Round 2, April 19

U10s vs Mt Evelyn

What a fantastic way to kick off the 2015 season with a superb four quarter effort by the Young Bloods in wintry conditions at Mt Evelyn on Sunday...

With 13 players making their debut for the Olinda Ferny Creek Junior footy club there was lots of excitement in the lead up to the first bounce...

Captain of day Felix Hatherley got the team off to a good start winning the toss and getting lots of the ball early... Led by on-ballers Lachie Bates, Blair Wilson and Spike Sutton, the Young Bloods were dominant in the first quarter with the ball predominately in our forward half... Our first goal came courtesy of some clever play by Nick Reid however equally impressive was the team work (including a great shepherd) that set up the goal.... Lachie Bates was awarded for his excellent play with a mark and goal to score our second for the term....

The effort in the second and third quarters was just as impressive... It was great to see all of our first gamers getting involved in the play, laying tackles and putting their bodies on the line...It was also really pleasing to see our second year players standing up and leading by example...Hamish Fraser was doing some good work at full back and in the ruck whilst Ned Ford was doing some handy work up forward scoring a late goal to “steady the ship”...

The last quarter was once again played in our forward half however it was great team effort as our backline certainly defended well when the ball came down.

A super effort by the team today and a great way to start the year... I was very impressed as I am sure all the parents and spectators were!!! Well done!!!!!

A bit if work to do with the theme song so looking forward to hopefully having the opportunity to practice the song again next week as we take on our old rivals the Monbulk Hawks!!!!

Awards (a big thanks to our sponsors)

Lachie Bates – Under 10 OFCJFC Coaches award

Nick Reid – Under 10 OFCJFC Encouragement award

Blair Wilson - Kelly's Bar and Grill Beef burger award

Spike Sutton - Olinda fish and chip award

Hamish Fraser - Olinda pizza award

U14s vs Mt Evelyn

We copped an early blast of winter today at Mt.Evelyn, a nice little reminder of what lies ahead in the next few months. Yet another very good week on the training track from the group saw them go into today’s match against The Rovers with a very positive mindset. The big focus for the week and today’s contest was to improve the physical side of our game – specifically the way we protect each other. Mitchy Morris brought some great drills to training on Wednesday night and put the boys through some pretty stern tests.

We began the day conceding an early goal in the first few minutes, but then really settled in nicely and began to play a very good brand of football – the way we want to play. Our tackling was strong, we were accountable and we got the ball going our way in the heavy rain any way possible as per the instructions. Josh Langer began as Centre Half Back and had a truckload of the ball early as Mt.Evelyn began the game with a loose man in defence. As I mentioned in the rooms after the game, my coaching philosophy is to develop the boys as best I can, and one of those main fundamentals is to be able to play “1 on 1” football. That might detract at times from our results, but I’m not here for scoreboard results. Dropping players behind the ball at the age of 12 & 13 is quite ridiculous, and purely results driven and I’m not quite sure why you’d do it. We sent Josh forward immediately and essentially had a 7 man forward line, giving us the man on man contest we were looking for. Coming in at Qtr time, the coaching staff were really pleased with the response after the early goal. There was no real need to change our set up too much, lets continue to play that same brand that had worked for the first 15 minutes.

For the next Qtr and a half, we suddenly found ourselves back in that same shell we went into last week against Woori Yallock. The strong attacks on the ball began to disappear, we lost some surety with our hands as we began to fumble some basic handball receives, and even at ground level we began to paddle the ball in front ourselves instead of getting low and really making an effort to pick the ball up and use it to advantage. The Rovers really seized their opportunities through this 25 minute period, kicking 6 unanswered goals and effectively snuffing out any thoughts we had of being in the game at the end. To the oppositions credit, they were much cleaner at ground level, and although our efforts this week to block/shepherd/protect were a huge improvement on round 1, they were still just that bit better than us in that area as well. It was through this period late in the 3rd term where I felt that Nathan Rose, who’d already been very good up to this point, really began to excel. One piece of play on the social club flank saw him win a hard ball, play on at all costs, take on a player then step inside and drive the ball into the middle with a perfectly weighted kick, to ultimately begin a quick burst of a couple of goals going into the break that gave us some hope again. It was inspiring stuff from Nath and gave us all a very nice glimpse of the kind of player he might become over the next few years. Despite the fact that we changed things around at ¾ time, we just couldn’t make inroads on the scoreboard in the last 15 minutes, despite some really good passages of play. The Rovers kicked away to a well-earned 48pt win.

I thought there were many boys who contributed well at different times throughout the day, but we just couldn’t find a way to click together for any extended period. Special mention to Maxy Reid who kicked all 3 goals today, Nathan Rose who was fantastic for 4 Qtrs, and both boys in the Ruck (Darcy Harrison & Oakley Jessop) who worked really hard in their respective roles, on a day that didn’t exactly suit the talls. Also a massive thanks to Ziggy Hatherley and Frank Seal from the U12s who gave us a hand today on the field, covering for some injured players – great job boys ! We will continue to work hard and enjoy our training this week, with the continued focus on protecting team mates, and winning the ball under pressure. As soon as we begin to master these areas, you will see an extremely competitive OFC U14 side. Stick with it boys, only 2 games gone and so much to achieve in front of us, starting with a ripping match against our old rivals Monbulk this “Anzac Sunday”

Just 3 quick reminders for everyone –

This Saturday is Anzac Day – we are really keen to see as many U14 families as we can attend the 10.30am march in Sassafras (please dress in club tops for those who have them as a sign of our OFCJFC support)

This Saturday also sees our Senior Football and A & B Grade Netball games against Monbulk played under lights for the first time ever (last post ceremony at 4.15pm / games commence at 4.30pm)

Sundays match time has been moved back 1 hour, so please be at the ground by 1.15pm for a 2.15pm first bounce (this is to allow the 16s a twilight fixture)

As per Declan’s email a few days back, we are really keen to see all parents download “Team App” onto their phones – all instructions on what to do as per Declan’s email from Friday

U16s vs Mt Evelyn

The guys have had a tough start to the season playing a very strong Mt Evelyn team two weeks in a row. After a reality check in round 1 the team bounced back with a much more physical game in round two, showing they can improve week by week.
Despite two big losses they have held their heads high and put in some big positive efforts at training and are looking forward to the twilight clash with Monbulk this week at Olinda.