Round 4: Under 11 Red v Bayswater

Round 4:  Under 11 Red v Bayswater

Coach – Dean Tulloch

Assistant Coach – Ross Coleman

North Ringwood 7.11.53 v Bayswater 1.7.13

Goal Kickers:  Archie 1, Mason 1, Nathan 1, Joel 1, Xavier 1, Tyson 1, Felix 1.

With the team sitting at 3 wins from as many matches, the feeling amongst the group has been really strong.  We had a strong win in Round 1, and then struggled with numbers in Round 2 (playing with 13) and Round 3 (playing with 14).  It is a real credit to the lads and their families to play with less players than the opposition and simply stick tot he basics.  And so far, so good.

Today saw us face off against Bayswater in blustery conditions at Quambee.  With those conditions, we had some key messages before the game.  Firstly, as it is every week, it’s about team footy and linking up with your team mates.  Secondly, in the event of wet weather footy (which was the case in the second half!) we need to keep the ball in front of us and kick long down the line.  We knew that the ball player would be rewarded today in these conditions – so armed with all of that information, we were off.  Oh – and like every week, if we don’t play to have fun, then what’s the point ?  So fun is what we had – again.

The good news is today we had a team of 18, with Sam and Kye joining us from the UNder 10s,  Our opposition had 17 players, so we played 1 on the bench to keep things fair.

We opened the game with Hamish looking after the Ruck duties, supported by Nathan, Mason and Joel in the pivot.  We had a lot of the ball early, with Will controlling things across Centre Half Forward.  Joel was playing a blinder as our Rover, which continued throughout the day as he moved across multiple positions.  Archie continued his solid form as a key ball winner for us across half forward.  Two new players to our team this year – Tom and Dylan – both had terrific opening terms and are going to play key roles for us during the year.  Great start lads!

The second quarter saw us change our et up again, with Will moving to the rick with Jackson, Ky and Henry in the engine room.  We had a lot of great link up footy in the second quarter – which was so encouraging to see.  We know that to be successful you need to put team first – and this certainly is showing.  The notes I wrote down during this quarter was ‘sharing and caring’.  Great quarter by Felix as he continued to create chances for himself and those around him.

We emerged from the sheds at half time to heavy rain – and for the first time – cold weather!  We again moved our ruck stocks around, with first year player Connor rucking for the first time.  Connor did a great job for us and worked hard through the midfield with Tom, Hamish, Archie and Lachy.  The change in the weather tested us and we only managed 1 goal 1 behind to Bayswater’s 1 goal 6 behinds.  The goal we did kick was great link up footy with a great finish by Xavier.  Inaccurate kicking from the opposition really helped us – otherwise it could have been a very different story.

In the final term, we threw Will back into the ruck with Tyson, Nathan and Xavier as his supporting cast.  The game picked up a notch with many inside 50s and many chances created.  The boys continued to chase, tackle and play smart footy.  What I really like about our team is that they are simply focussed on playing football,  We respect our opposition and we rexpect the umpire.  Great job guys.  Some highlights:


*  Tyson McBain’s banana goal from the boundary

*  Mason Emery for a brilliant goal under pressure

*  Archie Flynn – fantastic accurate kicking efficiency – continued to hit targets

We have appointed 4 boys into our leadership positions – and congratulations goes to:

Captain:  Nathan Smith

Vice Captain:  Jackson Oakley

Deputy Vice Captains:  Will Coleman and Tyson McBain

Awards this week:

Rebel Award:  Joel Grundy.  Terrific four quarter effort – and a goal !  Great work Joel

Little Johns Pizza Award:  Xavier Gorman – great to ave the Gorman’s back for a full game – Xavier relished the conditions.

Maccas Award:  Ky Bakker.  Ky has been really solid for us for a few weeks now – great work Ky.

Canteen Award:  Sam.  Sam joined us today after playing in the Under 10s – he attacked every contest and did a great job.

We have a great coaching and support team in the Under 11 Blacks.  Special mention to Fiona and Chris Oakley (our Team Managers) who are doing a stellar job in their first season in such a role.  We are very lucky to have you on our team.  Our Assistant Coach, Ross Coleman, marshalls the boys pre-game and is fantastic from start to finish.  All of the other parents know who they are  – and the support is well received and very much appreciated.  A big thank you also to Lachy (boundary), Flynn (water) and our runner – Carli.

And finally – a big thanks to Matt Povey, Jake Smith and Mal Ellard.  My coaching buddies from the past few years.  These guys coach our boys during the week as one squad.  They are not only teaching them to be better footballers, but to respect each other and the game.  We are very lucky at our club to have a great group of coaches and helpers that make everything tick.  Great work.