After a great start to the year, U12 Duncan have had a tough couple of weeks on the field. Against Forest in round 4 it was a hard fought contest going into the last quarter with only about 14 points in it. Unfortunately Forest ran away with the game in the last quarter to win by a comfortable margin. Last quarters are something that the U12’s pride themselves on, so this meant a week of reflection and hard work on the track. Once again we were helped by some outstanding U11s including our only goal scorer Luca Facciolo, who maintained bragging rights over his older brother Max! Mitch Healy and Micah Bonwick were also prominent. Jaeden was fantastic all day and is becoming a very consistent and dependable member of the team. Louis Burn’s tackling was another highlight and is something he is setting as a benchmark for the team. Will Schofield also showed how his physicality is key to him playing good strong contested football and taking great pack marks.
The following week (Mothers Day) against Pittwater we were back at Blackman, and were just outgunned by a very good AFL team. The energy was high and the attempts to follow the 3 G’s – Get the ball, Give the ball and Go, Go, Go were thwarted by a very well drilled opposition who coming back from Div 1 last year have clearly learned a lot. Despite the challenge the team lifted in the last quarter and won that on the scoreboard. The joy that the team showed after kicking the first and only goal of the game, showed that regardless of the scoreline the mantra of ‘having fun’ is well instilled in the players and it was great to see from the coaches and parents alike.
This week saw the team play on Friday night under lights at St Ives. On a small ground we again took a while to get going. It was great to have Sam Clancy back and he added drive and class in the middle as always and kicked 1 goal. Blake Mounser had his best game of the year and was very creative in and around the packs (of which there were plenty). It was also great to have Ryan Hunter back after a few weeks out with a broken arm and he settled back into the team nicely. His confidence will grow as the weeks roll on. Will Zahra returned to his “Plugger” best and took a great mark and goaled in the last quarter to bring us close, but it wasn’t quite enough in the end. Notable mentions to Joey who continues to play well each week, James who is a rock down back, Lucas who has improved out of sight and is getting his hand on plenty of ball in the ruck and Will Moore who is getting his hands on the footy and giving everything.
Congratulations to our 50 game players James, Jaeden and Sam.
This week we need to remember our respect – for everyone and lift our energy levels to get back on track for the season.
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