This weekend saw the Mitcham Junior Football Club competing in Round 11 action. In a big day of football at Walker Park, we had the Under 11s, 13s, 15s and 17s all playing at home together for the first and only time for the season. The Under 9s travelled up the road to take on Donvale on a fairly crisp but great morning for football. All the boys played another great game with a very convincing performance. The “run and carry” is paying off and particularly in the first quarter it was on display as our boys completely limited the opposition’s possession to a minimum. The rotation of players all over the field saw Donvale score a couple of goals against us for the game, but the importance of giving everyone a fair go in different positions is the main aim of the coaching staff. Well done to Bailey for kicking his first goal for the year and also well done to Sasha for also having a fantastic game, earning both boys our “BOG awards” for the day. Congratulations to our captains for the day in Mason and Yared who both played their roles very well. Great job by Jason, taking on the Umpires role for the game at very short notice!

The Under 10s had a bye for Round 11 and are looking forward to playing Lysterfield at home next Sunday morning.

The Under 11s took on Kilsyth who beat us in round 1 when we fielded only 16 players. This time around Kilsyth couldn’t field a full side, but they were no less of a challenge for us with their strong work around the ball and direct play. The first quarter was tight, as early on we did not attack the ball or tackle hard enough. Emi and Michael though, set a tone for the team with their attack on the ball from the beginning. The rest of the boys responded to Kilsyth’s challenge and late in the first quarter we began to look better. We put together some better teamwork in the second, getting out to a bit of a lead. The third was similar with more hard work and saw us adding to the lead. Overall we still lack a bit of discipline manning up and maintaining our positioning but the individual efforts were pretty good.  Emi, Lincoln and Michael were great continuing to work hard up and down the ground. Harry, Danny, Jack and Julian all contributed well, whilst Callum and Riley were much improved. All the boys would be happy with some of their efforts and coming away with a win against a team that has had the better of us in the past is pleasing. However, probably most impressive was some of the teamwork the boys were able to put together at different stages throughout the game. Well-done boys!

Final Score: Mitcham 4.5-29 d Kilsyth 2.5-17

The Under 13s took on a Vermont side who although have struggled for much of the season, were good enough to knock our team over several weeks ago. In James’s 50th game and under sunny skies, our boys took to the field determined to win this game. We jumped out of the blocks and played a very impressive first quarter to lead by 3 goals at quarter time. The running, the spread and effort made the coaching staff happy going into the first break. The team continued to play well in the second but found it hard to get the reward on the scoreboard for all the effort going in. Unfortunately some old habits crept in during the third along with Vermont really lifting their intensity. The game was up for garbs at ¾ time and our boys were under lots of pressure to take control of the game. Vermont came hard at us and hit the front mid way through the final quarter. It was an arm wrestle for a bit before scores were level with 5 minutes to play. With a touch over a minute to go, our boys took the ball down the ground and Kahleel finished off with a great goal to much excitement from everyone. It was then a mad scramble for the final 30 seconds before the siren went much to the relief of all involved. It was great to finally have the skipper back and playing great footy after such a tough season on the sidelines with injury. It was also great to have so many other contributors in a real team effort. Keep working hard boys!

Final Score: Mitcham 7.8-50 d Vermont 5.14-44

The Under 15s played their last home game for 2013 against a very skilled Knox team, with the winner more than likely sowing up 3rd position. Although Mitcham were missing their captain and Dill and Zac were battle weary from a great inter-league grand final victory on Saturday, the boys dug deep to record a great win against a very determined Knox team who really took it up to the tigers. The boys now have a real opportunity over the remaining 3 rounds to consolidate their ladder position and fine-tune their game as they approach the business end of the season. This week as an added bonus, a former AFL Coach and Premiership player will coach the team, which in itself will be a real treat for the boys

Final Score: Mitcham 12.11-83 d Knox 7.9-53

The Under 17s took on Boronia and coming off our first win last week, the challenge for our boys was to see whether we could back it up with another strong performance and not suffer any mental let downs. Simon asked for a fast start from the boys and to prove to him that the boys were "switched on" the result was a 6 goal blitz in the first quarter with Josh Sinni kicking the first 2, followed by goals to Burden, Gardner, Burden again and Ferlazzo. In the second quarter we relaxed and took our foot off the pedal, which allowed Boronia to score some easy goals.  Our Captain Terry Ferlazzo played a great quarter kicking our only 2 goals for the quarter. Simon reminded the boys at half time that the job wasn't finished and that all the hard training we had done over the past weeks should kick in from here. Kicking 4 goals to 1 in the 3rd quarter put the game beyond doubt, and we ran away in the last quarter with another 3 goal to 1, to run out comfortable 56-point winners. What was most pleasing was the fact that some boys had their best games for the year and are starting to believe in themselves and Simon's game plan. As a team we continue to gain momentum, while other teams around us start to drop off. Three games to go and next week is a big test to find out where we really are as a Group.

Final Score: Mitcham 15.9-99 d Boronia 6.7-43

Goals: Ferlazzo 4, Sinni 3, Burden 2, Lucas 2, Gardner, Sullivan, Atleir, Barro

Best: Ferlazzo, Roddy, Puddy, Brindley, Williamson, Webb, Wils


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