A Casual Observer

Written by Lane Cove Cats

8 September 2020

I ducked out of home Sunday morning before any of the family were out of bed to catch the Lane Cove Cats U11’s Ablett play the “Penno” Demons. It was a gorgeous morning, bright sunshine and not a breath of wind in the air. This was a top of the table clash, both sides undefeated. I have to say my expectations were high, I read the match reports every week and I feel like I know some of the boys personally, but I have never seen them play.

Watching the Demons warm up was a little daunting for me. They had one boy, lets call him Max, who seemed to be twice the height as anyone else. I had to fight off a shiver down my back as I recalled games of Junior Rugba League on the mid-north coast. The Cats seemed slick and the coaches had the boys primed for a hard contest.

Off to the first bounce, and due to Max the demons won most of the taps out of the ruck all day. The Cats midfielders were quick to pounce though and this evened up the contest. Before I had a chance to think too much the Demons kicked three quick goals, opening up an early lead. mmm “This is going to be a long day for the boys”, I thought and momentarily the “Penno” Parents voices were considerably louder than the Lane Cove ones. In the second quarter after I can only think was an encouraging discussion by the coaches, the Cats kicked into gear kicking three very quick goals and then some to extend the lead. The Lane Cove Parents also found voice from all over the ground. I received a phone call from home. Where are you? “I’ll be home soon”, I said… I wasn’t about to go anywhere as this game was in the balance. Penno did mount a come back but the Cats were too good in the fourth. Great win!

This was a great game to watch, Both sides played hard and were intense at every contest. The determination by the Cats to not panic when they were down by 3 goals and keep fighting was a true measure of the culture they have developed. Well done and best of luck in the finals series…

The umpiring in this game was sensational, it was the best I have seen. The calls on the field were clear, fair and rewarded tackles.

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