U12 Div 2 – Round 5

U12 Div 2 Canada Bay Cannons v Miranda Bombers

Round 5 – 7th May 2017

Match Report by Stephen; photos by Catherine

ALL ABOUT ‘BALANCE’
“Balance. (noun)- a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions”

The Canada Bay Cannons were sitting undefeated on top of the ladder while the Miranda Bombers have not had such a strong start to the season. There were 16 fired up Cannons players in the warm up but only 12 wearing the Bombers’ black and red. Hardly what you would describe as an even contest, so coaches Paul and Luke addressed the imbalance by offering Miranda two players.

Quarter 1 saw Cooper and Mark wearing unfamiliar colours and with unfamiliar numbers, but there were something very familiar about the way they attacked the ball at the centre bounce. Showing his trademark balance and poise Cooper fired a beautiful goal for his temporarily adopted team. Then, just in case anyone missed it, he did it again! The Bombers were in control of the game, and the Cannons looked confused!

By the time the quarter time siren had blown the Bombers had kicked three straight to two Cannons points.

“Mark your man and contest the ball” were the two simple instructions from the coaches at quarter time, adding. “You can’t expect a couple of players to do all the work, you have to share the load and make it a team effort if we want to get this game back to an even contest!”

The second quarter saw Damo and Eathn helping the Bombers but the Cannons had taken on board the coaches’ comments. Football is about teamwork and playing for each other and the combinations started to click. Daniel asserted himself in the ruck and Archer’s continued efforts were rewarded with a goal. The pair of Jacks – (Jack B and Jack H) offered a balanced combination of speed and strength. Every player lifted and the results started to appear. By half time the scoreboard had tipped back in favour of the Cannons but the game was very much still in the balance!

JA, Archie and Justin headed over to the Bombers huddle at the half time break but the Cannons had the momentum and they weren’t about to let it go. Max relished his opportunity to captain the side and lead from the front. Mattie C and Lachie combined to prove that most attacks begin in defence. There were flashes of individual brilliance balanced with great team efforts. Mark’s pick up on the run, bounce on the 50 and then outside of the boot goal was definitely a candidate for goal of the year, but it was bettered only moments later with a fantastic team goal. It started with Damo on the wing centring the ball to Dallas, who passed to Woody. Woody found Mat Plugger on a lead, who in turn offloaded to Matt B, quick pass to Mark and goal! Probably the best team goal we have seen all year!

At three quarter time the Cannons were looking the goods, so again the coaches swapped things around to maintain the balance and they did a great job of it, with both teams kicking four goals one a piece in the final term. The Cannons held firm to carry on their undefeated start to the season, but the Bombers were able to take plenty of positives out of the game.

There were contributors all over the field and Coach Paul was heard to comment how well balanced the whole playing group is. There is great combination of size, speed, skill and strength and it was all on show this week. The biggest shout out though has to go to Cooper, Mark, Damo, Eathn, James, Archer, Justin and Woody. These committed Cannons not only spent time playing for the other team, but gave 100% when they played for them. That is what sportsmanship is all about and all the boys did themselves proud.

With everyone leading such busy lives it is hard to maintain a work life balance. We are all involved in kids sport because we want the kids to have fun. We want them to understand it’s not about winning and losing, it’s about doing your best and playing fair… and this week’s game was proof that success is all about keeping the balance.

 

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U11 Teal: Round 5

Drummoyne Power Teal U11 vs Newtown Swans

Round 5, Saturday 6 May

Alan Davidson Oval

It was a glorious Sydney Saturday afternoon at Alan Davidson Oval for the U11-1 match between Drummoyne Power Teal and Newtown Swans. Everyone was ready for another exciting encounter between these two teams!

The first quarter was a tight and tough contest with some wonderful team work between Luke H and Harry, which led to the first goal of the day. Some excellent defensive work from Joseph, Hugo and Zach N meant that the Swans kicked a number of behinds before scoring their first goal. Some awesome midfield running from Oscar started a play where Milo skillfully kicked the ball to Nick who marked it well then went on to kick a goal. At the end of Q1 Swans were in the lead by one point.

In Q2 Drummoyne took their teamwork to another level and there were some amazing passages of play involving many of the team including Zachary I, Max, Lucas J, Lucas B and Oscar which resulted in a goal by James, his first of three for the quarter. Harry and Nick also kicked a goal each this quarter. Excellent defence by Xabi and Hugo kept the Swans to two behinds for the quarter so at half time Drummoyne were in front 50 – 17.

Q3 was another tight contest with few points being scored. There were some hard tackles by Joseph and Hugo, some wonderful running by Oscar and Luke H, terrific centre work by Lucas B and excellent marks taken by Oliver and Zachary N. A memorable passage of team play involving Oscar, Nick and Sean led to a well deserved goal – the only one for the quarter. Drummoyne had increase the lead, with a quarter left to play.

Lots of wonderful team work and great skills were on display in Q4 and three goals, one each to Max, Xabi and Zachary N was a super way to finish the day. It was a solid win to Drummoyne and a fantastic team effort with everyone supporting each other to get the job done.

Many thanks to coach Brad and all of the volunteers who supported the team throughout the match.

Match report by Kylie.

U8 Black – Round 3

U8 Black vs Moore Park Tigers

Round 3, Saturday 22 April 2017,

Bat & Ball Oval

Overall what a game. Probably our best game as far as commitment is concerned and also passing and movement and holding our positions. Everybody was brilliant.

Alex V: great play. Looked particularly strong in defence—didn’t stop running.

Thomas: a goal-scoring machine.

Dimitri: strong and kept running, always looking for the ball.

Austin: a couple of handy goals and great running.

Evie: starting to hold position well, with a great tap from the ball up, and great move with two marks between Evie, Akira and Hamish.

Lachlan: few great goals and good marks, he tore the opposition apart.

Hamish: seemed to be everywhere. There was great midfield movement and great goal in the second quarter.

Arnaud: so focused in the first quarter, he did not leave his opponent’s side—he also made a great run from an Akira pass.

Alexander G: with a couple of great hand passes, he showed beautiful work in defence.

Akira: so composed all game. Great passing, kicking—all round a superb game.

Coaches award: Dimitri

Future AFL champion: Akira 

U15 Youth Girls – Round 3

Drummoyne Power U15 Youth Girls v Southern Power

Round 3, Heathcote Oval

It was a hot day and big field at Heathcote. Drummoyne played a tough game where the score doesn’t do justice the persistence and hardwork of the Drummoyne girls who got better throughout the game.

In the first quarter the ball was stuck in our back half. Strong tackling and shepherding by our defenders kept Southern Power to only one goal despite relentless attempts. Long clearances from Gabby at fullback really helped.

The second quarter was more contested with better running onto the ball.

Drummoyne players got more used to the long, narrow, field and there was some good running and bouncing.

In the third quarter the Drummoyne girls held their own and the opposition scored only three behinds. Gabby cleared with some long boot-outs from the back. Imogen, Lucinda and Jess did some good marking and shepherding. Thamey and Lara applied good pressure. Hazel and Afeni won some clean possession. Again Afeni, Gabby and Lucinda covered some long distances up field running and bouncing the ball and Grace and Roxy put in some good tackles and handballs in the forward half.

The fourth quarter Drummoyne got on the scoreboard. A mark by Hazel led to a straight kick on goal but a bit of a mixup meant Imogen had to win the ball again from a free to get the kick directly in front. It was some small reward for a hard-fought game. Well done girls!

Southern Power defeated Drummoyne Power 5.6.36 to 1.0.6

U15 Youth Girls – Round 4

Drummoyne Power U15 Youth Girls v Maroubra Saints

Round 4, Sunday 30 April

WOW! First home game of the season at Drummoyne Oval, and the playing ground was in absolutely perfect condition, topped off by sunshine aplenty.

With many of the girls returning back from their school holidays, spirits were high.

The first quarter was played hard, Gabby, Afeni and Imogen worked hard defensively, getting quite physical right from the start. The opposition was the only team to score in this period.

Second quarter saw Drummoyne keep Maroubra from scoring any points for the period. The U12 players, backing up for U15s, started to come into the game with Laura providing some impressive footwork with the ball in hand up in the mid-field. Jessalyn had some great results in the ruck, coming away with the ball on several occasions. Still no luck with any points on the score board.

After the half time break, the girls ran on recharged and keen for the ball. The mid-field efforts of Nurahne were relentless on the ball. On several occasions there were clearing kicks that very nearly put the team into a scoring opportunity.

In the final quarter the scoring of points still eluded them. Imogen continued to put her physical efforts into some heavy shepherding. The girls played to the final horn, in a proud and good sportsmanlike manner.

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