Under 7s White. Match Report Round 7

Drummoyne Power under 7 –White v Glebe Greyhounds

Round 7, Jubilee Park

It was a mild autumn morning, not too cold. The ground had bit of moisture in it and it was chopped up a bit from prior games. The boys were going to get a bit of dirt/mud on them it would seem.

Coach Eric quickly got the team in order and some warm ups underway. Hand passes and kicks to team mates were run, then we moved into side-step practice with kick outs. A few more drills and we were ready to play.

First quarter got underway and it was strongly dominated by Drummoyne. Phoenix got a few goals away while he was in the forwards. Oscar managed a goal from the mid field. Sebastian and Baxter took some nice marks. Isaac took a ball to the nose, but was back with a vengeance and went on to play the remainder of the quarter strong. Benjamin & Jeremy took some good marks and showed their strength in defence.

Second quarter and our boys had stepped it up a gear. We saw some great goals from Tyler, Oscar, Isaac, and Sebastian. Mid field was awesome, Jeremy, Benjamin and Baxter all took some great marks.  What was amazing was the team work; passing, and calling for the ball.

Third quarter was no different. Goals from Benjamin, Tyler and Jeremy. Some great set ups were initiated in the mid field by Phoenix. Isaac and Sebastian too were at the start of some great runs which resulted in goals.  In the backs, Baxter did some great work blocking, also Oscar took care of getting the ball back and up the other end of the field.

Now, while we don’t keep score, and our opposition brought a good game. I can comfortably say Drummoyne was absolutely awesome. This was the best game play I’ve seen them play. I can’t imagine how much better they will be by the end of the season! Well done boys and well done coach. Congratulations to you all!

Under 11 Teal: Match Report Round 7

U11 Teal v Newtown Swans

Round 7, Alan Davidson Oval

On a warm and sunny afternoon, Under 11 Teal travelled to Newtown to take on the Newtown Swans.

From the opening ball up Teal was away! Like a well oiled machine Teal clicked into gear straight away, kicking three quick goals. Ethan D and Callum were winning the hit outs and midfielders Rory and Rafferty were  getting the ball quickly in the forward line with Phinn and Stephen converting into easy goals. By quarter time we had a comfortable lead.

Coach Sean decided to swap the forwards and the backs in the second quarter, and we kept going from where we left off. Josh and Scott both slotted early goals, and there was more good work in the mid field by Albie with his long kicks, and Declan who keeps worrying the opposition with his strong tackling. Sam J also got into the action and kicked a good goal as well.

At half time Sean asked Sam W and Callum to play for the Swans to even things up and they gave it their all putting in strong performances. During the halftime break, Sean said he wanted to see the boys working on their teamwork.

The boys continued to dominate the 3rd quarter kicking another 5 goals, and it was great to see the confidence levels rising across the park. Our tackling, kicking and hand passing kept improving and we were heading for our best win of the season.

Samson, Sam J and Rhys (in only his second game this year) were getting amongst the play, and the two Toms – Tom N and Tom C – were working hard and really kept shutting down the Swans. Winston is getting more confident each game and tackled strongly. He was close to kicking a goal on a couple of occasions.

Declan also joined the Swans in the last quarter, and all Power players and parents were a bit nervous about being on the receiving end of Declan’s tough tackling style, In the last quarter we were playing 18 Swans, including Sam, Callum, and Declan against 13 Teal players. Parents from both teams cheered wildly as the Swans kicked four last quarter goals, to give them some confidence by the end of the game.

The Swans manager made a point of thanking us the spirit in which the game was played, and for the contribution of our boys to lift them in the last quarter. The team song was sung with plenty of gusto; the coach was happy; and the Teal boys headed off for a well earned rest.

 

Under 9 Black – Round 6

U9 Black vs Moore Park Tigers Black

Round 6, Saturday 19 May, 2018

Bat & Ball Oval

The Power made the cross-town trip to Bat and Ball Oval for the highly anticipated match up against the Moore Park Tigers on a beautiful Saturday morning to play the beautiful game.

For an age group that doesn’t score, the Tigers supporters have in the past seemed very focused on the invisible scoreboard. If they were looking at it on Saturday the only word they would have been able to make out would have been “WOW”.

While scores aren’t part of the equation in U9s, the Power dominated on the non-existent scoreboard, in the tackling contest, under the high ball – well, they dominated everywhere!

Austen P (this is his Dad writing) was awesome from start to finish – so good in fact that I’m working on a novella-sized matched report that documents all his feats on the day (you can now pre-order an advance copy for only $49.95).

After a great pass from Akira, Austen put the writing on the wall with an excellent mark and goal only seconds after first bounce. Talan, who was also very good for the entire game, put an excellent tackle on a soon-to-be-tamed Tiger; and when Alex followed up with the tackle of the day that stopped what looks to be an inevitable goal, it was all over bar the shouting.

After a first quarter pep-talk from Mark “the greatest junior AFL coach in 100 years” Gunning, the floodgates open with Akira, Alexander G and Talan all finding the space between the big sticks. Dimitri and Hamish found more space than you’d see on an African safari and the now tamed Tigers had no answers.

As the second half rolled on Sam B was really good in the ruck and Lachlan showed the pace of a gazelle (in fact, he wouldn’t look out of place on safari!). When Tommy “I should be playing for the Cats” showed how to kick truly after taking another great mark, it seemed like more of the same – but it wasn’t, this was special!

Everyone was awesome (though I’ll state once again for the record that the Austen P was the best – to order an advanced copy click here)!

Rohan got right into in, Austin D shrugged off injury, Nathen shrugged off high contact, Arnaud stuck to his opposite number like glue and Luke N proved really strong when the ball did make its way into the Tigers’ forward line.

Congratulations to all the boys and a massive thank you not only to our SuperCoach but also to all the parents that bring such a lovely energy to the game every Saturday morning – we truly are a lovely tribe (and while we don’t score, it is great to tame a Tiger!)

P.S. Don’t forget to order your advanced copy of Austen was Absolutely Awesome here. Naturally, Austen P was the MoM but a special mention too for Alex V and Alexander G!

U7 White: Round 6 Match Report

Drummoyne Power U7 White v Moore Park Tigers

Round 6 Match Report

Drummoyne U7 White faced a stern test from a well drilled Moore Park Tigers at Bat and Ball Oval.

In the first term, the defenders and the midfielders had to work very hard to get around the Tiger’s defence and get the ball into the forward line. Some good running by Isaac and Liam got things moving out of the back, and Phoenix was marking well up front.

Some strategic advice from Coach Eric during the break resulted in some fluent forward progress in the second term. The midfield of Will, Ben, and Lachlan made good inroads, and Phoenix and Baxter did some good ‘ripping’ to secure possession.

The match evened out in the third term, with a good goal to Will, and Oscar M and Lucas doing some elusive running from the midfield.

Coach Eric was particularly pleased with the team’s ability to adapt to the defensive pressure from the Tigers, and the award for this week went to Ben.

U7 Teal: Round 6 Match Report

U7 Teal v Moore Park Tigers

Round 6, Bat and Ball Oval

The Saturday morning sun was shining and, while it was chilly, it was the perfect playing conditions for our keen Drummoyne Power U7s Teal team.

The team started off with excitement and eagerness to play and shortly after the game commenced it was clear our opponents were ready to battle. Those keen Tigers really put pressure on Drummoyne throughout the game, which made for some tough opponents on Saturday.

During the game we saw some fantastic skills that the team have been developing and working towards so far this season.

Hayden produced an accurate kicking game and Oliver marked with precision, which saw the sidelines get involved. Not to mention the excitement that mounted when we saw Koji mark and follow through kicking a goal showcasing his skills. Ned showed us a courageous and pinpoint accurate goal that pumped up the team to push through the game.

Tyler, Isaac, Dylan & Fletcher were right in there in the mix supporting the team with some key kicks and passes to keep the pressure on the Tigers.

After a show of sportsmanship, with both team congratulating each other, the Power started chanting the national anthem again. Here’s to practising the Drummoyne Power team song for next week’s game!

Well done to Fletcher on being awarded player of the match. Keep up the great work.

Week 6 wrapped up with another courageous effort that has continued to build on improvements across the field that we are seeing as the team continues to grow and gel together.

 

 

 

SHOOSH because…

SHOOSH because our kids are watching

Yelling negative comments from the sidelines is never OK. It is modelling disrespect for authority and showing kids that it’s OK to respond to a mistake – by a player or by an umpire – with abuse. As a Club, we won’t tolerate it. SHOOSH!

SHOOSH because our kids are listening

But what if it is just conversational complaints? Stop and think. Are the umpires really biased, or just learning? Is the push in the back by an opponent “deliberate”, while the push in the back by our player just a mistake?

We may not like an opposing team culture, but we need to remember that all players and umpires are still learning, and that team officials are volunteers doing their best for the love of the sport.

Focusing on complaints about umpires and the opposition teaches kids that it is OK to blame others for the result of a game and show them disrespect. SHOOSH!

SHOOSH because we want football relationships to be positive

Not many kids will grow up to be professional AFL players but we’d like to encourage them to play, umpire, coach or be involved in AFL in some capacity for many years to come.

People swap Clubs; Clubs form merger teams; development, representative and academy teams are selected. Those kids being criticised as “cheats” may soon be your child’s team mates. That “biased” umpire may one day mentor your team. That “dirty” team official? Meet your new coach.

Let’s make work to make AFL fun, and football relationships positive. SHOOSH!

SHOOSH because there’s a right way to address wrong behaviour

Sometimes there will be legitimate concerns about a player, an umpire, a parent or official. During a game, the team manager (and only the team manager) can approach the ground manager, who will then decide whether it’s an issue that needs monitoring and/or intervention.

Coaches also have access to a form to provide constructive feedback on umpiring, which directly informs umpire training sessions.

And if you ever have specific complaints after an AFL game, please contact our Club. If warranted, we’ll take it further on your behalf.

#shooshforkids

U15-1 Youth Girls: Round 5 Match Report

Under 15-1 Youth Girls v Maroubra Saints

Round 5

Drummoyne Power 5.6 (36) def by Maroubra Saints 6.6 (42)

Match report by Matthew

Who knew a one goal loss could be such a great game for the Drummoyne Power U15 Youth Girls! The morning started with a panic as we tried to get a full team roster together. Thanks to the support of Maroubra who lent us an additional player throughout the afternoon to ensure the contest could go ahead. 

The Saints arrived at St Lukes with an enviable record of four wins from four games and were proudly sitting at the top of the table. It was looking like a daunting task even before the kick off and the potential for a Mother’s Day massacre was threatening. 

It was cold, windy and grey. A few drops of rain were threatening but held off for at least the game time drama. None of this bothered the Saints; they were there to play and there to win. A very quick and skilled team showed us why they are premiership leaders with some great running, passing and kicking. The first half ending in the blink of an eye with Power not disturbing the scorers 0 and Saints 3.3 (18).

Not that we weren’t trying, but we seemed to be just that little behind as the second quarter was midway through. We managed to slow them up with some great contests all over the ground. When we did get into our attacking zone we missed a few opportunities. Power scored two behinds, Saints two goals and three behinds for a halftime score two to 36, Saints on top. 

There must have been a special halftime speech by Super Coach Stanwix in the sheds because outside it was looking more miserable by the minute.

The third quarter bounce saw a clash of the titans that hasn’t featured at St Lukes since the four new sticks went up at each end and Aussie Rules was the main game. The ruckwomen Powers, Lucinda (33) and Saints Ellie (6) squared off for a mighty contest. Both girls products of Randwick rugby fathers who played in the 80s and 90s during a golden period of their sport. The girls did not stray far from the gene pool, Ellie was quick and tough similar to her father Tas a solid, bustling strong running winger for the Wicks. Lucinda was powerful and strong coming from a tight forward pedigree but certainly a little more graceful.

What a joy to watch! There were clashes from the very first tap down. Then there were hips and shoulders as each tried to our muscle the other in the middle. And then there were elbows and knees…OK, I am getting carried away. 

Anyway, by no means were the rest of the Powers sitting still, they were in there scrapping for the ball and suddenly the Saints didn’t look so settled. Although well in front, the Saints got limited possession and when they did get the ball the pressure from the defence was immense. The pressure paid off and late in the third quarter, Lucinda landed a lucky snap at goals into the wind and Q3 ended with Power scoring eight to Saints six –  but we were still a long way gone: Drummoyne Power 1.4 (10) to Maroubra Saints 6.6 (42).

More magic happened as the girls took in water and instructions in preparation for the final quarter. At 32 points behind with a quarter to go, the wind picked up, the clouds rolled in, and all anyone on the sideline wanted was the final whistle so they could head home for a cup of tea.

On field, the enthusiasm of the third quarter continued straight into the start of quarter four. The contests were tough in the middle from the first bounce and continued around the whole ground and it was a great effort from all the girls. With the wind at their backs, the Power girls were starting to get on top in the contests and from there we were finding space to get some clear kicks in. The goals followed. Serena, who stepped up to help out for the day, potted a goal, soon followed by Lucinda with her second for the day. Laura from deep, deep in the forward pocket kicked a beautiful goal from a very tight angle and suddenly the crowd was alive (well, it certainly woke up the Power supporters anyway!).

Another clean win in the middle bounce had Gabi dashing down the middle of the ground, as she had been doing all day, punching her kicks forward out of the centre to supporting players. This time in full flight she continued to the edge of the 50m circle and drop punted the ball to goal. Caught by a gust of wind it flew over her forward line, over the Saints backline defenders, bounced directly in line with goals about 10m out and then through for a goal.

Old father time was calling, the 4th quarter was a great victory to the Power kicking 4.2 (26) to the Saints 0.0 (0), but in the end Saints had proven themselves to be a better team on the day and took out the game. A great effort from both team and a very exciting finish, even if we fell just short.

Well done both teams!

U7 Teal v Maroubra Saints

U7 Teal v Maroubra Saints

Round 5, Drummoyne Oval

It was a cool, wet and windy morning for the U7s home game against the Maroubra Saints. Luckily the weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm from the team or the crowd. The U7s got off to a great start with a handball by Koji onto the Man-of-the-Match Frank to score the first goal of the game! We were away with first points on the board only seconds into the match!

The excitement continued with a great mark by Ned who ran it up close to the goal posts and scored! Go Power! The scene was set for a great game to follow. The midfielders started to fire and there was some great hand-ball and kick combinations between Dylan and Tyler. A strong mark and goal by Ned and the momentum was starting to build!

 

The second period started with a brilliant tip off by Isaac and a pass onto Hayden who landed a big kick down field. With some fancy footwork around the Saints, Fletcher then followed with a successful goal.

The opposition started to press in the third period and Hugh came through with some great defence to keep the Saints at bay. Hayden then displayed impressive skill with a successful kick to goal whilst on the move.

Another sterling performance by the team and good to see improvements each week with several displays of superior long kicking skills, solid hand passing and kicks to each other.

The boys celebrated proudly singing both the National Anthem and the Club song.

Keep up the great work U7s!