This weekend saw the Mitcham Junior Football Club competing in Round 9 action. The Under 9's took on Upper Ferntree Gully at home. Thankfully the sun was shining but the ground was very wet on the western side making play difficult at times for the boys. In saying that, the boys had a great game lead by our captains Jasper and Matteo. There were some great passages of play and great teamwork amongst the group. Hard work at training is paying off. Congratulations to Nathan and Tommy who received the “best of ground awards” this week. Well-done boys!
The Under 10's played the Bayswater/Scoresby combine at Baystwater Park. A great sunny morning although cold and wet under foot, made for trying conditions. With the coach pepping up the team prior to the game, we heard: “Lets keep it simple!“ “Play hard for your team and your mates with team spirit.” As well as “Lets look to the future - our future in improving our game not just for today, or the rest of the season, but for our ongoing footy future!” With the kids primed and ready to play, they were proudly led out by co-captains Tommy Rumble and Tyler Kenyon. With our midfielders working well and our back line playing their role and holding position along with some strong tackling, our game was set up early. As always there was plenty of good shepherding just as the coach had ordered. There was also great team spirit and a fantastic display of sharing the ball around and brining teammates into the game, which was very satisfying for the coaching staff. Overall this was our best game to date, with every player giving it their all and playing their role within the team. Our weekly awards were quite hard to judge this week as everyone played so well. After careful consideration, they were presented to Ben Alberico for his smart play and his ability to always use the ball well, Taylor Burnett for his tough drive and determination and last but not least, Jamie Ross, a player who gives tirelessly to the team week after week with consistent play. Well-done guys!
The Under 11s took on Blackburn White at Walker Park. We had a good first quarter kicking 4 goals through good movement of the ball; however, we didn't kick another goal for the match despite having the ball in our forward line for much of the game. Blackburn did a good job of clogging up our forward line and we played right into their hands by following them in. We kicked quite a few behinds throughout the day and a number of these may have been goals if we'd shared it around a bit more. In the end our defensive work rate was just good enough to give us the win as we kept Blackburn to only 3 goals. Sure a win is a win, but with some pretty poor teamwork and not really sticking to our roles / positions for much of the day it was at times very frustrating to watch. Not kicking a goal for the last 3 quarters certainly didn’t help. Individually the boys did some good work - Julian, Elijah, Emi, Ryan, Max W, Lincoln, Harry and Jarrod in particular. Jarrod gets special mention here as he did a great job in his first match - welcome Jarrod it's good to have you on board. Everyone chipped in here and there and it proved to be just enough for us to take the points, but we'll need to focus on our teamwork and concentrate on playing our roles over the coming weeks if we are to build on our promising season so far.
Final Score: Mitcham 4.7-31 d Blackburn White 3.1-19
The Under 13s played a Chirnside Park team who had only lost one game for the season so far. With Emile playing his 50th game it was unfortunate that once again our boys were out muscled and out-played by a much bigger and stronger team. To their credit, our boys did not give in for the entire game, and their effort and endeavor could not be questioned. The Panthers played some really good football and are more than worthy of their position at the top of the ladder. Our boys need to keep working hard together as a team, keep encouraging each other and above all, keep their heads up.
Final Score: Chirnside Park 16.7-103 d Mitcham 2.6-18
The Under 15’s traveled out to Chirnside Park to take on a Panther side fighting for their season. After losing the toss and kicking against the breeze the tigers were soon on the back foot. With Scoring basically at one end it was a real scrap against a team that never gave an inch. In the end with the breeze at our backs we got the job done, while far from our best we found a way to win. The 15’s now face a huge task at home next week (Remember 12.30 start again! ) against the team to beat in Ringwood who are yet to lose a game.
Final Score: Mitcham 6.10-46 d Chrinside Park 4.11-35
The Under 17s played away against Lylidale Gold. There is not a lot to say about the game other than we came up against a very strong and well-disciplined team in Lilydale, who had obviously played a lot of football together. We look even more undermanned and undersized when we come up against very good teams like this. Our boys continue to keep trying so it is important that they get to training, continue to work hard and the results will come!
Final Score: Lylidale 28.18.186 d Mitcham 1.0-06
Best: Shandley, Williamson, Ferlazzo, Roddy