U10 Teal: Round 4

Under 10 Teal v Western Suburbs Magpies

Round 4

Another difficult game for U10 Teal this week who came up against a bigger, stronger opponent in Wests Magpies. Although our boys were out bodied and faced some superior long kicking skills, the effort and intensity of the Teal unit could not be questioned.

Across the ground, Teal had to be on the defensive and stop the ever pressing pressure from the Wests outfit. Otto was superb across half back, repelling many an attacking foray. Dylan was also the coaches choice for superb efforts across the ground.

Playing short, we had two children from a younger grade step up to help out and both held their heads high. Specific mention needs to go out to Hewie who kicked a tremendous goal under pressure.

The team had fun and sang the club song with gusto!

Next week we host the Maroubra Saints and will hopefully turn the season fortunes around.

Under 9 Black – Round 4

U9 Black vs Western Suburbs Magpies

Round 4, Saturday 5 May, 2018

WH Wagener Oval

Coming off a tough game in the previous week, the battle-scarred U9 Black team was determined to make amends.

The WH Wagener Oval was ready, the sun was out and the boys were there early. The warm up was solid and Coach Mark recapped the prior week, tugging at the hearts of those who felt the pain of defeat. (There’s no scoring in U9, but everyone knows that Junior AFL players are master mathematicians when it comes to their six-times tables.) The boys knew what they needed to do, each committing to give it their all.
Right from the first bounce it was tackle, tackle, tackle. The message had gotten through, and leading the charge was Arnaud – what he lacks in stature he more than makes up for in effort and determination. He is a player reborn.
Grit. It’s what gets you through tough times, and U9 Blacks had plenty of it. Clearing the ball from the rucks (Nathen, Akira and Rohan proving to be deft hands at this), smothering the Pies attempts at clearing kicks (Tom and Dimitri) and wrestling the ball from fierce opposition (Alexander G and Alexander V) laid the foundations for a win and kept the Pies scoreless in two quarters.
Pace. Outrunning your opponent will either win you the ball or save you from eating dirt – both desirable outcomes. And it was again Lachlan, with his incredible turn of speed, with Talan, Luke and Akira who chased down balls and the opposition like cheetahs on a gazelle.
Teamwork. If you don’t have it you won’t win. And today it was there in spades. Austin D and Austen P personified teamwork – they were everywhere today. It didn’t matter what position they were playing, they were there to make the tackle, take the pass and make the mark. Rohan, Luke and Nathen provided great support with a number of possessions and disposals.
Confidence. It could have been a little shaken after the previous week, but you wouldn’t have known it from the way the team played today. The level of confidence was high, none higher than Akira whose mark on the siren in the 3rd term left him with an 80m kick for goal. As he tucked his mouth guard into his sock and lined up the monster kick, you knew this kid was the real deal. Unfortunately, some chewy on his boot and a gale force headwind worked against him today, but his confidence was in no way rocked.
In season 2017, U9 Black was a goal scoring machine, and this match was reminiscent of those days, with 4 goals in total (Dimitri with two, and one each for Talan and Hamish). Throw in a handful of behinds and U9 Black had shaken the monkey of their backs. They are back!

Under 9 Black – Round 1

U9 Black vs Newtown Swans Red

Round 1, Saturday 7 April, 2018

Alan Davidson Oval

The season opener was played under sunny skies and summery temperatures at the lovely Alan Davidson Oval and the excitement was palpable.

With the onset of their first post-Auskick season of tackle the boys had about as much room to move as a PM facing 30 consecutive Newspoll losses but handled the pressure admirably.

From the first kick of the game our talisman Alexander G showed what it means to step up when he recovered after an intercepted kick and put his opposite number on the ground – it’s a long way from putting someone on back foot (the best possible result in 2017!)

Austin D took the lead-by-example approach to captaincy to a new level and after taking a massive hit rebounded more powerfully than Turnbull could ever dream of. Dimitri’s play was as sharp as his haircut and with Xavier kicking truly the Power took the momentum into the first break.

With a quarter-time inspirational speech ringing in their ears the Swans came out strongly with Hamish the first to find out that you have to be quick in the post-Auskick era. Arnaud also found out what it means to have 200kg of in-your-face pressure when three Giants in a Swans strip seized upon his attempt to break free – but showed no fear at all!

With the boys getting used to the new conditions some great play started to emerge, with the play of the match seeing a clearing kick from Luke swooped upon by Lachlan who took a quick right-foot snap at goal. Our first-gamer Talan was proving to be a fine recruit, showing best-on-ground qualities in a super all round performance that turned back raid after raid.

With the Swans scoreless at half-time the defence had reason to smile as all the boys headed to a well-deserved orange and H2O injection.

The second half continued with the heavy hitting with Alex V giving as good as he got in a battle with the Swans tall timber. Alex V also set the spark for a great goal with a post-mark kick finding Akira who then chipped a short pass on to Dimitri who split the sticks. Nathen was absolutely everywhere in the midfield and Austin D once again showed his teammates what it means to lead with a great tackle that extinguished another Swans raid.

With the heat in the field matching the final quarter on-field temperatures the Swans kept on coming but great goals from Alex V and Austen P keeping the Power fire burning. Rohan got strongly involved in the midfield, with his prints all over the ball at the final whistle.

Overall, the season opener was an eye-opener and the boys adjusted to the new world and they have every right to be proud. We’re not in Kansas anymore and there’s no free runs or friendly coaches acting as referees – and here’s to a great season to come.

The Season Draw

The Season Draw has been published online. Please bookmark it, or download the free app to your smartphone.

The draw is available online via Sports TG (formerly Fox Sporting Pulse)

  • Sports TG website version
  • Sports TG also has a free app, available from the Apple App Store and Google Play, called Game Day Sports TG. 

Instructions for finding your team on Game Day Sports TG.

Once you have logged in, select ‘find my team’ and then ‘Australian Football’. Search for ‘Sydney Harbour City’ and then under the tab ‘competition’ you will find a list of divisions. Tip: Make sure you’re looking at the 2018 competition, as they leave the 2017 in place and you may have to scroll past 2017 to find it.

Please note that that while your team colour may be black, white or teal, your division may be a different colour. Just look through all the entries for your age group for Drummoyne Power until you find it. Once you’ve found it once, press the star in the top right hand corner, and it will stay on the home screen of the app, so you don’t have to look for it again.

The draw is considered the single source of truth. If there is ever any conflicting information about game times or locations, consult the online version of the draw.

Please also note, you should check the draw regularly. As the season progresses, it will be tweaked. We will, of course, notify you of any changes but nothing beats the eagle eyes of a whole team checking it.

 

Round 15 – Drummoyne U11 Local Derby – The mother of all contests

You could feel the excitement building at Five Dock Park, even before the preceding game had finished. In round 3 at Bat and Ball, Power White had a convincing 79-28 win over Power Black. The long awaited rematch was finally here, and with Black on equal 4th on the ladder, a crucial game against the competition leaders.

The first quarter was tough. White spent most of the quarter attacking relentlessly. But the Black defence just kept on defending. Ethan, Jonty, Alex H and Luke were tireless, looking out for each other, and keeping the goals clear. On a few occasions, the momentum shifted and the ball travelled the length of the field into an attacking position, but White kept coming. Black’s first line of defence upfield taking effect, Jasper tackling strongly and keeping the ball forward and Jarvyse laying some very effective tackles in the mids. This quarter was all about defence. The single point scored off the boot of Alex P.

Quarter time Black 0-1-1 White 0-0-0

The second quarter saw the Black midfield start to fire. Some great hand-ball and kick combinations between Damian and Luke, Mikhail and Denver, and the momentum was starting to shift. A scrambling run up the wing by Luke delivered the ball to Lucca within scoring range, and score he did. Hamish in the middle took a cracking mark, shortly followed by another. No one knew his game was in doubt with a hand injury, but he wasn’t going to miss this game! Marlowe was playing consistent sensible footy. Nick, Damian and Denver combined to come very close to scoring, but White was defending equally as strong. Toby took the next important mark with a booming kick between the big sticks. Late in the quarter White scored a well-deserved goal, and Denver and Alex P combined for a behind after the half time siren.

Half Time Black 2-2-14 White 1-0-6

The intensity of the game didn’t let up. Actually it increased! Ethan took a heavy tackle but bounced back strongly.  Alex H made some great saves in our defending goal square as White continued the attack., hitting the post for a minor score. Toby was running through the middle, and Russell ever consistent in both attack and defense.  Jackson won a penalty in our own half connecting with Jonty who was also fouled – then kicked to Alex then Damian for another hard-to-come-by-point.  Alex H continuing the great pressure and clearance kicks between our posts. A point to each team this quarter.

Three Quarter Time Black 2-3-15 White 1-1-7

The final quarter… started with a two quick behinds to White. The toughness of Hamish and Cooper starts to shine as the intensity yet increases. Luke makes a few hard tackles to win the ball. Then gets well tackled in response. There’s no player on either team giving anything up here. Late in the final quarter Lucca scores a behind then Nick slots only the fourth goal of the game.

Full Time Black 3-4-22 White 1-3-9

This was the lowest scoring game in Division 2 this year – showing how great the defence was from both teams.

Power Black has a lot in common with the Sydney Swans. After losing their first 3 games, they have won 9 of the next 11. As the coaches said today – Wow, this is an extraordinary turnaround from the beginning of the season.

Thanks to Power White for a tough, spirited game. It is great to see both Power teams looking set for the finals. Thanks again to Nick and Marlowe for playing up for us.

 

Round 14 – Drummoyne Power Black versus Newtown Swans Red

As the lure of the finals looms the boys of Black travelled across town to meet a Newtown Swans team that had, to this point, struggled throughout the season.

Under a sparkling, clear blue sky the promise of a fast pitch and an undermanned opposition brought expectation of the percentage-boosting victory for the Power. A big win would all but guarantee a finals spot that looked unlikely after an 0-4 season start and the sounds of September dreaming rung in the air.

As of the first bounce, a strong effort by the Swans reminded all and sundry that expectation can be the mother of disappointment. The Swans pressure, coupled with a lack of passing continuity from the Power delivered a goal-free first term, despite the strong efforts of Lucca and Mikhail up front.

Following a review at the first break the Power came out strongly in the second quarter. Soon after the restart Luke found the big sticks and a Denver pick up and disposal led to a further goal soon after. Mikhail and Cooper also got in on the action and a dominating  half-time lead created the promise of the win the Black was seeking.

As if on cue, the lessons of underestimating an opposition were rewritten again as the Swans dominated the third quarter. Damian did a great job at the back but with Alex ‘you’re not getting past me’ Hewitt further up the field the Swans kept on coming and won the championship quarter 21-0.

After a final huddle that no outsiders dared enter, the Power walked out looking a little dishevelled, with Damian being the clear exception. Perhaps it was the idea of having to sit next to coach on the red-light drive home – and it did work.

Great work from Toby in the ruck along with on-ball pressure from Russell got the Sherrin moving in the right direction again and the forwards had shot after shot on goal as the clock wound down.

Unfortunately the desire the kick with the side of the boot rather than with the laces (soccer is a scourge on the game) meant that it rained behinds, not goals. Ethan and Denver both had multiple shots before Ethan did find the middle and Luke continued to perform strongly as the Power took control and a very comfortable win.

ROUND 13 – DRUMMOYNE U11 BLACK VS WESTERN SUBURBS BLACK

The last game for U11s as Drummoyne Power at Drummoyne Oval. A sentimental round for the boys after so many years at this great oval. Next year, the kids will graduate to the Canada Bay Cannons. While they’ll still have Drummoyne Oval as their home oval, they won’t be wearing the teal and black.

The day was perfect for the sendoff, and perfect for a match that the boys knew was going to be a hard fight.

First quarter started as expected, both teams came out strong relishing the opportunity to play some strong football.

Jarvyse started with a great mark in defence firing it off to Russell and Toby in the centres. Wests were on the attack and pushing hard to dent the scoreboard.

Mikhail and Jackson turned the ball around and moved forward to the preferred end of play resulting in a goal for Luke who took the mark in front.

Ethan was strong in this quarter with a mark and feed to Denver. Toby was brilliant in the ruck and pushed hard against Wests. Luka was also so strong in defence.

Wests were tough and the boys had to maintain their composure which they did and in the end another goal went to Mikhail.

Second quarter was a great one for Drummoyne. Denver and Alex displayed great team work while Wests pushed forward to the Southern End of the ground.

Russell showed those super fast legs and stayed strong in defence getting the ball back down the right end. There was magnificent ca hase with Samuel and Cooper on the attack – resulting in a goal to Samuel.

Luka got the tap out passing to Luke who executed a huge kick to the goal circle helping Ethan get it right between the middle sticks. Brilliant play.

Another goal to Ethan and Samuel. Alex was impenetrable on the backline taking a huge mark.

Jacob played a fabulous role in this quarter – he was brutal on the attack.

Third Quarter – After a half time pump up from Anthony about staying strong but also about not reacting and staying true to the Drummoyne spirit of fair play – the boys came out firing once again.

Mikhail was having the game of the season on the line – stopping Wests from scoring a number of times right on the goal line.

Damien also saved a few and was throwing himself around the field. Russell was a huge asset in the centres driving the ball to the other end with the help of Luka and Ethan.

Great pressure from Jarvyse in the tackle. Wests were pushing hard but the backs stayed strong. Alex H was key in the backline using his height to block any surgence forward.
Alex P. was also on fire this quarter attacking with all his might. Luke made a tackle that showed his dominance in the game. Hamish took a great grab and delivered the ball to Sam in the goal square which ended in a goal.

Denver also played hard this quarter and he was rewarded with a goal.

Fourth Quarter – The final chance for Drummoyne to show Wests what true footy is about and they delivered. The boys displayed the best team work, supporting each other and encouraging each other constantly.

Hamish took a huge mark with an equally huge kick back down the right end of the field. Jackson and Alex H. pushed hard in defence while Luke basically covered the field determined to seal the deal as Wests got closer on the screen board.

Ethan gave the boys some breathing space with a goal. Jasper helping out in the goal circle making sure Wests were not going to get their hands on the ball. Toby and Russell fought with Wests over the ball up and managed to get it back down our goal end. Cooper backed himself after taking a mark – he played on and it payed off – he scored. The boys had done it. End score 61 – to Wests 44.

The whole team played amazingly well and stayed true to themselves with an honest, well fought game. They deserved the win!

Huge thanks to Samuel, Sam, Nick and Tiger for playing up from U 10s – they displayed true talent and are an asset to Drummoyne Power.

The boys should all be very very proud! On to the finals!

Round 11 – Drummoyne U11 Black vs Glebe Greyounds

Oh where art thou Daceyville?

The families of Under 11 Black have traversed all continents of the globe, trekked and travelled countries, explored cities and discovered regions that are both populated and remote. None, however, have ever been to Daceyville. Daceyville, the home of Australia’s first planned cul-de-sac, is only seven kilometres from Sydney’s CBD, in the middle of everything yet not near anywhere.  It seemed a long way to travel for a local derby against our old rivals, the Glebe Greyhounds.

The travel to Daceyville was well worth it though as our boys shifted their game play up a gear. The free flowing, open play allowed the Power to dominate early. Brilliant open runs from Damien, Lucca, Jarvyse put the Greyhounds under immediate pressure. The defence pack of Hamish, Ethan, Russell, Alex P, Mikhail and Jasper was made of solid rock and impenetrable.

Thank you to our special guest player Yoshi who stepped up to play again after finishing up from the U10s. Yoshi’s efforts ensured a smooth flow of play and absolutely no gaps in the outfield.

The crisp air cracked with the ‘boom-boom-boom’ of the ball off the boots of Cooper, Luc, Ethan and Jarvyse making it rain on a fine sunny day. Alex P, Russell, Lucca all popped the ball between the posts. Alex H’s brilliant contribution via the rucks had the ball flying Power’s way and when he applied his rugby style defence skills the opposition did not stand a chance.

Full credit to the Greyhounds, they did not give up. They dug deep and when it looked like they might score, Damian was right there on the line to thwart the attempt. Power’s brilliant defence never let its guard down.

“Mercy” was called but not by the Greyhounds! It was by our boys in the backs who had so little to do.  Full props to Ethan who played for Greyhounds in the last quarter and was immediately on the receiving end of the Power’s crushing defence. You did both teams proud Ethan, thank you.