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Round One – u17s Div 3 Mongrel Ducks v Pittwater

A new team takes the field

The Mongrel Ducks stepped into the unknown at Jubilee Oval on Sunday and ended their day knowing that this joint venture will be a success.

Eight Canada Bay boys teamed up with eight from Glebe/Newtown and under the excellent guidance of coaches Matt and Jack, they gelled together instantly, shared the footy with each other and even reunited with old primary school friends.

And they showed a lot of heart. With no-one on the bench against a fully stocked Pittwater outfit, they went into the final term only a couple of goals down but ran out of legs to lose by close to five goals.

The scoreboard was no reflection on their effort and, with more time together, they’ll only get better.

Matt says he was very impressed with the boys’ attitude and ability to work together so quickly.

Manfred will go down in trivia quizzes as the Ducks’ first goalkicker for 2020 when he played as a speedy lead up target in the first half. But he was a lot more than that, going into the ruck in the second half and holding his own against some much bigger opponents. “Manfred showed exceptional leadership, with multiple efforts at the contest,” Matt said.

Will put his hand up to start in the ruck and despite his lack of experience there, won plenty of hitouts against three opponents and then crumbed an excellent goal when shifted forward in the second half.

Matt described Tommo as a “very useful rover who went in for the hard ball in the contest. Excellent option and use of the football under pressure and around the ground. Went forward when needed a breather and remained effective in applying forward pressure.”

Fin worked his way into the game in the second half and took multiple intercept marks, including a typically brave effort going back with the flight of the ball, while his tackling was also rewarded with free kicks. “Fin used the football well and stood up when needed most,” Matt said.
Brayden read the play well on the half back line with a couple of intercept marks and a solid kick to targets down the line, while Matt was impressed with first gamers Luis and Nick.

“Luis found great position throughout the game taking marks when the ball came to him and then kicking to a good spot. And Nick was handy as an outside runner on the wing and off the back flank. Worked well in the back pocket beating his man or applying pressure.”

Another first gamer, Tom Ryan, made an instant impact with his speed, physicality and massive boot. “Thomas has blistering speed which he used to his advantage to get to the contest first,” Matt said. “Very physically imposing on the opposition and make a great effort. Switched the midfield to give others a break, Thomas’ physical presence helped create more stoppages.”

So it was a really encouraging effort first up and if the boys keep at it, they’ll have a good season. Thanks to our friends from Glebe for managing the team and ensuring all went smoothly.