It was a big day for the Mitcham Junior Football Club on Sunday April 14th as Round 1 for season 2013 was completed. Fielding more junior teams than ever before, the club has a real positive vibe and is an exciting place to be around.
The under 9s kicked off proceedings at Walker Park. As first games for team go, this was a ripper. This is a big group of under 9s and it was fantastic to see so many kids running out onto the ground in their yellow and black. The team contains a lot of first time players but you would never have known this as they came together and played some brilliant team football. Congratulations must go to Matthew Booth and Daniel Newnham who kicked some brilliant goals and were given “Best on ground” awards, and also to Blake Maxwell and Nicholas Stansfield who earned their titles of team captains by giving their all at Friday night’s training session. Well done to the team of coaches (Matt, Vaughan, Paul and Jas) who organised and coached such a big group of kids in such a great game.
The Under 10s played their first game against East Ringwood. The team looked fantastic before the game with their new hoodies and polo tops. After a slow first quarter, the team really hit their straps and played a great last three quarters of team oriented football which is exactly how Leigh (their coach) wants them to play on a weekly basis. If you want to see a team play an exciting brand of football, get yourself along to the Bayswater Junior Football ground from 9.30am next Sunday morning.
The Under 11s played Kilsyth at Pinks Reserve. It was a terrific first up effort from the boys because they were undermanned from the start and were playing 16 players against 18 for the entire game. With a couple of boys being injured or feeling unwell during the game, they battled the game out with Kilsyth for the full four quarters. The ball was in the Mitcham forward half for much of the game and with a bit of luck, the team could have kicked another 3 or 4 goals. However being undermanned lead to some easy scoring opportunities for Kilsyth and they took full advantage. The team can be very proud of the skills, the bravery and the spirit that was on show for round 1. Special thanks to Emmi for playing with the under 11s today and for the terrific game he played.
Final Score: Kilsyth 10.8-68 d Mitcham 2.5-17
The Under 13s played The Basin at Batterham Reserve in Boronia. After a fairly tight first quarter, The Basin got on top and led for most of the game with the lead getting out to 20 points at one stage. The tigers fought back hard in the 3rd quarter and got the margin back to 4 points going into the last change. In a fantastic final quarter, the boys got the lead, only to see if taken back again by The Basin. To their credit, our boys got the lead again through a brilliant bit of play from end to end and held tight to run out winners by 2 points. Great team effort boys!
Final Score: Mitcham 8.5-53 d The Basin 7.9-51
The Under 15s played at home and while there was not a game before them, the crowd soon grew as the younger age groups filtered back to Walker Park to support the club. In a high standard game against quality opposition, the tigers got the points – Just! Vinny played a blinder, with Coops solid all day. Big Azza and Evan kept it tight in defence while Ezi and Jacko were lively up forward. All in all a great start for the 15s in a higher grade this year.
Final Score: Mitcham 9.11-65 d Mooroolbark Green 6.8-44
The Under 17s played Kilsyth at Pinks Reserve. A great turn out with 24 players running out for the yellow and black. Like in last weeks practice game, the boys were slow to start but really matched it with Kilsyth in the second half. There were a lot of positive signs from a team that is still learning to play together under a new game plan. Keep your heads up high and work hard on the training track this week. Training will continue this week for the 17s on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 5.30pm.
Final Score: Kilsyth 10.9-69 d Mitcham 3.10-28