U11 Drummoyne Black v Newtown Red
Goddard Oval: Round One
The crowd at Goddard Oval was on its feet – with a little more than five minutes left, there was just a kick in it and a great comeback win was in sight…which was quite remarkable considering we went into quarter time scoreless and 20 points behind after a very sluggish start to the season.
But, then again, not so remarkable when you think about it.
These Drummoyne Black kids took 15 minutes to stand up and show the guts and determination of the team’s “never give up” motto and live up to everything we’ve spoken about in the pre-season.
After that slow first quarter, they outscored Newtown, out tackled them, out bustled them and simply outplayed them. If not for some wayward kicking for goal, a couple of unlucky bounces and Newtown’s better use of the big spaces and open forward line, they could have pulled off a mighty win.
Among the bright spots in the first quarter was Finlay and Sam’s private contest in taking on the biggest kids they could find and Thea’s tackling and drive from the middle. Players were running past each other for handballs and the signs were there.
Paddy became more involved in the second quarter, Charlie and James G provided a strong presence up forward and the skills of Romano and Fergus in defence were crucial, while Finlay, Sam, Thea and Will lifted the whole team with their tenacious tackling and attack at the footy.
After some near misses from Finlay and Charlie, it was fitting the breakthrough goal finally came from the skipper. Thea converted the magnificent team pressure and relentless tackling with a powerfully finished running goal and the momentum was all with Drummoyne.
Then the one percenters started producing more goals. A Paddy tackle, Finlay shepherd and James A bump ended with a Finlay goal. Minutes later, Paddy won the hard ball in the middle, Will tackled, Jack smothered and Will backed up and goaled. A Ben smother nearly earned us another goal just before three quarter time.
But there was also room for classy stuff. Jack kicked the goal of the day after a run and bounce on the boundary line and when Will finished off more team pressure with his second goal, we were only six points behind and coming home quickly with a few minutes to go.
To their credit, Newtown steadied and found space in their forward line to kick away with two late goals to secure the win.
But we walked away from a terrific game of footy with two lessons learnt – these kids have the skill and attitude to do really well this season and that footy is a FOUR quarter game.
Newtown 9.2.56 def. Drummoyne 5.8.38 (Goals: Will 2, Thea 1, Jack 1, Finlay 1)