Round 1, 2019

Round 1 Match Reports

Hi Folks below are all our Match Reports for Round 1. Scroll Down to find your team's report.

Thanks to our coaches and a couple of extra helpers for writing/producing these.

 

 

Under 9 Blues vs St Bernards.

“ Now Let the Games begin….”

 

It was only apt that our season began after the Summers daylight saving had ended.

  • Was I the only one who’s different times on analogue and digital devices caused a moment of panic?

 

After a lot of effort by our Junior Committee and Volunteer Team Parents, here came the fun part:

We had completed some broad training sessions since the Teams were announced:

  • The players came up with a set of Team Values for Fun, Teamwork, Improvement and Respect.
  • We addressed a few rules around tackling, running with the ball and kicking off the ground.

Across the U9 Blues, our individual players skillset was broad – we had ball getters, good ball users and plenty of speed.  All wrapped up with an abundance of enthusiasm.  It was now going to be interesting to see how this would work together on the field.

For a lot of our players, this would have been the 1st time they had the whole oval, as a playing arena, to themselves.  A big ground and an exciting opportunity.

 

We took a moment in our Change Room to announce player numbers with our Jumper Presentation. (This is the U9 Blues first year of having consecutive numbers, on matching jerseys – Thankyou Committee!)

  • Angus will receive his Jersey when he is available in a couple of weeks

 

On a stunning morning with no dew to kick off, our players were ready!

Our Captains today were Jack Mosca – a young player already with plenty of experience and Natalie Meilak who has embraced training with enthusiasm and a smile.

Kicking towards the Dogpark end, Maverick won us some early ball.  Fletcher and Jack were getting possessions as the ball ricocheted between the arcs.  Hamish used his pace to run down and tackle a St Bernard player.  We were starting to get some link-ups with Maverick and Fletcher getting other players involved.  Harrison took a good mark under pressure, likewise Braydon took a strong defensive mark.

 

By the end of the 1st quarter, I was already impressed with our endeavour and attempts for keeping the ball.

 

2nd Quarter:

Once the nerves were blown off and a reminder to ‘Keep Moving, Trust each other to get the ball and Play in Front’ our Team launched into the second term.

Maverick showed his gather-dinky-run-kick move again which linked up with Zoe.  Tiger and Jack took marks.  Arthur kicked a nice pass in to Logan in our attacking 50. Logan got it towards goal.  A shot went across the goal-face.  Logan had followed up, found space where there wasn’t much and kicked truly through the Big Sticks – GOAL!

A good reward for a quarter and a half of Team effort.

After some celebration and the re-start Fletcher took a strong mark in a pack and we used some handball and run out of defence.  Zoe ran the ball through the mid-field, kicked the ball in front of Natalie who then got the ball on to Logan, who was playing in position and some space around him kicked another GOAL!

 

From the re-start we regained the ball and worked it forward again.  Jack was involved a couple of times and got reward of his own GOAL!

 

As the players devoured the ½ time oranges, we talked about giving ourselves and each other space, keeping in position at either end of the ground and to continue the things we were doing well.

All our players had had a touch on the ball to half-time which in itself was a little victory.

I set the Team a challenge of completing 3 possession link-up.

 

3rd Quarter;

Our rotations now had Logan at Full Back where he saved a goal – touched on the line.  James laid a good tackle.  Mav grabbed another ground-ball and pass.  Zoe showed good attack on the ball and a long kick.

We had gained territory and the ball was locked in our Attacking 50.  We were too bunched up, too many bodies all trying to do the same thing and just couldn’t get an effective possession.

We were getting a few shots at goal, but they went behind the big stick.  We were defending well up our end, but couldn’t quite get the goal.

 

4th Quarter;

‘Lets run out the game’

Harvey Howe took a mark on the line to save a goal.

Zoe kept good positioning, repelling St Bernards forward passes.

We were defending hard, Maverick and Jack laid good tackles to win free kicks,

but the ball wasn’t getting forward of our Centre.

 

We finished up with 3 Goals, a handful of points, a few bumps, bruises and a possible sprained ankle – and our 1st competitive game under our belt.

I’m sure there were plenty of revisits of the action as told by our players on the way home.

I was certainly more than happy with our first hit-out.

There are certainly a few things to work on, but we are starting from a pretty good level.

 

Scorers;

  • Logan – 2 Goals
  • Jack – 1 Goal

But a special mention for other player also, as everyone contributed to a great 1st game of end to end football (I had many comments from Parents of our game and the next saying it was such a good game to watch)

To all our volunteers : orange slicers, flag wavers, canteen helpers, medic, umpire and umpire security, magnet movers, scribes and photo-snappers well done.

A special thanks from me to Darren and Liz who have ridden a steep learning curve to get to and now through their first game also.

 

I’m looking forward to training and our next game

Cheers,

Paul

 

Under 9 Reds V Point Cook

The U9 Reds had come together in the past week with a mix of enthusiastic youth and experienced veterans.  Our season opener kicked off under lights on Friday night against Point Cook. The Rooster convoy battled through peak hour traffic and everyone managed to arrive in time – even one player who hitched a lift on the way when a flat tyre struck. After jumper presentations and some pep talk to the players and also the parents I think all the kids were keen to just get started and play.

Captains today were Thomas E. and Charlie.  After a tough coin toss we had to start kicking into a strong wind. Luckily we had Paddy, Zach and Bill starting off across fullback and they did a great job repelling most of the Point Cook attacks.  Enrique started well in the ruck taking his first of several overhead marks. Otis and Jensen played the wings and ran well in the big space on this oval.

Fortunately the wind kept blowing in the second quarter and Hugo and Eden held good marks to kick the ball deep forward.  Lachie and Oliver were in a lot of the action in the middle.  Zeph was busy running hard and racking up possessions. Point Cook had some fast and skilful players too which were a challenge and they managed to score into the wind.

Third quarter was against the strong wind again but the Roosters kept competing and held the opposition to less than the first quarter. Tom W. found his spot and worked hard in the back line.  Thomas E. and Eli gave plenty of effort through the middle and we worked the ball forward into the wind for Eamon and Arlo to take good marks this quarter.

I was very proud of the effort the Roosters continued with in every quarter, and kicking with the wind again helped us move the ball forward many times in the last quarter.  Noah attacked the ball with speed as he had all night but this time came off second best with a leg injury. Paddy seemed to increase his energy winning more contests each quarter. Tom Mulcahy held the full back line together well.  We were rewarded at last when Thomas Mitchell marked a good pass from Charlie, and kicked truly right through the middle - cheers went up around the ground almost like a packed MCG.  Still the Roosters kept giving it their all.  A couple more injuries had Julia busy applying ice packs until the final siren sounded.

Zeph earnt the heartland award with a 4 quarter game of run and skill.  Hugo and Charlie were Rooster’s of the week with very strong games too.

Across the ground Roosters held a lot of marks and were looking to handball to teammates. I have probably missed a few highlights on this big ground under lights but hopefully you have a few yourselves.  There seems to be plenty of heart and talent amongst the kids. I have a feeling that this group will bond together and develop well over the season.

A big thanks to Claire and Richard Denby for managing the team through our first game very smoothly. Also thanks to all the parents for helping on the night. We have a bye next week, and then the Easter break off. Our next game is a while away but I am looking forward to it already. Enjoy the Sunday sleep in’s while you can.

 

Gerald

 

Under 10 Whites V Albanvale

Friday night saw great excitement and beautiful late autumn warmth, and the West Footscray Under ten’s started in sensational fashion with a strong performance under lights at Albanvale Football Club.

In a very one sided affair the roosters burst out of the blocks from the first bounce with Charlie in the ruck giving us first use, Finn was everywhere early and the forward line led by Allan, Justin and Eli Andrews put plenty of scoreboard pressure on the opposition and made full use of the strong wind.

The second quarter saw us kicking against the wind and the roosters were asked to run and carry which is exactly what they did playing great ‘team’ orientated footy and outscoring their opponents again in a strong performance. Kase, Eli G, Hamish and Archer all played their positions well and the roosters went in to the half time break with good momentum.

The second half reflected a much more balanced game as the Albanvale team played much tighter and more congested footy. Roosters had to work harder to clear the footy and struggled to kick goals despite a strong breeze. Artisan was great in the midfield battle, Arlo controlled his areas and Hugo N and Hugo W cracked in hard for their team.

The last quarter was a strong finish with more goals against the fading breeze. Due to the large number of players on the interchange everyone shared the load in the last 15 minutes which was great to see. Dylan, Hudson and Oliver contributed in this quarter and Kade and Mrinal finished off strongly.

Finn O’Connell was named rooster of the week by Albanvale who had a great game and kicked 2 goals as well.

Most importantly everyone played their part in the team and the support from the parents was really encouraging. There were a few teething issues with jumpers, rule changes etc which will sort themselves out for round two. Overall it was a great start to the year. Look forward to next week!

Luke’s weekly reports will also get better as the year goes on as he focuses a bit more on the game than managing the large interchange bench!

Luke Hill

 

Under 12 Girls Vs Yarraville

The West Footscray Under 12 Girls have combined with the Flemington Under 12 Girls to create a super team in 2019. We headed to Yarraville for the first game of the season after only one combined session where the two teams had a chance to meet each other. It was a whirlwind last week leading up to the first game and the combined team was made up of 14 West Footscray girls and 8 Flemington girls to make a total of 22, creating a new headache with what to do with all the extra players! A headache we would rather have. 

 

Our two captains for the day were Maya Jess and Bess Martin who were rewarded for their leadership qualities. Yarraville started with the wind at their back and kicked two early goals, but our girls began to find their rhythm with Caelan, Bess & Merrick in the middle steadying the ship by getting their hands on the ball and moving it forward. Bess played an important role as a defensive midfielder covering the back of the packs which meant Yarraville, who were very good at getting the ball out of packs and breaking away into clear space, were always under pressure with their break-aways. Thanks to some desperate defensive work deep in our back line to force some inaccurate kicking, we remained in the contest. 

 

The second quarter saw our girls use the wind to their advantage to even the scores, with an even spread of players around the contest to ensure their break-aways were always pressured. Two goals to us saw us go into half-time with spirits high that we had pushed last year's runners-up. Some rotations at half-time gave the girls an opportunity to experience some time in different parts of the ground; a trend that the West Footscray girls were used to after spending time in all parts of the ground throughout 2018. In the third quarter with a new on-ball brigade, our midfield found themselves chasing tails when caught too far in front of the contest. The message at three-quarter-time was to be wary around the packs to pressure Yarraville's break-aways. 

 

With the wind at our backs for the last quarter, the girls fought hard and kicked another goal to end the game with three in total. For a first run together, the combined team gelled well and showed signs of a really fun season ahead. Yarraville are a very good team and will win a lot of games through their football smarts and skills. They were a good team to use as a barometer on our season, and we look forward to playing them again to measure our improvement over the season. Congratulations to all of the girls who played their first ever game of football: Olivia, Alahana, Emma, Leah, Natalie & Merrick (with the girls). Special mention to Caelan who showed signs of a big year ahead, Bess for her smart play around packs, and Merrick for excellent use of her hands. We're looking forward to seeing how the girls improve and continue to enjoy their season ahead. 

 

Yarraville:                                  9.10.64

West Footscray/Flemington :    3.1.19

Simon

 

Under 12 As Vs Albion

Firstly, Richie, Kane & myself want to welcome back all our players & parents from last year to another exciting and epic chapter in Rooster 12 football, 2019 style. We would also like to warmly welcome some new additions to our ‘family’ – Zachary Beaumont & Jacob Fitzgerald and families. Both Zac & Jacob were unavailable for Rd 1, due to injury and travel but we look forward to making them feel home and their contribution throughout the season.  

 

And what a way to start the season? A 29 scoring shot bonanza against Albion at home. Lots of good signs here but lots to work to do, in particular, our tackling, pressure and of course our allround skills. But instead of boring you with my words, we thought we would utilise the talents of our parents. In our midst, we have a highly skilled and creative cameraman who covers the AFL, amongst many other sports and programs – Simon McIntyre. Simon graciously offered his skill & nous to our opening game, and produced the goods, doing a remarkable job in capturing the ebb and flow (on a camera that must seem out of the ’80s compared to what he normally uses). Thanks, Simon. Great job! Also, thank you to Craig Gillespie who also tamed my camera for the practice match the week before at short notice. Thanks, Craig.

 

So please follow the link to watch some match highlights of Game One. It was a team effort and it was great to see every player shine at particular moments. Lots of little things, like a tap on's, shepherds & run which can go unnoticed in the speed of the game, but its these little things that count and stand us well in the coming games. Well-done Roosters, a great base to build from. Hopefully, this will be ongoing but it just depends on work commitments. Enjoy and see you at Rd 2.

https://vimeo.com/user12275286/review/329724649/0f9520ecdb

Regards

Des, Richie & Kane

 

Under 12 Bs Vs Wyndham Suns

Nothing like a comeback win to get the heart racing!

So we headed off to Tarneit to take on the Wyndham Suns on a windy but fairly pleasant Sunday morning. Don’t get use to that folks, that’s not footy weather, but enjoy it while it lasts!

Tory was kind enough to accept my request to be part of our jumper presentation which was a big thrill for me and hopefully all our players. I’m guessing there wouldn’t be many teams in junior league footy that had their jumper presented to them by an AFL premiership player :D

I had the pleasure of awarding the role of captain for the season to Stephen Sully. I was looking for someone who lead by example both on the field and in training. I felt Stephen’s effort and courage in our first practice game showed he was a great example of what I want to see in all our players. I don’t expect everyone to be the best player, but I do expect them to play to the best of their ability. Congratulations Stephen!

We lost the toss and they had the wind in the first, but as we know that may have been to our advantage in the end. I reckon you can tell how switched on a team is within the first few minutes and I had a good feeling about our team. We fought hard from the start and even though they had the wind we really held them down, so they didn’t get the jump they wanted. While the last quarter may have won us the game, the first quarter effort made it possible.

Even though we had the wind in the second I think we were well matched by the Suns and they made it hard for us to score. But we did manage to put on a goal and Miles become the first goal scorer for our team this season. It was pleasing to see some good linking through the middle so even when they managed to get into their 50 we still took it back down our end without them scoring. Iggy and Jordan put on a couple of behinds to help boost our score, but by half time we still had work to do.

They say the third quarter is the premiership quarter and being they had the wind that could have been dangerous, but OMG did we fight! I can’t remember all the great efforts, but I recall Griff and Louis flying around the opponents like they were The Flash, and a few great in an under efforts from Clara, Mitch and Riley. By the end of the season I want everyone to be prepared to dive in and grab that footy with all their might. ‘If you want it enough it’s yours!’ (stole that from their coach, Helen overheard him saying it in their huddle). I can’t leave out the play of the day where Oscar took it from virtually the boundary through let’s say 10 opponents with 3 or so bounces and bombed it on his left right through the guts! Wow that was special!!!

But we were still 3 points down at the start of the last and the fight wasn’t over. We did however lose the toss, so we had the wind. Some may say the Suns ran out of legs, I’d say we wanted it more and we fought it out, and eventually the dam wall broke and goals came from everywhere. Griff, Jordy, Riley and not be satisfied with 1, Oscar got his second. But let’s remember that goals are the result of efforts. Very rarely can a player score a goal without the efforts of his or her teammates. The effort of the day by any player on the ground went to Aiden for a 30 metre chase that ended in a holding the ball free. Coaches are not meant to cheer, but I cheered that effort, it was awesome!

So we win our first game and congratulations to all of you. There are things we did well and things we can do better, as we discussed at training tonight. But driving home I wasn’t thinking about the result, I was thinking about how everyone played to their best ability. That made me happy 😊.

Thank You to all our volunteers for the day and especially Jane for your help getting us on the park without a hiccup. Great team effort 12 Bs!

Ash

 

Under 14 As Vs Hoppers Crossing

The start of any sporting season brings an air of anticipation – some pre-game jitters, glances across to the opposition, wondering how your team will fare. Glorious sunshine and warm conditions greeted our under 14A Roosters as they sprinted (well, some sauntered) on to Shorten Reserve. With the new WRFL age configurations, it was a new-look side. Eight of our players are top-age, and the other ten are younger. This is their first season playing together. But for coaches Andrew Gerardi and Chris Phelan, April 7 has been a long time coming. Indeed, some of this team have been running pre-season laps since before Christmas! Three of the senior players in Henry Lovell, Socrates Mavrokostidis and Samuel Hall have been appointed captains for the season.

 

The inside-word from Andrew G and Damian L were that Hoppers Crossing would be a strong opponent. That proved correct. Both teams ran hard, competed well and were skilful. A very fair competitive spirit was on display from both teams.

 

Your occasional matchday correspondent was roped in at the last minute, so this report lacks a little bit of colour from the crowd and the rooms, but Roosters number 1 ticket holder Liza Lakusa was in the grandstand (well, the Essex Street hill). Any excuse to wear the red and white more often. She’s an upholder of due protocol and manners, is Liza… “I’ve seen three or four people walk directly behind the goal umpire rather than go around the back of the nets,” said Liza. “It’s just not on…” At this point I fell silent, as five minutes earlier I had committed that sin. In my defence, the game hadn’t started.

 

Shortly thereafter news filtered through that both teams had been fined for starting the game late. The majority of our little crowd thought that was a bit harsh. Not Liza. “Fair enough, it’s about time everyone started paying attention to the umpires.”

 

So, the game got underway, 90 seconds late… Hoppers had some big bodies in the midfield, but we had some tenacious ball-winners – Henry, Diesel, Weston, Jack G and Leroy (from now on mostly referred to as Nugget, perhaps inspired by the cameo character from Crocodile Dundee). A stream-lined Daniel Hudson was in the ruck. His cross-training for hockey has been handy. He was supported at times by Aaron and Blake against a couple of formidable ruckmen.

 

Hoppers were kicking with a strong breeze in the first quarter, and had multiple repeat entries. Our back six were under immense pressure, repelling numerous attacks, led by Samuel, Cooper, Weston, Isaac C and Frank. But Hoppers had set up not just one, but two walls – one along the 50 metre arc (Hadrians wall), and one across the mid-field (the Great Wall – I’m making this up – I’m not sure if Hoppers actually call them by those names).

 

Their #19 unloaded a huge bomb from about 40 metres for a very impressive goal, which actually gave our backline a chance to catch their breath, and our midfield to reset. Although we didn’t score in the first quarter, we restricted Hoppers to just two goals. One of our most creative players, Jonathan S, was off with an ice pack on the upper arm, so we were down to 17 players.

 

The second quarter was probably our best for the game. Quick entries in to the forward 50 were the key, seeing the Hoppers defenders out of position. Jack Gerardi was nursing a badly bruised toe, self-inflicted the previous day after not quite sticking the landing while trying to dismount from a trailer. I actually missed a game of footy when I was 19 after running in to a trailer in our backyard, but I digress. Socrates, Jack, Leroy, Juma and Lachlan D were all appreciating the ball coming in fast. We hit the scoreboard with four goals in the second quarter – a couple to Soc, one to Diesel and one to Jack G.

 

At the long break we found ourselves 9 points in front, with a spring in our step. And Jonathan had recovered, setting up a goal after sprinting back on to the field. The third quarter would be a case of defending as grimly as we could. The breeze had picked up a bit more, and Hoppers really got their running game going. We had no-one on the bench, and in the very warm conditions fatigue was a factor. Once again the backline were under siege, and a few times were caught out of position or without an opponent. But we’ll get better at that as the season progresses. Weston and Kadin were showing their footy nous with some excellent handpasses and side steps, linking up well with Samuel who is our primary ball carrier and kicker out of defence. Mickey A played a great game through the middle and on the wings, as did Frank. The courage and effort could not be questioned, against bigger opposition. Number 12 for Hoppers was really exerting his influence up forward – strong marks and sure kicks for goal saw Hoppers take a 13 point lead in to the last quarter.

 

At the final huddle, the boys were tired but felt they could overcome the deficit. Unfortunately fatigue was a big factor, and a few of our boys were out on their feet. This kept our resident runner Lenny Fitcher very busy in the last stanza, who was making repeat dashes across the ground as the changes were swung - a massive thanks to Lenny for giving us a hand. To their credit, Hoppers ran hard with the ball in to the wind and kicked two goals to make it very difficult for us. A late surge saw us kick two goals in two minutes, but the weight of numbers was with Hoppers, who ran out 14 point victors.

 

Already we can see our team gelling together and listening carefully to the game plan and instructions from Andrew and Chris. And already, thoughts are turning to our journey down Ballarat Road next Sunday for the match against Caroline Springs.

 

Hoppers Crossing 7.11-53 def West Footscray 6.3-39

Goal kickers: Socarates 3, Jack 2, Diesel 1

Best players (on WRFL website): Samuel, Henry, Socrates, Diesel, Leroy (Nugget), Frank.

 

Andrew

 

Under 14 Bs V Williamstown

It was hard to know what to expect for our first game of the season. This team had been come to exist through the merger of kids from different clubs, a happening that had only occurred just a few weeks previously. The opening round coinciding with the first weekend of the school holidays had done us no favours either, and several of our team were unavailable to play our opening game. I’d been fortunate over recent seasons to have a team of kids that had played together for years. They knew each other’s games inside out, and the chemistry that existed within the team was a significant contributor to their many victories. This side however would be starting from scratch. How would they play? Would they gel together out on the field? What would I call them? The Roos-Deers?

 

The focus pre-game would be all about the process. How do we want to play? The scoreboard would be irrelevant for the first few weeks. Sure, we would like to snag a win or two, but he first part of the season would be about getting them to gel, and most importantly getting them to understand how we want them to play, and what we want to do to go about this.

 

I won’t go into the excruciating and pun riddled detail of my usual match reports. It’s fair to say we got a serious touch up on Sunday at the hands of a far more polished and cohesive unit from Williamstown. Having said that, despite the magnitude of the defeat Josh and I could still draw quite a few positives from the game. The most obvious to me was that despite what was happening on the paddock, all the boys continued to play with their chins up. We made quite a few blunders that hurt us, we got out bodied all over the ground and had to watch the ball sail over our, and the goal umpires head for most of the afternoon. Despite all of this, the boys kept chipping away at it.

 

I suspect the Mighty Roos-Deers (I’m running with that) learned a lot on Sunday that will help us improve as the season progresses. There’s no point in getting too down about it boys. It wasn’t our day, we simply look to improve for St Albans this week.

 

I should say a big thank you to Kiir, Alex, Eli and Thomas who backed up after an Under 12 game in the morning to help us out in the afternoon. That’s a huge effort boys and much appreciated. None of you looked out of place playing for the 14 B’s. Another big clap for Jacob who did the running on Sunday courtesy of that plaster cast on your wrist. It comes off on April 29 folks, then we can let him rip, so lock that one in your calendars! More thanks to Maya and Sophie who ran the drinks after their Under 12 girls’ game in the morning. One last especially big thanks to all the parents who helped.

 

After arriving at the game with so many questions, only to leave with twice as many, I must say I’m looking forward to our game on Sunday.  Let’s get to work!

 

Damian

 

Under 15 Girls Vs Caroline Springs

The first Under 15’s Girls Rooster side welcome some new faces to go with some returning Roosters from the Under 12’s last year and it was a wonderful way to start the year with a great team effort from the 17 girls who took the field where they come out winners over Caroline Springs 11 15 81 to 1 0 6.

 

I could not have asked for anymore from them as they play as a team and link up with handball and by foot to dominant the game. Each girl contribute in their own way to the victory.

It was great to see training drills put into practise.

 

The first quarter started with the Roosters kicking with the wind, and we peppered the goals but we could only manage one goal to Isabel despite some great efforts from Olivia and Ella H who provide great targets.

 

At quarter time I asked the girls for a special effort to run and link as in the second quarter we kicked into a strong wind. The girls certainly responded kicking

3 goals 6 behinds for the quarter and be lead by the midfield of Sasha, Sophie, Layla Isabel and Chloe. Up forward Edie 1 goal Miia , Mia  and Liberty supplied great targets. The back line repelled every attack by Caroline Springs and back six of Nina, Alex, Kat,

Ella P,  Matilda and Faith keep them scoreless for the half and provide great drive into our forward.

In the third quarter the girls continued their momentum kicking 5 goals to nil with the wind to close out the game followed by another two goals into the wind in the last in what was a fantastic team effort.

 

Multiple goal kickers with 2 goals where Sophie Isabel and Sasha with singles to Layla, Alex, Mia, Miia and Edie.

In what was a great team effort our First Rooster of the week thanks to our sponsors at Slice Girls (4 Yewers St Footscray) was Sasha Nelson playing her first game for the club.

A big thanks to all the families that help make the day run smoothly and remember without you the girls can’t run on the ground each week.

Hope to see you all at training this week especially Tuesday with the AFLW girls from the Bulldogs coming down.

 

Darren

 

 


GIRLS FOOTBALL

 

2019 will be our second exciting season fielding girls teams in the Under 12 and Under 15 competitions. Girls are also very welcome to play in the Under 9, 10 and 12 teams along with the boys as a mixed team. All participants are welcome regardless of football experience or skill level.

For those who need help we offer financial assistance to eligible families through our club administered All Aboard Fund. Please contact our club Registrar at wfrjregistrar@gmail.com for confidential information about the fund and your eligibility.

If you think you would like to try AFL football this year then please check out our current training schedule on the Juniors page.

If you would like to know more about our girls’ teams or our junior program please contact us at w.f.roostersjuniors@gmail.com.

Be quick as registrations will close on April 6.

GO ROOSTERS!


Junior Information Pack

West Footscray Roosters Juniors
General Information

The Club
                                                                                                                       
West Footscray Roosters is a community based Australian Rules football club competing in the Western Regional Football League. The Roosters Juniors field teams in age divisions from Under-9‘s to under-14’s. The Roosters also field a senior team and is developing Women’s football teams. The club rooms and home ground are located in Shorten Reserve, West Footscray.VisionThe vision of the Roosters is to be a respected and successful member of the Western Region Football league. The Roosters value diversity of thought, experience and culture. The Roosters believe that promoting inclusion and collaboration, by welcoming players and parents from all backgrounds, will increase the success of our club both on the field and in our community.Mission

The West Footscray Roosters aim is to teach, motivate and encourage all our players to work as team members and promote sportsmanship in a family friendly environment.

Code of Conduct

West Footscray Roosters value diversity and promote inclusion. The Roosters aim to provide a safe, secure environment for all members and players to develop as a club and a community.

All Roosters juniors training sessions, matches and official events are alcohol free. Alcohol is permitted to be served in the club rooms at the conclusion of official events.

In addition, verbal or physical abuse or any harassment, vilification of discrimination of any kindwill not be tolerated.

Contravention of this policy will result in immediate expulsion from the immediate location, review of club membership and potential police action.

Training and Matches

All junior teams train twice weekly. Training times are usually 5-6pm on designated training days for your child’s age group. Matches are played on a weekend, with some games played on Friday nights. It is important that your child arrives one hour ahead of their scheduled match time on game days to enable the required administrative work for the league to be completed prior to the scheduled kick-off time.

Volunteering and fundraising

Local community sports clubs rely on volunteers for their very existence. The amount of work required to keep a football club viable and running smoothly is significant. There are no paid positions at West Footscray Roosters Juniors, all work is performed by volunteers. Our club volunteers not only ensure that your child has a safe, friendly and supportive environment to develop their sporting and social skills, but your club is also an integral part of the community you live in. The club is a vital link between parents and families across the community and many members and players develop long lasting support networks based on their involvement with the Roosters.

It is vital that as many parents as possible provide support by volunteering as much time as they can to the running of the club during the football season. There are many and varied ways to get involved, and all support offered will be gratefully accepted. Volunteering is a great way for members to get to know each other and their community, in a supportive and friendly environment.

There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer at your club, each with different levels of time commitment and difficulty to suit your schedule and individual skillset. If you would like to put your hand up for a particular role at the club, or would like more information on what is involved, please send an email to: w.f.roostersjuniors@gmail.com.

  • Coaches and coaching assistants
Teams cannot function without a coach, and your team coach is the most important interface between you, your child and the club. Coaching volunteers are required to run coaching sessions for one hour twice a week, as well as to attend match days (approx. 3-4 hours per match day). Coaches are an important source of motivation for our players and play an important role in developing your child’s technical and social skills. Volunteering as a coach requires some football skills and knowledge, as well as the temperament to wrangle upwards of 20 kids three times per week!
  • Team managers
Team Managers are also an important link between our players, members and the football club. Each team has its own team manager. Along with coaches, your team manager is the person you’ll have most contact with on a weekly basis during your time at the club. Team managers support their coaches by coordinating player lists for their team, ensuring team uniforms are available for games days; and coordinating parent helpers to complete match day tasks which include half time oranges, match umpire (if required), goal umpires, trainers/first aid, timekeepers and washing of team jumpers.
  • Canteen

Your club canteen is an important source of fundraising revenue for the club. The canteen opens on home match days. The canteen is coordinated by members of the club committee, however a large number of helpers are required to staff the canteen during the season. To help ensure adequate staffing levels in the canteen this season, ALL families will be required to undertake ONE CANTEEN DUTY AND ONE BBQ DUTY.  There will be two people rostered on for the canteen at all times so you will not be on your own.

This helps spread the load of servicing the canteen each week and ensures that we get to know as many volunteers as possible working with the club each season. If you volunteer for another role in the club, you will not be required to perform these mandatory duties in the canteen/BBQ.

The canteen managers will create a home game roster as soon as the fixture becomes available to us and you will have the opportunity to select a preferred day to complete your duties. If you do not select a time, the canteen managers will roster you in to an available time slot.

If you are unable to do your duty on the allocated date, it is your responsibility to arrange a swap with someone else. You are also required to inform the canteen managers of your roster change.

If you are rostered on to canteen duty, you are to present to the canteen 20 minutes before the game starts to familiarise yourself with the tasks required and to begin food preparation.

Please note: Young children are not permitted in the canteen food preparation area for safety reasons. You will need to arrange another family member/friend to supervise your children while you are on duty.

A detailed handbook is available in the canteen at all times and basic cooking skills are all that are required.

  • Committee

The junior committee is responsible for the overall management and organisation of the club, both during the football season and over the off-season. Volunteering to be a committee member is a rewarding experience that will enable you to participate in all aspects of the functioning of the club as an organisation. Committee members also contribute to the future direction of the club and have a say in key decisions being made during the season and beyond. The committee meets all year round, though meetings are more frequent during the season and up to presentation day each year. Being a committee member is a great way to participate in your club and to be a part of making sure our club endures into the future.

Registration

League and club registration is performed online and is a two-step process. The first step is to pay your registration fee with Western Region Football League (first time members will need to register for membership as well). Once registered with the league, you need to then apply for membership with the Roosters and pay your club membership fee.

League registration is $12.50 and club membership is $200 for 2018 season. There is a discount for families with multiple children playing for the Roosters – a second child’s membership fees are $150 and each subsequent child is $50.

As a result of the changes negotiated by the junior committee last year, junior player membership entitles one adult per family to full membership of the West Footscray Football Club with voting rights. This will ensure parents have a strong voice in influencing the future direction of our club.

All Aboard Fund

The all aboard fund is a fund managed by the committee to help families who have difficulty paying club membership fees, which would otherwise exclude their child from participating in the club. The fund is supported by club members who make voluntarily donations to the fund as part of their registration process.
Access to the fund is administered confidentially. Please send any all aboard enquiries to wfrjregistrar@gmail.com

Equipment

  • Team jumpers
Football jumpers are owned by the club and made available for teams each week for matches. Cleaning of the jumpers weekly is the responsibility of each team, and team managers will coordinate this within each team.
  • Team shorts/socks
Shorts and socks need to be purchased from the club for each player. Information regarding the availability and prices for these items will be provided at the start of the season.
  • Football boots
Each player is responsible for supplying their own football boots. Football boots are not required when training starts – your team coach will advise when football boots must be used.
Football boots must not be worn in the club rooms.
  • Game and training equipment
The club provides all game and training equipment. Specific equipment is assigned to each team and is managed by each team’s manager and coach. Parents play an important role in ensuring that their team equipment does not go missing or get damaged during the season. Training and match days can sometime be chaotic and it is each parents responsibility to make sure that their team equipment is always within the control of someone from that team, and returned when not in use.
  • Mouthguards

Every player is also required to provide a mouthguard. Mouthguards are a mandatory item that each child must have and use to be able to participate in club matches. It is highly recommended that mouthguards are worn by each player for training sessions as well.Merchandise

Roosters merchandise is available from the club and is a really good way to show pride in and support your football club. Items available include club hoodies, beanies and scarves.
More information will be available at the start of the season.

Club Feedback, Questions and Dispute Resolution

Your team manager is your first point of contact for all matters relating to your team. Your team manager and coach are also responsible for addressing any disputes or grievances you wish to raise with the club.

Should your team manager and coach be unable to resolve a reported issue, you can escalate your concerns to the committee by emailing w.f.roostersjuniors@gmail.com.

Any issue submitted to the committee for resolution will be reviewed by the club secretary, and presented at the next scheduled committee meeting. Depending on the nature of the issue, the committee may resolve the issue, or nominate a framework and process for the issue to be addressed and a resolution reached.

All parties involved in a dispute will be advised of the outcome or process for resolution once the committee has decided on how to proceed in each instance.


JUNIOR PRESEASON AND SIGNUP INFO 2019

Welcome to the Roosters for 2019!!

The Juniors at West Footscray revolve around participation and enjoyment being more important than success. All children are welcome to play at the club regardless of their skill level. This season we will be fielding teams in age groups as follows:

Under 9, Under 10 & Under 12 (mixed boys and girls)

Under 14 & Under 16 (boys teams)

Under 12 and Under 15 (girls teams)

 

This will be the second year our club has fielded girls teams. Our girls teams had a great first year and are ready to take on another fun season. Who knows? Maybe we have a few future AFLW stars waiting to  be discovered! To find out more about girls football at the Roosters click here.

Check out our Pre-Season Training Schedule on our Juniors Page Here. We invite all interested players and their parents to attend these sessions and register their interest for the coming season. We will have a representative from our Junior Committee at most training sessions to answer questions and help you become familiar with our club.

Registration is now open for the 2019 season. Click Here to go to our registration page.

In 2019 will once again be running our All Aboard program to subsidies the cost of participation to eligible participants. Information on the program can be found on our website by clicking this link.

We can also offer assistance in applying to council programs for registration subsidies.

In 2019, as in previous seasons we will be offering the cheapest club registration in the competition, with sibling discounts to be available once again this season.

If you have any further questions you can email us at w.f.roostersjuniors@gmail.com or speak to us at training. To add your details to our mailing list, Contact Us on the above email.

We look forward to seeing you all at training and you joining the fastest growing and most fun junior football club in the Western Suburbs.

Go Roosters!


Junior Registration Guide 2019

This guide will take you through the process of registering your child with the West Footscray Football Club.

 

Before you begin the process of registration, please ensure that you have read our junior information pack.

 

Some of you may be eligible for an Active Maribyrnong Grant to subsidise your child’s registration. To be eligible for this scheme you must hold either

 

  • A current health care or pension card.
  • Be a female participant registering for the first time at a club.

 

For more info please click this link:

https://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Community/Parks-sport-and-leisure/Active-Maribyrnong/Active-Maribyrnong-grants

If you fit into these categories you will receive a 75% discount on your registration.

Those of you that don’t qualify for the Active Grant but would like assistance with the cost of registration, please apply for financial support through our All Aboard Fund (see this application at bottom of the Juniors Page.

 

If you intend to apply for either of these subsidies please inform us via email at wfrjregistrar@gmail.com. We also ask that you continue with the registration process through to payment, but only select the WRFL League registration, do not select the West Footscray Roosters club registration product.

 

It is vitally important in terms of us being able to coordinate our juniors that you register as early as possible. The information we receive through your league registration enables us to better plan for the coming season. We require all club registration fees to be paid by April 20. You can complete this registration and return at a later date to pay the club fee. The WRFL Junior registration fee is the most important aspect for us now. If you are able to also pay the club fee now, please do so. If you have not registered your child by paying the WRFL registration fee by March 27, your child will not gain a spot in a team if registration numbers for their age group have reached capacity. To ensure you don’t miss out, please register your child as soon as possible.

To begin registering your child please proceed to this link:

https://membership.sportstg.com/regoform.cgi?aID=3007&pKey=c5ae2498046711766780b2908237750b&cID=314&formID=36056

Once you have done this, the site will ask how many children you wish to register. If registering more than one, please select the applicable number from the dropdown menu. This will ensure that you receive the sibling discount when registering all of your children. Also, please ensure that you set the Adult number to 0 (it is set as 1 by default).

Click continue to proceed.

 

You will now be asked for your email address. Enter this now. If you are yet to register a child before a link will be sent to the address you entered with a confirmation link. Open your email in another tab and click the link to continue.

 

Previously registered children will be directed to enter their password. Parents who have previously registered their children in Auskick will be on the system but will need to be registered as a new player. Previously registered players at the club will be able to select from the left hand side of the screen. Click the applicable tab to proceed. Those registering more than one child will be redirected to here for each child.

 

If you are re-registering your child, please ensure that the information is correct. If for the first time after participating in Auskick, enter your child’s details. The system will register your child from Auskick registration and give you the option of selecting them from a red pop up menu at the top of the page. Ensure you tick the player box on the form.

If you have played previously at another club you will not be able to continue with the registration until your child is transferred to our club. Please contact us by email to begin this process.

 

The next page will ask you for the important information such as contact details, emergency contact details, allergies, and important medical information. All boxes with a red star beside them must be filled out. Once you have completed the form you can select our club registration and, if you wish, contribute to our all aboard fund, by clicking the box beside the product. The WRFL registration of $12.50 is mandatory and already selected. There are also Bulldogs memberships available. Once you have selected the products you want and agreed to the terms and conditions by checking the boxes at the bottom of the page, you will proceed to the payment section.

 

 

Once you have filled out your payment you are all done! Welcome to the Roosters for 2019!!!


Finals, 2018

Under 12 First Semi Final

West Footscray vs Flemington

 

If there is a silver lining to being knocked out of the finals earlier than expected, it is that I get to write my favourite match report of the season. It’s my favourite for two reasons. Firstly, it’s my last for the year (admittedly I dropped the ball on these during the season. I probably owe you a few). Secondly, it’s the one where I get to go over every one of the 21 Roosters that I’ve had the pleasure of coaching this season.

 

  1. Zach: There wouldn’t be a coach anywhere that wouldn’t want Zach in their team. He never complains, always listens and most importantly, never walks off after a game without having given 110%. Zach hit the 50-game milestone in our last match of the season and has seriously stepped up his game to another level this season. His trademark tackling and attack on the ball are now complimented by some serious pace off the mark making him a formidable opponent at either end of the ground. Love the way you play Zach. Keep it up in 2019.

 

  1. Jack: I’ve caught myself more than once this season forgetting that I was coaching, and instead just spectated as Jacko went through opposition defenders as if they were witch’s hats. This season he has had to deal with being tagged (don’t get me started on that) almost every week and has still managed to influence every game he has played. I suspect the tagging will only make him better. 26 goals this season from the midfield and a top 5 finish in the league Best and Fairest (winner yet to be announced. Good luck Jacko!) are testament to another brilliant year.

 

  1. Samuel: Samuel is a beauty. His quiet demeanour belies his approach to the game. Make no mistake folks, Samuel is harder than woodpeckers lips! He played most of the season down back in 2018 as his attack on the ball and willingness to get down and dirty were irreplaceable. I wish I had two of him as when I inserted him into the middle he was fantastic. His goal against the Sharks was his first in a few seasons and went uncelebrated at the time. So much so I wasn’t sure he had scored it! Super dependable and another fine season in the red and white!

 

  1. Murphy: It’s hard to coach your own kids, especially Murf. It’s probably not easy being the coach’s son either. You are guaranteed to see the bench every week! His goal output was down this year, but I also kept count of goal assists in 2018 and when I went through them I realised just how many he had produced. I was happy with that as a coach (and dad) and he, as usual wasn’t overly fussed by it! His field kicking was laser like at times and his hands likewise. His chase and tackle in our final to create our first goal was awesome. Good work again in 2018 Murf!

 

  1. Xavier: This guy needs a new nickname. The wallet doesn’t work anymore as he played a fair chunk of the year in the forward line (car keys?). Xav chalked up game number 50 for the Roosters and easily produced his best football this season. He never avoids a contest, tackles anything he can get his hands on, fights like a mad man to win it on the ground, and this year marked almost everything kicked his way. He became a reliable target down forward and really helped to straighten us up at times. He’s a fierce competitor and a super valuable member of the team. Outstanding year Xavier!

 

  1. Cooper: Cooper was sensational at half back this year and has formed quite the partnership with Mickey and Frank. His ability to read the play, intercept the ball and turn defence into attack is fantastic. His tackling is fearsome and his will to take on players to create attacks for us was invaluable. Like Samuel, I wish we had a couple of him (Bec? Any chance?) as when he was injected into the midfield was a super performer. His game in our final was super impressive considering the pressure we were under all day. Take a bow Coop! Fantastic!

 

  1. Kadin: Brilliant this year on the wing! His ability to find space and open up opposition teams was at times extraordinary. His decision making and skills by hand and foot regularly tore teams apart. Another that figured prominently in goal assists for our team this year. When he wasn’t setting them up he was scoring them. 20 of them to be precise! Another of our 50-game brigade in 2018, Kadin produced his finest year, yet which is quite an achievement considering those that had proceeded this one. Superstar!

 

  1. Sean: After a good season and a half of asking me how close to his 50th he was, Sean finally got there! To cap off that day he also landed his first Heartland Award as well. He was deployed further up the field this season and did a lot of very nice work at half forward. As the season progressed his form line steadily went up. His game in round 14 vs Werribee Districts was brilliant. His field kicking is super reliable, and he also snagged himself 3 goals for the team. Well done on a fine season Sean.

 

  1. Nathaniel: The big dog trotted out for his second season in 2018 and showed significant improvement on last year’s excellent start. His 2 goals this season in no way reflect his valuable contribution to our forward line and the team. His physicality is amazing and consistently used to great effect. His shepherding, tackling and bullocking created many more goals than the 2 he slotted this year and enabled us to pile the pressure on opposition defences. Super valuable down forward and a significant contributor. Well done Nathaniel.

 

  1. Leroy: Amazing season Nugget! I doubt there is a position that Leroy didn’t find himself in at some stage this year. Yet another one I wish I had a few of (Lord knows Kate and Chris are trying!). The harder the game the more prominent Leroy becomes. His attack on the ball, or anyone who dare pick it up is ridiculous! He scored two goals this year and his hard work set up countless more. His game in the final was brilliant. His game the week before at full back saw the competitions leading goal scorer moved off him such was his dominance. Super versatile, frighteningly competitive and always giving 100%. I can’t imagine how he could have had a better year. Phenomenal Leroy!

 

  1. Frank: There is little doubt in my mind that Frankie is the heartbeat of this team. 2017 was outstanding for Frank, and 2018 was even better. The partnership he formed with Cooper and Mickey at half back was an enormous asset for our side. He never takes a backward step, hits the ball at full pace and launched countless attacks from behind the centre. When moved into the middle he was just as damaging. His energy, enthusiasm, commitment and 100% effort contributed to all our wins this season and cost us hundreds in first aid supplies! A truly vital and irreplaceable ingredient in this team. Frankie, I and everyone that watched us, love your work!

 

  1. Yash: A super impressive start to 2018 for Yash was derailed in round 2 thanks to a fractured jaw. He fractured it doing what he does best. Winning the ball for his team and taking the opposition on. To say his absence was felt in his 6 games out would be the understatement of the year. We finally got him back in round 8 against Flemington only for the game to be called off at half time. Finally in round 10 we got to let him rip again! His impact was immediate. His pace is a weapon and his attack on the ball was sensational and undiminished, which is remarkable considering his injury from round 2. His pinch hitting in the ruck is amazing. He consistently beat his opponent regardless of their size and then torched them on the ground. So happy to have you back Yash. You’re a gun. Well done, well done indeed.

 

  1. Mickey: One of the most unassuming members of this team. Also, one of its fiercest competitors. Mickey was an absolute standout at centre half back this season. He was rarely, if ever beaten. He continually beat bigger opponents, tackled superbly and launched counter attacks for our team. The tighter the game, the better he got. His unflappable nature was invaluable in difficult matches and his consistent ability to do the job each week was amazing. His games against Deer Park and Flemington in the final were brilliant. His job in round 14 against Werribee Districts was nothing short of amazing. Every coach in the league would kill for a player as consistently good and reliable as you. Simply amazing year Mickey.

 

  1. Felix: One of the great disappointments this year was that Felix only scored two goals. Purely because he has the greatest goal celebrations in the game! He did however manage to contribute to quite a few goals with his feverish and innovative play. Moving between the half forward line and the engine room, Felix could be found at the bottom of most packs. His energy levels seemed to remain untouched as he flies from one end of the ground to the other for the entire 4 quarters. His trusty left boot is a handy weapon and was responsible for countless forward entries in 2018. I love his endeavour and enthusiasm. Both are infectious. Great year Felix.

 

  1. Vinh: If you looked up dependable in the dictionary, there would probably be a photo of Vinh. When it was time to pick a full back for the season, Vinh was an obvious candidate. His poise under pressure and decision making is as good as I’ve seen in a junior footballer. His attitude and application are right up there as well. Most kids don’t want to play full back, yet he barely raised an eyebrow when I told him that’s where I wanted him. Having him at full back does come at a cost though, as we’d dearly love to have him in the middle as well. His game against Deer Park in the round 5 thriller was sensational at full back. His game against Werribee District in round 14 as a midfielder was equally amazing. Well done on a fantastic and selfless season Vinh, and for eating at least 10 cubic metres of biscuits at our joint before training every Tuesday and Thursday!

 

  1. Elijah-Moon: It was clear to me in the pre-season that E-M was in for a good year. He was super focused and working hard at every training session. Based on his fantastic application at training he was our first captain of the season as reward for his great work and commitment. He had a picnic in round 2 against Sunshine Heights booting 4 and scored his first Heartland for his efforts. He has deadly accurate aim around the big sticks and finished the season with 11 goals. Most pleasing though however was his team play, particularly in the later rounds of the season where he contributed goal assists in almost every game. His final against Flemington was fantastic. One of the big improvers in our side in 2018, well done E-M for a great season.

 

  1. Aaron: I had made up my mind early in the year that I need Aaron in our forward line. I told him, and he was happy about it after spending last year at full back. The problem is that when your squad is so skinny on numbers, you need to move the boys around a fair bit. Because of this Aaron had to play down back against Flemington in round 4. He played an absolute blinder! This gave his coach second thoughts. He is just so good down there! Coupled with Vinh’s usual mid-season trip to Vietnam, Aaron spent far more time down back than either of us would have liked. His will to win the ball for his team is fantastic and will fight hard no matter the situation. His game against Flemington in the rained-out match was brilliant. Terrible conditions look after those that really want the ball and his game that day showed just how hard he was working. Great work again this year Aaron!

 

  1. Javier: I distinctly recall the conversation at pre-season training. “I’m 11” said Javier. “Are you sure?” replied Damian. I must have heard correctly judging by the look of excitement on Coopers face who had been listening in! To say that Javier added an extra dimension to the team an understatement. His presence on the field was enormous. He won hit outs, took marks, laid tackles and kicked goals. That makes you popular with your team mates! I can still see the look on his team mate’s eyes when he tackled big Astin and brought him down at top speed. Team lifting stuff. It has been quite a remarkable first year at the club for Javier who has slotted in perfectly and endeared himself to his team mates with his play. Glad you’re here Javier. Fantastic year!

 

  1. Christian: Just like Kadin on the opposite wing, Christian terrorised opposition sides all year with his run and dare on the wing. His evasive skills in traffic are brilliant and his knack of finding space extraordinary. He covers the ground from one end to the other and constantly provides outlets for his team mates with his game smarts and quick feet. 5 goals were a pretty handy return and his name appeared quite a few times on the goal assist stats as well. His game on the wing against Flemington  was so, so good, particularly given how the game was being played and how hard it was to win the ball. His first season was great, this one even better. I can’t wait to see what you produce next year. Absolutely fantastic year mate.

 

  1. Sasmitha: Now in his second year, I was looking forward to seeing what Sas had for us in 2018. He had always been a good trainer and had showed glimpses in games. From his first appearance at training it was clear he was much more confident and comfortable with his abilities. Playing predominantly as a forward this season, the 2018 Sas was more than handy for the team. He’s super quick off the mark, but his season added a lot of defensive pressure to his game. He fought hard for the ball on the ground and laid tackles to keep the ball in our forward line. One of my highlights of the season was seeing him nonchalantly pluck the ball off a pack and snap his very first goal for the Roosters from 20 metres out. Just as pleasing was seeing  his team mates come from everywhere to  congratulate him. Really good  year Sas. Well done.

 

  1. Weston. Yet another brilliant season from West. His work in the middle is simply outstanding. Poise, decision making beyond his years and skills that will always put a smile on his coach’s dial.  Weston’s positioning around the ground to mop up is a standout in the team. His work in packs equally impressive. At times it was like he and Kadin had some sort of telekinesis going as they moved the ball around and ripped through teams with seemingly little effort. 9 goals for the season was a fantastic return as was the number of goals coming from your assists. He leads the team in this statistic. I’ve run out of superlatives! Weston, sensational……. again.

 

Thanks to all 21 of you for your hard work, enthusiasm and fun for this season. I’ve loved every second of it and am so proud of the way you played this year, the spirit with which you played and team that you have become. You’re quite something!

A huge thanks to Bec for her team management again this year. I, and the whole team love your work and are very grateful for the effort you put in. Byron for slipping into the runner top this season. The hi-viz look  suits you mate! Nick for his work as trainer and help at training. He had quite the initiation with concussions, ambulances and a fractured jaw before we got to round 3! Dan must have run 100 kms this winter as our regular boundary umpire. Thanks so much for your help again. Marke was a regular helper at training and a great sounding post for bouncing ideas off. I really appreciated it. To all of you who helped out in various roles this season, on behalf of the kids and myself, a massive thanks for your efforts. It takes a lot of work to get these boys onto the paddock each week. I'm sure you will all  agree it's worth every minute of it. We couldn't do it without you.

Damian

 

Under 14 Roosters versus Werribee elimination final… 5 August 2018 

 

The Wyndhamvale ground was in good nick, the wind wasn’t blowing a dog off its chain, and there were fond memories of Jonathan S’s double-baulk goal at this ground during last year’s final series.  

 

But the last time we played Werribee, they got the jump on us in the first quarter kicking four goals to 0. We outplayed them for the rest of the game.

 

We won the toss and kicked with the wind in the first quarter. Lenny, in classic Lenny fashion, did a late run back in to the rooms… not sure why…mouthguard, toilet stop, checking the Bombers score…? Aaron and Socrates were away, the latter appropriately in Greece. And we heard that Daniel would arrive at quarter time. 

 

Their #7 was in seventh heaven, prominent again early in the game. Werribee played with high intensity and dominated play, kicking two goals in to the wind. Zidane was moved from full back in to the midfield, and immediately had an impact with a mammoth kick that was unfortunately touched by Nathan (who had just switched out of the ruck to full-forward).

Xavier then worked one out to Nathan with a scramble out to Henry for a much-needed goal with the wind. 

 

Samuel H was doing his usual tidy-up work down back, but mention must be made of a left foot torp he unloaded with the wind that seemed to go 65 metres (but probably went about 40).

 

Werribee kicked another goal, despite the protestations by a gaggle of Roosters that it was touched. 

 

Zidane won the next centre break, out to Liam, who made good contact and kicked a much needed goal (almost touched by Nathan again, yikes). But their #7 responded with a superb running goal in to the wind. 

 

Liam, Diesel, Ben and Samuel all linked up, with a down-field free awarded to Henry who narrowly missed the goal. 

 

In the second quarter, Navindu was moved on to #7. Isaac C was competing hard down back, and Luis kicked a very nice drop punt to Nathan, then on to Ben. We were competing well, but Werribee were finding ways to kick goals. Possibly our best play of the day came with an end-to-end passage of play in to the wind, with a classy goal to finish by Xavier.  

 

Hamish had some important touches, and Alex Q some beautiful one hand gathers and strong attacks on the contest. Sam V took some really good marks and competed well. Daniel arrived on cue at quarter time, and almost immediately took a mark.

 

At the half time break, your occasional match reporter sought a bit of colour from the Roosters crowd: “We outplayed them in that quarter,” “whoa, they've been honest, all doing their bit,” “fought back well, restricted opposition to one goal with the wind. Bit of overuse in the forward line.”

 

 

Josh’s half time address focused on concerns about their #6, running by himself on the wing, out the back of the contest. 

 

We linked up with a superb chain of handballs at the start of third. Ben, Nathan, Diesel, Henry, snap, point.

 

Zidane then kicked a fantastic goal from outside 50 with the wind. His dad reckons it was 80m…(!)

 

It was a great contest, and Werribee again kicked another goal in to the breeze.

Zidane roosted another one from about 80 (!!) for a point. 

 

Their #3 kicked a fine goal after superb competing by both teams. 

 

Liam hurt his calf, and needed to be carried off, making our job even harder. Josh’s message at 3qt was to make the opposition nervous. Jack F implored the lads to take some risks, run it out of the back line, chip the ball on the 45, and take off. 

 

Stephen took a mark in the goal square, and this is where Sam V’s mum started to find her voice: “Nice high kick, Stephen, nice high kick.” He followed her instructions for a crowd-pleasing goal, but the chatter had already turned to the slight joy for the parents of getting our weekends back. 

 

Samuel H had plenty of practice with his kick-ins, and at one point had to go all Russell Coight in an effort to retrieve the ball from the adjacent swamp. He eventually located the Sherrin, and play resumed. 

 

Repeat entries in to the forward 50 eventually took their toll, with #11 taking a towering mark and pumped it long over our lads heads for a goal. Lenny was able to expertly guide the ball to the safety of the boundary a number of times, Jonathan earned a free kick in front of goal, but then muffed his kick. His dad muttered something about how many flamin’ hours he’d spent teaching Jon’s how to kick. Alex Q had a set shot from 30 for a similarly muffed kick (no muttering from Jonathan’s dad about that one). Then Ben, too, hit the scoreboard in the form of a behind. 

 

Diesel played a superb game, frequently taking marks over much taller opponents, and using his pace and skill. He, too, had to be carried off late in the game, with what looked like an ankle injury. Nathan was his brilliant self all day, with determined ruck work, clean marking and calf-aching running. 

 

In the end, Werribee were the deserved winners, and will make for tough opponents next week. 

 

To the Roosters, a huge thanks to Josh C for stepping in to coach the lads this season, and to Chris C for stepping in as assistant coach after the first couple of games, really giving Josh a great hand. Special thanks to Jack Fitcher who has been involved with the Roosters Juniors for many years now, and has such a good footy brain in his running duties out on the field. Thanks to Con for his formidable umpire escorting, Brionhy for her regular time-keeping, Simon as both water runner and boundary umpire, Rohan for regular goal and boundary umpiring, Arjuna and Michael for helping with various tasks, Dave for umpiring at times and writing match reports on occasions, and everyone for chipping in. The biggest thanks goes to Liza Lakusa as team manager. I asked her if she’d eaten anything when we arrived. “Oh heck no, can’t eat on a day like this, and only had half a coffee!” Still been buzzing from the Swan’s win the night before…? Seriously, Liza, thank you for all your efforts during the season, and the delight you have for seeing these lads grow together as good mates. 

 

Season 2018 done. Go Roosters.

 


Round 14, 2018

Under 9 Blues – Away to Caroline Springs.

 

Our final round of the season brought us to Caroline Springs at the unusual time of mid-morning Saturday.  A bit of a juggle of our normal weekend routines had us one player short – Harvey had an unavoidable prior arrangement – but with the help from Jack Mosca – who had vowed to squeeze as many game s as he can get out of the final weekend.

The Saturday weather was clear and sunny with a small breeze favoring one end of the very wide and very brown oval.

Before the game we talked about how proud all the Parents were of this Team.   We started the year as a group of players, who have ended up as a solid Team. The individuals all understand and appreciate each others' roles within the Team and the camaraderie has been outstanding.  We checked how we had progressed against our early season goals;

Did we have Fun? – Tick

Did we learn about Teamwork? - Tick

Did we improve our skills? – Tick

Ok Roosters here is our last chance to show everyone just how much we have improved.  Keep it simple today; Play in Front, Mark the ball out in Front and keep the ball in front of you.

 

We knew from our previous encounter that this would be a challenging game – which proved to be true.  Our Team played out a tough game in which we were more often showing our defensive efforts over our attacking flair:

 

Under 9 West Footscray Roosters (Blues) versus Caroline Springs Lakers.

Town Centre Oval No.1, Caroline Springs.

10:30am Saturday July 28th 2018,

Captains: Jack (6) & Hudson (2)

1st Quarter

Roosters were kicking into the wind for the 1st Term.

Hamish (14) was out of the blocks early for the Rooster Blues.  Fletcher (9) laid a strong tackle on Caroline Springs (C.S.) Lakers.  But it was the Lakers to score the first, with a behind. The Roosters tried to get it out of the Lakers’ forward line, but it was either Hamish (14) or Oscar (33) near the centre back flank who copped an early blow trying for the mark.  

Carline Springs had number around the ball, wherever we sent it, and with the help of the wind, kept us pinned in to our D50. Oscar smothered a kick and got winded from his effort.

Through the centre, and it was Arlo (3) to direct it out and toward the forward pocket, where Jack (6) earned a free-kick.  Fletcher – Jack – Archer linked up nicely at Half Forward.

Ben took a nice mark.

Dylan – Archer – Arlo – Hudson linked up with nice passes, Leo got a handball out of congestion to Eli.

Nathaniel showed courage with a good mark and then there was promise with another kick onto Archer (21) who also then marked closer to goal.  However, somehow the C.S. Lakers managed to stop our run and quickly again counter-attack. But Leo (16) wasn’t having a bar of it and put in hard to stop the run dead, in combination with Jackson (32) who was tackled solidly for his troubles.  And it was another minor score to the Lakers.

The Rooster Blues seemed to be getting caught flat, with the opposition keenly ready to quickly pounce on the ball and send it long into their forward line.  Their kicks had depth, where our kicks seemed like they were pulling up short. Possibly the wind . . . or possibly the effects of the late “parents-versus-kids” game the night before.  Whatever it was, our boys were definitely not in their best form.

Back to the game, and it was Finn (11) who marked in the square, and he sent it forward.  Thankfully this lead to a GOAL! for the Rooster Blues and the hope that the game was back on track.  Jack Mosca (from the Orange Roosters) was helping out in the back line. Ryan (18) was trying hard in defence, and Dylan (5) was doing a great job in ruck and on the ball.  

Finn had repeat efforts in the middle of the ground, where again we were outnumbered.

Nathaniel was strong at Full Back and our defence worked hard this term.

 

Quarter Time had our Coaches pleading for a bigger effort in running hard in both directions, no loose player and to play out this last game as well as we can.  The Team Circle brought out some encouragement and energy back into the Team.

 

2nd Quarter

The second quarter saw Hudson (2) at full back, supported by Jack (6) and Fletcher (9) in the pockets.  Archer (21) and Finn (11) flanked either side of Ryan (18) at the centre-back line, Oscar (33) and Jackson (32) in the wings, and Ben (13) and Eli (30) either side of Arlo (3) at the centre-forward position.  Dylan (5) was up front in full-forward, with Ed (15) and Tom (34) by his sides. Lachlan (12), Nathaniel (17), Hamish (14) and Leo (16) featured in the centre.

It was a quick start for the Lakers in the second quarter, and they got their ball down to their forward line in a flash, but Hudson (2) thankfully put a stop to that.  

Nathaniel (17) then had it out of the centre and Jackson (32) put in a brilliant effort with some strong tackling.  Again Nathaniel (17) had it and got it out to Arlo (3) who made a kick for goal which landed just short. Again, the Caroline Springs rebound was quick out of their back line, and the ball was back into their forward line swiftly.  Fletcher (9) did well in defence and Hamish (14), as ever, wasn’t holding back and played strong. Another point, though, to the opposition. And then Arlo (3) kicked it out of out defence, and the ball made it to Lachie (12) on our centre-half back line.  

Ben and Jackson teamed up in the middle, Nathaniel passed to Finn who took a mark.

Jack made a clearance from deep in defence.

Back to the centre and this time it was Hamish (14) kicking it out.  Soon thereafter the ball was back with Hamish (14), who this time was earning a free kick, and kicking it out to Jackson (32) who was playing with gusto to work the ball forward.  Eli (30) too, was putting in a great effort, and Archer (21) was teaming up well with him, even as he was shrugging off the tackles in the centre of the ground. However, the ball again ended up somehow down in the Lakers’ goal square, where Finn (11) was defending well.  And Jack Mosca again came to the rescue to boot it out of defence, and to see out the first half.

The quarter ended with Oscar taking a mark on the wing.

 

Our halftime chat repeated our message of "run hard both ways" and "this is our last game – play it out well". Surely the message was heard over the quiet sucking of half-time oranges.

 

3rd Quarter

Into the wind again, we were under pressure in defence.  Ryan (18) tried hard out of the centre. Jack (6) also gave an effort, Arlo provide run through the middle and Jack M again featured strongly as a force of resistance and helped in scoring another GOAL!

4th Quarter

"This is it Team – our final term of the season.  Don’t leave the ground with any energy left in your legs, run hard for each other"

The last quarter saw Oscar (33) and Leo (16) either side of Lachlan (12) at full back, Jackson (32) and Hamish (14) either side of Nathaniel (17) at the centre-back line, Ben (13) and Dylan (5) on the wings, Fletcher (9) and Hudson (2) flanking either side of Ryan (18) at the centre-forward line, and then Jack (6) at full forward, supported by Finn (9) and Jack Mosca in the pocket.  And in the centre were Tom (34), Eli (30) and Ed (15), with Archer (21) taking a break at the start of the last.

And in this quarter the Roosters tried hard.  Hamish (14) figured as a stalwart for the team and gave it his all in the centre-forward line, in combination with Fletcher (9) who managed a tenacious GOAL!  However, soon after the Lakers came back with another one. Jackson (32) didn’t let this dull his spirit, though, and kept on keeping on, as did Ben (13) who was still giving his all late into the fourth, with a tackle and free kick.  There was one last hoorah for the Roosters with Jack (6) kicking to Finn, who then went on to nail a GOAL!. A great last effort for the game that wrapped up the season!

Well done Rooster Blues.  Keep working on your skills in the off-season.  Well done coach Paul, Rachel and Sarah, and all the support crew!

Contributor: Paolo Pennacchia

 

Special Mentions;

Heartland Award -  Hamish Sully – for continued run and carry following his strong defensive efforts

Goals – Finn (2), Fletcher (1), Jack Mosca(1)

 

Once again there was great comraderie, appreciation and encouragement that flowed through the Players and Parents to each other – which has been the real highlight throughout the year.

We have grown over the season into a Team that has developed a strong 'spread or defend' attitude, we have shown great individual and teamwork skills – and we have shown that we can play some really Good Footy!

A lot of backslapping, “well done”s and “thankyou”s post match in the rooms post-game made for a fantastic atmosphere.

A final, loud "Rooster-Roosters- Roosters... " finished our season.

 

Thankyou everyone for being part of this adventure – most of all to Sarah and Rachael who really did do a lot of the organising that facilitated the games going ahead.

But to all the Parents– with everyone chipping in, we managed a successful and fun season.

 

I really have enjoyed the journey – and having the opportunity to review and socialise a bit post-match (lucky we had the sunny Saturday weather!)

I look forward to seeing you around the Club again next year.

Enjoy your Sunday morning sleep-ins or cartoons again…

 

Cheers,

Paul.

 

U9 Orange

Rd 14: West Footscray V Tarneit

The last game seems to come quickly and bring a close our season. Feelings are a mix of regret and relief. Another feeling is that it is a long drive down the highway, early on a Sunday morning with dark skies and heavy rain, heading to the lands of Tarneit. On arrival the rain had stopped but an ice cold wind still blew strongly across the ovals. The players arrived slowly and gathered in the shelter of the change rooms. Captains today were Jack G. and Jack M. who led us onto the oval – where we found the ground covered in sticky fertiliser pellets! What is going on?

The wind was blowing strongly across the oval and favouring one end, which fortunately we were kicking to in the first quarter. After some last minute assurance the white fertiliser wouldn’t hurt them the Roosters ran off to position. The game began in the middle but the wind quickly blew everything to the far wing, and there it stayed. Tony T. did a great job as runner today trying to direct play back toward the middle. The game looked intense even from a distance with lots of pressure applied by the Roosters and not much space for any clean possessions. Bodee and Paddy both took good marks. Jack M. was strong at full back and Hugo L. got his hands on the ball early to kick it our way, but we weren’t able to move it deep into our forward half. The Roosters gathered at the break with their boots (and anything else that had touched the ground) covered in white fertiliser paste (who is on jumper washing?).

After quarter time the bench relocated to the opposite wing so we were closer to the game. Now we could see what was happening, but had no shelter from the wind. It made you realise how tough the conditions were on the ground from both the opposition and weather. Jackson kept his head over the ball and kicked well for Enrique to take a good mark. Jack G. and Charlie did a great job down back with lots of possessions that repelled attacks from a bigger opposition. Malik was chasing and tackling fantastically and copped a blow to the face for his effort - a big victory for Malik who kept his cool and went on playing great and fair football all game. (also special credit to one Tarneit player who ran halfway across the oval to our bench to say he saw it and apologise).

Kade had a great third quarter with lots of dash and courage in the back line. Eli used his dance moves to evade opponents and kick clear. Oliver R. and Jimmy held up the key back positions well. Hugo W. was working hard through the middle.  Otto and Zeph looked fast and dangerous when we got it forward but the ball wouldn’t bounce for them perhaps because it was covered in white fertiliser muck. Kase made several great tackles and he in turn received a blow to the face. Things had started to get ridiculous before the siren sounded.

A word to the umpire at three quarter time saw a great improvement with the senior umpire mentor controlling the game and sending one opponent from the field. The Roosters were getting rewarded for their efforts now and won plenty of the ball. Eamon had a great quarter in the midfield, along with Oliver C who kept up the pressure. Hugo N. finished another strong game rallying the backline with Thomas. The wind continued to dominate the game though and all the players spent a lot of time chasing the ball over the line. Many kicks just blew straight back out again. I think everyone was ready for the game to end when the final siren blew.

It was a tough end to our season in many ways but the players all kept their cool and their spirits up, displaying great sportsmanship and teamwork. Congratulations to all 22 of the players for doing their personal best all season and I hope they all had fun. I am looking forward to seeing how they develop next season already.

A very big thanks to all the families for helping make it a great season. Especially Kate for managing everything so well, and Chris for his excellent assistance. I think everyone will have some good memories and new friends. Look forward to seeing everyone at the presentation day or catching up for a kick at the park soon.

Gerald

 

WEST FOOTSCRAY ROOSTERS – Under 10 Reds vs. Caroline Springs - Round Fourteen – 29/7/18.

Says it all really!……..

“I’m not crazy; I’m just a little unwell….”

(I will come back to this)

Good Evening Sports Fans!

Well, that’s a wrap. The curtain has come down on the Tenners for the last time this season as they hit the blacktop for a date with Caroline Springs on a soggy Sunday morning.  The heavens had opened the night before and continued to smatter us on the early drive down. The sun would tease us with a rainbow that looked like it was leading us to the ground. I would not expect to find a pot of gold but definitely 20 cheeky leprechaun’s! Our last encounter with the Lakers saw the Tenners prevail in a tight one by one point at home so you could expect this would be a good contest. Especially after signing Le Bron James, that could be a tough match up!

Regular followers of the Tenners would know that the last few weeks had been challenging with list management being the hot topic of conversation around the coup water cooler, not just for us, but for most of our junior sides. Kudos must go to all the T.M’s, parents and players alike. And not just the players who played multiple extra games or who stepped up age brackets although a big shout out to them, let’s not forget the players that held their squads together, often topped up by players from opposing sides.  It is character building stuff and deserves a shout out all of its own.

The Tenners were unusually attentive pre game, so much so that we thought we might be in the wrong rooms! I could not quite put my finger on why but maybe the thought of their last game for the year had dawned on them and it was time for reflection…………… Hmmm, maybe not!

The pre- game instruction was simple; we have four quarters of football left for the season. Let’s enjoy it as much as we can and see if we can sneak away with a win.

Before we knew it, game time was upon us, the skies were clearing and the sun was out and the wind was…….. blowing straight across the ground. I am almost positive that the ball did not reach the opposite side of the park even though it may have been kicked in that direction. There appeared to not be any clear advantage to goal but if anything it slightly favoured one end.  We would be welcoming back Ozi after injury and special thanks go out to Raz Rees, Finn the Finisher, Magic Mitch Houareau and Oscar Ferrari Ferraro for his first hit out with the Reds. Especially Finn; up from the nines, who had played the same ground the day before and had patiently waited for us to arrive.

Our Captains for the day would be the dynamic duo of Mezz and Clara who won the toss and chose the slightly favoured end over the not so slightly favoured end.

As suspected, it was scrappy. The wind did not allow too much run and carry as delivery of the pill was hazardous to say the least. This one would need to be ground out and ground out it was like minced meat or coffee, take your pick! It was hard to maintain possession as the ball would hold up, swirl around, change direction all in one passage of play.

This one would be won in the trenches and the Tenners were more than up for it today, storming the arcs and holding down the enemy. Well not enemy, but you know what I mean. The Lakers are a good bunch of kids but got a little bit niggly when things were nit going quite to plan. Especially when a run of behinds would skittle their plans of stealing a win.  Our goal umpire would be seen ditching the white coat at games end and blending into the crowd. The most pleasing aspect to come out of the game today was to see everyone have a real crack. You could expect that the Lakers would have chalked this up for a win, but the Tenners had other ideas and were not going to let the last one slip. You could feel how much it meant post game as they belted the hell out of the team song with gusto.

Arti would win the Heartland for his fierce attack on the ball and Brayden would win R.O.T.W for his continued improvement and willingness to compete.

Well, that is about it for now. I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the players who donned the red and white for the Tenners this year; you have been an amazing bunch of rag tag, knockabout footballers and I have enjoyed just about every minute of it, I hope you have enjoyed just about every minute of it too!

A massive thank you to T.M Kane, I could not do it without you buddy. To Libby and Brad, umpire/trainer extraordinaires for your calming and fair approach to the games. To Eskil for all the fine snaps of our budding AFL superstars, it so great to see the images after the game. To everyone who helped out at training, Kane, Brad, Kiernan, Desi, Simon, Ethan, Nick Pit, this is most appreciated. There are times when the little rug rats just don’t want to be there so it was great to have your support. To all the parents, the Sunday mornings can be a chore so I thank you for not only being the best but for allowing us to indulge in the big time of junior suburban footy. Last but not least, to all the sibling water carriers, let’s hope you all graduate into red and white one day soon.

“I know right now you can’t tell, but wait a while and maybe then you’ll see”

4.4.28 – 1.6.12. Roosters by 16.

Goals –– Showboat 2 –Xavier 2:

Special Thanks to Libby for donning the whistle and Brad for tending to the wounded and to those who filled the volunteered roles and to those who cheered us on away from home, we can’t do this without you, it is most appreciated.

Richie + Kane.

 

Round 14 vs Spotswood U11

 

West Footscray:  1.1 1.5 2.6 2.6.18

 

Lost to

 

Spotswood: 1.2   2.8 3.8 7.13.55

 

Goals:  Harry 1, Archie 1

 

The last home and away of the season saw the Roosters pitted against the ladder leading Spotswood.  The last time we played, a pretty even contest resulted and with only 18 that day, more was expected this time around.  The banner survived the early showers and wind gusts and Kiir, Joharo, Reuben, Patrick and Ashton took great delight in smashing through the run-through (no KB efforts though – which was pleasing).  A full quota this weekend with the return of long term injured players – Ziggy (although he was a late, late, late withdrawal), Zaw Zaw and Flynn. It was great to have the whole gang back together. This meant lots of rotations and more action on the bench and magnet board than has ever been seen this year.  Spotswood are on top for a reason, they have a number of good players who play at a level that probably defies U11 standard. Our boys were up for the challenge. Kiir, Joharo, Reuben and Thomas had first crack in the middle after the visitors won the toss and opted to kick into the breeze. The early tussles were evenly contested with plenty of physicality being brought by both sides.  Hamish and Rory on the wings gave good intensity around the ball and the half forwards of Jake (who had a minding role on their general at the back), Sasha, Alex and Harry were getting dangerous. Patrick, Tem, Zeke, Caleb, Nicholas and Ben controlled things across the backline and when the siren sounded there was only a point in it. Spotswood clearly were getting agitated and not being able to brush off the plucky Roosters and the second quarter remained tight again.  A few wayward shots by the visitors kept the scores tight and unfortunately we were also seeing some of the dark arts appearing. High fend offs and niggling behind the play incidents were going unnoticed and full credit to the Red and Whites for hanging in there. With still not much in it at the main break, the coaches called for a huge effort with the breeze. Marlon, in his last game at Shorten Reserve, Zaw Zaw, Oli did well across the forward line to keep the ball from being released.  Patrick up on the wing was able to use his neat kicking skills to good effect. Ashton was imposing himself more on the contest and with Hamish finding plenty of the footy the boys believed that something special could be achieved. At 3 quarter time, the boys were visibly tiring – kicking into the wind made it harder too. A few swings of the magnets saw the heavy lifting shared around. Angus was returning to his best form and Flynn was able to contribute to some positive passages of play.  Ultimately, the gas tank ran dry and Spotswood were able to hit the scoreboard in what the purists call ‘junk time’. A great effort by all the Roosters and the belief in the system we are playing is certainly palpable amongst the playing group. A season well rounded out and now we approach the finals with all systems go. A huge thanks to Alex for what he has been able to achieve in the 2 games he has played.

 

Thanks again to the band of helpers:  Shawn on siren duties, Ethan on security detail, Tania with the flags, Tung in the orange polo, Zoran in the medical room, Ethan (on penalty from the senior club) and Kathi running water, Patrick assisting the coaches,  Andrea co-ordinating the superb banner (on top of the usual busyness of the role), Des with the life lessons. Bring on Sunshine (and the Sunshine at 10.20 this week).

 

Round 14 vs Caroline Springs U14

 

West Foostcray:  1.2 1.2 1.2 1.3.9

 

Lost to

 

Caroline Springs:   4.9 5.13 11.18 14.23.107

 

Goal:  Zidane

 

The last home and away game of the season was a windy affair at Shorten Reserve.  Could the Roosters find that bit extra to take it to one of the power houses of the division?  A full quota made it easier to rotate players through various key posts. Nathan in the ruck played a beauty all day – winning hit outs against all opponents.  Xavier battled hard for the duration and was involved in many passages of positive play. Henry and Diesel ran tirelessly and were creative in their use of the footy.  The visitors kicked with the wind in the first and when Zidane scored the first major of the day, the signs were good for the Red and Whites. The contest was pretty even with Caroline Springs missing plenty.  The second quarter with the breeze, the Roosters had to take advantage. Zidane (now moved into defence) mopped up everything that came his way including a moment that all footballers dread – dropping back into the hole when the big body is coming the other way – an unfortunate collision ensued, but all totally fair and part of footy.  The young guy managed to get to his feet but am sure he will be pretty sore come Monday (and will not be doing that again when Zidane is around). West couldn’t hit the scoreboard and with Caroline Springs registering a few more majors, the contest was effectively ended. Samuel, in the back line worked very well with Zidane to repel the repeated forward forays.  Navindu was finding a bit of the footy too but wave after wave made it hard to compete. Half time gave pause to reflect and with a few more shuffles of the magnets, the boys were sent out to see what they could do. Juma, Luis and Lockie got a bit of the footy and Daniel was doing his bit across half back. Liam, showing signs of the battering he has copped all season, battled hard to influence the game with some useful touches – including a very good overhead mark followed by playing on and launching from beyond the arc narrowly missing the Roosters’ second major.  Soc, in his last game for the season, came up into the middle to have a crack – and that he did. Sam V and Stephen battled against bigger, faster opponents – doing well when they got the chance. The second half was unfortunately a fairly one sided affair with the ball spending far too much time for this Red and White supporter’s liking in the Caroline Springs forward line. Much of the sting had left the game and the boys had the chance to play some footy with a little more space and, at times, were able to link up well and create some scoring chances. Ben working off half back, Lenny battling away, Isaac C and Alex all contributing in bursts.  Jonathan and Diesel kept the pressure up but the petrol tickets were spent and by the time the siren sounded to end the game, a convincing win was had by the visitors.

 

A big well done to Dave with the whistle who had to negotiate a couple of tricky calls and kept the tempers in check.  A few bruises for the boys to nurse as they now enter the finals series. A bit of luck and who knows how far they can go.   

 


Round 13, 2018

Under 9’s Blue – Away to Flemington.

 

We had the early start this week, but there was no dew to kick off – the warm winter sun had helped us there.  The early morning dog walkers who share this oval had left and there was no evidence of their canine friends “morning walks” on the grass.

Though we had 2 games to go, next weeks’ game is on a Saturday and left us predicting that our Scott Pendlebury prototypes may opt to fulfil their basketball commitments.  As such we saw todays’ game as an opportunity to put in, for some, a final Big Effort for our Teammates.

Our Roosters and Flemington Colts played out a brilliant and close game at Shorten Reserve earlier in the season, I warned the players to expect another tough encounter...

 

Role Call : absent today are Oscar, Archer and Leo – that left us with 16 on the field.

Captains today are Eli – a slick ball winner with great ground ball and evasive skills

and Dylan – one of our tall targets who can kick a long ball, he has grown in confidence as the season progressed.

 

1st Quarter;

Both Teams were reluctant to give up ground early.  Eli(C) and Nathaniel were holding up well across half back, providing defense and spread.  Hudson and Arlo set the tone for tackling through the middle of the ground. Our link up play started to work and Fletcher was starting to get involved.  Big tackles also came from Ryan and Lachie in midfield. We worked hard to get the ball forward. Harvey held position in our attacking 50, he got a couple of touches on the ball and had a shot at goal.

From the kick in – Fletch won the ball and passed to Jack.  His kick was deep into our attacking area, Eli(C) got his hands on the ball, saw an opening and crumbed a GOAL!

Back at the defensive end, Hamish reminded us of his defensive running and Tom made a goal-line save that resulted in a ball-up.

An impressive start to the game.

 

2nd Quarter;

Hamish took an early mark, Dylan(C) got his hands on the ball and got a kick away.

Eli intercepted and marked.  Finn made a good lead – it was honoured with Eli’s pass – onto Finn’s chest  (Nice Play).

Harvey dished off a nice handball to JAckson running past at pace.

Lachie tackled a player having a shot at goal and won a free kick.

Harvey followed up his midfield work with 3 chase and tackles in a row.

Hamish released defensive pressure and created options .

Jack made an audacious spin-out-a-tackle and kick move work.

Ben was trying to link our defensive with attack through the middle.

Eli(C) held position and held the ball in our A50.

Dylan(C) won an important possession in the middle of the ground.  Eli ran with the ball through our forward 50 arc. His kick reached the HotSpot, where Harvey was in the right spot, collected the ball – Snap – GOAL!

A great end to the half.

We talked at half time about the things we were doing well – and there was many.  

“Keep it going Guys, don’t fall off with our efforts”

Oranges were happily devoured amid comments of “mmm - these are some good oranges...”

 

3rd Quarter;

Flemington started the second half with an extra bit of vigor.

Lachie won a free for a strong tackle, helped out by Ed.

There was a big chased-down tackle by Hamish. His kick found Jackson on the wing.

His ball went to Eli(C) on a lead - from near the righthand side point post (add BT commentary voice..) he kicked a right foot boo-nah-nah, that split the Big Sticks – GOAL!

Finn drifted through a flying pack and completed a mark.

On the ground, pressure around the ball came from Harvey and Jackson.  They combined to get the ball to Nathaniel, near Eli’s point post pocket.  Nathaniel shrugged off 1 tackle, got his foot to the ball as he was tackled again and kicked a GOAL! From a tight angle.

Hamish, Ben and Ryan combined through the midfield.

Lachie won the ball – out in front of Finn – he gathered and had a bounce, while being shepparded by Eli(C) - passed forward to Jackson – who ran in to an open GOAL!

Fletch made a great defensive clearance, following on from another strong tackle.

 

We had been caught out a few times, not chasing back in defense.

¾ time chat was about re-focussing on “no loose players and playing in front”

 

4th Quarter;

Fair to say our players were spent.  Flemington were running out the game strong, with the wind behind them.

Our defensive 6, including Dylan(C), Ed and Ben did well under constant pressure.

 

In the end, the ground was too big for our 16 players to cover for a whole game.

But they bravely fought it out with what energy they had left.

 

It was another close game that both sets of spectators had lots to cheer about.

Special Mentions;

Heartland Award – Harvey; another game showing big hearted effort and good position play.

Goals – Eli(C) 2, Harvey 1, Nathaniel 1, Jackson 1

 

With 1 game to go and knowing a few won’t be able to make our last game on Saturday, I want to thank all the Parents of the U9 Blues for the season this year – I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the players and seeing them improve individually and as a Team.  We can be really proud of their efforts and also their encouragement and acknowledgement of each other.

I have needed to some later training times and even a chop-out completely on other training nights – you were understanding, accommodating and we got through.

I don’t think we fell short of any game day roles, which is a credit to you and the efforts of our 2 Team Managers Sarah and Rachael.

Well Done Everyone, lets enjoy the last weeks training and our final hitout at Caroline Springs.

 

Regards,

Paul

 

U9 Orange

Rd 13: West Footscray V Williamstown

The weather had cleared after a wet and wild week to reveal a sunny, almost warm day Sunday. Luckily is was a late (10.20) game as it took a bit to find the new venue at Newport Gardens Primary School. It turned out to be a small ground that was great for the under 9’s. We had plenty of time to prepare on the playground equipment before the game and also talk about our approach to the upcoming contest with a stiff wind favouring one end.

Hugo N. and Kade were captains today and started well by winning the toss and kicking with the wind. The Roosters were on right from the first bounce. All the pressure in our forward line from Zeph and Hugo W. was rewarded with Jack M. slotting the first goal of the day. Hugo N. was marking everything and tried a long torp for a point. Soon after Hugo N. made up for that with a nice drop punt through the middle and the Roosters were flying. When the ball did reach our half back line Mailk, Kase and Oliver R. were patrolling strongly and repelling everything.

Second quarter into the wind would be a test for the Roosters but they all lifted their efforts and the ball continued to be in our forward line. Jackson matched their height in the ruck strongly but had to retire later with a knee injury. Malik continued to cover a lot of ground and was rewarded with goal into the wind. The backline were great staying on their opponents - Enrique shut down their big CHF and Noah attacked the ball against one of the biggest opponents to win a big contest. Rooster pressure was great with Hugo L. and Eamon laying multiple tackles to stop their bigger opponents.

Not much needs to be said at half time after that great performance and the players were on a high. Oranges devoured they were keen to get on with the game again. Williamstown were having a long chat about how the game had unfolded so far and they started the 3rd quarter more strongly. Jack G. was great with Bodee and Thomas as well, rebounding from the full back line. Otto showed clean hands and lots of dash with the ball in hand. Paddy and James took over in the middle with some huge tackles. Oliver C. and Eli chased down every loose ball. Kade’s hard work all day with his head over the ball was rewarded with a fine goal.

Some of the bigger opponents were hard to stop with the wind behind their back and Williamstown loaded up the forward half. Charlie had clean hands all day and took a great overhead mark. The Roosters did push forward into the wind but couldn’t finish with a goal this quarter.  The Roosters were crowing at the end of a close game as they knew they had played a great team game. Looking for teammates by hand and foot, tackling pressure and running were great all day.

Kade collected a well-earned heartland tody and Otto was Rooster of the week with a great 4 quarter effort.

 

Gerald

 

WEST FOOTSCRAY ROOSTERS – Under 10 Reds vs. Williamstown Juniors - Round Thirteen – 22/7/18.

“I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound, everybody look what’s going down”

(I will come back to this)

Apologies if this seems short and sweet.

Good Evening Sports Fans!

The Tenners bus rolled back into Shorten Reserve after last week’s honourable defeat at the hands of Yarraville/Seddon. Today’s game would be no picnic either coming up against an old foe in Williamstown. Our last encounter would be called a draw enduring some tough conditions on a blustery deck. Shorten reserve would be unseasonably pleasant in stark contrast to that day. The Tenners list would be in stark contrast too, being reduced to 13 before the first bounce. Ravaged by illness, injury and duty, we were limping home with only two rounds to go. Williamstown would graciously top us up until the cavalry could arrive with The Bloosters on assignment down the road in Altona. We would once again welcome Raz Rees, Maxi (more than a) Phelan and for the first time in the Reds, Slippery Stephen Sully to the ranks. My opposite number would later reveal that his players were lining up to join us against their own!

The radio had provided us with a telling omen, one that would probably sum up the past few weeks. Although our season is only 14 weeks long the concentration starts to wane around this point, especially with a tough run home……… and I can’t really speak for the players!

Our Captain for the day would be The General for no other reason that he has had a cracking few weeks. Williamstown would win the toss and decided not to take advantage of a slight breeze to the playground end. Early on it looked like it was going to be a long day at the office with Williamstown doing all the attacking, but the Tenners were hanging tough. A two goal to one first quarter was a good result considering the amount of time they had use of the ball.

We were opened up in the second quarter and although it seemed an even contest, Williamstown were much cleaner by hand and foot. Every forward entry was rewarded with a goal and they scooted out to a solid five goal lead. Positioning and link up is crucial and we just could not find as much space as they could.

The breeze was slowly heading into the wind category by the third quarter and this was our chance to claw back some respect on the scoreboard. As I said, it was a close contest, and we were still in the game. Alas, we would only trouble the scorers on one occasion though after Showboat drilled one from down town. Williamstown would do the same, but we felt that the game had evened right up despite the scoreboard discrepancy. Around the ground was level pegging but the damage had appeared to have been done. We were player better, but they were playing no worse.

With only one quarter and one game of our season to go, I asked for one last ditch effort, and I got it. Heading into the wind, The Tenners were magnificent attacking every contest. Showboat bagged another and should have kicked two but for a desperate smother on the last line by a Willi defender. The General kicked two after going down in the third clutching his troublesome hammy. The scoreboard was looking far more reflective of the contest but Willi would kick a couple of late ones to sneak back out to safety.

And so it was;  another honourable defeat from another quality opposition.  It does hurt to lose a few of your prime movers, but it also opens up opportunities for others willing to take on the role. Continuity is the key to success but we are all still learning at this level. It is so easy to blur the lines between what is and what should have been but all we should be doing is having fun. I hope we still are!

“A thousand people in the street, singing songs and carrying signs, mostly say, Hooray for our side”

Goals –– The General 3 – Showboat 2:

We now turn our attentions to the last game of our season, away against Caroline Springs.

Special Thanks to Libby for donning the whistle + Brad for tending to the wounded and to those who filled the volunteered roles and to those who cheered us on, we can’t do this without you, it is most appreciated.

Richie + Kane.

 

Under 11s

 

Rd 13th vs. Sunshine: Away

Captain: Kiir

Heartland: Hamish

 

What a cracking power performance by this committed Under 11’s. Without doubt the quickest transition and ball movement this year combined with a clear focus and pressure on the opposition.

 

Kiir won the toss and correctly choose to kick with the wind. For the first five minutes I began to wonder about where this game was heading. Sunshine seemed up and about with some good ball movement, pushing into our forward line. But to our Roosters credit they held firm and knuckled down to pressure their opponents. Joharo in the Ruck has really come on and was palming the ball clearly to his mids, with Reuben, Thomas and Kirr pouncing on the loose ball and dominating the stoppages. Angus, Archie, Sacha and Hamish were providing the much-needed link up and carry we have become accustomed to, whilst Ben, Ash and Eli were resolute in their defence and rebound. The intensity at the ball and opponent soon began to be rewarded and we went on to dominate the remainder of the quarter. Alex, back from his big break, was providing the key forward target, whilst Oliver & Marlon were providing excellent forward pressure to now lock the ball deep into our attacking half. Jake and Harry SG were also pivotal in winning possession and providing the run.

Q1: WF 4.1 - 25  vs. Sunshine 0.0 - 0

 

The 2nd quarter was going to be a crucial with Sunshine now kicking with the substantial wind. Tim, perched up high, was providing plenty of timely rotations. Rory, Nicholas & Harrison entered the fray, providing us with more run and carry whilst maintaining our outstanding pressure. Tem, Patrick and Ezekiel were resolute in the last line, providing the grit and desperation we have come to expect during the course of the season. The running and support by all the Roosters was first class and it showed on the scoreboard with Sunshine only managing a single goal, whilst we kicked three into the wind. All in all a dominate half of football from all 22 young Roosters.

Q2: WF 7.1 - 43 vs. Sunshine 1.0 - 6

 

Earlier in the year we had taken a half time lead against Sunshine only to see us fall away in the 2nd half. However this time you could sense these lads were itching to maintain the pressure. And so they did with another quality quarter of football. Lots of outstanding pressure football by all 22 Roosters was the highlight for me. A strong team effort across the board with plenty of unselfish acts. On the eve of the finals it is pleasing to see this team support and willingness to back each other up, as I expect a hard fought finals campaign from all remaining teams.

Q3 WF 9.3 - 57 vs. Sunshine 2.1 - 13

 

With the game clearly won through all their hard work, it was still pleasing to see the lads push through to the end. Whilst Sunshine did kick a couple of goals, it was pleasing to the Roosters hold their structure and make the right decisions. A very pleasing performance from all our young Roosters. This week we take on the Ladder leaders, Spotswood, giving us another excellent opportunity to challenge ourselves and break through our self-imposed limitations.

Q3 WF 9.3 - 57 vs. Sunshine 4.4 – 28

 

Congratulations on Kiir 50 game milestone. A try leader and inspiration of these lads for the last three seasons, it is a pleasure to witness his ability to overcome obstacles and put his team first. Well-done Kiir. Also great to see Alex back, after his run of injuries this year. Alex really makes a presence out there and gives us a few more options.

 

A special note of thanks to Kath Matheson for making the mercy dash back to West Footscray. Our Roosters were truly rewarded by this gift, with the white short recipient, Harry, going on to kick five awesome goals. Thanks Kath. Also big Thanks again to Andrea, Tim, Zoran and all the volunteers.   

 

Rd 14 Our Final Home & Away for 2018 - vs Spotswood.

At Home at the frightening time of 8.50AM. ☺

See you all there at 8AM or in the coffee shop before.

 

 


Round 12, 2018

U9 Orange

Rd 12: West Footscray V Newport

Firstly a big thanks to Tony Mosca for coaching last week in my absence. Well done to all the players and parents who could make it to the game in the middle of the school holidays. Sounds like it went really well.

This week it was Friday night at Newport, behind the train tracks, which is not where I had expected to be, but Newport had requested a schedule change and we were happy to oblige. The Roosters slowly emerged out of the darkness that surrounded our room at the back of the clubrooms. There were a few outs still this week and some bits of important equipment running late (mouthguard, boots etc). After the initial noise and chaos that is U9’s change room antics the players settled down and seemed to focus for a moment (see photo below). Noah and Charlie were captains and they led us out into the night. Newport had out played us in the first encounter and, based on the comparison of attention during warm up drills, this might have been a tough night. At the last minute Enrique arrived, and so did another’s mouth guard so we had 18 players on the field.

It is a big oval and the lights are no brighter than ours so it was very hard to see exactly what was happening sometimes, especially as almost the whole game was played on the far side. Red jumpers were flashing across the oval in the half light as we seemed to have numbers at every contest. Jack M. and Malik kicked long out of our backline. Eli laid a strong tackle. Bodee and Hugo N. held strong marks. There was great Rooster teamwork from all as the ball went from end to end. Russell as runner was helping organise the kids on the field. Jackson won a hard ball in our forward line and handballed to Charlie slotted a GOAL! The Roosters started the game fantastically with their best first quarter effort. Maybe warmups are overrated.

Newport might have been surprised by the situation as they started strongly in the second quarter. Our backline was working extra hard now to hold them off. Hugo L. attacked the ball to make contests. Oliver C. made a good touch to save a goal. When we got the ball forward Oliver R. took a strong mark, and later Jack M. booted a goal from traffic. Newport finally scored their first goal but the Roosters had more than matched them.

After the long break the game continued at a great pace. Kade made some good runs around the far wing. Paddy and Eamon each stuck great tackles. Noah and Enrique were applying good pressure to lock the ball in our forward line. Jack M. grabbed the ball in the pocket before bouncing/rolling it across the face, re-gathering and kicking another goal. There was plenty of support coming from the Rooster crowd now.

The night was getting really cold now and the dew was settling in. During the last break instructions were given on how to keep your fingers warm under your arms. When it restarted the game continued fast and furious. Kase laid a great tackle. James and Zeph kept moving the ball forward. Hugo N. got on the end of a good passage of play and bounce a goal through with a good leg break. Newport managed a couple of late goals but it had been great game by the Roosters in cold and damp conditions. The players teamwork and skills continue to improve.

Bodee collected the heartland award for a strong 4 quarter game, and Oliver R. was Rooster of the week for a good game and showing great sportsmanship.

 

Gerald

 

Friday Night Under Lights – U9 Blue vs Albanvale

The final week of school holidays and our training had most faces appear and come game day we had a healthy 17 players.  We were faring better than our opponents today, they only had 11.

A couple of last-minute arrivals for Albanvale, and a lend of a couple of our players meant we had a 15 a side game.

Captains today were Nathaniel and Archer – 2 players who both play to our 'spread or defend' ideals.

I was pleased we had volunteers to play in the North Melbourne looking kit – Jackson and Jack had their hands up to go first.

1st Quarter;

Fair to say we got jumped out of the blocks.  Jack and Jackson were playing out of their skins in opposition colours and the Roosters were pinned in our defensive area.  Quite early we had some brother-vs-brother as Ben and Jack both came together a few times, looking to win the same ball (points went about even in that battle)

Oscar help provide resistance with a nice pick up and kick.

Arlo was getting involved, but still we were defending.

Tom, Archer(C) and Ben shared a nice link-up play through the midfield, this got us to Fletcher at Half Forward. He maintained our possession and got the ball on to Arlo who ran into our A50 and kicked truly for our first GOAL!

Back at Albanvale's end – Jack and Jackson were doing just a bit too well – Jackson even had a shot at goal.

Harvey laid a great ball-and-all tackle to win a free kick at half-back.

From a kick-in, we got the ball the length of the field – a new favourite play for the Coach!

Nathaniel(C) kicked in, boundary side a found the first target. Kick – mark – look – run- handball on the move – pass – lead.  There would have been 5 or 6 players and 8 or so possessions to get the ball from our kick-in, whick ended up with a shot at our attacking end.

We defended their kick in and Fletcher pounced to get us a GOAL!

2nd Quarter;

Rotations were adjusted to allow Jack and Jackson up forward for volunteering to help the opposition. Albanvale had another late arrival and now needed 1 player – Ed had his hand up first.

Jack marked a pass off Jackson his pass to the Hot-Spot found Archer(C) who pulled in a nice overhead mark.  He went back, set shot – GOAL!

Arlo drifted into a pack and took a strong overhead mark.

He soon flew again and took another towering mark – this time resulting in a set-shot GOAL!

We were having the majority of the game at our attacking end now.

Ed was showing the Blue and whites how to run and lead for the ball.

Finn was providing run and carry with the ball.

Eli set up another play by holding position a kick behind play on our A50.  He gathered a clearance kick and got the ball to our Hot-Spot again.  Arlo was in the right place a t the right time, crumbed and snapped another GOAL!

Half Time oranges taste so much sweeter when you're playing well and getting reward for your efforts.

Keep it up Guys – Play in Front, Top of the Square for shots at goal.

Hands in the middle – let's go...

3rd Quarter;

Dylan volunteered to help Albanvale – well done Mate.

The territory game continued in our favour and the ball was quickly in our A50.

Ben latched onto the ball near the point post and snapped over his shoulder for his first Roosters GOAL!

Eli kicked to the top of the square and Jackson marked.

Leo got a good handball away.

Ryan was able to run his Buddy Franklin like arc  before kicking deep into our area.

It's a tighter contest, mainly because we were pinging shots at goal from everywhere, then not allowing Albanvale to clear our A50.

Players were down across the ground as the tackle pressure was strong by both Teams and it got crowded in our forward line.

Finally our relentless Team-pressure resulted in another Arlo GOAL!

Which was soon followed by another...this time running into an open GOAL!

4th Quarter;

Leo was up for helping Albanvale – thanks Mate.

Dylan and Eli took marks in our A50.

Jackson and Archer(C) had shots at goal.

Dylan took another mark and had a shot a goal.

Ben gathered the ball, kicked to Fletcher(mark) on to Nathaniel(C)(mark) - Arlo and into our A50

Hudson had a long range shot at goal, Jackson got the crumb and snapped a GOAL!

A thorough performance by our Roosters today, rewarded with a total of 9 Goals.

A highlight for me was the length of the field play without a break in our possession.

Special Mentions;

Rooster of the Weeks;

  • Leo – runs hard to get involved and is enjoying himself
  • Ryan – provides us with a marking target and a long clearing kick

Goal Scorers;

Arlo - 5,

Fletcher, Ben, Archer, Jackson – 1

Thankyou to everyone – TM's, Flag wavers, Canteen, Medic, Scribe, Paparazzi, Magnet Mover, H2O, Cheer leaders, Encouragers, Chauffeurs

we are all part of this Team, and we all did well again today.

Our next game is away to Flemington,

See you there,

Paul

 

WEST FOOTSCRAY ROOSTERS – Under 10 Reds vs. Yarraville/Seddon - Round Twelve – 15/7/18.

Good Evening Sports Fans!

The Tenners roadshow rolled out of Shorten for a date with The Mighty Eagles of Yarraville/Seddon. Previous encounters with The Eagles have always proven to be tough assignments, with the home side usually getting the points. On a high after last week’s Friday night classic against Flemington, the Tenners seemed in good spirits pre game.  After a quick pre match pep talk about enjoying the last two games of the season the Roosters flew out of the change room intent on causing some havoc……. and headed straight to the playground equipment! If anything, it proved one thing…. they do listen!

Still suffering the effects of dwindling squads, today’s side would need some propping up. Finn the Finisher and Little Bro Kade stepped up again from the nines and we would eagerly await the quarter time arrival of Jumpin’ Jacob Fitzgerald and Raz Rees backing up their early slot with the Blues.  Thanks for the chop out fellas. It was safe to say then that it was great to see Clara the Clearance Queen and Louis the Fly back from their sojourn, chasing monkeys through the Malaysian jungle and back in Roosters Guernsey’s. To honour this occasion, they would be anointed Captains for the day.

Much like our game against Williamstown, the wind would be a massive contributor to whoever could harness its power. The Eagles would win the toss and chose to saddle up early. They were quick and they were clean and they galloped away with a four goal blast of fast paced footy. Louis, Arch, Brayden, Walt, Efe and Cruzer all soldiered the load and were at least kept warm, unlike the forward line who shivered through a lonely first quarter.

The second quarter would be our chance to even the ledger, but we struggled to keep the heat on. It was evident that the Tenners were out of sorts, more than likely a combination of a tough season coming to a close and school holidays and for some, extra games with other teams. Finn the Finisher would snag one and Arti another, but it would not be enough to keep in touch with The Eagles who would be heading into the third with the howling wind. Big Bad Bastien and Mighty Miles alternated between rucking duties and CHF with J.J.F and Raz using their bigger bodies in defence.

To our credit, our intensity lifted in the third and although they bagged another three, it was not out of the realms of possibilities that we could power home.  Arch and Showboat were moved into the middle to try and inject some extra drive. Griff and Xav had battled hard all day and needed some help but it was clear that the wind would prove the major difference between two teams. We were lucky that they kicked five behinds to go with those three goals; the result could have been a whole lot worse heading into the last.  Mezz, Clara, J.J.F, Razz and Brayden were busy and under intense pressure. Kicking out from full back into a swirling wind is no easy task. Especially when the last shot on goal takes the full back a couple of minutes to retrieve the ball allowing the opposition to flood the back line.

It would take a massive effort to kick six and keep them goalless but we would have a crack. Efe went forward and snapped a beauty and was unlucky not to get another, it is definitely his preferred method of attack kicking around the body, The General marked strongly and kicked truly, he would also win our R.O.T.W for his cracking game. Cruzer and Louis the Fly had moved down to the wings for some extra dash with the idea being that we needed to hold the ball up inside our forward fifty and not let it out. Except after we had kicked a goal of course, but then we needed to get it straight back in. Kicking into the swirling wind is not much different from full back or the middle. It is hard to hit a target.  J.J.F and Griff went forward to mix things up.

For all our efforts, we could not keep up with The Eagles. They managed to kick one against the script and were just generally cleaner with the footy. It is good to play against a quality opposition and there was not much in it despite the 23 point deficit, I will take that against a benchmark side.

Congratulations to Arti for his Heartland Award performance, slightly under the weather and a smack across the schnoz could not stop the pocket rocket from a cracking game.

We now turn our attentions to next Sunday, home against Williamstown.

Special Thanks to Brad for tending to the wounded and to those who filled the volunteered roles and to those who cheered us on away from home, we can’t do this without you, it is most appreciated.

Richie + Kane.

 

Under 12 Round 12

West Footscray vs Williamstown

 

I have unfortunately not found the time this week to write my usual unnecessarily long and self-indulgent match report due my mountain of admin work and banner making activities. Our game vs Williamstown on the weekend rewarded us with a hard earned win. Despite the scoreboard only recording a one goal victory (courtesy of some peculiar goal umpiring), it did feel as though we were in control for the majority of the contest. This was a very significant effort given the players that were absent. As a result of this win we are now assured of a finals berth which is a brilliant effort given there are still two rounds to go. I would also like to say a big thankyou to the Under 11 players who raced back from their game at Albion to help us out for our game and ensured we had enough players to get the job done. They, like the rest of our side all contributed to the team and definitely helped us get over the line. When we switched the ball on Sunday we looked very, very good. We fought hard to win the ball in the middle, defended fearlessly down back and worked hard in the forward line to create better scoring opportunities for team mates in good positions. Keep switching it boys!

 

This week we take on St Bernards. They surprised us last time we met and come to us having given Deer Park a reasonable touch up in their last game. A win on Sunday will be hard earned. If we need any extra motivation to win, let’s win it for Zach, Xavier, Kadin and Sean who will be running through their 50 game banner, and the fact that a win will guarantee us a top 2 finish and the opportunity to progress directly to the big dance should we win our first final. That should be motivation enough! We have a full team this week, so let’s give it a big effort!

 

West Footscray 5.4.34 vs Williamstown 3.9.27

 

Damian

 

Roosters under 14’s Round 12 v Flemington

 

The under 14’s have put together a good season against lower opposition, but haven’t beaten a top three side as yet. The challenge was on today against Flemington, who had some under 12’s filling in for them, but still had some powerhouse players: #3, #5, # 10, #11 and a few others. Last time we played them, three of our prime movers were absent, so the Roosters went in with some hope. 

 

Zidane, Nathan, Xavier and Liam started in the middle, with Samuel H getting the job early at full back on their dynamo goal-kicker. Ben M was at centre-half back trying to nullify another of they key play makers. The first half of the first quarter saw the Roosters taking it right up to Flemington. We had the majority of possession, with Zidane prominent in midfield clearance work. Xavier worked one through to Nathan who took the game on with a running bounce and long kick in to Steven. He almost marked it, but then picked the ball up cleanly, side-stepped, and slotted through the first goal – a great start to the Roosters. Liam then kicked another behind, Xav laid a huge tackle on their dangerous # 3, and we had another rushed behind. Henry started to work in to the contest and win his own possession. 

 

Their big full-forward was moved up the ground, and Ben immediately had his hands full. A somewhat dubious free kick was awarded to Flemington after a kick in by Luis which appeared to be touched by Zidane before going over the boundary line. The kick back to the hotspot was marked by their FF, who slotted a much-needed goal. 

 

Flemington were looking hurried, and scrambled three more behinds. Luis was on kick-in duties for the first half today. With one short kick-in he found Samuel on the high side who quickly got it on to Liam, then on to Henry and out to the coach’s wing. But a turnover cost us, and the ball was pumped back in, bounced past Navindu and #50 scooped up the ball and snapped it home. 

 

A free-kick in the centre square to Flemington and the momentum had swung their way. 

 

The second quarter saw Diesel start to get his running game going, Nav laying huge tackles, Nathan, Zidane and Liam continuing to work very hard in the midfield. Luis pumped an amazing kick-in out near the 50 metre arc to spot up Soc. Samuel also executed a huge clearance kick out to Lachlan in the centre circle. But the Roosters were under the pump. Nathan was desperate, Jonathan was getting involved with clever touches, then Xavier was taken out in a huge (and mostly fair) tackle by one of their big lads. The game was halted while he was helped from the ground. It was a decisive moment, as, although Xav was able to come back on in the second half, he spent most of it nursing a bad corky in the forward pocket and couldn’t influence the contest too much. At the same time, their big forward, #10 also went off after a big hit, but he found his way back on in the second half and had a large say in the outcome. 

 

The wind, which was already fresh, freshened even more, making goal-scoring difficult. At half time, it was 19 to 8, with the Roosters well and truly in the contest. 

 

The message at both half-time and three-quarter-time was to keep taking the game on, to look for the 45 and 90 degree kicks, run in to space, and try to attack the ‘high’ side, rather than having the play stuck on the dead wind-driven side. To their credit, the Roosters tried to do this. The risk, of course, is that the game opens up, and a couple of easy goals were scored against us by their power players. Henry had a superb game, beavering in the packs, determined to win the ball and streak away. Hamish was presenting well as a leading forward, and marked on the 3 QT siren then had a shot for goal. His awareness about where to run is improving with each game he plays. Nav followed the coaches instructions and burst away from the pack, taking the game on and slamming through a great goal. For this scribe, it brought back memories of his comeback game last season out at Williamstown when he kicked 4 or 5 goals like that in a quarter. 

 

By 3QT Flemington had extended their lead, but a number of our lads were taking the contest right up to them. 

 

The fourth quarter highlight came from Alex Qureshi, who kicked a goal. His game grew as the contest wore on, especially his ruck duel, alternating with Nathan. Diesel ran hard and kicked the ball well all day. A Flemington parent unfairly described his hairdo as a mullet… 

Samuel played on well from kick-ins in the second-half to set up forward forays. 

 

In the end the scoreboard (69 to 22) didn’t quite reflect how close the contest was. Our small forward line struggled to kick goals against big, strong defence, but across the midfield and in defence we competed very well. 

 

Next week sees us back at home (2:05pm) taking on sixth placed Williamstown. It should be a great game. 

 

Dave H (occasional match reporter) ​