Under 11 Red vs Croydon

North Ringwood Under 11 Red vs Croydon

@ Home 19/6/16

Nth Ringwood 6-13-49

Croydon 0-0-0

Goalkickers:  Nashy 2, Tommy 1, Zac 1, Brennan 1, Tyler 1

No doubt everyone enjoyed the long weekend but I think we had all missed our footy fix. The boys were up and about during the week and had had a good session on the training track in pretty wet conditions. This put us in great nick for a heavy home ground clash this week against Croydon. We had a good hit out against Croydon first time around and they were coming off a solid win against East Burwood before the bye. We expected them to be confident coming into this week and keen to take it right up to our boys.

The key message to the boys this week was care of an inspiring individual, Martin Heppel l who we had the good fortune of meeting at the senior club during the week. Martin’s message was a powerful one that centred on 3 key truths:

 Gratitude: enjoy the moment; enjoy being together; make the most of what we have right now

Empathy: Caring for one another and understanding that as a team we are the sum of our parts – every single one of you is an important contributor to our team

Mindfulness: Being focused, staying calm and keeping in control no matter the challenge

We had another important milestone to celebrate this week with Sam lining up for his 50th game – congratulations Sammy well done!! As is customary the rest of the boys were keen to get on the ground and form a guard of honour for Sam to run through before tearing through the banner.

Given the conditions the game started off as a bit of a scrap. We were attacking the footy with our usual endeavour but we were over using the ball a bit giving one too many handballs when what we needed was a good kick forward to a team mate further up the ground. At quarter time we had 1-3-9 on the scoreboard with Croydon yet to score. During the break the message was to keep it simple, handball-kick. Feed off a handball out of a contested situation to a team mate in the clear and have them boot it to a team mate further down field.

The boys took this into the second quarter and kicked another 2 goals whilst still holding Croydon scoreless. At half time we were really pleased with the attack on the footy in the heavy conditions. We were first to the ball and controlling the play. What we wanted to see in the second half was a bit more protection and care for our team mates = lots of shepherding and talk.

Again the boys responded with a noticeable increase in shepherds during the third quarter which in turn freed up our run and push forward. With the bulk of the play in our forward half it was super important that our midfielders and wingers set up the wall. When we did this successfully the Croydon boys really struggled to clear the ball out of our forward line and our mids were able to mark, usually uncontested and drive the ball back into attack for us. At 3 quarter time we had added another 2 goals for the quarter to be 5-5-35 to 0-0-0.

At three quarter time we set the boys a challenge to finish the game with 10 goals. Accordingly we peppered the goals in the last quarter. We were forgetting to build the wall and as a consequence we had 12 boys and their direct opponents (and some) all in our forward line chasing the ball. It was a very good example of how effective the wall is. When we do build the wall we look dangerous and our forwards have more space to play within, when we forget it is too congested and we find it difficult to capitalise and finish off the good work. We ended up with 1 goal 9 behinds for the quarter with a final scoreline 6-13 to 0-0.

Another good even team performance from the boys this week.

TOMMY – Got better and better as the game went on. Did his best work forward of centre. Kicked a goal and was unlucky not to have another after selling some exceptional candy in the last quarter.

BENNY BARKER – Had leather poisoning this week playing midfield for most of the game and found himself on the end of some unsavoury treatment – which didn’t stop him!

NOAH SANDERS – Got plenty of the pill from start to finish. Really liked Noah’s willingness to get to the contest and lay a shepherd for his mates this week.

BENNY SPIETH – Dangerous as ever up forward, waiting for Benny to kick a bag – reckon its coming.

BAYLAN ELLARD – Worked his way out of traffic nicely on a couple of occasions showing his smarts to move the ball forward in the heavy conditions

THOMMO GLIDE – Showed us the way with his big boot. Great passage of play to start the second quarter sending the ball deep into our forward line just as we had talked at the break. Set up the wall nicely could have had a Croydon jumper on as they kept kicking it to him

TYLER MILLWARD – Kicked a sausage in the first quarter and just about had another with a nice little barrel after playing on from a clever mark. Knows where the goals are.

BRENNAN DOBELL – Kicked a nice goal this week and looked like he should have had another couple. Provided plenty of energy this week particularly around goal

JAMES DEMPSEY – Looked like James enjoyed the heavy conditions definitely knocking up a PB with his tackle count this week. Was good again around the ground when we threw him in the ruck

OLLIE DOBBS – Backed himself with some customary dash on a couple of occasions and was also prepared to get down and dirty with some nice big tackles.

RYAN BRADSHAW – Real utility this week with a run up forward, down back and on the wing. Cant recall Bradders getting beaten in a one on one contest

SAM TSOUKATOS – 50th game! Sammy was damaging in and around the midfield and proved a handful pushing forward.

NASHY – Continued to pull in some nice contested grabs and kicked a couple of goals. Was the dominant ruck on the ground

TULLY SMITH – Played mid and off a half back flank this week. Tully got plenty of the ball and showed good footy smarts launching the ball forward off the deck on a couple of occasions to clear the congestion

JOSH BERNET – Arguably Josh’s best game for the season. He was tough in and under winning plenty of the footy all day. Great game Josh

ZAC COWLING –Launched himself at the footy (and the man with footy) as per normal. Finished with a nice goal

ARCHIE JACKA – Started down back and moved forward in the second half. Arch informed us post game that he kicked his 3rd career point this week, was unlucky not to slot a goal. His forward pressure was very good

BORIS IVANOV – Back from Fiji. We liked Boris’s defensive efforts this week. Used his size well to out position his opponents on a couple of occasions

BRODIE SMITH – Smitty moved like a gazelle across the muddy ground this week. His speed is certainly a weapon for us. It was great to see him locking down on an opponent when he was down back.

Congratulations to this week’s award winners:

Rebel Award: Noah Sanders

Canteen Award: Ben Barker

Little John’s Pizza Award: Josh Bernet

Macca’s Award: Zac Cowling

That’s 10 games down, it’s hard to believe there is only 4 games left of the home and away season. Let’s stay focused and continue to believe in one another!