U14: Round 8 Match Report

Canada Bay Cannons U14-2  v Bangor Tigers

Round 8, Drummoyne Oval

Match report by Paul; pics via Michelle

It was halfway through the third quarter, the game was tense, Bangor had the footy, with four players streaming into their forward line all alone. A goal looked inevitable. But this week’s Cannons had other plans. Intense, team oriented and relentless pressure swarmed in and shut the Tigers down. Will, Johnno, Tommo, Cooky, Liam ran and ran to get to their opponnents and make contests, kept throwing themselves into tackles and smothers and fought for the footy. Each took their turn and when it was their turn again, they did it again. They all wanted the same thing and worked together to make it happen. What should have been a certain goal ended up in a turnover and our ball. 

It was only around 30 seconds, but it was half a minute which summed up our best game of the year. Effort, everyone wanted to be a part of it, everyone believed in themselves and each other, worked together and reaped the benefit. 

It was a shame to have drawn, especially when we were in such a strong position to win. But, as Coach Tony said, there was nothing but positives from the day.

Compare it to the last time we played Bangor when they beat us by 12 goals and we had a very slack attitude from the start. This time, the attitude in the warm up was brilliant, you could sense the kids wanted to have a crack. It was amazing to see the preparation and attitude and the benefit of getting there early and having a good positive warm up.

From the outset, the Cannons were firing. It was a cracking game, going goal for goal with the lead changing hands at least eight times in the first half.

Alex was a revelation in defence and found his natural home, using his skills to take intercept marks and cut off Bangor entries, while his penetrating kicks hit teammates up forward. He was even tackling!

Mala’s run and energy was infectious and he set up the first goal when he roved the pack, took the opposition on and spotted Liam with a clever short pass. Liam then went back and duly slotted the set shot.  Mala kicked his own goal a few minutes later after Alex rebounded from defence and a slick combination with Johnno and Ben M swept the footy downfield.

Hugh continues his good form and was again a target up forward, taking marks and finding teammates with clever kicks, Sam was racking up possessions in the middle, Andrew was taking strong marks, Will and Brayden were strong in defence, Fin and Blake were great linkmen on the wings.

Goals to Alex and Ben M – both from intercept marks – in the second term kept the deficit to two points at half time.

Then Ben took the game by the scruff of the neck in the third term. The quarter started with Manfred’s courageous mark when he held his ground in the middle as a pack bore down on him and Paddy had worked his way into the game and was winning his usual hard ball. But the premiership quarter was Ben’s quarter. He took big marks everywhere and kicked three big goals – one from a set shot, one when he roved off a pack and one when he played on after taking a strong mark at centre half forward. 

We went into three quarter time with a 17-point lead and a win was in sight. To Bangor’s credit, they defended stoutly as we pressured the goals early in the final quarter but could only manage a few points.

Bangor kept the pressure up and the tension in the crowd rose as they clawed their way back into the game bit by bit. They eventually kicked a goal to lock the scores with 60 seconds left and we were in for a frantic final minute. We hung on in that mad scramble as the ball bounced either way and we ended up with a fantastic outcome from a brilliant day’s footy.

It can be a turning point for the season – the boys showed what they’re capable of when they come into a game with the right attitude. They all wanted it and it was oh so close. Keep up this attitude and it’ll come.

CANADA BAY 7.6.48

Goals: Ben M 4, Alex, Nic, Liam.

BANGOR 7.6.48

U13-3: Round 8 Match Report

Canada Bay Cannons U13-3 v Maroubra Saints (again)

Round 8, Heffron Park

Match report by John

After last week’s maiden win against the Maroubra Saints, I didn’t think anything could top that awesome victory.

However I was proven wrong, when our Cannons ventured out to a wild and windy Heffron Park to take on the Saints for a second time.

And what a heart stopper it was as our courageous Cannons held off a determined Saints outfit by the narrowest of margins (4-6-30 to 4-6-29).

It was a game worth bottling as both teams gave it their all and had the spectators biting their nails and one team manager reaching for his blood pressure medication.

With a strong wind at their backs, the Saints got the jump on us in the first quarter and took a commanding 20 -7 lead at the break.

It was a quarter where, despite running into a gale force breeze, we had field position but couldn’t capitalise on our chances. Seconds from the quarter time break, the Saints snuck in a goal. If anything this would have deflated any other team, but not our “never say die” Cannons.

Coach Andrew gave his usual quarter time rev up and with the wind behind our backs in the second quarter, our boys dug deep to post another goal and 2 behinds and managed to keep the Saints scoreless for the entire quarter.

At the halftime break our Cannons were down by only 5 points.

Going into the 3rd quarter and running into the breeze was going to be a tough call for the boys, but the Cannons came out with all guns blazing (pardon the pun).

They tackled and scrambled hard in defence and gave the Saints no respite.

Probably the goal of the day was a result of great lead up work from Nirvan who got a brilliant pass onto Filip who nailed a valuable goal.

At the final break we were down by 6 points.

With the wind behind us in the final quarter, the game was there to be won.

The Saints came at us hard in that final quarter and were poised to win. But our tackling and defence were relentless.

There was one vital play in the dying seconds, where the Saints came close to scoring only to see Daniel V getting a clearing kick out of the danger zone.

This pretty much summed up the effort of our Cannons.

That quarter saw the boys lift a gear and rally hard to post 7 unanswered points to snatch an amazing one point victory.

The goals may not have been forthcoming, but in trying conditions the boys just never gave up the fight! And I have never seen such great scrambling defence and hunger for the ball!

I can’t recall managing any team that was able to win a game despite being behind at every break and keeping the opponents scoreless, not for one but two quarters. A truly memorable victory with so many highlights.

Firstly well done to Harry on managing a hat trick of goals and to Filip on his 3rd quarter pearler.

Coach Andrew once again had a heck of time trying to work out best on ground; even the parents doing the voting had the same problem.

ALL of our Cannons had their best game ever, so the man of the match could have gone to any of the boys.
To Phoenix, Patrick R, Patrick C, Oliver Richards, Finn, Chris, Jacob, Ollie S, Jamie, Roan, Lucian and Rameez:
You boys are to be commended on your games. The best game ever, especially when it came to tackling and chasing hard for the ball. You would all be worthy winners for best on ground.

To our second runner up, well done Harry on your hat trick and getting amongst the attack, great stuff.
Jack Scott was a tower of strength in the ruck and constantly won the centre bounce, another awesome game Jack who played the last two quarters under duress (asthma). Gutsy effort Jack.

Congratulations to Nirvan on taking out best on ground. Best game ever, not only set up that vital goal for Filip, but tackled and chased hard all day, well done!

It was a game where the boys showed great pride in the Cannons jersey and belted out the team song twice.
Even our injured Cannons watching from the sidelines joined in the celebrations.

U12YG: Round 8 Match Report

Canada Bay Cannons U12 Youth Girls v Newtown Swans

Round 8, Drummoyne Oval

Match report and pics via Ian
An enormous rainbow welcomed the Cannons to their first game at Drummoyne Oval to take on the Newtown Swans.
Despite missing regular players in Skye, Hannah and Niamh, we welcomed Lucy, Scarlett and Isobel for their first games of the year. The Cannons were a little short on players, but that didn’t deter them.  They started in the same manner they finished last week. Even better, if that is possible. Quickly moving the ball forward and giving themselves plenty of opportunities to score. Sienna eventually kicked the first goal of the day, with Katie marking and kicking a second from the goal square.
The second quarter saw a stronger effort from the Swans, with their taller players exerting more influence. Tamara, Lila and Tahnee defended and fought back well keeping the Swans goal-less for another quarter. Meanwhile, Ruby continued to dominate the ruck, the forward line and the backline and anywhere else she went. Izzie topped off another dominant quarter by the Cannons, kicking a goal in her first game!
Ruby started the third quarter on fire and launched another trademark long bomb goal from outside 30 metres. Molly also worked her way into the game bombing the ball forwards and often marking the Swans efforts to exit their backline. Katie then used her strength and stamina to send another goal through and put the game beyond doubt.
In the final quarter, the Cannons did well to hold off the more attacking Swans. Lucy and Scarlett did amazing jobs in their first games, staying focused and stopping many scoring attempts. Molly and India again worked hard in the last, running hard and moving the ball out of their defensive half.
In the end it was a great win by the girls, despite being a few players down. There were also a few bruises, with Katie and Tamara shrugging off big bumps to continue playing and then present glamorously at the team photo. The Allens Snakes were well deserved this week, girls. Well done!