The U10 Dal Pos team had the perfect start to the season, withstanding a spirited effort from Forest Lions to come away with a victories smile.
Under a scorching sun at Lionel Watts Reserve, the girls took some time to get into the game. This was unexpected, with half team playing their first ever AFL Sydney Junior competition game.
The help get as many girls out onto the park, we had one Dal Pos girl play for the Forest Lions. And they seemed to have their best period with the opposition. Genevieve kicked a goal for the Lions in the second quarter. However, Tanya, who only joined the team a week ago, seemed to improve markedly within the game. She ended up having her best performance for the day with the Lions shirt on.
What they lacked in cohesion in the early parts of the game, they made up for in effort. A missed kick or errant handball wasn’t fussed over. Instead they kept on charging for the ball.
Forest had some tall girls and made use of this advantage by kicking the first goal through their aerial dominance. But Dal Pos came at them hard and never gave up.
The girls didn’t shirk any challenges. This saw us have to utlise our magnificently stocked Coaches Bag during the game (thank you Jane Zahra!). Veronica sprained her wrist, but came back onto the ground to play a great game.
We went into final term down a few points. However, they finally clicked as a team and had numerous forward entries. Genevieve and Chloe got on the end of these and kicked four goals to help get the Dal Pos girls over the line.
We didn’t have the printer working this week so couldn’t hand out the game day awards. However, the following girls will receive the following awards at next week’s game.
Courage Award – Veronica for spraining her wrist and returning play out the game after some ice.
Spirit of the Game Award – Genevieve for playing for the opposition and kicking them a goal, and for swapping positions with team mates to ensure others got a turn to kick goals in the forwards.
Play of the day – Chloe’s big mark and goal in the last quarter
We also have a team mascot called Kit Kat. One lucky girl every week is given the responsibility of looking after her. This week it was Tanya Graham for her magnificent effort in playing for Forest Lions in her first ever AFL game. What team spirit!
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