This weekend saw the Mitcham Junior Football Club competing in Round 7 action. The Under 9s travelled down the highway to play against North Ringwood. With Denzell and Tommy as captains for the day, our boys found it tough going at the start with the home team dominating the play. After some strategic changes in the following quarters, the boys came together with some great team work to show a much improved second half performance, even though scoring was very hard. Congratulations to Jamie B for a fantastic goal late in the game. Our weekly award winners were Jasper and Damon with special mentions to Nick, Kaizen and Daniel for going hard at the ball for the entire game. It is great to see the players starting to work as a team, encouraging and helping each other, at the same time as having a lot of fun.
The Under 10s took on Donvale at home this weekend. A pleasure for our team to play at home for the second week in a row! While a crisp Autumn chill held in the air, the Under 10 tigers certainly heated things up. Captained by Joel Michaelson, the first quarter saw our team putting into action the coaches wishes, with great displays in setting up a wall to lock the ball in our forward half and great use of the footy with winners all over the ground. The second half continued like the first, with good leading, vision, tackling and pressure. The coach was particularly happy with players listening to his instructions and holding their positions and fulfilling their roles within the team. Special mentions to Ben Alberico, Patrick Kuppe, Theodore Fousias and Cal Pietersen for setting up and holding the wall – Well done team! Thank you also to Charlie Williamson who stepped up from the Under 9s this week to help us out. Your enthusiasm and “go hard approach!” was very apparent. Also thank you to the boys who played for the opposition at times (Christian Sebafundi, Ethan Miller, Charlie Williamson and Ethan Wu). You boys did the Tigers proud by going in there and giving it your all. Our weekly “McDonald’s Awards” went to Jack McCall and Darcy Bone. Thank you also to Waterboy Alex Jones who still managed to attend to his team mates with a cast on his arm – What a trooper!
The Under 11s also played at home this weekend against Ferntree Gully and it was great to have teams playing before and after us for a change. The Mitcham family feel was made all the more stronger as we had two of the under 10s filling in for us - Jamie Ross was sensational in the back half (it was just like the old days!) and Tyler was great up forward all game. Ferntree Gully were undermanned, but came to play, with strong play and long kicking. In the first half our teamwork wasn’t quite good enough to get the full benefit of some of the hard work and it was a tight struggle. We often managed to get the ball and kick it directly to the opposition waiting behind play un-manned in a group. A terrific set shot goal by Sam from a tight angle (they don’t get any tighter) was a highlight. In the third quarter we managed to capitalize on the hard work with 3 goals to none. This saw us break away and establish a winning lead. Emi was back to his hard-working best - moving the ball by foot when he needed to rather than running and getting caught. Jamie provided a lot of drive from the back half, and Lincoln, Luke and Harry were again busy around the contests all day. Jack was again really dangerous around goals with 4. Elijah was a strong influence around the ground and especially in the ruck. Michael, Ryan and Max were handy around the contests when involved. Well done boys!
Final Score Mitcham 6.3-39 d Ferntree Gully 2.3-15
The Under 13s played Vermont at Walker Park. Vermont who had come down from B grade a couple of weeks ago were chasing their first win for the season. After allowing the opposition to get a couple of early goals in the first quarter, our boys settled in the second and seemed to get on top to go in with a slender lead at half time. However, with lapses in concentration by us and a Vermont team who were far more desperate to get their hands on the ball and put their heads over the ball, we fell behind again by a couple of goals and were not able to bridge that gap by the end of the game. It would have been more if not for the hard work by the two Zac’s, Stinger, Spiros and Adrian. As a team we need to work and run a lot harder! Full credit to Vermont on their win!
Final Score: Vermont 7.7-49 d Mitcham 5.2-32
The Under 15s traveled up the road to the wide open spaces of Quambee Reserve to take on a North Ringwood team whose form had been patchy to say the least and who were implementing a different approach to the way they went about their footy. With our boys far from full strength, they did enough to get the four points against a team that never gave in. The coach was pleased with the improved work rate this week and while not a totally polished performance from the tigers, he singled out jack Reece (two goals) and Harry Coker’s tackling and pressure around the contest as special mentions.
Final Score: Mitcham 16.10-106 d North Ringwood 9.6-60
The Under 17s had a bye on the weekend and look forward to taking on Norwood next week in Round 8.
Please get your remaining raffle tickets and money into your team managers early in the week please. Anyone attending the Comedy Night this Friday night are also asked to get your money into your team manager ASAP.