U12-2 v Kellyville

Cannons Under 12 Div 2 v Kellyville

Cannons U12 Division 2 v Kellyville

Round 12, 17 July

We had kids fly back from all corners of the globe; Ireland, Japan, England, Geelong, so a trip to Kellyville was an easy 40k jaunt up the M2.

Awaiting us in the Hills was a great challenge against Kellyville, only two weeks after they outclassed us. And the kids answered it brilliantly.

Inspired by Archie L leading his cheersquad on the terraces, the Cannons were back to their trademark footy – team oriented, clever and persistent.

The Cannons responded every time Kellyville challenged, regularly setting up goals deep in defence and finishing them off up forward with smart and unselfish passes to teammates in a better position.

After the result last time, an early statement was important and Tank and Cooper made it loud and clear when they combined brilliantly at the opening bounce to win the first clearance of the game. It set us up to dominate early possession but we just couldn’t convert. Kellyville then took its chance and scored the opening goal.

But our response was swift. Tank and Cooper combined again at the next bounce, got the ball to Paddy who kicked inside 50 for Will to mark strongly and slot the goal to put us in front, where we stayed.

Tank has really developed his rucking as the season has gone on and he was crucial in winning the clearances, while Brayden on the last line of defence had his best game of the year. He was poised and clever, took strong marks, tackled, kicked long and beautifully and saved the day many times, but also set up many attacks. The only forward line he’ll be in for the rest of the year is the opposition’s.

Cooper has added grunt to his silky skills and was always in and under extracting the ball for teammates while Finlay also kept going into the contest and coming out with the footy.

Thea was taking marks, running and providing a great link on the wing, combining with Nic to set up James for a first quarter goal, while Ben C and Dominator were cool when under siege in defence.

The passing, leading and marking was composed and impressive – James sent a precision ball in the second term to Will who did likewise to Alex DP for the first of his four goals. Will did it again in the third quarter when he took a strong mark on the wall and with a short pass found Nic who kicked his first goal. And after marking on the 50, Paddy found a strong lead from ADP and hit him on the chest.

Archie G made an immediate impact when he came on, crunching some Magpies with massive tackles, one of which spilled the ball loose for Nic to scoop up and kick a terrific running goal from the boundary to give us a handy halftime lead.

Alex DP turned his defender inside out a couple of times for a pair of third quarter goals after good lead up work from Damo and Blake and Nic’s major gave a big lead going into the final break.

We cruised home in the last quarter for an impressive win, but the highlight of the day was Archie L’s even more impressive cheersquad.

Goals: Alex DP 4, Nic 2, Will 1, Paddy 1, James 1