Canada Bay Cannons vs North Ryde Dockers
ELS Hall, Sunday 7 April, Round One
Match report by Stephen
For many of the Cannons U14s summer sport has only just finished and several players taking the field in Div 2 at North Ryde hadn’t even played a trial game this year. Coach Brian was concerned that with a rain interrupted pre-season and a number of experienced players away for the first round, the team would be underdone.
Arriving at the ground the unseasonally hot temperature on the artificial surface at Ryde presented another concern – that the players would get baked!
There were certainly a few cobwebs early in the game as passes fell short and marks slipped through fingers. The first quarter was a tight contest as the Cannons struggled to find their rhythm. It took until after the quarter time break for the centre combination of Damo and The Big Riggers, ably assisted by new recruit Elliot, to gain the ascendancy. With Stewy and Broady coming in off the wings the forward entries were plentiful. Tall options in Woody and JB worked perfectly with Husky and Texas while another new recruit, Daniel added flare and pace in front of goals.
The defence wasoutstanding for the entire game significantly limiting the Dockers opportunities at goal. Cruisey, Eathn, Killa and Jayden worked like a well oiled machine regularly turning defence into attack. The backs were at their frugal best not conceding a single point for 30 minutes of football.
It was new and refreshing to see junior player Damien step up and help out (thanks Damien) but it was equally enjoyable to the familiar sights: Grechy dropping his trademark bone crunching shepherds and JK on a full speed run and bounce (maybe one too many 😉 before slotting through goals.
Overall it was an all round exceptional team effort. Special mention to Woody and Damien who backed up from earlier games and to first gamers Daniel and Elliot – who enjoyed the traditional drenching in the post game song.
The surface at North Ryde may be artificial, but the effort, commitment and endeavour showed by each of the Canada Bay Cannons was most certainly genuine. With a bench of only one, there were plenty of hot and flushed faces at the end of the game, but those faces sported massive smiles. Early concerns about the boys being underdone were systematically disproved with four quarters of quality footy. It’s true, when the final siren sounded, the Cannons looked cooked…..but cooked to perfection!