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!

Finlay U5 2015

Club MVP

Club MVP – Round One

The Sydney Swans are holding a weekly Club MVP competition, asking each junior Club to nominate a weekly MVP for our Club. The MVP could be a player, an official or volunteer around the grounds. If our entry is selected, the nominee wins four tickets to a Swans game.

So, who to select for Round One? How about our registrar, Simon Osborne? In the job for just a few weeks, he has processed hundreds of registrations in preparation for round one, generating seemingly endless streams of updated team lists.

What about our other committed board members – Jeremy Stanwix, Adrian Walton, Milan Serovich, Damon Jones, Warren Hart? They’ve put in hours above and beyond what’s expected to get the Club ready for Round One.

Or our Auskick Coordinator Megan Chandra? She has the mind-boggling job of slotting kids into teams, taking into account their friendship groups and skill levels (“people-tetris”, she calls it).

Could it be those the coaches and managers who have devoted time and energy to organising our 20+ teams to get on the field? Some have taken up the slack for more than one team.

All worthy contenders for the MVP role.

We volunteer because our kids love AFL. It’s a great sport – whether you’re aiming for the big time, or just in it for “fun, friendship and fitness” – and Drummoyne Power is a fabulous Club, with a strong community spirt and volunteer ethic.

Watching kids take the field yesterday for Round One, which went off without a hitch – even despite a last minute wet-weather ground switch –  was pretty satisfying for those of us who have put so much effort into launching this season.

And, for that reason, we’ve chosen Finlay from our mighty U5s. He is just one of dozens of kids in our club – across all age groups – who experienced AFL for the first time in Round One.

For the past couple of years, Finlay’s been on the sidelines every week  – on game day and at training –  watching his big brother Raff play for Drummoyne Power.

Yesterday, it was finally his turn and he played his heart out for our U5s, earning the coach’s award for best on ground in a team of future champions. Congratulations Finlay! You’re our Club MVP for Round One!

 

60 Seconds with an Auskicker

Meet Rafferty (at the SCG, in black, with his eyes firmly focused on the ball) one of our awesome U8 Auskickers.

Rafferty recently played Auskick at half-time during Round 3 of the AFL Premiership season at the Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants game at the SCG. Here are Rafferty’s thoughts from the day:

What is your name? Rafferty

What age division do you play in? U8

What position did you play in during the Swans vs Giants game on the 18th April? I played in the centres.

What was your favourite thing about playing at halftime? I was playing in front of a big crowd at my favourite ground.

What do you like best about playing Auskick? I have lots of fun and it’s challenging. It makes me a better AFL player, which is what I want to be when I grow up.

Who is your favourite team in the AFL? Geelong Cats

Who is your favourite player in the AFL? Jimmy Bartel. He’s number 3.

What would you say to or ask your favourite player if you ever had them over to your house for dinner? Which one of Geelong’s premierships was your favourite? And who was your favourite player? And how old were you when you started playing football?

 

Auskick match report

New! Online Match Reporting

Online Match Reporting

Club, we have a new system for lodging and distributing those all important match reports after the games. They’ll be visible from your team blogs, accessible through your team pages, or through the blog section of this website.

Match reports are now filed online – and the process is really easy. Best of all, you can add photos or videos of your AFL stars. The instructions are outlined in Manager Resources section, and your manager will be able to provide you with user names and passwords.

You will be able to submit your match reports online, pending review by our website coordinator. Best of all, match reports will be able to be shared with your family and friends by using the social media share buttons, at the bottom of the page.

It is a new system for us all, so let us know if you have any difficulties or find any glitches! If you need help, contact Michelle Hauschild.

 

Register Now!

Club, if you haven’t finalised your registration for Season 2015, now is the time to do that.

While it is never too late to encourage your friends to try AFL, our coaches and managers are trying to finalise the team lists.

If you’re not on their list then you won’t be allocated to a team.

You can’t train and play without being registered and financial – unregistered players are not covered by the Club’s insurances and cannot take the field.

If you have any difficulties with the registration process, then please contact us and we’ll do all we can to help.

For full details on how to register, see the registration page on this website.

Wet Weather Procedures

AFL is a winter sport, so we sometimes play and train in the rain. (Mud is fun!) Here are some general guidelines about wet weather procedures.

Mid-week training and wet weather. The Canada Bay Council decides on the status of grounds about 2pm and we put wet weather information out as soon as possible – usually by about 2.30pm – on this website, on Facebook and through Twitter.

Grounds are closed if they are too wet and liable to be damaged – so sometimes they are closed in bright sunshine if there’s been rain earlier in the week; sometimes they are open, even though it is raining.

If there’s no word, training is on.

If you’d like to check the status of fields for yourself, then you can do so through the Council’s wet weather line. Details are here: www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au/sports-facilities-and-fields-wet-weather-field-updates.html

Games and wet weather. If we’re at home, a decision on ground status is usually made by the Canada Bay Council late Friday afternoon for games on Saturday. On occasions, a second inspection may be organised on Saturday afternoon for Sunday games. We’ll advise on ground closures as soon as we can through the website, Facebook and Twitter.

If we’re playing away, the home club will notify us that games are cancelled, then we’ll notify you through the usual channels (it just sometimes takes a little longer).

If grounds are open, but the ground manager of the home club makes a decision that it is unsafe to play on the day, he or she can cancel play.

Please be aware that on game day, individual teams cannot make a decision to cancel because of the weather. If the team doesn’t turn up, it is counted as a forfeit. There are other teams, umpires, grounds managers and canteen volunteers all waiting for you.

If you just don’t know whether or not the game is on, please go to the ground anyway. The gumboots, umbrellas and raincoats may be a hassle, but playing in the wet can be a fun or, at the very least, memorable experience for your child!

Pre-season Training Cancelled 24 March

 

Sorry for the late notice but due to the late downpour a decision has been made by Council that all fields are CLOSED for pre-season training and no lights will be activated. Pre-season training at Five Dock Oval on Tuesday 24 March is CANCELLED.

 

 

 

Drummoyne Power players

Season Launch: 1 April

Season Launch (aka Pie Night, aka Pizza Night): 1 April

This event will now be held at DRUMMOYNE OVAL ON WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL. This is the first training at Drummoyne Oval. We’ve made the switch to give us a bit more time to get everything together, plus Drummoyne Oval is a better venue in the event of wet weather.

U5-U8, your season launch will be immediately after your training at 5.30pm on 1 April. we’ll hand out shorts and socks (while the kids are training and only if you need them, or didn’t pick them up earlier) and give kids the Auskick packs along with some pizza and a drink, and a training t-shirt.

U9-U11 and Youth Girls, your season launch will be after your training, so that’s 6.30 on 1 April. Collect your shorts and socks and a Drummoyne Power cap. And we’ll also have pizza and a drink for you! U17s, we’ll organise some pizza and gear for after your training session as well.

Can you help out on the night, distributing gear or food and drinks? Email Milan: volunteers@drummoynepower.com

Just a note: we can order gluten free if necessary. Email Milan on the email address above.

And a second – really important – note: We’re just catering for the players – not adults and siblings.

The key dates page has further information on what is happening at Drummoyne Power.

 

60 seconds with an Auskicker: Caleb U7

Meet Caleb.

Caleb is a huge Dockers fan, so it was an opportunity of a lifetime to have them play at our home ground for the NAB Challenge Cup game against the Swans on Sunday 15 March, and for Caleb to welcome his heroes onto the field for the 3rd quarter. Here’s 60 seconds with Caleb:

What is your name? Caleb
What age division do you play in? U7
What position did you play in during the NAB Challenge game at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday 15 March? Centre
What was your favourite thing about playing at half time? I kicked the ball to Ben and he got a goal.
What do you like best about playing Auskick? I like to kick very high and very far.
Who is your favourite player in the AFL? Matthew Pavlich
What would you say to him if you ever had him over to your house for dinner? Are you retiring this year?

Thanks Caleb for taking part in our VERY FIRST ’60 seconds with an Auskicker’ for Drummoyne Power.

Would you like to be our next featured player? Let us know at auskick@drummoynepower.com

Caleb with Fremantle heroes Michael Johnson and Stephen Hill

Caleb with Fremantle heroes Michael Johnson and Stephen Hill