Well “super Sunday” at Blackman Park – with all Lane Cove Cats junior teams playing at home was super for Bartel.
With 6 new recruits up from Auskick we had a full team and Adam had a big job managing the bench. It all worked and Bartel squeezed out a 1 point win to kick off the Cats home game clean sweep!
Micah, James, Mitchell, Fred, James and Haine all acquitted themselves well and handled the big step up from Auskick to junior competition. For a second week in a row the only spectators we had in the game were happy parents on the sideline as all our players contributed well.
We faded a bit in the 4th quarter so there will be some extra fitness work at training this week and the players can expect some hill sprints as part of their warm up.
As we move into the back-end of the season we are getting the players to concentrate on the specific tasks relating to the zone they are playing in each quarter. In defence it’s all about talking and marking up, in attack it’s taking a lead to create an opportunity and for our kickers to know who and where they are kicking to. In the middle it’s all about getting to the ball and being able to turn around quickly between attack and defence when we turn the ball over.
Ultimately everyone has to play both attack and defence in each zone and tacking in the forward zone and kicking out of the backs often sparks the play that results in a goal.
Bartel are away at Willoughby this week so we get to show off our skills in front of our nearest rivals!
Under 9 (Bartel) coach
What a wonderful day Sunday was, the sun shone down on us, the food was great and the boys played some good footy.
This week as a club we decided to give a number of kids the opportunity to play in an older age group as well as there own team, and as such we had 4 boys play for us from Auskick; Daniel Casiglia, Elijah Jenkins, Jack Mannix and Hayden Cheshire. It is tough the first time playing in the U9s as we all found out in the first few weeks of the season, but the boys all handled it well and had a few tackles and got into the game. I can certainly see a great future for Lane Cove with these boys.
We also had 3 boys play up for the u10s; Sam, Cooper and Angus, all of whom played very well, with Sam and Cooper combining a number of time for 3 goals and Angus very strong in defence. Well done to all who played up a level.
As for our game, it was difficult with 15 on the field, providing 3 players to them and still having a bench to rotate through the game, but the boys handled it well (the coach struggled though). Once again we had another strong game, led by our strong tackling and quick play out of the centre. The first quarter was extremely low scoring with neither team kicking a goal, but in the second and third quarters we started to find our mojo; led by James Sneddon, who was strong right around the ground all day, and the usual leadership provided by Sam, Billy Hardy and Cooper. Toby and Max, both newer players to the team also played some of their best footy of the year which was great to see. I must also thank all the boys who played for Pittwater, it was great to see the sportsmanship they showed.
Well done to everyone on Sunday, it was another great game to be a part of. See you at training.
Under 9 (Selwood) coach
With only a handful of games left in the U10 Hawkins season I can only say with great pride how impressed I have been with all the regular team members and all those U9’s who have played up in recent weeks. The Hawkins side continues to improve each week and are gaining a reputation within the competition as a fantastic team that plays with great respect. I can confirm that over the past few weeks myself, managers Mark, Michael and James as well as LCC President Denis have all received glowing comments from opposition Coaches, Managers, Presidents and supporters in general. Well done Hawkins boys – let’s keep up the high standards over the last few weeks.
Specifically on the pitch there have been some great performances in some fantastic team wins over the past few weeks. The midfield has been led superbly each week by Max Negri and Declan Fitzgerald. Their combination, handballs and vision going forward are a highlight.
On a weekly basis the contribution from the two Ben’s – Williams and Cheshire are outstanding. Both are fierce at the ball, can run and bounce and have kicked some outstanding goals, as well as setting up many more (which pleases the coach just as much). Matt Sidhu has been a tower in defence this season taking many a fine mark across half back, much like Will Mason who took a screamer this weekend to win Mark of the Day. Will also has a knack of sniffing out a goal which is very pleasing.
Callum Mitchell continues to improve each week and is combining well with one of the forward powerhouses in Tom Hardy. Matt Bell is learning to get his hands on the ball more often and is using it wisely whilst Liam Cunneen’s two goal last quarter last week had players, supporters and a little over excited coach, beaming with pride. That is what team sport is all about and the Hawkins team and displaying that in droves.
The two Billy’s – Rogers and Sykes have missed a few games this season, but both are very consistent contributors when they are on the park. Rogers with a great goal or two today and Skyes taking some great marks in the first quarter (albeit for the U11 team). We always look forward to having both Billy’s on deck.
Again a huge shout out to the U9 players who have played a few games recently and all performed excellently. To Sam Clancy, Cooper Hawtin, Angus Hamilton, Jaeden Louie, Alex Harvey, Wil Schofield and Will Zahra a big thank you. All of whom had a great game this week including one the goals of the day when Cooper took the ball in the forward time, beat one, then when tackled, handballed to Sam who nailed the goal. One of at least 3 for the day. Jaeden worked very hard in the middle, Angus at the back and both the Wil(l)’s got plenty of touches.
Well done – the future of the LCC Hawkins team looks in good hands.
Under 10 (Taylor) coach
Team Taylor has caught the winning bug, this week toppling the league leaders (and cross town rivals) Willoughby Wildcats in a magnificent team effort on the weekend.
The boys ditched their customary slow start, bursting out of the gates to pile on four goals in the first quarter and put the Wildcats immediately on the back foot. The swift movement of the ball continued into the second quarter; as our agile half back line, lead by Alex and Xavier repeated repelled the opponents attacking moves and counter punched with attacks of their own. However we are now seeing our midfield and forwards reading the play better; which is seeing this the team finish off the good work with goals. Luke Fish and Ky Douglas were great through the centre, while forward line of Patrick, Andrew and Samuel Hynes is now running like a well oiled machine. Patrick in particular had a break out game, continually presenting at contests and putting numbers on the score board.
The third quarter saw the intensity level drop, allowing the Wildcats back into the contest. With a late goal in the quarter, they cut the margin to only four points and threatened to run away with the game. However, testament to their growing confidence and strong team-work, the boys lifted in the final quarter. A tensity and effort shown by the entire team was superb.
The most pleasing aspect was how we didn’t drop our heads and let little things annoy us. Instead we showed some respect to our opponents (and team mates) and focused our aggression on the ball. This was most aptly displayed in the last quarter by Charlie King; he attacked the ball with gusto, taking couple of towering marks and kicking two goals to snuff out any hope of a comeback win for the Wildcats.
With only four matches left in the regular season, there is no time to rest on our laurels. While nicely positioned in fourth on the ladder, we face the new league leaders Forest Lions over the next two consecutive weeks (one away and one home). We have yet to beat the Lions this year but have been in winning positions at various times. Thus the next two weeks could determine if we will play a part in this years finals.
Best Team Player: Patrick Byrne
Best Mark: Charlie King
Best Kick: Luke Fish
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