U13-3: Round 14

Canada Bay Cannons U13-3 v Easts

Round 14, Trumper Park

For Round 14,  we ventured out to Trumper Park where, once again, we took on the competition leaders East Sydney.

The points may not have gone our way, but our Cannons dug deep and pushed the Bulldogs at every quarter.
The first quarter started well and was very much an arm wrestle , however the Bulldogs got the jump on us towards the end of the quarter and established a healthy lead at the first break.

At the break, both coaches stressed the importance of marking players and giving the opposition too much space.

The second quarter saw our Cannons lift their intensity, with close marking and sticking to structure, we managed to post three amazing goals. A double from our ruckman come forward, Jack and one from Harry. The boys tackled hard and at times had our more fancied opponents rattled.

In the third quarter, the boys continued their strong tackling and marking.

The highlight was Phoenix posting his first goal of the season.

The final quarter was very much a quarter of missed opportunities where we kicked one goal and seven behinds.
Had we converted those behinds to goals, we would have gone close to posting an upset win of the competition leaders.

Daniel V’s radar was on song as he posted that goal for the quarter.

At the completion of the game, the Bulldog’s coach commented on how it was a great game to watch.

Two weeks ago this same team inflicted quite a heavy defeat on our boys.

To our credit and because of our ‘never say die’ attitude, our Cannons turned up to play, fought hard for the ball and as always tackled their hearts out. it was a truly inspirational effort against a team that will probably win this year’s comp.

Very much a cliché, but the best on ground could have gone to any of our boys, as they ALL gave it their best.

Coach Andrew made special mention of all the boys who played in the centre, as they all contested hard for the ball, and of the entire backline, who defended grimly under constant pressure.

Great games had by Lucian, who was on his game and chased hard for the ball; Daniel V, who played 3-4 positions and was rewarded with a handy goal in the final quarter and Jack, for another consistent effort in the ruck and posting a double for the game.

Second runner up for best on ground went to Lucian, for his whole hearted effort and getting among the action.
First runner up went to Jacob, who marked well, chased and tackled hard, and basically epitomise the spirit of this team by never giving up.

Best on ground went to Phoenix, whose game has been improving every week. Phoenix attacked the ball at every opportunity, kept his composure and topped of his game with his first goal. Awesome work, Phoenix.

On the back of their efforts, I feel the rest of the boys should get a mention as they stuck it to the competition leaders. So well done to Rameez, Ollie , Oliver, Jamie, Will, Daniel G, Nirvan, Harry, Patrick C, Chris, Filip, Patrick R, Roan & Viren.

  • Match report by John

Round 14: U12 Youth Girls

Canada Bay Cannons U12 Youth Girls v Moore Park Tigers

Round 14, Bat and Ball Oval

A sun drenched Bat and Ball Oval was the venue for a nail biting come from behind win for the Cannons U12YG team against the Moore Park Tigers.
The Tigers were hungry and came out strong in the first quarter, peppering the goals with several shots. Fortunately for the Cannons, none of them were on target and by the end of the first, although the Cannons had remained scoreless, the gap was not too great.
The second quarter saw the Cannons dig deeper. The flow of the game began to change when India’s kick found Molly in the forward line. Molly’s kick was touched on the line, but it saw the Cannons get that all important first score on the board. The Tigers fought back and scored three quick strong goals, and really looked like they were running away from the Cannons. The Cannons, however, didn’t let it get to them and a beautiful mark and goal from Hannah put them in good spirits. By half time, the Tigers had control, but the Cannons were far from giving it away.
The third quarter was characterised by the Cannons pulling together and showing their ability to work as a team with good results. Smooth hand passing between India and Ruby brought the ball into attack, and found Molly, who booted the ball toward the posts where India was able to finish off the goal under great pressure from the Tiger’s defence. Our girls displayed good aggression in the pack, showing that they would not give this away without a fight. They managed to keep the Tigers scoreless for the quarter and had clawed their way to within a goal.
At three quarter time, coach Gabi delivered a motivational speech fit for professionals. She asked for 100% effort from everyone and demanded that everyone be on a player and running hard for the full 12 minute quarter.
Out from the bounce, the girls were fired up. A huge kick from near the centre by Molly, miraculously bounced over the line for a goal, putting the Cannons in the lead. There was no time to relax, however, as the Tigers came back with another goal to even the score. Intense footy indeed!! India shone with a heroic run the entire length of the field, fending off defenders as she went, but was just unable to convert at the end. Thankfully Molly came to the rescue by pulling a goal from the scraps and put the Cannons in front again, with just one minute to go. Now the girls just had to hold onto their lead, which they valiantly did, with great celebration at the final siren.
True grit and determination payed off  for the Cannons. Thanks to all the heart and effort put in by Coach Gabi, Manager Kate and Cannons supporters.
Cannons 4.6-30 def Tigers 3.7-25

U10 Youth Girls: Round 13

Canada Bay Cannons U10 Youth Girls v East Sydney Bulldogs

Round 13, St Lukes

Our littlest Cannons found themselves at their last home game for the season against the East Sydney Bulldogs.

Boy, did they leave it to the end of the season to show us all what they have learned during training pays off on game day!

These little ladies finally found their feet as a team. They showed great determination in fighting for the ball with a couple of hand passes creating a ‘run of play’.

Great rucking from Livia out of the centre and Ivy J who showed us this is her ‘new talent’!

Madison showed us some great long kicks that she’d been practising over the holidays and produced some great spoils in defence.

Charlize, Ivy P and Sofia displayed good ‘shepherding’ of their fellow team mates.

Veronica’s confidence in chasing the ball is growing every game.

Avalon continues to show her stamina and is always running the ball down, determined to be the first to the ball.

Her goal kicking was her strength and kept the team in the match right to the end.

Boot to ball is the motto for these little ladies and they are getting better at doing this every game. Everyone agreed that this was the best game of the season with lots of smiles all round!

  • Match report and pictures by Diane