A vast array of qualities required in a team were on display on Sunday morning as team Narkle fronted the Pittwater Tigers. Commitment was one of those characteristics and I saw plenty displayed by all of the parents to get their kids there to North Narabeen by 7:30AM.
The Pittwater Tiger managed to get out of the blocks a bit quicker than us on Sunday morning but the tide quickly turned to Lane Cove winning the battle of the big Cats!….not that we are counting goals though.
As the game went on, we saw our stars gain greater confidence in their abilities to run, carry and kick long and accurately to team mates, win the 50/50 ball in tight circumstances in the middle and force turnovers through constant defensive pressure. Edward and Ethan repelled many a Tiger attack, the latter seeming to have gained a yard of pace in the Emergency Ward on Wednesday evening and a willingness to run and play on whenever possible. I suggested to his mum after the game that she should take him back next week to get some more of whatever he was given by the intern!
Jordan Spinks could not put a foot wrong after it was iced the week before, somehow turning his handywork in front of goals into winning clearances in the middle. Not once or twice but everytime in the third term Jordan managed to ensure first possession for his team. A few tidy kicks to Jake also resulted in a few goals – Jake’s long accurate kicking and marking highlights to watch.
Max was committed, willing in the clinches and focused on winning possession for his team, while Jack was at his hard working best feeding off the marking targets and making a contest whenever needed. Maddy, always in the right position, marking, leading, attracting the ball and able to be relied upon by her team to do something creative. Marcus – Again commitment on show as he managed to shake a virus from the day before to get himself on the park for his first goal and to set up a few others for team mates. Evan was unstoppable in front of goal and never missed an opportunity to show the crowd his stunning left foot snaps! Will was dependable, stoic and assured in defense and running through the middle, finding targets by foot at long range.
Finally, the team song was sung by all, arm-in-arm loud and proud. Well done Team Narkle Cats! Commitment, passion for the game and team work on display.
We are taking on the Willoughby Wildcats this coming Sunday – Please arrive at Gore Hill Oval by 9:15AM.
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