U10 Black v Glebe Greyhounds: Round One
Five Dock Oval
Before I officially kick off the first match report for under 10 Black team, I would like to thank on behalf of all the team parents; Rob Blunden who is the new team coach and Michelle Rowcliff who is serving another year as team manager. I’d also like to welcome all the new players starting today (James, Bill, Summer, and Caelin) and their parents to the club.
Round 1 saw us up against the Grey Hounds. We were immediately on the back foot with some really strong directed kicking from Glebe seeing them post 2 goals quickly. But the experienced centre combination of Cooper, Nick and Max started to win some ball with Cooper adding a set goal and a running six pointer to almost level it up.
Second quarter saw Phoenix, Charlie, and James spend almost the entire quarter defending. Glebe peppered the goals but managed just a few goals, Charlie saved a couple himself with a great smother and James was solid in support.
Third quarter and we looked a little tired. Glebe powered over us with some strong passing and handballing. Summer was always skirting around the pack and Caelin tapped out a few in the centres. Nick and Bill were really under some pressure in the back line. Nick’s long clearance kicks managed to relieve the tension and Bill save a goal on the line with a desperate touch and a brave smother. Cooper played the captain’s game and drifted back form the centres and added some much needed support.
The third quarter break the players were asked to remember the basics and look for space when in offence and man up when in defence. This saw a much better last quarter from the Black team. Phoenix swapped roles and performed really well in the back line picking up the loose ball. Charlie was hobbling a little but as usual, was tough as ever and fought for the ball. He earned a free and then directed a pin point pass to Max who saw it through for 6 points, who doubled up with another with a run out of the centre.
Highlights: Tackling and some good marks. Roving by Summer and some brave play by Bill, Caelin and James all throwing themselves into the pack.
Opportunities: Handballing and creating space.
Best Players: Cooper. Special mention Charlie for a tireless performance.