It was another big day of football on Sunday as the Mitcham Junior Football Club was involved in Round 2 action of season 2013. While some teams have the luxury of a Sunday morning sleep in and relax. Not so for the under 9 team! They had the “all day” Lightning Premiership to compete in at Pinks Reserve in Kilsyth.
In absolutely perfect conditions (bright sunny skies!) and even better bacon and egg muffins, the 9s had a perfect start by wining their first game of the lightning premiership. The boys were certainly on a high after that although it could have been the snakes! The next three games spread out over the day weren’t as successful but the team fought out every game in true tiger spirit. It was certainly a long day (fuelled by an abundance of food) and the boys kept the energy levels up right through to the last siren sounding…….and beyond. As the parents packed up, the kids continued to kick footballs – hadn’t they had enough? Each and every boy did the Mitcham Junior Football Club proud on such a big day. It is a credit to all the parents and the kids for being involved in such a great day. Special thanks to Matt and his team of coaches for guiding the boys throughout the day and for all the hard work and planning that Amanda put in to make the day such a success.
The under 10's came up against a combined Scoresby/Bayswater outfit who were determined from the outset to not allow our team to play their natural free style of play. Our boys continued to try and keep the forward line open, with some success and this was a real credit to them. Another pleasing aspect to their game was their focus on controlling what they could control and to not worry on things that they couldn’t. Special thanks to some of the under 11 players (who are still eligible for under 10s) for helping out. Well done boys! Next week the under 10s have their turn at the lightning premiership at Kilsyth. Be ready for a very big day guys!!
The under 11s had a bye in Round 2 but will front up to Boronia Brown at home next Sunday.
The under 13s had a very tough encounter at North Ringwood. The opposition jumped out of the blocks early and kicking with the aid of the breeze, got on top and led by a couple of goals at quarter time. We were never really in the game after that but the boys tried hard against some very big opposition players. We struggled to get the ball out of the centre all day and it was a very tough day for our forwards. Our defenders worked tirelessly led by TK, Adrian and Jaydos, but North Ringwood played very team oriented football and ran out deserved winners. When our Captain, Tim went down with a serious leg injury during the last quarter, the game was certainly put into perspective. Nothing else mattered other than that we hoped Tim was going to be ok. Our thoughts are with Tim and his parents (Mark and Nicole). We all know how brave Tim is and the entire Tiger family wish him all the very best in his recovery.
Final Score: North Ringwood 9.8-62
d Mitcham 4.7-31
The under 15s took on last year’s runners up in Chirnside Park at Walker Park. The Parker's were missing a couple of their stars, but they still are a quality side and well coached. In what was a spirited affair and a tight tussle for 3 quarters, the Tigers ran out winners by 47 points. The boys have plenty to work on and with four boys to return to the side, should improve as a team over the coming weeks. The one thing that did stand out was Mitcham’s discipline, something that their coach works extremely hard on and it’s always good to watch the 15s play their exciting band of footy – HARD BUT FAIR! Congratulations also to Harrison McInnes for playing his 50th game! Photo left.
Final score: Mitcham 14.14-98
d Chirnside Park 7.9-51
The under 17s played Scoresby away. Once again it was great to see our team turn up in big numbers with a full bench available for the second week running. While the loss was disappointing, the group need to remain positive and focused on the season ahead. Being an under age under 17 group, it is evident that the boys are playing against bigger and stronger upper age boys in C division. With this in mind, our boys need to continue to play and enjoy their football without reflecting to much on the scores. Training as usual on Tuesday for the under 17s at Walker Park!
Final Score: Scoresby 22.16-148
d Mitcham 1.2-8