Cannons U13 Div 2 v Kellyville, Round 5

Canada Bay Cannons U13 Div 2 v Kellyville

Round 5, 7 May 2017

It’s a long way to the Hills, that M2 just keeps going and going. Just like our Cannons – they keep going, even against the odds, they never give up.

OK, they had one bad quarter, and it was costly. Kellyville outscored us by 16 points in the third term and although we pegged them back with a gutsy last quarter, the 25-point three quarter time margin was just too big to haul in.

Especially on the biggest ground in Sydney. And with a few players down and no fresh legs on the bench, the ground almost felt as long as the M2.

The three-quarter time grapes were a big hit and when Liam converted a set shot early in the last term it looked like they could just provide the energy to spark a great comeback.

Ben M was still winning ball in the ruck and on the ground, Ben C was controlling things in defence, Nic was still running, Paddy kept putting his head over the ball and we were still in the game.

A bounce here and a bounce there could have gone either way, but Kellyville regained the momentum with a goal midway through the final term to stretch their lead back over 20 points.

But the Cannons never dropped their heads, even though they were running out of legs, and kept fighting hard to the end.

Ben C charged out of defence, linked up with Thea who found Alex who dug into his bag of tricks and curled in his second goal with the outside of his boot and we still had a sniff, but ran out of time.

Sam continues his improvement in his first year of footy, regularly starting attacks from the half back line as he stepped through and around opponents with ease, while we need to give a big thankyou to Mark from the under 12s who thought he was coming just to watch Liam play but ended up helping us out with his third game of footy for the day!

And thanks also to runner Darren and boundary ump Jeff who probably ran a half marathon each.

Poor old Jack can’t take a trick. Five games into a great comeback after a year out following  knee surgery and playing another powerful match, he fractured a bone in his arm and will be in a cast for the next 6-8 weeks. We wish him all the best and look forward to seeing him in time for the finals!

In the end, it came down to that one sleepy quarter in which we allowed too many of their men to roam free and take uncontested marks.

CANADA BAY 4.3.27 Goals: Alex 2, Paddy 1, Liam 1