Cannons fire up in showdown thriller
This week’s game will go down as one of the best this season. The apprehension was palpable as our Cannons Under 12s Orange came up against the undefeated, top-of-the ladder Westbrook Bulldogs in their first match up of the season.
While the Bulldogs got the jump by scoring early, Cannons were buoyed by Jasper’s sensational mark, plucked right out of the air. The Bulldogs managed to get points on the board in the first quarter while Cannons were still settling in and overcoming early nerves. Q1: WB 19/CBC 7
The Cannons flew into the second half with lightning defence by Toby, Kaelen, Mikhail and Alex P. Buoyed by such skill, Cannons went on to dominate possession and territory, edging their way to lead by one point by the end of the second quarter (Q2: WB 25/CBC 26).
Cannons came out strong in the third quarter and Lachlan made it rain, to further emphasise Cannons’ lead. Toby reigned as ultimate ruckman and the Cannon’s fast forwards dominated including outstanding performances from Luke B, Aidan, Lucca, Hamish and Luke caused Westbrook’s pressure to fade, and the match taken from their hands. (Q3: WB26/CBC 45)
The Bulldogs’ fate was sealed in the fourth quarter by stellar performances of the backs including Damien, Alex H, Russell and Felix (keeping cool under pressure), shut down any attack by the Bulldogs forwards. Cooper was brilliant with his fast feet and inside contested work and superb teamwork was on display by all the boys including Bailey and Siam. (Q4: WB30/CBC 52).
With such a convincing win, the boys head into the semis with the finals in their sights. Though other teams may consider themselves contenders, it’s hard to imagine any side having the defensive capabilities to handle a firing Cannons forward line.