Round 13: U13-2

A Message in a Battle

Canada Bay Cannons U13-2 v Pennant Hills Demons
Ern Holmes Oval

Match report by Coach Stephen, pics via Sonia

After three weeks off, the away game against the Pennant Hills Demons felt like the start of a new season. With school holidays all over the Cannons were back at full strength and the coaches urged all the players to send a clear message to the rest of the competition. That the Cannons will be a force to be reckoned with at the pointy end of the season!

Winning the toss gave the Cannons the opportunity to capitalize on the strong breeze, but it was the Demons who won the first ruck contest and placed immediate pressure on the Cannons back line. The Demons had plenty of height and plenty of self belief with their leg speed and ball movement looking impressive early. With only one spot separating them on the ladder the Cannons would most certainly be in for a tough battle!

It took a couple of minutes to settle in, perhaps the legacy of three weeks off footy, but slowly and surely the Cannons started to find their groove! Mounting pressure from the midfield kept the ball locked in the forward 50 and it was only a matter of time before the scoreboard started ticking over. The gusty breeze made kicking difficult but the Cannons started building momentum until a ball lost in the bushes meant valuable wind assisted playing time ticked away.

Against the breeze in the second quarter was always going to be much harder but this is exactly when the Cannons decided to send a message to the competition – that they can play smarter footy. Several of the boys had watched the Giants/St. Kilda game together and perhaps this inspired them as they linked together handball chains to run the ball out of defence and into attack.

The team motto is the coach’s “PET” expression.  “ ..every Player….every Effort… every Time” and this was never more evident than in that second quarter. It was ferocious tackling, dedicated second efforts but most significantly it was the teamwork that impressed. The Cannons were at time clinical when they moved the ball down the field, running in waves, shepherding and placing immense pressure on the Demons.  Led by Jayden the backs were solid in defence with Killa and Matt P consistently beating their opponents to the ball and repelling any sniff of a comeback.

By half time the Cannons had extended their lead and were brimming with confidence. That confidence, coupled with the strong breeze, allowed the Cannons to seal the game in the third quarter and put the result beyond doubt. At ¾ time the coaches swapped the team around and gave the players a simple message. “Go out there and impress us with what you can do”. Max accepted the challenge with a great cameo in the centre and reliable backman Eathn relished his opportunity down forward slotting a beauty of a goal.

It was an overall team effort but there were a few standouts. Daniel usually has a significant height advantage in the ruck but they breed them tall at Penno pushing Dan to unveil another level of speed and agility to dominate the ruck contests. His second efforts were outstanding – it’s not often you see ruck man roving their own work! The midfield was electric with Coops and Damo combining everywhere on the ground and amassing possessions seemingly at will. JB and Woody were solid up forward, particularly overhead, and Jack’s roving goals were a highlight. Jye’s second efforts made this game his best for the season and Fraser should take a lot of confidence from a display of outrunning and outmarking  his opponent.

There was plenty of flair with Husky’s “checkside banana from deep in the pocket” contender for goal of the year as well as JA’s trademark candy selling and evasive turns. Mattie B, fired up after an  early free kick for holding the ball, provided another reliable in and under gutsy contribution.

It is a very exciting time for the Cannons as players continue to develop. Stewie is back from injury finding peak fitness at exactly the right time of the year and Lachie’s workrate increases each week. Mattie G’s precision kicks out of defence are as reliable as Dallas’s overhead marks and all show clear evidence of how well the skill level has developed.

As a unit the Cannons show a grittiness and commitment in every contest and although the next few weeks will present challenges for the Cannons, no doubt they will battle it out and send an ominous message to the rest of the competition: The Cannons mean business!

Round 12: U13-3

Canada Bay Cannons U13-3 v East Sydney Bulldogs Blue

Round 12, Dave Phillips South Oval

Match report and pics by John

A tough day at the office for our Cannons as they took on the competition leaders, East Sydney. While the points didn’t come our way, there was no denying that our Cannons never gave up the fight.

Definitely a game to put behind us as we were simply beaten by a better team on the day and the Bulldogs showed why they are leading the comp.

The first quarter saw the Bulldogs establish a commanding lead which had our Cannons back pedalling for most of the game.

In the second quarter our boys toiled hard and were able to post a valuable goal courtesy of Roan.

In the last two quarters, the boys tackled hard and in the final term posted a great goal from Daniel V following awesome lead up work from Chris & Harry.

In his post-game speech to the boys, Coach Andrew was upbeat and focused on the positives because, despite the result, there were many good things to come out of the game. He made special mention of the following players:

  • Ollie S, as always our rock in the backline, who on many occasions repelled many attacking raids by the Bulldogs
  • Jacob, another strong game, where he ran hard and never gave up the chase for the ball.
  • Finn, who is becoming more fearless in defence.
  • Chris, tireless effort in the centre.
  • Jack , another consistent effort in the ruck.

Another tough call for Andrew as ALL the boys did their best!

The second runner up went to Patrick R, who made his presence felt in the backline, another strong effort in defence.

First runner up went to Will, after a long layoff through injury, Will ran hard all day and got among the action, especially in defence.

Best on ground went to Daniel G, who has been sidelined all season, came back with a strong game, got heavily involved, ran and chased hard for the ball.

Special thank you to Cooper from the Div. 2 team, for having a run with our boys. You certainly made your presence felt out on the field and I think a few of the Bulldogs players would vouch for that.

As always in the toughest times, our Cannons never stopped trying and walked off the field with their heads held high.


Round 12: U15 Youth Girls

Cannons U15 Youth Girls v Maroubra Saints

Drummoyne Oval, Round 12

Match report by Scott

It was a celebration of Youth Girls footy at Drummoyne Oval for Round 12 and the 15YG Cannons were the hottest ticket in town with an outstanding win over the ladder leading Maroubra Saints. Determined to make amends after the infamous “Mothers Day Tragedy”, the Cannons were back to their best in front of a large and very vocal home crowd.

Led magnificently by Captain Grace F, complemented ably by “The Voice”, the Cannons took control of the game early on and quickly established a lead. The girls put all the lessons learned from their recent mentoring from the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants into practice, which rattled the Saints early on.

The week’s training session, which focused on ruckwork, contested football and goalkicking, bore fruit and these skills were  performed with precision on game day by a team who was determined not to compromise on the result.

The Cannons did the hard work in the first half and at the main break held a valuable advantage. To the Saints’ credit, they were able to rally after half time and squared the third quarter with their trademark hardness at the footy. But at three quarter time, the Cannons held a 4 1/2 goal lead and a repeat of Mothers Day never looked possible as the girls played the match right to the end with their trademark toughness.

It was arguably their best win of the season.  The Cannons remain undefeated at home this season and with another game at Drummoyne Oval next weekend against the Moore Park Tigers, the girls will be aim to hotly contested run to the finals in one of the closest competitions in the league.

Round 12: U12YG

U12 Youth Girls v East Sydney Bulldogs White

Round 12, Drummoyne Oval

Match report by Ian

The mighty Cannons played at Drummoyne Oval for the second time this year in Round 12. Kicking the frost off the grass for a chilly 8AM start, it was weather for puffer jackets and scarves rather than short sleeves. The Cannons welcomed Tamara back from injury and Skye was a late withdrawal, in otherwise what was a near full strength team.

The girls got off to a great start after an early scramble. Tamara made her presence felt with two big tackles and Ruby was providing drive from the ruck. But it was Lila starting forward, who quickly made her mark.

Lila was on the end of a good pass after some earlier teamwork from India and Ruby and she converted the goal on an angle from about 20 metres out. Minutes later, she scooped a ball out of the pack and snapped through another!

The girls were playing with confidence now and Isabelle collected the ball on the boundary line and sprinted away from her opposition only narrowly missing what might have been a goal of the year contender.

However, the momentum in the second quarter changed completely, with the Bulldogs running confidently down the centre of the ground and putting on four consecutive goals to take the lead. Catriona and Sienna did well defending to ensure the lead didn’t blow out further. The girls had to halt the tide and needed greater defensive effort. In response, Tahnee tackled ferociously as ever, Niamh provided a steady influence in the backline and eventually the game was being played on even terms again.

Towards the end of the quarter, Katie sent the ball forwards after bullocking through a pack and Lila again, with great touch, snapped a clever goal along the ground.

The third quarter started much as the first had. This time Molly was making her presence felt with her customary tackle breaking runs and big bombing kicks up the ground. Ruby was swinging the ball forward with her raking right foot and India was swooping on ground balls and running forward at every opportunity.

The play of the day came with a chain of handballs that swept the Cannons forward, Molly to Ruby, to Catriona to India to Lucy in the goal square who jubilantly kicked her first career goal! This set the scene for the rest of the quarter. The next passage came from some precision kicking. India passed to Molly, after a nice running mark, who launched a kick to Tamara, who then calmly snapped a goal from near the point post.

And right on the siren, India gathered the ball in the centre of the ground and dodged three or four tacklers to launch a tumbling goal from a long way out.

As the Cannons took a strong lead into the last quarter, coach Lenny called for the team to keep concentrating and to protect the lead. Molly answered his wish as she completely dominated the last quarter. First was a typical goal, bursting through a pack and running forward, second was a pass that found goal-sneak Lila, who then dribbled through another great goal under pressure.

India then ran the ball forward from the centre and was on the end of an accidental head-high tackle that drew “ooooooooohs” from the crowd. Although, she surprised everyone by quickly getting up and playing on to Molly in the goal square, who kicked another.

Tahnee playing as a defensive forward kept tackling and tackling and tackling ensuring the Bulldogs had no easy way out of their back half.

The final play of the day was Lucy’s brilliant half volley trap and quick handball to Ruby who ran on and sent the ball onto the chest of Molly who kicked through the final goal of the day.

In the wash-up, it was another great game from the Cannons, who showed they can match it with higher teams on the ladder. They also should also take confidence in this game as their effort was 100% over the four quarters. Lila played her best game for the club, four goals could have easily been six with a bit more luck!! India’s running persistence and handball to bring her team mates into the game was great, Niamh, Tahnee and Katie provided strength and defensive run. Molly’s supreme last quarter put the exclamation mark on a great win…

A few more like that girls and we could be playing finals!

Round 12 CBC Under 14s v Forest, July 22

Canada Bay Cannons v Forest Lions

Round 12, Drummoyne Oval

Match report by Paul

The song has never been sung with such gusto. The Drummoyne grandstand shook and the light towers wobbled as the kids belted out the anthem in the rooms after a long, long wait.

The enthusiasm in the song matched their effort all day as every single player contributed to a mighty win. It might have been a chilly seven degrees as we gathered just after dawn but, even without a coffee cart, the crowd’s cockles were quickly warmed by watching their kids go in hard from the outset and lead all day.

Our previous two games at Drummoyne have brought us a draw and a one point loss, so we knew a win would come if we kept persevering and sticking at it. The fact we had the closest thing we’ve had all season to a full team also helped and proved what we’re capable of when we have nearly everyone on deck.

Manfred’s rich run of form since donning the magic headgear continued with his best game of the year as he repeatedly stuck his now protected head into packs and came out with the ball before putting his hefty boot into it.

Ozy also had his best game of the season, constantly applying forward pressure and always providing a contest. He came so close a couple of times to being rewarded with a goal.

Was it just a coincidence that our first win for the year was also Thea’s first game of the year? Surely not. We certainly missed her and the return of her run and creativity, not to mention her chatter, gave us a great boost.

Alex was dominant at both ends of the ground, proving himself a natural defender with repeated marks at full stretch and clearing kicks saving the day. And when sent to his old familiar territory up forward he continued marking everything that came his way and slotted a lazy three goals.

Versatility has become crucial – our usual reliable fullback Cooky has also proven himself to be a straight shooting goal kicker with a pair of majors, including the sealer in the final quarter.

The signs were good from the start with Sam controlling the midfield with his clean hands and penetrating left boot, delivering a pin point pass to a strong leading Ben M who converted the set shot to open the scoring. Thea was immediately busy in the forward line and was straight into the swing of things after her injury lay-off.

Our early ascendancy continued when Joey took the game by the scruff of the neck, grabbed the footy, tucked it under his arm and beat three defenders on a searing run, which ended with a booming goal. He repeated the dose throughout the day – taking on and beating defenders with penetrating runs which gave us great momentum.

Brayden, Will, Andrew and Alex in defence held Forest out, while Blake and Fin were crucial linkmen on the wings and Tomas was strong in the contest as we took a seven point lead into quarter time.

Ben M’s early goal after the break extended the lead but the rest of the quarter was tight, with two goals apiece. But it was no fluke how our brace of goals were created. Paddy attacked the ball in the middle, sent it forward and Fin cleverly gathered and goaled. Minutes later, Manfred attacked the ball in the middle and won a free kick, dished off the handball to a running Mala who bombed long where Alex took a strong contested mark and kicked his first of the day to extend our lead to 14 points at halftime.

That win was in sight!

We dominated the premiership quarter with three unanswered goals and stretched the lead to 30 points as Johnno was racking up possessions, Ozy continued his pressure and contest, Manfred kept winning the footy and X was making his presence felt. Ben’s beautiful ruckwork was giving us first use and set up a team goal with a controlled tap straight to Joey who handballed to Alex with an open goal in front of him.

Two late goals to Forest, though, caused some concern as they bridged the gap to 18 points at three quarter time, allowing dark thoughts of the draw and one-point loss to haunt any pessimists among the crowd.

The challenge was on, but our kids weren’t to be denied this time. They knew they had to stay hard at the footy to notch that elusive win.

Tank and Paddy combined in the middle to win the clearances and set up Cooky’s goal early in the final term to restore a comfortable buffer. Alex was back in defence where he and Will were taking desperate marks as was Ben at the other end of the ground, while Archie made sure no Lion was going to get past him in the middle. The pressure was on and with a win on the line, the Cannons responded.

We dominated possession in the final term, kept Forest scoreless and the win the kids have deserved for a long time finally arrived. And, with a little help, they remembered the words to the song.

CANADA BAY 9.8.62 Goals: Alex 3, Ben C 2, Ben M 2, Joe 1, Finlay 1.
FOREST 6.1.37


Sing it loud and proud, U14 Cannons. You played so well today.Couldn't be prouder of our U14-2 team breaking their 2018 drought. First win of the year against Forest Lions - and what a great game it was. Cannons 9.8.62 defeated Forest 6.1.37.Bravo kids.Video via Simon

Posted by Canada Bay Cannons Football Club on Sunday, 22 July 2018

U13-3 Cannons: Round 11

U13-3 Canada Bay Cannons v Northern Lights

Round 11

In perfect conditions for footy, our Cannons ventured north to take on the Northern Lights.

While victory eluded us, the boys should be proud of their efforts – the Cannons raised the bar and took it to their highly fancied opponents.

A slow start by the boys saw the Light post three unanswered goals in the first quarter.

At the first break, coaches Andrew & Ben gave the boys a bit of rev up and the result was a highly competitive second quarter.

The boys scrambled hard in defence and posted the goal of the day.

Awesome lead up work from Finn who got a great handball onto Rameez who in turn handballed it onto our sharp shooter Harry who managed to get the Sherrin through for a valuable goal.

Both Jack and Nirvan were unlucky not to have posted goals which would have narrowed the gap.

The third quarter was another close tussle where we  posted another goal, but couldn’t quite rein in the lead.

Although the game was gone, our Cannons never gave up and dug deep in that final quarter.

When the fulltime siren sounded, the Cannons made the Northern Lights work hard for their victory.

Coach Andrew described the result as a “terrific loss”, as our Cannons put in a performance based on guts and determination.

Andrew & Ben were extremely proud of ALL the boys as they ALL had outstanding games, where every player had a role to play.

The most pleasing aspect was the improvement shown from our last few games and the fact that not one Cannons player gave up!!!

Andrew made special mention to the following boys on their efforts,

  • Finn, stayed on his man all game and spoiled many marking opportunities.
  • Ollie S, always strong in the backline but a revelation as centre forward.
  • Viren, went hard for the loose ball in the ruck.
  • Oliver R, another back who chased hard and spoilt many scoring chances.
  • Jack, another tireless effort in the ruck and forward line.
  • Harry, chimed in with a couple of handy goals.
  • Chris, copped a few bumps but bounced back and tackled nonstop.
  • Daniel, never gave up tackled hard, smothered kicks and got some great clearing kicks away.
  • Phoenix, worked hard in defence and shepherded well throughout the game.
  • Pat R, when you’re tackled by Pat, you know it.
  • Pat C, worked hard in both attack and defence.
  • Jacob, was heavily involved in the ruck, toiled hard and was never far away from the action.

Second runner for man of the match up went to Jamie, who just goes nonstop in every game he plays. He tackled his heart out and gave the opposition no respite whatsoever.

First runner up went to Nirvan, who showed great hunger in contesting for the ball.

Man of the match, went to Rameez, who had an outstanding game, tackled hard, played fast, was involved in everything and used his brain when attacking the ball.

Awesome game Rameez, a deserved winner indeed.

This is one gutsy & courageous footy team, despite the loss the boys can hold their heads up high.

I almost forgot to mention that we were way down on troops,  so makes this performance even more special!

  • Match report by John

U12 Youth Girls: Round 11

U12 Youth Girls Canada Bay Cannons v Maroubra Black

Round 11, Heffron Park

The mighty Cannons traveled for the second consecutive week to Heffron Park, to take on the highly rated Saints Black. The Saints came into this game with a 10-0 winning record, so we all knew this would be a tough game, on top of the home ground advantage.

The first quarter kicked off with a one way surge towards the Saints goals and very quickly they had two goals on the board. The Cannons eventually steadied with a couple of strong marks from Ruby and some great work around the ground from Hannah, rucking and following up with her tackling and kicking. Tahnee showed great presence in defence standing up against her taller opponents and holding ground when she was often outnumbered. Izzy also showed her strong defensive skills tackling and smothering.

The first quarter ended on more of an even keel and the Cannons had stopped the ball surging forward so often – three goals to zero wasn’t such a bad result.

At the quarter time huddle Gabi asked the team to want the ball, start running and to play for each other – and the game suddenly turned on it’s head! Hannah’s presence in the ruck became unstoppable and her efforts to follow the ball forward were eventually rewarded with a great goal from the forward pocket. The Cannons were on a roll and Molly bullocked her way through the packs and started characteristically booming the ball forward. Izzy took a great mark and played on and the Cannons were being proactive rather than defensive for the first time in the game.

India, Ruby and Lucy combined for a string of possession down the left hand wing and the Saints looked like they had some stern competition for the first time this year. The effort from the girls was outstanding, exemplified by Molly’s big unyielding tackle in the centre of the ground, stopping an inevitable goal for the Saints. Hannah was simply everywhere and had taken on the role that Ruby has performed in recent weeks, allowing Ruby to run with taller opposition players. Scarlett was pushing her way through packs and Lila was holding ground.

In the context of the year and after such a one sided start, this was possibly the Cannons best quarter of the year – winning a quarter against an undefeated and highly skilled team. Incredible effort! 1 goal to no goals!

The third quarter was definitely the premiership quarter for the Saints. They applied outstanding pressure and started to get reward for their hard running and precision ball skills. Though they scored 4 goals to 0 for the quarter, there were a number of players than stood tall. Molly was relentless, pushing opponents aside and bombing the ball forward. India took some strong marks and played a new tagging role, Lucy tackled and ran and never gave up, Catriona pushed up the ground hard, Hannah never stopped running and getting to contests, Sienna stood tall and pushed the ball to the Cannons advantage… But the one player who shone above anyone else on the ground was Tahnee. Time and time again, she battled against taller and stronger opponents, often three and four players against her and she didn’t lose a contest. Fierce tackling, hard running and teamwork typified every play that she was involved in.

The last quarter got even better for Tahnee as she started racing the ball forward out of defence. Linking with Izzy and Ruby she ensured that the scoreboard didn’t blow out and that that her team-mates were brought into the game. She gave 3 and 4 consecutive efforts to tackle and harass her opposition players and Ruby dashed the resulting spilled ball down the wing. The Cannons spent the last 5 minutes of the quarter playing in their forward half and were rewarded when Lila launched through an amazing goal. Molly showed the way with a smashing tackle and long kicking to keep the opposition in check.

This was certainly a breakout game for Tahnee and possibly the best game that Hannah has played this year. We also saw glimpses of the future in Sienna, Scarlett, Lucy and Lila with all four showing special skills and determination through the game. We also saw why Molly, Ruby and India have long AFLW careers ahead of them – each showed the same consistent effort that they have all year, even when the tide was against them

In the end, many would see this as a disappointing loss. However, taking on the top team in any competition is always a good measure of confidence and resilience – and this week the Cannons came out in front on both counts. Only one team has scored more against the Saints this year and the Cannons were the first team to win a quarter of footy against them. Well done, girls, awesome effort!

U15Youth Girls: Round 11

U15 Div 2 Canada Bay Cannons v Penshurst Panthers

Round 11, Olds Park

The Canada Bay Cannons U15YG were defeated on Sunday morning by a rampaging Penshurst Panthers side in front of a Panthers home crowd at Olds Park. The match was another fantastic contest between the two teams and illustrates just how close the competition has become.

The Panthers were impressive throughout the match  in perfect conditions for footy. Their “run and carry” was executed with pace and precision displaying a marked improvement from the last encounter between the two teams. The Panthers continually challenged the Cannons defenders over and over all day.

The Cannons fought valiantly under Captain Summer who lead the team by example with a tough brand of footy. Although the Cannons were missing a number of their team mates, they sprung to life with some spirited team efforts, particularly in the third quarter, to get themselves back into the match…threatening to stage a come from behind. To their credit, the Panthers held strong and were able to hold the Cannons at bay and record a comfortable victory.

The home ground advantage has again proved crucial to the success of all the teams in the competition, which is neck and neck from first to sixth with a tight race home to the finals. The Cannons will regroup during the holiday break and come out firing back at Drummoyne Oval in Round 12 on 22 July.

  • Match report by Scott

Round 11 U12-Orange vs Mosman Swans

U12 Orange v Mosman Swans

Round 11, Middle Head Oval

An 8am start at Middle Head Oval saw us take on the 5th placed Mosman Swans. It was certainly brisk and the Cannons took a while to get themselves firing. The first quarter was not one of our best but we did see some great individual performances and it felt like there were three Luke T’s on the field as he was in everything and even managed to bag a goal. Ethan was great around the ruck as was Cooper and Mikhail landed a couple of strong ‘hip and shoulders’ to let the Swans know we were there to play. Things fired up in the 2nd with Denver starting to dominate the ruck, Ethan again working his magic around the ruck and pushing the ball up field to give our forwards some shots at goal. Lucca B fired up and was tackling really well while clearing the ball out to his team mates. Alex P contested hard against a couple of Swans and got the ball away for a behind.

After the long break, and some words of encouragement, we came out looking to stamp our mark on the Swans and show them why we are equal to any team in the competition. Luke T was again outstanding and somehow inserted himself into pretty much every passage of play, Cooper got a goal and was moving the ball really well, which again created opportunities for the boys up front. Mikhail made it hard for the Swans to move the ball which meant they didn’t get too much to their forwards and – if they did manage to get near our goal – our backs, led by Alex, simply shut them down. We moved into the final quarter a couple of goals down and the whole team lifted, which kept the ball moving in the right direction and creating opportunities to score. Lachie W had a couple of screamer marks, was kicking strongly as usual while moving around the field to get involved. Aiden grabbed an important behind and Denver nailed a goal that pushed us into the lead. Luca B sealed the deal with a goal and behind in what was a outstanding performance for the day.

We can put the slow start down to the cold weather and it was great to see the team lift and focus on moving the ball forward, talking to each other and putting themselves in a position to create opportunities and score points. We are marking well but our kicking and securing the ball off the ground needs work. A Mosman dad commented to me that our “defensive wall” was game changing and was not allowing them any chances to score. Easts and Westbrook will be watching our game tapes to try and figure out how they are going to play the best team in the comp.

Great effort everyone, please work on your kicks and picking the ball up of the ground (bend your knees to lower your centre of gravity and keep you balanced while you scoop the ball up). Singing the club song is always a lottery and this week was no exception, unfortunately parents I don’t think we have any future Voice winners on the team. Overall a really pleasing game and another WIN for the mighty U12-3 Orange Cannons.