U12-3 Orange Cannons v Willoughby Wildcats
1st Quarter: The first quarter was a tough, hard fought contest.
Felix, Russell, Damien and Denver (who made his first appearance for the year) were all working hard across the backline against the attack of the Wildcats.
Lucca, Mikhail, and and Luke were working hard across the half forward line to keep the ball there and convert scoring opportunities.
Toby was brilliant in the ruck and following up around the ground.
At the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats were in front but only due to them being able to convert their opportunities. Damien and Luke managed to get the Cannons on the board with a point each.
Quarter time score: Canada Bay 0.2.2 to the Wildcats 2.0.12
2nd Quarter: This was a much more free flowing quarter as the boys started to settle into their game.
Coach Anthony swung Felix up forward for this quarter and he clearly likes this part of the ground as he dominated with strong overhead marking and body work around the pack with his head over the ball.
Lucca was again finding the ball and linked up with Felix on multiple occasions to keep the attack in our forward half.
Alex and Russell were proving to be ever reliable down back and drove the ball into our forward half on several occasions with strong work in the bottom of the packs and tackling to force turnovers.
Toby and Hamish combined well in the middle with Hamish reading the ball of the nice tap work that Toby was providing to the midfield.
Ethan and Lachlan were also starting to inject themselves into the game with great support and endeavour shown by Luke.
Felix finished the quarter with 2 goals off the back of his hard work,which had the Cannons back in the game at the long break.
Half time score: Canada Bay 2.2.14 to the Wildcats 3.1.19
3rd Quarter: The quarter start with a great tackle from Ethan who was showing great determination around the ground to try to help the team surge forward.
Mikhail was back on the ground and combined brilliantly with Alex and Russell to clear the ball from down back.
Damien was in the middle to give Toby a rest after his hard work around the ground, and was providing the link to get the ball forward.
Lachlan and Cooper were starting to find their form from Round One and were linking up with handballs up the wing.
Denver was also back on the ground after a 2nd quarter break, and took great marks as well as sending the ball forward with his penetrating kick.
Alex (#3) was also starting to get into the game with some hard in and under work around the packs and showing great determination to try and get the ball towards goal.
The team worked tirelessly however to keep the Wildcats scoreless for the quarter.
3rd Quarter Score: Canada Bay 2.3.15 to the Wildcats 3.1.19
4th Quarter: The boys continued to work hard into the final quarter with Felix again getting his body over the ball.
Felix got boot to ball and landed the ball in the goal square where Alex (#3) was able to get boot on ball but just couldn’t clear the Wildcats defence to get the goal.
Bailey and Kaelen injected themselves into the game and were working really hard to keep the ball up forward with great marking, strong tackling and long kicks into our forward line.
Lachlan managed to register a behind on the board but the Cannons needed a goal to get their noses in front.
Damien, Denver, Mikhael, and Alex were again strong down back managing to repel every attack from the Wildcats.
Alex (#3) continued to find himself on the bottom of the pack as part of the small forward brigade who were trying to help Felix, but it was our full back Alex who drifted down the ground and managed to kick a true back man’s goal which put the Cannons in front with 2 mins to play.
Luke worked really hard in the last couple of minutes and with the help of the backline held the Wildcats scoreless for the final quarter and the Cannons snatched the win.
Final Score: Canada Bay 3.4.22 def Wildcats 3.1.19
A really hard fought game for the Cannons who built the first round win.
Special mention to Felix for a fantastic hard and tough first quarter down back and his two goals in the second quarter.
Russell, Alex and Mikhail for their defensive work, with Mikhail having a standout game and one of the best he has played in his junior footy career.
Lachlan and Luke were linked up really well across the middle once the ball was provided to them from either Toby or Damien who stood tall throughout and provided a great presence for the team around the ground.