Under 13/2 Cannons v Pennant Hills Demons

Round 3

Match report by Stephen; Pictures by Sonia

“Intimidating”. That was probably the best way to describe the prospect of playing against a team that so far in season 2018 had recorded two emphatic victories. The Demons looked tall, strong, fit and skilled and no doubt arrived at Drummoyne Oval full of confidence. Despite this, the mood in the Cannons dressing room was determined and focused. The boys took themselves through their warm up drills without the usual mucking around. From the gaze of 17 steely eyed determined faces it was clear the Cannons meant business. With the benefit of a slight breeze and the significant benefit of self belief the Cannons showed  their best game. They were hard and uncompromising at the ball. When the quarter time siren blew the Cannons had registered three straight goals and completely shut down the Demon’s dangerous midfield.

“Intense”. That is probably the best way to describe the arm wrestle that developed in the second quarter. From the unfamiliar position of being behind on the scoreboard the Demons threw everything at the game but the Cannons held firm, matched them in every regard extending their lead with another unanswered goal. Half time – halfway there  and the Cannons started to truly believe.

“Inclusive”. What other word can describe the effort from only 17 players, including one carrying an injury into the game, against a team with a full bench? Every single player needed to contribute and the Cannons were up to the task peppering away at the sticks and maintaining the unrelenting pressure throughout the third quarter.

“Inspirational”.  The best description for the Cannons performance in the last quarter. Ignoring injuries and exhaustion the entire team continued playing out of their skins to ensure they would not see their ¾ time lead disappear.

The rugged backline of Matt G, Eathn, and Husky were miserly in defence feeding the ball to the endless run of Max, Killa, Cruisey, Jye and Lachie. The clearances were dominated by Daniel, JA, Jayden and Damo and the forward line of Texas, JB, Woody, Mattie B and Jack worked perfectly together. There were many outstanding individual performances, but the most impressive factor was that every player took it to another level and the team shone.

As the cliché goes, there is no I in team, and the Cannons demonstrated that a team that plays for each other can achieve anything. Significantly the boys showed belief and played by their team motto:  “Every Player. Every Effort.  Every Time!”

Cannons 6.6.42             Demons 1.3. 9