It seems the Bartel team needed a mid season break to bring out their best! Without exception, every player on the team had their best game of the season this week and showed great teamwork and courage in the cold and damp conditions. The co-captain structure worked well with the team and as a result our positional play help us spread the ball quicker in attack and mark up faster in defence.
It was incredibly tough to hand out awards this week as every player deserved an award for some part of their play.
Bartel have been responding well to our three word focus of Respect (for yourself, team mates, coaches, opposition and umpires); Who (are you kicking/passing too or marking); and You (don’t leave it to your team mates to make the tackle, take the mark, get the ball – it’s up to you).
We added “no spectators” this week and I can honestly say that at no stage did I see any player standing off the action and not contributing. There were no spectators on the field, but plenty of happy and excited ones cheering the team on from the sidelines!
I can’t wait for next Sunday when we get to showcase our skills in front of a home crowd!
Under 9 (Bartel) coach
The team had another strong performance on the weekend. With almost a full team we supplied Willoughby with 3 players per quarter and it was great to see that all the boys that played with Willoughby played with respect, and team spirit, working hard for the Wildcats.
The boys started off a little slow as they wiped away the cob webs from the two week break, but as more and more of the team found their feet again we performed better and better. Once again our tackling was very strong and is certainly a trade marks of this side.
This week in training we are going to work on our hand passing out of packs and getting the ball moving, as this is when we are at our best, and it was lacking on the weekend. Hopefully we will see everyone at training on Thursday night.
Under 10 (Selwood) coach
When playing sport in cold conditions, the only way to stay warm was to keep moving. The boys worked that out pretty quickly on a bitterly cold and windy Sunday morning at Middle Head. The movement around the ground was excellent, although skill levels were hampered by the weather conditions which made it difficult to handle the ball or keep possession. However you couldn’t questions the effort, as they took on the Mosman Swans last weekend.
Goals were at a premium with a 40km/h wind blowing across the field. Samuel Finucane Lunnie typified this with a collection of points in the first half of the game. However his penetrating kicks into the forward, particularly against the wind kept the pressure on the Swans.
Our players across half-back continue to be the backbone of our game. Lead this week by Xavier Russell, we continually repelled attacks by the opposition and pushed hard into attack. This is the style of game I am trying to develop, and the boys are quickly realising its effectiveness.
While we had most of the general play in the first half, the tough conditions made scoring difficult. We ended the half time break only a couple of points up but the momentum was clearly on our side. They call the third quarter the premiership quarter, and for good reason. A good performance can set up the win. And for our boys, every thing seemed to fall in place. With the wind temporarily subdued, we piled on the goals and finished the quarter up by around 4 goals.
The last quarter was a grind, as we defended hard playing into the wind. But the boys dug deep and held onto the lead until the dying moments of the game. A late consolidation goal from Mosman couldn’t dampen the spirit of the boys as they recorded a 20 point win; our second for the year!
It was also pleasing to see our players continue to show respect and not let niggling little incidences get the better of them. In one example, Luke Fish’s opponent engaged in some rough off-the-ball play and seemed to want to take it further. However, Luke quickly refocused on the ball, which no doubt helped us repel that attack. No doubt his focus on the ball, rather than the player helped him produce of one his best games this season.
The win now puts the boys back into the top four of the ladder. This week we play the top-of-the-table Willoughby Wildcats. We pushed them hard the last time we played and I believe we can go one better on our home turf if we play as a team hard at the ball.
Best team player: Xavier Russell
Best kick: Samuel Finucane Lunnie
Best mark: Luke Fish
Under 11 (Taylor) coach
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