Archive for month: April, 2018
Under 7 Teal vs Concord Giants
Taplin Park turned on a scorcher for Round 2 of the season. In a keenly anticipated local derby, Drummoyne Under 7 Teal faced their local nemesis, the Concord Giants. There’s plenty of respect between these two teams and the competitive tension in the air added to the heat of the day.
Coach Caz had pre-planned a cunning series of rotations designed to throw off the opposition. Her homework paid early dividends in the first quarter and Drummoyne got away to a cracking start with a brace of early goals. In the centres, Jack set the tone for the match, calmly and confidently kicking the ball up to his eager forwards. He was a pivotal player throughout the match, with the most accurate boot on the team. Dylan, in his debutant season, dazzled the opposition with fancy footwork, nailing a critical early goal and staking his claim to AFL greatness.
After an injury-plagued start to the season, Ned was keen to make his mark and slotted a quick goal and a behind (maybe more, depending on which stats you believe). Isaac was a huge presence in the first quarter, keenly following his coach’s instructions and playing an experimental role as a roving centre-forward utility.
The Giants fought back hard and tested the Power defence. Recently promoted from the Under 5s, Ollie was a revelation in defence, stopping Giants in their tracks. On the sideline, grown men quietly shuddered and thanked the stars they didn’t have to face that young man themselves. Zoe (aka Agent 99) stood tall in defence and sent the ball back upfield with some booming kicks.
The tempo went up a couple of notches in the second quarter. Ned moved to the centre and didn’t stop running for the rest of the day, earning himself a man-of-the-match award and a chupachup. Jack revelled in the quality ball he was receiving and found the big sticks in no time, celebrating with ‘the aeroplane’ when he troubled the scorers. Zoe peppered the posts and was rewarded with bagful of points. Sophia found her rhythm, with some dashing runs and accurate kicks upfield to her centres. Isaac was intimidating in defence, keeping the talented Giants mostly at bay.
The moment of the match came in the final quarter, when a risky but well rehearsed playground manoeuvre came off. Jack, deep in defence, sent a trademark drop punt towards schoolmate Ned in the centre, who took a clean mark before dodging a couple of Giants and snapping the ball to schoolmate Ollie in the forwards. Ollie marked, paused, thought about his options for a second, and finally roosted a huge kick into the wind and straight between posts. “50 metres at least,” the sideline commentariat exclaimed! It was a fitting end to a fine match and the crowd roared their appreciation. Go Power!
Drummoyne Power U7 White vs Newtown Swans
The heavens provided a glorious sunny autumn morning for the opening match of the season between the Drummoyne Power (Under 7 White) and Newtown Swans. Our boys entered the opposition territory with enthusiasm and were ready for the clash. Final encouraging words and tactical advice from coach Nathan led the way to what was to be a cracker of a game.
From the ball up, our boys dominated the first quarter. Goals were aplenty from our forwards; man of the match Koji who was involved in almost every play; rookie Lachlan who kicked an outstanding 15 metre goal and the tenacious Tyler who marked fiercely. Our backs were left to enjoy the game as ‘spectators’. However, half way through the first quarter the Swans decided to lift their game and our boys were under intense pressure. Liam fearlessly smothered a ball which was sure to be a goal. His agility enabled him to regather the ball and kick it away from the goal line, however, the ball bounced awkwardly. Jeremy’s athletic prowess enabled him to scoop the ball up, outrun the defenders and kick a torpedo of a ball downfield which was marked by the omnipresent Oscar H, who then disposed of it with stealth precision to his forward for a goal. It was a gameplay that was executed to perfection. They played as a cohesive unit, with sensational hand passes, courageous marks and goals which sent the Drummoyne crowds wild.
The second quarter started off in similar fashion to the first. Baxter’s powerful and accurate arm saw the Power win continuous ball ups from the middle. Benjamin’s nimble side steps enabled him to beat the opposition time and time again, disposing the ball through skilful kicks and hand passes. Our defenders again were given some time to socialise whilst they waited for the ball to intermittently reach their end. An exciting second quarter resulted in more goals from all the forwards with the occasional behind.
The third quarter opened up quite evenly. Our backs were constantly under attack. Phoenix proved to be instrumental in stopping the Swans score at almost every instance. His ability to smother numerous balls and quick play up the middle to our forwards resulted in goals for the Power at every opportunity. The Swans were able to take sensational marks, yet our boys applied intense pressure to force many behinds and the opposition’s goals rarely eventuated. Our boys played with passion, with integrity and unselfishly as they continually passed or kicked to their team mates to share the scoring. There was a contribution of either a goal or a behind from EVERY Power player.
It was an exciting game to watch and a game our boys deserved to win with all their hard training during the weeks leading up to the opening round. A big thank you to coach Nathan for his coaching skills which achieved an outstanding result for Drummoyne Power.
Well done boys! It was a comprehensive win to the Power and a tremendous start to our season.
We are ready for Round 2 at home next week!
Under 7 Teal v Newtown Swans
In hot sunny weather, the under 7s Teal had a brilliant game against the Newtown Swans.
The game started with three spectacular goals from Zoe in the forwards. The Swans were a strong team so the Teals had plenty of opportunity for defence. Dylan, Issac M and Jack CA all had excellent clearances from the defensive zone. A stellar mark from Jack CA would be a contender for the AFL’s Mark of the Year.
Fletcher’s solid successes ruck work was commendable and Hayden’s efforts to push forward were excellent and helped the team to move the ball into the forward half. Charlotte and Sophia paired well to pass the ball around. Oliver was awarded man of the match for his consistent defence.
Congratulations to all of the players for a great first match!
Drummoyne Power U/7 Black v Newtown Swans
A glorious autumn morning greeted Drummoyne Power U7s (Black) as they took on the Newtown Swans at Alan Davidson Oval in Alexandria.
Drummoyne began the game full of running, with Frank and Jack setting the tone early. There was great sharing of possession, with all that handballing work at training certainly paying dividends.
The midfield of Isaac, Zac and Eli was functioning well, and getting good ball to the forward line.
The goals began to come, and a penetrating run by Oscar F resulted in the first Power goal.
Archie was also proving elusive, and kicked a great goal around his body.
At the start of the second term, the Power continued to push forward, with Eli doing good work, even with the defence in his face, and Isaac full of running.
In the third term, the forward line showed terrific form, with all of the boys sharing the ball around, and Bryce capped off his match with a great goal. Ethan got well involved with several kicks and handballs to his team mates.
A highlight of the match was the number of marks taken, with Archie and Oscar F leading the way.
The Newtown Swans were at times elusive, and the Power defence was made to work hard. Special mention goes to Frank, Ethan, Bryce and Zac for their efforts in defence during the course of the match.
Coach Lucas was as amazed as the rest of us by the off-season improvement in the boys, and awarded today’s best on ground to Jack for his awesome running and all-round involvement.
A terrific first outing for Under 7s, played in good spirit, and we all headed home to escape the beating sun.
U9 Black vs Newtown Swans Red
Round 1, Saturday 7 April, 2018
Alan Davidson Oval
The season opener was played under sunny skies and summery temperatures at the lovely Alan Davidson Oval and the excitement was palpable.
With the onset of their first post-Auskick season of tackle the boys had about as much room to move as a PM facing 30 consecutive Newspoll losses but handled the pressure admirably.
From the first kick of the game our talisman Alexander G showed what it means to step up when he recovered after an intercepted kick and put his opposite number on the ground – it’s a long way from putting someone on back foot (the best possible result in 2017!)
Austin D took the lead-by-example approach to captaincy to a new level and after taking a massive hit rebounded more powerfully than Turnbull could ever dream of. Dimitri’s play was as sharp as his haircut and with Xavier kicking truly the Power took the momentum into the first break.
With a quarter-time inspirational speech ringing in their ears the Swans came out strongly with Hamish the first to find out that you have to be quick in the post-Auskick era. Arnaud also found out what it means to have 200kg of in-your-face pressure when three Giants in a Swans strip seized upon his attempt to break free – but showed no fear at all!
With the boys getting used to the new conditions some great play started to emerge, with the play of the match seeing a clearing kick from Luke swooped upon by Lachlan who took a quick right-foot snap at goal. Our first-gamer Talan was proving to be a fine recruit, showing best-on-ground qualities in a super all round performance that turned back raid after raid.
With the Swans scoreless at half-time the defence had reason to smile as all the boys headed to a well-deserved orange and H2O injection.
The second half continued with the heavy hitting with Alex V giving as good as he got in a battle with the Swans tall timber. Alex V also set the spark for a great goal with a post-mark kick finding Akira who then chipped a short pass on to Dimitri who split the sticks. Nathen was absolutely everywhere in the midfield and Austin D once again showed his teammates what it means to lead with a great tackle that extinguished another Swans raid.
With the heat in the field matching the final quarter on-field temperatures the Swans kept on coming but great goals from Alex V and Austen P keeping the Power fire burning. Rohan got strongly involved in the midfield, with his prints all over the ball at the final whistle.
Overall, the season opener was an eye-opener and the boys adjusted to the new world and they have every right to be proud. We’re not in Kansas anymore and there’s no free runs or friendly coaches acting as referees – and here’s to a great season to come.
The Season Draw has been published online. Please bookmark it, or download the free app to your smartphone.
The draw is available online via Sports TG (formerly Fox Sporting Pulse)
- Sports TG website version
- Sports TG also has a free app, available from the Apple App Store and Google Play, called Game Day Sports TG.
Instructions for finding your team on Game Day Sports TG.
Once you have logged in, select ‘find my team’ and then ‘Australian Football’. Search for ‘Sydney Harbour City’ and then under the tab ‘competition’ you will find a list of divisions. Tip: Make sure you’re looking at the 2018 competition, as they leave the 2017 in place and you may have to scroll past 2017 to find it.
Please note that that while your team colour may be black, white or teal, your division may be a different colour. Just look through all the entries for your age group for Drummoyne Power until you find it. Once you’ve found it once, press the star in the top right hand corner, and it will stay on the home screen of the app, so you don’t have to look for it again.
The draw is considered the single source of truth. If there is ever any conflicting information about game times or locations, consult the online version of the draw.
Please also note, you should check the draw regularly. As the season progresses, it will be tweaked. We will, of course, notify you of any changes but nothing beats the eagle eyes of a whole team checking it.