Mayne Tigers U/12 Round 1 Match Report April 28 2013
The team notched up a first up win against Mt Gravatt White in our Division 4 match.
The mighty Tiges kicked 9 goals 6 behinds while keeping a determined opposition scoreless. It was a convincing win with all 19 players making many positive contributions to our good performance.
We learnt some valuable lessons from our previous grading game and it was very pleasing to see that we were putting these lessons into practice. We played disciplined man on man footy and when we were able to gain clear possession we tried to kick it into space and then keep the ball moving forward.
We had 2 debutants today and both Dennis and Travis looked like they had been playing the game for years.
Connor hustled and bustled in defence, he used his strength well and it was pleasing to see him attack the footy time and again. He needs to keep working on his kicking to enable us to gain full advantage from his possessions.
Tim was solid at full back, he ran on well and gave good support up field. He needs to keep in front of his forward and not lose where his man is in general play.
Ted repelled many forward moves, his pre season has been outstanding and we are seeing great improvement in his skill. Can sometimes be caught out not getting low enough to the ball
Will showed much improved concentration, he manned up well and always ran at the loose ball. His is creative with his handball but needs to continue to work on his kicking.
Riley was our Captain for the day and anchored down Centre Half Back for most of the game. He ran and contested well and his kicking to position was a feature of his game.
Lachie was very creative at half back, he ran well and set up many forward moves. He attacks the ball well and never takes a backward step. Needs to kick the ball higher and further to gain full advantage of his possessions
Ross gave us good drive across the wings, he worked hard in defense and kept getting to right spots when we had the ball.
Ollie showed a great work rate, he ran hard to get to contests and then ran harder to get to spaces. His long kicking was a feature and he set up many scoring opportunities with his good decisions. Needs to work at accelerating when he gets the ball.
Julian started on the wing then was moved around the ground. Competed really well and gave of some good handballs when he won the ball. Showed a number of times he is working out where to go to get the ball and will only get better from here. Needs to continue to work on his kicking.
Riley showed dash across half forward, he was not frightened to get under pack and put his body on the line. Just needs to get more depth and height in his kicking.
Oscar was a very important contrtibutor in our forward line. He shows that he knows where to go to get the ball and he makes good decisions when he has it. Needs to work on his marking to capitalise on his good running and positioning.
Dennis had an immediate impact in his first game, he was fearless, tackled well and showed a feeling for the game that surprised many. He will only get better as he continues to practice hard
Travis also had an impressive first up game. He showed good tackling and chasing skills and we really enjoyed his never give up attitude.
Keenan put himself in the right spots to get the ball, he chased out hard and set up a couple of forward moves with his effective handballs. As he learns more there is no doubt that he will continue to improve
Rory kicked 3 goals and was a marking option up forward. His best work was in the ruck late in the game where his strong marking and kicking certainly made an impression.
Fraser used his size and strength to great effect. He was able to combine with his mid fielders and set up many centre clearances with is very good ruck work. He continues to be a marking target for us just needs to break into space by running hard.
Gus did his best work in the ruck, he controlled the centre square and combined with his mid fielders with some good one/two handballs to get the ball forward. His kicking showed improvement and now needs to continue to work on being stronger in the air.
Liam worked hard all day. He kept low and got under packs and picked up many possessions in the middle. Needs to work on getting in front and leading straight when calling for the ball.
Patrick battled hard all day, his work rate was excellent and was able to set up many forward moves by his intelligent handball. Needs to get more depth into his kicking.