Cannons U12 Div 2 v Cronulla Sharks
Round 8, 29 May
The sharks were circling Gwawley Oval, but yet again these Cannons showed they’ll shrug off any creature.
It was tough early, but with composure beyond their years, the Cannons took control to record another solid win. The backs and the midfielders led the way to start with and then the mids took the forwards with them to finish it off.
The boys withstood a challenging first quarter in which Cronulla came out hard and fast and dominated possession, kicking an early goal.
Our defence was under extreme pressure, but held up superbly. Ben and Jerry have created a new flavour – smother and tackle, topped with clearing kicks. Along with Connor and Damo, who mopped up brilliantly across half back, they were strong and held off the early onslaught until the momentum swung our way.
Damo’s first, second and third efforts were inspiring as he constantly fought for the ball and repelled the Sharks.
Tom took on the ruck work, and more. He chased and shepherded and tackled, while Nic worked his way into the game and was doing a mountain of tough work.
The headgear twins Cooper and Paddy combined in the middle and around the ground as they were winning us the hardball and setting the forwards up.
They worked the ball through Alex who sent a bullet pass to Finlay who kicked our first goal late in the opening term and we went into the first break a couple of points down.
All that hard work and perseverance was starting to pay off and the rewards came in a dominant second quarter.
Cooper got it started as his silky evasive and foot skills sent the ball forward for Alex to kick the first of his six goals for the day (this week’s trick: one of those bendy dribble goals from the boundary).
Nic, Cooper, Damo and Paddy were dictating play as we took control of the game and, after two more goals to Alex and another to Finlay, we were well on top at halftime.
Blake was creative, Manfred threw himself into the tackles and Xavier kept providing a contest at either end of the ground.
It was Liam’s turn to influence the game in the third term, his intercept marks and attack on the ball setting up a couple of goals for Alex and James. Damo’s rebound off half back ended in Alex’s hands and another goal, while Archie’s pressure was crucial as we stretched our lead in the third term and fended off a mini Cronulla fightback.
A real sign of character is the way these kids finish a game off and, after quarter time, they extended the lead at each break. Another couple of goals in the final term, fittingly to Cooper and Alex, wrapped up a hard earned win.
CANADA BAY 10.5.65
Goals: Alex DP 6, Finlay 2, Cooper 1, James 1