U15 Youth Girls Preliminary Final

The Canada Bay Cannons U15YG booked a spot in the Grand Final after a bone-crunching, gutsy slog against the Glebe Greyhounds on Sunday afternoon at Wagener Oval.

The Cannons made the best of the conditions in the first quarter and were able to establish a two goal lead at quarter time after some nervous but outstanding team play.

The second and third quarters were a slog and while the Cannons defended and defended, the Greyhounds stood tall, mounting attack after attack and threatened to steal the lead. While the Cannons were scoreless during the middle part of the match, the Greyhounds were held to a single goal in each quarter and at three quarter time the Cannons held a slim, but important 3 point lead.

The Cannons rallied around each other during the final break – lead by Captain Sasha in her best game of the season – committed to maintain their outstanding pressure and do everything they could to hold off the Greyhounds. In the final quarter, the Cannons ran hard to win the footy, tackled with ferocity and were able to repel the Greyhounds every time they mounted an attack. The game remained neck and neck until right at the death, much the same as last week against the Panthers, until the Cannons were able to take the ball end to end and muscle two match winning team goals!

There were emotional scenes all over the ground once again as the final siren sounded and the Cannons emerged victorious (in front of another large and very vocal crowd).

Another rousing rendition of “See the Cannons Fire Up” was lead by Molly and echoed around the ground as the Cannons celebrated a wonderful win against a high quality opponent played in a fantastic spirit!

The Cannons now look forward to a Fathers’ Day showdown in the Grand Final against the Maroubra Saints!! If you are a Cannons supporter and have nowhere to be on Sunday, do yourself a favour and get down to Olds Park to support your girls!!

Elimination Final: U13-2 Cannons v St Ives

Never say die

There was a palpable sense of excitement around lunchtime at Acron Oval on Sunday as the Canada Bay U13/2s prepared themselves for an Elimination Final against St Ives. The sun was shining but the chilly, gusty wind was cold and added to an uneasy tension. It was at this very venue in Round 1 that the Cannons had fought back from a six goal quarter time deficit to hit the lead at ¾ time, only to lose the game in the final minute. The hurt of that loss magnified only a few weeks later when the Cannons again fell agonisingly one goal short in the return game. Three times these two teams had played; three times St Ives had worn the spoils of victory. This game would be different, however, because unlike the previous encounters,  for the loser of this game, there would be no next week!

Football is played on the field but coaches knows that an equally important game is played in the mind. When nothing separates the skills and the fitness, it is the attitude and self belief that make the difference. As the Cannons charged onto the field their burning desire to win shone through like fire in their eyes.

The opening bounce saw Daniel’s perfect tap to Coops, who handballed to Damo sending the Cannons into attack. JB’s outstretched fingers brought the ball to ground and in the frantic congestion it was the intense tackling from JA and the cunning shepherding and crumbing from Jack and Matt B that saw a hurried kick to the square before Woody toed it off the ground for the opening goal. First blood to the Cannons!

From the restart though it was St Ives with the fast counter attack immediately testing Jayden at centre half back and subjecting Mattie G to a ferocious tackle. Ethan and Matt B were solid on the last line before Stewy and Dallas combined with pace to send the ball back into attack. St Ives withstood plenty of pressure with the Cannons missing some gettable shots before a swift counter punch from St Ives gave the home team some momentum. The Cannons worked the ball into the forward line and camped it there but couldn’t translate it into scoreboard pressure. When St Ives relieved the pressure they did it quickly and banged on quick goals. Despite dominating the possession the Cannons trailed at the quarter time break.

The wind was with the Cannons in the second quarter but St Ives was dominant with better use of the ball and the benefit of some lucky bounces! The wind was gusty, the ground hard and the pressure unrelenting. Jye and Lachie did their best to shut down their hard running opponents but by half time St Ives had extended its lead!

The third quarter is always referred to as the “Premiership Quarter” and it was then that the Cannons started to gain the ascendancy. Fraser presented as the mobile tall target up forward and the constant pressure from the midfield locked the ball into the forward half. It was only a matter of time before the goals came, with none more impressive than the Husky’s  “Nick Davis like rove the pack and goal”! It was intense forward pressure but St Ives was never going to give up and a late goal just before the break kept them right in the contest.

Just like Round 1, this game was poised to go down to the wire and be decided in the final quarter! The Cannons started well and used the wind to advantage but St Ives seemed to have more of the run. The Cannons were courageous with Jayden playing on with an injured shoulder and Max bravely resisting bench time even after being flattened in the goal square.  The legs were weary but the sight of Killa limping from the bench to the interchange, insisting he could go back on, typified the Cannons courage. Out of nothing  St Ives capitalised from a ball up in the forward pocket and then belted a long range goal to get within one straight kick with only a minute to go! Moving quickly from the restart St Ives were able to again send the ball inside 50 where a St Ives player shoved Ethan out of the contest and marked. Filled with confidence and at precisely the time the wind shifted the St Ives player leant back and kicked truly for an unlikely goal. All square with 20 seconds remaining on the clock!

St Ives raced back to the centre square for the reset as the colour drained from the Cannons coaches’ faces and mutterings of “surely not again!” could be heard. There was some consulting of the rule book to see what happens in the event of a draw but it soon became clear that the next bounce would effectively decide who played the following week.

Even the closest eyes probably didn’t detect the brief exchange between Coops and Daniel just before the tap. Nobody knew what was said, but everyone clearly saw Daniel belt the ball forward and directly into the path of Cooper who at full speed gathered the bouncing ball and kicked it exactly like the whole season depended on it! The ball clears all but the finger tips of the pack players in front before it rolls end over end across the goal line.

10 seconds remain and the Cannons are a point in front!

As coaches we always want players to be switched on and the St Ives coaches would be proud of their team as one of their players, clearly understanding  the urgency of the situation, grabbed the ball and kicked in before any more precious seconds eroded away. His kick however landed safely and fittingly into Stewy’s safe hands who hugged and protected that ball like a mother holds her crying baby. Above the howling wind and the even louder spectators’ roar the barely audible siren declared that the Cannons would finally win the contest! It was a win that none of the 20 players will ever forget and one that typified the Cannons ‘never say die’ spirit.

(Final Score 58-60 with a point kicked after the siren).



U12-3 Canada Bay Cannons vs Westbrook Bulldogs

“We can always begin again”

Major Semi-Final 19 August 2018

With the regular season behind them, Cannons U12-3 Orange and Westbrook Bulldogs, the two  teams at the top of the ladder met on a wild and windy St Lukes Oval to decide who would be the first into the Grand Final.

With a Severe Weather Warning in place and gusts of up to 90km/hour forecast, the slick skills of a calm Thursday night’s training session gave way to a battle of wills. With the wind moving the ball sideways and the Cannons running into it in the first quarter, it was always going to be difficult to stem the tide. However, with Damian controlling the backline the Cannons only conceded one goal in the opening term and headed to the break within nine points of the Bulldogs.

A surge out of the quarter time huddle was soon followed by an excellent Denver goal and a constant stream of pressure thereafter. Luke and Ethan showed great tenacity in the forward line and were desperately unlucky not to find six points next to their names. It was touch and go at half time and the game was promising to live up to its billing as a contest between the two heavyweights of the competition.

The second half started with a bang for the Cannons with Luke’s goals into the breeze defying belief ~ and for the first time the Cannons were in front on the scoreboard. But the pressure from the Bulldogs kept coming, with Jasper having a very strong quarter in defence. Despite conceding a goal with only 16 seconds to go before the final break, it was a really good defensive effort in tough conditions.

Moments after the hooter signalled the start of the final quarter Luke found the middle of the sticks from the 50m mark and, down by only two points with a huge breeze behind them the Cannons looked a good thing (a ‘Gold Jacket’ good thing!)

However, despite Herculean efforts from Lucca, Lachlan and Ethan the space between the big sticks proved to be elusive and at the bell the Bulldogs had prevailed by two solitary points! Congratulations and commiserations found themselves in the same sentence ~ but “we can always begin again”.

Congratulations to all the boys for playing the game in the right spirit ~ we’re now only two good training sessions away from a grand-final win that promises to be all the sweeter for a loss that was measured in inches. Next time.

Round 15 Cannons U12/3 Orange v Willoughby Wildcats

The last game of the regular season for the 12/3 Orange team was held at ELS Hall, the proxy home ground of the Willoughby Wildcats. It was a perfect (winter’s) day with even the August winds reminding us that the footy season still had a few weeks to go.

The team warm up was taken very seriously on the main oval, the even bounce (thanks to the astro turf) and skills were on show for not only the dedicated supporter group but the locals too, who seemed just as fascinated.

The team moved to oval #3 a little less green and a few more tuffs of grass than the perfection of the warm up pitch. The first bounce saw the ball go deep into the Cannons back line with great defensive work shown by Alex H ensuring the ball moved forward and the strong performance from the midfield enabled the ball to find its way to the forward line. Lucca wasted no time in registering the team’s first major.

Denver was certainly making up for his time away with some brilliant evasive work down the sideline and a centring kick into the forward line. Great tackling by Bailey and pressure by Lachlan saw a free kick awarded, Lachlan’s shot registering a behind. Aidan was creating opportunities and looking for team mates as too was Hamish. The second goal of the first term came off a solid mark and kick from Damien into the safe hands of Lucca.

The second quarter saw great work by Hamish taking a great overhead mark and kicking forward, Luke B was tackling hard as usual and raking up possessions. Russell was having another solid game tackling the opposition and ensuring the ball would remain in the goal scoring zone. Luke T brought his A game showing great tenacity in shutting down the opposition. Mikhail was displaying safe hands with his overhead marks. Jasper was again showing great skills gathering the loose ball and showing pace down the wing. Alex (#9) was also getting his hands on the ball at every opportunity. Despite the entertaining football by the Cannons, no majors were scored in the quarter however the plethora of points kept the scoreboard ticking.

In the third quarter Felix and Lachlan displayed great ruck work, which I’m sure Tom Harley would have been eyeing off for this year’s draft. Alex (#3) was tackling hard and supporting his team mates with quick handballs. Jackson was reading the play well and creating opportunities, his ability to move the ball forward was second to none. Great team work keeping the ball in the Cannons forward line led to Luke B snapping up the loose ball and needing no invitation slotted the third major for the day. To the Wildcat’s credit they kept coming at the Cannons all afternoon and replied with their first major. The Wildcat supporters all went up in unison spurring the Wildcat’s into action, registering their second goal in as many minutes. Great tackling saw Bailey awarded a free kick who kicked off to Felix for a clean mark and a shot at goal registering a behind. Luke B pocketed his second major of the term following a great passage of play from Denver, Felix and Damien.

Early in the fourth quarter Denver was determined to take on four players (no expectation by the goal umpire) winning the ball and passing off to Lucca and then Luke B who had another shot at goal. Russell came out firing in the last quarter setting up a goal with a superb overhead mark and kicking off to Denver who kicked the first goal of the final quarter. Alex H was relishing his time up forward with a great kick to Lucca who kicked his third. Kaelan was again putting his body on the line and for the second week in a row went unrewarded for great tackling. Another goal by Lucca and a further individual break and open run through the corridor kicking off to Lachlan who finished off the superb play with a goal rounding out the term.

Cannons taking out the match by a very comfortable margin.

Overall a fantastic team effort today (despite the 17 behinds) to finish off the regular round and move into the final series not to mention finishing as minor premiers. Well done team, coaches, manager, runners, water carriers, photographers, supplement providers (orange variety) goal umpires and goal umpire assistant (Austin) and all of the dedicated Cannon supporters.

Goal Scorers

Lucca x 4
Luke B x 2
Denver x 1
Lachlan x 1
Best on ground; Each and every player of the 12/3 Orange Cannons!

U15 Youth Girls: Round 15

The Canada Bay Cannons U15YG locked down third spot on the ladder and a home final with a convincing win against East Sydney Bulldogs at Trumper Oval.

Led magnificently by Captain Charlie, the Cannons took control of the match early with the run, handball and team work that eluded them last week against the Panthers back in spades which facilitated a convincing lead in blustery conditions by half time. The girls uncompromising defence held strong and removed all the Bulldogs avenues to goal.

To their credit, the Bulldogs came out snarling and the second half was a much closer affair than the first – there was plenty of contested ball won by both teams in amongst some ferocious tackling. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard, however, played the match in a fantastic spirit which made for an excellent atmosphere for all supporters down at the oval.

The Cannons ran away handsome victors in the end…A fitting reward for a great “home and away” season!  Also, it was good to get some “away” form after some mixed results on the road in 2018. The girls and Coach Michael should be extremely proud of their achievement!

The Cannons now turn their attention to next Sunday and a semi-final appearance against our friendly rivals the Penshurst Panthers in a do-or-die clash which will be a real nail-biter and is a must-watch for all our family and friends!!!

  • Match report by Scott, pics by Angus

U13-3 Cannons: That’s a wrap

That’s a wrap!

In chilly conditions, our Cannons took the field for the last time in Round 15 as we took  another competition heavyweight, the Manly Bombers. And didn’t our Cannons come out with all guns blazing.

The first quarter was definitely an arm wrestle with Bombers managing a solitary behind. Our boys scrambled hard in defence and forced our opponents into many errors. To keep our opponents goalless for the quarter was a huge feat. At the break,  Coach Andrew was ecstatic with the performance of our gutsy Cannons.

The second quarter saw the best from our Cannons.

The boys just ripped in, tackled hard, chased hard for the ball and gave our more fancied opponents no respite whatsoever. As a result, we posted two awesome goals courtesy of Jack and Phoenix. At the halftime break our mighty Cannons were up 12 -9 and an upset was on the cards.

Unfortunately, the third quarter saw the Bombers get the jump on us and took the lead at the break.

We had no fresh reserves to call upon and this certainly took its toll on our boys as fatigue kicked in.

At the break, Coach Andrew was a happy man, although we were behind, the boys never gave up. The coach’s instruction to the boys was to make the last quarter of the season count!!!

And didn’t our boys make it count, keeping the bombers to one behind while Harry kicked the goal of the match from out wide!!

The scoreboard may have shown that we lost the game, but WE WERE WINNERS!!

I have been managing teams for the past six years and yesterday’s effort would rank number one of all time!!

The fact that we played the team coming second, they had three reserves while we had none, plus this team posted a big score on us earlier in the season, just proves that this Cannons team is a team of champions!

Echoing Andrew’s comments at the end of the game, I felt had we had all our troops on board, we would have won that game – even the opposition coach and manager commented on how well our boys played!!!

Coach Andrew had another difficult task in naming best on ground as ALL of our Cannons deserved this award.

Special mentions went to Roan, who in his first year of AFL, had a great game chased hard for the ball and was always a danger in attack.

Will ,was in thick of things and got among the action. His game has improved big time.

Viren, another solid game in defence.

On the back of a special game, Coach Andrew had three runner up awards.

Jack, another huge game in the ruck, and topped it off with a neat goal.

Daniel V, proving to be a versatile player covering just about every position on the footy field.

Chris, tackled himself to a standstill and chased hard all day.

Best on ground went to Patrick R, who got some big clearing kicks out of the danger zone and was another who tackled his heart out. Well done Patrick.

To the rest of the U13-3 Cannons, you should all be applauded on your efforts and once again it would be remiss of me not to name you in the final wrap.

So kudos to Phoenix, Nirvan, Jacob, Daniel G, Filip, Finn, Ollie S and Rameez!! Well done!!!

Sadly this is the last wrap for the season.

Firstly, I would like to thank our coaches Andrew and Ben for their hard work and getting the boys up for every game. They have done a terrific job.

To the parents of U13-3, I would like to thank you for ALL of your help and support throughout the season. It has been truly amazing and made my job as team manager so much easier and was very much appreciated.

To our Under 13-3 Cannons, what an awesome bunch of boys.

They endured some hard times this season, but their resilience to bounce back each week was absolutely amazing.

This team of champions certainly adopted the GWS Giants motto, “NEVER SURRENDER”.

They also epitomise the true meaning of sportsmanship both on and off the field.

So congratulations to Harry, Jacob, Anthony, Patrick C, Lucian, Roan, Daniel G, Chris, Filip, Jamie, Finn, Phoenix, Viren, Patrick R, Oliver R, Jack, Nirvan, Oliver S, Will, Daniel V and Rameez.

Well done, boys, on your season. You certainly showed pride in the Cannons jumper!

Under 14s Rd 15 Canada Bay v Heathcote


It came down to the last kick of the season and no, it wasn’t a flukey mid air hack. It was Cooky’s superior footy brain and quick thinking that produced the goal of the year and another thrilling draw.

With a 13-point three-quarter time deficit to haul in and an Arctic wind at our back, we attacked and attacked in the final term but Heathcote’s defence held firm.

The margin had been whittled down to six points with less than a minute to go and time was running out until a chaos ball bounced, bobbled and ricocheted off the legs and arms and bodies of the crowd of players in front of goal. The more it bounced, the more the clock ran down.

“The ball was sort of bouncing and wobbling in front of me but their biggest guy was running at me, I was going to get smashed, so I didn’t have time to pick it up,” Cooky says.

“So I just kicked it. I double kicked it actually, the second kick got it over everyone’s heads.”

As the ball rose in the air, the wind caught it and the crowd held its breath.

Cooky’s precise aim at the right hand goal post proved perfect, the ball swung with the breeze and flew straight through the middle to lock the scores together.

The siren blew before the ball had time to get back to the middle and we’d finished the season with a thrilling draw that felt like a win against yet another much bigger team.

Good signs were there from the start when our tough defence and pressure restricted Heathcote to two goals in the first quarter, while Ben kicked one against the wind.

Will, Delps, Andrew and Liam were desperate in defence and Tank was strong in the ruck, while Mala swept across the half back line all day and his penetrating run was a constant first line of attack. He combined in the middle with Archie who drove the ball to Fin and then to Hugh whose clever hands found Ben for a classic team goal into the stiff breeze. A brilliant Manfred smother almost set up another goal but even though they went into quarter time 10 points down, the boys had their tails up.

Paddy was getting in and under and shot out a handball early in the second term to Blake who stepped his way through the defence to pass to Brayden to find Delps who had moved down forward and kicked the first of his two goals for the quarter.

Tommo and Ozy were running hard, attacking the footy and providing good options in midfield.

A slick one-two combination between Liam and Mala in defence delivered the footy into the middle where Fin, Cooky and Manfred combined again and although a behind wasn’t quite the reward the passage deserved, it turned into a seven point play when Paddy intercepted the kick-in and goaled from the boundary to put us in front.

Minutes later, Fin was again the crucial linkman after a brave Manfred mark in defence set up Ben’s second goal. Delps converted a longe range effort and we were nine points up at half time.
Johnno was playing a vital shut down role as we had to hold on in the third quarter as Heathcote ran hard and piled on three goals, but a lot of behinds and a few out on the full kept us in the game.

X was becoming a dangerous option up forward in the last term but as much as we attacked, the Heathcote defence did well to keep us out until Archie’s great snap over his shoulder got us to within a goal.

Heathcote threatened a couple of times in the frenetic final minutes but strong marks to Liam and Andrew in defence kept them out.

The tension was broken amid the chaos when Cooky’s brainwave found the only way through and we’d snatched our second draw for the year.

But the response from the boys was as good as a win and reflected a tight bunch who, even though there were some tough times, enjoyed the season together.

CANADA BAY 7.3.45 Goals: Ben M 2, Alex 2, Paddy, Archie, Cooky.

U12-3 Orange Round 14

Cannons fire up in showdown thriller

This week’s game will go down as one of the best this season. The apprehension was palpable as our Cannons Under 12s Orange came up against the undefeated, top-of-the ladder Westbrook Bulldogs in their first match up of the season.

While the Bulldogs got the jump by scoring early, Cannons were buoyed by Jasper’s sensational mark, plucked right out of the air. The Bulldogs managed to get points on the board in the first quarter while Cannons were still settling in and overcoming early nerves. Q1: WB 19/CBC 7

The Cannons flew into the second half with lightning defence by Toby, Kaelen, Mikhail and Alex P. Buoyed by such skill, Cannons went on to dominate possession and territory, edging their way to lead by one point by the end of the second quarter (Q2: WB 25/CBC 26).

Cannons came out strong in the third quarter and Lachlan made it rain, to further emphasise Cannons’ lead. Toby reigned as ultimate ruckman and the Cannon’s fast forwards dominated including outstanding performances from Luke B, Aidan, Lucca, Hamish and Luke caused Westbrook’s pressure to fade, and the match taken from their hands. (Q3: WB26/CBC 45)

The Bulldogs’ fate was sealed in the fourth quarter by stellar performances of the backs including Damien, Alex H, Russell and Felix (keeping cool under pressure), shut down any attack by the Bulldogs forwards. Cooper was brilliant with his fast feet and inside contested work and superb teamwork was on display by all the boys including Bailey and Siam. (Q4: WB30/CBC 52).

With such a convincing win, the boys head into the semis with the finals in their sights. Though other teams may consider themselves contenders, it’s hard to imagine any side having the defensive capabilities to handle a firing Cannons forward line.

Round 12 U12-3 Orange vs Manly Bombers

This was an excellent match to watch with strong defence, solid attack and outstanding ball movement through the centre. I’m apologise that this report is light on details (and may be a bit inaccurate about who scored what), I was sucked right into watching this fast moving match as the boys pulled together with possibly their best team work for the season.

In the first quarter Lachie and Luke B. kicked us into an early lead with three goals and two behinds between them. They were well supported by Jasper in the forwards and Ethan in the midfield. In the second quarter things slowed down a bit as we headed into the breeze. Damien ran half the length of the field to kick a behind, our only score of the second quarter. Good pressure from the backs and mids kept the Bombers scoreless in this quarter. Our team took control of the game and piled on the points in the third quarter, with goals to Jackson, Felix, Lucca, Lachie and Damien. With encouragement from coach Mark at three quarter time the team continued to score in the final quarter, with goals to Lachie and Jackson and several behinds, resulting in a really healthy final score line.

A great display of team work, at both ends and in the middle, resulting in a big win for the Cannons. Well done boys!

Round 13 U12-3 Orange vs St Ives

First quarter we really dominated the game. Keeping the ball in our half with some excellent kicking to our goal area to set up goals. Also some great marking and goal kicking. 

Second quarter St Ives came back putting the pressure on with the ball staying in St Ives half for most of the quarter. Our Defence was strong keeping their scoring to a minimum. 

Third quarter we kept the pressure on with both teams scoring very little. Great work by centres.

Fourth Quarter the whole team played excellent football, scoring another 20 points and stopping St Ives from scoring a goal.

Great game! Lets hope they can keep it up.