Round 2, May 4th

U10's vs Yarra Glen

Wowza – what a great game of footy….

A really good effort by the Young Bloods today.  Playing on one of the biggest grounds and with only 18 players available for selection, it was pleasing to see young Nick Reid turn up for his first game to boost numbers.  Welcome aboard Nick.

Similar to last week, Yarra Glen got off to a good start kicking the first goal of the game before Olinda steadied with a very impressive goal by Felix Hatherley which is certainly an early contender for goal of the year.  Captain of the day, Cyrus Wright and Lachie Bates started the game well getting plenty of football around the ground.

The second quarter was an arm wrestle and it was really pleasing to see some of the young lads including Bon Sullivan, Max Monkhorst, Blair Wilson and Ned Ford playing some great footy.  The Josh’s (Josh Rowe and Josh Leonard) were “ball magnets” and Xander Olfield was leading by example with his work in defence.

Our third quarter was the best of the day with the play in our forward 50 for the majority of the quarter thanks to some really smart football by Oliver Clark and Cyrus Wright.  The boys were putting a lot of pressure on the Yarra Glen defenders but couldn’t quite get the score on the board, but then along came Fraser Brown who snapped truly from the goals square putting the bloods in front much to the delight of his teammates and onlookers. 

To their credit, the Yarra Glen boys stood tall in the last quarter (quite literally) and dominated the play kicking two quick goals.  The Young Bloods worked hard to get the ball back in our forward line and in a nail biting finish we had a couple of late chances to reclaim the lead however it was not quite to be. 

A fantastic effort by the young boys and one that I am sure made all the parents and spectators very proud.

Awards

Lachie Bates – Coaches Award

Blair Wilson – Encouragement Award

Ned Ford – Olinda Pizza

Xander Oldfield – Olinda Fish and Chips

Josh Leonard – Olinda Canteen

 

U12's vs Yarra Glen

Yet again the boys gave a terrific account of themselves, but we came up just short. Talking to the Yarra Glen coach after the gamer over some hot chips, and he was pretty impressed with our speed and our tackling. In the end we got slightly overrun in the last Quarter, but I was again really happy with the effort by everyone.

Yarra Glen got off to terrific start snaring 2 early goals with a very slight breeze to their advantage. We got beaten early around our stoppages, and if not for the brilliance across Half Back from both Harry Brown & Aaron Hick, that could’ve been a much bigger deficit. Some smart play by Liam Lourey and then a brilliant snap from “Jedley” Noar saw us right in the game at the 1st break with a 1pt gap. Some terrific defensive pressure and some really brave attacks on the ball accompanied the 2nd Quarter, the big one being Ryan Jewell who was met head on by an opponent, and got knocked into next year. Unfortunately he couldn’t even earn a free kick, but in true gritty style he dusted himself off and hurled himself back into the thick of it. Both teams managed just the 1 goal (our courtesy of a clever Josh Sharp soccer) and the margin remained at 1 pt. Again the 3rd term saw both teams go 100mph with some incredible tackling and even some big shephards being delivered, it was terrific to watch such a combative game and boys from both sides throw themselves at it without any thought. Frank Seal worked himself into the game acquiring possessions and skipper Maxy Thornton began to provide some real dash on the far wing. At ¾ time, the score remained yet again only 1 pt the difference and we spoke a lot about our run to support our mates, outnumbering Yarra Glen and tackle, tackle, tackle. To the Jets' credit, they out run us in the last term, and despite a 2nd goal to Liam Lourey that drew us close, they had all the play in the final minutes to score 2 goals and end up 11pt winners.

For the 2nd week in a row, we have been in the game right to the end and have come up just short. I’ve got no doubt that the boys with this effort again, will give yet another terrific account of themselves this week as we head across to Wandin. A lot to like about today, and a lot to still work on so let’s make sure we continue to get the 26-27 boys at training which has been extremely pleasing, and lets continue to improve ourselves and develop our team.

Great job today boys and a big thanks to all our support staff who do such a fantastic job !

Awards

(Encouragement) – Lachey Boyd

(Coaches) – Harry Brown

(Fish n Chip) – Maxy Thornton

(Olinda Café) – Liam Lourey

(Sports Drink) – Nathan Rose

(Olinda Pizza) – Aaron Hick

Best Wishes to James, Caz, Nathan & Charlotte Rose who take off overseas on Tuesday, we wish you all a fantastic and safe trip and look forward to seeing you in 3-4 weeks, will miss you !