Canada Bay Cannons U12 Div 2 v Hornsby-Berowra
Round 4, Sunday 1 May
It was unfamiliar territory for all of us:
Up on Hornsby Heights looking over Galston Gorge;
Ben C up forward kicking goals;
Alex DP in defence;
Archie in a Hornsby-Berowra Eagles jumper;
…and nothing stronger than coffee to keep the crowd sustained.
It all took a bit of getting used to.
But it all turned out well, with a solid win to maintain our strong start to the season.
The long trip north must have affected the kids who all looked pretty sluggish in the opening term.
Alex D came in from Div 3 and was the liveliest one out there in the first quarter as he racked up possessions while his team mates spent the first 15 minutes shaking off jet lag. But once they found their legs, the form quickly returned.
A dominant six goal second quarter pretty much sealed the match for us as Nic began dictating the midfield. Five of the six goals in the term were a result of good team work as Thea, Archie and Paddy worked hard in the middle to get the ball to Alex DP and Nic who kicked all five between them.
Damo’s goal, though, was individual brilliance. He set it up with a chase and tackle in the middle of the ground and followed the ball forward where he snapped over his shoulder to bring up the half dozen for the quarter.
After the main break, Ben C relished his chance up forward in the third quarter and once he worked out they were our goals he was looking at, he was determined to use them. A strong tackle earned him a free kick and he went back and slotted his first goal of the year. (The celebration was not dissimilar to Swans fullback Rod Carter’s when he kicked his one and only AFL goal in the 215th of his 293 games).
Damo’s dynamic duo partner Blake was getting in and under, Declan was strong in defence and Finlay’s relentless grunt work was rewarded when he set up a deserved goal for Archie.
Ben M dominated the ruck again with clever tap work and marks around the ground while Tom was his ever reliable big man backup.
Tony issued the challenge at three quarter time to take the opposition on and it resulted in some spectacular footy – Jezza played on quickly from a free kick in defence, setting off a nice passage of coast to coast footy, while Paddy went for a run through the middle, took a bounce and sent the ball forward where Blake snapped a goal.
Nic, however, proved the importance of listening to your dad. He gathered the ball on the wing and, with his dad’s words in his ears (not the ones about doing his homework) , he took the opposition on, ran around a couple of defenders, took a bounce and kicked from outside 50 to send the ball bouncing through for the goal of the day.
So our first big trip for the year was a success, after a bit of a slow start.
Back to familiar territory at Drummoyne next week and, hopefully, another one of those wins which are becoming nicely familiar.
Cannons goals: Alex DP 4, Nic 3, Brayden 1, Ben C 1, Thea 1, Archie 1, Ben M 1, Blake 1, Damo 1