U8 Black (Coach: Jeff Kane)
Round 2 saw us take on South Croydon. Our captain was our number 33 and second year player Marco, who played an exemplary role today, also kicking what could be considered the best goal of the season to date. South Croydon started strong and the young Tigers found themselves under the pump at the half time break. The boys came off the ground at half time and we moved Tarran, Ned and Archer into the middle, which proved to be a game changing as our boys kicked their way back into the game to come out and deliver some good pressure back on the South Croydon boys. Our last quarter was massive with some outstanding goals to Rishi and Cooper and a magnificent mark by Harrison in defense, which stopped a certain South Croydon goal. We had 3 new players play today and these boys were fantastic in their first game in the yellow and black. Well done Ned, Lewis and Joe along with brilliant performances by Harley, Morgan and Cooper. Best Player awards were hard to give out today, but these boys played a great game and we are proud of them - Harrison, Rishi and Archer. We do need to practice the song boys :)
U8 Yellow (Coach: Josh McConnell)
Under 8 Mitcham Yellow took on East Ringwood White. The boys started the game a little slow, but by half way through the second quarter they were all over it with great run and slick ball movement up and down the ground. Thomas Woodhead played a great Captain’s game in and under the packs feeding it out to teammates. Thomas Linnett won the MFC award. The “Two Brothers Café” award went to Josh Dakic and the “Player of the round MFC Encouragement award” went to Ryan McConnell. Well-done boys and a special thanks to all the parents for their support on game day and at training. It’s great to see people wondering up to team manager Mark Dakic and offering their services.
U9 Black (Coach: Peter Ajani)
Under 9 Mitcham Black played a very good Mooroolbark team. It is our first game played on a whole ground and the boys main aim was to compete and stay on their opponent. All our boys were fantastic creating contests right across the ground. Super impressed with the improvement from last week with several boys playing at their best.
U9 Yellow (Coach: Mark Butler)
We ventured out to Lilydale with "Hollywood" Heath Fox as our Captain today. Heath is a highly skilled and team oriented player who once again made the footy ground his stage to perform on. Right from the first bounce it was clear to see that the boys were up and about. We dominated play and our efforts were rewarded as we made use of a slight wind advantage and kicked 6 first quarter goals. We didn't stop all game as "Sticky Mitts" Mason Porter clunked mark after mark including an absolute specky on the three quarter time siren. Mason had a great game and was awarded the Mitcham Medal today to go with his 4 goals. Second gamer Ty Crupi had a stellar second half and he received the Panelen's nut bar award and Angus Butler had a great 4 quarter game with 2 goals which earned him the Two Brothers Cafe award. It was a great team effort and we had 15 players who all had terrific games including 9 different goal scorers. Well done boys! Go Tigers!
Under 10 (Coach: Brad Aujard)
The under 10s played at Walker Park today against a very hard at it Croydon. The boys showed much courage and determination to match Croydon’s intensity and aggression at the ball. The boys stayed cool under pressure without letting it affect their game. The defense was outstanding from the forward line through to the backline proving this side has a very bright future.
Best Players: Jacoby, Gruff
Goal Kickers: Jacoby, Hamish, Ryan M
U11 (Coach: Sandi Marini)
Today we came up against Kilsyth at Pinks Reserve. It was a tight struggle in the first quarter but we were over run in the second and an uphill battle thereon. I was pleased with the attack at the footy but lacked discipline in some areas. The team will learn a lot from today. Best today. Liam, Luke, George. Well-done boys.
Final Score: Kilsyth 10.4.64 d Mticham 1.1.7
U12 (Coach: Jason Philactides)
Another great team effort. The boys have improved on last week’s game and are moving the ball around with a lot of confidence. The boys are getting to know each other’s ability and using it to our advantage. I am really impressed with the way the forward line fought back this week. They played in front and shared the ball around. The back line and mid field continued to also impress this week. It was brilliant to see another new boy Jasper W join the team and contributed well to the win. Another great win for the boys. Goal kickers JP 2, Nathan 2, Boothy 1, James B 1 and Loal 1.
Final score: Mitcham 7.9.51 - Donvale 3.1.19
U12 Girls (Coach: Ruby Schneider)
Today we played Mt Evelyn at Koonung Reserve. Pretty quickly we worked out that the opposition were a very good side and before we knew it they had kicked a few goals. We were well beaten in the first half with 6 goals against us, and was evident that the girls needed to learn basic manning up if we were to have any chance of improvement in the second half. The girls in the third quarter manned up and we held the team to 2 goals, and in the last quarter we improved even more and we were able to get some momentum and score our first goal which was kicked by Riley, being rewarded a free kick after a great tackle. The opposition got two late goals, but our improvement in the second half of the game was fantastic. Stephanie & Lucy O had great first games and were well supported by Meg, Riley and Chloe. Two of our youngest girls Stella & Matilda A also had a great first game and thrived in the competitiveness with going in and under to get the ball out to their team mates. Overall the girls enjoyed the day and as the weeks go on the girls will improve and become closer as a team. Thanks to all the parents who supported us, especially Paul as the goal umpire, Michael the time-keeper, Phil as the umpires escort and Ross for supplying the lollies and oranges.
Final Scores: Mt Evelyn 10.7.67 d Mitcham 1.0.6
U13 (Coach: Mark Ross)
The U13's ventured out to Ferntree Gully to take on the Eagles who have come down from "A" grade. The day started poorly with co-captain Pat Cotter ruled out before the game with a foot injury leaving us with only one on the bench. The Tigers were competitive in the first quarter but the opposition soon took control and out played us in every department for the remainder of the game. This week's effort was not quite up to par, which was disappointing because I know we can play much better. Two goals to Jamie and one to Louis were our only goal kickers. Congratulations to Sam and Declan on winning the encouragement awards. I'm sure we'll bounce back next week.
Final Score: Ferntree Gully18.11 119 d Mitcham 3.2.20
U14 (Coach: Shane Dickson)
The Under 14's played Lysterfield Grey at home in great conditions apart from a breeze favouring the scoreboard end of the ground. We got off to a good start kicking the first major of the game, before Lysterfield got their game together and went into the half tme break wth a handy six goal lead. To our boys credit, we came out and kicked three goals to nothing in the third quarter and then managed to kcik the first goal of the final quarter to draw within 6 points. A flukey bounce stopped us from drawing level, before Lysterfield, with the aid of the breeze, kicked away again to win by 28 points.
Final Score: Lysterfield 9.13.67 d Mitcham 5.9.39
U15 Girls (Coach: Luke Smith)
What a beautiful day it was in sunny Kilsyth where the exceptionally good looking girls from Mitcham girls took on the Kilsyth cougars in their very first game of competitive football for 4 points. Liniment was replaced with sunscreen and all was in place. With the announcement of the captain and the leadership group just before we ran out the girls we nervous but extremely excited. Alice, Enola and Bridget led the side onto the ground, It took 5 minutes to settle in and we had our first goal, from there it was pretty much one way traffic, the girls played really really well with everyone enjoying their first game. In the end the girls ran out winners 10 goals 12 behinds 72points to 2 goals 1behind 13points. Goal kickers Alice 3, Enola 2, Bridget 2, Alana 1, Chelsea 1, Lexy1, Best players Tiarna, Bridget, Olivia C, Alice and Alana, Best Tan went to Ally N, Curliest Eyelashes Alice S and straightest hair Liv C. Many thanks to all those who helped on the day especially the water girls and boundary umpire a job well done. Go Tigresses
Final Score: Mitcham 10.13.73 d Kilsyth 2.1.13
U17 (Coach: Cam Horsey)
The under 17 team took on North Ringwood for the first home game of the season. Although North Ringwood looked a strong outfit, the feeling amongst the boys was that they were up for the challenge. They also had their skipper playing his 100th game, which was incentive enough. North Ringwood won the toss and kicked with a strong breeze, which they took advantage of early, scoring four majors before we could trouble the scoreboard. The second quarter we started strong and pegged back the score and at one stage we should’ve taken the lead, but for a wayward shot on goal. Going into half time we had belief that if we held off NR into the breeze we could come home strong. Unfortunately NR turned on the gas and we were left chasing tail. The most disappointing thing was we seemed to drop our heads and allowed the opposition to dictate the game. A few players to mention who tried hard all day, Timmy Ross was a stand out with Jules, Max, TK, Jaydos and Jimmy N working hard. We will bounce back from this defeat boys. Bring on next week and we will show the true Mitcham spirit.
Final Score: Nth Ringwood 13.9.87 d Mitcham 7.5.47