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It was great to be home.
The kids were very excited to finally have a chance for a home game and the chance to play in front of their home crowd. The local derby against Ballina always produces good footy.
With plenty of family and friends along(COVID compliant of course), the children put on a great show. It was very heartening to hear the compliments about their play, from people who hadn’t had the chance to see them play.
With Ballina slightly down on numbers we handed over 2 players to be Bombers for each quarter. All the children took it in good grace. Archer in particular played a great first quarter with some tough contested work and handballs out of traffic. The Ballina coach was also very complimentary of Hugh and Leroy who were Bombers for the last quarter and really evened things up. Both burst out of the centre with trademark runs.
Tom W was unstoppable up forward – I wasn’t allowed to count the goals but there were plenty!
Tom and Callum showed great centre square craft. Channeling their inner Fyfe and Sandilands they set up each centre square contest and were able to produce some fantastic clearances. One passage of play with Callum’s handball to Tom who hit a leading Leroy on the chest was particularly memorable.
We had contributors everywhere, Jerome and Kelaya were fantastic down back when Ballina started to get a few entries. Jack and Alex were their typical hand-nosed selves at the fall on the ball. Brayden showing great dash from the centre square and his handballs finding teammates in good positions.
Awards – Hugh, Jerome, Leroy
Happy Fathers Day to all.
U10.5's Vs Ballina
Under 11.5 Vs Tweed
Sunday morning was a wet and windy affair up at Tweed . Not the best for football but good for the girls to experience football in difficult conditions.
And fair to say that it didn't suit them. The Tweed girls through tough tackling and fast ball movement outplayed our girls throughout the whole game.
We had some glimmers of light with Neva and Laila gaining many possessions in contested situations. Elsie played well up forward with a number of hard fought contests. Mihaela had a good game in defence and repelled many goals.
But over all we lacked in our tackling and leading to position ,things we will work on at training this week.
Under 14s Ballina Swans
Ballina Swans travelled the highway yet again to take on Tweed Coast in a twilight game.
We welcomed Jack Atkins into the side. The first time this year we have played on wet ground, Ballina adapted well to these conditions kicking 2 to 1 in the 1st. With a tight game in the second quarter Ballina kicked 1-4 to 0-2. The coaching staff ringing the changes. The 3rd quarter was Ballina 3-3 to 0-2. In the last there was a lot of unselfish play on our forward line with the suggestion being made to attempt to get Clay Atkins a goal, with both Jack and Chad Atkins already kicking majors. Unfortunately Clay missed his opportunity to kick a goal and join his brothers on the scoreboard. Congrats to Darcy for 50 games and a big thanks to Chad Atkins for stepping up from the under 12’s. The first time the Atkins boys have played in the same side. Well hard fought game guys and a good win in trying conditions.
Ballina Swans 6.8.44 Tweed Coast 3.9.27
Lochlan Maguire 1
Josh Haines 1
Jayden Power 1
Jack Atkins 1
Chad Atkins 1
Tom Bowker 1