Concord AFL Camp: July School Holidays

AFL Camps

If you are looking for some school holiday camps to keep your AFL skills sharp during the two week bye, this option is at our home ground, and endorsed by the Cannons’ own Dean Lee. Suitable for U10 Youth Girls, U12 Youth Girls and U12s.



























Download the flyer (AFL Camp – Concord July Holidays) or head across to the Super Sports Camp page for bookings.

Under 14s: Rd 10

Canada Bay Cannons U14 v Willoughby Mosman

Round 10, Drummoyne Oval

Match report by Paul, photo by Kylie. See Facebook for the complete gallery.

We’re obviously enjoying our occasional games back at Drummoyne, but the boys are sure making it hard on the crowd’s nerves. A draw and now a one point loss have had us on the edge of our seats, up on our toes and proud of the boys’ efforts.

That elusive win is within reach – keep playing four quarters and keep helping each other out and it will come.

After going into the final quarter two points behind we were quickly 14 down when the Swans kicked a couple of early goals. But we weren’t out. We kept up the pressure and kept fighting for the footy.

Relentless forward pressure at each contest eventually popped the ball out to Cooky who eluded a few would be tacklers, threw the ball onto his trusty left boot and his long range snap rolled in to put us within eight points.

Moments later, Ben M took a typical strong mark on the 50m line, dished out a handball to a running Mala who stepped around the defence and finished it off with a classic midfielder’s goal to set us up for a thrilling final few minutes – again.

The crowd lifted when another long range shot headed toward goal only to be just touched on the line and it was down to one point. The Swans managed to get the ball forward and camped there for a while, with our defenders scrambling and fighting to keep them out. Then, with 30 seconds left, we had one last ditch hope as the ball was hacked forward into plenty of space toward our goal. It was all up to the unpredicatble bounce of the Sherrin. And the Sherrin won.

The game started with plenty of good signs – Finn’s big tackles, Ben’s strong lead and Hugh’s sharp pass. Paddy steered home a set shot from the boundary after an intercept mark from a kick in, while Alex was strong at his new home in defence and we were eight points up at quarter time.

Brayden was taking marks in defence to celebrate his 150th game, as was Cooky, while Ozy’s shepherd showed the way and Manfred continues his bullocking good form.

We let them in for a couple of goals in the second quarter but hit back in the third when Frazer did the heavy work in close to get the ball to Hugh who stepped, turned and sold some candy before slotting a ripper goal to bring us back into the contest and set up the exciting final term.

It’s great to have Tank and Archie back after their long term injuries. Tank’s been solid in the ruck and in defence and Archie’s crunching tackles and clearing kicks have been crucial.
With five games to go, let’s play 20 quarters of footy and that win will come!

CANADA BAY 4.3 27 Goals: Paddy, Hugh, Ben C, Nic.

U15 Youth Girls: Round 10

Canada Bay Cannons U15 Youth Girls v Glebe Greyhounds

Round 10, Drummoyne Oval

Match report by Scott

The Canada Bay Cannons returned to the winners’ list on Sunday in impressive style against the ‘top of the table’ Glebe Greyhounds in the match of the season at Drummoyne Oval.

Led by Captain Emily, the Cannons were back to their brutal best right from the opening bounce. The girls run, team play and tackle pressure quickly asserted a lead over the Greyhounds – the benchmark team in the competition.

The girls maintained their intensity and pressure throughout the entire match and were able to expand the lead during every quarter. This was largely thanks to the defensive effort of the backline which held strong each time the Greyhounds mounted a challenge and a midfield that made smart decisions, skilful plays and looked after their team mates. The team spirit continues to grow within the group and it was obvious to all at the ground the girls are having a lot of fun playing their footy.

The win keeps the girls perfect home record intact and is fostering an excellent rivalry between the Cannons and Greyhounds that has developed over our three meetings so far this season. This rivalry continues to produce high quality football, played in an excellent spirit!


U13-2: Round 10

Canada Bay Cannons U13-2 v Manly Bombers

Round 10, St Luke’s Oval

Match report by Stephen; pics by Sonia

Round 10 saw the Cannons at home against Manly Bombers who were sitting equal top of the ladder. The last time these two teams met the Cannons were short of players and the Bombers delivered a footballing lesson with the Cannons kicking only a solitary goal for the game. Since then the Cannons had suffered a heartbreaking 1 goal loss before a courageous season defining win in the wet against the Lions. Last week it took hard work in blustery conditions for four quarters before the Cannons could account for Pennant Hills. It was only an outstanding four goal final quarter that put that game beyond doubt and delivered with it a much needed confidence boost.

If you based your assessment on previous games and ladder positions few would have expected much of the Cannons for this game. Confidence is such an important part of football and the confidence earned from back to back wins coupled with a few players returning prompted the coaches to deliver this simple pre- game message to the players: “You have the talent and ability to win this game and win it well. We just need 100% effort from every player. Work hard and you will do it.”

No doubt there are times in every football season where people must look at the coach and say “What was he thinking?” but today the Cannons proved the coaches absolutely right as they started with an intensity that left the Bombers completely bewildered. With Daniel back in the ruck, Coops, James, and Damo were electric repeatedly delivering the ball into the forward line giving Jayden, Texas, Jack and JB plenty of opportunities.

The importance of a fast start can never be underestimated and a four goal burst saw the Cannons with the early lead and plenty of confidence going into the first break. The Bombers were always going to regroup and fire up in the second quarter but the Cannons were able to rely on the fresh legs of Fraser, Husky and Jye off the bench as the game developed into a good old fashioned low scoring arm wrestle. Even with the benefit of the breeze the Cannons were only able to add 1 goal 1 to their score line so it became clear that the third quarter was set to define the game.

With the breeze stiffening at the start of the 3rd, the Cannons defence would be tested but the ever solid combinations of Matt P, Mattie G, Eathan and Killa refused to let the Bombers kick a goal. The game was intense, physical, and played at a frenetic pace but the Cannons were up to the task. Lochie, Stewy, Matt B and the lightning quick Max played smart and fast football moving the ball from defence into attack allowing the Cannons to record 2 goals against the breeze and extend their lead.

With a comfortable lead some may have thought that the fourth quarter would lack excitement but anyone who saw the intensity on the faces in the ¾ time huddle knew the Cannons wanted to make a statement. With the breeze at the backs and a point to prove the Cannons ran away with the game booting 4 goals 4 for the quarter to record their highest score for the season.

It was an intense and very physical contest. It was fast and at times furious and the score line dominancy was not evident during the game. Ultimately the victory was the result of the Cannons doing a number of things really. They were first to the ball. They ran hard. They tackled hard. They shepherded. They passed to team mates in space and they worked together as a team. They did this and just as the coaches said… they won and they won well!

Click through to the Facebook link to view the gallery of images from Sonia.

U12YG: Round 10

Canada Bay Cannons U12 Youth Girls v Maroubra Saints Red

Heffron Park, Round 10

Match report by Chris; pictures by Andrew

A crisp morning down at Heffron Park for Round 10.  The girls were without their favourite girl Gabi in the coaching box and it was Lenny who got them up and training a good 45 mins before the game.  The game got off to a slow start with the girls taking a little while to settle into the game and get their positions locked in.  Molly was strong in moving the ball forward and launched a booming kick to put it through the posts for our first goal.  Tahnee at the other end was magnificent in her defence and didn’t let the 3 on 1 attack from the Saints reduce her impact.  We kept the Saints to just 1 point in the first quarter and went to the break slightly in front.

Second quarter and the girls were stepping up their defence all over the ground.  Marking up was improving but still more work to be done in training on the girls shepherding to help move the play along.  They tightened up around the middle and for all the force that the Saints players brought the Cannons continued to match and overpower in their defensive attack.  Molly and Hannah worked hard to get the ball free and after a good passage of play to get the ball down into our goal square the ever reliable Molly set up and kicked another 2 goals to nudge us out in front.  Hannah stepped up again and put her body on the line with a smother that landed right in her belly – she doubled down almost winded but with all of her might stood up and got right back into the game.  Her spirit lifted all of the girls and they went into half time well ahead on the score board.

Third quarter was goal less for both teams.  Incredibly strong in the defence from both teams and clear demonstrations from a number of players with their marking and second attempts in their desire to keep the Saints from scoring.  Tahnee, Katie, Catriona, India, Ruby, Molly and all the team working hard to step up and bring a united defence front to the Saints team who continued to push hard.

Regrettably our last quarter wasn’t a lot to write home about.  The girls took their eye off the game for a minute and found themselves with the Saints assembling quickly to put on 3 quick goals.  Our girls lifted again and pushed hard to bring the ball down into our goal square and we worked hard to recover ourselves but alas didn’t get the chance to level ourselves back. We remembered the old saying that it always takes 4 quarters to win a game and I’m sure the girls took some valuable lessons away from the game.

U12 Div 3 Orange: Round 7

Canada Bay Cannons U12 Div 3 v Pennant Hills Demons

Round 7, St Luke’s Oval

It’s cool & hazy at St Lukes Oval & I need a coffee. GAME ON!!

The boys are getting first to the ball and have a great tenacious ability to lock it in, which helps with the first goals of day to Luke T & Cooper. Lucca puts in some great tackling & chasing. There is good ball movement out of the backline into the centres by Luke B. Great mark in Q2 by Felix and more great tackling by Luke B. A tough customer is Luke B. And again more great drive into the forward line by Ethan. Alex pops a great goal in the 2nd quarter so we’re getting lots of players on the scoreboard

More good drives out of the backline in the Q3 with linking from Damian-Luke B and into Felix for a well deserved goal. We’re able to lock in in the forward line which is great and the boys’ ability to keep pushing forward is being rewarded with extra goals. Denver is putting in great kicks out of the centres & into the forwards to give the Canons all those opportunities on goal.

Good shepherding by Lachlan and the boys are getting quite a lead on now. Although they do need to talk a bit more to each other. More yelling & calling for the ball. Give each some support & congratulate each other when goals are kicked or a good field play is made.

Cooper again with a great game & bags 3 goals including a nice late goal deep in the last quarter. Well done Cooper!

Overall a great defensive effort by the team, which is reflected in the scoreline. It is a big win to the Cannons. The links & drive out of the backline into the forward line is particularly pleasing and the boys are really starting to gel together as a football unit. Let’s keep it up for the rest of the season.

U12 Youth Girls: Round 9

U12 Youth Girls v Glebe

Round 9, Jubilee Oval

Match report by Ian; pics by Ronika
The Cannons were treated to a glorious winter morning at Jubilee Park to take on the Greyhounds. This week Tamara was responsible for running duties nursing a broken finger, but otherwise Cannons had a full complement of players. White picket fences, glinting sunshine against the backdrop of ANZAC bridge all become secondary when the game got underway. 

The first quarter was a fierce contest, with plenty of hard running and physicality. The ever reliable Molly put the Cannons first goal on the board after the Greyhounds snuck away to an early lead. The balance of play started to even out with some mighty tackling from Skye and a few scything runs from India brushing aside would be tacklers. Ruby as always, dominating the ruck and collecting plenty of loose ball around the ground. Molly eventually evened the scores with another booming goal to finish the quarter.

The second quarter was a true spectacle with the Cannons playing some of their best footy this year!! India again breaking free from the congestion and Molly showing incredible poise banging the ball long towards the Cannons goal. In one passage, Molly fetched her own kick 3 times! The Cannons dominance continued and India snapped a smart goal over her shoulder in the goal square. Hannah followed up with a high mark and kicked truly later in quarter. Lucy and Sienna made some telling intercepts and made some big tackles to keep the Greyhounds from scoring. The Cannons went forward again late in the quarter with India marking 25 metres from goal. She did her best Ben Brown impression after the siren, but fell just short.

The Cannons lost the momentum in the third quarter, with a few decisions going against them. They stuck at it, with Lila in particular fighting against the odds to tackle a player almost twice her height! Eventually, the Cannons started to push the ball forward and Hannah again kicked a lovely goal. Ruby, started to have more influence around the ground and Katie started breaking the big packs open with her speed and strength. 

The Cannons went into the final quarter with a two goal deficit and were implored by the coach to run, run and RUN!!! Katie continued her fearless attack on the football with Skye shepherding her pathway out of defence. Sienna made a couple of goal opportunities with her clever evasive skills in the forward line, but still, all the effort wasn’t showing on the scoreboard. Katie again broke free of the back half with another bullocking run and long kick. India swooped onto the loose ball and went on a long run down the outer flank, with three perfect bounces! 

Suddenly the momentum had changed. Niamh joined Katie and the Cannons backline became a fortress, with big tackles and relentless running from both players. The ball zipped forward for the Cannons and Cationa kicked her first goal that made it 5 points the difference – with players rushing from everywhere to celebrate. The Cannons confidence was bubbling now and the ball was continuously rushing forward. Molly eventually launched a banana kick through for a goal and put the Cannons in front for the first time in the game. Unfortunately though, the Cannons had to battle the increasingly blustery wind, and when the rub of the green was with the Greyhounds, they were able to add two late goals to seal the game. 

In wrap up, this was definitely the Cannons best game of the year, showing plenty of fight and desire to take the lead in a game deep into the last quarter. Even more impressive, it was a team performance with every player contributing. It’s great to see the girls confidence grow week by week with everyone’s improved kicking skills really on show. Great running and effort for the whole game – well done again, girls!

We’re in it for the kids

We’re in it for the kids
We love that spectators are invested in the outcome of their child’s games, but negative comments from the sidelines won’t be tolerated.

In competitive grades, teams can even be docked premiership points because of poor behaviour by players, team officials or spectators.

You are not the coach
Unless you have put up your hand to coach a team and you’re wearing a blue bib, you’re not the coach. Don’t try to be. Your instructions from the sidelines aren’t helping.

You are not the umpire 
The umpires are human. They are also very often under the age of 18. That means they are CHILDREN. They’re also learning, so cut them some slack. What if it was YOUR child umpiring? How would you want other parents on the sideline to treat them?

You are a role model
Your behaviour teaches kids what is acceptable on the sporting field and what is not.Don’t want them to be bad sports? Then don’t BE a bad sport.

The results don’t matter. 
Really, they don’t.

We want kids to enjoy their footy. Only a tiny fraction of players will go on to play AFL at an elite level, so let them have fun.

Whether the umpire makes good calls or not, in the scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that your child learns to respect the authority of the coach, respect the umpire, respect their team-mates and respect their opposition.

One of the reasons we encourage our children to play sport is because we recognise that sport is a great developer of character. Let’s just make sure we’re doing all we can to ensure that character development is positive.


U13-2: Round 8 Match Report

A line in the sand

Canada Bay Cannons U13-2 v Forest Lions

Round 8, Lionel Watts Reserve

Match Report by Stephen; pics by Sonia

The Under 13/2s had reached a cross roads. After a heartbreaking two point loss in round 1, the Cannons had rallied and won the next 3 games bringing them to equal first on the ladder. Despite their best efforts they lost a hard fought top of the table clash, which became the first of 3 consecutive losses. Over 3 weeks the Cannons slid down the table, losing not just games but momentum and confidence.

The round 8 clash against the Forest Lions had all the hallmarks of a season defining game. With light rain falling, 16 motivated players fronted up to Lionel Watts Reserve with the knowledge that their season was on the line. Would this be the game that turned the Cannons back on track? There were no players on the bench and there would be no excuses. Today would be the chance to draw the line in the sand and prove the team motto “Every Player. Every Effort. Every Time!”.

The importance of a good start can never be underestimated and for the first time in several weeks the Cannons fired straight out of the blocks! Daniel’s combination with Damo and JA in the midfield saw the early centre clearances favouring the Cannons but it was the use of ball and forward incursions that really impressed. Whether it was the safe hands of JB or the brilliant ground work of Jack and Archer, the ball seemed destined for the goals. Lachie’s intensity at the ball was on show early and his four quarter efforts resulted in his season best game. Dallas also took his game to another level with some strong marking and text book link up handballs.

The Lions dropped a man back into defence to stem the flow but this only freed up Jye and Mattie B who ensured the ball was locked into the attacking zone, behind them the ever dependable Husky was never going to let them inside 50!

With only 16 players there was no bench to rest, so players were moved through different positions to spread the load. Woody’s efforts in the ruck were commendable but Killa’s hunger for the ball in the forward line presented a very good case for a permanent move.

The result was beyond doubt by three quarter time but to their credit the Lions kept at it. The rain was gone allowing passages really of slick play from both teams that defied the wet and slippery ball. It was a fierce and physical contest right to the final siren and the Cannons were delighted to return to the winners list. Delighted too were the coaches who witnessed a gutsy team effort as well as some character defining moments. Fraser gave away a massive size advantage to his opponent but desperately stuck to his man. Matt was earmarked for a run in the midfield when he bent his finger back in a marking contest. In obvious pain his finger was hastily strapped before he was sent out to “rest in a forward pocket”. “Rest” according to Matt means take a brilliant mark on a lead (using his chest and good hand only) before sending a booming kick into the square to add to the Cannons goal tally.

It was moments like these, where the players dug deep, gave their all and played for each other that will define the season. This game was much more than a line in a sand, it was a clear message written in big bold capital letters. The Cannons are FIRED UP!!!

U15 Youth Girls: Round 8 Match Report

Canada Bay Cannons U15 Youth Girls v East Sydney Bulldogs

Round 8, St Luke’s Oval

Match report by Scott

The Canada Bay Cannons U15 YG head into the mid season break two games clear in third spot on the ladder after a convincing win over East Sydney Bulldogs on Sunday at St Luke’s Oval.

The Cannons capitalised on a rich vein of form at home against the undermanned Bulldogs and under the leadership of Captain Serina, were largely dominant from the first bounce. The Cannons were brutal from the outset with a high tempo, fast running game and reaped the rewards of some significant goal kicking practice to assert a substantial lead. While it may not have reflected on the scoreboard, the Bulldogs were extremely competitive and were able to move the ball cleanly on a number of occasions with some superb overhead marking proving a huge advantage.

With a comfortable buffer at half time, Coach Michael was able to move players around the ground in the second half to test the girls in a variety of different positions to shape the team for the second half of the season. To their credit, the Bulldogs held the Cannons goalless after half time and were able to rally late in the match, making the best of the windy and rainy conditions to put the Cannons under some late pressure and test their structure. The Cannons backline held tight under pressure and at the final siren, there was plenty of big smiles around the ground after being able win three games in a row!