U12 Youth Girls: Round 6 Match Report

Canada Bay Cannons U12 Youth Girls v East Sydney Bulldogs Blue

Round 6, St Luke’s Oval

Match report by Kate

This week, the mighty Cannons were at home but short on numbers to take on the Bulldogs from East Sydney. The Cannons got off to a great start by kicking the first goal of the match. However, it was the Bulldogs who were able to run up a big lead by quarter time.

The second quarter got underway and despite the best efforts of the Cannons players, the Bulldogs were able to kick away to an even bigger lead heading into half time.

The third quarter was a seesawing affair and as hard as all of the girls tried they were not able to break through for a major score.

The final quarter brought out the best in the Cannons. They ignored the scoreboard and never stopped trying. They stuck together as a team right until the final siren.

Today it was Molly, Niamh, Lila, and India who were the standouts but they were equally supported by the efforts of Hannah, Sienna, Skye, and Tahnee. All in all it was a great effort by the girls as they look forward to taking the Magpies from West Sydney next week.

SHOOSH because…

SHOOSH because our kids are watching

Yelling negative comments from the sidelines is never OK. It is modelling disrespect for authority and showing kids that it’s OK to respond to a mistake – by a player or by an umpire – with abuse. As a Club, we won’t tolerate it. SHOOSH!

SHOOSH because our kids are listening

But what if it is just conversational complaints? Stop and think. Are the umpires really biased, or just learning? Is the push in the back by an opponent “deliberate”, while the push in the back by our player just a mistake?

We may not like an opposing team culture, but we need to remember that all players and umpires are still learning, and that team officials are volunteers doing their best for the love of the sport.

Focusing on complaints about umpires and the opposition teaches kids that it is OK to blame others for the result of a game and show them disrespect. SHOOSH!

SHOOSH because we want football relationships to be positive

Not many kids will grow up to be professional AFL players but we’d like to encourage them to play, umpire, coach or be involved in AFL in some capacity for many years to come.

People swap Clubs; Clubs form merger teams; development, representative and academy teams are selected. Those kids being criticised as “cheats” may soon be your child’s team mates. That “biased” umpire may one day mentor your team. That “dirty” team official? Meet your new coach.

Let’s make work to make AFL fun, and football relationships positive. SHOOSH!

SHOOSH because there’s a right way to address wrong behaviour

Sometimes, there will be legitimate concerns about a player, an umpire, a parent or official. During a game, the team manager (and only the team manager) can approach the ground manager, who will then decide whether it’s an issue that needs monitoring and/or intervention.

Coaches also have access to a form to provide constructive feedback on umpiring, which directly informs umpire training sessions.

And if you ever have specific complaints after an AFL game, please contact our Club. If warranted, we’ll take it further on your behalf.


Cannons News: 16 May 2018

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U15 Canada Bay Cannon Youth Girls v Maroubra Saints

Round 5, Heffron Park

Match report by Scott

The Canada Bay Cannons U15 Youth Girls took on ladder leaders Maroubra Saints in miserable conditions on Sunday Morning at Heffron Park. After a tough slog and the Cannons holding a slender lead for most of the match, to use a fishing analogy, it was the one that got away (unfortunately).  That being said, there were many positives in what was an absolute cracking game of footy!

The Cannons really fired up after a hard couple of weeks and under the leadership of Captain Grace F, played a tough, uncompromising brand of footy in front of a special gathering of Mums keen to celebrate Mother’s Day with a big away win. The girls’ performance continues to illustrate the significant improvement they have made under Coach Michael during the season.

At one stage, the storm force winds, sideways rain and freezing temperature looked like putting a damper on the match, however, the Cannons made the best of the conditions for the majority of the game to take a slim lead into the 3/4 time break.

The more experienced Saints clicked in the final term and although the Cannons defended (and defended some more), it wasn’t enough and the Saints were able to carve out a gritty one-point win.

After the disappointment of coming so close had abated, there were many positives to take from the match. It is significant to note that at one stage, nine of the 15 Cannons on the field were in their first season of AFL, and had played no more than five games each – there were even two who were playing their first game. Despite their inexperience, they were able to match it with the top of the comp! The future is bright!!

There is still a lot of improvement left in the Cannons, but they are loving the contest, loving their footy and can’t wait for a crack at Moore Park this weekend.

Cannons U12 Youth Girls: Match Report Round 5

U12 Youth Girls Canada Bay Cannons v Southern Power

Lincoln Oval, Round 5

Match report by Christine

It was a windy and chilly morning as our Cannons U12 girls approached Lincoln Oval down in the Sutherland Shire.  Some drizzly rain, loads of umbrellas but still our girls got into business with pre-match warm ups.  The Mums, meanwhile, were treated to a beautiful morning tea offered by the Southern Power club.  We had cakes, biscuits, tea and coffee and a lovely guard of honour for all the special mums.  It was an even bigger treat to have our girls run down and present each Mum with a beautiful rose before the bounce.

All of the Mother’s Day fun behind us and it was down to business.  First quarter and the Southern Power came out of the blocks with an attacking energy.  They organised themselves quickly with some lovely set plays, strong marks and converted a couple of goals in front of the posts.  Our girls were still waking up I think but dug deep and kept themselves in the game and defended well.  We went to the break not making a dent on the scorecard.

Second quarter and the girls were now up and at it. The midfield really stuck to their positions and Rocket Ruby, Magnificent Molly and Incredible India drove the charge in managing the ball and keeping on their players. While we didn’t convert, we certainly started returning to our form of prior weeks. By the 3rd quarter we were in the game and playing much stronger.  A lovely number of set plays, strong passing and brilliant pressure from all the girls saw the Southern Power make a number of forced errors and the Cannons girls capitalised where they could. Killer Katie kept up a strong line of defence and with the help of Notorious Niamh they kept the Power on their toes.

Shining Skye and Heroic Hannah kept doing what they do best and didn’t surrender in their quest to attack the ball and keep the Power scoreless in the third quarter.

Our fourth quarter was definitely our redemption quarter.  We communicated well, we fought hard for the ball and enjoyed watching Incredible India drop a lovely kick in front to seal one of the last goals of the game.

While it wasn’t our day today for a win we loved the morning down in the Shire and look forward to hosting the Southern Power at home soon.

U13-2: Round 5 Match Report

Cannons 13-2 vs Maroubra Saints Round 5, Drummoyne Oval Match report by Stephen After an unusually hot autumn, Mothers Day 2018 brought with it a sudden reminder that winter is almost upon us. The temperature dropped as the swirling wind stopped only long enough to let light rain fall. It was exactly the sort of […]

U13-3 Cannons: Round 4 Match Report

Canada Bay Cannons U13-3 v Ramsgate-Cronulla

Round 4

Match report via John

Last Sunday, in balmy conditions our Cannons endured a tough hit out against a very formidable and well drilled Ramsgate-Cronulla team.

While the scoreboard showed  a convincing win to the opponents, our boys hung in there and never stopped trying.

The first quarter saw the visitors get the jump on us, establish a big lead and we weren’t able to recover.

At the break Coach Andrew gave the boys a good old fashion rev up, asking them to focus on marking up. This did the trick as the boys stemmed the flow of goals throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters and made the Rams earn their points.

The 4th quarter saw Ramsgate-Cronulla extend their lead. As hard as they tried, our boys ran out of juice towards the end of the game.

While were were simply outclassed, the boys can hold their heads high – despite the lopsided result, the Cannons never gave up. Our boys took on the competition leaders and give it their best shot.

Our backline was under pressure throughout the game and worked hard. There were some good passages of footy from the Cannons. Deserving of particular mention is when Jamie pulled off a great tackle and Chris tapped the loose ball onto Harry who got the ball to Rohan, who was desperately unlucky not to have got the Sherrin through for a goal.

Coaches pick for best on ground went to Chris H, who tackled his heart out, for his nonstop effort. Oliver R, picked up the runner up award. Oliver was another who never gave up the chase and ran hard all day.

Also a special thank you to Alex, who backed up from the under 12-3s and had a good game.

U15Youth Girls: Round 4 Match Report

Match report by Coach Michael

On Sunday 6 May, the under 15-2 Youth Girls  travelled back to Jubilee Oval to face the rampaging Glebe Greyhounds again.

The previous Sunday the girls had played the same team, at the same venue, and went down 10.4-64 to 3.4-22, against a side filled with seven Swans Academy players. With their first defeat of the season, we returned to training with renewed focus and worked hard on our defence, clearing the ball in the back pocket as well as some forward leading drills.

Game day arrived and the girls were more focused in their warm up, which really showed in the first quarter. They restricted the Greyhounds to only a couple of behinds and fought tooth and nail for the ball. The backs worked together as a unit to clear the ball out of danger and the whole team defended and marked hard. The second quarter turned out to be a repeat of the first with only a goal and few behinds conceded.

During the third quarter, through their dogged defence, the Cannons managed to slip the ball forward into attack and managed a few shots on goal. Unfortunately the football gods were not smiling on us that day, and we only managed a few behinds. The Greyhounds regrouped, and with some very good kicking and marking skills, punished us with some quick response goals.

The Cannons fought hard into the fourth quarter; however a lack of any reserves meant the girls were getting tired while the Greyhounds were running two reserves. The score blew out slightly in the fourth, and the Greyhounds were helped home by an enthusiastic home crowd cheering them on. The final score of 6.7-43 to 0.5-5 reflected the Cannons improved defence from the previous week.

U13-2 Cannons: Round 4 Match Report