U8 Black vs East Sydney Bulldogs (Round 11)
Saturday 25th June, 2016 at Drummoyne Oval
Winter is coming!
Winter well and truly announced its arrival today as we all stood chilled to the bone in the caldera of Drummoyne Oval. The glorious sunshine could not counteract the icy wind blowing from the North. Was this chill simply mid winter in Sydney or an omen of trouble brewing in Europe? Whatever it was, it wasn’t going to stop the U8 Blacks facing up to their nemesis, the East Sydney Bulldogs!
Bursting out from under the Drummoyne Power banner there was no evidence that nerves were rattling the Blacks. They took to the field proud to be facing the old foe.
The first period left us crestfallen as the Bulldogs took control. That early episode of play was quickly put behind us as the Blacks maintained their calm and carried on with the business at hand. Periods 2 and 3 belonged to the Blacks and from that moment on possession and control of the game firmly rested in the hands of the Power.
Callum M and Ben back from injury threw themselves into the game, disrupting the Bulldogs rhythm. Ben was rewarded with a goal at the full forward position and was awarded man of the match for his commitment at the breakdown.
Ehsan injected himself into the play around the centre and full forward lines, shared the ball nicely and dissected the goal with a tremendous kick.
The “Wall” of Xavier, Tiger, Max, Henry, Ruby and Zac provided the defensive barrier that kept the Bulldogs at bay. This defensive wall is proving to be invaluable as the season unfolds. Denying the opposition possession and options for attack are proving to be the differentiating factor in the success of the team.
Callum P continues to dazzle. Unsettling the opposition in defense, scrambling for loose ball, distributing the ball to his team mates and splitting the goal with his raking kicks. Today he added an additional 3 goals to his season tally.
Ashton remains a steadying force in the team and had a solid game today. Torn between his love for the round ball and the oval pigskin, he scrambles well and made a well directed kick through the middle of the goal posts.
Riley continues to develop into a tremendous player. He presents himself as a serious obstacle to the attacking team and in attack himself displays speed and agility as he moves the ball back into the Blacks attacking zone. This week Riley was rewarded with an exciting goal.
With each passing week the team goes from strength to strength. The fan base for the Blacks continues to grow as Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters and Hound dogs come to enjoy the Saturday morning spectacle. The games are played in good spirit and fun and that continues to show on the faces of the team.
Well done Boys, another great effort ! Enjoy the School holiday break and see you on July 16.
Goal scorers this week were Callum P (3), Ben (1), Ashton (1), Ehsan (1), Riley (1)