U12 Orange v Mosman Swans
Round 11, Middle Head Oval
An 8am start at Middle Head Oval saw us take on the 5th placed Mosman Swans. It was certainly brisk and the Cannons took a while to get themselves firing. The first quarter was not one of our best but we did see some great individual performances and it felt like there were three Luke T’s on the field as he was in everything and even managed to bag a goal. Ethan was great around the ruck as was Cooper and Mikhail landed a couple of strong ‘hip and shoulders’ to let the Swans know we were there to play. Things fired up in the 2nd with Denver starting to dominate the ruck, Ethan again working his magic around the ruck and pushing the ball up field to give our forwards some shots at goal. Lucca B fired up and was tackling really well while clearing the ball out to his team mates. Alex P contested hard against a couple of Swans and got the ball away for a behind.
After the long break, and some words of encouragement, we came out looking to stamp our mark on the Swans and show them why we are equal to any team in the competition. Luke T was again outstanding and somehow inserted himself into pretty much every passage of play, Cooper got a goal and was moving the ball really well, which again created opportunities for the boys up front. Mikhail made it hard for the Swans to move the ball which meant they didn’t get too much to their forwards and – if they did manage to get near our goal – our backs, led by Alex, simply shut them down. We moved into the final quarter a couple of goals down and the whole team lifted, which kept the ball moving in the right direction and creating opportunities to score. Lachie W had a couple of screamer marks, was kicking strongly as usual while moving around the field to get involved. Aiden grabbed an important behind and Denver nailed a goal that pushed us into the lead. Luca B sealed the deal with a goal and behind in what was a outstanding performance for the day.
We can put the slow start down to the cold weather and it was great to see the team lift and focus on moving the ball forward, talking to each other and putting themselves in a position to create opportunities and score points. We are marking well but our kicking and securing the ball off the ground needs work. A Mosman dad commented to me that our “defensive wall” was game changing and was not allowing them any chances to score. Easts and Westbrook will be watching our game tapes to try and figure out how they are going to play the best team in the comp.
Great effort everyone, please work on your kicks and picking the ball up of the ground (bend your knees to lower your centre of gravity and keep you balanced while you scoop the ball up). Singing the club song is always a lottery and this week was no exception, unfortunately parents I don’t think we have any future Voice winners on the team. Overall a really pleasing game and another WIN for the mighty U12-3 Orange Cannons.