Cannons Under 12 Div 2 v Glebe
Round 11, Sunday 26 June
The numbers on the scoreboard were impressive, but the numbers on the thermometer had us all shivering.
The mercury struggled to reach six degrees as we made our way to a bracing Drummoyne Oval where we were confronted with no coffee cart and a wind chill factor that made it feel even colder.
So it was left to the kids to warm the crowd up with some pretty hot footy against Glebe after taking a quarter to thaw out.
We dominated possession early but couldn’t quite reap the rewards that efforts like Nic’s attack on the footy and Blake’s courage deserved.
Eventually the weight of possession was converted when Ben M, playing as a big target up forward, kicked the first of his four goals. Glebe answered quickly and scores were locked at 1.1 apiece at quarter time.
With the sun finally over Gladesville bridge and some warmth on their backs, the Cannons took control in the second quarter, kicking six goals to nil to virtually wrap up the match before halftime.
The goals all came at the end of terrific passages of play, most of which involved Cooper who not only marked everything that came his way and kicked with great skill, but chased, tackled and smothered all day.
Twice he combined with Alex who used his brain to move the ball quickly and set up Ben to run into open goals, while James read a
Glebe kickout beautifully to intercept and lay on a goal for Cooper who danced around a few defenders on the boundary before kicking a banana.
Will, as always, kept competing and scrapping and was rewarded with a goal while Hugh took a strong mark and kicked truly and
Alex finished the quarter with a determined chase and tackle that earned him a free kick and a goal.
While Ben was a dominant presence up forward, Tom rucked and competed tirelessly and one fearless contest for a loose ball in the middle ended with another goal to Alex.
It was a thorough all-round performance that featured plenty of skills and clever footy but, more importantly, also relied on the gutsy little things that win you tight games. Even with the game well and truly decided late in the final quarter, Dom and Matty were still chasing and tackling, Ben C was throwing himself into the ruck contests and Thea kept running and competing.
When we return from the school holidays, we’ll need every part of our game to click as we head into the final stretch of the season.
Goals: Ben M 4, Alex 2, Cooper 1, Thea 1, Will 1, Finlay 1, Hugh 1.