Under 8 Yellow by Coach Craig Love
Today we played North Ringwood Red at Quambee Reserve in warm conditions. There was great passages of play with Haydn doing great ruck work to Billy out of the centre, Fletcher crashed through the North Ringwood defence and some fantastic handball by Zac M, Ruben and Thomas L. Declan was great in defence also. For the 4 quarters, the boys did everything I asked, being first to the ball, loud voices and a lot of encouragement to each other. Thank you to Zac, Zac, Jack and Thomas M for filling in today from our U8 Black team. Well-done boys.
A special mention to Thomas Linnett who was awarded the ANZAC medal by North Ringwood and Riley Bean being awarded the other ANZAC medal. Well-done Tigers!
Best: Thomas, Riley, Jack, Blake, Cooper and Declan
Under 9 Black by Coach Jeff Kane
An exciting game played between two evenly matched teams. East Burwood got away to a flying start, and the Tigers clawed their way back into the game from the 2nd quarter. Tarran rucked for three quarters and won almost every tap. Jett cleared the ball into our forward line setting up goals for Hamish, Josh, Archer and Tarran. The game was always in the balance but who can forget Lewis’s game saving screamer in the dying seconds. Jett was awarded the Anzac Medal by the East Burwood coaches, and Tarran awarded the medal for best effort for our young team.
Goals: Archer, Tarran, Rishi, Morgan
Best: Jett, Tarran, Morgan, Hamish, Mason
Under 9 Yellow by Coach Josh McConnell
This Anzac weekend saw U9 Yellow take on an extremely strong The Basin Red at their home ground. The Basin started off very strongly and had 2 goals before our boys started their run. Our skipper today; Charlie Wilson put us on the board with his first goal and from there it was a close match with lots of scoring and momentum swings. When the Tigers moved the ball quickly, we opened up space and got on top of the opposition. Two medals from each team were handed out for the best 4 players. The Basin coaching panel selected Ryan McConnell as our best player. Ryan fought hard across all areas of the ground and showed real endeavour to get the ball, setting up many scoring opportunities and repelling plenty when in defense. Dan was awarded the Anzac Day medal from our Coaching panel for this great game. Equally exceptional was our goal-kicking master, Daniel Grace. He snagged some beauties today with one magic goal from deep in the pocket with hardly any daylight to see between the posts. But his best bit of play was when he fought to get ball out of the backline, follow it through the middle and setup a scoring opportunity for his skipper - Dan was awarded the Anzac Day medal from our Coaching panel for his great game. These guys couldn’t play the way they did without the support from the rest of team; it was great to see all players get in and fight when it was their turn with many great efforts from all the boys. Great game boys and Go Tigers!
Under 10 Black by Coach Peter Ajani
Mitcham U10 Black played the Eastern Lions in their ANZAC clash. The Tigers played a great brand of footy and had control of the footy for most of the match. The Eastern Lions tackled ferociously but were still no match for my boys. If we had have kicked straight the match would have been one sided. Paddy received the ANZAC medal; selected as our best player by the opposition coaching staff. Noah was judged best afield by our coaching staff; receiving the Mitcham medal. Two Brothers Sunday awards went to Jaylen and Charlie and the Play Centre award went to Gus. This was a real team effort. Well done boy, as a team we are really beginning to show what we are capable of.
Under 10 Yellow by Coach Mark Butler
In great conditions and on our newly acquired deck at Koonung Reserve, skipper Alexander Parigi led us out to take on a very strong, tall and talented Lysterfield team. We wanted to focus on keeping our structure, getting first to the footy and "bossing" the contest. The boys dominated play for most of the game but couldn't make it count on the scoreboard. Lysterfield kicked a goal and started to play with more confidence but our boys dug deep and continued taking the game right up to them. Jackson kicked a great snap that finished off some great team play from our backline. It was a superb team effort where all of the boys contributed and did their bit for the team. Mason Porter was awarded the Anzac Medal for his selfless and courageous game. Other awards went to Henry M, Henry T, James, Max and Heath.
Under 11 by Coach Brad Aujard
Today the Under 11’s played their round two clash against the Glen Waverley Hawks at Walker Park. After paying our respects to the ANZACs, the boys dominated majority of the first quarter however we squandered our shots on goal, kicking 3 points. The second quarter saw us kicking more accurately posting 2 majors and one behind. The last half saw our midfield and backline stand strong, being able to outlast the Hawks and their constant forward pressure. It was a great game from the boys, especially Aiden who came home with the ANZAC Medal. Well-done Tigers!
Goals: Aiden, Ryan M and Hudson
Best: Hamish, Aiden, Lachlan, Daniel and Ryan M.
Final Score: Mitcham 3.4.22 to Glen Waverley 2.3.15
Under 12 by Coach Sandy Marini
A fitting battle today against Donvale, played in true Anzac spirit. Close all day with the visitors wanting it more in the 4th to get over the line. One thing our lads have in spades is heart. Attention and adjustment to a couple of discipline issues this week and we will front up fresh for round 3.
Final Score: Donvale 6.8.44 d Mitcham 5.3.33
Under 12 Girls by Coach Ruby Schneider
Today the girls played East Ringwood at Koonung Reserve and to say the least it was easily the best game I have ever seen them play. Throughout the whole game the girls were reasonably consistent with their tackling, running and communication. It was a hot day but the girls never stopped running. Lucy O kicked an impressive 4 goals, alongside our other goal kickers Meg, Mathilda.A, Amber and Lauren who really worked their magic in the forward line. Although we had a range of goal kickers there were solid efforts from all positions on the field, Hannah was able to run and carry the ball through the midfield, Gemma.N was able to hold the ball in and not let the other team get away, Jess, who we are already seeing major improvement from and Sienna who ran through the midfield in the second half and even pulled off a "don't argue!" It was very exciting for the coaching staff but most importantly it was a great day for the girls; they were rewarded for their efforts. Go Tiges!
Final Score: Mitcham : 8.12.60 d East Ringwood: 0.0.0
Under 13 by Coach Jason Philactides
Fantastic team effort! The boys showed fantastic work ethic to get the win today. The boys are starting to adapt to the game plan well and it is showing on the scoreboard. The backline were very well organized with Jasper and Boothy holding down their key positions and bringing the smaller running back line players into the game. The midfield was dominant today with Sasha controlling his wing and Dan T providing us some good options through the mid and up forward which allows us to release our other mid fielders like Dan N, Nathan and Jack to rest forward at times which helps us put scoreboard pressure on. Raph also did well on the wing getting a lot of the ball and pushing the ball forward. JP and James were great for the second week in a row providing targets up forward. We almost saw mark of year today from Mackay. He certainly got up high. Congratulations on Nathan winning the Anzac Day Medal. He had a lot of the footy and continually drove the forward with his trademark run and carry.
Goals: JP 3, Nathan 1, James 1, Mackay 1.
Final Score: Mitcham 6 9 45 d Donvale 3 6 24.
Under 14 by Asst. Coach Paul Miller
We visited Lilydale for the Anzac round of the fixture. Lilydale got off to a flier, kicking 9 goals in the first quarter while keeping us scoreless. From there, our boys slowly got into the game without dropping their heads and kept on competing all day despite the superior opposition. The game was played in the right spirit and the Mitcham boys should be proud of the way they fought out the match with a few of the boys showing some very encouraging signs. Jamie was injured and unable to play, which meant we lacked his speed, but Will Drake returned from injury and played well. Dom put in an early contender for goal of the year.
Best Players: Dominic Howell, Will Drake, Ethan Wu, Alex Jones, Wil Henderson
Goals: Dominic Howell
Final score: Lilydale 24.26.170 def Mitcham 1.2.8
Under 14 Girls by Coach Leigh Walters
The under 14 girls ventured out to Yarra Glen for their game. The girls were put under the pressure right from the opening minutes of the game and by a very skillful and determined Yarra Glen side that never gave the girls a chance. The girls struggled to play with the freedom and desire to go in and get the ball that was evident in the first game of the year. With some of the girls only three games into their football career playing against a Yarra Glen side where most of the girls had played for several years the result was a reality check for the Mitcham girls. Well done to Daisy on being selected as the Anzac medalist for her game.
Best: Daisy, Maddie, Marissa, Sabrina and Riley
Final Score: Yarra Glen 20.15.135 d Mitcham 0.1.1
Under 15 by Coach John Adcroft
This weekend marks a special occasion in the year, ANZAC weekend. Across Australia, sporting clubs honour our heroes who fought so hard to make this country so great. I believe there was no better place to honour our fallen than Walker Park and The Mitcham Junior Football Club. The teams lined up and observed a minutes silence following the last post - you could have heard a pin drop out there. To commemorate the game today, each team would award one opposition player with a special medal. The medal was awarded to not necessarily the best player on ground, but the player who displayed attributes aligned with the ANZAC tradition. Congratulations to Max for winning the award today. We had one player making his debut with us and one player returning to the club. We welcome Jack and Dominic to our team. Jack has played 97 games with Boronia and will shortly play his 100th game with us. We are honoured to have Jack onboard. Jack also won our Coaching Staff’s “best on ground” award today!! Enjoy the pizza! Dominic, is returning to us and was in lightning form today. Looking forward to seeing more of this through the rest of the season.
Whilst the scoreboard did not favour us today, all the U15 team should be extremely proud of their performance today. Each week, we on the coaching staff, see you lads grow and develop. Their endeavor and attack at the ball is second to none. Finally, Noah spent the night at Box Hill Hospital. He was released today (Monday) with no structural damage but is still very sore. - I sent him all our best wishes. Noah displayed great courage and determination!!!
Final Score: Ferntree Gully 9.9.63 d Mitcham 0.1.1
Under 17 by Coach Cam Horsey
Today the under 17’s took on Sth Belgrave at the new and improved Walker Park. This was always going to be a hard contest with Sth Belgrave coming down from A grade last year. The boys were up and about in the rooms and it felt like they had a lot of belief in themselves about getting over the line with a win. After lining up to remember the Anzacs, the boys were revved up and ready to go into combat. The game started hard and fast as expected, with the boys stepping up to all challenges thrown at them. Whilst no team really had any stronghold on the game, Sth Belgrave held a slight lead a the quarter-time break. . We had let ourselves down on occasions deep in our defensive area which enabled the opposition to score some easy goals. If we minimize those mistakes, we wont put unwanted pressure on ourselves next time. The second quarter the energy within the team was still strong and we were able to impact the scoreboard pretty early, getting the deficit down to within striking distance. Again a few errors deep in the backline allowed Sth Belgrave to kick away again as well as a few missed opportunities in the forward line allowed Sth Belgrave to go into the main break with a lead. The third quarter was still a hard fought contest with scoring from both sides at quick intervals and the intensity at the pill being maintained from both sides with the ferocity from the first half. The last quarter, I asked the boys to give it everything they had to try and peg back the lead and to the boys credit they came out with all guns blazing, kicking the first two goals and we were now within a couple of kicks away from getting in front. Sth Belgrave held on to the lead from there, but our boys didn’t make it easy for them. It was a great effort from everyone. Mentions go to JP for winning the Anzac medal which was very much deserved, from an outstanding game as well as Timmy, Jaydos, Cam P for his four goals, Jules, Maxxy as wel as our new recruits Aiden and Finn who will only boost our strength this year.
Well done today boys,
Final Score: Sth Belgrave 14.8.92 d Mitcham 10.11.71