Very pleasing to see a very enthusiastic turn out from the U12 Youth Girls Swanson team this week with all players arriving 45 mins before the first game of the season out at Mike Pauley Oval against the Manly Bombers. Of note, Lexie W returned from her family holiday overseas on Sunday morning, and insisted she wanted to play which is great team spirit.
We had 17 girls turn up including a number of new players, with 4 apologies, which was in stark contrast to our 4 players at the beginning of last season.
However nothing like the first game of the season against a skilled Manly Bombers team to wake us up, with the opposition running away with some very quick early goals.
From half time however we were able to regroup, and the game sense started to kick in again, with scores being even in the second half, and with our star centre Lily D scoring a great goal just before the full time siren and earning the play of the day award.
Charlie D won the team spirit award for her amazing marks as fullback against tall and intensive one on one opposition
Charlotte A in her first game earned the courage award for her consistent and tenacious efforts through the whole game.
Lily S was voted the player’s player for her speed and breaking away on many occasions to deliver the ball from the centres into our forward zone.
Great to also see some skills from our training drills passing into game play with some of the following notable examples
1. Lexie P contesting the ball and putting the opposition player off balance before picking up the ball and passing it on successfully
2. Some great shepherding by Emma
3. Some great marks by Lucy and Amber in their first games.
4. Some great contests by our returning players Elin, Charlie G, Zoe, Charlotte Z and Olive.
A big welcome to our new players this game with Zara, Grace, Charlotte A, Maia and Lucy and with Eloise to join us next week.
Hope Annabel gets well, and Isabel O ankle improves, and we see Izzy W back again next week.