Round 5 - 22nd May 2016
Under 10's - Round 5 v Woori Yallock
With the players looking sharp for the annual team photo shoot, we took on Woori Yallock on Sunday in nice ( albeit very windy) conditions on top of the mountain..
Under 12's - Round 5 v Woori Yallock
After a great win last week over Gembrook/Cockatoo, we faced Woori-Yallock tigers. Liam was captain today and lost the toss, Woori chose to kick against the wind which suited us just fine. 1st quarter the wind didn’t have any influence as both sides kicked a goal each. Our first goal was kicked by Ned Ford. 2nd quarter we kicked against the wind, Josh Leonard got our second goal and we kept Woori goal less, which was our message at quarter time break so our boys were spot on. 3rd quarter the boys used the wind to our advantage with Nick Heron, Josh Rowe and Hamish Fraser all kicking goals. 3rd quarter was our best scoring quarter and we kept Woori back at the same time with Woori scoring no points at all for the entire 3rd quarter. In the last quarter we were a bit worried about Woori having the wind but our back line was like a brick wall. Woori only scored 1 goal for the quarter and our boys responded magnificently to the pressure with Nick Heron kicking the sealer for the game. Lachie, Tomas and Percy all did a great job in the back line with rebounding footy in the last quarter. Great to see the boys really starting to bond as a team, congratulations to Tomas Mulldoon on 50 games.Well done to the award winners today, Josh Rowe, Mattias, Liam and Charlie.Final scores, Olinda 6-4-40, Worri Yallock 2-1-13.
Adam & Mick
Under 14's - Round 5 v Woori Yallock
Prior to today, our boys 3 matches had been against 1st, 3rd and 4th, and in all matches we have been extremely competitive and never looked out of our depth. The challenge today against a Woori Yallock team who were also winless, was to get a strong start and hopefully never look back. With the inclusion of some tall and experienced boys including the skipper, and the added incentive of a milestone game for Lachy Boyd (congratulations on 50 games) it was a very well prepared and focused football side that hit the deck running, and as hoped, never looked back.
A strong first qtr breeze at our backs allowed us to dominate the first 15 minutes. We linked well by hand at times, plenty of run being driven from the line behind and a real willingness this week to do whatever we could to help a mate. A 23pt lead was a good reward for us as goal kicking was pretty difficult. It was important that in the 2nd term we continue to take the game on against the breeze, and not just sit back and defend. To the boys credit, they did this quite well and were able to score a goal against the flow and yet again keep the Tigers scoreless. At halftime we held a 5 goal advantage, and you could tell that the boys could sense a big opportunity opening up this term to really seal the result.
Our 3rd term was actually quite brilliant to watch, with contributors right across the ground. I thought our handball backwards from packs, and our handball to attack from off half back was quite exceptional. We saw a number of instances where we ran the ball the length of the field untouched, which again in that wind was quite an outstanding achievement. Our protection of each other, our voice and our organisation was a real highlight, all areas of our game that continually need to be worked on. Today we saw exactly what can happen, and what we are truly capable of when we make these areas an area of strong focus. With a 70pt lead at ¾ time, and the Tigers still goal less, we swung some changes but emphasized the need to finish the game and complete a 4 Qtr effort. If anything, the group raised the bar for although we were again working back into the wind, we went out and played as if it was a quiet and still afternoon. The efforts by our defence to close down opponents, the run and carry and link by the mids, and the cohesion and selflessness of the forwards was exceptional as we banged on another 4 goals to zero (a 5th was kicked a fraction after the siren) to not only notch up win number one by 93pts, but to keep the Tigers goal less for the entire match.
This result has been coming, we’ve shown we are more than capable against the very best, it’s simply about being able to maintain for longer. The group continues to work well under Mitch, Jay, Ben and myself during the week and today we finally got some reward. Next week we head to Healesville, a team that we have had trouble with in the past. If we bring todays attitude and effort, then a similar result is quite possible, if we don’t respect our opposition then we will be in for a tough day at the office. Congrats on today’s result boys, let’s work hard on the track this week and prepare for the Valley Bloods – momentum in a season is important, let’s keep it going !