U5 vs Wests, Round 4

U5 Drummoyne Power v Wests

Round 4, Saturday 30 April

Picken Oval

With the threat of torrential rain looming for the second week in a row, the mighty Drummoyne Power U5s took to the toughest road trip in football, and headed west to play the Magpies on the hallowed turf of Picken Oval.

With all the boys training the house down during the week under the watchful eye of coach Paul, the carbs were on the menu Friday night and with a big night’s sleep to follow, the boys were pumped come 8.10am Saturday morning.

The first bounce set the scene as Oscar tapped the ball out of the ruck to Frank who used his full 15 metres and kicked truly to Phoenix who joined an exclusive club and kicked a goal on debut with his first kick. Well done Phoenix! Although there was some slight precipitation in the first quarter, it didn’t stop the floodgates from opening and goal after goal followed. There was total mid field dominance by Archie, Oscar, Frank and Riley, servicing the forwards as Ned kicked the 2nd, followed by Silas and then Liam slotted two in as many minutes. Wests didn’t look like scoring and every attack by them was squandered by the tough defence of Koji, Sebastian, Jack and Baxter.

The second quarter started similar to the first as Baxter crumbed (gathered the ball) like Chris Judd out of the middle and propelled the ball forward. Some great baulking skills and a quick snap led to Archie splitting the middle to kick the first goal of the quarter. Like father, like son! Again, rock solid defence saw Ned clean up every attack by Wests and great teamwork by Baxter, Jack, Koji and Sebastian from the midfield allowed the ball to pepper the forwards. Our defence was the cornerstone of the second quarter, and along with Ned, there was Phoenix, Liam and Silas who were unstoppable. Oscar, Archie, Riley and Frank continually provided a target up forward and the boys had extended their lead (not that we are keeping score) at the break.

The third quarter started well for the eventual BOG(best on ground) Ned. A great tap down to him and he kicked long into the forward line. Baxter was waiting….Goal. Liam, Silas and Phoenix combined well for some great teamwork through the midfield with some great hand balling and passing. Frank, Archie, Oscar and Riley started to come into their own in defence and ran it out a number of times handballing to each other to stop any potential come back from the arch rivals. Sebastian, Jack and Koji looked dangerous in the forward line, and like Buddy Franklin, Koji found a mountain of space on his own and kicked a great goal, followed very quickly by a second as the Power started to take control over their tiring opponents. It’s evident that the extra bit of fitness work on a Wednesday night is starting to show reward.

In all seriousness, the boys are absolutely on fire. They are clearly loving their footy and the teamwork and skills are great to see, so a big thanks to coach Paul and manager Alison for your commitment to the team this year.

See you Wednesday,

Nathan (Oscar’s Dad)