U11 Teal had a day out against Maroubra for its Round 14 match at Heffron Park, Maroubra. The team showed why it is top of the table and a contender for the upcoming finals. It was a fine day without any wind, which is unusual for Maroubra. Most games here have a gale favouring one end, but not this day!
The first quarter saw Teal kick five goals and register a four goal lead. The forwards were working well together. Joseph led the centres with strong ruck work. Oscar was terrific showing strong attack on the ball. Xabi was solid in defence. Milo used his speed and courage to get his hands on the ball.
In the second quarter Teal extended its lead with a six goal term. Zachary was playing well kicking six goals by half time. Xabi kicked a huge long range goal – it was good to see him at the front half of the ground. Harry was proving elusive as always and his precision passing was a highlight. Hugo was a ‘wall’, showing why he is one of the best defenders in the league.
The third quarter saw the scoring slow a little as Brad experimented with the team to give the backline a go. Jules was a dynamo and involved in everything, while Lucas B was very solid, stopping the ball from getting past him and driving the ball forward. Oscar finished with a great goal – nice to see given he does not get the opportunity often.
While the equalisation rule was enforced, the floodgates opened in the last quarter. Nic kicked a great snap, which was good reward for a great game. Oliver kicked a fine goal – his first for the season, which was roundly celebrated. Luke kicked a rather fancy goal on the outside of his boot. The crowd cheered and asked “Where’s his left foot?” It was good to have him back after a week off. Lucas’ attack on the ball was notable. James put in a solid performance all day and Sean was consistent in his efforts.
It was a confidence boosting outing. Next week will be a truer test as we take on second placed Glebe, who beat us last time. Go Drummoyne!
Goals: Zachary 8, Nicholas 3, Harry 2, Luke H 2, Oscar 1, Oliver 1, Xabi 1, 2 unaccounted for.
Thank you to all volunteers for your efforts (week in and week out).