Match Report Round 10 – U8 Menzel Sunday 24th June

Written by Jono Ladmore

25 June 2018

What a cold morning down at Blackman Park!

We started off at a blistering pace in the first 3rd which saw fantastic ball movement resulting in a couple of early goals and a few behinds (1 pointers). I thought it was going to be another AFL clinic display, however hats off to Mosman, they were a much improved outfit from last time we played them giving our young boys a good run for their money.

At first break, we needed to settle the lads nerves. Although we had control of the game, we were kicking way too many behinds as we weren’t slowing down and executing on the basics. I could see the hunger to score in their eyes during the break, which I needed to channel into conversions in the second.

The kids got on with the game, again the Swans took it to the boys, however there were many passages of play from our guys that reminded me of the Bombers Thursday night first quarter dominance over the West Coast Eagles in Perth. The ball movement today was one of their best, even if the ball was cold and their was ice on the grass. The sun started to shine in during this term for us and we broke away further though not as easily as we did in the past.

We pulled away in the 3rd term, some great conversion and I’m very proud of Hugo Platt scoring two behinds for the first time that I have seen this season! It was a strong display of courage, having to dig deeper than most games and finishing off with another convincing win. It just goes to show that our Auskick pre-season sessions paid off for games like today.

One to share with the kids, here from one of the greatest sportsmen of our time Michael Jordon. He said; “There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win premierships. Most of the time, those players aren’t willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

This is a champion Team, it is because of their willingness to think and act as a team, I will continue to remind them of this every week. Today we saw some unselfish play which resulted in conversions and great display ofjunior football. Well done lads.

Hats off to Archer, Charlie and Jake for playing like gentlemen for Mosman, they contributed and made us proud. Congratulations to Luc for a fantastic first game for Team Menzel and well done to all our award winners.

Hope the boys get some rest this week in preparation for next weeks game in against Mosman at Alan Border Oval.

Until next time, Go Cats!!

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