U15 Youth Girls Father’s Day Fairytale

The Canada Bay Cannons U15YG completed a fairytail season in a Father’s Day Grand Final Showdown, with an 18 point win against the Maroubra Saints at Olds Park.

Despite playing away from home on a cold, overcast, Sunday morning – but inspired by their pre-match rendition of Advance Australia Fair – the Cannons were on song from the opening bounce and struck the first blow of the match with a sensational team goal into a fresh southerly wind. The Saints were equally as hungry for the ball, however, the Cannons skills were crisp and clean, as such, they were able to hold the highly fancied Saints goalless at quarter time, and maintained a single goal buffer.

The wind proved a decided advantage in the second quarter with the Cannons able to produce a number of penetrating kicks deep into the forward line. After applying 5-6 minutes of unrelenting forward pressure to their opponents, resulting in a number of unsuccessful attempts on goal, the Cannons were finally rewarded with two outstanding team goals in the latter part of the quarter. These goals would prove priceless given the cold slippery conditions which prevailed all afternoon. Again, the Saints were held goalless and the Cannons led by three and a half goals at the main break.

The Saints never gave up and came out fighting after half time. The “Premiership Quarter” was a defensive slog as the Saints threatened to steal the momentum. However, the Cannons defence held strong and was able to repel the Saints time and time again. The quarter was headed for a goalless stalemate until the Saints scored a lucky goal after the three quarter time siren to lift their spirits and keep the game alive! The Cannons, filthy at the slip up, went into the final change with a two and a half goal lead.

Fuelled by Lenny’s Magic Oranges, this three quarter time huddle was special. The Cannons could hear the Saints were up and about, ready for one last tilt. However, with the cool, calm head of Captain Emily and reassuring words of Coach Michael, the girls were re-focused on giving everything left in the tank to produce 15 more minutes of “tough as old boots” Cannons footy.

The Cannons, with the wind at their backs, arrested the momentum early in the final quarter with the Saints forced to repel a number probing kicks into the Cannons forward line. To their credit and in their final push, the Saints managed to bring the ball end to end along the ground to win a free kick close to goal. The Saints kicked truly and the margin was back to 15 points with eight minutes remaining. This would be as close as the Saints would come to their goal for the remainder of the match.

The Saints goal triggered the Cannons centres back into gear, with the likes of Jasmin leading by example in her best game of the season, taking the ball straight out of the centre to score an outstanding reply within 20 seconds, more importantly, sealing the deal!

The Cannons pressed the Saints backline with unrelenting intensity, so much so that the ball never left the Cannons forward 50m for the final five minutes of the match as the girls played the match in an excellent spirit right to the end. There were euphoric scenes all over the ground as the final siren sounded and reality set in that the Cannons, although finishing third on the ladder, were Premiers and easily the best team in the competition.

Never has “See the Cannons fire up” been sung with more gusto as the girls and their huge supporter base celebrated a victory based on hard work, fun and friendship. A victory all the more special given that 60% of the team are in their first season of football.

The Cannons now look forward to celebrating their victory and all the clubs’ success in 2018 at presentation night on the 16th of Sep.

The girls should be immensely proud of their efforts, they are champion kids who are now a champion team and by example are outstanding ambassadors for Canada Bay Cannons Youth Girls Footy!!

Congratulations Girls!!

 

  • Match report by Scott

U15 Youth Girls: Round 15

The Canada Bay Cannons U15YG locked down third spot on the ladder and a home final with a convincing win against East Sydney Bulldogs at Trumper Oval.

Led magnificently by Captain Charlie, the Cannons took control of the match early with the run, handball and team work that eluded them last week against the Panthers back in spades which facilitated a convincing lead in blustery conditions by half time. The girls uncompromising defence held strong and removed all the Bulldogs avenues to goal.

To their credit, the Bulldogs came out snarling and the second half was a much closer affair than the first – there was plenty of contested ball won by both teams in amongst some ferocious tackling. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard, however, played the match in a fantastic spirit which made for an excellent atmosphere for all supporters down at the oval.

The Cannons ran away handsome victors in the end…A fitting reward for a great “home and away” season!  Also, it was good to get some “away” form after some mixed results on the road in 2018. The girls and Coach Michael should be extremely proud of their achievement!

The Cannons now turn their attention to next Sunday and a semi-final appearance against our friendly rivals the Penshurst Panthers in a do-or-die clash which will be a real nail-biter and is a must-watch for all our family and friends!!!

  • Match report by Scott, pics by Angus

Round 12: U15 Youth Girls

Cannons U15 Youth Girls v Maroubra Saints

Drummoyne Oval, Round 12

Match report by Scott

It was a celebration of Youth Girls footy at Drummoyne Oval for Round 12 and the 15YG Cannons were the hottest ticket in town with an outstanding win over the ladder leading Maroubra Saints. Determined to make amends after the infamous “Mothers Day Tragedy”, the Cannons were back to their best in front of a large and very vocal home crowd.

Led magnificently by Captain Grace F, complemented ably by “The Voice”, the Cannons took control of the game early on and quickly established a lead. The girls put all the lessons learned from their recent mentoring from the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants into practice, which rattled the Saints early on.

The week’s training session, which focused on ruckwork, contested football and goalkicking, bore fruit and these skills were  performed with precision on game day by a team who was determined not to compromise on the result.

The Cannons did the hard work in the first half and at the main break held a valuable advantage. To the Saints’ credit, they were able to rally after half time and squared the third quarter with their trademark hardness at the footy. But at three quarter time, the Cannons held a 4 1/2 goal lead and a repeat of Mothers Day never looked possible as the girls played the match right to the end with their trademark toughness.

It was arguably their best win of the season.  The Cannons remain undefeated at home this season and with another game at Drummoyne Oval next weekend against the Moore Park Tigers, the girls will be aim to hotly contested run to the finals in one of the closest competitions in the league.

U15Youth Girls: Round 11

U15 Div 2 Canada Bay Cannons v Penshurst Panthers

Round 11, Olds Park

The Canada Bay Cannons U15YG were defeated on Sunday morning by a rampaging Penshurst Panthers side in front of a Panthers home crowd at Olds Park. The match was another fantastic contest between the two teams and illustrates just how close the competition has become.

The Panthers were impressive throughout the match  in perfect conditions for footy. Their “run and carry” was executed with pace and precision displaying a marked improvement from the last encounter between the two teams. The Panthers continually challenged the Cannons defenders over and over all day.

The Cannons fought valiantly under Captain Summer who lead the team by example with a tough brand of footy. Although the Cannons were missing a number of their team mates, they sprung to life with some spirited team efforts, particularly in the third quarter, to get themselves back into the match…threatening to stage a come from behind. To their credit, the Panthers held strong and were able to hold the Cannons at bay and record a comfortable victory.

The home ground advantage has again proved crucial to the success of all the teams in the competition, which is neck and neck from first to sixth with a tight race home to the finals. The Cannons will regroup during the holiday break and come out firing back at Drummoyne Oval in Round 12 on 22 July.

  • Match report by Scott

U15 Youth Girls: Round 10

Canada Bay Cannons U15 Youth Girls v Glebe Greyhounds

Round 10, Drummoyne Oval

Match report by Scott

The Canada Bay Cannons returned to the winners’ list on Sunday in impressive style against the ‘top of the table’ Glebe Greyhounds in the match of the season at Drummoyne Oval.

Led by Captain Emily, the Cannons were back to their brutal best right from the opening bounce. The girls run, team play and tackle pressure quickly asserted a lead over the Greyhounds – the benchmark team in the competition.

The girls maintained their intensity and pressure throughout the entire match and were able to expand the lead during every quarter. This was largely thanks to the defensive effort of the backline which held strong each time the Greyhounds mounted a challenge and a midfield that made smart decisions, skilful plays and looked after their team mates. The team spirit continues to grow within the group and it was obvious to all at the ground the girls are having a lot of fun playing their footy.

The win keeps the girls perfect home record intact and is fostering an excellent rivalry between the Cannons and Greyhounds that has developed over our three meetings so far this season. This rivalry continues to produce high quality football, played in an excellent spirit!

 

U15 Youth Girls: Round 8 Match Report

Canada Bay Cannons U15 Youth Girls v East Sydney Bulldogs

Round 8, St Luke’s Oval

Match report by Scott

The Canada Bay Cannons U15 YG head into the mid season break two games clear in third spot on the ladder after a convincing win over East Sydney Bulldogs on Sunday at St Luke’s Oval.

The Cannons capitalised on a rich vein of form at home against the undermanned Bulldogs and under the leadership of Captain Serina, were largely dominant from the first bounce. The Cannons were brutal from the outset with a high tempo, fast running game and reaped the rewards of some significant goal kicking practice to assert a substantial lead. While it may not have reflected on the scoreboard, the Bulldogs were extremely competitive and were able to move the ball cleanly on a number of occasions with some superb overhead marking proving a huge advantage.

With a comfortable buffer at half time, Coach Michael was able to move players around the ground in the second half to test the girls in a variety of different positions to shape the team for the second half of the season. To their credit, the Bulldogs held the Cannons goalless after half time and were able to rally late in the match, making the best of the windy and rainy conditions to put the Cannons under some late pressure and test their structure. The Cannons backline held tight under pressure and at the final siren, there was plenty of big smiles around the ground after being able win three games in a row!

U15 Youth Girls: Match Report Round 6

U15 Canada Bay Cannon Youth Girls v Maroubra Saints

Round 5, Heffron Park

Match report by Scott

The Canada Bay Cannons U15 Youth Girls took on ladder leaders Maroubra Saints in miserable conditions on Sunday Morning at Heffron Park. After a tough slog and the Cannons holding a slender lead for most of the match, to use a fishing analogy, it was the one that got away (unfortunately).  That being said, there were many positives in what was an absolute cracking game of footy!

The Cannons really fired up after a hard couple of weeks and under the leadership of Captain Grace F, played a tough, uncompromising brand of footy in front of a special gathering of Mums keen to celebrate Mother’s Day with a big away win. The girls’ performance continues to illustrate the significant improvement they have made under Coach Michael during the season.

At one stage, the storm force winds, sideways rain and freezing temperature looked like putting a damper on the match, however, the Cannons made the best of the conditions for the majority of the game to take a slim lead into the 3/4 time break.

The more experienced Saints clicked in the final term and although the Cannons defended (and defended some more), it wasn’t enough and the Saints were able to carve out a gritty one-point win.

After the disappointment of coming so close had abated, there were many positives to take from the match. It is significant to note that at one stage, nine of the 15 Cannons on the field were in their first season of AFL, and had played no more than five games each – there were even two who were playing their first game. Despite their inexperience, they were able to match it with the top of the comp! The future is bright!!

There is still a lot of improvement left in the Cannons, but they are loving the contest, loving their footy and can’t wait for a crack at Moore Park this weekend.

U15Youth Girls: Round 4 Match Report

Match report by Coach Michael

On Sunday 6 May, the under 15-2 Youth Girls  travelled back to Jubilee Oval to face the rampaging Glebe Greyhounds again.

The previous Sunday the girls had played the same team, at the same venue, and went down 10.4-64 to 3.4-22, against a side filled with seven Swans Academy players. With their first defeat of the season, we returned to training with renewed focus and worked hard on our defence, clearing the ball in the back pocket as well as some forward leading drills.

Game day arrived and the girls were more focused in their warm up, which really showed in the first quarter. They restricted the Greyhounds to only a couple of behinds and fought tooth and nail for the ball. The backs worked together as a unit to clear the ball out of danger and the whole team defended and marked hard. The second quarter turned out to be a repeat of the first with only a goal and few behinds conceded.

During the third quarter, through their dogged defence, the Cannons managed to slip the ball forward into attack and managed a few shots on goal. Unfortunately the football gods were not smiling on us that day, and we only managed a few behinds. The Greyhounds regrouped, and with some very good kicking and marking skills, punished us with some quick response goals.

The Cannons fought hard into the fourth quarter; however a lack of any reserves meant the girls were getting tired while the Greyhounds were running two reserves. The score blew out slightly in the fourth, and the Greyhounds were helped home by an enthusiastic home crowd cheering them on. The final score of 6.7-43 to 0.5-5 reflected the Cannons improved defence from the previous week.