Round 6 - 29th May 2016
Under 10's - Round 6 v Healesville
In what was one of our better quarters for the season, the "young bloods" got off to great start against Healesville. Captain of the day Bon Sullivan was leading by example following the pre-game instructions to "build the wall", Tom Ford was showing some impressive skills out on the wing whilst Max Monkhorst was playing his role at full forward beautifully, running to the right positions and kicking two goals for the quarter.
Girls U12's v Ferntree Gully
Today the girls went head to head with Ferntree Gully.
U12's v Healesville
After a great couple of wins over the last couple of weeks, we faced a formittable Healesville outfit at Healesville. Things didn’t start well with friendly fire resulting in Josh Leonard heading to hospital for a check up,we also lost Lachine in the 2nd quarter. Despite Healesville kicking 3 goals every quarter of the game, our endeavour at the contest has clearly improved against the older sides since earlier in the year.
Adam & Mick
U14's v Healesville
Always love the trip up to Queens Park, with such a beautiful back drop of Autumn trees and always a good surface to play on. Quite ironic in a way as its one ground we traditionally struggle at and we are always in for a torrid contest. With the breakthrough win of last week came a lot of confidence, and another enjoyable and strong week on the track. Today we faced a team more than capable of knocking us over, and if we are to figure in the action later in the season, then this was simply a match we couldn’t afford to drop.
The Valley Bloods kicked the opener pretty quickly, and the group realized that today was going to be a tough affair. We settled quite well after that but at times looked a bit hesitant in a number of areas. We are really working hard to teach and encourage the boys to start to run off their respective opponents, and provide some run and dash. Some are still a bit indecisive for fear of leaving their man and allowing him an easy possession of it goes back the other way. Unfortunately that is the game, and the more we run to support and keep the ball moving, the more chance we have of catching our opposition out. A couple of steadying goals saw us 1pt down at Qtr time and in a pretty handy position. Our 2nd term was quite dominant with many inside 50 entries and a lot of pressure to lock the ball in, but we lacked some composure with a couple of our senior boys just blasting away and missing good opportunities to pop the ball into the arms of a clear player in a dangerous spot. A return of 1.4 wasn’t exactly reward for effort, and from very limited entries, Healesville again kicked 2 goals to hold a 3pt lead.
We had really grown some legs by this point and this carried on throughout the 3rd term as we slammed on 4.1 to 2 goals to arrest the lead by 9pts. The run and linkage was much improved, but it was some of our defensive efforts that were really noticed. The work of some individuals at times to just hold Healesville up when they were out was exceptional, and would prove quite telling as the game went on. The instructions at ¾ time were to continue to take the game on, be brave in your ball movement and simply continue to play “our style”. The Valley Bloods threw absolutely everything they had at us, but each time they threatened we just kept coming up with the answers, and in the end we were able to prevail by 11 points in what was a fantastic game of U14 football. The beauty of today’s result, was that we got contributions from every player. The usual suspects were busy across the day, but it was some of our young defenders who especially late in the game, when the pressure was really on, and even one mistake could influence the result, were just able to keep their feet, remain composed and just win the one on one battles and clear the ball to a team mate and shut those forwards down – just so impressive to watch, and so influential on the final result.
This weekend we play host to ladder leaders Wesburn who are taking all before them this year. It will require our very best effort of the year to date, but our boys know that when they give that effort for the entire hour, they are capable of matching it with the very best. This weekend will be a huge challenge but it is one that we are very much looking forward to.