U17 Div 3 Canada Bay Dockers v St Ives, Round 10

UNDER 17 Division 3 Canada Bay Dockers v Manly Pittwater

ROUND 10, Sunday 19 June
Weldon Park

Canada Bay Dockers 5-10 (40) defeated by St Ives 7-5 (47).

Round 10 and our ninth game for the season and the third time we’ve played St Ives at ELS.

With the impending threat of the second East Coast low in a fortnight the game was played in fine weather or a fine mist for most of the fixture. Given how wet it got for a while towards the end, the phrase “one that got away” has a certain aquatic consistency.

As usual we started slowly giving St Ives a near match winning lead midway through the second quarter. We jagged a couple of long goals late in the piece and went into the long break three straight kicks down.

The team responded in the third quarter and got back to within a kick and then got the score tied up early in the last quarter.

But St Ives found a way to force the ball forward and made the last two scoring shots and won by seven points.

It wasn’t a day for marking forwards and the back-men ruled the day.

Some highlights of the day: Gator Wresting, Turtle Catching TV shows? Watch out, Rory B took to the conditions as if he was auditioning for a role. In addition bombed an outrageous long distance goal from the boundary in the second quarter. Best game he’s played. Another swamp rat who was in, under and sometimes submerged throughout the game Tim R looked to be having a ball.

Ben C and Tyler F were productive all day; Luke G had a barnstorming game; Samuel P provided plenty of endeavour and Ben R kept making a contest

As usual Harrison G rucked all day and was the best big man on the ground.

Ehsen S played an exceptional game, Oscar S provided a consistent goal scoring avenue all game and in my view was our best forward on the day. Conditions suited Nicholas T, who had his best game for the Dockers so far.

Congrats to Dylan S who played his 100th game of AFL.

U15 Div 1 v Manly

U15 Div 1 v Manly Pittwater, Round 10

U15-1 Canada Bay Cannons vs Manly/Pittwater Bombers

Round 10, Weldon Park

With the season tally of one win each, it was always going to be a close match as Cannons 15-1s returned to Weldon.

From the bounce it was clear it would be an arm wrestle as the rain and mud made clean marks and fast runs hard to find.

It was also clear that the Cannons had come to play, with every player throwing himself into the game.

From the start Louis M led the defence, as the back line scrambled to make goals hard to come by for Manly. Tommy played hard footy all day, and Josh H started strongly, instrumental in getting the ball forward resulting in two goals for Cannons. Quarter time: Cannons 13 Manly 8.

Manly then came out strongly and played two dominant quarters with nine scoring shots to two through to three quarter time. Was this to be another match where Cannons lost concentration in the middle and gave the match away? Not this time, as every Cannons player dug deep and forced Manly into kicking errors.

Jordan was notable winning the rucks, and the Joshes combining on the wings to force the ball wide.

Despite Manly dominating, they went into three quarter time only seven points ahead.

Again the fitness of the Cannons showed through as they started to get more ball into the forwards. Luke G was rewarded for his tireless efforts, playing on arguably the best U15 player in the comp, with two goals and a behind. With only minutes left, first Cannons, then Manly took the lead by 2 points.

Then the siren sounded. Cannons down by 2. Players coming off, officials and parents on. But what’s this? The Cannons’ frenetic attack in the last minutes had paid off, the umpire had blown a free kick in Cannons favour.

Thirty metres out, close to the boundary line in pouring rain with a ball like concrete. Who else but Luke G to kick the sealer! Cannons win by four points!

Hard though it is to pick stars in a game when every player tried so hard, Liam D joining the game in the third quarter with fresh legs and fearless tackling undoubtedly lifted the team.

The defensive line was hammered all match yet continued to push back every Manly advance, Ben W’s uniform completely covered in mud and Josh G an effective goal keeper.

Aaron played his best match so far this season, never giving up and instrumental in turning the ball around.

Brendan and Angus repeatedly gave second and third efforts.

And, of course, the boundary umpires Dave and Bruce who braved the mud, and Adrian for goal umpiring and his extravagant wave to signal the winning goal.

Well done, boys. Still well in the hunt for a finals’ berth.

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U12/2 v Cronulla

Cannons Under 12 Div 2, Round 8

Cannons U12 Div 2 v Cronulla Sharks

Round 8, 29 May

Gwawley Oval

The sharks were circling Gwawley Oval, but yet again these Cannons showed they’ll shrug off any creature.

It was tough early, but with composure beyond their years, the Cannons took control to record another solid win. The backs and the midfielders led the way to start with and then the mids took the forwards with them to finish it off.

The boys withstood a challenging first quarter in which Cronulla came out hard and fast and dominated possession, kicking an early goal.

Our defence was under extreme pressure, but held up superbly. Ben and Jerry have created a new flavour – smother and tackle, topped with clearing kicks. Along with Connor and Damo, who mopped up brilliantly across half back, they were strong and held off the early onslaught until the momentum swung our way.

Damo’s first, second and third efforts were inspiring as he constantly fought for the ball and repelled the Sharks.

Tom took on the ruck work, and more. He chased and shepherded and tackled, while Nic worked his way into the game and was doing a mountain of tough work.

The headgear twins Cooper and Paddy combined in the middle and around the ground as they were winning us the hardball and setting the forwards up.­

They worked the ball through Alex who sent a bullet pass to Finlay who kicked our first goal late in the opening term and we went into the first break a couple of points down.

All that hard work and perseverance was starting to pay off and the rewards came in a dominant second quarter.

Cooper got it started as his silky evasive and foot skills sent the ball forward for Alex to kick the first of his six goals for the day (this week’s trick: one of those bendy dribble goals from the boundary).

Nic, Cooper, Damo and Paddy were dictating play as we took control of the game and, after two more goals to Alex and another to Finlay, we were well on top at halftime.

Blake was creative, Manfred threw himself into the tackles and Xavier kept providing a contest at either end of the ground.

It was Liam’s turn to influence the game in the third term, his intercept marks and attack on the ball setting up a couple of goals for Alex and James. Damo’s rebound off half back ended in Alex’s hands and another goal, while Archie’s pressure was crucial as we stretched our lead in the third term and fended off a mini Cronulla fightback.

A real sign of character is the way these kids finish a game off and, after quarter time, they extended the lead at each break. Another couple of goals in the final term, fittingly to Cooper and Alex, wrapped up a hard earned win.

CANADA BAY 10.5.65

Goals: Alex DP 6, Finlay 2, Cooper 1, James 1

 

U14-2 v Cronulla

Cannons U14, Round 7

U14 Division 2 v Cronulla Sharks

Round 7, 22 May 2016, Drummoyne Oval

Canada Bay Cannons 4.10.34 d Cronulla Sharks 4.7.31

The Canada Bay Cannons’ relentless desperation in the contests frustrated the Cronulla Sharks out of a three-point thriller at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday.

The Cannons produced their best, most mature quarter of the season to haul in a deficit with just five minutes remaining and hold on in a match worthy of a grand final preview.

“Everyone just lifted when it mattered in the end”, coach Dean Lee told the post-match huddle. “In the backline and around the centre, they all did their job. They were hard at the ball, with their heads over it the whole time in that last quarter … And that was the difference today,” he said.

The home side had trailed for most of the low-scoring match.

Cronulla took a hard-earned nine-point advantage going into the last term but that fell away during an absorbing struggle around the ball – neither side willing to surrender without a fight.

Then Cannons’ big centre half forward Jordan swooped on a loose ball to goal and snatch the lead with five minutes to go. From there it was a character-building battle of wills.

The Cannons won 34-31 to retain their place on top of the premiership ladder after seven rounds.

The match was always going to be tight.

The undefeated Cannons against the third-placed Sharks and Lee’s pre-match warning that this was going to be this team’s toughest challenge so far this season was a reality within the opening minutes.

It was a hard, unforgiving first quarter that for the most part, was played in Cannons’ forward line.

And while both teams gave it everything around the ground-ball contests, the real difference early was in the forward 50 efficiencies.

The Cannons netted 11 points from six scoring shots to the Sharks three goals from three straight kicks. The home side was criticised for their rushed shots while Cronulla looked slick as they found their key targets around the ground.

Canada Bay was dominant around the centre through Joshua, Joel, Jack and Patrick who kept the forward line well fed.

And when the ball was pushed back by Cronulla they were met with a wall of strength in the shape of Michael, Jaden and Sebastian.

The second term started like the first. A glut of territorial advantage for the Cannons through the enterprising football particularly around the midfield.

Patrick, Joshua and Joel were in control but again the forward line could not convert the advantage, landing just 1.4.10 for the term.

Nonetheless, this was a term that showcased superb football from both teams – strong aerial skills, penetrating kicks and solid tackling.

But this time, the Cannons’ back six through Michael, Matt , Sebastian and Gus shut the Sharks down and kept them scoreless. The home side took a slender three-point lead into the long break.

Cronulla’s fast-moving forwards were frustrated out of the contest in the vital third term.

While the Cannons themselves were held scoreless they didn’t let the visitors get any easy shots in. The Sharks netted 12 points from seven scoring shots.

With just nine points separating the two teams, the last quarter was set up for a grandstand finish. The Cannons came out firing.

With strong running from Jack and support by George, the ball was fed to Joel who was lurking in front of goals. He made no mistake, slotting a major to get Canada Bay within three points.

And with Jordan’s sealer eight minutes later, the crowd erupted.

“It felt good to win like that,” Lee said after the game. “The boys should be proud of their effort.

“It was the test we needed as head into another tough match next week against Maroubra/Moore Park.”

Goals: George 1, Patrick 1, Joel 1, Jordan 1.

Cannons U12-3, Round 7

U12 Div 3 v Westbrook

Round 7, 22 May 2016, Drummoyne Oval

It was evident at the pre-game spiel that Div 3 was in for a big day on the paddock. The game plan was to win the ball through tackling, going in hard and being first to the ball.

From the first bounce the signs were promising. The engine room made up of Tank, Whitey, Dominator, Alex, Jezza, Brayden, Frizzy, Ozzy, and Gab ran hard all day and kept the opposition thinking twice when attempting to get the ball with some solid tackles being applied across the park.

The backline held steady and kept our opposition scoreless for almost the first half with some determination shown by Jack, Ben, Luke, Max, and Declan.

Our forwards led well resulting in some impressive pack marks and our key target Charlie M, capitalising on every opportunity.

Also some excellent work from a very talented flashy forward in Hugh, snapping one of the best goals of his career from the sideline. Josh L also played the best game of his career, his work rate and intensity around the ball was the best I have seen.

All in all, some very positive signs of improvement across the playing group.

Cannons U15-1, Round 7

Canada Bay Cannons U15 Div 1 v Easts

Round 7, Sunday 22 May 2016, Drummoyne Oval

The U/15-1s had their long awaited clash with their opponents from last season’s Grand Final, East Sydney Bulldogs, at a sunny Drummoyne Oval.

Despite Cannons’ home ground advantage, Easts dominated early with all the play in the first 10 minutes, Ben W leading the defence to restrict the scoring. A spectacular flying mark by Josh G turned the tide, 3 quicks goals to Cannons and into the first break leading 18-8.

Easts came out strongly again in the second quarter, using their height advantage and making better use of space when they had the ball in hand. Despite this there were passages of solid play from the Cannons – with highlights a banana kick goal from Tommy, and Josh P using his speed and tenacity to guard his wing. Half time Easts Bulldogs 5 point lead.

The second half saw a much tighter game. Cannons played to the game plan in the third quarter, holding possession and turning the ball back inside to create overlaps and using their speed and fitness to claw back into the game including a double side stop goal to Gus. Scores tied at 49 each at the final break. Easts dug in just that bit harder in the final quarter, and with more scoring shots, clung onto a 5 point win.

It was a match where numerous players had brief flashes of good play, but also had moments where a lack of attack at the ball or not concentrating on executing the important stuff. And at this level, each drop in intensity from the Cannons is met by the opposition scoring.

The good news is that the team holds onto 3rd place after Round 7, so still in finals contention. Coach Greg will make sure the boys get back to their consistent best doing what they have proven they can do and do well, ready for a trip to Manly next weekend.

Special mention to both Josh L and Patrick B for helping out. Patrick had an impressive 15-1 debut, including kicking a beauty from the pocket under pressure. Jordan also impressive with his ruck work against a much bigger opponent, with Josh G, Josh P, Luke L and Luke W having solid matches.

U12 div 2 v Forest

Cannons U12-2, Round 7

Canada Bay Cannons U12 Div 2 v Forest Lions

Round 7, 22 May 2016, Drummoyne Oval

We keep racking up the wins and this was another one we had to work hard to score.

It was the classic games of two halves: dominant and sleepy; comfortable and tense.

Finlay got us going in the first quarter, not just by tackling kids twice his size and taking big marks, but he’s playing smart footy. His pair of goals in the opening term were a result of being in the right place at the right time, as he patrolled the wall across our half forward line.

Paddy led by example in the second quarter and filed another contender for goal of the year when he gathered from the centre bounce, tucked the ball under his arm, beat two defenders, took a bounce and kicked from 30 metres out, while this week’s trick from Alex DP was a backwards over-the-head goal.

Manfred took a great mark on the flank and Jamie earned a tough free kick early on and just missed his shot for goal.
With five goals and a few too many behinds in the first half, we were in control and looked headed for another comfortable win.

But the 30-point halftime lead must have made everybody a little complacent, including the team manager who forgot to bring out the oranges.

Without their vitamin C at the break, the kids looked flat in the third quarter and the lead shrunk to 12 points as Forest went in harder and got to the footy first.

As the game started getting tense, Thea seemed to have a sixth sense and repeatedly stepped up to settle the side down. She’d take a gutsy mark, run the width of the ground to make a contest or create an option, or lay a strong tackle to stop a Forest charge.

And, after Nic, Damo and Paddy linked together down the flank to get the ball to Thea near goal late in the last quarter, she selflessly dished off a handball to Xavier who kicked the sealer and we all breathed easier.

The Dependable Twins Blake and Damo were again, well, dependable all day, both with great delivery by foot as well as doing the hard stuff – the tackles and shepherds that matter so much.

Ben C also continues to be Mr Reliable down back and, with a new shimmy and sidestep in his repertoire, is often the springboard for attack.

Archie took a critical mark in the middle as Forest threatened in the last quarter, while Connor and Will were strong when it mattered in defence, Liam was solid and Ben M rucked all day and took marks around the ground.

Thanks to Jezza, Tom and Brayden for backing up after playing for Div 3 and thanks to Nic, Damo and Finlay who helped the undermanned Forest.

CANADA BAY 6.15.51
Goals; Finlay 2, Alex DP 2, Paddy 1, Xavier 1.
FOREST 4.7.31

U14-2

Cannons U14, Round 6

Canada Bay Cannons Under 14 Division 2 v Heathcote Hawks

Sunday, May 15, Round 6, Heathcote

It was top of the table versus the bottom. Under 14 Division 2 ladder leaders Canada Cannons versus the Heathcote Hawks who were yet to win a game.

But it was a determined home-side Hawks who served it up to the visitors in the second half, matching them goal for goal in a tough match that now has coach Dean Lee devising ways he keep his players focused for four quarters of football.

The Cannons won the match by a comfortable 31 points courtesy of their solid start but with an eye on next week’s game against a formidable Cronulla Sharks, Lee told his players they would need to work harder.

“Everyone got involved today but most came in and out of the match,” he told the post match huddle. 

“Bigger, stronger opposition will run over the top of us if we let them so we all have to switch on for the whole match. So we’ll work on that.”

But Lee said there we were some very good performances today. Cassidy rucked all day and fed his midfielders for the whole game, while the back six, led by Jaden, Sebastian and Jasper  frustrated the Hawks out of the game.

The match started as a dour struggle between the arcs. 

The Cannons took control of the centre from the opening bounce but the Hawks muscled up in defence and unsettled the Cannons’ attack. 

While play had settled in their forward 50 the Cannons just could not get a shot away.

Midway through the first term – after some excellent lead-up work from Riley and Joel – Joshua earned a free. He quickly played on to find Tim lurking near the goal square who marked and made no mistake posting the Cannons’ first major of the day.

This sparked the visitors into action. 

Patrick  was in everything alongside Jack. But when Joel slotted a goal from an acute angle deep on the left forward flank, the Cannons had skipped to a healthy lead going into the first break.

The second term was almost a mirror image of the first. A tough struggle as the Hawks put up a fight to frustrate the visiting forwards.

The Cannons’ midfielders worked well for much of quarter but couldn’t break through. Equally, the Cannons’ backs were rock solid – Jasper, Gus, Michael and Liam tackling hard and supporting each other.

It was a quarter of hard bumps from both teams.

It was going to take something special to stamp authority on the game and it came first through Michael who had moved forward. He took a mark on the run and ever so calmly threaded it through for a rousing goal.

Then Patrick, who always seems know where the ‘big sticks’ are, swooped on a loose ball from a long way out and snapped over his left shoulder to an empty goal square. And the Cannons lead by four unanswered goals going into the long break.

The visitors came out firing in the third quarter and the whole team seemingly looked to get involved. 

Big plays from Riley – hard as nails in defence – Aiden, Jaden, Liam, Joel, Michael, Sebastian and Joshua right up and down the ground.

It resulted in goals to Joshua and Christian but then the Hawks fought back, taking two quick goals of their own, their first major scores of the day.

Sensing the slight momentum shift, Coach Lee appealed to his players to put the pressure on the Hawks. And the Cannons came out firing.

Aiden swooped on a loose ball and snapped for his first goal.

Then hard, grafting lead-up work from Liam and Riley presented an opportunity for Christian who marked out wide. An indiscretion from their Hawks forced a 50 metre penalty to make it easier for Christian who made no mistake.

Jasper propelled forward to Christian who then off-loaded to a hard-running Jack who landed a long-range goal which was just pretty to watch. It then looked like Canada Bay would just run away with it.

But the Hawks were not done. They gave as good as they got, picking off two quick goals. 

Christian got one back for the visitors before the Hawks sunk another right at the end.

The final term was an enthralling shoot-out with the Cannons’ last term tally at four to the homeside’s three.

The Cannons now prepare for the Cronulla Sharks at Drummoyne Oval: One versus Three on the ladder. 

Cannons 10.3.63
Hawks 5.2.32

GOALS: Christian 3, Tim 1, Joel 1, Patrick 1, Michael 1, Joshua L 1, Aiden 1, Jack 1

U12-2 v Heathcote

Cannons U12-2, Round 6

Cannons Under 12 Division 2 v Heathcote Hawks

Round Six, Sunday 15 May, Heathcote Park

A trip to the Royal National Park is always a pleasant Sunday outing.

Especially when you convincingly beat the top team and claim first spot on the ladder!

That’s a well-deserved reward for a bunch of kids who have shown great heart and spirit all season. But there’s still lots of season to go.

After a long drive south, Dave G was keen to sample the Heathcote bacon and egg roll and was more than pleased with its energy-restoring qualities. Likewise, the kids were full of beans from the start, but without having to head to the barbie.

The Cannons dominated from the outset and should even have kicked more than the three goals they had on the board by quarter time.

Strong work in the middle kept the ball in our forward half for most of the quarter, with Alex D setting the tone from the opening bounce, winning the first clearance to set up the Cannons’ dominance.

Alex DP kicked the opening two goals of the game, the first coming after good work by ruckman Ben M. Ben then combined with Dominator and Paddy who kicked long for ADP to take a strong mark and kick his second.

Dominator then capped off hard work in the middle when he earned a tough free kick in the
goal square to kick his first goal for Div 2.

The wall was strong and remained solid the whole day. On the odd occasion the ball ever made it over the wall, we had an impassable second barrier with Will and Connor patrolling the half back line and reading the play beautifully.

The second quarter belonged to Liam and Blake, who kicked one of the goals of the year.
Blake gathered on the outer wing, switched the play to the members’ side with a long kick and kept running to meet Connor who was strong in the contest. Connor dished the hands out to the supportive Blake who swung onto his left to kick a Buddy Franklin-like long goal from the boundary.

A classy combination between Archie, Blake and Matt in the middle ended up with Liam taking a strong chest mark in the square and kicking the first of his two goals for the term.
Liam kept offering a contest at full forward and latched on to another pass from Blake with a strong overhead mark and goal.

Thea’s revelling in her spot on the wing and was tough and creative all day, Finn kept taking brave marks, Jezza was strong down back and if only Ben C was sporting a bushy mo you would have sworn it was David Dench and his clearing runs out of defence.

Nic kept running and going in hard, giving a slick handball in the third term to Damo who kicked beautifully to the square where Brayden’s strong hands and then trusty left boot did the rest.

Tank steamed through the final quarter, taking marks at both ends of the ground and kicking two goals for the term, while his teammates just love it when Coach Tony tells them to take the game on, play on and go for a run. And the results showed with five goals in the last quarter to record a great win against strong opposition.

CANADA BAY GOALS: Will 3, Alex DP 2, Liam 2, Tom 2, Brayden 1, Dom 1, Blake 1, Paddy 1.

Cannons U12 Div 2 v Moore Park, Round 5

Cannons U12 Div 2 v Moore Park

Round 5, Drummoyne Oval

It will forever be known as the Mother’s Day Miracle.

It’s every mother’s dream: siren gone, five points down, a shot for goal to win the match.

The footy was in good hands as cool hand Cooper went back with the Drummoyne Oval siren ringing in all our ears.

We’d already withstood three minutes of intense pressure as these never-say-die kids came back from two goals down and now it was left to one kid with one kick.

Parents shut their eyes and held their breath, teammates called for silence but still muttered hopefully under their breath “C’mon Cooper”, opponents did their best to put him off and the boy himself was cool under the ultimate footy pressure.

And he nailed it! His teammates ran from everywhere, this time screaming “C’mon Cooper!” as they jumped on top of him and the crowd went wild.

Who wants a sleep in or breakfast in bed when this gets served up as your Mother’s Day treat?

While Cooper handled the pressure brilliantly, the ball got to him because of two mighty efforts from Will and Finlay in that frenetic last minute.

With Moore Park streaming out of defence and the ball seemingly destined to end up in their forward half to virtually seal the match for them, Will set chase. He kept running, kept running and kept running until he was within lunging distance. With a desperate dive, he grabbed the back of his opponent’s jumper, pulled him down and then wrapped him up and was awarded the free kick. It hurt him, but, gee, it felt good.

From the free kick, the ball ended up back in our forward 50 and a swarm of players converged with 30 seconds left. Again, a Moore Park player emerged with the ball and the Tigers looked safe until Finlay threw himself into yet another massive tackle to lock it in.

Ten seconds left, one last chance – a ball up 20 metres from goal. Cooper gets tackled without the ball, the whistle blows and the rest, as they say, is history.

Three moments from Will, Finlay and Cooper may have been the obvious match winners in that tense last minute, but match turning moments can come at any time:

Connor was strong and smart in defence and several times saved the day on the last line; Nic ran hard at a loose ball on the back flank in the second quarter with no thought about the oncoming Tiger and won the contest; Paddy backed back into a pack to take a strong intercept mark on the back flank in the third term; Alex DP’s opportunistic snap sparked our revival just after quarter time; Alex D’s steady set shot in the third term kept us in the game.

It’s not just a glamour goal after the siren that wins a game – it’s every little contribution in the 60 minutes before that.

Like they did against Pennant Hills a few weeks ago, these kids showed enormous grit to twice come back from behind.

After being kept scoreless in the dewy first quarter as the mist rolled in from Five Dock Bay, they went into quarter time three goals down, but not out.

Tackles, smothers, shepherds, run from everyone and goals to Alex DP, Paddy and Ben M locked the scores at halftime.

A pair of goals apiece, a few lead changes and scores were still level at three quarter time and we were in for a thrilling final term.

Two good goals to the hard running and clever Tigers put them 12 points clear early in the final quarter and they kept that margin with the siren looming.

But the desperate and gutsy Cannons kept fighting and spent the rest of the game throwing everything they had at trying to snatch the game.

With three minutes left, it started deep in defence. Alex D combined with Blake, then on to Thea on the wing who sent the ball to Alex DP who kicked a long range goal from the flank to put us within six points.

Soon after his goal, the crowd thought ADP had levelled the scores with another shot, but he was smarter than that. It was a strategic behind which put us five points down, but still in our forward line with a minute to go.

Then followed the most exciting 60 seconds of footy you’ll ever see on a Mother’s Day. And it was well worth giving up that sleep in.

CANADA BAY 7.5.47

Goals: Alex DP 2, Cooper 2, Alex D 1, Ben M 1, Paddy 1.

MOORE PARK 7.4.46

 

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