Round 13: U13-2

A Message in a Battle

Canada Bay Cannons U13-2 v Pennant Hills Demons
Ern Holmes Oval

Match report by Coach Stephen, pics via Sonia

After three weeks off, the away game against the Pennant Hills Demons felt like the start of a new season. With school holidays all over the Cannons were back at full strength and the coaches urged all the players to send a clear message to the rest of the competition. That the Cannons will be a force to be reckoned with at the pointy end of the season!

Winning the toss gave the Cannons the opportunity to capitalize on the strong breeze, but it was the Demons who won the first ruck contest and placed immediate pressure on the Cannons back line. The Demons had plenty of height and plenty of self belief with their leg speed and ball movement looking impressive early. With only one spot separating them on the ladder the Cannons would most certainly be in for a tough battle!

It took a couple of minutes to settle in, perhaps the legacy of three weeks off footy, but slowly and surely the Cannons started to find their groove! Mounting pressure from the midfield kept the ball locked in the forward 50 and it was only a matter of time before the scoreboard started ticking over. The gusty breeze made kicking difficult but the Cannons started building momentum until a ball lost in the bushes meant valuable wind assisted playing time ticked away.

Against the breeze in the second quarter was always going to be much harder but this is exactly when the Cannons decided to send a message to the competition – that they can play smarter footy. Several of the boys had watched the Giants/St. Kilda game together and perhaps this inspired them as they linked together handball chains to run the ball out of defence and into attack.

The team motto is the coach’s “PET” expression.  “ ..every Player….every Effort… every Time” and this was never more evident than in that second quarter. It was ferocious tackling, dedicated second efforts but most significantly it was the teamwork that impressed. The Cannons were at time clinical when they moved the ball down the field, running in waves, shepherding and placing immense pressure on the Demons.  Led by Jayden the backs were solid in defence with Killa and Matt P consistently beating their opponents to the ball and repelling any sniff of a comeback.

By half time the Cannons had extended their lead and were brimming with confidence. That confidence, coupled with the strong breeze, allowed the Cannons to seal the game in the third quarter and put the result beyond doubt. At ¾ time the coaches swapped the team around and gave the players a simple message. “Go out there and impress us with what you can do”. Max accepted the challenge with a great cameo in the centre and reliable backman Eathn relished his opportunity down forward slotting a beauty of a goal.

It was an overall team effort but there were a few standouts. Daniel usually has a significant height advantage in the ruck but they breed them tall at Penno pushing Dan to unveil another level of speed and agility to dominate the ruck contests. His second efforts were outstanding – it’s not often you see ruck man roving their own work! The midfield was electric with Coops and Damo combining everywhere on the ground and amassing possessions seemingly at will. JB and Woody were solid up forward, particularly overhead, and Jack’s roving goals were a highlight. Jye’s second efforts made this game his best for the season and Fraser should take a lot of confidence from a display of outrunning and outmarking  his opponent.

There was plenty of flair with Husky’s “checkside banana from deep in the pocket” contender for goal of the year as well as JA’s trademark candy selling and evasive turns. Mattie B, fired up after an  early free kick for holding the ball, provided another reliable in and under gutsy contribution.

It is a very exciting time for the Cannons as players continue to develop. Stewie is back from injury finding peak fitness at exactly the right time of the year and Lachie’s workrate increases each week. Mattie G’s precision kicks out of defence are as reliable as Dallas’s overhead marks and all show clear evidence of how well the skill level has developed.

As a unit the Cannons show a grittiness and commitment in every contest and although the next few weeks will present challenges for the Cannons, no doubt they will battle it out and send an ominous message to the rest of the competition: The Cannons mean business!

Round 12: U13-3

Canada Bay Cannons U13-3 v East Sydney Bulldogs Blue

Round 12, Dave Phillips South Oval

Match report and pics by John

A tough day at the office for our Cannons as they took on the competition leaders, East Sydney. While the points didn’t come our way, there was no denying that our Cannons never gave up the fight.

Definitely a game to put behind us as we were simply beaten by a better team on the day and the Bulldogs showed why they are leading the comp.

The first quarter saw the Bulldogs establish a commanding lead which had our Cannons back pedalling for most of the game.

In the second quarter our boys toiled hard and were able to post a valuable goal courtesy of Roan.

In the last two quarters, the boys tackled hard and in the final term posted a great goal from Daniel V following awesome lead up work from Chris & Harry.

In his post-game speech to the boys, Coach Andrew was upbeat and focused on the positives because, despite the result, there were many good things to come out of the game. He made special mention of the following players:

  • Ollie S, as always our rock in the backline, who on many occasions repelled many attacking raids by the Bulldogs
  • Jacob, another strong game, where he ran hard and never gave up the chase for the ball.
  • Finn, who is becoming more fearless in defence.
  • Chris, tireless effort in the centre.
  • Jack , another consistent effort in the ruck.

Another tough call for Andrew as ALL the boys did their best!

The second runner up went to Patrick R, who made his presence felt in the backline, another strong effort in defence.

First runner up went to Will, after a long layoff through injury, Will ran hard all day and got among the action, especially in defence.

Best on ground went to Daniel G, who has been sidelined all season, came back with a strong game, got heavily involved, ran and chased hard for the ball.

Special thank you to Cooper from the Div. 2 team, for having a run with our boys. You certainly made your presence felt out on the field and I think a few of the Bulldogs players would vouch for that.

As always in the toughest times, our Cannons never stopped trying and walked off the field with their heads held high.


U13-3 Cannons: Round 11

U13-3 Canada Bay Cannons v Northern Lights

Round 11

In perfect conditions for footy, our Cannons ventured north to take on the Northern Lights.

While victory eluded us, the boys should be proud of their efforts – the Cannons raised the bar and took it to their highly fancied opponents.

A slow start by the boys saw the Light post three unanswered goals in the first quarter.

At the first break, coaches Andrew & Ben gave the boys a bit of rev up and the result was a highly competitive second quarter.

The boys scrambled hard in defence and posted the goal of the day.

Awesome lead up work from Finn who got a great handball onto Rameez who in turn handballed it onto our sharp shooter Harry who managed to get the Sherrin through for a valuable goal.

Both Jack and Nirvan were unlucky not to have posted goals which would have narrowed the gap.

The third quarter was another close tussle where we  posted another goal, but couldn’t quite rein in the lead.

Although the game was gone, our Cannons never gave up and dug deep in that final quarter.

When the fulltime siren sounded, the Cannons made the Northern Lights work hard for their victory.

Coach Andrew described the result as a “terrific loss”, as our Cannons put in a performance based on guts and determination.

Andrew & Ben were extremely proud of ALL the boys as they ALL had outstanding games, where every player had a role to play.

The most pleasing aspect was the improvement shown from our last few games and the fact that not one Cannons player gave up!!!

Andrew made special mention to the following boys on their efforts,

  • Finn, stayed on his man all game and spoiled many marking opportunities.
  • Ollie S, always strong in the backline but a revelation as centre forward.
  • Viren, went hard for the loose ball in the ruck.
  • Oliver R, another back who chased hard and spoilt many scoring chances.
  • Jack, another tireless effort in the ruck and forward line.
  • Harry, chimed in with a couple of handy goals.
  • Chris, copped a few bumps but bounced back and tackled nonstop.
  • Daniel, never gave up tackled hard, smothered kicks and got some great clearing kicks away.
  • Phoenix, worked hard in defence and shepherded well throughout the game.
  • Pat R, when you’re tackled by Pat, you know it.
  • Pat C, worked hard in both attack and defence.
  • Jacob, was heavily involved in the ruck, toiled hard and was never far away from the action.

Second runner for man of the match up went to Jamie, who just goes nonstop in every game he plays. He tackled his heart out and gave the opposition no respite whatsoever.

First runner up went to Nirvan, who showed great hunger in contesting for the ball.

Man of the match, went to Rameez, who had an outstanding game, tackled hard, played fast, was involved in everything and used his brain when attacking the ball.

Awesome game Rameez, a deserved winner indeed.

This is one gutsy & courageous footy team, despite the loss the boys can hold their heads up high.

I almost forgot to mention that we were way down on troops,  so makes this performance even more special!

  • Match report by John

U13-2: Round 10

Canada Bay Cannons U13-2 v Manly Bombers

Round 10, St Luke’s Oval

Match report by Stephen; pics by Sonia

Round 10 saw the Cannons at home against Manly Bombers who were sitting equal top of the ladder. The last time these two teams met the Cannons were short of players and the Bombers delivered a footballing lesson with the Cannons kicking only a solitary goal for the game. Since then the Cannons had suffered a heartbreaking 1 goal loss before a courageous season defining win in the wet against the Lions. Last week it took hard work in blustery conditions for four quarters before the Cannons could account for Pennant Hills. It was only an outstanding four goal final quarter that put that game beyond doubt and delivered with it a much needed confidence boost.

If you based your assessment on previous games and ladder positions few would have expected much of the Cannons for this game. Confidence is such an important part of football and the confidence earned from back to back wins coupled with a few players returning prompted the coaches to deliver this simple pre- game message to the players: “You have the talent and ability to win this game and win it well. We just need 100% effort from every player. Work hard and you will do it.”

No doubt there are times in every football season where people must look at the coach and say “What was he thinking?” but today the Cannons proved the coaches absolutely right as they started with an intensity that left the Bombers completely bewildered. With Daniel back in the ruck, Coops, James, and Damo were electric repeatedly delivering the ball into the forward line giving Jayden, Texas, Jack and JB plenty of opportunities.

The importance of a fast start can never be underestimated and a four goal burst saw the Cannons with the early lead and plenty of confidence going into the first break. The Bombers were always going to regroup and fire up in the second quarter but the Cannons were able to rely on the fresh legs of Fraser, Husky and Jye off the bench as the game developed into a good old fashioned low scoring arm wrestle. Even with the benefit of the breeze the Cannons were only able to add 1 goal 1 to their score line so it became clear that the third quarter was set to define the game.

With the breeze stiffening at the start of the 3rd, the Cannons defence would be tested but the ever solid combinations of Matt P, Mattie G, Eathan and Killa refused to let the Bombers kick a goal. The game was intense, physical, and played at a frenetic pace but the Cannons were up to the task. Lochie, Stewy, Matt B and the lightning quick Max played smart and fast football moving the ball from defence into attack allowing the Cannons to record 2 goals against the breeze and extend their lead.

With a comfortable lead some may have thought that the fourth quarter would lack excitement but anyone who saw the intensity on the faces in the ¾ time huddle knew the Cannons wanted to make a statement. With the breeze at the backs and a point to prove the Cannons ran away with the game booting 4 goals 4 for the quarter to record their highest score for the season.

It was an intense and very physical contest. It was fast and at times furious and the score line dominancy was not evident during the game. Ultimately the victory was the result of the Cannons doing a number of things really. They were first to the ball. They ran hard. They tackled hard. They shepherded. They passed to team mates in space and they worked together as a team. They did this and just as the coaches said… they won and they won well!

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U13-2: Round 8 Match Report

A line in the sand

Canada Bay Cannons U13-2 v Forest Lions

Round 8, Lionel Watts Reserve

Match Report by Stephen; pics by Sonia

The Under 13/2s had reached a cross roads. After a heartbreaking two point loss in round 1, the Cannons had rallied and won the next 3 games bringing them to equal first on the ladder. Despite their best efforts they lost a hard fought top of the table clash, which became the first of 3 consecutive losses. Over 3 weeks the Cannons slid down the table, losing not just games but momentum and confidence.

The round 8 clash against the Forest Lions had all the hallmarks of a season defining game. With light rain falling, 16 motivated players fronted up to Lionel Watts Reserve with the knowledge that their season was on the line. Would this be the game that turned the Cannons back on track? There were no players on the bench and there would be no excuses. Today would be the chance to draw the line in the sand and prove the team motto “Every Player. Every Effort. Every Time!”.

The importance of a good start can never be underestimated and for the first time in several weeks the Cannons fired straight out of the blocks! Daniel’s combination with Damo and JA in the midfield saw the early centre clearances favouring the Cannons but it was the use of ball and forward incursions that really impressed. Whether it was the safe hands of JB or the brilliant ground work of Jack and Archer, the ball seemed destined for the goals. Lachie’s intensity at the ball was on show early and his four quarter efforts resulted in his season best game. Dallas also took his game to another level with some strong marking and text book link up handballs.

The Lions dropped a man back into defence to stem the flow but this only freed up Jye and Mattie B who ensured the ball was locked into the attacking zone, behind them the ever dependable Husky was never going to let them inside 50!

With only 16 players there was no bench to rest, so players were moved through different positions to spread the load. Woody’s efforts in the ruck were commendable but Killa’s hunger for the ball in the forward line presented a very good case for a permanent move.

The result was beyond doubt by three quarter time but to their credit the Lions kept at it. The rain was gone allowing passages really of slick play from both teams that defied the wet and slippery ball. It was a fierce and physical contest right to the final siren and the Cannons were delighted to return to the winners list. Delighted too were the coaches who witnessed a gutsy team effort as well as some character defining moments. Fraser gave away a massive size advantage to his opponent but desperately stuck to his man. Matt was earmarked for a run in the midfield when he bent his finger back in a marking contest. In obvious pain his finger was hastily strapped before he was sent out to “rest in a forward pocket”. “Rest” according to Matt means take a brilliant mark on a lead (using his chest and good hand only) before sending a booming kick into the square to add to the Cannons goal tally.

It was moments like these, where the players dug deep, gave their all and played for each other that will define the season. This game was much more than a line in a sand, it was a clear message written in big bold capital letters. The Cannons are FIRED UP!!!

U13-3: Round 8 Match Report

Canada Bay Cannons U13-3 v Maroubra Saints (again)

Round 8, Heffron Park

Match report by John

After last week’s maiden win against the Maroubra Saints, I didn’t think anything could top that awesome victory.

However I was proven wrong, when our Cannons ventured out to a wild and windy Heffron Park to take on the Saints for a second time.

And what a heart stopper it was as our courageous Cannons held off a determined Saints outfit by the narrowest of margins (4-6-30 to 4-6-29).

It was a game worth bottling as both teams gave it their all and had the spectators biting their nails and one team manager reaching for his blood pressure medication.

With a strong wind at their backs, the Saints got the jump on us in the first quarter and took a commanding 20 -7 lead at the break.

It was a quarter where, despite running into a gale force breeze, we had field position but couldn’t capitalise on our chances. Seconds from the quarter time break, the Saints snuck in a goal. If anything this would have deflated any other team, but not our “never say die” Cannons.

Coach Andrew gave his usual quarter time rev up and with the wind behind our backs in the second quarter, our boys dug deep to post another goal and 2 behinds and managed to keep the Saints scoreless for the entire quarter.

At the halftime break our Cannons were down by only 5 points.

Going into the 3rd quarter and running into the breeze was going to be a tough call for the boys, but the Cannons came out with all guns blazing (pardon the pun).

They tackled and scrambled hard in defence and gave the Saints no respite.

Probably the goal of the day was a result of great lead up work from Nirvan who got a brilliant pass onto Filip who nailed a valuable goal.

At the final break we were down by 6 points.

With the wind behind us in the final quarter, the game was there to be won.

The Saints came at us hard in that final quarter and were poised to win. But our tackling and defence were relentless.

There was one vital play in the dying seconds, where the Saints came close to scoring only to see Daniel V getting a clearing kick out of the danger zone.

This pretty much summed up the effort of our Cannons.

That quarter saw the boys lift a gear and rally hard to post 7 unanswered points to snatch an amazing one point victory.

The goals may not have been forthcoming, but in trying conditions the boys just never gave up the fight! And I have never seen such great scrambling defence and hunger for the ball!

I can’t recall managing any team that was able to win a game despite being behind at every break and keeping the opponents scoreless, not for one but two quarters. A truly memorable victory with so many highlights.

Firstly well done to Harry on managing a hat trick of goals and to Filip on his 3rd quarter pearler.

Coach Andrew once again had a heck of time trying to work out best on ground; even the parents doing the voting had the same problem.

ALL of our Cannons had their best game ever, so the man of the match could have gone to any of the boys.
To Phoenix, Patrick R, Patrick C, Oliver Richards, Finn, Chris, Jacob, Ollie S, Jamie, Roan, Lucian and Rameez:
You boys are to be commended on your games. The best game ever, especially when it came to tackling and chasing hard for the ball. You would all be worthy winners for best on ground.

To our second runner up, well done Harry on your hat trick and getting amongst the attack, great stuff.
Jack Scott was a tower of strength in the ruck and constantly won the centre bounce, another awesome game Jack who played the last two quarters under duress (asthma). Gutsy effort Jack.

Congratulations to Nirvan on taking out best on ground. Best game ever, not only set up that vital goal for Filip, but tackled and chased hard all day, well done!

It was a game where the boys showed great pride in the Cannons jersey and belted out the team song twice.
Even our injured Cannons watching from the sidelines joined in the celebrations.

U13-3: Match Report Round 7

Canada Bay Cannons U13-3 v Maroubra Saints

Round 7, St Luke’s Oval

Match report by John

A maiden win for Season 2018!

Last Sunday our Cannons came out firing with an emphatic victory over the Maroubra Saints. It was sweet revenge as the Saints gave us a touch up in the season opener.

The first quarter was very much an arm wrestle, which saw the Saints go in at the break leading  7-1. An unimpressed coach Andrew, gave the boys a good old fashion rev up at the break.

This certainly worked wonders as the boys fired up, posting 27 unanswered points in a dominant second quarter. While it was good to post the points, the most pleasing aspect for Coaches Andrew & Ben, was the unrelenting and scrambling defence that kept the Saints  scoreless for the quarter.

With the wind in their sails, our boys maintained the momentum from the second quarter and posted another 3 goals. At the three quarter break, the scoreboard showed a substantial lead.

Yours truly was telling the boys NOT to look at  the scoreboard and stressing that the game goes for four quarters not three.  Mind you, these were the words coming from a nervous and excited team manager.

The last quarter was a dour affair. Although we only posted one goal, we managed to keep our opponent’s scoreless.

It was certainly a memorable victory, based on pure guts and determination.

Well done to our goal scorers, Harry, Daniel V, Jack, Filip, Lucian & Rohan.

While it is good to acknowledge the great goals, all this would not be possible if it wasn’t for the hard work & defence of our backs. The midfield also played their part in getting the ball into the forward pocket. If anything Sunday’s victory was a  TEAM effort.

Coach Andrew was ecstatic with the victory and acknowledged all the boys on their effort.

The second runner up went to Ollie S, who once again was a tower of strength in the back line, constantly repelling any goal attacks from the Saints forwards. The first runner up went to Rohan who had an awesome day with the boot, kicking a couple of goals and unlucky not to have posted a few more.

The man of the match award went to Anthony.

Andrew mentioned that this was Anthony’s best game of the year as he was in the thick of things in both attack and defence.

While we have acknowledged the runners up and man of the match, on the back of an awesome victory it would be remiss of me not to mention ALL of our Cannons , as they ALL had outstanding games!!

So Congratulations and well done: Jacob, Harry, Patrick C, Oliver R, Viren, Chris, Patrick R, Jack, Daniel V, James, Phoenix, Finn, Rameez,Lucian, Nirvan and Filip!!!!

A memorable victory indeed, hopefully we can build on this for the rest of the season.

U13 Div 3: Match Report Round 6

U13-2: Round 5 Match Report

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U13-3 Cannons: Round 4 Match Report

Canada Bay Cannons U13-3 v Ramsgate-Cronulla

Round 4

Match report via John

Last Sunday, in balmy conditions our Cannons endured a tough hit out against a very formidable and well drilled Ramsgate-Cronulla team.

While the scoreboard showed  a convincing win to the opponents, our boys hung in there and never stopped trying.

The first quarter saw the visitors get the jump on us, establish a big lead and we weren’t able to recover.

At the break Coach Andrew gave the boys a good old fashion rev up, asking them to focus on marking up. This did the trick as the boys stemmed the flow of goals throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters and made the Rams earn their points.

The 4th quarter saw Ramsgate-Cronulla extend their lead. As hard as they tried, our boys ran out of juice towards the end of the game.

While were were simply outclassed, the boys can hold their heads high – despite the lopsided result, the Cannons never gave up. Our boys took on the competition leaders and give it their best shot.

Our backline was under pressure throughout the game and worked hard. There were some good passages of footy from the Cannons. Deserving of particular mention is when Jamie pulled off a great tackle and Chris tapped the loose ball onto Harry who got the ball to Rohan, who was desperately unlucky not to have got the Sherrin through for a goal.

Coaches pick for best on ground went to Chris H, who tackled his heart out, for his nonstop effort. Oliver R, picked up the runner up award. Oliver was another who never gave up the chase and ran hard all day.

Also a special thank you to Alex, who backed up from the under 12-3s and had a good game.