Great to see so many parents and family members out to watch our U12 YGs play St Ives on Friday night at a cold Acron Oval.
The game was played in good spirit, and the cold was quickly forgotten about by the players, with lots or running and determined play.
We started off the back foot in the first quarter, and the opposition were playing better as a team, with some well timed kicking and marks keeping the ball in our defensive half.
A motivational talk by our stand in coaches, Jemma and Jono at the break saw a change of heart. The theme was ‘go for the ball’ rather than stand back and let the opposition take it.
With some slight changes in positions, we saw some well timed passes toward the forward zone in the second quarter, and ultimately a goal by Lily S, as play of the day which turned the whole game.
From then on, our team mostly dominated the play. Great to see Olive and Maia chasing the ball down on many occasions, not standing back, and well deserving of the team awards.
Great defensive effort by Emma, Charlotte A, Lucy and Lily D, with support from players like Lexie P, and Charlotte Z and Eloise at different stages of the game. Some well timed and impressive kicking from Emma up to half the length of field, helped to keep the ball out of our defensive zone.
Grace, Eloise, Annabelle and Elin ran and ran the whole game, and have significantly improved over the season, playing their best games.
There were moments where we were defended well, including a sandwich tackle on Annabelle that wouldn’t be foreign to a rugby game. I think Annabelle was a little shaken, but some supportive words from her dad at the break helped her fire again.
Lexie W played well in the centre position winning the majority of the ball ups, with plenty of spring in her jumps, and great variation in the direction she tapped the ball our to our centre players.
Our forwards received a lot more ball in the second half, and Isabelle O was there in the thick of play and helped contribute to many of the scoring opportunities we had.
After the game, we shared St Ives special ’sausage sangas’ with our friends at St Ives who played very well, and who convincingly beat us this time last year.