U13-2 Canada Bay Cannons v St Ives

Round 7, St Lukes Oval

Match report by Stephen; milestone scoreboard slides by Graeme; pictures by Sonia

There is something significant about the year 2005. Aside from the fact that the boys playing in the Cannons Under 13/2s were all born in 2005, this was the start of one of the greatest ever rivalries between two AFL clubs, the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles. From September 2005 these two teams played six consecutive games where the final margin was less than one goal.

When the Cannons played St Ives in Round 1, 2018, they conceded six goals in the first half before charging back into the game to wrestle control and take the lead just on ¾ time. In a see-sawing final term, St Ives finished strongly winning the game by two points.

In what is shaping into a rivalry equal to the Swans/Eagles of 13 years ago the Cannons and Saints played out another thrilling encounter where the margin this time was just one straight kick. Again the Cannons conceded early goals, this time finding themselves staring at a four goal deficit at quarter time. Again the Cannons fought back to chisel away at the deficit while restricting the Saints attack. Again there was less than a goal separating the two teams at the final break and again the Saints found a way to sneak home in the final term. It was tense, gripping, heart in the mouth stuff and were it not for a few lucky bounces, an occasional gust of wind and a couple of shots hitting the woodwork, the result could easily have gone the other way.

Although the Cannons didn’t get the points in Round 7 there were plenty of positives to come out of the game. Daniel’s work rate all around the ground is outstanding. His ability in the air is well known but so too now his tackling and second efforts at the ball on the ground. Each week Damo sets a new benchmark with his work rate and Husky marked his 100thgame with another solid performance. Joining him in the 100 club is Max who prides himself on playing a better game every single week. Lachie, played his best game for the year and Cruisey,  Matt P and Matt B were again consistent and reliable. The back line fought hard all day, led by another solid four-quarter effort from Eathn. Eathn’s efforts, particularly his courageous “with the flight of the ball” marking in the final quarter were a highlight and crucial to keeping the Cannons in the contest.

Perhaps the greatest highlight though came from the St Ives coach who complimented the Cannons posts-game on their gutsiness, determination and ‘never give in’ attitude, commenting he was looking forward to meeting in the finals!

Perhaps he also believes that these two clubs, and this developing rivalry between them, will push each other to play better each week and seek constant improvement. Perhaps also, like the Eagles and Swans all those years ago, there is a premiership beckoning.