The U8s Team Menzel got the season off to a great start at Balgowlah Oval this morning. We played a 12 a side match with the Balgowlah Suns on a bright, sunny day that offered ideal conditions for footie.
Both teams demonstrated some impressive skills with clever passing and some breathtaking marks on display. The Suns started strongly, but it was wonderful to see the Cats grow in confidence as the game went on, with the whole team getting involved. Considering it was the first game outside of Auskick most kids have played, the coaches and parents can be proud of the teamwork and enthusiasm we saw on the field this morning.
Special mentions go out to Noah Tops and Genevieve Hynes. Noah won the best goal award for the Cats by taking a brilliant mark and booting a massive goal that established a bit of Cats momentum in the first Half. Genevieve won the award for best effort for her committed play, a highlight of which was her unselfish handball to Henry Lowry that set him up for his second goal of the match.
Most importantly, the kids had a lot of fun. At the end of the match all the kids on both teams demonstrated great sportsmanship by shaking hands and congratulating each other on a match well played.
We were given an old fashion football lesson as we took on the Mosman Swans under warm and sunny conditions this week. Despite this, the players left the ground satisfied they had given their all, with many red hot faces testament to their efforts.
The game was played at a frenetic pace, with the ball going from end to end very quickly. With the sun beating down strongly, it didn’t take long for many players to feel the effects of the quick start. The Swans played the ground well, spreading quickly and getting players into space time and time again. We tackled strongly and had many entries into our forward line. However, the opposition punished us on the rebound when we failed to hit targets.
We had plenty of great moments. Kai continues to show great improvement, kicking his first goal of the season. Xavier had more tackles than a fisherman, while Billy H was a like a brick wall, continually rebounding the ball.
You can always take something out of every game, and this one certainly showed what happens when you drop your concentration. If you don’t mark your opponent when you don’t have the ball, they will generally make you pay. But this is an easy fix, and I’m sure the team will show just how good they are in next week’s game.
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