The Under 11 boys learnt some hard lessons this week. Take your mind off the game momentarily and you can quickly find yourself in trouble. The team also found out what happens when you don’t show some respect; both to the opposition and the umpires.
The team started really well against the Forest Lions, playing great free flowing, end-to-end football. The ball movement between defence and attack had never been better. Hand balling was a feature, which freed up the ball from stoppages and allowed our faster outside players to use their attributes to hurt the opposition.
We entered the last quarter up by 11 points and looked like recording our first win over the Lions. However, this is when things started falling apart. As a collective unit, we allowed our frustrations with the umpires to get the better of us. This allowed the Lions to quickly pounce as we took our minds of the game. The growing frustration spread through the team, leaving us flat footed and without any spark.
The Lions quickly took control of the game and ran out 17 point winners.
Unfortunately this overshadowed some great performances within the team. Alex Strassberg played probably his best game, continually repelling the opposition in a dominant game off the half back. Showcasing our improved team play, Samuel Hynes and Declan combined to produce a goal of the day. While it was particularly skilful, it was the thinking behind the play that was most pleasing. Rather than blast away at goal from the boundary, Declan cleverly kicked to Samuel who was only 15m straight in front of goal.
The boys will need to be at the best as they take on the top-of-the-table Willoughby Wildcats at home this weekend. However, I won’t be judging the boys on the scoreboard. All I want to see is some RESPECT. Respect for the opposition, umpires and officials. That means taking the umpires decision without any disagreement. It means controlling your temper so that it doesn’t impact your team-mates. It means listening to the coach and other club officials. If they do all these things, they will be winners no matter what the scoreboard says.
Under 11 coach
Award winners this week
- Best team player: Alex Strassberg
- Best mark: Samuel Hynes
- Best kick: Declan Fitzgerald.
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