Round 13, 22 July 2017
It was a typically glorious morning at Drummoyne Oval and U8 Black kept their imposing home record intact, thanks to some sparkling team footy. The parents are all incredibly proud of the way the kids go about their footy – playing as team, trying their best, chasing the opposition at every chance and always having a great time thanks to the wonderful coaching of Mark.
Evie – wonderful determination when the ball was on the ground as she refused to let the opposition take the ball from her on a number of occasions, winning numerous ball ups for the team. Showed some nice hands late in the game with an interchange of hand balls that lead to a goal. Much deserving coaches award recipient.
Dimitri – the ‘everywhere’ guy, with an almost magnetic attraction to the Sherrin. Always a tough competitor but showed some great toe, running down field with his trademark head-fake step. Closed out with a goal in the last term.
Thomas – earned the team encouragement award for a HUGE game. Thomas was on song from the ball up, winning the ball and then provided the forwards with a field day of balls for opportunities at goal. What a performance!
Austen P – the team were super excited to have Austen back in the team from an injury break, and Austen didn’t disappoint. He was great in front of goal with some lovely shots and closed out the game going for a couple of big marks. Welcome back.
Alex V – like a rock in defence, there was no way around him for the opposition players. Very impressive chasing and marking, setting a great example for the team. Turned deliverer in the last term with a lovely pass to Evie in the forwards.
Hamish – a nice team effort, providing a number of passes to team mates. The highlight was putting forward pressure on an opposition player until he dropped the ball, allowing Hamish to scoop it up and banana into goal. No one likes to be chased!
Lachlan – a typically commanding effort by Lachie, dominating the mid-field on a number of occasions, but the clear highlight was an attempt at a MASSIVE HANGER and nearly holding on (the mark was rightly paid). One for the highlights real and a certainty for mark of the year.
Arnaud – a model team player, always in space looking for the ball or chasing the opposition in defence. Dominated the ruck in the last term with a few convincing tap downs to his team’s benefit. Well played once again, young man.
Alexander G – a brave display with several tough collisions, none more so than his attempt at a pack mark in the last quarter. Always plays with a smile on his face and amazingly seems to have so much time with the ball, as he carefully passes or pinpoints a kick to his grateful team mates.
Akira – Akira was having one of those games where he just did all the little things right – supported, passed, caught, defended and then he went…. BOOM and took a fantastic grab in front of goal (Austen D with the pass) and booted a major!
Austen D – was absolutely owning the forward line in the first term as he got on the end of countless attacking raids. He looked like Gary Rohan – fast, skilful and centimetre perfect. Went for a long bomb at goal which just fell short…into the arms of Akira to close out.
Great game. Such a joy to watch.