U9 Teal v Glebe at Five Dock Park
In brilliant sunshine but with the drone of the Caterpillar equipment in the background, for the first time these boys were briefed by the Official Umpires to the delight of Coach Brad.
The Captain was Nicholas and on his AFL debut he won the toss and elected to run downhill towards the grandstand,
In another first, this Power team played its first four-quarter game.
In the first quarter, Drummoyne was dominant across the midfield and in the forward zone. Solid marking and long kicking by Joseph kept the ball well forward. Solid team play with passing (kicking and hand balling) setting up a POWERful quarter. Strong shepherding by Alex, solid marking by James supported by Hugo mopping up in defence when the ball eventually made its way to the wrong end of the field. Good teamwork was rewarded with a team goal ultimately scored by Harry after an intercept in the mid field by Joseph who kicked to Olly to set up Harry’s first chance.
The second term was another quiet one for the POWER defence but a productive one for the midfield and forwards as the rotation after the first quarter brought fresh legs to the middle. Solid marking by James and marking by Joseph who marked a Glebe high ball then redirected the ball back the the goal square. Luke V and Hugo had a work rate in this term matched only by Josh Kennedy for the Swans later that night. The highlight of the quarter was Max’s goal from a tight angle in the pocket followed by a snap goal from Joseph. More great passing as Luke K moved the ball quickly through Hugo to Max for a minor score. It was a hard fought term as Glebe looked to claw their way back into the game. It looked like that toughness had brought Alex undone with a recurrence of an arm injury until he bounced back in a quarter when he showed us how to be hard at the ball.
Quarter three was the toughest for the POWERful defence as Glebe fought back to dominate the premiership quarter. The Drummoyne defence had its busiest term during which the highlights were clearing kicks from Max, handy scrapping from Lucas, solid marking from Olly. More good teamwork as Lucas took a much needed mark to turn the ball around. Lucas kicked to Harry who passed to Hugo and with an unselfish kick to Olly had taken the ball from defense to attack. A bustling passage of play lead by Luke T, Jonty and Nicholas followed as Drummoyne wrestled the ball forward to present Hugo with an opportunity that lead to his first AFL goal.
The final term was the perfect finish for a team that played like a team, calling out for the ball and supporting each other in defence. As the breeze picked up and Drummoyne found themselves pushing into a strong wind, more examples of supporting their team mates finished the game on a high. Solid tackling from Jonty, Alex, Lucas and Hugo was supported by a determined display from Nicholas to win the ball in a tight contest that ensured he cleared the ball from danger. More team passing as Max, Harry and James combined to move the ball from defense to attack. Lucas’ kick to set up Harry’s goal in this term was just what the team needed to celebrate their first game in 2015.
An impressive first up display of teamwork that meant everyone had a chance to play an important part in the game.
A Outstanding Players/Special Mentions
All Players competed well, special mention to Luke V, Joseph, Harry and Hugo who scored his first goal in his first game.