Round 10, June 21

U10s vs Healesville

A tough day at the office for the Young Bloods today as we came up against a very big and strong Healesville Under 10's who got off to a flying start in the first quarter...

To the credit of the young Olinda bloods, we fought back admirably in the second quarter breaking even with our bigger and stronger opponents.. Lachie Bates, Max Monkhorst and Felix Hatherley were continuing their good form and Ned Ford kicked truly to register our first major for the day...

During the second half, it was pleasing to see Hamish Fraser working hard to man up in the backline... Likewise, Menzie, Cai Schuable and Birthday Boy Ethan Blunt were having good games and getting involved in the play...

Led by captain of the day Kade Kutajar, the team not only remained competitive all day, but there were glimpses of some of the impressive passages of play that we have seen on display the last few weeks...

Despite a slight concentration lapse in dying minutes of the game, I was pleased with today's effort and the postitive attitude shown by the troops...

A few things to continue to practice at training so looking forward to getting back on the track on Wednesday...

Coaches Award - Hamish Fraser
Encouragement Award - Menzie
Olinda Pizza Award - Ethan Blunt
Olinda Fish and Chip Award - Cai Schuable
OFCJFC Canteen Award - Kade Kutajar

U12s vs Healesville

It was exciting to finally be playing against the top of the ladder Healesville and to experience what the skill level of an undefeated team was like. They beat us, but it was no walk over. Our boys stood tall, put their bodies on the line (We had casualties) and took it up to the top of the ladder opposition. 

After our strong physical performance of the week prior, I knew it was important that this aspect of our game did not slip away and so the punching bags were brought out again pre match to get the boys pumped and primed for a first quarter assault on the game. We did just that and kept the opposition at bay however we suffered an injury in the process with Liam Lourey our courageous captain for the game breaking his finger. The quarter was tight and at the first break we were even at 7 points 

The second quarter was all Healesville. They found the open spaces, displayed polished skills and “smashed our back line. At halftime they had the advantage by 19 points. 

The message at halftime was to man up in defence, onballers to break clear and run the corridor and the forward line to rove the packs and sweep through the crumbs to goal. The third quarter had us swinging momentum our way and a claw back at the scoreboard with an 18 point deficit. We certainly were not out of the game. 

Due to the tough opposition and a deficit on the board, I thought the boys might fade away and give up the last quarter, however to their credit they dug in, crashed and banged through the centre, positioned themselves well and allowed forward opportunities which resulted in two great goals. Healesville however responded and were deserving victors by 25 points. 

Our Boys were all playing against a top age highly skilled opposition. To our boys credit, they did not give up, they went hard at the ball and opposition all game and they showed Healesville that we can match it with them. LJ, Azza and Ziggy ran hard all game and our little fellas (only by stature) mixed it with the bigger bodies.

A special mention to Liam Lourey, Willow and Robbie Beekman who all took body blows that resulted in game ending injuries. You are great team players and I wish you all speedy recoveries.