U15 Division 1 Canada Bay Cannons v Easts Bulldogs
First match back after the break saw the 15/1s playing long term rivals Easts in a must-win match to keep in finals contention, at East’s home ground. No pressure then, boys.
As the team took the field it was clear they had their game faces on. They gave it all they had from the first bounce, scrambling, smothering and determined to send the ball forward. And forward it went to the goal square, Josh H got his foot on it in the melee – goal to Cannons. Great start. Easts immediately responded with a strong attack, only to be repelled by a committed defence, co-captain Gus leading by example, and solid as a rock Ben W running the ball out. With the centres at full pace, Ely and Pierce using their strength and height to hold up play and the running combination of Luke G and Tommy taking the ball forward, Cannons attacked again. This time a kick forward, mark and goal from 40 out by Brendan. Strong play by Luke L and another score. Quarter time Cannons ahead to a goalless Easts.
The second quarter saw the centres start with the same desire and the same result, this time measured kicks and marks all the way to Gull at full forward – goal. By now Easts was frantic for a goal and threw extra players into its forward line, twice Ben W taking on three Easts players by himself and turning the ball back. Gus and Zac were also outstanding in mopping up play. Finally Easts goaled, Cannons up 20-10 at half time.
As Easts came out from the long break it was obvious they were fired up and ready to play. And play they did, getting right back into the game to even the score. Was this to be another match where Cannons lost focus and lost the match in one quarter? Not this time. The boys regrouped, refocussed and went hard again, with Louie M ignoring jet lag to run through the middle and kick the ball forward and Josh G grabbing mark after mark to frustrate Easts. Pressure, then more, resulted in goals to Josh M and Pierce. Cannons back in front.
The match see-sawed during the final quarter with Easts briefly taking the lead before a last push by the Cannons had Luke G and Gull kicking majors to see our boys home by 8 points (7.4.46 – 5.8.38).
Overall a great day’s play from every single Cannons player. Well done, boys.