Under 11 Red vs Knox

North Ringwood Under 11 Red vs Knox

@ Knox 26/6/16

Nth Ringwood 7-2-44

Knox 3-4-22

Goalkickers: Tommy 2, Tully 2, Boris 2, Brennan 1

This week we were up against Knox away. We had had a comfortable win against Knox earlier in the season however the two teams were much more evenly matched than the final score indicated. They were a committed team hard at the ball first time around and we were expecting a similar contest this week particularly on their paddock (literally).

We are building towards the first, hopefully of many, finals campaigns that this group of boys will embark upon. It’s an exciting time for the group. That said, we have teams lining up to challenge us week in week out. It is important boys that we remain focused and calm and continue to play the team footy that has served us so well this season so far.

Again we had added incentive this week celebrating Josh Bernet’s 50th game. Like all of the boys Josh has been a solid contributor and integral member of the team this season. He has played some outstanding footy, particularly of late and we were all keen to ensure he topped off his big day with a win.

Out through the banner and we were away. From the outset Knox had come to play. At quarter time we had 3 straight goals on the board to a single behind but the game was far tighter than that scoreline suggested. Knox had had a fair portion of the play in their attacking half of the ground whilst our boys appeared to be tentative and spectating a little bit, watching their Knox opponents being prepared to put their head over the footy.

The second quarter saw Knox get some reward for their effort. They kicked 2 goals and 2 behinds for the quarter whilst we added a point to our quarter time score. At the main break we were lucky to hold a 4pt lead. At half time we urged the boys to lift. We needed to stop watching and start getting our hands dirty, protect one another and play our brand of footy.

We were a different team in the second half. Our pressure was back, we were picking up the ball and shepherding for our mates. We were running hard and getting back in defence to help out our backline. And up forward we had some energy and were teaming well and creating scoring opportunities. At 3 quarter time we had held Knox scoreless for the quarter and kicked 3 more goals ourselves.

The last quarter was a real contest with both teams adding a goal to their 3 quarter time score. The final siren sounding a hard fought 22 point win for our boys.

Tough game but what was most pleasing was the way the boys responded in the second half. There is a genuine care for one another amongst the group and a pride that spurs them on. Every single player lifted in the third quarter. This week was a great example of what happens when we don’t come switched on and then what can be achieved when we unite, support each other and run run run.

TOMMY – Captain’s game from Tommy this week kicking a couple of important goals when we needed them

BENNY BARKER – Was hard at it this again this week spending a bit of time on the wing.

NOAH SANDERS – Played some good footy across the half backline this week. Noah lifted along with most of his mates in the second half.

BENNY SPIETH – Really happy with how Benny responded when challenged this week.

BAYLAN ELLARD – Worked hard this week. Baylan was impressive down back in the second half.

THOMO GLIDE – Put together 4 solid quarters of footy this week. Really good game Thomo!

TYLER MILLWARD – Liked Tyler’s aggression this week at both the ball and the man with the ball.

BRENNAN DOBELL – Reliable as ever, Brennan struggled a bit with sore heels this week but still managed to find the pill and kick a sausage.

JAMES DEMPSEY – Competed well in the ruck and got a bit of the ball around the ground. Like lots of his mates got better as the game went on.

OLLIE DOBBS – Started down back and worked his way into the game. Really put his head over the footy in the second half.

RYAN BRADSHAW – So important with Thomo down back this week. A really consistent performance from Bradders – great game!

SAM TSOUKATOS – Really lifted in the middle in the second half to give us some drive and run.

NASHY –Again clunked a couple of important marks and got us going out of the middle again.

TULLY SMITH – Was solid in the first half but really lifted in the second half. He kicked a couple of big goals and won us plenty of contested footy driving the ball forward.

JOSH BERNET – Celebrated his 50th game this week. Josh was solid all day, it was great to see him get a win!

ZAC COWLING – Zac was good all day. Stood up when we were down in the first half and was just as good in the second when we got back in control.

ARCHIE JACKA – Started down back and had a stint up forward. As we have come to expect from Arch he gave great effort across all four quarters.

BORIS IVANOV – We gave Boris a bit of a razz this week and it was great to see him respond. He was a real focal point up forward and finished with 2 very handy goals

BRODIE SMITH – Played down back and looked to have suffered a nasty knock during the third quarter. He showed great commitment to tough it out, get himself back on the ground and contribute. Great work Smitty!

A special mention this week as well to our 3 under 10s, Josh Leahy, Flynn Smith and Isaac Mason-Butler who each brought terrific energy and effort to the team. Well done boys!!

Congratulations to this week’s award winners:

Rebel Award: Tyler Millward

Canteen Award: Ryan Bradshaw

Little John’s Pizza Award: Noah Sanders

Macca’s Award: Brennan Dobell