Under 11 Red vs East Burwood
@ Home 22/5/16
Nth Ringwood 8-5-53
East Burwood 3-3-21
Goalkickers: Tommy 2, Tyler 2, Thommo 2, Ollie 1, Ben S 1
This week’s game had us up against another solid opponent in East Burwood on the big senior NRFC home ground at Quambee Reserve. The East Burwood side had enjoyed a successful start to the season and were positioned in the top 4 on the ladder. We were expecting a tough game this week.
The key messages ahead of this week’s game were:
Welcome the Challenge: We are playing great team footy. Let’s enjoy the challenge that each game brings. Teams will be out to test themselves against us. Let’s continue to play our way – tough, skilful and fair team footy.
Protect Each Other: Use our voices to support each other and our bodies to shepherd, block and run hard for one another. Out-number our opposition to the ball.
The first quarter started with us kicking into a strong breeze. East Burwood was a physical team and right from the start were hard at the contest and keen to apply some physical pressure on our boys. They moved the ball well and kicked the first goal of the match. This seemed to click the boys into gear and we started to win the ball in the middle of the ground and put some pressure on their backline. Ollie kicked our first goal and Tommy slotted 2 more for the first quarter. At quarter time we had held up well against some exuberant opposition and a stiff breeze and were a goal in front of East Burwood.
The second quarter we had the breeze at our back. We settled into some pretty solid team footy using the wide open spaces of Quambee moving the ball in numbers and protecting the boy with the ball. Tyler kicked a couple of classy goals and Benny Spieth also put one through. Our backline was excellent holding East Burwood scoreless for the quarter. We ended the first half with a 4 goal lead.
At half time what was most pleasing to us was the attack on the footy by our boys. We continued to put our heads over the ball and were not concerned with any silliness happening around us.
The third quarter was a bit of a battle. We were again kicking into a strong wind and East Burwood was pushing forward pretty hard. They managed to outscore us in the third quarter kicking 1 goal 2 pts to our 2 points. The message at 3 quarter time was to run the game out hard and continue to play our game – good hard fair footy with eyes only for the ball.
The last quarter the boys lifted again and finished them off. Thommo kicked 2 nice goals and we again held East Burwood scoreless for the quarter running out convincing 32 point winners.
Again each of the boys should be proud of how they played this week. We continue to play hard but fair footy in the right spirit. We are proud of every one of you:
TOMMY – Recovered well from last week kicking two captain’s goals in the first quarter. He was a solid presence all game looking after his team mates and laying big tackles when required on the opposition. Tommy is currently leading the goal kickers for the season to date.
BENNY BARKER – We were really proud of Benny this week. He received a bit of treatment from the opposition and showed plenty of guts and determination by continuing to just put his head over the ball and win the footy. Too good for them today!
NOAH SANDERS – Cool, calm and collected. Noah got plenty of it and did plenty with it. Great game again.
BENNY SPIETH – Great to see Ben picking it up off the deck cleanly and then using it well. He was rewarded in the second quarter with a nice goal.
BAYLAN ELLARD – Did some real hard work this week. Baylan played in and around the middle for most of the game and gave us some dashing run out of defence on a couple of occasions after winning his own ball. He is a confidence player and is playing very well.
THOMMO GLIDE – Got a feeling Thommo doesn’t mind kicking a sausage. He was on a roll in the last quarter kicking two clever goals and unfortunately our timed rotations had him due to come off the ground just after he kicked his second – AFL style.
TYLER MILLWARD – It’s great to see Tyler brimming with confidence. Always dangerous forward he kicked two nice goals in the second quarter.
BRENNAN DOBELL – Brennan again gave us plenty of dash and hardness around the footy. His attack on the ball really sets a tone for his team mates.
JAMES DEMPSEY – Again gave us great energy when we rolled him through the ruck this week. We know we’ll get 100% from James and that was exactly what we got.
OLLIE DOBBS – Picked up where he left off last week with some hard ball wins and bursts out of contested situations. Ollie kicked a nice goal in the first quarter to get us going.
RYAN BRADSHAW – Not dissimilar to last week we leant on Ryan’s leadership across our half backline. He consistently led his man to the ball and put himself in the right positions.
SAM TSOUKATOS – Sammy just loves to run and get his hands on the footy. We had him on the wing and off a half backline this week where he won some real important contests for us. Solid four quarter game.
NASHY – Rucked predominately and also had spells down back and up forward. Nashy got on top in the middle and gave us first use particularly in the last quarter when we kicked away.
BORIS IVANOV – Had spells in the ruck but he gave us real presence down back taking some nice marks and spoiling some East Burwood forward thrusts.
TULLY SMITH – Similar to last week it was a hot footy this week. Tully was getting some treatment off the ball but showed plenty of leadership maintaining his aggression at the footy and running hard all day.
JOSH BERNET – Played a ripper. Josh cleaned up down back when he was there, won his own footy all day in hot contests and tackled hard when he didn’t have it.
ZAC COWLING – Tough all day. We started him off down back and then moved him into the middle. Zac thrives in these conditions. He was in and under packs for most of the game.
ARCHIE JACKA – Played a blinder! Arch was solid as a rock down back all day for us. He won 1:1, 1:2 and a couple of 1:3’s. Spoiling, tackling, and most importantly winning the footy in front all day. Great game Arch!
BRODIE SMITH – Smitty clearly enjoyed the big ground and the space to run. We moved him forward in the last and he was a little unlucky not to kick a goal.
Congratulations to this week’s award winners:
Rebel Award: Archie Jacka
Canteen Award: Josh Bernet
Little John’s Pizza Award: Benny B
Macca’s Award: Ben Spieth
Another good win guys! Let’s keep it up and take it to Waverley next weekend!
See you on the track