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PRELIMINARY FINAL MATCH REPORT Sunday August 27th 2017
Under 14 Port/SouthMelb Div4 SMD 5.8.38 Beaten by EastMalvern 7.9.51
Goal Kickers Jackson Bouwman 1, Josh Nicol 1, Paddy Gowland 1, Finn McMahon 1, Raph Koz 1
Best Players Josh Nicol, Finn McMahon, Liam Monaghan, Paddy Gowland, Jackson Cox, Tate Gibson, Nick James, Marlow Perrott
Match Day Awards Liam Monaghan, Steve Axias, Jackson Cox; Honourable mention - Paddy & Finn
We gathered at our home ground at Port Melbourne to play East Malvern at 12:30 for a place in the GF. A hard running & tall side we had beaten them on two previous occasions. Finals footy is a different pace & expectations are higher. Captains selected by their peers, Steve A (backline), Marlow P (Midfield) & Ellieh L-M (Forward) led theboys&revvedthemuponelasttime.Thetosslostforcedustokickwithafavourable3goalwindforthe1st 1/4.
Our first 1⁄4 with Monna, Woody, Ellieh, & Finn in the middle had success with an early clearance. Darcy & Jackson B on the wings were to interchange with Jake & Tommy K. With a playing list of 23, the game was scrappy to start & despite the build-up & best efforts, we could not capitalise on the scoreboard. The boys worked hard. 4 inside 50’s for 1.1. The goal, a ripper long bomb by Jackson Bouwman. In contrast East Malvern through their tall lads were bombing it into their forward line and putting much pressure on our backs. They held strong led by Paddy, Jackson Cox and Steve. Those boys muscled through traffic and kicked out to the flanks time and again. As with last week dropped marks hurt. Our intensity was up supported by the 15 tackles in that 1⁄4. Finn was simply awesome. With scores of 1.1 to their 1.2 we had not used the wind to our best advantage and now neededtodefendhard.Withonly2marksinthis1⁄4,1betterthanlastweekwewereclearlybelowour1st1⁄4 seasons average of 10!
In the second 1⁄4 we knew the pressure would be on early. Nick James was in the back pocket to add speed and skill & he did not disappoint. His 1⁄4 was outstanding. Their talls imposed themselves & held every mark that went their way. They kicked long with the breeze. Against 1⁄4 time instructions we continued to handball rather than kick long to space. We looked tentative & a little nervous. Their 4.2 1⁄4 was excellent & although we did score 1.1 through a goal from a free kick awarded to Finn there was not much to celebrate. Jackson and Paddy continued to do well down back. Steve kick out from Full back was awesome, clearing the 50 metre line multiple times as he took on the FF with impressive run. Lukas, Marlow and Ellieh had worked hard but rewards did not present on the scoreboard.
The first half done - The score line read 2.3.15 to East Malvern 5.4.34. It was only 3 goals and now with the windwesetourselvesupforthe3rd1⁄4.Timetoreset.With9markstohalftime,animprovementonthe1st1⁄4but stillwellbelowour1sthalfseason’saverageof20.Ourendeavourwasreflectedinourtacklecountof27.
In the third 1⁄4 we came out to play and after a struggle managed to find the goals. First through Paddy after a ripper mark and then Raph converted from a mark 25 metres out from a quick kick forward. 4 behinds were also scored & this cost us dearly. Had 1 or 2 of these been converted, the momentum & energy of the team would have changed. The boys found it difficult chasing the score down. Josh worked hard up forward & Darcy gave us some run so to Raph. Our 6 inside 50’s and 4 scoring shots (2 rushed behinds) was impressive. Another 7 marks this1⁄4wassameasthe2nd1⁄4andtacklecountat9wasacceptable.Atoughcalldeflatedtheboysonthe3⁄4time siren when East Malvern lined up from a set shot that appeared to shave the post...but not so given and a goal awarded!
Just the same, East Malvern worked harder, sensing an upset they were very good. Despite the controversy the boys needed to focus on the task at hand. We were only 12 points down and 20 minutes is a long time in football.
In the last 1⁄4 Nick James was pushed back to the forward line after a stellar performance down back. Paddy had played everywhere and was as strong in the backline as he was on the ball. You could see the boys were trying hard, perhaps a little too hard. Perhaps we were just overthinking it. We could see from the boundary line that the ball didn’t bounce favourably on occasions we overran & fumbled at other times. We continued to drop easy marks. They dropped nothing! However, credit to our boys they really stuck at it. There have been some great marks this year. Perhaps the best of them was Nick James launch in this 1⁄4 against their big ruckman to bring down a huge mark and ended up with a bloody nose. Marlow took his kick & kick well he did with the ball just fading for a behind. Cleaned up, Nick went back on and was very competitive, the return of Isaac and him playing with what is believed to be a broken nose was courageous as was Darcy who returned to the field after a wrist injury. Woody was brave & competitive. The end result was 5.8 to East Malvern 7.9, with the difference being EastMalvernaccuracywiththewind.Their4.2inthe2nd1⁄4toour2.4inthe3rd1⁄4alongwiththecleanhandsin the air the difference. Bad luck lads!
Season Summary – Despite the disappointment of not making the GF, the boys matured greatly in their football journey. In 2016 when they first got together as U13 Div 4, they were goalless in 2 of 3 first games and only managed 44 goals for the season & 3 wins. This year the U14 Div 4 made finals with 18 boys from the 2016 original U13 side that played in rounds 1-3. The team kicked 134 goals & won 12 games to record the highest %. 26 boys kicked goals, 22 with multiple goals. They conceded per game an average of 30 pts & scored 68 pts. All the boy’s performance this year dramatically improved. Per game average: 40 marks, 44 tackles, 21 scoring shots from 36 inside 50’s. This season’s learning is to take opportunities when presented, to build strong self-belief & to strive to improve composure with the ball by hand and foot.
Thanks to an awesome group of supportive parents, a great bunch of boys & my trusted assistant coach Rodney Cox that made this season very enjoyable! Special thanks for support also to Annette Mahoney & to Bruce Plant who’s commitment and support is second to none.
Match Report Round 15 Sunday August 13th
Under 14 Port/South Melb Div 4 SMD 12.5.77 def Ajax 3.5.23
Goal Kickers: Ellieh Laurent-Miller 4, Nick James 3, Thomas Bradshaw 2, Liam Ashbrook 1, Liam Monaghan 1
Best Players: Thomas Bradshaw, Lukas ‘Woody’ Woodhouse, Ellieh Laurent-Miller, Nick James, Finn McMahon Josh Nicol
Match Day Awards Thomas Bradshaw, Ellieh Laurent-Miller, Finn McMahon
The last week of the home and away matches & we played Ajax at SMDSC. Ajax had beaten us in Rd8 by 6 points with an awesome start kicking 6 goals in the first ¼ to 1. We knew they could start well and were keen to ensure Rd 8 did not repeat. Captain, Liam Kavenagh led our boys out. He won the toss kicking to the club room end against the wind, our preferred plan.
Our first ¼ started with Marlow in the ruck & Woody, Isaac and Oscar in the middle. We kicked against the wind and were on early. A chain of handballs from the centre wing beginning with Jake to Josh to Nick at HF who played on quickly and kicked to Ellieh. He found Thomas on a lead & quickly handballed to Josh & with precision kicking found Liam A at full forward who converted for our first major. The boys started well. When the ball came out from the centre again Thomas was there to mark and when he wasn’t marking he was handballing to advantage. He kicked 2 goals in this ¼ from strong marks. His movement & run was impressive! His goal assist a ripper when he ran into the forward pocket & took notice of a call from Nick on the inside & answered with a creative left handball to him. Nick on the charge was able to straighten up and kicked a running goal – magic!! This was Nick’s first of 3 for the match. He was very lively early. But it wasn’t just the goals we celebrated.
It was the big shepherds from Josh Nicol and tackles of Finn, Oscar and Monna that set the tone along with marks Jake took and endeavour of Liam Ashbrook & the Jackson ‘Twins’. The run and carry of Woody so important in that ¼. It was these endeavours and the team work that set us up with a 4.2 to 2.1 quarter.
In the second ¼ we were with the wind and used it well kicking 5.2 from 8 inside 50’s & kept them scoreless. Tremendous efforts by our back line lead by Steve down deep, Captain Kavo at HB and Lukas repelling any attack with long kicks forward from CHB. We played with 4 men on the HB line and left 2 deep. We wanted to exert max pressure & attack off HB. Both Marlow and Monna shared ruck duties and were awesome. Our rover Oscar was dumped in many tackles but refused to lie down. Undefeated he rose like Lazarus time & again to inspire his team.
In this ¼ Ellieh and Nick kicked 2 each and a celebrated goal by Jackson Bouwman. Each goal could be written about in some detail. Safe to say that team work from work down back & in the middle by the likes of Woody, Marlow, Monna, Oscar, Isaac and Finn placed so much pressure on Ajax they couldn’t keep up with the supply forward. If marks were dropped we pounced. Forward pressure absent for a couple of weeks had returned and the boys were awesome. An Ellieh goal from a mark at FF came from a Liam A kick to Macca who marked and handballed to the running Liam A who delivered pin point to Ellieh. A Monna mark and long kick to Woody now on the ball found Nick who slotted one through. For the highlight’s reel we look to Jackson Bouwman’s goal. A classic run, gather and weave and long kick using the wind from 40 metres sailed through. He did the ‘airplane’ flight to celebrate & picked up some ‘high 5’s’ from teams mates as he made his way back to his wing. Great stuff! At half time we had a commanding lead 9.4 to 2.1. Our tackle count and marks of 24 & 22 respectively matched our benchmark. Our conversion rate to inside 50’s was close to 70% & much improved from prior weeks. Could this continue?
In the third ¼ the wind picked up. We identified the dead pocket and agreed to keep Ajax to that pocket. This proved very successful as they only managed 1.3, however, the coach must not have emphasised the need to score…. We worked very hard and the boys applied great pressure & kept at it. Jack Dunne came into his own in this ¼ and Zac was proven useful down back. Tommy Keller for his first run since Round 2 found the ball on multiple occasions and no doubt good to have a touch of the footy! Multiple smothers by Finn and tackles rewarded to Oscar and Monna the highlights, as well as great defensive work by Jackson Cox down back with strong body work and clearing kicks. Isaac showed dash when he had the ball & kept hard at it. Even with all this great defensive work we were unable to win the stoppages and could not trouble the scoreboard despite 4 inside 50’s. At ¾ time the score line was 9.4 to 3.4
Going into the final ¼ with the wind in our backs we had some run in us & managed 3.1 to Ajax 1 point. We pushed Ajax out wide refusing them the corridor. Ellieh’s mark from a lead and conversion started us off well. Then followed a long run and kick by Finn to a leading Thomas who passed to Jack D. His pass to Ellieh one for the books to kick his 2nd goal of the ¼ & his 4th for the afternoon (his equal highest in a match this season). Tommy K marked on the wing and transitioned the footy by foot to Jackson B who short passed to Marlow. His bullocking run inspirational ‘don’t argue’ hand in chest of the opponent a copycat of Richmond’s Dusty Martin effort fantastic! His long kick found Monna & his run and kick from a tight angle to goal just off line - boy was it exciting to watch!! Soon after Monna made amends and slotted a goal from close range, his first for the year and our 26th goal scorer for the year.
Our 15 tackles in the 3rd ¼ was the highest of any ¼ & showed great endeavour even when we found scoring difficult. We finished with 49 tackles, 9 better than our 40 benchmark & 47 marks. If we could improve our composure at stoppages a bit more we could really do some more scoreboard damage. Thanks to all parent helpers on the day.
Match Report Round 14 Sunday August 6th
Under 14 Port/South Melb Div 1 SMD 2.3.15 def by Waverley Park Hawks 10.8.68
Goal Kickers Louie 1, Nick 1
Best Players Max, Nick, Henry, Oscar, Mack, Jake, Louie, Lukas
Match Day Awards Max, Lukas, Nick
Round 14 in Division 1. The competition is strong and the boys continue to learn lots about footy each week. WP Hawks were 4th on the ladder going into this game and a grand finalist in U13 Div1 last season.We played them in Round 7 where they beat us by 24 points. They won the toss and kicked with a strong breeze in near-Arctic conditions - we were < 2km from Waverley Park! Nick Plant who is one of our key players and has made a very significant contribution to the team over many seasons was playing his 100th game–well done Nick. In the pre-match Jason emphasised the importance of a strong finish to the year and to have fun. In particular Jason & Jon spoke to the team about:
1. Be clean, one touch on the ground and in the air
2. Work rate / Make multiple efforts
3. Play on instinct – focus on the next contest
4. At the stoppages – communicate & structure up
5. Leadership by all / use your voice to support your team-mate
6. Have fun
7. Finish the year strong
The big picture was the boys really applied themselves in tough conditions against a good team - and aside from a couple of strong phases by WP Hawks late in Q2 and Q4 - we were right in this game. The boys revved themselves up on the ground at the start of Q1 and Q3 - which was very impressive. They ran, laid shepherds, attacked the footy and applied pressure. For the second week in a row the scoreboard probably didn’t tell the full story – the boys applied themselves for a large part of the game and played some of their strongest footy for the year in extremely tough conditions. There is no doubt that games like this teach the boys a lot. Some key points were:
The boys applied pressure for most of the game – when they do this they are up to any team. The trick here is a good team will take advantage of a momentary release of pressure and score – which is what they did – this has the added effect of lifting the confidence of the opposition to compound the advantage. The next trick is to shut it down quickly!! This is a great lesson for the boys as they build footy knowledge
WP Hawks provided valuable lessons including defensive running, linking and supporting their team-mates with lots of numbers around the ball
The boys did an excellent job at various times during the game where they linked up and took the ball deep out of our D50 and took it deep into our F50 with a series of kicks and marks
The boys self-developed rev-up routine was excellent!!
In the post match Jason let the boys know that if you are open to it - footy is a great provider of lessons & learning and they have a great capacity to learn. He explained to the boys how proud he was of their efforts and learning they have been doing. He also spoke about the importance of committing yourself to the team.
U14 Div 4 aginst Ormond
Ormond forfeited the game so we collected the 4 points.
Match Report Round 13 Sunday July 30th
Under 14 Port/South Melb Div 1 SMD 3.8.26 def by Mordialloc Braeside 17.13.115
Goal Kickers Charlie 2, Paddy 1
Best Players Jesse, Mack, Henry, Nick, Oscar, Max, Jordy, Angus
Match Day Awards Oscar, Mack, Angus
Round 13 in Division 1. The competition is strong and the boys continue to learn lots about footy each week. Modri-Brae is top of the ladder and last time we played them in Round 6 they beat us by 35 points. They won the toss and we kicked with a very slight breeze that strengthened considerably throughout the game. In the pre-match Jason emphasised talking and helping each other – in particular building on the training drill held during the week. Jason & Jon also spoke to the team about:
1. Leadership – talk – instruct
2. Think – anticipate – smart footy
3. Effort & attitude – defensive running
4. Must win stoppages – set up – talk – on the move
5. Forward zone – pressure – lock it in
6. Be pro-active – Just Do (with thanks to John Kennedy)
7. Season is on the line
The game went like this. Q1 – the boys played well - running, supporting and applying pressure. Mordi also played well and took the honours 20 to 7. In Q2 the breeze picked up - and while we had plenty of F50 entries we didn’t hit the scoreboard as much as we might have - HT score was 43 to 15. They had a very strong 2H kicking 72 to our 11 – full time score was 115 to 26. The scoreboard probably didn’t tell the full story – the boys applied themselves for 4 quarters and played some good footy but were beaten by a well-drilled and skilful team. There is no doubt the boys are learning a lot – and they brought learnings to today’s game – including:
The boys applied pressure for parts of the game – when they do this they can take it up to any team – but to beat Mordi they needed to do this for 4 quarters and throughout each quarter
Mordi provided a very valuable lesson in a couple of areas including defensive running, linking and supporting their team-mates around the ball
The boys did an excellent job at various times during the game where they linked up and took the ball deep out of our D50 and took it right into our F50 with a series of kicks and marks including once which resulted in an excellent goal
In the post match Jason let the boys know that if you are open to it - footy is a great provider of lessons & learning. He explained that committing yourself to the team is critical. He also let the boys know he was happy with large aspects of their effort and that despite the scoreline what is important is - what you learn from each game and how you develop from this, how you hold yourself in this situation, the effort you make and your comitment for 4 quarters.
Under 14 Port/South Melb Div 4 SMD 9.7.61 def Beaumaris 4.10.34
Goal Kickers Ellieh Laurent-Miller 3, Raph Koz 3, Nick James 1, Darcy Robb 1, Finn McMahon 1
Best Players Ellieh Laurent-Miller, Liam Monaghan, Thomas Bradshaw, Finn McMahon, Steve Axias, Liam Kavenagh, Nick James, Raph Koz, Isaac Graham
Match Day Awards Mackenzie Hudson, Zac Climpson, Liam Kavenagh
We played Beaumaris away with the wind blowing straight down the ground. Captain, Ellieh Laurent-Miller and our leading goal kicker won the toss and chose to kick against the breeze, our preferred option. Our opponent Beaumarisingoodrecentformwith3winsonthetrotand2ndontheladderwerekeentoknockusoff.Webegan & ended the game with 15 enthusiastic boys after a couple of late withdrawals.
Our first 1⁄4 with Monna in the ruck & new look centre line with Isaac, Nick and Finn started well. We were out of the centre quickly with Finn ‘The Beast’ McMahon attack on the ball inspirational. It wasn’t long before he won a free kick from a perfectly executed tackle & sent the ball forward to Isaac who marked and kicked long to Captain Ellieh. He lined up & converted our first major. This set the standard and the boys & they piled on 4 first 1⁄4 goals against a 3 goal breeze, 2 to Raph who made the most of his opportunities & showed off his silky skills & one to Finn rewarded for another ripper tackle 25 metres out 15 seconds before 1⁄4 end. Thomas Bradshaw was marking well above his head & Tate was imposing himself in the game doing his bit in the air with his ability to kick long a standout feature.
Other highlights was the support the boys gave to each other. In the backline the endeavour of Jack Dunne to smother a ball to stop a certain goal and the cool head of Macca to punch the ball toward the boundary in a contested mark fine examples. To cover the ground we asked special efforts of wingman Jackson B and the run of Darcy to clear the ball from defence to the forward line. Our defence with Steve at FB, Zac, Tate, Nick and Kavo defended well to keep Beaumaris to 3 points. Steve continued the pressure to play on from FB and his long kicking a real standout feature.
In the second 1⁄4 we had the wind and ready to strike but found the going tough. Beaumaris to their credit tightened up and played well. Jack Dunne in the back pocket played a ripper 1⁄4 marking and kicking with accuracy & continues to hit targets with his exceptional kicking skills. Monna rucking around the ground attacked hard & tackled everything not in the Red & White’. If he didn’t win free kicks he caused turn-overs for the likes of Nick, Finn & Raph to take advantage of. Zac playing up forward chased hard & caused one of their guys to panic running into a Darcy tackle & when the small Port South crowd yelled “Baaawaawlll”, the umpire agreed and Darcy lined up & kicked truly from 30 metres. Soon after a centre clearance via Monna to Finn landed with Isaac and he passed off to Nick James from 35 who kicked our second and last goal for the half. A 6.2 to 1.5 first half
was pleasing. 25 tackles in that half was pleasing, however, only 8 scoring shots from 23 inside 50 a little disappointing.
The third 1⁄4 against the breeze was tough. Beaumaris came out to play. In their best 1⁄4 they piled on 3.4 & kept us scoreless with only 4 inside 50’s. We did many things right defensively – a smother by Steve saved a certain goal & another from Ellieh did similar. Steve at FB took his opportunities to run and bounce the ball to kick long out of the backline multiple times & Kavo positioned himself well to take a number of marks & kicked us out of trouble. Zac now playing back did similar & the run of Nick James important. Even so, they were able to evade tackles & looked quicker across the ground. Darcy was terrific in this 1⁄4 with great run from the backline. Monna & Finn continued to chase & tackle. They got on top at the centre bounce with first use of the ball. We looked weary. Even our boundary umpire (Sister of Monna) who threw in a low trajectory missile straight to her ruckman brother who caught it & kicked toward goal. A howl of protest from opposition had the central umpire recall and bounce....nearly paid off Jess.
In the final 1⁄4 with the wind at our backs we focused on bringing intensity – a real ‘want’ to win the contest. We marked, we ran & we kicked like we were fresh & in that quarter went inside 50 metres, 9 times for 8 scoring shorts for 3.5 & Beaumaris kicked 1 point. Outstanding individual efforts with Kavo taking a couple of great grabs playing up forward & kicking well, Zac’s attack on the ball and Thomas owning the CHF were notable. Isaac who had performed solidly all day after a 3 week lay-off was outstanding with his precision kicking to team mates. Tate was influential & contested everything down back & Nick playing up forward was lightening quick & outstanding.
Ellieh’s 2 goals & a goal to Raph in the last 1⁄4 had both players finish with 3 each & an excellent reward for effort. Defensively the boys did well with Macca playing his best game for the year. We rested Isaac at FB and gave Steve a run in the centre. He soon marked at CHF. With strong self-belief & encouragement of the lads & joy of the parents he lined up and shocked all, particularly the Coaching staff, when he went the torpedo to carry some 50 metres + just off line for a minor score – very entertaining! We might practice that one at training...or not! All in Good fun!
The final 1⁄4 stats supported a resurgent effort with 13 marks the highest 1⁄4 for the game (Game total – 37), a tackle count of 11 to match our first 1⁄4 effort (Game total – 46). Our conversion rate of 89% the highest of the game (Game Total, 36 inside 50’s for 16 scoring shos, a conversion rate of 44%). The conversion rate is something to address....
Thanks to parent helpers and particularly to Jess (Monaa’s sister) for running the boundary – great job!
Match Report Round 12 Sunday July 23rd
Under 14 Port/South Melb Div 4 SMD 9.7.61 defeated Beaumaris 4.10.34
Goal Kickers: Ellieh Laurent-Miller 3, Raph Koz 3, Nick James 1, Darcy Robb 1, Finn McMahon 1
Best Players: Ellieh Laurent-Miller, Liam Monaghan, Thomas Bradshaw, Finn McMahon, Steve Axias, Liam Kavenagh, Nick James, Raph Koz, Isaac Graham
Match Day Awards Mackenzie Hudson, Zac Climpson, Liam Kavenagh
We played Beaumaris at their ground with the wind blowing straight down the ground. Captain, Ellieh Laurent-Miller and our leading goal kicker won the toss and chose to kick against the breeze, our preferred option. Our opponent Beaumaris in good recent form with 3 wins on the trot and 2nd on the ladder were keen to knock us off. We began & ended the game with 15 boys after a couple of late withdrawals.
Our first ¼ with Monna in the ruck & new look centre line with Isaac, Nick and Finn in the centre started welly. We were out of the centre quickly with Finn ‘The Beast’ McMahon attack on the ball inspirational. It wasn’t long before he won a free kick and sent it forward to Isaac who marked and kicked long to Captain Ellieh. He lined up & converted for our first major. This set the standard and the boys & they piled on 4 first ¼ goals against a 3 goal breeze, 2 to Raph who made the most of his opportunities that showed his silky skills & one to Finn rewarded for a ripper tackle 25 metres out 15 seconds before ¼ end. Thomas Bradshaw was also marking well above his head. Tate was also imposing himself in the game and doing his bit in the air and his ability to kick long a standout feature.
Other highlights was the support the boys gave to each other. In the backline the endeavour of Jack Dunne to smother a ball to stop a certain goal and the cool head of Macca to punch the ball toward the boundary in a contested mark fine examples. To cover the ground we asked special efforts of wingman Jackson B and the run of Darcy to clear the ball from defence to the forward line. Our defence with Steve at FB, Zac, Tate, Nick and Kavo defended well to keep Beaumaris to 3 points. Steve continued the pressure to play on from FB and his long kicking a real standout feature.
In the second ¼ we had the wind and ready to strike but found the going tough. Beaumaris to their credit tightened up and played well. Jack Dunne in the back pocket played a ripper ¼ marking and kicking with accuracy & continues to hit targets with his exceptional kicking skills. Monna rucking around the ground attacked hard & tackled everything not in the Red & White’. If he didn’t win free kicks he caused turn overs for the likes of Nick, Finn & Raph to take advantage of. Zac playing up forward chased hard & caused one of their guys to panic running into a Darcy tackle & when the small Port South crowd yelled “Baaawaawlll”, the umpire agreed and Darcy lined up & kicked truly from 30 metres. Soon after a centre clearance via Monna to Finn landed with Isaac and he passed off to Nick James from 35 who kicked our second and last goal for the half. A 6.2 to 1.5 first half was pleasing. Our tackle count was up at 25 but with 23 inside 50 & only 8 scoring shots was a little disappointing.
The third ¼ against the breeze was tough. Beaumaris came out to play. In their best ¼ piled on 3.4 & kept us scoreless with only 4 inside 50’s. We did many things right defensively – a smother by Steve saved a certain goal & another from Ellieh did similar. Steve at FB took his opportunities to run and bounce the ball to kick long out of the backline a number of times & Kavo held a number of marks and again kicked us out of trouble as did Zac now playing back along with the run of Nick James. However, they were able to evade tackles & looked quicker across the ground. Darcy was terrific in this ¼ with great run from the backline. Monna & Finn continued to chase & tackle. They got on top at the centre bounce with first use of the ball. We looked weary. Even our boundary umpire (Sister of Monna) was showing signs when she threw the ball in straight to her ruckman brother who caught it and kicked toward goal to the howl of protest from opposition that had the central umpire recall and bounce….nearly paid off!
In the final ¼ with the wind at our backs we focused on bringing intensity – a real ‘want’ to win the contest. We marked, we ran & we kicked like we were fresh & in that quarter went inside 50 metres, 9 times for 8 scoring shorts for 3.5 & Beaumaris kicked 1 point. Outstanding individual efforts with Kavo taking a couple of great grabs playing up forward & kicking well, Zac’s attack on the ball and Thomas owning the CHF were notable. Isaac who had performed solidly all day after a 3 week lay-off was outstanding with his precision kicking to team mates great to watch. Tate was influential & repelled any idea of an attack by Beaumaris.
Ellieh’s 2 goals & a goal to Raph in the last ¼ had both players finish with 3 each was excellent and reward for effort. Defensively the boys did well with Macca playing his best game for the year. We rested Isaac at FB and gave Steve a run in the centre. He soon marked at CHF. With strong self-belief & encouragement of the lads he lined up and shocked all, particularly the Coaching staff, when he went the torpedo to carry some 50 metres + just off line for a minor score – very entertaining!
The final ¼ stats supported a resurgent effort with 13 marks the highest ¼ for the game (Game total – 37), a tackle count of 11 to match our first ¼ effort (Game total – 46). Our conversion rate of 89% the highest of the game (Game Total, 36 inside 50’s for 16 scoring shos, a conversion rate of 44%). The conversion rate is something to address….
Thanks to parent helpers and particularly to Jess (Monaa’s sister) for running the boundary – great job!
Match Report Round 11 Sunday July 16th
Under 14 Port/South Melb Div 1 SMD 2.4.16 def by East Brighton Vampires 7.2.44
Goal Kickers: Ben 1, Will 1
Best Players: Jesse, Henry, Nick, Joseph, Max, Jordy, Ben, Sam, Isaac
Match Day Awards: Isaac, Nick, Ben
Round 11 in Division 1. The competition is strong and the boys are learning lots about footy each week. The team was thrilled to receive the support of Dylan and Chris who played up from U13s to give us 20 players. East Brighton won the toss and kicked with a very strong breeze. The Vamps were premiers in this division last year however have lost their last 3 games. We met them previously in round 4 and were beaten by 24 points. In the pre-match Jason asked the boys to get off to a fast start and reminded them that East Brighton are vulnerable because of their recent losses. Jason & Jon also spoke to the team about:
· Starting well with plenty of energy & enthusiasm
· Winning stoppages
o Set up
o Work to our hit zones - Joey to get advantage
o Quick spread from stoppages
· Look to feed it back
· Handball receives - run & create from behind
· Defensive running - pushing to help a team-mate
· Strong tackling & defensive acts
The game went like this.
Q1 – the boys toiled consistently, we got out-run a bit, missed a few turnovers but all up played OK – they took the honours 12 to 1.
In Q2 we were the dominant team with a lot of F50 entries but didn’t score a goal but we held them scoreless - HT score was 12 to 3 their way.
In Q3 the boys played well against the breeze kicking 1 goal – and while we restricted their F50 entries they took advantage and kicked 3 - score at the end of Q3 was 31 to 10. To this point in the game the boys were doing a lot right and applying Jason’s instructions but not quite composed enough therefore no scoreboard pressure. Jason let the boys know they were still well in the game and a victory was definitely possible.
In Q4 the boys dominated but we couldn’t hit the scoreboard enough and they got a couple of late goals – final score 44 to 16.
The team is learning a lot – and when they execute their learnings it shows – the summary is:
The boys are becoming more consistent – they played well for 4 quarters today – a little more composure, defensive running and scoreboard pressure - could have seen us win.
East Brighton provided a valuable lesson in a couple of areas including defensive running, supporting their team-mates and reading the drop of the ball. Our run and composure were mostly strong but would benefit from more consistent application.
In the post match Jason let the boys know he was very happy they applied themselves for 4 quarters and with a little more run and composure it may have been a different scoreline. The boys continue to learn and when they apply it we can take it up to all the teams in this division.
Under 14 Port/South Melb Div 4 SMD 7.8.50 defeated East Malvern 5.8.38
Goal Kickers: Ellieh Laurent-Miller 1, Angus Sheedy 1, Jack Dunne 1, Zac Climpson 1, Lukas Woodhouse 1, Oscar Hoskins 1, Finn McMahon 1
Best Players: Lukas Woodhouse, Oscar Hoskins, Jackson Bouwman, Angus Sheedy, Thomas Bradshaw
Match Day Awards: Oscar Hoskins, Thomas Bradshaw, Lukas Woodhouse
We played at East Malvern at Port on a windy cold morning. Captain, Nick James rewarded for recent good form won the toss & chose to kick against the breeze. Our opponent East Malvern had been in good recent form losing narrowly to second on the ladder Beaumaris in Rd 10 and beating 3rd placed East Brighton in Rd 9. We began the game with 16 boys with Finn joining us at half time having flown in from o’seas that morning - Now that’s commitment!
Our first ¼ with Monna in the ruck Angus, Oscar and Paddy in the centre started slowly. East Malvern with the wind were out of the centre first & scored quickly. In this quarter they were unrelenting and hammered us with a blistering first ¼. They piled on 5 goals, 4 points. Our backline were shell shocked and some tardy defence allowed them a couple of easy goals. We missed the cool head of Lucas Duffy down back. There were few highlights for us, but Jackson B was one for them at HF. He marked well and kicked long and was lively around our forward line. Kavo, Oscar and Monna both laid effective tackles and rewarded with free kicks & a Woody smother in the backline saved another scoring shot. He followed that effort with a run and clearing kick from CHB that resulted in a Jack Dunne goal against the play. The boys were trying hard and laid 14 tackles but East Malvern run and long kicking was good. Their 5.4 to our 1.1 first quarter was not what we were used to. It was pretty quiet in the ¼ time huddle.
There was no need to panic. In the second ¼ we had the wind and use it we did. Early shots on goal by Ellieh and Angus resulted in minor scores before Oscar marked from the kick-out at FB and kicked to the hot spot where Ellieh took a contested marked in the goal square and converted. Soon after a big tackle by Woody playing on the ball was rewarded with a free kick at half forward 2 metres in from the boundary. There was much friendly advice shouted from over the fence from would be champions of the game to kick left to right to allow for the wind and he took that on board & kicked truly. His celebration was equally as good & he recognised the crowd for their helpful advice! Our midfield beaten in the first ¼ had turned things around and our backline was on top. They kept East Malvern scoreless. At half time we went in trailing by 10 points after kicking 2.5.
The first half done it was time to reset. We set the third ¼ up with a strong backline to ready ourselves for their onslaught with the wind in the 3rd ¼. Captain Nick James was asked to take a role down back as a sweeping back pocket to help Paddy on one leg in the other back pocket & FB Steve in his first game back after a few weeks sidelined with injury. The half backline of Kavo, Woody and Finn played deep and ran hard. Our pressure was enormous and with Finn joining us the tackle rate went up a notch. He came on and had an instant influence with a couple of free kicks from tackles laid. The early signs were good for us. Our midfield was working well to win the centre clearances. We had 21 tackles, the highest in a quarter & took the ball inside our forward 50 6 times for 2 goals. The first from Oscar who received a ripper kick from Macca who marked at CHF from a Zac pass.
Raff was instrumental in our second goal when he kicked forward to Thomas Bradshaw who unselfishly handballed off to Zac to goal. Darcy quiet in the first half now playing on the wing started to get plenty of it and his run was so important to take the ball from down back past centre wing to half forward. All the boys were having a dip. A Woody run and blind turn in the centre and 45 metre kick to Zac who marked outstanding! Ellieh competitive as ever was asked to play a role down back as was Sheeds and together their will to win the contested possession helped our backline keep East Malvern to 3 scoring shots for 3 points. Defensively a much improved effort than the first ¼. At ¾ time the score line read Port South 5.6 to East Malvern 5.7. We had trailed all day but we were playing some good footy. Momentum was with us.
The fourth ¼ with the wind at our backs and 17 boys, a couple a bit sore & unable to run would test our character. We had Sheeds & Ellieh rotate from Rrver & FF and Thomas B at CHF. There wasn’t the magic of last week’s 7.5 last term just the hard work of 17 boys having a red hot go. We kicked 2.2 from good work in the centre from Monna again tireless all day in the ruck and Oscar relentless tackle pressure. Assisting him was Finn and Kavo at half back and between them they picked up kicks and marked well controlling half back with Woody. An Oscar kick found Finn at FF and he converted for his first goal of the season and our 25th goal scorer this year. The other goal came from hard work from Steve and Co. in the back line when he kicked out to find Ellieh on the run at HB. He took the opposition on, breaking tackles like a rampaging bull and kicked to a lead from Thomas B at centre wing. Thomas gathered the ball and got his kick before being dumped in a fair tackle. He got up quickly, intercepted their kick near HF & a long kick to Angus at CHF that he gathered, turned, and broke a tackle to goal on the run!
After a blistering first ¼ by East Malvern, it was a credit to the boys to hold them to 4 points whilst we kicked 6.7 in difficult conditions. Special thanks to all parent helpers.
Match Report Round 10 Sunday July 2nd
Under 14 Port/South Melb Div 4 22.15.147 defeated East Sandy 4.4.28
Goal kickers: 3 Ellieh Laurent-Miller, Nick James, Tate Crampton, 2 Darcy Robb, Liam Ashbrook, Jackson Cox, Paddy Gowland, 1 Jackson Bouwman, Angus Sheedy, Raph Koz, Jack Dunne, Zac Climpson
Best players: Team Effort
Match Day Awards Jack Dunne, Liam Ashbrook, Angus Sheedy
We played at East Sandy at 2:45pm on a cold sunny afternoon. Captain, Jack Dunne in his 50th game won the toss & chose to kick against the breeze. Our opponent East Sandy down on numbers mustered up 16, so we followed suit & sat 2 on the bench. They had been competitive in the weeks before with narrow losses to teams in the top 4.
Our first ¼ with Monna in the ruck and Angus, Tate and Paddy in the centre. This new centre setup without regulars Oscar, Harry T, Isaac and Marlow were big shoes to fill. East Sandy was out of the centre first & scored a point to begin, however it would be their only score in that ¼. The boys reacted quickly to score 3.3 from 14 inside 50’s. Our backline with Jackson Cox at FB & Macca beside him along with Lucas D, Kavo & Woody off HB were disciplined to hold their positions & full of run to repel any attack. A magnificent tackle by Woody was rewarded with a free kick at HB & inspired Angus who followed soon after with a bone jarring tackle on the wing, another free kick. Our forward line lead by Ellieh at FF & Jackson B at CHF were lively. Ellieh scored a goal from a pass from centre man Angus & Tate followed from close range. Shortly after a Monna tap at the centre bounce found Angus who kicked to half forward to Jack D. He fired a handball to Jackson B who fired one to Paddy. He steadied to kick a ripper goal!
The early signs were good. Our midfield was working well to win the centre clearances. We had 13 tackles, the third highest in Q1 this season & 14 inside 50’s were also good, however our conversion rate of 6 scoring shots (43%) was below our target 50%. At ¼ time we spoke about forward pressure and with the wind aimed to make amends.
The second ¼ was outstanding. We scored 7.5 from 13 inside 50’s with a conversion rate of 92%! The opposition was held scoreless. Monna was decisive in the ruck & Lucas D and Paddy were running wild. Jackson B was enjoying himself across the wing this ¼ and with Darcy R they controlled the centre line. Nicky J was on fire!
It was the play of Raph, Nick J and Ellieh in the forward line early & the run of Angus, Lucas D & Woody that typified the unselfish nature of this team. Ellieh lead strongly from full forward dropped a mark but followed up with an outstanding second effort to win the ball and although clear to shoot, handballed to Nick running past who goaled. Shortly after Nick gathered the ball and rather than shoot from an acute angle he centred it to the ‘hotspot’ and Ellieh marked direct in front & goaled! Raph was in on the action too. Winning the ball at ground level, Nick handballed to Ellieh & he to Raph. He fired one back to Ellieh & with strength he burst through a pack and goaled. He had 3! Raph with clever footwork then scored a goal himself from a handball from Jack D. Monna won the tap from a stoppage at HF to Lucas D whose kick found Liam A. He marked and kicked truly. A great mark by Jack D saw him score his first goal for the season & Angus with run finished the ¼ for us with a major form 30 metres. 10.8 to 0.1 at half-time.
A great highlight in that ¼ was the mark of Lukas ‘Woody’ Woodhouse! A spectacular pack mark he rose high and with his big ‘mits’ took it in one grab. The ¼ was highlighted by important team discipline efforts, from the shepherds of Kavo to the tackling & competitive work of Macca. Unsung but all important to allow others to freely run.
The third ¼ was more of the same. The boys piled on 5.3. Credit to Sandy who kept persevering goal ward. Both teams still playing 16 on the field. Our defence was miserly & efficient. Our boys’ confidence was up. They continued to share the ball around. Monna was ‘smokin’ in the ruck. Tate was active up forward and scored two goals in that ¼ the first from a handball from Raph following a Jackson C mark and kick. The second when he laid a tackle and rewarded with a free kick. His magnificent kick from 40 metres never in doubt. Jake S was getting kicks on the wing, and his intelligence with ball use showed through. Nick J was a multiple goal scorer in that ¼. Both goals coming from great work from Zack having his best game of the season. The other goal scorer, Liam A started with a Jack D handball to Zac that allowed him to score truly from 35m.
The fourth ¼ with the wind at our backs would test the boys’ fitness. An Angus pass to Jackson C now up forward, resulted in the first of his 2 goals both from strong marks. The boys’ forward pressure was over bearing. Wingman Darcy read the ball well from a FB kick-out marking & with run, weaved between players to goal – outstanding! Not to be outdone, Jackson B did the same minutes later. Marking from the kick-out he ran on & from 35m kicked a magnificent goal to the amusement of many that heard his parents debate which genetic pool that skill came from….There were more tricks on show when Paddy goaled on his left foot…in the absence of Mum Gemma, Dad, Michael took the credit...(I mean really!), his second for the day…Zac in the action too after he chased down & was awarded a free kick. Frustration boiled over from East Sandy & they were penalised 25m to bring him in close range for his first goal of the season. Although East Sandy kicked 3 goals in that ¼ the boys continued to be relentless and kicked 7.4 to run out convincing winners. We had 37 scoring shots to East Sandy’s 8 and a conversion rate of 76% was our highest for the season. Well done boys on a terrific team effort!
Special thanks to all parent helpers and a reminder training is on for Div 4 boys on Wednesday’s 5th & 12th July.
Match Report Round 9 Sunday June 25th
Under 14 Port/South Melb Div 1 SMD 14.6.90 def East Malvern 6.5.41
Goal kickers: Charlie 2, Henry 2, Joseph 2, Will 2, Harry 1, Max 1, Mack 1, Nick 1, Paddy 1, Sam 1
Best players: Joseph, Jesse, Henry, Max, Nick, Mack, Harry, Will
Match Day Awards: Ben, Mack, Jake
Round 9 in Division 1. The competition is strong and the boys are learning more about footy each week from good opposition. We welcomed Marlow and Paddy into the team as well as celebrating Henry’s 100th game. East Malvern won the toss and kicked with a strong breeze. We met East Malvern in round 2 and beat them by 2 points. In the pre-match Jason spoke to the boys about giving a 4-quarter effort and winning the stoppages. In particular he asked the team to:
· work hard at the stoppages
o set up and use the sweeper
o talk at each stoppage
o be first in
o if we lose 2 in a row then man up
· giving a 4 quarter effort is critical – our last 3 or 4 games we have let ourselves down by not sustaining our effort for 4 quarters – critical in div 1
· more run & talk – link up with handball
· take the first option & be composed
· tackle, tackle , tackle – strong body, use your hips, get low
· lead at the ball carrier – front & square for the crumbs
· push off the mark quickly
The game went like this.
Q1 – we applied pressure, won clearances and our first 10 minutes were good – they warmed up and played the next 10 minutes better than us and took the honours 20 to 12.
In Q2 we capitalised on the breeze and kicked 5.1 to their 0.1 – the half time score was 43 to 21 our way – despite the scoreboard picture we were playing below our potential and allowing them too many easy possessions.
Q3 was strong with pressure, intensity and multiple end-to-end plays where 5 or 6 of the boys linked up to ultimately score – we won the quarter against the wind with the score 63 to 35 our way.
In Q4 the boys played well – they continued where they left off in Q3 and scored 4.3 to East Malvern 1.0 – with the final score ending up 90 to 41.
So the boys played a good game albeit they have the capacity for more. We played well for 3 quarters in aggregate – our Q1 and Q2 were patchy but the boys played strong consistent footy in Q3 and Q4. As always in footy there are some strong learnings:
Our stoppages were better than last week but again we can do more so there is scope for improvement We can work more on our defensive effort in the F50 – their rebounds out of our attacking zone were at times too easy – work more on trapping the ball in
Run at the contest with your body in line with the ball – a hallmark of a good player
The boys are definitely learning which is great to watch. We need to keep building on these learnings and if we do we can take it up to all the teams in this division. In the post match Jason asked the boys to keep applying themselves and building their skills and learning. He also let the boys know we need to play our brand of pressure footy and when we do our footy is at the top level of this division.
U14 Div 4 Port / South Merlbourne 6.13.49 defeated Caulfield 3.8.26
Goal kickers: Josh Nicol 2, Nick James 2, Harry Thom 1, Oscar Hoskins 1
Best players: Liam (Monna) Monaghan, Oscar Hoskins, Lucas Duffy, Nick James, Darcy Robb, Angus Sheedy, Jackson Cox
Match Day Awards Liam Monaghan, Nick James, Oscar Hoskins
We played at Sth Districts ground kicking off the dew at 9:00. A milestone achievement for Oscar Hoskins celebrating his 100th game of footy and lead the boys as Captain. His team mates were keen to ensure he had a memorable game & to follow his example, to show tenacity, competitive will to win the contest & sportsmanship. Our opponent Caulfield had come off a good win against Beaumaris the week before. We knew they would be better than when we played and defeated them in round 2. We lined up with 20 fit and enthusiastic boys and were without regulars Marlow & Paddy who were called up to Div 1 & full back ‘goal scoring’ sensation Steve Axias off injured.
Our first ¼ started strongly with Monna manning the ruck with Angus, Harry and Oscar in the centre. Midfield clearances were important and we began well. Running the lines and tackling hard it wasn’t long before a kick to the goal square was marked strongly by Harry T who drifted down from the centre to take a contested mark. He goaled from direct in front. Quick to follow was a great passage of play that saw Nick James from half forward kick to Captain Oscar who marked and with the benefit of a 25 metre penalty popped it through from 20 metres out. A great passage of play started with Lucas D from half back with a loose ball get & kick to Jackson C who ran & delivered on the chest of Harry T. He then passed to Raph, who evade one opponent and got around another before a ripper kick to Nick J. He quickly handballed to Kavo who handballed back to him and laid a sheperd that allow Nick to run clear for a shot on goal. Only a minor but did show the boys run and carry and team work – outstanding!
As well, Jack Dunne took a wonderful mark deep in the forward pocket & rather than bomb away looked in board and with precision kicking passed to Nick James who marked and goaled. Angus was tearing it up with his explosive run and rover Oscar was outstanding & by ¼’s end we had 3.2 to their 0.2 against the wind.
The second ¼ was more of the first. We scored 3.3 & they were held scoreless. Monna was killing them in the ruck & Oscar having a great game, however it was our backline through Lucas Duffy, Woody, Zac, Kavo and Jackson Cox that stood strong. They were miserly and only gave up 0.2 in that ¼ and a total of 4 points for the half. Zac continues to improve running hard at the ball & the wingers Darcy & Jackson B were awesome. Playing outside the forward & back 50 metres lines they were great options to transition the ball to. As marking & running targets the backline used them. They delivered the ball quickly to our forwards Thomas B, Josh, Raph, Liam Ashbrook & Nick James. Josh at CHF scored a goal early & the coach had the runner out to him. A change with Thomas out to CHF for more space and Josh to FF had immediate results when he marked in front of his opponent and goaled from 20 metres – out went the runner again! Each one of our forwards had some influence in the first half competing strongly.
Lukas “Woody’ Woodhouse run and long kicks forward were outstanding. He showed great discipline through the whole game to look for players by hand and foot. But the ¼ belonged to Monna who rucked & tackled the whole ¼ and in one centre bounce after knocking the ball forward to Woody followed up to receive the handball from him and kicked deep to the hot spot and found Nick J who with clever footwork was able to goal. We went in with a 7 goal lead at the major break happy the way we played. Our Stats supported that with 32 marks, 20 in the 1st ¼ and 18 inside 50’s with 11 scoring shots (61%). We had 6 centre & 17 stoppage clearances….
The third ¼ began and the boys were greatly challenged. Credit to Caulfield they got their prime movers going and their most influential player, big # 43 ran from CHB and took the boys on. Nearly impossible to tackle, he with speed and absolute confidence crashed packs and ran riot and set them up for a 3.7 ¼. We floundered kicking only a solitary point. For the first time this season the coaches white board was blank! The stats showed we had lost control of the tempo of the game with only 6 marks, 3 inside 50’s and 5 tackles. They were reminded the opposition were human.
The fourth ¼ was going to go one of two ways. With the wind behind us we had an advantage. Angus was asked to run with #43 & he did and shut him down. The forward line was asked to play in front and the backline to keep their structure. Some notable efforts in this ¼ from Thomas B who persisted all day leading well but for some poor delivery to him by boys could have taken 2 or 3 grabs for shots on goal. Isaac lifted his game and became a target up forward so to Raph who had worked tirelessly in the 3rd ¼ and had a great ¼. Monna was again superb and competed in the air at every boundary throw in & his big bump on #43 inspirational turn stopping his run. Other notable mentions were Jake S who tried hard on the wing and Kavo & Tate had their best ¼ of the game marking and kicking well. We kept Caulfield to one rushed behind and had 10 inside 50’s ourselves for 7 scoring shots, unfortunately they were all points…We had 19 marks and took back control of the game. We were happy to come away with a 5 goal win but clearly to kick only 8 points after half time is not good enough. We need to fix this.
Special thanks to our runner who ran himself ragged relaying messages to and fro and at one stage hid from me to get some recovery time in…J. Thanks to all parent helpers and good luck to those boys competing at in snow Comps.
Match Report Round 8 Sunday June 18th
U14 Div 1 Port / South Melbourne 8.9.57 def by Prahran 12.9.81
Goal kickers: Campbell 1, Charlie 1, Ed 1, Harry 1, Henry 1, Jake 1, Jesse 1, Nick 1
Best: Henry, Jesse, Oscar, Sam, Charlie, Ed
Match Day Awards: Sam, Oscar Charlie
Eighth match of the season in Division 1. The boys are being challenged each week and learning. Prahran won the toss and kicked with a slight breeze in excellent conditions on a big oval. We played Prahran in round 1 and beat them convincingly. In the pre-match Jason spoke to the boys about starting well. He also addressed each group of players as follows:
o Play in front, be aware of what is going on around you
o Don’t allow them any easy marks
o First in at contest, build momentum at the stoppage
o Spread quickly from contest, execute two way running
o Lead at the ball carrier, push off your opponent
o Make repeat efforts to gather and retain the ball
· Our pressure skills must be our brand
The game went like this.
Q1 – we applied pressure, won clearances, spread well and our skills were good and we took the honours 20 to 4.
In Q2 we continued in the same manner and they also lifted - half time score was 27 to 18.
Q3 was strong with pressure, intensity and skills - score was 48 to 37.
In Q4 we lost momentum and they ran amok scoring 7 goals to our 2 – final score was 81 to 57 their way.
So while we started well and played 3 very good quarters of footy including pressure, intensity and good skills we were over-run in Q4.
There are some strong learnings:
Have to play 4 strong quarters to win – there are no easy games in div 1. And as was shown here - we were in front 75% of the game and were over-run by more intensity and desire to win by Prahran in the final quarter
We are getting good F50 entries but we need to capitalise more and trap the ball in.
Our clearances from stoppages need to lift and while we did this well for a good part of the game they got 4 early in the last quarter and used this advantage well generating goals from each clearance.
The tackle count by quarter was Q1: 15 (us) to 10, Q2: 13 to 12, Q3: 10 to 10 and then Q4: 7 to 10 – this was reasonably reflective of the game and winning this important stat for 4 quarters is critical.
If the boys learn these important lessons and execute successfully they definitely have the capacity to beat any team in the comp. The boys listened to Jason and learned from his feedback by getting off to a great start and playing 3 quarters of good footy with intensity and pressure – and they can be proud of this achievement. In the post match Jason asked the boys to keep their heads up and to learn that we are in Div 1 and playing good teams. He told them he was proud of their effort – particularly the first 3 quarters - and our A game is at the top level of this division.
U14 Div 4 Port / outh Merlbourne 4.13.37 beaten by Ajax 6.7.43
Goal kickers: Angus Sheedy 1, Nick James 1, Josh Nicol 1, Jackson Bouwman 1
Best players: Isaac Graham, Oscar Hoskins, Lucas Duffy, Darcy Robb, Raff Koz, Angus Sheedy
Match Day Awards: Raff Koz, Isaac Graham, Angus Sheedy
Simply the one that got away !
Without our regular coach Kavo, we headed to Princess Park to take on Ajax, under the guise of Rod coaching and Peter assisting. Under Captain Angus Sheedy we fronted Ajax for the first time this season. Helping our team make up was the return of Harry T & Josh N who’d tasted Div 1 for a couple of weeks and we relinquished Jordie to make up for the absence of other regulars, including Tate, Liam A, Marlow and Liam K.
Greeted with great playing conditions at the home ground of Ajax, Princess Park, the focus pre game, was to start well and to concentrate on many of the attributes that we want our team to be known for, including tackling well to put pressure on our opposition. With a pre-set team line up, including the challenge of mixing up some players favoured positions to those they are normally accustomed to, we were smashed by Ajax both on their desire to win the ball, lean use of the ball, run and carry and most hurtful (especially in the context of the entire game) with their conversion on the scoreboard.
The backline fought led by Stevie at full back, fought valiantly to stem the damage, however with the delivery into the Ajax forward line and their on ballers/ centre line players presenting as marking targets, the result was a significant quarter time deficit. If only for the ability of a basketball time out at times like these!! Their 6.3 to 1.1 first quarter was outstanding.
From the return after the quarter time break, including team line-up changes starting late in the first quarter, the boys responded immediately and you would've been forgiven for thinking it was a completely different match. A switch of Liam Monaghan into the ruck, Angus Sheedy to the centre line & Lucas Duffy back to the half back line.
Whatever brought the change, the second term brought more of what we have come to expect this year. The midfield started to win a lot of the ball, our players started to run and carry, our backline repelled the majority of Ajax forward entries. We tackled better putting more pressure on their players, we doubled our forward entries however with poor disposal, in particular delivery to our forward line, we got very little benefit for our efforts, coming into the half time break behind by much the same margin and the boys looking down on themselves.
The halftime break required encouraging words from the coaching assistants, including the welcome input of Bruce Plant, regarding composure with the ball and making the most of our forward entries for the second half.
Keeping the team line up the same for the beginning of the third quarter reaped rewards with collectively our best quarter of the game, including the scoreboard. Forwards presented well and were rewarded by much improved delivery. Many players that we challenged lifted, including Darby Robb, Isaac Graham, Jackson Bouwman, Thomas Bradshaw and Nick James.
As a result we came into three quarter time with all the momentum and some belief within the team that we could win this game.
By the break, the day had warmed up considerably for a Winter's day and both teams we feeling it, especially our boys with only one player on our interchange bench. Asked for one last effort and again making minimal changes to the team line up that had got us back into the contest, we started the final term in the same manner as we had for the entire game other than our poor first quarter. Trying hard to hit the scoreboard, we did so consistently, yet mostly with minor scores, including many posters. Opposition injuries halting play for part of the last quarter, a very crowded forward line and unsuccessful shots on goal made for hard viewing and the sense that we may not just get there. Desperately trying to snag a goal in a crowded forward line, Raph who had been great on the wing was thrown forward late, however time had escaped us just as Lucas Duffy won the ball off half back again, took the game on and pumped the ball towards Thomas Bradshaw on the half forward line….siren….
The boys should take great benefit from their efforts in this game. Many mentioned above improved dramatically after quarter time with their efforts and rewards, gaining confidence that should carry on to next week and the rest of the season. Other notable mentions should be made for the consistent drive given to the team throughout the game, especially once many were changed into different positions. Oscar Hoskins, Angus Sheedy, Liam Monaghan, Raph Koz, Isaac Graham and Lucas Duffy fought valiantly. Ajax only scored 4 points after ¼ time & we had 15 scoring shots to fall short through inaccurate kicking by 6 points. Our first loss of the season should provide motivation to learn and improve.
Special thanks to Rod Cox for taking the coaching reigns & Peter’s assistance & valiantly getting the boys back into the match & encouraging their efforts; Chris Nichol as runner, relaying messages from us stranded on the sidelines.
Match Report Round 7 Sunday June 4th
Under 14 Port/South Melb Div 1 4.9.33 v Waverley Park Hawks 8.9.57
Goal Kickers Henry 2, Joseph 1, Mack 1
Best Players Jesse, Henry, Nick, Oscar, Mack, Louis, Elli, Ben
Match Day Awards Oscar, Campbell, Jesse
Seventh match of the season in Division 1. The boys are in the right competition, being appropriately challenged each week and genuinely learning and building their footy skills. Isaac was our captain for his 50th game, won the toss and kicked to the city end. Waverley Park played in the U13 Div 1 grand final last year and are a good side. In the pre-match Jason spoke about working well as a team and having fun. In particular he asked the boys to:
· Be switched on, get off to a good start, bring intensity
· Execute 2-way running – mids don’t get caught forward of the ball
· Be in first at the contest, play in front, use initiative & anticipation
· Bring 4-quarter effort, chase, tackle, harass – when we do this the other teams lose their momentum
· React to turnovers quickly, find an opponent
· Have fun – footy is a tough game, fun brings confidence, confidence wins games
We followed a similar pattern to last week. Q1–we got the1st clearance but they outplayed us taking the honours – 22 to 8. In Q2 our boys lifted the intensity a notch but so did they and the half time score was 35 to 17.
Q3 was our best with great pressure and intensity and the boys were right in the game and we won the quarter - score was 44 to 30. In Q4 the boys worked hard and the game was very physical with the backs working overtime - we had F50 entries but struggled to hold the ball in and score. A couple of learnings for the boys were:
· need to be “on” from the opening bounce – we are getting beaten in Q1 & Q2. We work our way back into the game but leave too much to be done
· trapping the ball in our F50 – more front & square
· execute the clearance strategies
· 4 quarters of good footy is required – at this level 2.5 good quarters is not enough
If the boys learn these important lessons and execute successfully they definitely have the capacity to beat any team in the comp. The team is doing a lot of very good work and if they execute to Jason’s plans and instructions they will get the lift they need to win these games. In the post match Jason asked the boys to keep their heads up and to learn that we are in Div 1 and playing good teams. He told them he was proud of their effort and our A game is at the top level of this division. He also asked them to have a good break and come back ready to play.
Port South Melbourne 7.15.57 v Ormond 1.3.9
Goal Kickers: Darcy Robb 2, Thomas Bradshaw 1, Angus Sheedy 1, Steve Axias 1, Marlow Perrott 1, Lukas Woodhouse 1
Best Players: Marlow Perrott, Oscar Hoskins, Lucas Duffy, Darcy Robb, Jackson Bouwman, Raff Koz
Match Day Awards Raff Koz, Jackson Bouwman, Jake Stennett
We played at Ormond under Captain Thomas Bradshaw who has an imposing presence playing centre half forward. We warmed up from 7:45am kicking the frost off the ground. Parents with coffee in hand and the boys all on time. We were ready to rock! Ormond has won a couple of games and had as many as 16 scoring shots in a game. We lined up with 20 fit and enthusiastic boys and were without regulars Jackson Cox, Paddy Gowland & Harry Thom.
Our backline held strong by Steve, Lucas D, Zac and Monna with Jack & Woody in the first ¼ & through the game we rotated another 6 players, Oscar, Raff, Kavo, Isaac, Liam A, Nick J that played their part with great effect to keep Ormond to just 3 scoring shots in 80 minutes. The boys are expected to be versatile & learn the responsibility of playing a defensive role. Lucas D a proven performer in defence was magnificent starting attacks from defence.
In the midfield and specifically on the wings, Jake & Jackson B showed great discipline to stay outside the 50 metre lines & had great games. Marlow again in the ruck and up forward with pure physical strength imposed himself on the game and Monna rucked for a half and when at CHF was strong. Around the packs Oscar and Raff were too much for the opposition and picked up possessions at will. Tate with his athleticism and speed gave the opposition a headache as too did our centre man Isaac who is able to find the goal post more than most…
Up forward Angus & Captain Thomas were solid marking targets and Jordi was in great form ahead of his interleague game next week was supported by Nick J who always threatens near goals and only a matter of time before he scores a bag. A change to Darcy’s role from wing to FP had him score 2 goals from very creative plays.
Statistically our game was strong with 19 stoppages clearances, 36 inside 50’s with a last ¼ effort of 13 inside 50’s for 13 scoring shots. We had 43 tackles one less than last week and 41 marks for the game. In every game this season we have had more than 40 marks. This is how it unfolded.
Our first quarter began with Ormond into attack early. Jack D put his body on the line in defence running straight at it & Woody took the game on, kicked long out of defence to the wings. It was the ¼ that we saw Jake emerge playing his role and on the other wing Jackson B got plenty of the ball & between them controlled the wings playing great ¼’s. Oscar with great determination kept moving the ball forward and Angus with Darcy was lively up forward, but goals eluded us and we only managed 3 points. We did keep Ormond scoreless. Lucas D was tremendous tackling the biggest guy on the field and rewarded with a free kick. Oscar and Raff pressure caused a number of turnovers.
Our second quarter built on good work from the first, with the difference showing on the score board with 3 goals & our defence lead by Zac, Lucas D & Steve miserly to allow them a solitary point. Our first goal came from a left foot kick from Oscar, a ripper to find Thomas who goaled from a set shot. Liam A came into his own and Darcy scooped on a ball dodged & weaved to kick truly to fire the boys up. Marlow also goaled with a soccer like kick off the ground. Isaac punched from behind in defence, showed great discipline when not in a position to mark. At the half time break we had a 20 point lead. We were not convincing but conditions were difficult & the Ormond game plan appeared to be keep the ball moving & kick off the ground.
In the third quarter we mixed it up with some forwards placed down back and this paid dividends with a couple of quick marks in succession to Kavo and pin point kicks to advantage he started the ¼ off well. A Monna tackle rewarded with a free kick and a combination of an Oscar pass to Thomas & long kick to Darcy for his second goal outstanding. Nick J played his best ¼ of the game with plenty of the ball. Although our backline conceded a goal we matched Ormond in that ¼ with 1.2 a piece to hold onto our half time 20 point lead going into the last 1/4.
In the last quarter Marlow returned to the ruck and he & Oscar dominated this ¼. Isaac, Woody & Angus also put in terrific ¼’s and this inspired the team. The boys were on going forward with 13 scoring shots from 13 inside 50’s. Relentless and sometimes impatient we scored an inaccurate 3.10 with two that hit the post. Had we taken a little more time this could have been 10.3! We kicked 7 points before our full back, Steve moved forward, an inspired move initiated by our runner, Michael to kick accurately from 45 metres, his 3rd straight goal in 3 consecutive weeks. Goals to Angus, his first was a ripper on the run and Lukas from 35 metres inspirational. Ormond were unable to score in that ¼ and the boys out ran and out played them finishing 22 scoring shots to 3 & 48 point winners.
Match Report Round 6 Sunday May 28th
Division 1 report is on its way, check back tomorrow!
Port South Melbourne 5.6.36 v East Brighton Vampires 4.8.32
Goal Kickers: Jackson C 2, Thomas B 1, Liam A 1, Steve A 1,
Best Players: Steve A, Marlow P, Oscar H, Lucas D, Liam M, Liam A, Jackson C
Match Day Awards Lukas D, Steve A, Liam M
We played at Port Melbourne under Captain Jackson Cox who has been showing solid form in the past weeks. We warmed up as the rain poured down. The ‘Vampires’, a team that had come down from Div 3 after grading & playing their second game in Div 4 with a big win last week were full of confidence & won the toss.
We welcomed back Raff & Monna from ankle injuries, but lost Harry T & Woody & gained Angus S & Jordan M from Div 1 to line up with 21 fit and enthusiastic boys.
Our backline held strong by Steve, Jackson C, Zac and Monna with Jack & Raff playing their part with great effect. Lucas D attack on the ball was outstanding & Jackson’s versatility had him play up forward and was our only multiple goal scorer. The wind was strong favouring one end and restricted our preference to transition the footy from the backline, however the couple of times we did resulted in goals, one to Thomas & another to Jackson C.
Our midfield led by Marlow, Isaac and Oscar was joined by Jordi & wingers Tate and Darcy. It was tough going with strong opposition and we only won a handful of centre clearances. Our 33 inside 50’s were through hard work and with only 11 scoring shots our conversion fell to 33%, our lowest for the year and well below our target of 50% (1 scoring shot for every 2 entries). We had 44 tackles one less than last week and 46 marks for the game. We have a good combination of speed & footy smarts with Nick J teaming with the likes of Thomas B. This is how it unfolded.
Our first quarter began well with Marlow’s ruck work finding Oscar. His determination and will to get himself to the contest a great example for all. The boys were on with Jordi and Oscar laying massive tackles and with Marlow responsible for 8 inside 50’s. Our most dangerous forward was Liam A and his goal from the boundary line from a set shot a great example of concentration and technical skill. His run and super kicking was fantastic! Angus showed good run and was getting plenty of attention. Jackson B & Kavo was trying hard up forward. Our backline stood strong. Lucas D built a solid impenetrable wall with Steve, Jackson C, Monna & Zac to ensure our forwards had every opportunity to convert our inside 50’s. The boys kept the Vampires scoreless & we had 4 scoring shots for 1.3.
Our second quarter built on good work from the first. We only had the one scoring shot & it came from a great passage of play beginning with Captain Jackson Cox run and bounce from half back. He kicked long to Jordi on the wing who played on & kicked to a leading Thomas at true CHF. At full pace arms outstretched he took the mark, played on from 45 metres kicked truly – magnificent team work! Through this ¼ our backline was under siege with 5 behinds kicked. At times we hurried and kicked direct to their ‘wall’ at CHB and they returned fire. We lost a little composure and were ‘lucky’ they weren’t more accurate. Liam A again played well as did Marlow whose strength in the contest was outstanding! We went into the break with enthusiasm & a slender 10 point lead.
In the third quarter we witnessed a little piece of magic from our first-half FB Steve. He began in the centre and drifted to CHF marked, played on & kicked the ball long. It bounced near the point post & with a left hand pivot bounced backwards over the head of Jackson C & through the big sticks GOAL! An enthusiastic celebration took place! Our second goal began with our tireless rover Oscar’s effort when he kicked forward to Jackson C at HF. He kicked across his body for his first of 2 goals. Late in the ¼ the Vampires kicked their first goal for the afternoon. The boys continued to work hard. Paddy was influential up forward. Monna in the ruck going great guns & Tate moved well across the ground from a Wing is showing improvement each week. Darcy with speed & willingness to run on another Wing and Isaac presenting and taking marks. Jackson B was finding his way into the game; Jack D was competing well with some important spoils down back & Jake S was able to send the ball forward when he could.
In the last quarter against the wind we were up against it. Raff had an important role to play giving Oscar some relief from roving and played his role well. A sea soaring ¼ without much positive forward movement intensified in the last 10 minutes when the Vampires slammed on 2 goals in two minutes. Not to be out done, we replied quickly when Darcy with his trade mark run kicked to Thomas who passed to Jackson C for his second goal to steady us. With 2 minutes to go the Vampires came back again with another goal. The margin of 4 points was the closest they had been all day and was the final margin as the siren sounded. We have some improvement to make. In the last ¼ when the pressure was on, we kicked blindly and off the ground instead of picking the ball up. A lack of composure nearly cost us the game. Composure is a difficult skill to master & something the boys will need to work on at training.
Match Report Round 5 Sunday May 21st
Port South Melbourne 10.8.68 DRAW East Sandringham 10.8.68
Goal Kickers: Henry 3, Ed 2, Finn 2, Joseph 1, Nick 1, Sam 1
Best Players: Henry, Jesse, Joseph, Mack, Jake, Max
Match Day Awards Henry, Jesse, Joseph
Fifth match of the season in Division 1. The boys are well and truly in this comp and learning a lot each week. East Sandringham won the toss and kicked against the breeze. They have a good spread of boys who can play. The strength of our boys is their great team ethic as well as talent. In the pre-match Jason spoke about this as well as having fun. In particular he asked the boys to:
· Ensure we start well, be physical - backs keep touch on the forwards to get involved – be in front
· Bring pressure around the contest – effort & enthusiasm
· Communicate at the stoppages – ruck to our advantage
· Do the basics well – remember Q2 & Q3 last week where we did this
· Zone 3, 4, 5
o Set up quickly
o Lock the ball in
· Bring pressure but be disciplined
· Have fun
Q1 was a good contest with both teams going score for score - East Sandringham took the honours 19 to 15. From Q2 on we had the bulk of the play in F50 but we didn’t convert as much as we might have – Q2 ended with us on 29 to their 35. The boys put the foot down in Q3 and played a great quarter kicking 5.2 to 4.1 with the match score going our way 9.7.61 to 9.6.60. We dominated F50 entries in Q4 however we couldn’t convert enough and the game ended in a draw 68 a piece. From a positive perspective we definitely created the opportunities to win.
The boys did a good job – they played well to Jason’s instructions. We won F50 entries and possessions but our conversion wasn’t as good as it needed to be. The boys did play some great footy with strong ruck work, great marking, good clearances, excellent 2nd, 3rd and 4th efforts, hunting in packs and communicating well with each other.
When the final siren sounds and the result is a draw it always feels a little strange - however the boys played some great footy and undoubtedly had the skill and strength to beat this team.
Special thanks to Ellieh, Ben and Josh for their first games in the team this year. Each of the boys applied themselves well.
Another great effort by the boys.
Port South Melbourne 20.13.133 v Beaumaris 2.1.13
Goal Kickers: Isaac G 3, Paddy G, Nick J, Lukas W, Marlow P, Liam A 2, Jackson B, Steve A, Thomas B, Tate G, Harry T, Jake S, Charlie C 1
Best Players: Team Effort
Match Day Awards Lukas W (Woody), Paddy G, Isaac G
After 4 weeks in grading rounds we started again this week. Playing Beaumaris under Captain Isaac Graham we had a 9:00am start at Sth Melb against an untried opponent who had 2 wins from 4 games.
With Raff & Monna out due to ankle injuries & promotion of Ellieh and Josh with great form to Div 1 our line-up took a different look this week. Charlie Clarke and Tate joined us for a run & with a fit Lukas ‘Woody’ Woodhouse we thought we had the strength to do well.
We threw our traditional back pocket, Paddy to half forward & he didn’t disappoint with 2 goals & a couple of assists, Jackson B at Full forward - he scored our second of 4 goals in the first ¼. Our backline held strong by Steve, Jackson C and Zac with Charlie playing his role with great effect. Jack Dunne & Lucas D were outstanding down back to constantly repel attack with ‘Woody’s’ run and carry kicking deep to the forward line. The rebound footy from the half back line set us up to enable the ford line opportunity to score.
Our midfield led by Captain Isaac, Harry with Marlow and Oscar & wingers Tate and Darcy were responsible for centre clearances and quick kicks into our forward line. They delivered 15 centre clearances (the highest this season so far). With 49 inside 50’s converting at 67% (Our target conversion rate is 50% or 1 scoring shot for every 2 entries) was well up on last week’s 56%. We had 45 tackles although less than last week’s 67, we controlled the ball more and were being chased, not chasing. Our 53 marks (42 last week) for the game allowed us to control the tempo. With 33 scoring shots to 3 we dominated and won comfortably by 120 points. This is how it unfolded.
Our first quarter began well with Marlow’s ruck work finding Harry T in close & he kicked the ball forward to Thomas B. A loose ball get by Nick and he converted. This was a great start! Shortly after the ball found its way to half forward and a pass from Nick to Jackson B saw him kick another. Jackson B & Nick J were lively up forward & played a great ¼. A terrific passage of play began from the centre, found its way to Liam A who passed to Harry T and then to Oscar who found Tate up from the wing and from 40 his first goal of the season. A solitary goal to Beaumaris in the quarter was answered by Isaac and he slotted one through from close range. Strong efforts by our midfield group; Oscar intensity and tackling effort outstanding & great discipline from Winger Darcy who gave us a wide marking and running option for Jackson C and Lucas D to kick to. Our backline was outstanding to repel their attack with important touches to Steve, Jack D, Charlie & Zac to help keep their modest score line in check.
Our second quarter was inaccurate with 3.5 and congested football. We started kick chasing. We lost composure with the ball & rushed to kick at times and turned the ball over. Their half back line under pressure were able to clear and at times we were caught out. A lack of talk and loose structure saw us miss opportunities. Still with 8 scoring shots to Nil we were travelling ok. Paddy played a great ¼ of footy kicking a major himself and then involved in a smart passage of play marking and passing off to a lead from Liam A who converted for his first of the day.
After the long break, we went in with a 42 pint lead. Our third ¼’s have been our weakest in key stats and we were keen to turn that around. A goalless ¼ to Beaumaris showed our backline clearly dominating. Lucas D & Woody were having great games and Mr consistent Isaac was doing as he pleased. Charlie C slotted into the team well and was playing a great role down back. His passing by hand and foot was clean and smart. We started with Steve A in the centre a change from his FB position and he gave us immediate success with the first clearance from the middle. This resulted in goal to Woody, and then followed by Nick J, Liam A, Marlow and Paddy for his second! The boys were on fire!! A clever tap from a running Kavo at CHF was insightful to Nick J who passed to Jackson B - we were moving the ball well. Thomas B was marking everything coming his way & kicked superbly.
In the last quarter we had opened up the lead to 82 points & this increased with our 4th ¼ the strongest in every statistic. With 15 inside 50’s and 11 scoring shorts we added 7.4 Jake S at last rewarded for his work with his first goal ever from a mark and running goal – well done Jake! Isaac with 2 goals in that ¼ marked strongly and finished with 3. Another highlight was Steve A cameo centerfield appearance. He received a ripper pass at CHF from the unselfish Woody with great work up the field by Isaac. Steve played & from 35 metres kicked a cracking goal. The celebration was awesome with the boys coming from everywhere to congratulate him! A great team effort from all!
Match Report Round 4 Sunday May 14th
Port South Melbourne 6.3.39 v East Brighton Vampires 7.11.53
Goal Kickers: Mack 4, Harry 1, Will 1
Best Players: Max, Sam, Rory, Henry, Nick, Mack, Jake, Joseph
Match Day Awards Max, Rory, Sam
Fourth match of the season in Division 1 and the boys are on a great learning curve. Our 100-gamer Charlie won the toss and kicked to the scoring end. East Brighton won the premiership last season in Division 1 and are full of talent. But our boys have a great team ethic as well as being a talented group of young men. In the pre-match Jason spoke about our key strength as a team and the acronym TEAM which stands for “Together Everyone Achieves More” – he asked the boys to draw on this great strength of theirs in this big game. boys to:
· Go hard at the contested ball
· Respond to turnovers – man-up and push to help our defenders
· Be efficient and effective with ball use
· Continue to do the basics well
· Lead up to the ball
· Rise to the challenge
· Be composed
He also asked the East Brighton controlled Q1 kicking 21 to 0. We came back well in Q2 applying pressure and won the quarter kicking 13 to 7. The boys were awesome in Q3 applying great pressure and controlling the game. We kicked 25 to their 7. So......we won the game to Q3 after a slow start – this was a great effort by the boys. East Brighton came out strong in Q4 and kicked 25 to 1 to eventually take the honours.
The boys did a very good job against a strong and experienced team. We definitely have the skill and team commitment to take it right up to a team at this level. Our 2nd and 3rd quarters were excellent and they were characterised by doing the basics well including pressure, tackles, skilful use by hand and foot, running in packs and excellent 2nd and 3rd efforts. Four quarters of this style of footy and the boys will win a lot of games.
In the post match Jason let the boys know that he was very proud of their excellent team effort against a top quality team whom we were very close to beating. Jason also let the boys know that despite the loss we never drop our heads. Great effort by the boys.
Briefly reflecting on the season so far the boys have done a great job. They stepped up from Division 2 last season to now play in Division 1. They are 3 wins and 1 loss from their first 4 games. They were also in a very strong and winnable position in today’s game. This is a great start to the season boys – an awesome effort and reflects on your great capacity to play as a team.
Special mention to Charlie on playing his 100th game today. Charlie is a great footballer, a very popular member of the group and is the first boy in the team to play 100 games. This achievement is all the more remarkable given he is still eligible to play in the age group below. Well done Charlie!
Port South Melbourne 13.11.89 v East Malvern 6.7.43
Goal Kickers: Ellieh Laurent-Miller 4, Josh Nicol 2, Oscar Hoskins 2, Liam Kavenagh, Thomas Bradshaw, Nick James, , Harry Thom, Marlow Perrott 1
Best Players: Marlow Perrott, Oscar Hoskins, Lucas Duffy, Ellieh L-M, Jackson Bouwman, Isaac Graham
Match Day Awards Marlow Perrott, Ellieh L-M, Lucas Duffy
Mother’s Day! – What better way is there for Mum’s to spend their day watching their boys play footy? With an 11:10 start the boys lined up under Captain Harry Thom to play East Malvern at their home ground. An untried opponent, they had beaten East Sandy by similar margins to us. We expected they would be competitive. After the coach’s less than rousing sing-along to ‘Rocky’s’ theme & then ‘Rose Tattoo’s ‘We can’t be beaten’ (It worked in the 80’s), he hoped the boys had other motivating factors to pick them up....doof, doof music doesn’t do it for me.
A late withdrawal due to flu took Tate Gibson out & Monna missed this week with an ankle, however Lukas ‘Woody’ Woodhouse joined us from Div 1 for his first game & we took back our big CHF in Thomas Bradshaw a welcome inclusion to give us 19 players to start. He with Ellieh again at Full forward was supported by Josh Nicol, Nick James, Kavo and Raff, all goal scorers this year. We had a potent forward line that can kick a score.
Our goal scoring back pocketer from last week, Paddy (itching to play up forward) was required for stability down back, supported by second year player & winner of last years ‘emerging talent’ Steve Axias. Zac has found a home down back & with Jackson Cox & Jack Dunne’s great technical skill in the air and by foot & the silky skills and determination of Lucas Duffy lined up with new inclusion Woody. We expected plenty of rebound footy from them.
Our midfield led by Captain Harry Thom with Marlow, Oscar, Isaac, & wingers Jackson B and Darcy were again responsible for centre clearances & quick kicks into our forward line. They delivered 12 centre clearances and won 14 clearances from stoppages, an improvement on last week! With 43 inside 50’s converting at 56% (Our target is 50% or 1 scoring shot for every 2 entries) was just down on last week’s 59% but against weaker opposition. We had 67 tackles (15 more than Geelong could muster against Essendon!) and 42 marks for the game. With 24 scoring shots to 13 but for inaccurate kicking the end winning margin of 46 points could have been greater.
Our first quarter was very even after East Malvern jumped us with two quick goals in the first 5 minutes that grabbed the attention of our backline who tightened up & restricted them to one scoring shot for the balance of the quarter. We had our chance for a strong lead early with 6 scoring shots but inaccuracy in set & hurried shots resulted in a slender lead of 3 points. Strong efforts by our midfield group including our wingers Jackson B and Darcy R were critical to our forward movement. Our backline was outstanding after the first 5 minutes to repel their attack. Jackson C and Lucas D had outstanding 1⁄4’s. Marlow, Harry, Isaac & Oscar were waxing well in the middle & around the ground & off to a flyer.
Our second quarter was outstanding with 8 scoring shots from 10 inside 50’s to register 3.5. Kavo, Josh and Ellieh on the board with majors and unlucky not to convert more. It wasn’t just the scoring, it was the way they ran the ball. They shepherded well, supported each other & celebrated their success. They did the little things well. The backline was outstanding and tightened up & punched from behind if there was no opportunity to mark. Zac and Paddy in particular did well in this quarter. East Malvern’s solitary point in that 1⁄4 gave us a lead at half-time of 25 points. With a game high 19 tackles in this 1⁄4 the boys were running everything down.
After the long break, East Malvern were inspired and added 2.4 to our 4.1 – a good thing our accuracy was pin point! Goals to Ellieh and Oscar and Harry Thom (when rested at FF) was reward from work done up the ground. Most pleasing was the ball movement from the backline to transition across the ground handled by 9 team mates & not touched by the opposition that resulted in a goal to Harry. In this quarter Jackson B was sensational, marking everything that came his way and he kept the ball moving by playing on quickly. Lucas D was again in everything and Steve and Jack came into their own this quarter with determined and clearing defence. Paddy was ever reliable in the back. Marlow was tireless in the Ruck and Oscar’s ‘rest’ up forward rewarded his efforts with a goal.
In the last quarter as with the third we kick 4.1 with goals to Thomas from a big mark in the square from a Darcy kick to the hot spot, Josh and Oscar for their second goals of the game and Marlow chipped in. The boys were full of running & as in the previous 3⁄4’s there were several terrific passages of play where linking by hand and foot occurred up & across the ground. Our defensive effort only had them score 3 times & we ran out winners by 46 points.
After 4r ounds, we are 3:1wins & sitting 3rd.We have played well but have plenty of improvement left in us.
Match Report Round 3 Sunday May 7th
Port South Melbourne 16.5.101 v St Kilda City 7.6.48
Goal Kickers: Charlie 4, Ed 3, Harry 2, Mack 2, Will 2, Finn 1, Henry 1, Thomas 1
Best Players: Henry, Nick, Jono, Jesse, Ed, Sam, Harry
Match Day Awards Henry, Nick, Harry
Third match of the season in Division 1. St Kilda City won the toss and kicked with the breeze. They were a tall and skilful team. The key strength of our boys is their commitment to playing a team game – and they did it well again. In the pre-match Jason asked the team to:
● Be first to the ball
● Handball out to runners – position yourself to receive
● Punch when behind
● Respond to turnovers – man-up and push to help our defenders
● Communicate – stoppages, zones, kick-ins
● Be composed
The boys were on from the get-go. They controlled the game for around 70 of the 80 minutes. The boys executed well to Jason’s pre-match with the key features of their game being:
● Skilful use by hand and foot to look for a team-mate in advantage
● Controlling the ball and the tempo of the game through great passing and marking – in particular they did this very well multiple times down the lake-side of the oval
● Running in packs to support each other
● Direct attack on the ball
● Great 2nd and 3rd efforts – excellent tackles, spoils, smothers and shepherding
● Strong communication and on-ground organising
● Accurate kicking for goals
● A strong and consistent effort across 4 quarters with excellent scoreboard pressure applied throughout the game
In the post match Jason let the boys know that he was very proud of their excellent team effort and that all the boys played their roles. He also thanked Finn, Louie and Thomas for their efforts in stepping up into a new team. Well done boys on a genuine team performance.
Port South Melbourne 9.15.69 v East Sandringham 6.1.37
Goal Kickers: Ellieh Laurent-Miller 4, Raff Koz 3, Liam Kavenagh 1, Paddy Gowland 1
Best Players: Marlow Perrott, Oscar Hoskins, Lucas Duffy, Ellieh L-M, Isaac Graham, Jackson Cox, Darcy Robb, Steve Axias
Match Day Awards Steve Axias, Darcy Robb, Mackenzie Hudson
They boys lined up under Captain Marlow to play East Sandy at South Melbourne. In warm conditions and against an opponent that tasted victory the week before they had reason to be confident. After a quick team meeting & a video review of highlights in an Adelaide v’ Richmond game the boys ran out to begin the game.
With notable absences from last week’s team, we welcomed new faces in Raff, Liam A and Tate and they delivered in spades. Raff finished with 3 goals rotating from centre to half forward, Liam with terrific skills via foot and Tate competitive in key positions gave plenty of run. Ellieh was outstanding at Full forward. His game of 4.4 could easily have been 7.1 plus a score assist to Kavo (his first major of the season) was impressive. Nick James was lively at forward pocket until he spent some time off with an ankle injury & Josh Nicol on the forward flank gave strong attack at the ball. However, one of the real highlights was when Paddy, the most experienced back pocket in U14 football world was moved to half forward and scored first goal in years and second goal ever – well done Paddy!!
Our backline led by Jackson Cox, Lucas D and full back, Steve Axais were outstanding. They repelled attack with strong run and precision kicking. Our midfield of Marlow, Oscar, Isaac, Harry T & wingers Jackson B and Darcy were again sensational this week covering large parts of the ground. We had 57 tackles and 53 marks for the game and 41 inside 50’s. With 24 scoring shots to 7 the result but for inaccurate kicking could have been stronger.
Our first quarter was very strong. We kicked 5 points including a poster before we scored our first major through Ellieh, Quick to follow were goals to Raff and Kavo after great work from our midfield to send the ball in quickly. 11 scoring shots to their 3, to return 3.8 from 13 inside 50 forward entries. We had 12 marks and the same number of tackles & controlled the game early. Isaac continued his great form from last week and gave plenty of run. In this quarter our wingers Jackson B and Darcy R were critical to our forward movement. They held their positions out wide to allow transition football from our backline via Jackson C and Lucas D. Oscar, our tackle machine was always close to the action and his endeavour inspired the team.
The backline stood strong with Jack Dunne adjusting to the pace of the game getting kicks and Steve A took the forwards on with charging runs & neat side steps to clear from defence, a pattern continued from last week. Paddy was ever reliable marking down back.
Our second quarter produced more of the first with 11 inside 50 for 6 scoring shots to register 2.4. With the breeze, we were a little wasteful in this quarter and sometimes our kicking to position let us down. With Monna at CHB we had a competitive tall to assist Marlow & Harry T in the air. Harry sensational in the air & along with Marlow took some really great marks & kicked long to advantage. East Sandy were under constant pressure, but we found it difficult to convert. We had 20 tackles suggesting we were second to the ball – we had to fix this in the third quarter.
It took 9 minutes to score in the third quarter and then we added a quick 3.1 to finish. Their goal was their only scoring shot – our defence stood strong with Lucas & Co applying terrific pressure. Paddy from back pocket to half forward gave us immediate reward with a goal and he followed up quickly with another scoring chance for a point. Ellieh scored his 4th goal in this ¼. Our wingman’s Jackson B & Darcy continued to impress and Isaac’s run and presence around CHF made it difficult for East Sandy to build any momentum. Marlow was tireless in the Ruck and his second efforts at ground level were ‘rover’ like. Marking well & kicking long he played terrific football.
In the last quarter as there was in the previous ¾’s there were several terrific passages of play where linking by hand and foot occurred up & across the ground. Only 1 goal this ¼ did not reflect our endeavour – the boys were tired having run so hard. We chose to rest a couple of them and change the team up a little. Mackenzie’s attack on the ball was outstanding and although caught a couple of times did exemplify the intensity required even when tired.
Another great team effort by all. In Round 4 next week we play East Malvern who we expect to bounce back strongly after being beaten by Beaumaris by 38 points in Round 3.
Match Report Round 2 Sunday April 30
Port / South Melbourne 58 (8.10) DEF East Malvery 56 (8.8)
Goal kickers: Joseph 2, Ed 2, Charlie 1, Henry 1, Mack 1, Will 1
Best players: Henry, Joseph, Isaac, Ed, Sam, Nick, Harry
Second match of the season having moved up to Division 1. East Malvern were a skilful, physical and well organised team. We won the toss and kicked with the breeze. Another strong team effort got us over the line – this is a hallmark of this group of boys. In the pre-match address Jason asked the team to:
· Win the contested ball
· Get organised at the stoppages
· Be composed – think through your options
· Do the basics well - kicking, handballing, marking, tackling, supporting your team mate
· Perform multiple defensive efforts
The game was played in 3 phases:
Q1 – the boys dominated possession with multiple F50 entries but some inaccurate kicking meant we didn’t get the reward for our effort – we kicked 2.4 to 1.2
Q2, Q3 and the first 3/4 of Q4 – this period was an arm wrestle with the key stats and the on ground performance going East Malvern’s way – we kicked 4.6 to 7.6
Last quarter of Q4 - our boys really lit up and played to their ability – we kicked 2 unanswered goals in the last 5 minutes to get the team over the line
In the post match address Jason let the boys know that he was very proud of their effort. He also praised the boys for digging deep late and working very hard as a team in this period despite being outplayed for more than half of the game. So......plenty to work on but a great effort by the boys in what was another genuine team performance.
Port South Melbourne 12.22.94 v Caulfield Bears 1.5.11
Goal Kickers: Nick James 3, Ellieh Laurent-Miller 2, Isaac Graham 2, Jackson Bouwman, Thomas Bradshaw,
Josh Nicol, Marlow Perrott, Darcy Robb
Best Players: TEAM EFFORT
Match Day Awards Isaac Graham, Josh Nicol, Liam Monaghan, Nick James (Caulfield Canteen Voucher)
They boys lined up under Captain Oscar H to play Caulfield Bears at their home ground at Koornang Park. In ideal conditions we warmed up well. In 2016 Caulfield was a team we lost to twice.
The learning from last week was to inject speed & firepower up forward. We changed our forward structure and lined up with Nick James at forward pocket for creative dash, Josh Nicol on the forward flank (away from his traditional back pocket) to add forward defensive pressure and Ellieh from ruck rover to full forward for a high marking forward with competitive intensity. We agreed to lift our intensity in the forward line. We had an agreed intent to score from 50% of our inside 50’s. All were goal scorers with Ellieh and Josh scoring their first goals ever!!
To the backline we added Jackson Cox for his excellent marking & foot skills & Lucas D for run to the back flanks. They assisted Louie, Steve Axais & ever reliable Paddy. Our midfield of Marlow, Oscar, Isaac, Harry T & wingers Jackson B and Darcy were sensational competing hard & covering large parts of the ground. We counted tackles to measure intensity & clearance to measure first use of the ball and marks to assess control of game tempo.
Our first quarter was very strong and we peppered the goals with 8 scoring shots to their 1 & kicked 2.6 from 9 inside 50 forward entries. We had more than 8 contested marks and controlled the game early. Thomas Bradshaw marked everything that came his way and Isaac was influential. Our captain Oscar once again led our tackle count that set the tone. The backline stood strong and Steve A took the forwards on with charging runs to clear from defence, a pattern he continued through the game. Paddy was ever reliable marking down back & never once kicked across goal.... and Tommy Keller may have found a home in the back pocket where he performed well.
Our second quarter produced more of the first with 12 inside 50 for 6 scoring shots to register 2.4. We were a little wasteful in this quarter and sometimes our kicking to position let us down. Monna came into his own and stood tall in defence & took some great marks – it was great to have him back in the team! Zac C down back was getting into the temp of the game with some useful possessions. In the first half, Nick James, Josh, Ellieh and Thomas Bradshaw had cracking games all scoring goals from great work up the ground from Marlow, Harry T, Oscar and Louie.
In the third quarter we were on the attack. 4 goals & 4 behinds from 13 inside 50 was on the mark. We hit the post a couple of times. Our wingman Darcy was elusive in this quarter and chipped in to score his first goal ever after a piece of weaving magic! The lad can motor! Our other wingman Jackson B also got on the board with a great goal. Our forward line continued to function well and the boys kept their positions and structure across the ground. Louie was an absolute general demanding the ball and transitioning across the ground. He, Jackson C and Lucas D with great composure used both side of the ground when running out of defence. Oscar ferocious in his tackling & his attack on the ball and the competitiveness & Jake Stennett for his first game (Another welcome inclusion) got his hand on the pill a few times. New recruit to the team, Jack Dunne presented well up forward as he had done in the first half clunking a mark or two and kicking well.
In the last quarter there were several terrific passages of play where linking by hand and foot occurred up & across the ground. Paddy’s backward release handball to Marlow who kicked on to Isaac to kick inside 50 was impressive. Having impact in the last 1⁄4, Kavo bravely ran hard at the ball & took a big hit from a giant tackle that left him dazed & off the ground temporarily. The boys never took a backward step and rained in on the forward line with 12 scoring shots (4.8) and 3 x hit the post, Isaac twice. He finished off the game two goals from his centre position.
A team effort by all with an honest 4 quarter performance. We look forward to east sandy in round 3. PS – the difference between weeks may just have been the snakes distributed at halftime...thanks to all parents that assisted.
Match Report Round 1 Sunday April 23
Port / South Melbourne 93 (14.9) DEF Prahran 36 (5.6)
Goal kickers: Charlie 6, Ed 2, Luykas 2, Mack 2, Henry 1, Joseph 1
Best players: Rory, Henry, Max, Charlie, Jake, Sam
Match Day Awards: Rory, Max, Charlie
First match of the season we stepped up a notch into U14 Division 1. We were up against Prahran who finished 3 rd last season in U13 Division 1. Prahran won the toss and kicked with the breeze. Our boys played a great team game with excellent efforts from all players.
Our backline performed very well with great efforts from Rory, Max, Oscar, Jesse, Campbell, Jordy, Trano and Sam. There were several important and successful attacking forays started by the backline boys.
The one percenters were a highlight with excellent smothers and shepherds followed by great 2nd and 3rd efforts.
Jake, Isaac, Henry, Joseph, Rory and Jesse were instrumental here.
There was a lot of great linking where the boys passed well by hand and foot, kicked to advantage and took great marks. Jono, Joseph, Henry, Nick, Mack and Max did this well.
There were some great goals kicked by Charlie, Ed, Mack and a cracker by Lukas from the boundary.
Special mention to our new players Ed, Trano and Jono. Ed and Trano’s pace, agility and direct attack on the contest contributed significantly to the team’s efforts and was matched by Jono’s kicking skills, positioning and linking.
A great winning effort by the boys in what was a genuine team performance.
Port South Melbourne 3.3.21 v Mordialloc 6.8.44
Goal Kickers: Jackson C, Oscar H, Louie B
Best Players: Lucas D, Finn M, Oscar H, Marlow P, Paddy G, Liam K
Match Day Awards Lucas Duffy, Finn McMahon, Oscar Hoskins
They boys lined up under Captain Lucas D. We played Mordialloc at home in ideal conditions. A tall team, they were 2016 U13 grand finalists and played like it too.
In warm conditions we got off to a slow start before gaining momentum to half time to finish down by just 13 points at the main break. It should have been closer but for two late goals due to skills errors by foot inside 50 - apart from that we were very competitive, Our endeavour, tackling and strong running was a feature.. We had the ball inside 50’s many times but could not convert. At times we could have looked to transition the ball to use our leg speed to break the lines but kicked quickly to the advantage of their high marking players.
It became a match characterised by strong half back lines with both teams defence rebounding the incoming ball. The difference was Mordialloc were able to convert more inside 50 than us - we dropped marks, they held theirs.
Our last ¼ was the best with the ball deep in our forward line for long periods, however, Mordialloc organised their team to press well. We could not find space or time to compose ourselves to convert.
There were some wonderful individual efforts, particularly from our captain Lucas who lead the team by example from start to finish, & Oscar ferocious in his tackling & his attack on the ball and the competitiveness & courage as always from Finn.
There were several terrific passages of play through the game where linking by hand and foot occurred up the ground. Marking was a highlight particularly from Harry Thom who took some ripper marks under pressure and defensive pressure lead by reliable Paddy & Josh to be commended.
Good ruck work from Marlow and excellent run from Ellieh during the game.
The first time the boys had experienced 4 x 20 minute quarters and now they know what is required going forward.- same goes for the coach who forgot to dish out the snakes at half time…sorry boys!.
It was a good first up effort by the boys who will look to improve next week.