Canada Bay Cannons U13 Orange v Forest Lions
Football this season has been tough for the boys, fitness has been a challenge now we are playing on a full pitch. With a few fill-ins we fielded 17 players, the Cannons were prepared for a fiercely contested game and ready to put in 100% effort to get a win at Drummoyne Oval where most of the boys started there AFL journey and holds a special place.
The first quarter was played at a frantic pace with every one of Forest Lions attacks forward being stopped by desperate Cannons defence. Russell led the back line superbly to capitalise on our numbers out wide and through the middle, our first goal came from a fantastic run by Damien through the middle defensive line to put a kick on to the chest of Leo who in tern played it back to Damien to slot home to goal! Just the start the boys wanted as they all understood the importance of a strong start. Cannons second goal came from excellent defensive play from Russell quickly moving the ball into the forward line for another great mark by Leo who provided Alexander his opportunity for a goal and once the ball left the boot it was true and straight putting the Cannons into the lead.
Forest Lions hit back strong in the 2nd quarter tacking it up another level, our boys held firm in the middle of the park – strong tackles, handballs out of trouble and determination in chasing down almost every attacking move Forest threw at them. Ethan showed speed out wide doing a great job of delivering the forwards opportunity. The effort from Forest was relentless and our boys could keep up the same pace they displayed in the first quarter and relinquished the lead heading into half time. In another blow Russell was ruled out of the match with injury he picked up whilst leading our defensive backline.
The third quarter was a constant stream of attack with William stepping up defensively with strongly contested marks turning Forest’s attacking forwards away. However the attack form Forest was relentless with our boy’s struggling to get the ball through to our forwards. Forest jumped further ahead and the game slipped away from the Cannons, however the boys still fought hard in every contest every loose ball giving 100% effort until the siren.
Cannons last quarter was full of spirit not one boy gave in regardless of the scoreboard. What ever was said from the coach’s at quarter time seemed to click with the boys and there was renewed vigour and improvement across the park as the boys attempted to fight back. Mikhail scrapped well in the contests and won the ball keeping his composure to pick out Denver on the flank who spotted Alex Pippia in space the ball was delivered to Alex who tore apart the defensive line with great evasion to steer home the Cannons last goal of the day – Great Goal Alex! In the back line Felix William and Kaelan stood tall turning away attack and spoiling certain goals with desperate goal line defence.
This game was a great improvement from the previous week and every player displayed the courage, determination and commitment to wear the Cannons jersey. Cannons success on the day came from team work, playing for each other and never giving up until the final siren.