This weekend saw the Mitcham Junior Football Club in Round 12 action. The Under 9s played Wantirna South away and after a venue change due to an accident on the Mountain Highway, the boys all got into the zone early and dominated the game from start to finish.   With a couple of boys moving up and playing in the U10s for the day, it was a great opportunity for some of the other boys to get their chance to dominate play. All of the boys played really good team oriented football of which they should be proud. Well done to our 2 captains Kaizen and Lockie who stepped up and led from the front. Congratulations to the 3 “Best On Ground” award winners – Harry, Lockie and Jackson in a real team effort.   

The Under 10s played Lysterfield at home and while conditions were wet underfoot, it was a typical sun filled, crisp, winter morning. Co-captained by Darcy Bone and Jamie Ross, the team was pumped to give it their all to remain undefeated. While a handful of our players were absent due to the holidays, we were grateful for the 4 x Under 9's players who stepped up for the day. Well done to Jamie C, Jamie B, Yared Scott & Matt Booth. In the first quarter our back line strongly supported each other under plenty of pressure.  Then in the 2nd quarter we seemed to lose our vision and intensity. However after a strong pep talk, the Tigers came out after half time with passion in their eyes and fire in their bellies.  The team stepped up and played like a good team should, with good passing of the ball and great movement down the ground. The defense continued to hold up strong. Our 1st award this week went to Joel Michaelson.  This lad is one of the smartest footballers in the team.  He follows instructions and any comments made to improve his game are taken on board and put into practice.  The 2nd award went to Sam Balman, for his good nature on the field, a guy that is a good all rounder and a pleasure to coach. A BIG thank you must go to Dylan Kenyon for his efforts as water-boy.  For a 7 year old this could have been a daunting task, but this little guy just took it all in his stride.  Well-done buddy!!

The Under 11s were out at Scoresby to take on the top team in Scoresby White. Reminded about starting aggressive after a slow start last week, the boys responded brilliantly keeping them to only a goal and also having a number of shots at goal themselves. In the second quarter, Scoresby had the better of us with a number of impressive individual efforts. Forced to respond, Max W was given the job of tagging their most damaging player and did a great job in curbing his influence for the rest of the match whilst still getting a few possessions of his own. Meanwhile Emi, Lincoln, Michael, Luke, Callum, Jack and Julian all played great football for us. Patrick came up from the under 10s and was terrific, thanks Patrick! Unfortunately we couldn’t get the right result on the scoreboard. We tackled hard - sometimes for no reward and the teamwork at times was pretty good. However, Scoresby found scoring a bit too easy at times and in the end finished eight goals in front. There are definitely things for us to work on as we still lack a bit of discipline manning up, maintaining our positioning and could have used the ball better at times. Still it was by no means total disappointment.   Scoresby are a good side and the boys should be proud that they never gave up and worked hard all day. Well-done boys!

Final Score: Scoresby White 10.5.65 d Mitcham 2.5.17  

The Under 13s played the bottom team Scoresby at Stud Park in Rowville. After a week of training with low numbers due to the school holidays, the coaching staff were not sure what to expect on game day. After a fairly lacklustre first quarter where it looked like Scoresby were much harder at the ball, the boys were given a rev up and they responded accordingly in the second quarter kicking 7 goals to no score. There were some great passages of play and the boys should be really proud of the way they went about things - Lots of great teamwork, run and carry and bringing each other into the game. Things continued like this in the second half with the boys kicking 5 and 6 goals respectively in the 3rd and 4th quarters. A great team effort and full of positives. The boys need to take the confidence gained from this game into next weeks’ game against North Ringwood. A big “thank-you” to Steve Pimm for coming to down to watch the boys play. They are looking forward to him training with them on Wednesday night!

Final Score: Mitcham 21.11-137 d Scoresby 2.7-19

The Under 15s ventured to Lilydale full of confidence that we could revenge our early season loss to the second placed team.  Lilydale started the game well and with the aid of the breeze got the jump on us with a 5 goal to 1 first qtr.  We were unable to reel them back in the second, again being outscored.  It was evident that we really need to bring our "A" game to have any chance against the best teams in the competition.  For the second time in 3 weeks we have leaked goals and in the end went down by over 10 goals.  We have two more games to get ourselves back into playing some good footy in preparation for the finals, the first being another important game away against Scoresby next week.... Game time is back to 2.30pm

Final Score Lilydale 18.10-118 d Mitcham 8.4-52

The Under 17s traveled down to Ferntree Gully to take on the 5th placed Ferntree Gully Eagles. We mentioned last week that this game was going to be a big test to see exactly where the team is as a group. Unfortunately, the team didn’t have a great week on the training track due to a lack of numbers, and a lack of commitment; consequently some of our better players were made to start on the bench for disciplinary reasons. The Coaching Staff are firm believers in the saying "You train as you play". So to see some our boys not bother to turn up to training and not follow team rules as required when you don't train, was "disappointing" to say the least.  The team kicked with what was thought to be the scoring end, and whilst our boys had the same number of scoring shots as the opposition in the first quarter, we didn't take our opportunities that were presented. The second quarter was where the game was really lost.  We were second to the ball, reactive, and placed very little pressure on the Eagles. Our intensity was not that of the last two games, which was really disappointing. Reminded at half time of this, the boys came out and had their best quarter for the match.  We looked like a completely different team.  We manned up at the centre bounces and consequently we began to win the ball out of the middle and our intensity lifted.  We not only matched them, but we began to outplay them. We continued to do most of the attacking in the first half of the final quarter but just couldn't hit the scoreboard to place the pressure back on the opposition, which again, the Coaching Staff attribute to the lack of training cohesion.  Consequently, Ferntree Gully kicked a goal against the run of play and then proceeded to kick the last 2 goals of the game. A big welcome back to Angus Archibald who played well in his first game back and well done to Tom Lucas who was an ever present focal point up forward for the team with 3 goals. There are two games left and they are very winnable games, but it's all up to our boys to determine how they want to finish the season off. If they do the right things by the coaches and by their teammates they WILL win the next two games.  It is as simple as that!

Final Score: F.T.G Eagles 12.10-82 d Mitcham 5.9-39

Goals: Lucas 3, Brindley, Atleir

Best: Lucas, Archibald, Atleir, Roddy, Ferlazzo


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