Round 11, July 20th

U10s vs Emerald

An entertaining game of Under 10’s football today, one which I am sure was enjoyed by all parents and spectators.  Each week we have seen our boys be ultra competitive and this week was no exception.

The boys were led out on to the ground by Captain of the day Tommy Muldoon and it was clear from the first bounce that we were up against some very good opposition in the Emerald Bombers.  To the credit of the Young Bloods, we worked our way into the game thanks to some great play by Lachie Bates, Ethan Blenkiron and Ned Ford, allowing us to control the play in our forward half for the latter part of the first quarter.

The Emerald Bombers kicked a couple of quick goals in the second term meaning that for the first time this season we came into the half time break “under the pump” and facing a big challenge ahead.

I was really pleased with the effort of the boys in the 3rd quarter as they showed great attitude, character and resilience as they worked themselves back into the game.  The on-ballers were winning the ball out of the middle thanks to some impressive work by Felix Hatherleigh, Nick Herron and Blair Wilson.  This in turn gave our forwards plenty of opportunities and it was great to see the boys rewarded for their efforts with awesome goals to both Oliver Clarke and Ander Oldfield.  A great quarter of footy by the boys!!!

As with the third quarter, the effort and work rate of the boys in the last quarter was excellent.  At no stage did the boys “give up” as they continued to apply pressure to the Emerald Bombers.  Jarrod Williams was doing a excellent job in the ruck until he got hurt and Max Monkhorst was looking dangerous.

In what was a great game of football the boys just fell short today against a very good side.  The boys should be proud of their effort and the character they showed in getting themselves back into the game once again demonstrating that these boys are made of the “right stuff”.

Well done to Robert Beekman for being awarded the best “shepherd of the day” and bad luck to the Under 12’s on today’s game.  I am sure you boys will bounce back strongly in the coming weeks!

Coaches Award – Oliver Clarke

Encouragement Award – Lachie Bates

Olinda Pizza Award – Felix Hatherley

Olinda Fish and Chip Award – Ned Ford

OFCJFC Canteen Award – Max Monkhorst

U12s vs Emerald

A huge contest awaited us today as we took on Emerald in a classic 8 pt match up. A win today sending us 2 games clear in 4th spot whilst a loss would bring us back to the pack. For the 2nd time in 3 weeks we were facing a team that was fighting for our spot on the ladder, and so again we became the “hunted”. A huge congratulations today to our Captain Nathan Rose who also chalked up game No 50.

Today we asked for a really strong start, and despite the fact we kicked the first goal of the game pretty quickly, I looked around the field and could see a lot of tall Emerald boys outsizing a number of us. Today was ironically not the day we wanted the sunshine to reappear in all its glory!!! Our tackling was pretty good but for the first time since possibly Round 2 I felt we were a bit timid and hesitant at the ball and allowed a few of our opponents the opportunity to stroll past and win the ball. We entered the Qtr time break with a 2 goal to 1 lead, and whilst we hadn’t set the world on fire, there was nothing to suggest that the next 2 Qtrs would unfold the way they did.

Emerald opened the 2nd term with 3 goals in 4 minutes and suddenly we looked like a bottom 2 side. For the first time all year we couldn’t make an impact in the Ruck, which meant our midfield couldn’t get first use and right across the ground we were happy to be led to the ball. One of the real disappointments through this period was the different players who rolled through our Back 6 lacked accountability and seemed quite happy at times to go kick chasing. All our boys have been taught that there will be times in games when things aren’t going our way, and the ball might be coming inside our defensive 50 quite a lot, that you can still win your one on one battles and make life hard for opposition forwards; none of that today except for a couple of boys who flew the flag! A 9 goal to 1 burst ended the game abruptly and we had 12 minutes left to get some competitiveness back into our game. To our boys credit they definitely responded with a very solid last term, and the game suddenly looked like a 4th vs 5th contest. In the end we were 8 goals behind and for the 1st time this year, we’d been on the receiving end of a pasting.

There’s no doubt that a few boys were a bit shell-shocked after the game, and I for one certainly didn’t see this coming. The boys work hard at training and today wasn’t a true reflection of their capabilities. Having said that, what today does show is that if we rock up to a game on any given day, against any opponent and we’re not all switched on and ready to work hard for each other, then any team can torch us and Emerald certainly did that to us today. Despite the fact that Emerald were sitting 5th, I’m in no doubt that on today’s performance they are one of the benchmark teams.

Again we hop back on the bike boys, ready to get to training on Wednesday and start working towards making amends for today’s effort. This week’s training will be all about fixing the mistakes of today, as we did after our last loss against Wesburn. Next week’s contest at Mt Evelyn looms large in our season, and is simply a game that we need to be ready to play. Each week presents an opportunity boys so let’s be ready to accept this challenge head on!

Bad luck to Pat and the U10s today, they too looked like they were a bit outsized by a very good Emerald side. And of course while we both laugh about it, every time the 10s win the 12s also win, and every time the 10s lose the 12s lose. I think we’re all thrilled with how the 10s have gone about their footy this year under Pat, Leigh, Liam and co – keep up the good work boys!

See you all at Kalorama this Wednesday, ready to do it all again – the marathon continues guys!