Canada Bay u15s v Penshurst, May 12

Our boys clearly love their mums. Whenever it comes to Mother’s Day, they always deliver. Flowers? Chocolates? No, something far better.

It wasn’t quite the exciting miracle of a few years ago but the boys still served up a treat for mum with their first win of the year.

It ended up a comfortable 26-point margin, but we had to work hard for it after Penshurst clawed their way back into the game to get to within three points late in the tense third quarter.

As he did all day, Joey took the game by the scruff of the neck as we headed toward three quarter time to kick a great goal and give us some breathing space. A very late long goal to Alex, with a little bit of siren luck, extended that lead to 15 points and gave us the momentum going into the final term.

And we took that momentum and ran with it to finish well on top. Appropriately, Joey kicked the sealer when he beat a couple of defenders with pace and strength and then combined with Archie to set up X who nonchalantly took a bounce as he strolled into an open goal.

We put the icing on the Mother’s Day cake when Cooky and Will teamed up through the middle to set up Sam W who kicked his first goal with a classy finish.

It bookended the match perfectly after we looked classy and clean when racing to a three goal lead in the opening term as Mala ran and delivered out of the centre and Cooky just loves his new life near the goals, kicking a pair of rippers. But the game quickly changed complexion as Penshurst all of a sudden took it up to us and fought hard to lock us into a tough battle in the middle two quarters.

Repeated defensive efforts from Sam W and Andrew, Alex and Johnno in the air, forward pressure from X, Archie’s steel and Tank’s ruckwork kept us in it as Penshurst continued to threaten and edge closer on the scoreboard.

The boys knuckled down and withstood the pressure to ultimately regain control of the match to notch up a deserved first win of the season.

Joey looked ominous before the game as he put dents into the punching bag in the changerooms and took that aggression onto the field, ending up with three goals, one hanger, many more bounces, kilometres ran and crunching tackles laid in his best game yet in the orange, teal, grey, black and white.

Sam W and Will continue to improve and are great additions to the team and received a crash course in the song after the game. They’ll be much better singers this week!

 

CANADA BAY 8.6.54 Goals: Joey 3, Cooky 2, Alex 1, Xavier 1, Sam W 1

PENSHURST 4.4.28