U9 Black vs Concord Gman
Round 9, Saturday 16 June, 2018
St Luke’s Oval
Everyone got up super early to allow plenty of time to travel the distance to the away game this week – after all it is such a long drive to St Luke’s Oval in Concord!
After a week off for the long weekend, the boys were super keen to lace up their boots and get onto the footy field and show Concord how to play AFL.
The first half of the game was tight. Drummoyne Power matched Concord on the field in every respect. There were some great plays getting the ball down the field, with a particularly good combo from Austen P, Dimitri and Alex G.
Austen P just didn’t stop all day, and he worked with Hamish to halt Concord in their tracks from scoring a goal. Talan used his height to his advantage throughout the game, tipping and running after the ball with ease. And even though Concord did manage to sneak in a goal in Q1, the boys showed great teamwork in Q2 to set Austin D up with the opportunity to kick for goal — which he did with precision!
Moving into the second half, Concord U9s clearly ate something other than orange quarters as they came on guns blazing, and scored a couple of quick goals in Q3. However, this was answered by some fantastic play from the Drummoyne boys, with Luke, Rohan and Nathen doing some great chasing down of the ball and tackling, while Arnaud got in there and picked the biggest Concord players to tackle to the ground! This hard work resulted in moving the ball down to the Drummoyne end and Dimitri scoring a goal.
Alex V and Lachlan just seemed to be in the middle of the play all game, with great kicking and tackling. Sam took on the advice of the coach and kept his positioning, marking his player and helping slow Concord’s flow to a mere trickle and allowing the boys to find their rhythm towards the end of the game with two amazing goals by Alex G and Akira.
Overall, this was one of the most evenly matched games so far this season. Even though the U9s games are not scored, there was some debate as to who ‘won’ the game as it was so close — but in my mind, Drummoyne U9 Black, with their great teamwork and good sportsmanship, were the winners on the day!