U13/2 Orange Round 3

Canada Bay Cannons Orange Under 13 – 2 Vs Mosman Swans

Round 3, 28th April 2019

The Under 13 Div 2 team came up against a very fast and skilful team from Mosman Swans at St Lukes. Based on the quality of play I think the Swans are worthy of elevation to Division 1 as they demonstrated great team work, foot and hand skills, tackling, goal kicking accuracy and supreme running capacity.While we lost to a much better team, it was great to see our performance improve throughout the match. We nearly matched their scoring the last quarter. Most importantly the game was played with good sportsmanship and spirit.

Special thanks goes to Charles and Leo for playing up to help fill out our team. I would also like to thank Mosman Swans for providing two players for the second half. It was interesting to see how competitive the game became when two strong running players from the Swans joined the Cannons.

With our full team returning next week, we should be able to regain the running momentum we saw last year and the team work needed to manage the full size ground.

Damien and Ethan deserve special acknowledgement for their continuous pressure and attack on the ball across all four quarters. Pressure on the opposition creates opportunities for us to control the play. In second half we scored four goals after putting Mosman under pressure.
Good to see the team still smiling after the match.


U13/2 Orange Round 1

Round 1

Cannons U13/2 Orange v North Ryde

A wake up call match to start the season against North Ryde.

The reigning Cannon premiers played their first game on a full-size field sporting Astroturf.

The guys put in a fantastic effort but fitness was an issue that needs to be addressed. Trying to squeeze in extra fitness sessions during the week will be important. I’d encourage our young players to find opportunities for running around the park between training sessions to bring up match fitness as quickly as possible. There is also talk of a Tuesday night fitness session potentially being organised. Many of the boys play multiple sports but running requires a particular type of fitness that can only be achieved by running.

Anticipation will also be important to success this year. Thinking about where the ball will go to next is especially important now that we are playing on larger-sized fields. One of the biggest differences between less experienced and more experienced players is their ability to read the play and anticipate the next move. The opposition tended to be better at this skill and therefore ended up with a much higher percentage of ball throughout the match.

Working on kicking will also be important now that we are playing on full-size fields. Being able to kick deep and long will be another determining factor towards success this year. I’d encourage the boys to try and find extra time during the week to kick the ball. All the boys have the grounding to do this now. It will be a matter of honing these basic kicking techniques.

Thanks to all those who filled in from other teams in helping make up the numbers.

St Luke’s Oval Funding Promise


Junior AFL clubs say a promised $1.4m funding boost – to continue the redevelopment of St Luke’s Oval in Concord – will help them meet increasing demand for greenspace in part boosted by strong growth in youth girls AFL.

The clubs – Drummoyne Power, Concord Giants and the Canada Bay Cannons – have welcomed the funding pledge, announced by federal Labor candidate for Reid, Sam Crosby, and have called on the federal Liberal Party, and candidate Fiona Martin, to match the commitment.

The AFL clubs that share St Luke’s Oval have no political position but rather want to work with all levels of government across the political spectrum to finish the refurbishment of, and improvements to, St Luke’s Oval.

The City of Canada Bay has budgeted an additional $660,000 for the project in 2020/21, AFL NSW/ACT has previously promised funds of just over $200,000 and the State Government has contributed $230,000.

The clubs are calling on New South Wales Minister for Sport John Sidoti to continue backing the project and support the clubs’ application for $1m grant from the next round of Great Sydney Sports Facility funding.

“There is enormous pressure on greenspace, in part due to the number of girls taking up footy for the first time now that pathways to AFL Women’s have opened,” said Milan Serovich, the President of Drummoyne Power/Canada Bay Cannons.

“In 2015, the Cannons fielded five youth teams – all of them boys. Today we have 14 Cannons teams – five of them are girls only teams. Our clubs are bursting at the seams.”

While there have been some works to improve the facility, Concord Giants President Jamie Reeves said more needs to be done to ensure the AFL precinct is capable of hosting all games and training from U5 through to youth and youth girls, in one convenient location.

“It is particularly important to upgrade the playing surface,” he said, with the club favouring a durable grass/hybrid grass surface.

Another important aspect of the upgrade is new change room facilities. “At the moment, when we have both girls and boys playing, we are seeing teams – particularly girls’ teams – forced to use second rate toilet facilities to change,” Jamie said.

U14 Teal Youth Girls: Round One

The first game of the new season took the Cannons to a picturesque Lane Cove on a glorious Sunday morning. Coach Michael has the team well drilled and at peak fitness to kick off the 2019 campaign. The team has the same look and feel as the U12YG  last year, albeit with a little more height and athleticism.

The game got off to a swift start with the ball pinging from one end of the ground to the other without much return for either team. Grace went on a long searching run with a couple of bounces and slammed home the first goal of the year to put the Cannons in front early.

The Cats then counter attacked and dominated the second half of the first quarter, kicking five consecutive behinds. The second quarter was a more even affair with both sides applying tackling pressure. Molly broke free to kick a couple of signature goals from a long way out and Scarlett M was busy up forward, evading defenders and causing havoc. Ruby’s persistent ruck-work gave the Cannons first use of the ball around the stopped plays and counterbalanced the Cats height advantage.

After the main break, the heat went up and Niamh and Katie stood tall on the last line of defence making sure the Cats couldn’t break through. Grace continued her strong tackle breaking runs and long kicks forward and Lucy and Ruby ran hard and stopped the ball clearing out to the swarming Cats players on the outside of the packs.

The last quarter began on an even keel with the Cannons marginally in front. All of a sudden the usual suspects rose to the occasion. Molly barging through packs launching the ball forward, India tackling and handballing to running players in the clear, Sienna pushing the ball forward at all costs and Katie and Ruby standing tall when it counted.

After about 10 minutes of hard work Scarlett M  scrambled through the goal that would end up putting the Cannons two scoring shots ahead… yet the most telling moment of the game was yet to come. After tumbling the ball forwards, the Cats had players free all down the left hand side of the ground – then like a flash Scarlett B ran down the Cats ball carrier after she had tried to baulk, Scarlett landed a bone crunching tackle that kept the ball locked in the Cannons forward half and when the final siren blew the new look U14 Teal girls were 10 points ahead.

A great win for the team in a higher standard of competition. Amazing to see how well the girls had progressed year on year, Lucy and Catriona were awesome and looked very comfortable in the U14 comp. Great games by Grace, Molly and Scarlett. Well done girls!

  • Match report and pics via Ian

Cannons U15 v Glebe/Newtown

Canada Bay Cannons Under 15 v Glebe/Newtown

Round One, St Luke’s Oval, Sunday 7 April

Straw hats, sunscreen and an esky full of ice aren’t what you’d normally pack for a game of footy. But this is Sydney and it is April.

It wasn’t the sun at St Luke’s which left the boys with a red glow in their cheeks, though. It was the gutsy effort to fight their way back into the contest and nearly steal the game after a slow start.

It was efforts like Mala’s run and chase down the members wing; like Joey’s 60m dash in the other direction down the same flank; like Finny’s gutsy mark running with the flight of the ball in the middle; like Cooky’s strong mark in the goal square: like Johnno and Nic’s gang tackle in defence; and like Sam W and Will’s fantastic first games for the Cannons.

It was a turnaround full of character and maturity to get to within six points late in the game after Glebe/Newtown kicked the first four goals inside 10 minutes and looked like they’d run away to a massive win.

But the Cannons shut them down and then pulled themselves back into the game.

Brayden cut them off in defence, Alex was taking control in the goal square, then Joey took them on with his fierce dash which ended with Mala kicking our first goal just before quarter time and we were back in the game.

With confidence rising, we lifted all over the ground and struck early in the second quarter when Paddy earned a free kick with a trademark tackle, played on quickly and kicked to Cooky who goaled.

The energy levels lifted another notch and we were by now well on top as everyone played their part. Sam F and Tommo were relentless, Johnno was taking marks, Andrew was strong at centre half back and Tank was tireless in the ruck and around the ground.

Finny worked his way into the game and, after his courageous mark in the centre square, he also played on quickly and with great awareness kicked long over the pack to allow Joey to run into an open goal.

We kept them scoreless in the second term and, with a couple of goals of our own, were all of a sudden only eight points down at halftime.

Glebe managed to wriggle loose from the third quarter arm wrestle and kicked a couple of late goals while we missed a few chances, leaving us four goals down at three quarter time.

But that didn’t deter the spirited Cannons.

They came out firing with a bit of a breeze behind them in the last quarter and it was clear they believed in themselves and each other. Cooky returned the favour and set Paddy up for the first goal of the term and then X latched onto Joe’s clever tap over the pack for an inspiring team goal.

As the game tightened up again, the Cannons’ intensity continued to rise and there were efforts everywhere, epitomised by Tank’s run and tackle and Sam F saving the day on the goal line. 

Alex was brought upfield and started controlling the game while X was becoming a  dominant force in the forward line and his booming centring kick from the boundary found Cooky who took a strong contested mark in the goal square and converted.

With pure guts and heart and a degree of skill, we were only six points down with five minutes to go and the momentum was all our way.

But with no-one on the bench all day, the effort in the heat took its toll and we ran out of puff in those final minutes as Glebe found some fresh legs and ran over the top of the exhausted Cannons with three late goals to give the scoreboard a deceptive look.

Despite the loss, it was a really positive start to the season. Not losing heart after a slow start and then fighting back to nearly beat a team that was in Division One last year showed great maturity and belief.

Everyone contributed and everyone had their moment when it counted.

With just a little more finesse, perhaps a bit more nous in marking contests and some extra fitness, anything could have happened.

But things look encouraging for 2019.

And the effort didn’t just come from the players – thanks to Michael running just short of 7km on the boundary on his debut outing for the club, to Matt and Manfred for their water-running feats and of course to Andrew and Brian for stepping in for Tony.


Goals: Cooky 2, Xavier, Paddy, Nic, Joe


Round One: Cannons v Dockers U14-2

Canada Bay Cannons vs North Ryde Dockers

ELS Hall, Sunday 7 April, Round One

Match report by Stephen 

For many of the Cannons U14s summer sport has only just finished and several players taking the field in Div 2 at North Ryde hadn’t even played a trial game this year. Coach Brian was concerned that with a rain interrupted pre-season and a number of experienced players away for the first round, the team would be underdone.

Arriving at the ground the unseasonally hot temperature on the artificial surface at Ryde presented another concern – that the players would get baked!

There were certainly a few cobwebs early in the game as passes fell short and marks slipped through fingers. The first quarter was a tight contest as the Cannons struggled to find their rhythm. It took until after the quarter time break for the centre combination of Damo and The Big Riggers, ably assisted by new recruit Elliot, to gain the ascendancy. With Stewy and Broady coming in off the wings the forward entries were plentiful. Tall options in Woody and JB worked perfectly with Husky and Texas while another new recruit, Daniel added flare and pace in front of goals.

The defence wasoutstanding for the entire game significantly limiting the Dockers opportunities at goal. Cruisey, Eathn, Killa and Jayden worked like a well oiled machine regularly turning defence into attack. The backs were at their frugal best not conceding a single point for 30 minutes of football.

It was new and refreshing to see junior player Damien step up and help out (thanks Damien) but it was equally enjoyable to the familiar sights: Grechy dropping his trademark bone crunching shepherds and JK on a full speed run and bounce (maybe one too many 😉 before slotting through goals.

Overall it was an all round exceptional team effort. Special mention to Woody and Damien who backed up from earlier games and to first gamers Daniel and Elliot – who enjoyed the traditional drenching in the post game song.

The surface at North Ryde may be artificial, but the effort, commitment and endeavour showed by each of the Canada Bay Cannons was most certainly genuine. With a bench of only one, there were plenty of hot and flushed faces at the end of the game, but those faces sported massive smiles. Early concerns about the boys being underdone were systematically disproved with four quarters of quality footy. It’s true, when the final siren sounded, the Cannons looked cooked…..but cooked to perfection!


350 Games: Joshua Lee

AFL veteran Craig Lambert joins Cannons coaching group

What an investment of talent in junior AFL coaching! The Canada Bay Cannons is excited to announce the appointment of Richmond and Brisbane Lions veteran Craig Lambert to the coaching group at the Club.

Lambert, who has joined the U17 coaching team, will be working closely with former on-field opponent Tony Malakellis, who is the coach of the Cannons U15s.

Lambert played 123 games for Richmond between 1988 and 1993 when he went to the Brisbane Bears (49 games) and Brisbane Lions (47 games).

Lambert won the Jack Dyer Medal for Richmond’s Best and Fairest in 1991 and the Bears’ Best and Fairest in 1994. He was named in the All Australian team in 1996. A tough, brave player, he was known for his pinpoint handballing, even under immense pressure from opponents, constantly providing opportunities for teammates.

Malakellis recalls first coming across Lambert on the footy field when the pair were both playing U19s. Lambert was playing for the Tigers, while Malakellis was with Geelong. Malakellis went on to play 14 games for Geelong in the AFL, before moving to the Sydney Swans for a season. He moved to South Australia in 1994 and played 70 games for Port Adelaide, which included back to back premierships in 1994 and 1995. In 1994, he was runner up in South Australia’s Magarey Medal.

Malakellis has coached youth footy with Canada Bay Cannons for the past four years and was previously involved in coaching with one of the Cannons’ junior clubs, Concord Giants.

Before moving to Brisbane, Lambert had three sons associated with either the Cannons or Drummoyne Power, the other Cannons’ junior club. He assisted with coaching duties for the premiership winning U17 side in 2015. His youngest son, Bodey, will play in the U17 side this year.

Cannons Coaching Coordinator Mike Andrews said Lambert will be backed by Lachlan Bennetts-Inkster – a young coach who has come up through the ranks of the junior club – and fitness expert at the Cannons, Matt Parker. The U17 squad will work in close collaboration with Malakallis and his U15 team.

Andrews said the Cannons recognised the importance of quality coaching to on-field performance and player retention and recruitment. Last year, the Cannons took part in an innovative coach mentorship program with the GWS Giants.

“Our Coach the Coach program with GWS, which will continue this year, is a truly unique program that allows our coaches to be trained in coaching techniques by the best in the business.

“We believe that by developing strong ties with GWS Giants and exposing our coaches to coach mentoring at this level, it can’t help but filter through to the on-field performance of the boys and girls who play AFL with the Canada Bay Cannons.

“We’re really excited to welcome Craig and his family back to the fold at the Canada Bay Cannons.

“We are looking to take our quality of coaching to the next level, believing this will impact on the players’ skill and enjoyment of the game,” Andrews said.


Round One Draw