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U8.5's Vs Brunswick Valley Bulldogs
The U8.5’s continued their tour of the Northern Rivers with a trip to Brunswick, and a date with the Bulldogs.
At this point in the season, I would like to thank the kids and their families for their commitment to the team. Attendance at training has been awesome and for this game we had every player (except a late withdrawal with sickness) available for the contest. Everyone has got into the team ethos and you can feel the camaraderie growing each week.
The teams ran onto to the field to the strains of “Who let the Dogs Out”. Brunswick had a very young and inexperienced side and the kids were able to showcase their skills. There were plenty of goals kicked, but the award to best celebration went to Alex Crane for some very jubilant fist pumping!
The kids were great in volunteering to play quarters for the Bulldogs. Its very much appreciated.
Awards went to –
Tom Watson – for some classy work up forward.
Keilani for her work at Centre bounces
Kelaya who showed some great handballing skills.
U10.5's Vs Brunswick Valley Bulldogs
We had our best turn up for the year this week for a spectacular morning of footy at Brunswick heads. 17 enthusiastic swans turned up rearing to go, and pleasingly we had a few volunteers who were happy to boost the Brunswick Bulldogs playing stocks, so there were swans going everywhere. A big thanks to Levi, Jonah and Fynn for pulling on the Brunswick guernseys, they all played great games and made sure the swans didn't have it all their own way (and as usual footy was the winner!).
The one word that sums up this week was “teamwork” (to be honest this coach is not sure if that’s one word or two). We’ve been practicing our passing, leading and looking for a free man etc at training – and this week it really paid off. It was great to see the boys ‘dropping their eyes’ and looking for a pass rather than always going the long option. Harvey was leading the way with passing as usual, but this week he had many helpers.
The great teamwork really brought all of the kids into the game so there were lots of contributors and an even spread of goal kickers. Logan and Ollie kicked one, and Sol and Lachlan booted two through the big sticks. Archer also scored his first ever goal and then followed up with a second (earning himself the peoples choice encouragement award along the way!). Dean, Will, Zack, Eli and Keegan worked hard up forward and didn’t get a goal, but all came very close – and their efforts definitely set up opportunities for their team mates. There were actually too many goals for the coaches to keep track of, but Bowie, Zack and Syd also added to their tallies (and apologies if we missed anyone else).
The other encouragement award went to Bowie who played his guts out all day and would definitely had leather poisoning from the ball if there was such a thing. However the best thing about Bowies’ game was his efforts to get the ball into the hands of his teammates including some great goal assists, which was great to see!
Under 11.5 Vs
The only team we haven't played for the year were the Tweed tigers pink and boy did they take us on.
The first quarter saw us take an early lead with many quick goals then the opposite in the second quarter with Tweed running the ball out of the centre too easily.
Our tackling was caught lacking and it will again be something we'll look at on Thursday.
The 3rd quarter went tweeds way but we regrouped for a solid last quarter and the game ended with us coming a close second place.
A stand out game and her best so far this year was Lilah,a well deserved award,Sal received the other for making good position and going hard at the ball. Djidji had a great last quarter with great running goals,Larni good all over the ground,Elsie finding her way into some close contests.
Back up to Tweed this week.