North Ringwood Under 11 Red vs Croydon

North Ringwood Under 11 Red vs Croydon

@ Home 24/4/16 Nth Ringwood 7-7-49 Croydon 1-0-6

Goalkickers: Sam 3, Thommo 1, Brennan 1, Nashy 1, Boris 1

It was another cracking day for footy, this week we were at home against Croydon.

The boys had had a good week on the track and were going into the game with a couple of wins under the belt and a growing confidence in each other and as a team.

The key messages for this week’s game were:

Pressure: no easy kicks for the opposition

Teamwork: positive talk and encouragement, shepherds, bumps, tackles and smothers

Pride: Belief in each other and our team. Doing our best on a special Anzac weekend

Fun: Enjoying being with our mates and having a kick of the footy

Before the game we lined up with the Croydon team and observed a minutes silence in honour of our fallen diggers.

From the first bounce we started the game strongly, playing in front and being first in for the ball. We were well on top in the middle and winning most if not all clearances, our forwards were also up and about looking dangerous and when Croydon did go forward our backline was very disciplined playing in front and supporting each other with some great run and handball to clear the ball out.

It was a solid team effort with all boys contributing. We shifted a few players around and all responded.

We moved James Dempsey into the ruck changing with Boris. James showed plenty, giving us a strong contest around the ground. A great example was a passage of play in the 3rd quarter on our half backline where he won a two on one contest and got a handpass off to Noah who cleared the ball out. Ben Barker, Tyler and Zac were moved into the middle and all had an impact. Benny was putting his head over the ball and running straight and hard at the contest, Tyler showed his class with ball in hand hitting up team mates out of defence and through the middle and Zac was hard at it as always tackling ferociously and winning plenty of ball in his own right. It was great to see Archie running around on the wing taking some nice marks across our half forward line and kicking well into attack setting up some nice scoring opportunities. And Smitty was also showing us plenty with his speed across the ground, running down opponents and tucking the ball under his arm for a couple of clearing runs. Josh Bernet started down back this week at his request and demonstrated what a good read on the game he has with some creative passages of play out of defence. Ryan Bradshaw was also commanding down back, reading the play well and winning plenty of ball across the half backline. Sammy played his best game of the season on the wing winning contests all over the ground pushing forward for 3 nice goals and also winning the ball deep in defence when we moved him into the backline for some additional run. Noah who has been battling a bit of injury was up and about and his attack on the footy was impressive whilst Ollie and Baylan both carried their good form into this game with both continuing to win the contested ball. Boris rucked well all game changing with James and popped up forward to take a nice mark and kick his first goal of the season. Brennan’s forward pressure was outstanding and set a tone for his teammates, he loves a goal and was rewarded early in the first quarter with a nice goal. We gave our VC Thommo a run up forward for the day and he looked dangerous every time the ball went near him. He also kicked a nice goal in the first quarter and was unlucky not to have another couple. Tommy and Tully were also a handful for the Croydon side with both running hard all day and winning lots of contested footy across the ground.

A special mention to our other VC Nashy, who put in a big hearted performance all day at full forward with a broken toe. Not that you would know, as he continued to clunk good contested one grab marks (and finish with a nice goal) and push up the ground to offer a contest where he saw fit.

Congratulations to Tully who was awarded the Anzac medal for a solid four quarter performance as awarded by the Croydon team.

Whilst it was a comfortable win on the scoreboard Croydon were a good side who certainly got better as the game went on. The game was played hard and in the right spirit which is how we want to play every week. The boys all demonstrated the Pressure, Teamwork, Pride and Fun we had talked before the game. We continue to grow as a team and enjoy our footy together!

Award winners this week include:

Rebel Award: Ben Nash for a courageous team first performance

Canteen Award: James Dempsey who played a great game in the ruck

Little John’s Pizza Award: Ryan Bradshaw our general down back

Macca’s Award: Ben Barker for a good four quarter performance and his best game of the season

Well done boys – see you at training.