Round 8 – The Girls Did Us Proud
A match against the top of the table Ramsgate RSL provided the girls with an opportunity to show how far they’ve come since their Round 3 match up, and the team delivered.
In a match that gave the defence a chance to show what they were made of, every player stood up and contributed to the improved performance and they all deserve recognition!
Clara – Never gave up in defence with desperation tackles and worked really hard to clear the ball out at every opportunity.
Espy – Didn’t get many chances at full forward, but was ready every time she was given a chance.
Marlie – A player of the match performance, taking marks, tackling, running and showing absolutely no fear against their big forwards.
Ivy E – Was working hard in the middle of the field with some great tackles and plenty of hard runs in traffic.
Edie – A tireless work ethic, fearless smothering of opposition kicks and a constant option in attack, another solid game.
Audrey – Everyone knows the quality of Audrey’s runs and her multiple big runs led to almost all of our attacking opportunities in this match!
Amy – Leading the way for our girls in a rough and tumble match while covering the whole field, she managed to smother multiple free kicks in the second half as well as score our only point of the match.
Cristina – The team’s rock in defence was taking marks on the goal line, tipping the ball out to save behinds, making strong runs, clearance kicks and tackling all day.
Shannon – Smart positioning out wide helped our attack to spread out and create better opportunities with her disposals.
Haylee – Did plenty of work providing leading runs and options for clearances out of defence and putting her big boot to work but also managed to take a goal line mark to save a goal in the third quarter.
Bella – Got given an opportunity in the middle of the park in the 4th quarter and gave it her all with strong runs and fought through an injury late never giving up.
Ivy P.B. – Had flawless awareness and positioning in defence to save three certain goals on the line but also managed to chase down and tackle countless players through the while match.
Sofia – Played the best game I’ve seen from her, set off by a fantastic mark in the first quarter that lead to confident play for the rest of the game.
Ivy T – Never stopped chasing and was always looking to close the gap between the forwards and midfield to help our attack.
The scoreline may not indicate it, but this tough game was the best our defence has ever been and if we get another change against these girls in the finals, we will be even better again!
- Match report by Adam
Canada Bay Cannons v Miranda Bombers, St Luke’s Oval
Quarter one began with Amy getting a successful shot at goal. Audrey demonstrated great running through the centre. Marlie and Cristina also demonstrated great running with the ball and some clever kicks in the mix. Zara provided a quick kick and set up a great goal for Edie. Superb team work.
Second quarter saw Ivy P have a great pick up and a selfless handball to Esperanza led to a goal for the Cannons. Amy and Cristina dominated with their kicks from defence through to the midfield into the forward line. Eperanza put on a burst of speed and after quite a lengthy run scored a goal.
Quarter three saw Cristina score the mark of the day while facing a now blazing sun and this was most special given the ball impacted her face first. Very brave. Ivy E had a fabulous pick up, ran with this and scored a delightful goal. The Cannons really started to demonstrate good skills with Amy having two amazing runs with two bounces between. Marlie showed her fantastic sheparding skills and Cristina was outstanding with her pickups and kicking throughout defence. Amy scored an awesome goal 50m out. Cristina and Amy spotted each other well and transitioned play from the backline into the forwards.
The final quarter saw Edie beautifully tackle and steal the ball on the wing and handball into the forward line for great field position. Ivy P had some lovely runs throughout midfield and Hayley had a lovely goal out of the pack. This team has improved throughout the season and it was great to see happy faces after the match.
Round 6, Hefron Park: An amazing victory on an incredibly windy day
What a match – here are the highlights: Goals across the park from five players. Edie kicking an incredible four goals, two each from Amy & Esperanza and one to Zara (first goal in AFL) and one to Audrey. With the final score an impressive win to the Cannons.
The game was evenly matched through to half time with both teams gaining the advantage down wind. The Cannons worked hard on the defensive end with strong work from Audrey, Christina, Bella and Amy. This combined with great work from Marlie all day chasing hard, tying up the ball and ripping it clear of the pack to help feed the forward line who proved extremely accurate in the windy conditions. Late in the half, after great work from Clara in defence and in combination with Amy, Zara burst clear and kicked straight for a well celebrated goal.
The game was turned on its head in a dominant third quarter working into the wind. Amy dominated the centre hit outs, feeding the forward line with three goals straight, two to Edie and one to Audrey as she burst into the goal square to kick her goal. Two late goals from the Saints evened things up but by this stage the game had swung the Cannons’ way.
The final quarter was all one way traffic with goal umpire Hamish (great rookie outing) kept busy with the flags as Amy dominated in attach with two goals and three behinds, plus goals to Edie and Esperanza (one of the highlights rolling through from 50 metres out) plus a behind to Bella sealing the deal. The forwards were again supported by strong centre work from Ivy PB, Marlie and Audrey and in defence with the Saints being kept scoreless.
Well done to all the girls on a fantastic team effort all round the ground making it very difficult for a one eyed, rugby loving AFL convert to pick the best and fairest.
Little girls with big hearts showed the way for the Cannons last week.
Even though they were up against a much bigger team, the gutsy Cannons weren’t daunted by the task and never gave up, getting better as the game wore on.
Audrey and Marlie put their head over the ball and went in hard no matter how big the opponent facing them.
Audrey repeatedly used her pace and courage to attack the footy, while Marlie’s second and third efforts in defence in the fourth quarter especially were matched only by her brilliant smother to save a certain goal.
While their efforts at ground level were impressive, Cristina and Amy were taking strong marks all day and clearing the footy from defence as the entire backline regularly held out Ramsgate attacks in the second half.
They were well supported by Haylee who showed great composure as she regularly mopped up the loose ball and followed up her kicks with strong tackles.
Edie is quickly taking to the game and took a strong overhead mark on the wing and also picked up plenty of contested possessions in and under, while Ivy E was also prominent.
The girls showed plenty of character on a tough day which shows they’ll have many more great days as the season continues.
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!!
Canada Bay Cannons U12 Youth Girls v Moore Park Tigers
Round 14, Bat and Ball Oval
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!