This weekend saw the Mitcham Junior Football Club in Round 13 action. The Under 9s were the first of four matches played at Walker Park for the day when they took on South Croydon. The team played another great game of football, but Sth Croydon (a team we had not played before) played a very good brand of football for Under 9 level and we just could not structure our play like we have in previous weeks. Congratulations to our two captains Matteo & Jamie B who both played really well for the day. Also congratulations to our two “Best On Grounds” - Mac and Denzell. Well-done boys. Only one more week to go, then a big pre-season getting ready for next year!
The Under 10's played Blackburn White at Morton Park in Blackburn. Although it had been cold and wet, the team was quite surprised to find conditions good to play football. Our team, marched out with a determined spirit, lead by Sam Balman and Theodore Fousias. Keen to show their Coach and supporters what they could do for their team, this drive was clearly evident in the first half of the game. A couple of goals early in the first quarter boosted everyone spirits with a handful of players blitzing, playing their position and really contributing to the team. The second half was a tough one. With no spares to alleviate their fatigued bodies, our team started to feel the strength of the opposition who really lifted their work-rate. With the momentum lost, it was hard for the Tigers to get back on top of Blackburn. Our match day awards were presented to Patrick Kuppe - Perhaps one of our quietest players, but one who always goes in hard at the ball. He always presented himself to his teammates today and created options at all times. Best game to date - well done Patrick. Christian Sebafundi was our other smiling award winner. Christian is always present at training and match days and has consistently given it his best. Good work Christian! Thank you to the Under 9's that stepped up today. Bailey Kennedy and Will McDonald played hard and gave it their all – Thanks for your efforts boys! With one game to go, lets fight harder and show our strength that is the MITCHAM TIGERS UNDER 10'S!!
The Under 11s were back at home this week in an important battle between 5th and 6th on the ladder. The coaching staff knew that Chirnside Park would love to get the points so it was important for our team to play with discipline and aggression from the beginning. The boys fired up and set the tone early with an excellent display in the first quarter. Kicking into a strong breeze in the first, the pressure, tackling and manning up was first rate keeping them scoreless, whilst we managed to kick a goal and a behind. The second again was tight and the boys held them scoreless again but managed a few shots on goal that all resulted in behinds. Whilst the wind was strong and influenced kicking, it turned out that it would not have much of an effect on the scoreboard and we were not to know that only two more behinds would be scored in the second half. The whole match was an arm wrestle but no less thrilling. It was terrific to see the boys’ focus on attacking the ball, tackling, positioning, disciplined defense, second efforts and teamwork all pay off with a well-deserved victory. Every one of the boys did some good things and worked hard for the whole match, so can be proud of their efforts. Everyone in defense stuck to their jobs while Emi, Lincoln, Harry, Michael, Luke, Danny, Ryan and Max W provided some highlights. Thanks also to Tyler and Sam for their short but no less important contributions to the team effort. Well-done boys, great stuff.
Final Score: Mitcham 1.8-14 d Chirnside Park 0.1.1
The Under 13s were also at home and took on a Nth Ringwood side who had beaten us comfortably earlier in the season and who until this game looked likely to play finals. Our team went into this game feeling confident that they could win and actually have an influence on the ladder positions of team jostling for the top five. Kicking with the aid of the breeze first off, the boys got off to a great start and although inaccurate in front of goal, kicked 3.5 for the quarter and kept Nth Ringwood scoreless. Then in the second, we kicked two against the wind while only allowing the opposition one goal. Third quarters have been the teams’ problem quarter this season. Not so this weekend! The boys came out and banged on 5 goals to no score to take a big lead into the final change. The boys played some fantastic, hard, team oriented football to completely dominate Nth Ringwood. The defence held strong in the last quarter when the wind seemed to be at its strongest and we ran out convincing winners with everyone in the team contributing something. Well-done boys. St. Simons at home next game – Lets really end the season on a positive!
Final Score: Mitcham 11.11-77 d Nth Ringwood 3.6-24
The Under 15s were looking to get back on the winners list this week after a poor performance against Lilydale last weekend. Funny enough, this week they traveled out to Lewis Road, home of the Eastern Lions, to take on a Scoresby side that had defeated our boys earlier in the year and who needed a win to keep their finals hopes alive. With Regular Coach Gavin Ward back in charge, the boys looked “on” early against a Magpie team determined to play finals. In a hard-hitting game, the Tiger Boys eventually got the job done against a spirited opposition. The most pleasing aspect of the boy’s performance this week was the area that the coaching group work the hardest on – Discipline, both in on and off-field behavior and the ability to follow the game plan and impact the contest. On a sadder note, Skipper David Giles broke his collarbone and it looks like his season is done. Everybody has the ultimate respect for David and the playing group will take his leadership example as a positive and over the coming weeks make sure they don't let him down. Everyone at the MFC wishes David a full and speedy recovery.
Final Score: Mitcham 9.15-69 d Scoresby 6.6-42
The Under 17s took on Mooroolbark at home. Although Mooroolbark were higher on the ladder than us, we were confident we could get a win if we turned up with the right attitude. Better numbers on the training track this week, together with a full list to choose from for the first time all year (although some players continue to break team rules) gave us further confidence. Unfortunately we were made to kick against a fairly strong breeze in the first quarter and the boys had to work hard to limit Mooroolbark whilst getting on the scoreboard ourselves. We held them up well until 2 goals late in the term gave them some respectability. The second quarter we got busy and piled on 5 goals in quick time. Tom Lucas dominated the quarter kicking 3 goals while Angus Archibald continually won the ball out of the middle and drove it forward numerous times. The only disappointing thing for the quarter was that we let them kick one goal whilst not being able to hit the scoreboard in the first quarter against the wind ourselves. In the third quarter we defended even better than we did in the first quarter as we only allowed them 2 goals. Again though we couldn't hit the scoreboard ourselves despite having a few chances. The last quarter we knew we had the legs to win because we have worked hard at training over the past 5 weeks. However, a goal to Mooroolbark early in the last quarter meant we had to kick 3 goals in a row at least to win. The boys lifted their work rate and a kick in from Matt Galea found Dylan Napper who slotted it comfortably through to get us back to within 7 points. Another goal to Plugger via a downfield free kick after smart play from Terry Felazzo, put us a point down and then a smart goal on the run by Josh Sinni meant that we were just over a goal ahead of them with only minutes to play. To Mooroolbark's credit, they didn't give up and had a chance to hit the lead late but didn't quite take their chance. The siren sounded and we found ourselves in front. We didn't bring our best game today, but we were good enough, and in the end, that is all that matters. Only one week to go - let's have a good week on the track and make sure we finish off with one more win for the season.
Final Score: Mitcham 6.6-54 d Mooroolbark 7.7-49
Goals: 3 Lucas, 2 Gardner, Atleir, Napper, Sinni
Best: Archibald, Lucas, Barro, Galea
A REMINDER TO EVERYONE THAT WE WILL HAVE A "BACK TO THE CLUB" FUNCTION NEXT SUNDAY NIGHT (July 21) AFTER THE FINAL ROUND OF MATCHES FROM AROUND 4.30PM. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW ON THIS WEBSITE LATER IN THE WEEK!