U10 Black v Easts
Trumper Park, Paddington
Saturday 1 April, 2017
It was the classic game of two halves for U10 Black for their Round One encounter with Easts at Trumper Park.
For the first half, Drummoyne Power seemed asleep at the wheel, content to chew on their mouth guards, as the slick Easts team hammered the goals.
But a stirring half-time address by new Head Coach Matt, re-energised the team, reminding them that they were here to PLAY.
That second half was one of the best comebacks by a junior team you’re ever likely to see. They ran, they chased, they made space, they tackled (with gusto), they hand passed, they marked and kicked. In short, they played clever, gutsy football.
It was an incredible team performance that had the proud Power parents absolutely enthralled. If we had a scoreboard in U10, the Power kids levelled it by the end of the game.
In his post-match briefing, Coach Matt complimented his team on that stellar second half performance.
“It was not just about the glory stuff – the kicking goals and taking marks – it was about getting amongst it, getting in there and the little hand passes.”
New recruit Jack took the ‘man of the match’ award, with Coach Matt saying he “got in amongst it like a pig in the mud fighting for scraps”.
“That’s what I love. I saw lots of that today and that was really exciting.” (So, a pig in the mud is a good thing??? From the broad grin on Jack’s face as he heard it, I’d guess the answer is ‘yes’!)
But it really was a team game, and that second half saw plenty of highlights:
- Finlay’s mark, bursting through the midfield.
- Leon was involved the whole time and was particularly effective in the ball ups.
- Josh played with great intensity, pressuring his opponents. An inspiring player.
- Matty played with beautiful skill – great kicking and marking,
- Phinn – the goal scoring machine on his first game. Awesome performance.
- Rory, aka ‘the energiser bunny’. No fear. Not afraid to take on people twice his size.
- Ethan – super effective in the ruck. Knows he’s tall and not afraid to take advantage of it.
- Raff – A strategic player who was really involved in all aspects of play. Especially good at setting up his team-mates.
- Marlowe – terrific intensity, especially in defence.
- Oliver – lifted to new heights. Several brilliant passages of play that saw him become really involved in the play.
Goals: Who could keep track in that second half?
Best on ground: Jack, with special mentions to Marlowe and Rory.