Under 11 Red vs Waverley Blues

Under 11 Red vs Waverley Blues

@ Waverley 29/5/16

Nth Ringwood 4-10-34

Waverley Blues 5-4-34

Goalkickers: Nashy 2, Thommo 1, Brennan 1

It was a big game this week against the Waverley Blues, a side we have a lot of respect for. Both of our teams are evenly matched and play a similar game. We were fortunate to get a win against them in the first round of the season and knew that it would take our best footy to get a win this week.

The boys got off to a flying start this week exploding out of the blocks to push the ball forward and pepper our goals. It wasn’t long before we had a goal on the board and then another. We were up and about however we were unable to capitalise and at quarter time we had 2 goals 7 behinds on the board. Waverley managed to kick a goal against the flow of play and ended the quarter with 1 goal and 1 behind.

The message at quarter time was to keep working hard, manning up down back and having our midfielders pushing hard into defensive 50 to help out our backline. The second quarter began and it was very apparent that Waverley was now kicking to the ‘scoring end’ of the ground. Waverley from the bounce looked more likely, they were in first for the ball, running harder and out numbering us around the ball. Our backline was loose and playing off their man and our midfielders were not prepared to run as hard when Waverley had the ball as when we did. Consequently we were out worked and at half time found ourselves a couple of points behind with a real fight on our hands.

At half time the message was a simple one. Too many of our boys were waiting for it to happen and not making it happen. We were not as hungry as our opposition were and they were outplaying us accordingly. What we wanted to see was a willingness to do the team things; man up, get to the ball in numbers and put pressure on our opponents when we don’t have it.

The boys regrouped in the third quarter. There was a renewed discipline and effort and we had the majority of the play across our half forward line. Thanks to a couple of strong marks in the goal square from Nashy we were able to put a couple of goals on the board however similar to the first quarter we were a little wasteful and missed a couple of opportunities to put another goal or two on our opponents. Our backline was tight and managed to keep Waverley scoreless for the quarter. We went into three quarter time with a 13pt lead.

The last quarter played out in a similar fashion to the second quarter. Waverley kept us scoreless and worked hard to get well and truly back in the game. Our backline was under enormous pressure all quarter and did remarkably well to hold Waverley to only two goals. The siren sounded in the nick of time with both sides locked on 34pts a piece.

We can take plenty out of this week’s game boys, namely being a successful team starts and ends with all of us working together and doing the team things: manning up, running hard and supporting each other when we have the ball and when we don’t. Our best is good enough boys but we cannot expect to simply turn up and the job will get done – we need to roll up our sleeves and get stuck in.

Let’s now look forward to training and taking on St Simons next week.

Congratulations to this week’s award winners:

Rebel Award:
Brennan Dobell who played a blinder. Tough and reliable. Brennan ran hard for four quarters. He was desperate down back and dangerous up forward – a great game Brennan!

Canteen Award:
Ben Nash got a rev before the game and stuck it up us – he had a ripper. He was dominant in the ruck and a handful for Waverley up forward where he took a couple of big contested marks and finished off with a couple of goals in the third quarter.

Little John’s Pizza Award:
Brodie Smith put in a solid four quarter performance. He played down back and on the wing for most of this week’s game and got himself to contest after contest. Love his work ethic and his willingness to learn and improve – well played this week Smitty!

Macca’s Award:
Ryan Bradshaw our general – we know what we’ll get from Bradders week in and week out. Again this week he was important at important times. Well played Ryan!

Look out St Simons…

See you on the track