U8 Black v Newtown Swans
Round 14, Saturday 30 July, Drummoyne Oval
Should Auskick be an Olympic sport?
If the excitement generated from today’s game was any indication, then the Olympic movement could only benefit from introducing Auskick into the Olympic program!
The penultimate game of the season and our last on home turf was nothing short of sensational. The energy and enthusiasm the team has developed this season was on show for all to see today. Right from the “get go”, the Blacks were in their element. Thoughtful controlled movement of the ball around the paddock rewarded the team from the opening moments of the game.
This game was a true showcase of the skills the team has developed under the tutelage of Coach Eric this year. Every player in the team was on their toes looking to be part of the action whether it be at the ruck, in defence or attacking the goal posts. The vibe on the sideline was a mix of delight and excitement as the thrill a minute game unfolded. You couldn’t ask for a better morning, nor a better location for this match and the team did not disappoint.
What has been tremendous this year is the quality of the opposition and the discipline that all teams and clubs have displayed this year within the Auskick program. The effort of the Swans was no exception and they played with determination and enthusiasm.
Perhaps it was the extra training the team received following their “under lights” game the night before or perhaps there was some extra spice baked into those post match pizzas, who knows? The team was on fire!
The defensive Wall of Xavier, Max, Tiger and Callum M was even more solid this week. Henry was inspired this week and played his standout game of the season. Strong rucking, passionate defense and determined running of the ball signaled Henry’s arrival today. He was rewarded with a goal, his first of the season, to much cheering from the sideline. Riley, Ruby, Tiger, Ashton and Ben have become comfortable out on the pitch and continue to grow in strength and confidence. They all have a desire to own the ball and were all rewarded with goals this week.
The standout performance this week came from Callum P, who was awarded the player of the week title. Callum was committed to every position he played on the field. In the centre, he was the first to the ruck and thoughtfully positioned kicks to his team mates or distributing the ball to his mates in the open. In defence, he put his body on the line taking several solid blows to the body from goal attempts from the Swans. In attack, he confounded the opposition with his running and solid left boot that rewarded him with three goals.
This was truly a team performance once again and is the signature style of play that the Blacks have developed this year. The post match team song just gets louder each week as the team celebrate their efforts.
Congratulations should also be shared with each of the families who come to cheer their lads each week at the game and at practice, share the support of BBQ duty, wash the shirts and cut up the half time oranges. I am sure the memories of this season will inspire all of us for many years to come.
Well done, team!