were really starting to gather momentum, the 3 quarter time siren sounded.
Anthony pulled the boys together and urged them to continue the desperation and bravery for one last quarter effort.
The boys didn’t let him down.
Nicholas started the quarter with a new burst of energy and with a show of strength around the pack was providing multiple opportunities for our forwards to get their hands on the ball.
Lucca demonstrated the bravery that the team prides themselves on by running back with the flight of the ball and making a solid contest to bring the ball to ground.
Jarvyse was starting to read the play well off half back and busting through the lines to send the ball forward so that Toby and Denver could present and provide opportunity for the small forwards to get on the end of the footy.
Alex P was at the bottom of the pack again and with a quick clearance off half forward, allowed Lucca to get the first of his two last quarter goals.
Luke never stopped running all day, and with a brilliant chase down and tackle, was awarded a free which saw all the boys (and the side line) lift for a last big effort by the boys.
Even with another convincing goal by Lucca, time unfortunately got away from the boys and despite their best efforts; they missed out on the chocolates this time around.
Special mention goes to Nicholas for his strong work around the ground, Denver for his running and possessions all day and being the strong presence around the ground along with Toby who is really standing tall.
Luke was given a job by Anthony to be the run with player against West’s best on ground and this allowed the boys to start to get more possession and score on the board due to the nullifying effort that he provided. Alex and Russell were tremendous down back and worked hard all day to keep sending the ball forward and they were supported by all the boys who were working around the packs and at ground level all game.
Overall, it was an extremely brave effort by all the boys who are really starting to deliver against the game plan being put in place by Anthony.
Everyone provided a great contribution to the team and the game without anyone giving up on effort for the full four quarters. This is a great sign of things to come for the rest of the season.