Cannons 13-2 vs Maroubra Saints

Round 5, Drummoyne Oval

Match report by Stephen

After an unusually hot autumn, Mothers Day 2018 brought with it a sudden reminder that winter is almost upon us.

The temperature dropped as the swirling wind stopped only long enough to let light rain fall. It was exactly the sort of weather that made Cannons Mums really appreciate their hot cup of tea in bed as they snuggled under a warm doona to open their gifts. No doubt there were many beautiful gifts received, but there may have also been some Mums who used the well known expression, “It’s not the gift but the thought that counts!”

Over at Drummoyne Oval, Maroubra Saints used the strong breeze to gain the early ascendency showing all watching why they were considered the competition benchmark. It was an interesting assessment at quarter time as the Cannons players responded to the question from the coaches: “How do you think you went?” Their own assessment can’t be repeated here, other than to say it was very blunt, very honest and probably not the sort of language your mother wants to hear!

The second quarter was a far better effort from the Cannons who registered 4 more scoring shots than their opponents, but inaccuracy in front of goal saw only a marginal reduction in the deficit. The positive signs though were players started to find their groove and restricting the Saints run and attack.

Against the wind in the third quarter was another tough ask but the Cannons dug deep with some desperate defence ensuring the scoreboard deficit increased by less than a goal. At three quarter time huddle there was a definite sense that with smart use of the wind the Cannons may have been able to pull off a remarkable comeback. The Saints, however, had other ideas and flooded their defence to restrict the Cannons’ opportunities. The final quarter became an arm wrestle with both teams only managing to score once. For three quarters the Cannons had matched it with the top team in the comp, but conceding a 4 goal lead in the first quarter proved to be insurmountable.

Despite the cold it was great to see so many families come out to support the boys and no doubt the Mums appreciated the hot scones, croissants and tea and coffee on offer. Huge thanks to Mike and Mick for getting it organised and to Brian for his help on the day.  Speaking of supporters, a special mention to Jayden who, with his leg heavily strapped, braved the cold to cheer on his team mates!

As coaches we realise that not all kids are alike. Some are gifted with speed, others strength, and others have natural skills. Watching the top of the ladder Maroubra Saints play certainly indicates  they have a number of very gifted players. But as the expression goes, “it’s not the gift but the thought that counts” and a team that can play smart footy will always succeed. For the Cannons it will be about learning from the experience and looking to next week to think about the game and play smarter footy.

That is what will really count.