This weekend saw the Mitcham Junior Football Club competing in Round 10 action. The Under 9's traveled down the road to Forest Hill, on a beautiful sunny, but crisp morning. The game was a fairly one-sided affair, with many of our boys kicking a couple of goals each. It was great to see the team so focused to play with their “run and carry” style of play on display for all to see. Congratulations to the captains for the day, Charlie and Jack. Our best on ground awards went to Jamie Costello and Mason Loring- well done boys! Well done to Nathan who kicked 4 goals, 2 behinds. Special mention also to Paul who coached our team and did a fantastic job.
The Under 10's took on Kilsyth for the first time this year. The team went out with the theme of believing in themselves to achieve the best results for themselves and the team. In what can be best described as a low scoring game between two sides determined not to give each other an inch, the under 10's played probably their worst game of the year. The good thing in football is that there is always next week (or two weeks for the under 10's as they have the bye next week). Special thanks to Daniel Newnham who came up from the under 9's and certainly showed some of his older team mates how to go about tackling and attacking the football. The awards this week went to: Ben Petterlin for his great use of the football when he gets it and also his regular attendance at training. As he gets older he will be an important asset to the football club. Tommy Rumble for his continued development as a key player for the team and his fantastic personality. Riley Holloway for her fantastic efforts over the last month. She has continued to improve and show that she is a valuable member of the team. Well done team!
This week the Under 11s took on Glen Waverley at Glen Waverley. The conditions were just about perfect and the game was tight and hard fought throughout. Glen Waverley was quicker to move the ball into attack but our backline held up reasonably well all day. The Hawks managed to get in front with probably the easiest goal of the day and we were never quite able to get the lead back. The boys put in a lot of good hard work thoughout the game and the teamwork and positioning was better in this match than the last two. A couple of lapses and maybe the odd bad bounce was probably the difference in the end. Credit goes to all the boys as they fought out the entire game - the frenetic action in our forward line late in the fourth quarter was proof of that. Emi was terrific with his tackling and tireless work around the ground. Max W and Michael gave us plenty of drive. Harrison and Max M were good down back, Ryan, Lincoln and Luke played their role well and Josh had probably his best game. There were plenty of others. Congratulations to Danny who kicked a great goal in his first match and worked hard - welcome Danny, it’s great to have you on the team.
Final Score: Glen Waverley 5.3-33 d Mitcham 3.2-20
The Under 13s traveled down the Mountain Highway to take on Boronia. The boys played a fairly competitive first half against some strong opposition but found it extremely difficult to set up scoring opportunities, while at the other end, Boronia always seemed to find and easy way to kick goals. Although the tigers kicked a couple of goals in the second half through extremely hard work, they were never in the game. Not manning up or pressuring the opposition is hurting the team. There are some winnable games ahead for the boys but it won’t happen unless they remain positive and start doing the “hard things” both at training and in the games!
Final Score: Boronia 13.14-92 d Mitcham 2.2-14
The Under 15s took on the undefeated Ringwood at home and fancied their chances. After a tight start the tigers dropped their work rate and were left licking their wounds when they crashed to an 8 goal loss. The boys never really got going and were shown a clear pair of heals by a Ringwood side that simply wanted it more. Next week the boys play their last home game for 2013 and will be looking to redeem themselves against an equally desperate Knox – Please note the 1.00 pm start time
Final Score: Ringwood 10.14-74 d Mitcham 2.5-17
The Under 17s played North Ringwood at home. Two matches ago, this was the quote taken from the coaching staff.
"We continue to work on our deficiencies, applaud our positives, and still believe that a win is not far away. The boys need to believe, work on their fitness and eliminate those concentration lapses from their game".
This weekend, our boys delivered!!! Each and every player who ran onto the ground needs to be congratulated on helping to deliver our first win of the Season!! Whether it be the rousing pre-game speech from Robby Weyms or whether it was because we sensed before the first bounce that our opponents (who have won 4 games this year) were vulnerable, our boys were "switched on" and had belief from the first bounce. Liam Williamson got our first goal on the board with a clever snap under pressure, followed by another from Tom Lucas and from then on we were never headed. At the long weekend break, the coaches took stock of where this team was at. They identified that fitness; our willingness to get to multiple contests and the ability to put pressure on the opposition ball carrier, whilst protecting our ball carrier when we had possession needed work. Since that time they have concentrated on these areas at training, and whilst we didn't get the result we wanted last game, it all came together in Round 10. The boys have worked hard on their fitness and today they ran harder for longer than in any other game, got to more contests more often than in previous weeks, and their willingness to put pressure on the ball carrier with tackling and smothering was more evident. Consequently they continued to make their opponents turn the ball over and created more scoring opportunities for the Tigers than in any other game this year. It was a terrific all round effort and coaching seems so much easier when days like this occur!! Most importantly the players got some belief out of this game and the hard work that they have put in over the past 2-3 weeks is a just reward for that effort. Four games remain and the boys are now finally starting to understand the way Simon wants them to play. Continue to work hard boys, build on it and finish the season off strongly.
Final Score: Mitcham 16.16-112 d Nth Ringwood 5.4-34
Goals: Burden 3, Atleir 2, Gardner 2, Lucas 2, Sinni 2, Williamson, Roddy, Brasher, Brindley, Andrews
Best: Atleir, Roddy, Lucas, Burden, Andrews, Brindley