U9 Teal v U9 Silver: Round 2
ANZAC Day, Taplin Oval
With a twinkle in his eye, Brad lined up our 10 feisty footballers against a full Silver team at Taplin oval on Saturday. Against the odds, in the true spirit of the ANZACS, the boys rose to the challenge. What followed was a very entertaining, fast flowing game with good skills on display from both teams.
The first quarter was frantic, with the first play resulting in a goal by James (possibly some form of club record I imagine!). Luke V and Max worked hard in the centres keeping Silver on the defensive. Every ball was contested; all boys were involved in the flowing play. A flying grab by Joseph didn’t quite pay off, but looked sensational.
The storm clouds began to gather at the start of the second quarter. This was a hard period marked with plenty of scrapping in front of goals at both ends. Lucas, Alex and Nick worked tirelessly to clear the ball from our goal, solid tackling and good football from all. We took it to Silver in the later part but several of our snaps at goal were rushed, resulting in minor scores – something to improve on for Wednesday.
As the lightning approached, Silver were impatient, answering with two quick goals to open the quarter. Teal regrouped in a dazzling display of skills. Oliver broke tackles like a pro, Luke V’s shepherd was textbook stuff. As our players found gaps, they opened up the play, and things began to happen. Max set up Hugo for a fantastic goal from half way. Great goals to Jonty and Nick followed.
With one eye on the sky, both teams went hard into the fourth quarter. There were more ball ups in this quarter than any before, a sign of the fierce struggle during this man-on-man defensive term. When we had the ball, there were arms in the air and boys calling for it and making space everywhere. All boys had numerous touches as the ball went from end to end. At the final siren it was Teal’s day, with just enough time to congratulate the boys before the heavens opened. Well done Teal.
A special note to say thanks to Pat Colreavy (Silver manager) who was referee and well done to Sam Mehr in his first game as Coach for Silver.