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..

Captain of the day Luca Smith got us off to a good start winning the toss and dominating the ruck in the first quarter. Ned Ford was doing some great work in the middle and up forward kicking our first goal for the day with a big kick which was assisted by the wind. Tom Ford was getting involved in the play as the young bloods were looking dangerous coming into the first break.
The second quarter saw the ball in our forward half for majority of the time as we defended against a strong breeze.  Liam Bradford and Luca were reading the play very well and being rewarded with lots of the ball, however I must say there were times during the quarter where we didn't all follow the team rules in holding our positions, manning up and most importantly being " first to the footy" so we will need to continue working on these things at training and on game day. 
The third quarter was much improved with the young bloods taking advantage of the strong breeze piling on three goals for the quarter. The first came from Menzie who after a strong mark went back and kicked truly with a great set shot. Birthday boy Blair Wilson was dominating in the ruck which resulted in some great play leading to Max Monkhorst's first ever goal for the footy club after 33 games... Congratulations Max, thoroughly well deserved. And last but not least , a classy snap by Luca dribbled through for our third for the quarter sending the boys into the three quarter time break full of confidence.
The last quarter was always going to be tough as we defended against a strong a breeze with the knowledge that Woori would come out firing which they did, kicking a couple of early goals and putting the pressure right back on Olinda. Isaac Tonkin was doing a great job in the ruck, Grace Belloni was imposing herself on the game and Bon Sullivan was working hard on the last line of defence as we continued to defend strongly until the final siren...
In what was a tough contest against, it was great to see our young players standing strong and having the opportunity to sing our song again which is fantastic  reward for a great effort..
Congratulations to our Under 12's and Under 14's who were both very impressive in their respective victories...
Until next week.
P Ford
Under 10 coach

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.

Thanks again to all our parent helpers

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 !

Tim Scott