U13 Orange vs U13 Teal

Cannons v Cannons under lights at St Lukes

Round 7

Cannons U13 Teal were just too good against U13 Orange this evening, taking out the much anticipated local derby under lights at St Lukes. Cannons U13 Orange showed tremendous spirit, playing the best second half of their season so far. Keep your chins up boys, we have lots of work to do, but we believe in you, and know that elusive win is just around the corner.

Thanks to Milan for turning on the BBQ and making it an enjoyable evening for all.

Round 6 U13 Orange

U13 Orange v Balgowlah Suns

Round 6

It was another gorgeous Autumn afternoon, this time at Balgowlah. Our mighty Cannons were up against the ladder leaders, the Balgowlah Suns.

From the first whistle to the last the Suns were all over us. They were a physical team and outplayed us across the park. In the first quarter our boys were competitive and were only trailing by a couple of goals. Unfortunately, from the second quarter on the Suns pulled away to seal the win with the equalisation rule invoked at the end of the third quarter.

There were however some terrific individual performances. William, Jasper and Felix played some great defence in the backs. Damien, Ethan and Cooper played solidly in the centre and wings. Kaelan took a great mark to prevent a Suns’ goal and Alex H was strong in the ruck. Damien had kicked two behinds. Denver had also kicked one behind and our only goal. As always, a big thanks to Charlie, Leo and Ben for helping out again.

Despite the final score line, our boys did show that they can play some good footy and move the ball forward, particularly when they support each other, create opportunities and never give up. Well done boys!



Round 4: U13 Orange Cannons

Canada Bay Cannons U13 Orange  v Forest Lions

Round 4

Football this season has been tough for the boys, fitness has been a challenge now we are playing on a full pitch. With a few fill-ins we fielded 17 players, the Cannons were prepared for a fiercely contested game and ready to put in 100% effort to get a win at Drummoyne Oval where most of the boys started there AFL journey and holds a special place.

The first quarter was played at a frantic pace with every one of Forest Lions attacks forward being stopped by desperate Cannons defence.  Russell led the back line superbly to capitalise on our numbers out wide and through the middle, our first goal came from a fantastic run by Damien through the middle defensive line to put a kick on to the chest of Leo who in tern played it back to Damien to slot home to goal!  Just the start the boys wanted as they all understood the importance of a strong start.  Cannons second goal came from excellent defensive play from Russell quickly moving the ball into the forward line for another great mark by Leo who provided Alexander his opportunity for a goal and once the ball left the boot it was true and straight putting the Cannons into the lead.

Forest Lions hit back strong in the 2nd quarter tacking it up another level, our boys held firm in the middle of the park – strong tackles, handballs out of trouble and determination in chasing down almost every attacking move Forest threw at them.  Ethan showed speed out wide doing a great job of delivering the forwards opportunity. The effort from Forest was relentless and our boys could keep up the same pace they displayed in the first quarter and relinquished the lead heading into half time. In another blow Russell was ruled out of the match with injury he picked up whilst leading our defensive backline.

The third quarter was a constant stream of attack with William stepping up defensively with strongly contested marks turning Forest’s attacking forwards away.   However the attack form Forest was relentless with our boy’s struggling to get the ball through to our forwards.  Forest jumped further ahead and the game slipped away from the Cannons, however the boys still fought hard in every contest every loose ball giving 100% effort until the siren.

Cannons last quarter was full of spirit not one boy gave in regardless of the scoreboard.  What ever was said from the coach’s at quarter time seemed to click with the boys and there was renewed vigour and improvement across the park as the boys attempted to fight back.   Mikhail scrapped well in the contests and won the ball keeping his composure to pick out Denver on the flank who spotted Alex Pippia in space the ball was delivered to Alex who tore apart the defensive line with great evasion to steer home the Cannons last goal of the day – Great Goal Alex!   In the back line Felix William and Kaelan stood tall turning away attack and spoiling certain goals with desperate goal line defence.

This game was a great improvement from the previous week and every player displayed the courage, determination and commitment to wear the Cannons jersey.   Cannons success on the day came from team work, playing for each other and never giving up until the final siren.

Round Five: U13/3 Orange

Canada Bay Cannons U13 Orange v St Ives

St Luke’s Oval

A return to Div 3 was a great opportunity for the boys to regroup and return to the form of 2018 with a home game against St. Ives at St Lukes.

A strong start with the reliable figures of Felix and Bailey assisted by William doing a great job across the half back line to push the ball forward.

This was backed up by Ethan who was strong in and around the ball all day, and Damien who showed strength in the air and running through the middle to get the ball in our forward 50. A first quarter goal by Ethan sparked the boys back into form which was followed by a second quarter goal by Denver during a low scoring affair for the first half.

At the half time break, St. Ives just had their noses in front and so the boys came out from the break fired up and ready to capitalise on some of the first half efforts.

With some players still missing with injury and the legs starting to get heavy, it rested with others to step up and take control of the 3rd quarter where Siam and Mikhail who was a great inclusion back in the team provided the drive that was needed to motivate the rest of the team.

At the three quarter time break, the Cannons boys were only a goal down but at the commencement of the last quarter, St. Ives came out running and managed to lock the ball in their forward 50 for most of the quarter putting our backline under continued pressure until the wall eventually broke and we were a couple of goals down.

It was a strong consistent effort across the day for all of the boys and particularly those that are mentioned above, but with a full 4 quarter effort and tenacity to get his hands on the ball despite the numbers and being outsized by the opposition, the player for the day was Ethan.

Great improvement by the boys and the first step in getting the season back on track.

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.

2018 Grand Final: Cannons U12-3 Orange vs Westbrook Bulldogs

First, some background to set the scene for this absolutely thrilling match. This season, Westbrook Bulldogs and Cannons Orange both demonstrated that they can play good, hard and fair football. They faced each other twice this season – stats one win a piece. Most recently Cannons were narrowly defeated by Westbrook in the first round of the finals, forcing Orange team into an elimination with Easts last week. Orange defeated Easts to earn another crack at this strong side. Both teams deserved a spot in the Grand Final. We were hoping for a great game, we go so much more, and it will stay in my memory for a very long time.

Under less than ideal conditions, Westbrook showed early dominance in the first quarter. Some steely defence from the Cannons prevented an early blowout, eight down by end of first quarter.

It was a scrappy game, the ball difficult to hold, more spilled marks than you care to imagine. The rain was relentless, yet the boys persevered. Cannons levelled, then were two in front by half time.

Third quarter, Westbrook kept coming. The ball was fiercely contested, both teams threw everything they had at it. Late in the quarter the Cannons kicked two goals, one miracle coming out of the mess of bodies direct in front of goals. Cannons pulled away slightly at the end of the third.

With excitement building and momentum in our favour we committed fresh legs to the fourth quarter. That didn’t seem to bother Westbrook. In what was a very impressive quarter of football, Westbrook pulled level in the dying stages of the match. The tension was palpable, with seconds remaining the Cannons committed everything forward, charging at Westbrook, the winning goal coming seconds before the final siren. Final score 29 to 23.

Cannons Orange, your supporters reminded you all before the game how proud we were of you, and how proud you should be of yourselves and your team to make a Grand Final. Congratulations Orange team, you believed in yourselves and you prevailed. You are U12 Div3 Premiers for 2018. Well done.

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).



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!

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