This weekend saw the Mitcham Junior Football Club competing in Round 5 action. The Under 9s took on Lysterfield at Walker Park. It was a really good game of football and our boys are really starting to gel as a team. The running and use of handball from end to end was a feature of the game and especially so when kicking into the strong wind. There were also some fantastic marks taken and courage and commitment from everyone.  Well done to Yared and Jack for winning the best on ground awards. The team also had three players play for Lysterfield in each quarter of the match so well done to all the boys who did this and who continued to try their hardest.

The under 10s travelled out to Lysterfield to play the “Lysterfield Wolves" at Lakeside Reserve. While the team had quite a few kids out due to injury, the injured players all still came to the game and supported their team. This showed a great sense of team spirit and commitment. The remainder of the team played a heroic game in honor of their mums for Mother’s Day. Two weeks ago our team were closely defeated by Lysterfield in the Lightning Premiership, however they went into this week’s game with a strong sense of unity and drive to play hard. Strongly Captained by Christian Sebafundi, the 1st quarter saw the backline stand up beautifully with some awesome teamwork, which continued for the rest of the game. The Parents were entertained with some great tackling and leading by the ever persistent Tyler Kenon and were in awe of the ever present Cal Pietersen for his great teamwork and accurate passing. Both Tyler and Cal took out the weekly “McDonalds Award” for their great leadership and hard work. Overall with consistent hard play and teamwork, the under 10s efforts were rewarded with fantastic results. The kids sure did make their Mum’s very proud!

The under 11s ventured down to South Croydon for their game. A strong wind from goal to goal influenced the game and scoring into the wind was difficult and rare for both teams. The boys worked hard in the first half but didn’t quite capitalize on their opportunities and came in at half time 5 point behind. As the second half wore on, South Croydon seemed to be running more and out boys didn’t seem to bring the same energy into the final quarter. The boys can hold their heads high though as there was some great work throughout the game and they all tried very hard and came of the ground spent at the end.

Final Score: South Croydon 7.8-50 d Mitcham 4.6-30

The Under 13s played Waverley Blues at Mt. Waverley Reserve. Our team failed to take full advantage of the wind in both the first and third quarters and only led by a goal at three quarter time. Waverly Blues were able to kick a goal against the wind in these quarters and then piled the goals on in the last quarter with the aid of the wind and were deserved winners. They opposition more desperate than us and seemed to be able to run, spread and set up far more scoring opportunities than we could. Our boys need to keep their heads up and remain positive. The team has been badly hit with injuries over recent weeks, which has made it very tough for everyone involved.  With continued hard work (and a little bit of luck!) things will change for the better!

Final Score: Waverley Blues 12.13-85 d Mitcham 7.10-52

The Under 15s ran into a “white hot” Lilydale at Walker park, and after a bright start by the tigers, the Dales showed why they will be one of the teams to beat in what is proving to be a very even competition. It was disappointing for us to not get the chocolates for Ryan Doyle and Evan Taylor who both played their 100th game, but regardless of the result, this is a fantastic achievement by both of these boys. As Macca (President of the Senior Club) said as he presented the boys with medals after the game “To be playing your 100th game in round 5 of Under 15 football is unbelievable!” Well done boys!

Final Score: Lilydale 12.12-84 d Mitham 9.9-63

The Under 17s headed out to South Belgrave hoping to secure their first win of the season against a team who has also had it’s struggles. However our intensity in the first half didn’t quite match our opponents and we found ourselves 5 goals down at half-time and a bad injury to Tom Lucas only compounded our problems. Our boys were asked to did deep and find some resolve in their performance and to their credit the did, by outscoring their opponents in the last quarter with 3 goals – our best quarter for the year in terms of scoreboard result and effort. There is still pently of work to be done, but it was our highest score for the year and the most scoring shots we have had for the season. Hopefully this is the start of something and everything that Simon has been teaching the boys is starting to come through in their efforts and results.

Final Score: South Belgrave 9.16-70 d Mitcham 6.8-44

Goals: Sinni 3, Brindley 1, Ferlazzo 1, Andrews 1

Best: Brindley, Roddy, Ferlazzo, Sinni, Jack B, Shandley, Williamson


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