This weekend saw the Mitcham Junior Football Club competing in Round 6 action.  The Under 9s made the short trip over to Blackburn North to take on Vermont at Koonung Reserve. Playing on the full ground, the boys played well against a more structured opposition but in true tiger spirit, never gave up. It was a great learning experience for our boys to see how important it is to run and create options when playing on the full ground. We had many passages of really good team play for which the boys could be proud. All our players are being given the chance to play in different positions throughout the game and this is really important for their future development. It is great to see a player dominating out of the middle in one quarter, only to see him take a great mark on the last line of defence or deep in the forward line in the next quarter. Our “Best on ground” awards went to Kaizen and Charlie and our captains for the day were Mac and Bailey. It was also great to have Matteao back after being our for two weeks with illness. The boys should be looking forward to a hard training session on Friday night!

The Under 10s played their first game for the season on “Home turf” at Walker Park against Blackburn White. With all the rain we had during the week, the ground was quite slippery on the grandstand side, which made for an interesting game of football. Proudly Captained by Ben Petterlin, the first quarter saw some fantastic play by the tigers. Great shepherding and really good teamwork was apparent early in the game, with everyone willing to help their team mates out. The second quarter saw some great goal kicking, strong tackling and again great team work. The Tigers and Blackburn who were both undefeated going into this game, continued to go in hard during the second half with our under 10 teams efforts being rewarded favourably. Our weekly “McDonalds Awards” were presented to Ethan Wu for awesome use of the ball and putting his body on the line, and Theodore Fousias for a great game, including kicking a fantastic goal in the second quarter. The coaching staff would like to thank Sam Balman, Emile Sebafundi and Owen Pietersin for being water boys and also Graham McCallum for marking the ground out!

The Under 11s were at Ringwood this weekend and in a fairly low scoring affair, the Tigers had the lead all day but never really looked comfortable. The boys gave away too many free kicks in the first quarter, which showed that they were often second to the ball. They were stronger and more disciplined in the second quarter and began to reap the rewards of their hard work. Reminded by the coach about how important team work and especially shepherding is, our boys looked the better team in the second half and the defensive work to protect the lead was generally very good. Some of the great things to come out of the match were Michael Bradke’s terrific game, along with some fantastic efforts from Lincoln, Harry, Luke, Ryan and a number of otheres. Well done boys!

Final Score: Mitcham 5.6-36 d Ringwood 1.4-10

The Under 13s played away for the third successive week and travelled out to Rowville to play against Scoresby. Alex was playing his 50th game so the boys really wanted to do well! It has been a tough month with several key players out with injuries and although none of these players returned this week, it was great for the team to get back on the winners list. With several positional changes to the team, the boys started really well and got out to a nice lead at the first break. The trend continued in the second with our boys first to the ball and reaping the rewards. The intensity dropped in the third and although the boys still held a good lead, the coaches urged the boys not to slip back into bad habits and to attack the ball with the same vigour as they did in the first half. The boys responded well and kicked 4 goals to finish off the game. It was great for the team to get the four points but all our boys know that continued hard work and discipline is required for the weeks ahead.

Final Score: Mitcham 10.10-70 d Scoresby 2.5-17

The Under 15s played at home and took on a Scoresby side recently demoted from B Grade and it didn’t take long to realise that our boys weren’t really switched on. To Scoresby’s credit, they showed us how to play team footy with a number of our boys led to the ball and failing to impact the contest. While our team did get within 2 points in the last quarter, it would have been a hollow victory had we stole this game against a team that wanted the ball more and fully deserved their win. For the second week in a row we were playing in a “Milestone game”, with little Jack O’Sullivan playing his 100th game, but unfortunately once again the team did not get to sing the song on Jack’s big day. As Coach Gavin Ward said at the end of the game “Don’t worry Jacko, 100 games of footy, win, lose or draw is a fantastic achievement so well done champ!”

Final Score: Scoresby 10.13-73 d Mitcham 8.12-60

The Under 17s ventured out to Knox hoping to secure their first win of the season in their new division. Although playing against an undefeated team, the boys were confident of a competitive showing. After a reasonably competitive first quarter, we fell away over the next three quarters and were beaten comprehensively. It is fair to say that our boys did not see this result coming. Simon had noted that he had seen some positive signs coming through training over the past few weeks, which unfortunately have not carried over into games yet. It is really important that the boys stick together, listen to what Simon says at training and on match days, believe in the instructions he is giving the team to succeed, and most importantly for the boys, to believe in themselves to carry out those instructions. Do that and a win is not too far away!

Final Score: Knox 22.13-145 d Mitcham 3.1-19

Goals: Sinni 1, Andrews 1, Atleir 1

Best: Roddy, Ferlazzo, Shubert, Brindley, Shandley, Williamson, Barro, Burden

A friendly reminder to everyone to please get their raffle tickets and money returned to their team managers ASAP. We only ask that each player sell one book of tickets and this is a very important fund-raiser for the club. Also please don’t forget the Comedy Night on Friday May 31(Full details of which are on the home page of this website). This promises to be a fantastic night of entertainment and a great way to get to know people from all our Junior teams. Please let your team managers know if you intend to come along!


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