U12 Div 2 – Round 5

U12 Div 2 Canada Bay Cannons v Miranda Bombers

Round 5 – 7th May 2017

Match Report by Stephen; photos by Catherine

“Balance. (noun)- a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions”

The Canada Bay Cannons were sitting undefeated on top of the ladder while the Miranda Bombers have not had such a strong start to the season. There were 16 fired up Cannons players in the warm up but only 12 wearing the Bombers’ black and red. Hardly what you would describe as an even contest, so coaches Paul and Luke addressed the imbalance by offering Miranda two players.

Quarter 1 saw Cooper and Mark wearing unfamiliar colours and with unfamiliar numbers, but there were something very familiar about the way they attacked the ball at the centre bounce. Showing his trademark balance and poise Cooper fired a beautiful goal for his temporarily adopted team. Then, just in case anyone missed it, he did it again! The Bombers were in control of the game, and the Cannons looked confused!

By the time the quarter time siren had blown the Bombers had kicked three straight to two Cannons points.

“Mark your man and contest the ball” were the two simple instructions from the coaches at quarter time, adding. “You can’t expect a couple of players to do all the work, you have to share the load and make it a team effort if we want to get this game back to an even contest!”

The second quarter saw Damo and Eathn helping the Bombers but the Cannons had taken on board the coaches’ comments. Football is about teamwork and playing for each other and the combinations started to click. Daniel asserted himself in the ruck and Archer’s continued efforts were rewarded with a goal. The pair of Jacks – (Jack B and Jack H) offered a balanced combination of speed and strength. Every player lifted and the results started to appear. By half time the scoreboard had tipped back in favour of the Cannons but the game was very much still in the balance!

JA, Archie and Justin headed over to the Bombers huddle at the half time break but the Cannons had the momentum and they weren’t about to let it go. Max relished his opportunity to captain the side and lead from the front. Mattie C and Lachie combined to prove that most attacks begin in defence. There were flashes of individual brilliance balanced with great team efforts. Mark’s pick up on the run, bounce on the 50 and then outside of the boot goal was definitely a candidate for goal of the year, but it was bettered only moments later with a fantastic team goal. It started with Damo on the wing centring the ball to Dallas, who passed to Woody. Woody found Mat Plugger on a lead, who in turn offloaded to Matt B, quick pass to Mark and goal! Probably the best team goal we have seen all year!

At three quarter time the Cannons were looking the goods, so again the coaches swapped things around to maintain the balance and they did a great job of it, with both teams kicking four goals one a piece in the final term. The Cannons held firm to carry on their undefeated start to the season, but the Bombers were able to take plenty of positives out of the game.

There were contributors all over the field and Coach Paul was heard to comment how well balanced the whole playing group is. There is great combination of size, speed, skill and strength and it was all on show this week. The biggest shout out though has to go to Cooper, Mark, Damo, Eathn, James, Archer, Justin and Woody. These committed Cannons not only spent time playing for the other team, but gave 100% when they played for them. That is what sportsmanship is all about and all the boys did themselves proud.

With everyone leading such busy lives it is hard to maintain a work life balance. We are all involved in kids sport because we want the kids to have fun. We want them to understand it’s not about winning and losing, it’s about doing your best and playing fair… and this week’s game was proof that success is all about keeping the balance.