U13-2: Round 10

Canada Bay Cannons U13-2 v Manly Bombers

Round 10, St Luke’s Oval

Match report by Stephen; pics by Sonia

Round 10 saw the Cannons at home against Manly Bombers who were sitting equal top of the ladder. The last time these two teams met the Cannons were short of players and the Bombers delivered a footballing lesson with the Cannons kicking only a solitary goal for the game. Since then the Cannons had suffered a heartbreaking 1 goal loss before a courageous season defining win in the wet against the Lions. Last week it took hard work in blustery conditions for four quarters before the Cannons could account for Pennant Hills. It was only an outstanding four goal final quarter that put that game beyond doubt and delivered with it a much needed confidence boost.

If you based your assessment on previous games and ladder positions few would have expected much of the Cannons for this game. Confidence is such an important part of football and the confidence earned from back to back wins coupled with a few players returning prompted the coaches to deliver this simple pre- game message to the players: “You have the talent and ability to win this game and win it well. We just need 100% effort from every player. Work hard and you will do it.”

No doubt there are times in every football season where people must look at the coach and say “What was he thinking?” but today the Cannons proved the coaches absolutely right as they started with an intensity that left the Bombers completely bewildered. With Daniel back in the ruck, Coops, James, and Damo were electric repeatedly delivering the ball into the forward line giving Jayden, Texas, Jack and JB plenty of opportunities.

The importance of a fast start can never be underestimated and a four goal burst saw the Cannons with the early lead and plenty of confidence going into the first break. The Bombers were always going to regroup and fire up in the second quarter but the Cannons were able to rely on the fresh legs of Fraser, Husky and Jye off the bench as the game developed into a good old fashioned low scoring arm wrestle. Even with the benefit of the breeze the Cannons were only able to add 1 goal 1 to their score line so it became clear that the third quarter was set to define the game.

With the breeze stiffening at the start of the 3rd, the Cannons defence would be tested but the ever solid combinations of Matt P, Mattie G, Eathan and Killa refused to let the Bombers kick a goal. The game was intense, physical, and played at a frenetic pace but the Cannons were up to the task. Lochie, Stewy, Matt B and the lightning quick Max played smart and fast football moving the ball from defence into attack allowing the Cannons to record 2 goals against the breeze and extend their lead.

With a comfortable lead some may have thought that the fourth quarter would lack excitement but anyone who saw the intensity on the faces in the ¾ time huddle knew the Cannons wanted to make a statement. With the breeze at the backs and a point to prove the Cannons ran away with the game booting 4 goals 4 for the quarter to record their highest score for the season.

It was an intense and very physical contest. It was fast and at times furious and the score line dominancy was not evident during the game. Ultimately the victory was the result of the Cannons doing a number of things really. They were first to the ball. They ran hard. They tackled hard. They shepherded. They passed to team mates in space and they worked together as a team. They did this and just as the coaches said… they won and they won well!

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