Under 14s: Rd 10

Canada Bay Cannons U14 v Willoughby Mosman

Round 10, Drummoyne Oval

Match report by Paul, photo by Kylie. See Facebook for the complete gallery.

We’re obviously enjoying our occasional games back at Drummoyne, but the boys are sure making it hard on the crowd’s nerves. A draw and now a one point loss have had us on the edge of our seats, up on our toes and proud of the boys’ efforts.

That elusive win is within reach – keep playing four quarters and keep helping each other out and it will come.

After going into the final quarter two points behind we were quickly 14 down when the Swans kicked a couple of early goals. But we weren’t out. We kept up the pressure and kept fighting for the footy.

Relentless forward pressure at each contest eventually popped the ball out to Cooky who eluded a few would be tacklers, threw the ball onto his trusty left boot and his long range snap rolled in to put us within eight points.

Moments later, Ben M took a typical strong mark on the 50m line, dished out a handball to a running Mala who stepped around the defence and finished it off with a classic midfielder’s goal to set us up for a thrilling final few minutes – again.

The crowd lifted when another long range shot headed toward goal only to be just touched on the line and it was down to one point. The Swans managed to get the ball forward and camped there for a while, with our defenders scrambling and fighting to keep them out. Then, with 30 seconds left, we had one last ditch hope as the ball was hacked forward into plenty of space toward our goal. It was all up to the unpredicatble bounce of the Sherrin. And the Sherrin won.

The game started with plenty of good signs – Finn’s big tackles, Ben’s strong lead and Hugh’s sharp pass. Paddy steered home a set shot from the boundary after an intercept mark from a kick in, while Alex was strong at his new home in defence and we were eight points up at quarter time.

Brayden was taking marks in defence to celebrate his 150th game, as was Cooky, while Ozy’s shepherd showed the way and Manfred continues his bullocking good form.

We let them in for a couple of goals in the second quarter but hit back in the third when Frazer did the heavy work in close to get the ball to Hugh who stepped, turned and sold some candy before slotting a ripper goal to bring us back into the contest and set up the exciting final term.

It’s great to have Tank and Archie back after their long term injuries. Tank’s been solid in the ruck and in defence and Archie’s crunching tackles and clearing kicks have been crucial.
With five games to go, let’s play 20 quarters of footy and that win will come!

CANADA BAY 4.3 27 Goals: Paddy, Hugh, Ben C, Nic.