U8 Teal Round 1

U8 Teal v Glebe Greyhounds: Round One

Five Dock Park

Glebe Oval was closed due to rain but luckily we could transfer to Five Dock Oval for our first much anticipated game of the season. The rain held off and Glebe was a fair opposition.

The forward Pack talking Strategy.

The forward Pack talking Strategy.

An awesome two Goals and at least 3 marks taken by Nicholas, Lucas did a great job in his first game with one mark and a behind kicked, Tom N took some fantastic marks and kicked two goals and three behinds, Sean kicked two goals and took a great mark, Alexander was great in defence and good at smothering, Harry M kicked a behind, Ethan kicked at least two goals and two behinds, Declan was also good in defence and did well for his first game, Scott kicked a behind and had some good runs.

Conclusion

A great start to the season.

Outstanding Players/Special Mentions

Tom N – coach’s award today for an awesome game all round.

Volunteers/Thanks

Thanks to Mel for helping John organise the team this week and taking the jumpers home.

U13-Div 3 v Manly: Round One

U13-Div 3 v Manly: Round One

Twenty Cannons boys turned-out for the U13-Dv 3 team on a warm and sunny day at Weldon Oval, Curl Curl.

Familiar faces and new faces assembled for their first game of the season against the Manly Bombers.

At the final siren, Manly were winners 30 – 18, but the Cannons put in a good effort first up and took “the points” in the 4th quarter.

Combinations were slow to form and Manly started much better in the kick to a team-mate department.

The Cannons spent a lot of time in all quarters attacking, but an overall return of two goals and six behinds to Manly’s five goals straight was the difference. Four of the Manly goals came from set shots right in front of the big sticks while the Cannons scorers (Martti Z and Ethan W) kicked on the run.

From the sideline, joint coaches Dave and Nick moved the players around and tried to keep the midfielders out of the goal square to allow our forwards more space to score. Plenty to work with, plenty to be happy about and plenty of smiling players at game’s end. Two new players, Thomas and Gabe played very well.

Weldon Oval was in good condition, the Manly team was a pleasure to play against, and it was an all-round good start to the competitive season.

U11 Drummoyne Black v Newtown Red: Round One

U11 Drummoyne Black v Newtown Red

Goddard Oval: Round One

The crowd at Goddard Oval was on its feet – with a little more than five minutes left, there was just a kick in it and a great comeback win was in sight…which was quite remarkable considering we went into quarter time scoreless and 20 points behind after a very sluggish start to the season.

But, then again, not so remarkable when you think about it.

These Drummoyne Black kids took 15 minutes to stand up and show the guts and determination of the team’s “never give up” motto and live up to everything we’ve spoken about in the pre-season.

After that slow first quarter, they outscored Newtown, out tackled them, out bustled them and simply outplayed them. If not for some wayward kicking for goal, a couple of unlucky bounces and Newtown’s better use of the big spaces and open forward line, they could have pulled off a mighty win.

Among the bright spots in the first quarter was Finlay and Sam’s private contest in taking on the biggest kids they could find and Thea’s tackling and drive from the middle. Players were running past each other for handballs and the signs were there.

Paddy became more involved in the second quarter, Charlie and James G provided a strong presence up forward and the skills of Romano and Fergus in defence were crucial, while Finlay, Sam, Thea and Will lifted the whole team with their tenacious tackling and attack at the footy.

After some near misses from Finlay and Charlie, it was fitting the breakthrough goal finally came from the skipper. Thea converted the magnificent team pressure and relentless tackling with a powerfully finished running goal and the momentum was all with Drummoyne.

Then the one percenters started producing more goals. A Paddy tackle, Finlay shepherd and James A bump ended with a Finlay goal. Minutes later, Paddy won the hard ball in the middle, Will tackled, Jack smothered and Will backed up and goaled. A Ben smother nearly earned us another goal just before three quarter time.

But there was also room for classy stuff. Jack kicked the goal of the day after a run and bounce on the boundary line and when Will finished off more team pressure with his second goal, we were only six points behind and coming home quickly with a few minutes to go.

To their credit, Newtown steadied and found space in their forward line to kick away with two late goals to secure the win.

But we walked away from a terrific game of footy with two lessons learnt – these kids have the skill and attitude to do really well this season and that footy is a FOUR quarter game.

Newtown 9.2.56 def. Drummoyne 5.8.38 (Goals: Will 2, Thea 1, Jack 1, Finlay 1)

Round 1 – U9 Silver v Western Suburbs White

U9 Silver v Western Suburbs White: Round One

Drummoyne Power u 9 Silver played a very competitive game under new coach Sam.
The team welcomed new recruits Gabriel, Jasper C & Samuel who found their feet really quickly and slotted in as though they had been team members for years.
Defence was very strong across the park, this paved the way in the first term for excellent service to Alex who kicked 3 goals.
Lukas took some great marks and applied a lot of pressure with several smothers.
Jake & Hamish were very busy and great in Defence. Hamish pulled off the tackle of the day.
Xabi’s big kicking help get us down the park and he was very strong in attack & defence.
Alex was very involved and looked good with ball in hand.
Jake with a quick transfer from hand to foot with a quick goal.
Jasper V found a lot of space & worked well with Miles & Gabriel.
Jasper C & Samuel had solid 3rd & 4th terms.
We kept West scoreless in the 2nd & 3rd terms.
Fionn & Angus had a lot of possessions & overall it was very good to see that the boys had stepped up and looked impressive
Final score
Power 30 def West 28

 

U8 Silver – Match Report

Under 8 Silver vs U8 Whites

Round One: Five Dock

Both teams were very evenly matched and displayed a wide array of skills that must have been honed and developed in the off season!! The most impressive part of the play from both teams was the teamwork and the communication between the players. And it looked like they were having a lot of fun in their first game of the season.

The Silver Players

Yoshi was everywhere on the day. He kicked, he blocked, he smothered, he ran, he marked, and he well and truly enjoyed himself. The crowd witnessed Yoshi make perhaps one of the biggest clearing kicks from fullback seen at Five Dock. Yoshi showed a lot of athleticism, and team awareness. He always put the team first, particularly if he saw another player in a better position to kick for goal. Yoshi, well done on such a great game!

Will was solid in defence in the first 3rd. Will’s clearing kicks from the back were well directed and long. Will displayed great energy and enthusiasm throughout the game. Will’s excellent goal in the third 3rd was so well deserved, and followed some great lead up work and an excellent hand pass from Jacob. Will’s combination with Yoshi down the right side of the field was also a revelation, and I am sure that was noted by the coach!

Jacob has picked up from where he left off last year. In the first 3rd, Jacob kicked a classic goal off the right foot, after a great catch. Jacob followed up with another goal soon after. In the second 3rd, Jacob showed all round versatility with excellent defensive work. Jacob has vision on the footy field, and this was shown by his hand passing and kicks to team mates such as Yoshi and Will (which led to a goal). Jacob pressured the opponents in defence, and was energetic in the field. Great touches and fantastic work on the ball. Well done Jacob!

Luc had a wonderful game, with great kicks in mid field and an excellent kick for goal in the second 3rd. When he played at fullback, Luc’s clearing kicks were a highlight, particularly the way he directed his kicks out to the flanks. Luc applied great pressure in defence with Charlie in the third 3rd. Luc’s kicking game was really top notch, whether it was kicks to other team mates, or kicks from the back or up the front. Luc is one to watch this season!

Daniel is such a valuable member of the Silvers, because he always follows the ball, he never loses concentration, and he works so well with his team mates, particularly up the middle of the field. He had a great snap for goal in the first 3rd, and followed it up with another excellent goal after receiving an incisive hand pass from Jacob. To show off all of his burgeoning skills, a hand pass from Daniel in the third 3rd capped off a wonderful game! Big things this year, Daniel!

Oliver is the “go to” man of this team. Oliver gets the job done, in defence and in attack. Oliver’s kicks and passes to Riley and Jacob highlighted his busy workload throughout the whole game. Oliver runs fast, and made some wonderful runs up the middle with the ball, which put the team in a great position to score goals. Oliver shows a very good kicking style as well, the way he holds the ball out in front ready to kick the ball down-field. Excellent work Oliver!

Charlie did some excellent calling for the ball when he was in the forwards. He was busy all around the field, and showed some real kicking ability with a big booming attempt at goal in the second 3rd. Not to be denied, Charlie kicked his first goal of the season in the third 3rd, and really got into the tempo of the game. Charlie’s hand pass to a team mate in the third 3rd did not go unnoticed either, and shows great team awareness.

Riley, I looked up those who wore number 3 like you. All I can say, you are in good company. Chris Judd and Michael Voss would have been impressed with your wonderful kick at goal and your hand passing early in the game. Excellent clearing kick from the back in the second 3rd  as well, followed up by more great kicks down the middle of the field. Riley worked very well with his team mates, especially Jacob when it came to hand passing and kicking in general play.

Conclusion

A great start to the season by all who played, both the Silver and the White teams. Well done!

Volunteers/Thanks

Well done Anthony on your first game as coach! And thank you to the Drummoyne Whites and their coaches and manager for such a wonderful game to watch.

U13-2 Round One

U13/2 Cannons v St Ives, Acron Oval St Ives: Round One

After weeks of pre-season training it was great to finally be able to get onto the paddock against St Ives. A glorious day presented itself after rain the night before, which meant conditions for footy were almost perfect.

Prior to the game all players were presented with their jumpers for the season and our leadership group announced. This season’s leaders being; Joshua L, Jaden  & Jack H. I ask all players get behind your leadership group and support their actions.

The boys played with gusto, energy, commitment and a desire to play hard footy resulting in a 42-30 score-line at three quarter time. Our ability to win the ball out of the centre was significant, however we did not take advantage of our dominate field position in the first three quarters to kick a winning score.

In the final quarter our boys ran out of legs and St Ives kicked 6 goals to nil, eventually running over the top of us.

Congratulations to Joel, who won the coach’s man of the match award in Round One. Joel’s silky skills were evident whenever he gained possession, delivering the ball with precision and he kept his feet all day.

Welcome to Cassidy, Sam, Joshua B. & George who played their first game of AFL for the club.

An acceptable start to the season, but one we must learn from.

U9 Teal Round 1 Match Report

U9 Teal v Glebe at Five Dock Park

Round One


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In brilliant sunshine but with the drone of the Caterpillar equipment in the background, for the first time these boys were briefed by the Official Umpires to the delight of Coach Brad.

The Captain was Nicholas and on his AFL debut he won the toss and elected to run downhill towards the grandstand,

In another first, this Power team played its first four-quarter game.

In the first quarter, Drummoyne was dominant across the midfield and in the forward zone. Solid marking and long kicking by Joseph kept the ball well forward. Solid team play with passing (kicking and hand balling) setting up a POWERful quarter. Strong shepherding by Alex, solid marking by James supported by Hugo mopping up in defence when the ball eventually made its way to the wrong end of the field. Good teamwork was rewarded with a team goal ultimately scored by Harry after an intercept in the mid field by Joseph who kicked to Olly to set up Harry’s first chance.

The second term was another quiet one for the POWER defence but a productive one for the midfield and forwards as the rotation after the first quarter brought fresh legs to the middle. Solid marking by James and marking by Joseph who marked a Glebe high ball then redirected the ball back the the goal square. Luke V and Hugo had a work rate in this term matched only by Josh Kennedy for the Swans later that night. The highlight of the quarter was Max’s goal from a tight angle in the pocket followed by a snap goal from Joseph. More great passing as Luke K moved the ball quickly through Hugo to Max for a minor score. It was a hard fought term as Glebe looked to claw their way back into the game. It looked like that toughness had brought Alex undone with a recurrence of an arm injury until he bounced back in a quarter when he showed us how to be hard at the ball.

Quarter three was the toughest for the POWERful defence as Glebe fought back to dominate the premiership quarter. The Drummoyne defence had its busiest term during which the highlights were clearing kicks from Max, handy scrapping from Lucas, solid marking from Olly. More good teamwork as Lucas took a much needed mark to turn the ball around. Lucas kicked to Harry who passed to Hugo and with an unselfish kick to Olly had taken the ball from defense to attack. A bustling passage of play lead by Luke T, Jonty and Nicholas followed as Drummoyne wrestled the ball forward to present Hugo with an opportunity that lead to his first AFL goal.

The final term was the perfect finish for a team that played like a team, calling out for the ball and supporting each other in defence. As the breeze picked up and Drummoyne found themselves pushing into a strong wind, more examples of supporting their team mates finished the game on a high. Solid tackling from Jonty, Alex, Lucas and Hugo was supported by a determined display from Nicholas to win the ball in a tight contest that ensured he cleared the ball from danger. More team passing as Max, Harry and James combined to move the ball from defense to attack. Lucas’ kick to set up Harry’s goal in this term was just what the team needed to celebrate their first game in 2015.

Conclusion

An impressive first up display of teamwork that meant everyone had a chance to play an important part in the game.

A Outstanding Players/Special Mentions

All Players competed well, special mention to Luke V, Joseph, Harry and Hugo who scored his first goal in his first game.

U6s Black Team – Round 1 Match Report

U6 Black v Glebe Greyhounds

Round 1, Five Dock Park

’twas a day of  ‘Firsts’…

There are many things in life that, when they happen, we’ll never forget the first time. Your first memory, your first kindergarten teacher, the first time you saw snow…and the first time you played top grade AFL! For our kids, that day was today – and what a day it was!

The honour of the first point went to none other than our man Oscar. It may have been misdirected but it was not mis-hit and the goals that followed are a harbinger of a first season that will have talent scouts travel from many a mile.

In a game that’s far less about the individual that the way people come together to serve a common purpose, the first kick to mark of the season goes to Evie. It was a shuffle and a jink followed by a beautifully directed kick that met the chest of a fellow starter. What a way to begin!

First place for courage and conviction goes to our resident superstar Ted, who shows more persistence that Calvin Coolidge himself. This was possibly matched by the Tom-a-Hawk whose been watching too much AFL on TV and took it upon himself to put a body check on a bigger man – with Tom being the only winner.

As the game flowed on and the pressure on the Greyhounds started to tell, we saw big kicks out of the backfield by Kristian, some wonderful work around goal by Austen (whose name, coincidentally, starts with the first letter of the alphabet), and some great play on the ground by Akira.

Just for the record the first parent late to a game goes to Jackson’s dad, and as a late entry he showed some massive pace when the ball was out of play. He may well have been trying to mirror the track work of dad en route to the game.

In what was also a first, but will not be a last, many of us had the pleasure of seeing the first of many sweeping plays by Drummoyne U6. Following a slick handball from Jackson to Austen that was then handballed on to Oscar and slotted through for a major we saw the start of greatness!

A great day, a great start and a great bunch of kids – what else if not #1!

Thanks

Special Thanks to James for Coaching and Warwick for the inaugural Match Report for the season.  They have both set the bar high for the rest of the season!

U9 white round 1

Under 9 White Round 1

U9 White v Glebe Hounds

Round 1, Five Dock Park

The boys were reunited at Five Dock Park for the first game of the season.

It was also the first game under the new partial contact rules and the Hounds from Glebe gave us a baptism of fire.

In Q1, Harry kicked a great clearing kick, Oscar S took a fine mark in the centres, stand-in Josh was strong in defence as was Finn.  Isaac and Toby were keen tacklers.

In Q2, Harrison fought hard for the ball in the centres, Luke executed some great clearing kicks from the backline and was good in defence generally.  Oliver gave 100% in defence.

In Q3 the boys closed Glebe down letting in only 2 behinds.  Oscar D had some strong kicks and was an effective tackler.  Hugo was tenacious on the ball as usual.

In Q4 the hounds kept coming.  The Power were solid in response.  Luke made a good run in the forward line.  Harrison tackled well.  Finn took 2 good marks.

Conclusion

All in all it was a challenging match against tough opposition with the boys displaying good team spirit on the day.

Great effort boys and lets look forward to the next game.

Outstanding Players/Special Mentions

Harry was the best on field for a solid effort throughout the 4 quarters. Other great efforts on the day were Luke , Oscar , Oscar and Finn

Volunteers/Thanks

A special thank you to  Josh and Leon for playing up and helping us out on the day.  Leon’s second ever game of footy was 10 minutes after his first!

Thanks to Scott for doing a great job as coach at the last minute.

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U9 Match Report – Round 1 (18 April 2015)

Round 1 – U9 Black Match Report

Great first week from the boys – it was pretty clear they were excited to be out there and they all chased the ball and tackled their way to Drummoyne maintaining control of the game.  As a result, each of the boys tended to put in a strong showing when they were in either the centre of the forwards.

First half

Luke got his new team off to a good start by picking up a loose ball and passing in a single motion to a free Damien who ran strongly towards the goal for the first of his 3 majors in a single quarter. Luke also picked out an unmarked Denver with a couple of accurate kicks.  Denver converted both of these opportunities with good kicks from the sideline.

Toby and Lochy C. also chipped in with really good running pick-ups and then quick shots for goal.

William and Cooper were also real stand-outs in the first half with each getting several good touches of the ball.  They both also took strong marks, steadied themselves and kicked long goals.

The defenders didn’t really get much of a chance with the ball during the first half but they were all very focused on marking their Newtown opponents.  Every half-chance Newtown had seemed to be stamped out very quickly.

Second half

Lachy D. started us off well in the second-half and seemed to be in the right places at the right time through-out the half – lots of the good handballs and kicks and some good running with the ball.

With this momentum, we peppered their goals relentlessly throughout the third quarter.  Newtown really struggled with their handballs and accurately kicking out our behinds, this allowed both Russell and Lucas to take over a dozen intercepts and marks.  On the few occasions where the ball hit the ground and the contest was on, Duke was always there to grab the ball or the man.

With the exception of one poor tackle, when Jackson got crushed, the tackling was done fairly by all the boys on the field.  To his credit, Jackson soldiered on bravely and continued to mark his man out of the game.

The real goal saving tackles during the last part of the game were done by William, Denver and Lochy D.

Congratulations to Luke who was awarded the Coach’s award this week for an outstanding ‘first’ game of AFL.

Congrats to all the boys – you handled your first real game of AFL for the season well.