Under 11 Black v Easts Red
Drummoyne Oval, Round 4
The weather was finally kind and the late afternoon gave us some twilight highlights as Drummoyne Black took on Easts Red.
Fresh from kicking the footy under the Eiffel Tower, over Big Ben and around the colosseum, Manfred returned to Drummoyne Oval in style.
The newly appointed captain and vice-captain vindicated their selections and led by example.
Ben showed that Collingwood left footed key forwards can actually kick accurately for goal.
And Archie, Dan and Tom backed up from Teal and made a massive impact for us.
But, ultimately, we let a couple of Easts’ best players have too much room and they made us pay. The neighbours had a sleepless night as the booming “Who’s on number five???” kept echoing around Drummoyne.
The game started brightly when Manfred defied jet lag and took no time to make an immediate impact with his first touch for the season: attacking the ball hard, earning the deserved free kick and calmly going back to kick the goal.
But the lead up work was just as impressive as vice-captain Paddy won the Selwood-esque hard ball and combined with skipper Thea and Will H. to send the ball forward for Manfred to capitalise.
Soon after, Paddy and Thea again combined on the wing with a hard ball and a handball to set Will up for our second goal and there was only a few points in it closing in on quarter time. Will continues to impress in his return to footy after a year of soccer (we’ll call that his wilderness year).
Ben was impassable on the backline, whether on the ground or in the air and when sent down forward kicked a brace of goals, including one his Collingwood colleague Travis Cloke needs to study.
Regularly under siege in the backline, Sammy never failed to attack the ball hard, while Fergus and Charlie worked hard all day.
We finished off strongly with two late goals to Thea and a near miss on the siren, so there’s never any question of this team giving in.
The endeavour is there – the shepherding was great and a couple, in particular, from Romano and Jack gave their teammates plenty of room. The tackling, as always, was fierce and, most impressively, the kids were trying to run past for the handball. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. That’s OK. The important thing is to keep having a go and eventually it will work a lot more than it doesn’t.
Thanks to Connor and Finlay, despite illness and injury, for coming to support us. We look forward to your return strengthening us this week against Easts Blue.