U8 Black – Round 8

U8 Black vs Concord Giants

Round 8, Saturday 27 May, 2017

Drummoyne Oval

Undefeated. We don’t keep score, but that was the word being bandied about before the game. Could the team maintain this alleged record run? And against the club’s old foes Concord who are known for their skill and relentless aggression? It was always going to be tough, but the news that star player Austin P was out injured raised the concern of the supporter base. Who would they get to stand in for Austin P? Commandeering a player from the other side was an option, as too was playing a man down, but Koji, the younger brother of Akira, stepped up to play and it was game on!

Defence

The first term was tough – most of it played in the Concord forward line with defence being the name of the game. However, it wasn’t enough to stop the mighty Concord Giants taking inspiration from their namesake’s come-from-behind win against the Richmond Tigers at Spotless Stadium last weekend to post a few quick goals. Nonetheless, Koji defied his diminutive stature to put up a strong defence with the support of Tom and Austin D. Against the odds, Dimitri with steps and ‘fakies’ [trademarked: D Pate] slotted a couple of majors and assisted Hamish, who put one through late in the term. Drummoyne Power were still in the game. Just.

Coach Mark was inspirational at the break. Rumour has it he is the reason the Swans are coming to the Oval on 1 June for the community club day – not for the grass roots encouragement but to get a few tips on how to turn around their struggling season. Time will tell.

A force awakens

The second term saw a Drummoyne Power comeback worthy of Lazarus. Every player deserved a mention. Dimitri backed up his excellent first term with strong defence on the goal line and clearing kicks. Evie was aggressive in the goal square, Koji was in the thick of it and Alex V was relentless in defending Concord’s key player and Drummoyne’s biggest threat. Alexander G, Tom and Austin D were everywhere keeping the ball alive with pinpoint accurate passing and bursts of speed, and the commitment of Hamish and Arnaud was outstanding, both putting their bodies on the line for the team. A huge term for Lachlan with 3 goals and a couple of behinds meant Drummoyne Power was back.

Determination

The third term was a physical, gritty affair played mostly in Drummoyne’s forward line but characterised by defence, defence, defence. Numerous attempts at goal from both Akira and Arnaud were largely unsuccessful with Concord wrestling the ball back but rarely passing half way as the impenetrable defence of Drummoyne Power kept the Giants scoreless.

This was a big pressure game and the team stepped up like the true champions they are. Austin D and Tom got well deserved awards.

Undefeated? Well, we don’t keep score. But rumour has it…

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U11 Teal Round 8

Under 11 Teal vs Newtown Swans

Round 8, Drummoyne Oval

It was another beautiful afternoon in Sydney as the Teal U-11 team were attempting to bounce back from the top of the table loss last week

Teal was fielding a full strength team and coach Brad produced yet another emotion charged pre-match address in the Drummoyne change rooms.

After an even first five minutes of the 1st term Teal started to break away through the outstanding run of Milo. He had a superb quarter kicking three goals from seven possessions and was well supported by a rampaging mid-field. Zac and Julian also had strong first terms and Teal had a big advantage in the ruck with Joseph giving his team first use of the ball at all the stoppages.

The first term finished with the score at 3 goals 3 behinds to Swans 1 point.

The second continued with Teal dominating in the centre. Luke produced his customary run and bounce making good use of the ball.  Harry C also came into the game and teamed up well with Lucas as Teal started to share the ball creating opportunities up forward. The Teal back line was as solid as a rock. Oscar, Hugo and Xabi were all tight in defence and gave nothing away while rebounding quickly.

The Swans came out in the second half with a new lease of life and started to get more of the ball with some determined tackling. They put two goals on the board however the second half of the term was all Teal. Again it was the strong mid-field that lead the way. Joseph had a great quarter and Luke, Harry and Zac continued to rack up the stats.

The third term finished with a strong lead to Power.

In a consistent display Teal finished out the game with another strong quarter of football posting another three goals. They were hard at the ball and produced some outstanding tackling.

Lucas added two goals and had a real presence on the game with some strong marking. Milo added another goal to take his tally to four for the day. Other goal scorers were Nicolas, Oliver, Max, James and Zac showing once again that Teal have many options going forward.

The final score was a convincing victory to Power.

Well done boys. A great game of football and a very even performance across all four quarters. The highlight was some great handball and sharing of the ball through the mid-field and our ability to rebound off half back which opened up opportunities for the forward line. Also great to see everyone contributing…well done.

Round 7 – Drummoyne U/11 Black V West Magpies U/11 Black

Drummoyne U11 Black V West Magpies Black

Round 7, Picken Oval

Due to the recent rain throughout Sydney, the majority of the Drummoyne games were cancelled, but fortunately enough for the U/11 Black, the skies cleared and the West Magpies opened their ground to host our boys under sunny blue skies.

The game started with Toby taking up his resident position at the centre bounce, and once again cleared the ball from the centre bounce for the boys to get first possession out of the middle.

Denver and Damien were working together early and set up some good linking play to clear the ball out of our backline where Nicholas was able to show his strengths at the bottom of the pack and get the ball out to Alex P to send the ball forward.

The first quarter saw our back half under consistent pressure from the West Magpies and without our ever reliant full back Alex on the field for the first quarter, a few players had to step up and take on the defensive responsibilities.

Ethan was effective with hard work across half back and with Russell demonstrating the hall marks of an evergreen backline player, he was busting packs and linking with the centre group of players.

This provided opportunity for Lucca and Luke to get possession and start shifting the ball forward of centre, putting the opposition under some real pressure towards the end of the quarter.

It was a strong finish to the first quarter with Cooper and Jonty working hard to hold the ball in the centre of the ground so that numbers could get around them to assist which resulted in our first scoring opportunity, finishing the quarter with a point on the board.

The second quarter was strongly contested with Russell yet again getting involved early and now with Alex taking up position in the defensive goal square, our back line was settled and provided a strong platform to send the ball forward.

Ethan was involved again as the link man running through the middle providing opportunity for Denver who stood tall all day.

Jarvyse and Lucca combined from half back with a penetrating kick into our forward line where it was strongly contested by Cooper & Jonty again bringing the ball to ground and forcing it forward, which resulted in our first goal by Mikhail who finished off nicely from the square off the back of the hard work which started across half back.

Nicholas was going from strength to strength in the middle with support from Luke where both players were relishing in the strong in and under work around the packs.

Off the back of this hard work, a clearance from the middle created opportunity for Denver to link up with Ethan, Jarvyse, Cooper, Alex P, and Jasper which again found Nicholas who was drifting forward and after repeat efforts he sent the ball through the middle for another goal on the board for the Power.

Going into half time, the boys were only down by 7 points and the momentum had started to shift in our favour.

Alex P & Jasper were doing their best to keep the ball in the forward line and when the ball managed to come out, Jackson was holding sway across half back and standing strong over the ball.

Toby was making his presence felt around the ground, not only with his deft touch at the ruck contest but also with his physicality at the ball, laying some bone crunching tackles that had a few of the opposition starting to look over their shoulder.

Denver continued his hard work around the ground and this created space for Luke, Russell, Lucca and Nicholas to link up with strong team play along the wing.

Ethan was courageous in the marking contest and across half back where he was standing tall with Jarvyse who single handed beat 3 opposition players to run out of defence and through the middle.

Mikhail, Jackson and Jarvyse worked together around the ball and Damien was injecting himself by running off half back and busting through the middle to send the ball forward providing opportunity for the small forward brigade of Cooper, Jasper and Jonty yet again.

As the boys were really starting to gather momentum, the 3 quarter time siren sounded.

Anthony pulled the boys together and urged them to continue the desperation and bravery for one last quarter effort.

The boys didn’t let him down.

Nicholas started the quarter with a new burst of energy and with a show of strength around the pack was providing multiple opportunities for our forwards to get their hands on the ball.

Lucca demonstrated the bravery that the team prides themselves on by running back with the flight of the ball and making a solid contest to bring the ball to ground.

Jarvyse was starting to read the play well off half back and busting through the lines to send the ball forward so that Toby and Denver could present and provide opportunity for the small forwards to get on the end of the footy.

Alex P was at the bottom of the pack again and with a quick clearance off half forward, allowed Lucca to get the first of his two last quarter goals.

Luke never stopped running all day, and with a brilliant chase down and tackle, was awarded a free which saw all the boys (and the side line) lift for a last big effort by the boys.

Even with another convincing goal by Lucca, time unfortunately got away from the boys and despite their best efforts; they missed out on the chocolates this time around.

Special mention goes to Nicholas for his strong work around the ground, Denver for his running and possessions all day and being the strong presence around the ground along with Toby who is really standing tall.

Luke was given a job by Anthony to be the run with player against West’s best on ground and this allowed the boys to start to get more possession and score on the board due to the nullifying effort that he provided. Alex and Russell were tremendous down back and worked hard all day to keep sending the ball forward and they were supported by all the boys who were working around the packs and at ground level all game.

Overall, it was an extremely brave effort by all the boys who are really starting to deliver against the game plan being put in place by Anthony.

Everyone provided a great contribution to the team and the game without anyone giving up on effort for the full four quarters. This is a great sign of things to come for the rest of the season.

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Round 7 Ground Closures

Ground closures 20-21 May

Jubilee Oval has been closed so Auskick games U5-U8 for Saturday 20 May are cancelled. NO U5-U8 GAMES.

Five Dock Park has been closed. U9 Black and U10 White games, moved there from Jubilee Oval, have been cancelled.

Trumper Park had been closed. Games there have been cancelled. This involves U10 Teal and U10 Black

Bat and Ball Oval at Moore Park has been closed – Saturday games there have been cancelled. This is U9 White, U9 Teal, U11-2 White and U11-1 Teal.

The wet weather website: www.wetweathercheck.com is the best place to check if your oval has been closed – it is updated first.

This notice applies only to Saturday games at this stage.

Updated: 9.10am, Saturday 20 May.

U9 Teal Ruck

U9 Teal Round 6

U9 Teal v East Sydney Bulldogs

Round 6, Drummoyne Oval

Being up against one of the toughest teams in the comp, U9 Teal made a great team effort.  The boys made it hard for Easts to score and put in 100% for a very exciting game.  Well done all of you!

Dylan – Great tackling throughout the game. Definitely worked hard all game.

Conor – Great kicks and an awesome tackle in the 3rd quarter.

Lachlan C – Some fantastic kicks throughout the game.

Caleb – Well done with your behind and some superb kicking.

Ned – Great job in defence and a huge kick got the ball down our end – well done.

Finn – A game full of tackles – great job in defence.

Will R – Good tackle in first quarter and trying to get the ball.

Otto – Scored two goals and took an awesome mark. What a fantastic game!

Lucas – We saw some great kicks today and three very fine tackles. Well done.

Max – Had the best catch of the day and took some great tackles.

Will W –  Was in the thick of it all game and took a great mark, too.

Gus – Great defence with some fabulous catches, too.

Tiger – (U9 Black) thanks for your help today and your great goal and three behinds.

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Under 8 Black – Round 4

U8 Black vs Western Suburbs Magpies

Round 4, Saturday 29 April 2017,

Drummoyne Oval

Alex V: You are great at defence: called you “king of smothering”. Most of the game you were very interacting with your team mates and even with your opponent team, making them playing mini games while the game was on.

Tom: You are great at passing the ball to your team mates, and keep the game moving at a good pace. You have some of the quickest feet in the team. You helped the team to kick some goals and took great marks all the way through the game.

Austen P: Excellent kicks from the centre to the forwards which led to couple of goals. You also managed to score some goals as well, and were very consistent throughout the game.

Dimitri: You are a great driver of the ball, with great kicks and passes throughout the game. Cutting through the defence and kicking in some goals was great to watch.

Evie: This was probably your best game ever—always there in the ball ups. Your running and passing of the ball with the team led to a goal in the second quarter.

Lachlan: You have good speed in your feet, especially the dance moves you do to trick you opponents, which is always fun to watch. You are good at breaking though the defence line and are very aware of your team position.

Hamish: You have great energy in your offensive skills, always attacking and putting pressure on the opponents. You also kicked some goals in the last quarter.

Arnaud: Always holding the fort, you kept your hands up to defend the ball throughout the game.

Alexander: You are an amazing allrounder, and you kept yourself in great position throughout the game to get your hands on the ball. You are always there within the reach to the ball and you are a captain of the team.

Akira: You were very focused in the game, always with an eye on the ball and you know how to get to the ball and kick the sharp angle goals. Throughout the game, because of your focus, the ball always landed in your hands. Taking the ball to right place is your key strength.

Coaches award: Lachlan

Play of the week: Akira 

U12 Div 2 – Round 5

U12 Div 2 Canada Bay Cannons v Miranda Bombers

Round 5 – 7th May 2017

Match Report by Stephen; photos by Catherine

ALL ABOUT ‘BALANCE’
“Balance. (noun)- a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions”

The Canada Bay Cannons were sitting undefeated on top of the ladder while the Miranda Bombers have not had such a strong start to the season. There were 16 fired up Cannons players in the warm up but only 12 wearing the Bombers’ black and red. Hardly what you would describe as an even contest, so coaches Paul and Luke addressed the imbalance by offering Miranda two players.

Quarter 1 saw Cooper and Mark wearing unfamiliar colours and with unfamiliar numbers, but there were something very familiar about the way they attacked the ball at the centre bounce. Showing his trademark balance and poise Cooper fired a beautiful goal for his temporarily adopted team. Then, just in case anyone missed it, he did it again! The Bombers were in control of the game, and the Cannons looked confused!

By the time the quarter time siren had blown the Bombers had kicked three straight to two Cannons points.

“Mark your man and contest the ball” were the two simple instructions from the coaches at quarter time, adding. “You can’t expect a couple of players to do all the work, you have to share the load and make it a team effort if we want to get this game back to an even contest!”

The second quarter saw Damo and Eathn helping the Bombers but the Cannons had taken on board the coaches’ comments. Football is about teamwork and playing for each other and the combinations started to click. Daniel asserted himself in the ruck and Archer’s continued efforts were rewarded with a goal. The pair of Jacks – (Jack B and Jack H) offered a balanced combination of speed and strength. Every player lifted and the results started to appear. By half time the scoreboard had tipped back in favour of the Cannons but the game was very much still in the balance!

JA, Archie and Justin headed over to the Bombers huddle at the half time break but the Cannons had the momentum and they weren’t about to let it go. Max relished his opportunity to captain the side and lead from the front. Mattie C and Lachie combined to prove that most attacks begin in defence. There were flashes of individual brilliance balanced with great team efforts. Mark’s pick up on the run, bounce on the 50 and then outside of the boot goal was definitely a candidate for goal of the year, but it was bettered only moments later with a fantastic team goal. It started with Damo on the wing centring the ball to Dallas, who passed to Woody. Woody found Mat Plugger on a lead, who in turn offloaded to Matt B, quick pass to Mark and goal! Probably the best team goal we have seen all year!

At three quarter time the Cannons were looking the goods, so again the coaches swapped things around to maintain the balance and they did a great job of it, with both teams kicking four goals one a piece in the final term. The Cannons held firm to carry on their undefeated start to the season, but the Bombers were able to take plenty of positives out of the game.

There were contributors all over the field and Coach Paul was heard to comment how well balanced the whole playing group is. There is great combination of size, speed, skill and strength and it was all on show this week. The biggest shout out though has to go to Cooper, Mark, Damo, Eathn, James, Archer, Justin and Woody. These committed Cannons not only spent time playing for the other team, but gave 100% when they played for them. That is what sportsmanship is all about and all the boys did themselves proud.

With everyone leading such busy lives it is hard to maintain a work life balance. We are all involved in kids sport because we want the kids to have fun. We want them to understand it’s not about winning and losing, it’s about doing your best and playing fair… and this week’s game was proof that success is all about keeping the balance.

 

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U11 Teal: Round 5

Drummoyne Power Teal U11 vs Newtown Swans

Round 5, Saturday 6 May

Alan Davidson Oval

It was a glorious Sydney Saturday afternoon at Alan Davidson Oval for the U11-1 match between Drummoyne Power Teal and Newtown Swans. Everyone was ready for another exciting encounter between these two teams!

The first quarter was a tight and tough contest with some wonderful team work between Luke H and Harry, which led to the first goal of the day. Some excellent defensive work from Joseph, Hugo and Zach N meant that the Swans kicked a number of behinds before scoring their first goal. Some awesome midfield running from Oscar started a play where Milo skillfully kicked the ball to Nick who marked it well then went on to kick a goal. At the end of Q1 Swans were in the lead by one point.

In Q2 Drummoyne took their teamwork to another level and there were some amazing passages of play involving many of the team including Zachary I, Max, Lucas J, Lucas B and Oscar which resulted in a goal by James, his first of three for the quarter. Harry and Nick also kicked a goal each this quarter. Excellent defence by Xabi and Hugo kept the Swans to two behinds for the quarter so at half time Drummoyne were in front 50 – 17.

Q3 was another tight contest with few points being scored. There were some hard tackles by Joseph and Hugo, some wonderful running by Oscar and Luke H, terrific centre work by Lucas B and excellent marks taken by Oliver and Zachary N. A memorable passage of team play involving Oscar, Nick and Sean led to a well deserved goal – the only one for the quarter. Drummoyne had increase the lead, with a quarter left to play.

Lots of wonderful team work and great skills were on display in Q4 and three goals, one each to Max, Xabi and Zachary N was a super way to finish the day. It was a solid win to Drummoyne and a fantastic team effort with everyone supporting each other to get the job done.

Many thanks to coach Brad and all of the volunteers who supported the team throughout the match.

Match report by Kylie.

U8 Black – Round 3

U8 Black vs Moore Park Tigers

Round 3, Saturday 22 April 2017,

Bat & Ball Oval

Overall what a game. Probably our best game as far as commitment is concerned and also passing and movement and holding our positions. Everybody was brilliant.

Alex V: great play. Looked particularly strong in defence—didn’t stop running.

Thomas: a goal-scoring machine.

Dimitri: strong and kept running, always looking for the ball.

Austin: a couple of handy goals and great running.

Evie: starting to hold position well, with a great tap from the ball up, and great move with two marks between Evie, Akira and Hamish.

Lachlan: few great goals and good marks, he tore the opposition apart.

Hamish: seemed to be everywhere. There was great midfield movement and great goal in the second quarter.

Arnaud: so focused in the first quarter, he did not leave his opponent’s side—he also made a great run from an Akira pass.

Alexander G: with a couple of great hand passes, he showed beautiful work in defence.

Akira: so composed all game. Great passing, kicking—all round a superb game.

Coaches award: Dimitri

Future AFL champion: Akira 

U10 Black v U10 Teal – Round 3

U10 Derby – U10 Black v U10 Teal

Round 3, Saturday 22 April

St Luke’s Oval, Concord

It was the battle for Club pride when U10 Black took on U10 Teal in one of the most toughly contested intra club matches we’ve seen for some time. This match report is presented on behalf of U10 Black, but we acknowledge the great game – and great sportsmanship – of our U10 Teal club-mates.

An amazing day was had by every one of the Drummoyne Power Black boys with a special mention to Marlowe who received the future AFL star award and Phinnaeas who received the coach’s encouragement award.

The game started with some impressive kicks under pressure by Jack followed up with solid defence and some exceptional clearances by Leon. Matty kicked us out of trouble on more than one occasion showing that determination and power comes from within, regardless of your size. Lachlan was fantastic and was in the thick of it the whole time whilet Raff brought the opposition to the ground on more than one occasion

Into the second half we saw Jack marking well and Finley clearing the centre bounce to keep the game flowing. It seemed to take multiple players of the opposition to pull Ethan down but he still managed to get the ball out and Marlowe had a fantastic goal under pressure. Matty once again was able to kick into space and the persistence of Marlowe took all the ducking and weaving and resulted in a super goal. Josh was always at the ready hassling in the ruck and provided some serious competition for the ball along with strong tackling at the goal square. Jack came up with some great spoils and Raff once again showed that being on your knees doesn’t mean that you can’t keep the ball in play. Rory was performing some great tackles and there was some fantastic team spirit to end the second quarter with Raff, Finley and Jack working together.

The third quarter started with some fantastic play between Leon and Raff kicking their way down the field and some quick hands from Rafa saw Phinn have a solid run and kick to send the ball down toward our goals. Marlowe showed some true grit against a great opposition while Matty once again showed his power and speed, with Leon taking a stunning mark in the air showing us all how it is done. The third quarter ended with Ethan scoring but after the hooter – unfortunately it didn’t count on the scoreboard (not that we have a scoreboard in U10) but showed that he was well and truly making an impact on the game.

Coming into the final quarter we were behind but that didn’t stop the boys – Coach Matt had some strong words of encouragement and told the boys they needed to win it from defence and they all banded together, did just that and pulled off an amazing final quarter to remind everyone that the game isn’t over till the final whistle.

Jack started the final quarter showing us all that a little bit of friendly push and shove was not going to intimidate him and Ethan brought his vice like grip to the centre meaning if his hands were on the ball, no one else was getting it. Leon had some fantastic runs and Phinn shook off some solid defence, which ended in a goal. Rory took a fantastic high mark and Ethan took some strong tackles meaning Leon was left open and went in for the goal. Jack managed to keep hold of the ball under some serious pressure from the opposition whilst Ethan did some more fantastic tackling. Lachlan was able to set up a run, kick and chase and followed it all the way to the ground whilst Raffa’s patience with the bounce saw him win the ball and clear it for us. Josh found himself at the bottom of the pile, but came out with the ball and even when tackled by a mate stood firm. Leon found himself another couple of goals, but the last of the quarter was the best when Leon, Phinn and Marlowe worked together to make it happen.

A great game was had by everyone on the field. Three cheers for our worthy opponents, U10 Teal. It is a great sign when two of the Club’s U10 teams are so strong and so evenly matched. It was lovely to see the boys join up afterwards, for an all-in team song.