This weekend saw the Mitcham Junior Football Club competing in Round 4 action. Under grey but non-threatening skies, the Under 9s took on the Glen Waverley Hawks at Walker Park. In a highly skilled encounter for this age group, Glen Waverley played a very fast and entertaining brand of football. Our boys tried their hardest and had plenty of the football but struggled to keep the ball in our forward half. Glen Waverley were made up of boys who had played in the under 8s competition last season and you could tell with their teamwork and skill that they are a very good team. Our boys never gave up and continued to run, chase and compete for the entire game, which was fantastic. They are learning the game and getting the opportunity to play in all positions, which will benefit them, the team and the club moving forward. Congratulations to our captains Jamie C (aka the show pony) and Nathan (the ball magnet) who led the team well. Congratulations also to Jamie B who played an entire game without tackling (a very tough task for him!) and Nicholas (our smallest but most determined player) for being our best on ground. Well done guys!

 The Under 10s had a bye and look forward to playing Lysterfield next week at Lakeside Reserve in Ferntree Gully.

 The Under 11s played a very consistent, four-quarter effort and had a convincing win on the huge ground at Coldstream Reserve. Coldstream fought hard, but due to the strong tackling and great chasing pressure applied by the Mitcham boys from start to finish, they were unable to consistently get the ball into their forward line with any purpose. Going in at half-time with a good lead, our boys were urged to go on with it in the second half after dropping off slightly last week. They responded well – not letting Coldstream get back into the game and won comfortably.

Final Score: Mitcham 10.8-68 d Coldstream 1.1-7

The Under 13s travelled out to Rowville to play St. Simon at Liberty Reserve. A very injury depleted team really hit the wall against another bigger and physically stronger side. The boys competed hard in the first half and had plenty of the play but just could not set up scoring opportunities to reward the effort. In the second half the game became very physical and our smaller boys were knocked from pillar to post. To their credit, the boys kept getting up for more, but as a team were outplayed by a St. Simons side that played some very good football. Manning up and having a bit more composure when we have the ball will be worked on at training this week.

Final Score: St. Simons 16.14-110 d Mitcham 1.0-6

 The Under 15s travelled to Wantirna to take on Knox at Sth Wantrina’s paddock – a great reminder to us of just how good we have it on the MCG of the East. Knox are another quality, well coached team. As predicted by the coach, Knox flew out of the gates and had the boys right on the back foot early, but some stern words at ¼ time and a game plan tweak, had the tigers back in the contest at the main break. The second half was a torrid affair with some good football from both teams and it wasn’t till late in the final term that the Mitcham boys had banked the 4 points, knowing full well that there is still plenty of work to do for the remainder of the season. The bad news for the 15s is that is doesn’t get any easier next week when we play Lilydale at home – another quality, well coached, and drilled team. The good news is our boys are happy to have “Hard work” as their new middle name!

Final Score: Mitcham 9.12-66 d Knox 7.8-50

 The Under 17s played Waverley Blues at home. There was much improvement in this week’s game with most of our guys showing much more endeavor and commitment throughout game. We need to continue to turn up to training and remain positive in the weeks ahead. Best players for the day were Harry Shanley, Terry Ferlazzo, and Tom Lucas. Great job guys under extreme pressure!

 Final Score: Waverley Blues 13-7-85 def Mitcham 1-4-10



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