U9 Black – Gala Day (Week 1)
Game 1 – Drummoyne Black v Glebe Black
Our first match of the day was against the Glebe Black team (Greyhounds), having not come across this team in the regular competition we were caught a little off guard with their attacking football. However the U9 Black team as always were up for challenge – there was great tackling lead by Toby, Cooper and William I. Our backline curtailed the attacking football of our opponents with Russell showing great defensive skills along with Lochlan D and William M putting the opposition under pressure. Our midfield was dealt a blow with Indiana taking a hit in the face and coming from the field early in the quarter, ice was applied and Indiana sat out the remainder of the game. There was terrific work in the centre by Luke and Jackson with Denver combining to find Damien on the wing, who managed to hit the scoreboard with our first goal of the day. Our backline was under pressure, however great determination and tackling by our backs restricted the Greyhounds scoring opportunities. Lochlan D showed great athleticism to save a certain goal on the final siren to restrict the Greyhounds to only two goals. – Final score 7-16
Game 2 – Drummoyne Black v Concord Giants
Our second game was against the Giants, our friendly neighbours from Concord, after a quick change of fields and a brief coach’s address the players including Indiana took to the field. Power showed some fantastic teamwork and applied great pressure with the majority of the game played in our attacking zone. Our backs of William I, Cooper, Luke and Damien had a quiet game with very little to do with our centres containing the ball and moving it forward. Lochlan D burst through the pack and found Denver who kicked a goal. Toby and Russell also combined well in attack supported by William M and Jackson who sustained great tackling pressure. Final Score 15-1
Game 3 – Drummoyne Black v Glebe Hounds
After having posted our first win for the day the Drummoyne Black team were determined to continue the good form into the next game against the Glebe Hounds. Once again having not faced the Glebe Greyhounds in the competition we were a little unsure how they would respond to our playing style. Our backline was put under a little pressure with William M, Indiana and Jackson combining well to limit the opportunities for the Greyhounds. Our centres of William I, Cooper, Luke and Damien contained the ball with great tackling. Luke made a terrific break to find Damien who passed to Russell, however the pressure from the Hounds interrupted a certain scoring opportunity. Our forwards of Denver, Lochlan, Russell and Toby tried hard all game and were very unlucky not to find the scoreboard. Final Score 0-7
Game 4 – Bye
Game 5 – Drummoyne Black v Drummoyne Silver
Coming off the bye the team was more than ready for the final game of the day against our club rivals Drummoyne Silver. Lochlan made an early break from the midfield pack and found Denver on the fly, however we were unable to combine for a score on that occasion however it was very entertaining footy. Our centres and forwards were determined to keep up the pressure with great tackling by Toby and William M. Denver lead from the front with his ability to find space and combine with teammates. Russell, Jackson and Cooper took on the opposition without fear and Indiana combined well with Lochlan finding the scoreboard. Our backline of William I, Damien and Luke did a sound job playing on their man and not allowing Silver to score a goal, keeping them to a point. A very entertaining game with the Drummoyne Black team winning in a close one. – Final score 6-1
Overall a fantastic week 1 of U9 Gala Day footy showing just how competitive and close all the sides are in the competition – Well done to all players this week, showing just how far you have all come this season.
Looking forward to week 2 of the Gala Day.