On Sunday we played Manly Bombers at our wonderful home ground of Blackman Park. It was a tough game, with the intensity on the ball from both teams excellent. Once again the boys performed exceptionally well.
This week it was a full team game, with strong pressure on the ball from Angus, Billy Hardy, Xavier, Darcy, Toby and Nicki, to the running play of Sam, Cooper and Harry.
During the week we practised finding space and James, Billy Negri, Max, Jarrod and Lachie all did this exceptionally well. It was great to see the boys tackle, run and pass the ball to a team member. We have been working on playing as a team and helping out a mate, and I think this week it showed.
This week we are back at Blackman at 9:45am, playing against the other Cats team – Bartel. These are normally quite emotional games and can lead to more aggression than normal, would you please have a chat to your child about playing with friends and other club players and the need for respect.
There are team photos prior to the game at 9:30 so please be there by about 9am. Thanks.
Under 9 (Selwood) Coach
The Forest Lions have been a formidable opponent all year, having taken home the spoils in all of the encounters this year. But after toppling the top-of-the-tabe Wildcats last week, the Cats entered this week’s encounter with plenty of confidence.
The game started at a cracking pace, and in a sign of the improvement the Cats have made so far this season, they entered the first quarter break with a one goal lead. We had some great efforts by our under 10 players, including goals from Cheshire and Fitzgerald. The Lions then lifted the intensity and slowly clawed their way back. While our movement through the centre was still strong, we failed to work defensively when they gained possession.
We had great run of the backline from Strassberg, Ferguson and Sidhu. However we were overwhelmed by the wave of Lions as they took control around the ground. This resulted in the margin blowing out by nearly eight goals by three quarter time.
Facing a team with approximately 8 on the bench, we were always gong to struggle to match the intensity and leg speed over the four quarters. But with some simple rotation of players through various positions, we were able to regroup and more than match the Lions in the last quarter.
Sterling efforts from Hynes and Finucane-Lunnie saw us finish the game of strongly and win the quarter. However the margin was too great to overcome, with the Lions coming out on top by four goals.
The great thing about footy is there is always next week. And for the Cats, we have no greater challenge than backing up against Lions on our home turf.
I have no doubt that we have the ability to beat them. All we need is to remain focused and play good hard team footy for four quarters.
Under 11 (Taylor) coach
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