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.

U11 Teal v Maroubra, Round 14

U11 Teal had a day out against Maroubra for its Round 14 match at Heffron Park, Maroubra. The team showed why it is top of the table and a contender for the upcoming finals.  It was a fine day without any wind, which is unusual for Maroubra.  Most games here have a gale favouring one end, but not this day!

The first quarter saw Teal kick five goals and register a four goal lead. The forwards were working well together.  Joseph led the centres with strong ruck work. Oscar was terrific showing strong attack on the ball.  Xabi was solid in defence.  Milo used his speed and courage to get his hands on the ball.

In the second quarter Teal extended its lead with a six goal term.  Zachary was playing well kicking six goals by half time. Xabi kicked a huge long range goal – it was good to see him at the front half of the ground.  Harry was proving elusive as always and his precision passing was a highlight.  Hugo was a ‘wall’, showing why he is one of the best defenders in the league.

The third quarter saw the scoring slow a little as Brad experimented with the team to give the backline a go. Jules was a dynamo and involved in everything, while Lucas B was very solid, stopping the ball from getting past him and driving the ball forward.  Oscar finished with a great goal – nice to see given he does not get the opportunity often.

While the equalisation rule was enforced, the floodgates opened in the last quarter.  Nic kicked a great snap, which was good reward for a great game. Oliver kicked a fine goal – his first for the season, which was roundly celebrated. Luke kicked a rather fancy goal on the outside of his boot.  The crowd cheered and asked “Where’s his left foot?”  It was good to have him back after a week off. Lucas’ attack on the ball was notable. James put in a solid performance all day and Sean was consistent in his efforts.

It was a confidence boosting outing.  Next week will be a truer test as we take on second placed Glebe, who beat us last time.  Go Drummoyne!

Goals: Zachary 8, Nicholas 3, Harry 2, Luke H 2, Oscar 1, Oliver 1, Xabi 1, 2 unaccounted for.

Thank you to all volunteers for your efforts (week in and week out).

 

 

U11 Teal v Glebe Greyhounds: Round 10

Under 11-1 Drummoyne Teal vs Glebe Greyhounds

Round 10

Grey clouds threatened at Jubilee Oval as the boys took to the field against the Glebe Greyhounds. Glebe had recently beaten Teals arch rivals East’s so the boys knew they were in for a tough match.

Teal started well and were all over Glebe in the opening moments of the game. Harry got away with a clear run to score the first goal, five minutes into the game. Then Glebe switched on and came back strong scoring the next three goals. Teal were scuttled and lost momentum. Oscar got a shot away towards the end of the quarter for a well deserved goal. Glebe was ahead by 3-1  at the break.

Great teamwork saw Harry score another two goals in the second quarter but Glebe had all the answers as they responded with another two goals and one behind. Zachary tried hard to close the gap with a behind but Teal still went to the half time break trailing by 3-1. Coach Brad did his best to boost the boys’ spirits with a motivational half time talk. Team Captain, Joseph, told it like it was at the break also, wanting the boys to “run harder at the ball and get it”.

An even third quarter saw both teams score three goals keeping the scoreboard status quo. Fantastic play saw Hugo pass to Harry who got the ball to Zachary for a goal. Julian and Milo were the other goal scorers for Teal this quarter.

Again the last quarter saw both teams score only one goal each. Teal missed some opportunities with four behinds this quarter. Julian did well to score Teals final goal of the match as the boys were losing steam. The final score was Glebe 11.2 defeating Teal 8.7. The quote of the day came from our team manager: “At least it didn’t rain.”

 

U11 Black Versus Newtown Swans Red: Round 9

U11 Black v Newtown Swans Red

Round 9, Drummoyne Oval

The boys were back at the Power Fortress on the familiar turf of Drummoyne Oval on a cloudy day for the first game of winter.

Newtown was short of numbers so in the first quarter Oscar and Alex P turned the guernsey inside out to front up for the Swans.

The first bounce had a very familiar outcome with Toby tapping down to Damien who picked up the ball, did a blind turn out of the pack and kicked the ball long for our first of what was going to turn out to be many entries into the forward line.

Cooper gathered and gave a quick handball to Lucca to kick into full forward where Newtown were able to repel but only long enough for Luke to pick up the ball at half forward and send the ball back from where it came to get the first goal on the board.

Russell sent a message to the opposition early with a strong tackle acros half back which resulted in a holding the ball decision. The kick went forward and Mikhail got in on the action with feirce tackling to spill the ball and allow another kick forward.

Luke was all over the ground in the first quarter and he found himself with ball in hand to send a raking kick forward which found Ethan who turned and snapped to get the second goal on the scoreboard.

Out of the middle, the Power centre’s were continuing their dominance to send the ball forward again where Jonty stood strong and took a great mark at centre half forward. He passed to Cooper who under pressure slapped the ball on the boot with a shot on goal but was offline and registered a minor score.

Newtown kicked the ball in and Toby continued his dominance by gathering and kicking it back from where it came for a 3rd goal to Drummoyne for the quarter.

Jarvyse who is proving to be one of a very strong and dominant back line, tackled the Newtown player to spill the ball and with assistance from Alex, repelled the Newtown attack to find Toby in the middle who busted through the pack to get the ball to Jasper.

The ball was held in our forward half until Lucca stepped up and slotted a great goal whilst under pressure from the Swans defenders who were working overtime.

Denver stepped into the middle for the ruck and straight away picked up from where Toby left off with a great tap down which was followed up by the Newtown midfield to kick forward for only the second time in the quarter. Unfortunately, they met the resistance of Alex and Jarvyse yet again to stop the attack just before the quarter time siren.

At quarter time, Power was ahead by 26 points.

Second quarter started with a southerly wind at the backs of the power boys and a change in the ruck with Alex getting a go to display his deft touch with a clean tap down to Oscar who was running and bouncing his way out of the middle and down the wing.

Hamish presented with a great lead out of the forward line and was unluckily beaten by a bad bounce on two occassions but didn’t stop him from bottling the ball up and keeping it in our forward half.

Help arrived in the form of Mikhail who was very strong over the ball and with a quick gather farmed out a handball to Oscar who was again on the burst and with a snap across the body was able to register a point to the near side of the goals.

Newtown kick in was intercepted by Toby who pushed through two Swans to get the ball over to Alex who also beat two tackles and passed to Oscar with another snap at goal and a similar result with a second point.

The ball was kicked in again by the Newtown full back who was racking up some serious possessions thanks to the Power wayward shots. The ball went to ground and was gathered up by Lucca who pushed the ball forward to Jackson who was quickly set upon by the Newtown backs, but not before he paddled the ball out to Alex P who picked up and snapped for a great goal.

Another clearance out of the middle by Oscar, saw the familiar dash and bounce down the wing and with the wind behind him, he was confident with a shot on the run from 35m out but with the wind starting to swirl in the Power cauldron, Oscar was slightly offline for a third point of the quarter.

Oscar was to go on and kick five points for the quarter, but after another kick in from the Swans full back, and a strong run down and tackle by Damien, the ball went forward with a long kick from Denver to the top of the square. Oscar took a great contested mark right in front and finally saw him get the goal that he deserved.

The half time siren went and the Power headed into the sheds with a dominating lead.

Ethan and Jonty were good enough to help bolster the Swans numbers in the second quarter and for the third, Jarvyse and Luke turned the tops inside out to help the other side.

The Swans came out for the 3rd quarter with a great attitude and got the first centre clearance to send the ball forward for their first score on the board which was a point.

Alex took over the kick in duties from his familiar position of full back and when the ball was picked up by the Newtown player, Jonty was there to lay a strong tackle and be awarded the free for holding the ball.

Denver was back in the mix with a strong run through the middle and a penetrating kick back into the forward line where Cooper gathered off the ground and with quick hands to Hamish he snapped over his should to the goal square where Mikhail was front and centre, picked up the ball and kicked a great goal.

The centre bounce saw the ball come out of the middle again and thanks to Toby who was dominating the tap work in the ruck contest, got the ball to Ethan who kicked quickly under pressure to Cooper in the square for another goal to the Power.

Hamish and Jasper worked well together across the middle with a series of handballs which allowed Lucca to break through with the ball and kick to Denver at centre half forward who swung onto his right foot to just miss to the far side and kick a point.

The ball was kicked in and Jackson stood strong across half forward to take mark of the day and keep the pressure on the Swans. A quick kick went into the square where Ethan picked up and kicked another major for the power just before the three-quarter time siren.

In the final quarter, the Power sent Jackson, Alex, Russell and Mikhail over to the Swans to bolster their side just as the rain started to fall.

Denver was still full of run and started the final quarter strongly to kick the ball to Jonty who passed to Oscar with a great mark. Oscar played on quickly and with a disciplined kick to the top of the square, Damien picked up and dribbled the ball through for a great team goal.

Another strong clearance out of the middle saw the ball in, you guessed it, Oscar’s hands again who passed to Cooper deep in the forward pocket who took an uncontested mark on a tight angle. Cooper played on to open up the angle and sent the ball through for his second goal.

Jarvyse was proving impossible for the Swans to get past half way and after he single handedly beat three opponents, sent a clearing kick forward which was marked by the Swans who were still in the fight. They kicked forward but only to see Jarvyse mark again stopping another potential attack at the Swans goals.

Denver was starting to rack up possessions and with a great kick forward, Ethan gathered the half volley and kicked to the top of the square where Oscar who was dominating took another strong contested mark and goaled.

The final quarter was drawing to a close, but the Power were relentless with Jasper standing strong across half back, he gathered and passed to Hamish for a great mark. The ball went into the square where it was gathered by Newtown but Cooper who was hungry for another goal, tackled hard and was awarded the free kick right in front to finish with three goals for the game.

The final siren sounded with no doubt that Power was the dominant team on the day.

Goal scorers:

Luke – 1 Goal (1 Pt)
Ethan – 2 Goals (1 Pt)
Cooper – 3 Goals (1 Pt)
Toby – 1 Goal
Lucca -2 Goals (2 Pts)
Oscar – 2 Goal (5 Pts)
Alex P – 1 Goal
Mikhail – 1 Goal (1 Pt)
Denver – 1 Goal (2 Pts)
Damien – 1 Goal

U9 Teal vs Newtown Swans: Round 10

U9 Teal played Newtown Swans White at Drummoyne Oval  – while the weather was threatening, the pitch remained dry.

The boys, on instruction from the coach Moore, came out with a strong start kicking four goals in the first. Goals were shared between Ned and LT. Conor had a lot of the footy and nearly got himself some points from loose ball. Caleb came on at the latter part if the first and injected himself in to the midfield, lifting the team and getting a ton of possessions.

Ben, Otto, and Gus had huge second quarters putting more points on the board. Dylan has a lot of possessions in our half of the field. Lucas found space running out of our backline and the two Wills enjoyed getting ball in the midfield.

Lachlan C ran down Ben in the third in a beautiful tackle to get possession for his team. Finn had another strong game, also put on the opposing jersey to lend the Swans a hand. Max bagged a late goal for Teal to finish off strong game by the boys.

Otto received best on ground with Ben getting the coach’s award. Well done lads!

U11 Black vs East White – Round 10

U11 Black – Round 10

Drummoyne Oval 17.6.2017

Great to be back at Drummoyne Oval: 18 degrees, cloudy sky – but the oval in great condition to play against Easts. The boys looked on top form following their team photo.

From the first minute of the first quarter, the mighty Drummoyne Power played to win with Mikhail taking a mark followed by a clean goal. Tackling was strong and consistent. On occasions, Easts were in our half and they were challenged with good defence. Lucca was great in defence at goal with Alex again being in the right spot to defend. Tackling was strong, Toby and Luke had eaten their weeties and were unstoppable. By the end of the first quarter Cooper was on fire with a goal, followed by Luke and Denver with a point on the bell.

The team was motivated by John the runner who dashed on and off the field at impressive speed in pink bib. In the second quarter, Drummoyne Power was on top with many marks from the team and goals by Denver and Nicholas who had 2 goals in a row from his left foot. Three additional points just added to to the impressive score.

In the third quarter, the sun came out and Easts  found their game and came back with a couple of goals, DP upped the ante and push hard in defence but there was no danger of Easts pulling ahead: Three of the goals in the third quarter were from clean marks in front of goal, with DP pulling away with a convincing lead at the end of the third.

Toby swopped ruck for defence with Alex and DP fight on in the fourth. All of the team was ‘in the zone’ and every player worked hard and looked to be enjoying the game. With three subs, Anthony and John were able to rotate players. Damian kicked a long goal, Cooper took a ball in the face, bounces up and kicks a goal 30 sec later, Russell and Denver very strong tackling.

Drummoyne Power finished with a strong lead – it was a great result. The team is really improving week to week under the coaching of Anthony. As John summed up the day: it was the most complete game yet.

For me, the highlights were Brad instructing Chris as goal umpire while texting, Jackson for team sprit playing for Easts and singing the team song without the laminated sheets. Wow! These boys have made real progress.