Round 11, 2018

 

 

Round 10 – U9 Blue - Home to St Bernards

 

This was the second game of the 'play them again' part of the season.  We had received a bit of a touch up by this St Bernards 1st time around.  I know we have improved, but would it be enough?

Though we had the early start, we weren't kicking dew off this morning, but we were dealing with some drizzle to make the ball slippery.  Players weren't complaining and the smell of cooked bacon pleased the supporters.

Holidays had left us a few short but our Team Managers found some eager Roosters from the Orange Team in Jackson Z, Jack Mosca and Hugo (thankyou Guys) that gave us a full team to start.

Absent today were Eli, Dylan, Archer and Lachlan.

Captains today; chosen for showing on ground leadership, was Jackson Rose and Arlo.

Umpire Merv was in control, we have already experienced his umpiring and demonstration of 'other' rules of the game.

 

1st Quarter;

We won the toss and chose to have the drizzle blown on our backs as we headed to the Dog Park end.

Ben and Hamish won the 1st centre clearance.

The ball got locked into the St Bernards end.  As they put on defensive pressure, our players all got back to help out.  That left us short of options to clear the area to. Arlo(C) and Hamish were getting plenty of the ball, breaking tackles and getting it as far forward as they could.

Jack M took on the Full Back duties and was taking marks and was able to find our players with his kick-ins.

Hamish to Ben was a nice handball on the run.

After a few wide shots, St Bernards finally broke our resistance and got one between the big sticks (though there were claims of touched on the line)

Bad memories of our 1st encounter were returning.

From the re-start things went better though -

Finn won a free kick at half-forward, he got it on to Jackson, further on to Arlo(C) who had a running shot at goal from wide out.... a behind the result (and Fletcher was waiting in the Hotspot – Coaches Note: refer to last weeks goalkicking results training)

However, the ball was at our end and our hard work was keeping it there.

Hamish gathered a clearing kick and kicked to space in front of Fletcher, he ran onto the ball and got it to Arlo.

Jackson(C) joined in and worked a handball combination with Arlo and Fletch.

Hamish won another 50/50 ball in the centre.

 

We worked our way back into the contest with our effort, but we had moved away from what we had been doing so well the previous weeks.

'Don’t bunch up, play in front, keep moving'

 

2nd Quarter;

Rotations got Arlo(C) into the middle of the ground to use his drive.

The game was still hard fought around the ball, but the territory game was starting to even out.

Nathaniel - Arlo(C) on the wing – Hamish – and forward again to Harvey.  Our link up play was starting to show results. Another shot from the pocket went wide.

We covered the St B players and didn’t let them get the ball far.

Nathaniel won a free kick for good work getting low for the ball.  His pass found Arlo(C)(mark). He played on and wheeled around on his right and sent (add Brian Taylor voice-over) a low-hard-bullet of a ball to the top of the square. Tom was in position, but as if he had body armour on the bullet bounced off his chest with a thump.  Through the pack of players, Hudson found Jack M with a tidy handball, but the snap went wide.

We locked the ball in our A50 (as ALL our players were in there...) Arlo won a free and got the ball back to the HotSpot.  Jack Mosca this time found space where the was none, had a snap over his shoulder and rewarded with a GOAL!

Hudson won our next centre clearance and got the ball into our forward line.

A kick out of the pack was touched on the line.

Hudson locked the ball in by winning possession, on to Hamish who then found Harvey.  The ball was now deep in our attacking 50. Finn smothered a clearing kick, Jackson won a free as St B were under relentless pressure.  Set shot – Jackson(C) – no worries – GOAL!

Our next foray forward (again? Yes!) was a bit more of a scramble, but an effective scramble.  Hamish burst the pack open with ball in hand, rolled around to his left and banged through another sausage -  GOAL!

3 Goals in a quarter, well done players! - Reward for strong efforts and some better decision making.

Enjoy the long break, oranges and enthusiastic "well-played Roosters" comments from our supporters.

 

3rd Quarter;

Tom won us a hardball and got it forward, Jack P made a good play in defense trapping the ball and looking up before kicking.

Fletcher got the ball through the middle and on to Jack P, who then linked up with Arlo(C)– nice play.

Nathaniel is getting a taste for bodying players off the ball to win possession.

Jackson(C) laid a good tackle stopping a St B run at goal.

Hamish was doing his thing with a strong run and clearing kick.

Fletch took a mark on the wing, on to Harvey (mark) and then further forward to Arlo(C) for a shot at goal.

Fletch was owning his wing – he stopped the St B forward moves with tackle after tackle, including one on their biggest player 'Baz', that shook the Coaches Box.

Jack P had a taste for the contest today and throw himself on a players' boot to smother a kick.

Ed was determined not to let the ball get past him in defense.

Ryan was taking a few marks and wheeling around onto his right foot to kick.

 

3 / 4 Time meant we bit farewell to our 9's Orange comrades – Thankyou again Jackson, Hugo and Jack for your help today and Good Luck in your own game...

 

4th Quarter;

We had a diminished Team, one borrowed player and vowed to run out the game

The pressure stakes had raised again around the ball – Arlo(C) and Hamish were in amongst it, doing some heavy work. Tom had a strong defensive effort, Ed got over the ball twice in our forward half.

Harvey and Tom worked together to get the ball going our way. A kick deep into our attacking 50 where Fletch and Finn worked a 1-2 and a quick kick – GOAL! To Finn.

Ben made a big tackle, Harvey got involved in defense, Oscar took another mark.

We had sustained pressure in our forward half.

Finn had another shot.

The ball was head out when Arlo(C) intercepted and had a shot on the run.  This time he wasn’t as wide out and slotted another GOAL!

 

A thoroughly enjoyable game, open and end-to-end.

5 Goals by our Roosters and an evenly contested game was a huge improvement to our first meeting with St Bernards.  (We were unlucky to have a few of their Goals allowed : missed a goal-line clearance, an unfortunate 'off the ground' free kick and a very quick re-start)

We can certainly hold our heads high after this one.

 

Special Mentions;

Goal Scorers :

  • Jackson, Hamish, Finn, Arlo, Jack M. - 1 each

Rooster's of the Week:

  • Jack P : won plenty of the ball with his efforts, looked up and passed effectively to his Team-mates.
  • Tom : Continues to have meaningful possessions and demonstrate good positioning and Teamwork, all with an infectious enthusiasm.

 

Thankyou Players, TM's, Parents, Medics, Scribes, Orange Slicer, Cheersquad, Magnets Mover, Flag Waver, Re-hydrator and Canteen.

 

We have another Blockbuster Friday Night game this week – I'm looking forward to it already....

See you at training.

Paul.

 

Round 11 - Roosters U10 Blues (Bloosters) vs Flemington

 

First I want to thank all the parents for their efforts to get your kids to our game on a chilly Sunday morning when you all really deserve to be eating breaky in bed served up by your little angels. There’s a hint kids, in 3 weeks you can reward your wonderful parents with something nice on a Sunday morning after all their effort getting you to games this footy season .

Once again we had a full list to choose from thanks to some awesome help from our U10 Reds team. So to Merrick, Efe, Dozer, Diego, Arti and Walter, a HUUUUGE thank you for a great effort. Every one of you played a big part in helping us have a very successful game. A special thanks to your parents for making the effort to get you all to your second game for the weekend.

So last time we played Flemington it was a tough game and I think they got a couple of late goals to get on top of us in the end. Well this game I asked for 3 goals in the last quarter and we got 4!!. That’s the kind of return I like to see from my team, and it showed you all fought hard till the end, which is all I could ask for. I think this shows just how much our team has improved over the season so I hope you’re all super proud of your game this week.

Captain

In all my planning this week I forgot to pick out the 3 leaders so a last minute call was to give Rylan the captains role for his first time and he played it very well. He was unlucky to be second in a few of the TEAM categories and with Mitch playing a blinder he missed the Rooster of the Week but he deserves special mention for an all round great game.

Teamwork

Many of you are getting better at working as a team so it makes it harder to award (and harder to win) this award.  Some of our players who showed some good teamwork were Rylan, Mitch, Diego and Walter. I felt that Max showed the highest level of teamwork by not only displaying it himself but also helping others to position themselves especially when he played in the back line. Great teamwork Turbo!

Effort

How do you pick one out of all the effort today I hear you ask. We you’re right it’s not easy but these awards are about giving all our players something to strive for. A few that I’d like to mention for making top effort were Steven, Rylan, Alan, Arti, Oscar, Alex, Jacob, Mitch, Billy, Merrick, Kai and Dozer. As it turns out the one who I decided to award best Effort today was the one that didn’t even know there was an award. Eli played his first ever ‘real’ game of footy today and I think you would all agree that he showed some awesome efforts. So nice one Eli and welcome aboard the Bloosters train!

Awareness

I keep banging on about awareness and positioning on the field, and for this game that was my number one focus. I wanted everyone to try to hold their position on the ground and reset those once the ball had moved on. I was happy to see many of you must have been listening and those include Rylan, Aiden, Efe, Max, Jacob, Mitch, Wes. We still have some improvement to make in this area but I reckon we’re getting better. What this means when we win the ball we have someone in a good position to receive it then move it to the next person. So awareness isn’t easy but if we are all ‘in the game’ and aware of our position we will play better as a team. This week lots of you showed great awareness but I selected Steven who I thought had shown even greater awareness than he had previously so I think this was well deserved. Great stuff Steven!

Movement

You won’t get the ball if you don’t move, that’s pretty , but it’s where you move to that will decide how often you get it. Today I saw some of the same players get the ball multiple times, not just because they were chasing the ball, but because they were moving well into good positions to get the ball once it was kicked or handballed from the contest. So this week Mitch and Jacob were standouts when it came to movement and they were both rewarded with lots of touches of the ball. Others who I thought showed some good movement were Mitch, Max, Rylan, Arti, Alan and Aiden. While everyone did really well, I thought Jacob was a well earnt winner of the Movement award this week. Awesome Jacob!

Rooster of The Week (ROW)

It’s not often that we have a clear standout with all our players being great contributors to the team. But today I think Mitch deserved both the Heartland and the ROW award for his game this week. I believe he has been working on his game and skills even beyond regular training and it really shows. His multiple efforts to get the ball, positioning on the ground and great movement meant he did all that was asked and then some. Fantastic Mitch, keep that up buddy!

So we have 2 more games to go. Can’t say I’m happy about that but let’s make the best of them. Hopefully we see many of you at one or both our training sessions this week to get ready for our big home game next week against Caroline Springs.

P.S. I managed to re injure a calf muscle today (Sunday) while playing soccer (see it’s a very dangerous sport ) against Kai and Oscar so if any Mums or Dads want to come and help with training that would be good. Cheers, Ash.

Go Bloosters!!

 

Round 11 vs Wyndhamvale

 

West Foots: 1.0   5.0 5.0 6.1.37

 

Def

 

Wyndhamvale:  0.4 0.4 1.8   1.9.15

 

Goals: Sasha 3, Jamison 1, Harry 1, Jake 1

 

With one of the coaches back on deck, things were starting to return to normal, although looking around the room prior to the first bounce, there were still a large number of new faces (Added to that, was the late call-up of Kiir to assist the U12s).  Nonetheless, they were all wearing a Rooster jumper and prepared to give their all for the full 4 quarters. Sophie and Maya donned the captain’s armbands and led from the front. Maya busy in the middle and Sophie working up and back across half forward.  The call was to spread the ball early to take advantage of our runners and wear down a 16-man opposition outfit. A flukey breeze saw Wyndhamvale have first use and whilst the ball was in their half for the majority of the first quarter, resolute defence from Ben, Nicholas, Zeke and Tem repelled any dangerous movement.  Jake, Ashton and Rory got their hands on the footy and were able to create some chances for our attacking wingmen of Archie and Griffin. Some good hard running saw us get out the back for Sasha to take full advantage and register our first major of the day. Marlon and Thomas played their roles beautifully, supporting their younger team mates and putting their head over it when it was their time to go.  Great stuff!! Strong tackling was asked for at the first change as well as take advantage of the wind. This quarter saw the Roosters put the result beyond doubt, as well as a spike in the confidence for the team from Shorten Reserve. Sasha, Jake and Harry finished off the good work up field by Miles, Mitchell (joining us after his game earlier in the morning – gutsy effort!!), Harrison, Eli and Maya. Nicholas kept getting in good positions to repel any forays forward and Rory’s tackling (3 holding the ball decisions) were the highlights of the quarter.  Half time saw the magnets shuffled around in a bid to monitor the workloads – the 2 captains had another game to play. Conscious the visitors had the wind and a lapse could see the door opened, the instruction was to play tight, disciplined footy and not to let the Falcons back in. What ensued could only be described as good, hard footy with no side prepared to yield – perhaps a preview of the much anticipated finals series. Whilst the Roosters didn’t trouble the scorers, the willingness to spread the ball wide and work the boundary into the wind was admirable.  This forced the visitors to take low percentage shots at goal resulting in just the one goal for the term. The back was just about broken. The last quarter saw the Roosters dominate possession as the boys from out the back of Werribee tired. Jamison just about provided the highlight of the day, with a kick that he cleverly regathered then sprinted 30m into an open goal to put the icing on the cake. A terrific win with a set of fresh faces that proves a role can be played by anyone and when you have 20 boys and girls working together, anything is possible.

 

Huge thanks to all who donned the guernsey and a massive pat on the back to Andrea who managed to co-ordinate filling the team with great support from Ash, Paul, Richie and Kane.

Special thanks to the helpers on the day:  Liam on boundary umpire duties, Zoran with the medicals, Kane running the messages, Richie with a sound ear and great sounding board, Xavier providing the water, Steve on the clock AND oranges AND jumper washing duty, Ethan keeping the umpires safe and Craig waving the flags.

 

 

Under 12 Round 11

 

Point Cook Centrals vs West Footscray

 

The boys were without a win for quite a few weeks and the road trip to play the sharks was a must win given how tight the ladder is. To compound this situation we were without quite a few who were on holidays. Javier, Vinh, Mickey and Christian were all unavailable. We did however have the luxury of the Under 14s not playing courtesy of their opponent forfeiting midweek so Jonathan was drafted in to help us out. We also picked up Kiir from the 11s for the day courtesy of some frantic Saturday night Instagram messaging to his brother Juma. That gave us 19 for the game. The boys shouldn’t have needed much motivation for this game given the importance of the result, but extra incentive was available in the form of Kadin, Xavier and Sean playing their 50th games. On top of this Yash and Aaron were celebrating birthdays. How much more motivation could you need? Our Milestone boys were captains for the game. They lost the toss and we would be kicking into a fairly stiff breeze. When is it not windy in Point Cook?

Point Cook Centrals are probably the tallest team in our competition so no Javier for us was going to hurt. Yash took the ruck duties for the day. He had Weston, Jack and Jonathan in the middle with him. The opening bounce went to Point Cook and they wasted no time going forward. Despite our best efforts we would cough up a goal in the first 90 seconds. Not an ideal start! The next bounce was won by Yash and away we went. The forward line was open thanks to the size of the oval. Rumour has it the goal squares at each end have different postcodes. There was much confusion from parents on the boundary as to who had the ball, particularly when Murphy or Xavier had it with their matching helmets. Thankfully as their coach, and the parent of one I could tell them apart. Chris however may need to go to OPSM in the coming weeks given his inability to identify his own child. Both boys were lively and Murf had one saved right on the goal line. Sean the 50-game man was finding it a fair bit as well. Our mids were winning most of it on the ground and a goal looked likely. It came off the boot of Jonathan who was clearly enjoying his trot in the 12s. Point Cook Centrals (PCC from now on as I grow tired of typing their name) were still very much in the game and enjoyed multiple forward entries. Cooper and Frank were super good down back and repelled quite a few. Samuel laid a ripping tackle on the last line to prevent a goal and win a free.  Leroy was in fine form as well down back. He tackled, spoiled and won his own ball regularly. Despite the wind we kept surging forward thanks to our backs and midfielders. One of these mids was Weston. He hasn’t kicked too many this year due to his role but wasted little time in snagging one at the first opportunity that presented. Bang. 2 goals into the wind was an awesome result for a quality quarter of football.

 

¼ time P.C.C 2.0.12 vs West Footscray 2.3.15

 

It was our turn with the wind now. Yash was killing it in the ruck. His follow up work after the ball ups was amazing and effectively gave us an extra running midfielder. Jonathan was really feeling it now and linking up beautifully with his new team mates. Kadin was finding plenty of ball in space and creating attacking moves for our team. Murf and Xavier were still buzzing around our forward line and Xavier almost got his first of the year after Murphy passed to him. Unfortunately, Xavier got tangled up in his own feet and the opportunity was gone. Sas was also enjoying the open spaces. He latched onto one 20 metres out and snapped truly for his first ever goal. His team mates loved it and came from everywhere to celebrate! Our forwards and mids were dominating. Felix was killing it on his wing. His attack on the ball was relentless and fearless. Kiir was a tackling machine and had the kids from PCC second guessing the wisdom of picking up the ball anywhere in his vicinity. E-M was leading beautifully at full forward. His hard work went unrewarded but created paddocks of space behind him as defenders followed him. Nathaniel got busy. He laid tackles and worked hard to lock it in. Jack was everywhere despite being tagged. Never one to miss an opportunity to go forward it was only a matter of time until he snagged one. Bang! Great goal and great 17 minutes of football Roosters!

 

½ time P.C.C. 2.2.14 vs West Footscray 4.5.29

 

The magnets were shuffled for the third. Jack went forward to shake his tagger, Leroy was injected into the middle and Yash given a spell from the ruck, with Jonathan having a run there instead. Another big effort was required into the wind. PCC were looking a much better side with the breeze at their backs. Our defenders had plenty to do. Frank and Cooper were outstanding at half back. Yash was on fire as well. So much for his rest! Aaron won several crucial contests at full back in an outstanding display. Zach pounced on anyone wearing a Sharks jumper with the ball. Despite PCC’s best efforts our defence refused to crack. In fact, we looked more likely to score as we rebounded up the ground from defence. Kadin and Felix were tearing up their wings. Leroy was a force to be reckoned with! Jonathan was everywhere and Weston was setting us up beautifully. AS mentioned earlier, Jack near goal is a real concern for all teams and he wasted no time in hitting the scoreboard. Not content with that he preceded to hit it again! That was 3 in a row for him and the PCC coach must have been lamenting his decision to take his tagger off Jack.

 

¾ time P.C.C. 3.3.21 vs West Footscray 6.6.42

 

We had doubled the score of PCC and were now coming home with the wind. Aaron was moved forward as were Zach and Samuel. Yash went back into the ruck and Jack back into the engine room….to continue the Jack Gerardi show! He was on fire and so was the team. Our boys were unrelenting and PCC just couldn’t respond. E-M was flying out of the goal square on the lead. Jack kicked it over him to the vacant space E-M had created and scored his fourth in a row. His old man did his best to upstage him with some masterfully crafted goal umpiring theatrics, but to no avail! Minutes later Jack did it again and so did Andrew! 5 in a row for Jacko! PCC had no answers to the Roosters attacking play. Kadin marked dead in front about 30 metres out and lined up the big sticks. Much to everyone’s surprise, particularly Murphy’s, he passed to Murf who wasn’t looking. He almost clunked it……. almost. Take the shot next time Kadin. Jonathan was still flying around and in everything. Kiir was sensational at keeping it locked in. Zach found plenty of it and almost snagged one for himself. Weston drifted forward and slotted a very nice one from a tight angle for his second of the day. Still the ball kept coming forward. Samuel gathered the pill off the deck about 20 out and slotted his first of the year and showed so little excitement I thought he had missed. A huge last term had seen our boys get over the line in a very impressive display of football.

 

Full Time P.C.C. 4.3.27 vs West Footscray 10.10.70

 

A fantastic game and a much-needed win for the 12’s. The way we moved the ball was sensational. A huge thank you to Jonathan and Kiir for playing with us. You two were brilliant! The club song was replaced by a powerful version of Happy Birthday for Yash and Aaron. All 3 of our 50 game champs played amazingly well and Sean took home his first Heartland. Well done boys!

 

Damian

 

 


Round 10, 2018

U9 Orange

Rd 10: West Footscray V Hopper Crossing

Sunday morning football games don’t seem so bad when it is a beautiful winter’s morning and you are playing at home. Despite some hint of frost on the oval cross as we walked across to the sheds at 8 am you could tell it was going to warm up nicely later on. Today we hosted Hoppers Crossing in our return match. They had been tough opposition first time around and the team seemed to remember that well. Attention spans were short during the preparations. After singing happy birthday to Jack G and Jimmy I reminded them we were here to play a game of football. Jack M and Kase led the team out as captains for the day.

We must have been thinking about birthdays still when Hoppers got the jump on us in the first quarter. Our defence was put straight to the test and they battled very well to limit their scoring. Kase continued his good form taking a strong mark at full back. Hugo N. was everywhere collecting marks and kicks. Jimmy was positioning well land using the bump perfectly to win the ball. Otto shepherded to help his teammates well. Jack M finished the quarter on a high pulling in a great one handed mark at CHF.

As seems to be our pattern we woke up for the second quarter and the ball was sent into our forward line regularly. The best passage of play involved linking kicks between Oliver R. Hugo N. Charlie, Jimmy and finally Hugo L. who finished it with a GOAL. Great to see what quick movement and hard running can do. Hugo L. followed up soon after with another snap that just hit the post. The Roosters seemed to have control of the game for a while. Eli was moving well on his wing and the ball was pushed forward where Charlie showed his style and booted a long bouncing GOAL himself.  Our backline was very solid when needed with Enrique and Thomas warming up to the contest. It was a great quarter by the Roosters.

The third quarter was more of an arm wrestle. There were some great kicks by Zeph and Jack G that really helped our position. Jimmy had an excellent quarter too kicking long and grabbing a big pack mark near the car park flank. Otto continued to put his body into the contest but coped a knock to his ear and needed some treatment. With no-one on the bench today he was back soon after. Eamon and Paddy also read the play well and attacked the ball every time it was in their zone.

It seemed we had run out of fuel in the last quarter as Hoppers piled on the pressure. Our backline performed very well with Bodee and Oliver R. pressuring their opponents and only allowing a series of points. Bodee also took a good mark in the backline. Jackson and Hugo W. kept playing well in the mid field this quarter to run the game out.

Hoppers were too strong and skilful for us today but the players all put in a great effort and showed some good football of their own for periods during the game.

Rooster of the week was Charlie for another great game of tackling, chasing and his own clean possessions.

 

Gerald

 

U9 Blue – Round 10 - Away to Albion

 

I had been here before, but for cricket matches.  As we played that day, there was a photo shoot with ALFW players and the iconic silo's as the backdrop.  

Could the famous Mirool Silo Challenge (that Billy Brownless famously completed – factcheck "Selwood Boys") be as tall as these?

Our early arrival Roosters tried their own "up and over" challenge in clearing the net behind the goals.

The keen eyed noticed a basketball hoop on the back fence for those that needed another challenge...

 

The players from both Teams warmed up at one end, as the eastern end, even nearing 10 o'clock, was still in the shadow of the silos.

The winter sun was well and truly out and by the start of the game, it was a beautiful morning for footy.

 

Ed and Oscar were our Captains today.  Ed has been working his way into the Team after some time out with an injury.  Oscar is gaining in confidence and finding more opportunities to show off his left foot kick.

 

Leo was a late withdrawal.

Arlo was unable to play but took on a role as Assistant Coach today.

That left us with 17, which Albion was happy to replicate.

 

1st Quarter;

From the very first ball-up it was a hard fought contest, with strong tackling and pressure.

Jack won the first meaningful possession of the game, kicking it clear of the middle.

In amongst the scrums was Fletcher and Jackson.  Following on from his defensive efforts last week – Hamish was gathering the ball and breaking through packs.

Fletcher helped get the ball forward into our attacking 50.

Some great forward pressure resulted in a free kick to Hudson for an over exuberant tackle.  his shot fell short, but a mark was taken by Finn – playing in front. His set shot went wide to the near side.

Our players did well with " no loose players" and made it difficult for Albion to find an option.  We locked it in our 50 and Jack got some room and a shot away – again wide to the near side.

Again, the Roosters kept the ball in our half.  Fletcher marked a clearing kick – found Jackson (mark) - who found Nathaniel (overhead mark).

Albion finally broke clear of our man-on-man pressure.  Hamish nearly chased down the kicker. Dylan held position at Full Back and won the ball and cleared with one of his big kicks.

Hamish was at his rebounding best and marking under pressure. Tom was covering his opposite number and was solid in defense.

Dylan made a goal-saving spoil on the goal line.  His kick-in found Nathaniel. This started a run from our defence 50 to our attacking 50.  Jackson, Finn and Fletcher zig-zagged through the middle of the ground with handballs and kicks – Great Play to finish off the term.

A hard fought quarter with some excellent Team and individual plays, where we had held the opposition scoreless.

 

2nd Quarter;

Hamish started the term with another tackle and a free kick (nothing gets past the Wall).  Ben now followed his lead with repeat efforts in the middle of the ground to hold up play.

A chain of play with Archer – Tom – Finn – Eli and Tom got the ball into our attacking 50.

A couple of fumbles with bouncing on the run cost us possession (Coaches Note : work on running bounces and kicking at next week training)

Our pressure was good – typified by a chase and tackle by Archer on the wing.  His kick got the ball into our attacking 50, where it looked like Fletcher had a run on to the goals, but he was run down...

Oscar(C) got down to a low ball and won a free kick.

Harvey knocked the ball from a crowd out to Hudson, he kicked forward to space.  Fletcher ran on to the loose ball, gathered, ran, had a bounce, a side-step shimmy and shot for a GOAL! (not to be denied this time)

Archer was finding his groove – repelling the ball from our half-back line, Ben was going in hard, Eli and Jackson were starting to get their skates on and shift the ball quickly.

Oscar(C) was in amongst the packs in the middle of the ground and won a clearance by getting the ball out to Archer.

 

Players arrived to our Half Time huddle with a heap of enthusiasm – lead by Tom - for how we were playing.

More of the same, play in front and keep moving for each other.

 

3RD Quarter;

Hudson started us off with a clearance out from Half Back to Archer.

Lachie took a strong mark at Half forward and Ed(C) got in with a tackle to keep it in our attacking 50.

Hamish rebounded the ball on to Eli, who ran his measure and got a kick into our forward line.

Players were again holding positions pretty well.

Ryan had a couple of follow up efforts, gathering the ball and getting a kick away.

Nathaniel bodied a player off the ball and got a kick away.

The ball just was getting close enough to our scoring sticks for a shot, but Albion wasn’t scoring either.

Working out of our backline, Archer – Jackson (mark) - Eli (mark and play-on)

Jack got a spoil on the ball before it went through the Albion Big Sticks (point)

Hamish took a specky at Half Back and landed with a thump.

Lachie was getting confident on the ball in traffic, winning a 50-50 ball.

Harvey was making a good contest in the middle, Eli was chasing down everything, Fletcher was mopping up anything that got through and heading the ball back our way.

 

It was a tough quarter with a lot of tackling by both Teams.  It was end to end, but with little or no scoring.

 

4th Quarter;

The ball quickly headed to our defensive end.  Eli and Ben worked hard to clear the danger.

Hudson – Fletch – Finn worked a combination through the middle.

Tom was tidying up deep in our defence, Jackson was tackling hard in attack and Lachie was throwing his body into the contest in the middle.

Ed was running hard to chase down opponents

Eli and Fletcher worked a tidy 1-2 handball around an opponent.

Hamish and Ryan were again solid tacklers.

Jack marked Fletchers kick on the wing to finish the game.

 

All Players got plenty of miles into their legs, more than a few bumps and scrapes – but they never gave up and finished the game well.

It was a game which didn’t have many goals, but a lot of little victories for our roosters – both individually and as a Team.

All players are starting to gain their confidence in the crowded packs to get the ball and out in the open to express their skills.

Everyone played out of their skins with link-up play and really focused on our "no loose players" - There was times when Albion really struggled to find an option to kick to.

 

Our Lone Goal Scorer was Fletcher

But we weren't having shots from wide angles this week – thumbs up.

 

The Heartland Award went to Oscar – who was in amongst a lot of the play in all parts of the ground and had plenty of meaningful possessions.

We broke the mould a bit by presenting a couple of extra Rooster of the Week Awards to Nathaniel and Jackson – who both have played significant roles for the Team over many weeks.

 

Thanks to all our helpers – my Assistant Coach for the Day: Arlo, Whistle Blower, Flag Waver, Medic, H20, TM's, Fruit Cutter, Magnet Movers, Jumper Washer and Cheersquad – you are all part of our well performing Team.

 

If anyone is getting away these School Holidays and are unable to meet our Volunteer Roster Roles, or a Player will be unavailable, please let Rachael or Sarah know as soon as you can.

See you at training.

Paul.

 

WEST FOOTSCRAY ROOSTERS – Under 10 Reds vs. Caroline Springs - Round Ten – 1/7/18.

Hmmmmm!!!……..

“You little thief….”

(I will come back to this)

Good Evening Sports Fans!

Well, they say a week is a long time in football. If so, then two weeks is a lifetime and three weeks is an eternity. The fortune of the Tenners had been somewhat of a rollercoaster in the last month. Three weeks ago, the football gods were angry. Torrential rains would see teams across the board reduced to shivering masses with some games cancelled and some abandoned. The Tenners would go down to the Vikings after losing multiple players throughout the game but battled bravely on for a rare loss. The next week would see them bounce back with a resounding win over the Woodsmen registering their biggest score for the year. This week would see us on the road travelling down to Point Cook and our first encounter with a synthetic deck. The first thing you notice about Salt Water Reserve is its sheer size. The second thing you notice is its concrete cricket pitch complete with actual mini trenches for the stumps and/or broken ankles. The third thing you notice is how slippery it becomes on an early Sunday morning in winter.

It had been an unusual build up. I myself had been out of action for the previous two games with some unexpected surgery. A big thanks to TM Kane who wore multiple hats over the fortnight and Brad and Des who helped run the training sessions in my absence. Much appreciated fellas. This week would also mark the first game of the school holidays.  All squads would take a hit in the personnel department with all T.M’s trading players like the national draft. The Elevens were felled the hardest having been cruelled with some long term injuries to boot. This has resulted in a number of tens being seconded for the rest of the season. In our case Hurricane and Archie, although they will play with us when our fixtures do not clash.

After having missed the previous two weeks myself, and although a little apprehensive, I was keen to see the Tenners back in action. The oracle of the radio would be summoned to help calm the nerves.

“You little thief, you little savage”. As Feargal Sharkey warbled from the speakers, I wondered if this meant that we would be pinching a win from the jaws of defeat. Time would tell.

True to from, the Tenners squad would further reduce down to 13 come game time on Sunday morning after losing Big Bad Bastien to a trampoline injury, Ozi to a broken finger, Efe to a fever, and Mezz and Kade to an Indonesian ash cloud! I think that is everything, trampoline, finger, fever, ash cloud, yep that’s everything. Point Cook would graciously lend us 5 players per quarter to even up the ledger.

A big plus however was the return of Artisan after his European sojourn for his first game in seven weeks. He would be anointed Captain in honour of his welcome return.

Unfortunately for the Tenners, the roller coaster would continue with Point Cook handing out a good old fashioned Sunday school football lesson. We were no match for the Bulldogs on the vast open artificial plains of Salt Water Reserve. In particular their overhead marking was spectacular. We were unable to come to terms with the slippery conditions either, especially through the middle of the ground. The game was stopped on two occasions by the umpire over his fears for player safety. The first time after Cruzer slipped attempting to kick and the second during the third quarter when he decided that he had had enough, declaring that football should never be played at this ground. Both coaches and all players were called to the centre for an impromptu meeting about staying out of the middle. If play were to venture through the middle of the ground, the game would stop with a ball up on the wing. Unusual scenes to say the least, but understandable in the scheme of things.

The Tenners battled hard but could not wait for the final siren to sound with the final margin in the vicinity of 77 points.

A big thanks to Maxi (more than a) Phelan, Jacob who would win the Heartland for his efforts and Finn who snuck in half a game before being whisked away to his own, and Griff took out R.O.T.W for another four quarter gut running performance, great work lads.

Goals - Walt 1:

“You left me broken, shattered and bleeding”

Maybe I should have listened to the whole song instead of just the first bit!

We now turn our attentions to next Friday night under lights against the might of Flemington.

Special Thanks to Brad for tending to the wounded and to those who lent us their children on a first up Sunday morning in Point Cook 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.

 

U11s vs Tarneit, Wootton Road Reserve

 

Last year with the U10s I had time during the game.  Busy before, busy after, but time during the game while the coaches worked their stuff.  Time to have a laugh with Zoran. Time to have a chat with the kids on the bench. Time to take photos of all the players.  And time to take copious details for the match report. This year I have NO time. Because our kids keep scoring. And scoring and scoring. And oh, the paperwork it just comes on a-coming.  So I have no details for this week’s match report, but I do have lots and lots of thank you’s.

 

This is part tale of woe/part fairytale finish/part story of a great club culture.  Once upon a time (April) a team list formed with 22 healthy players and 2 experienced coaches.  Eager players turned up to training at the rate of 80+%, new players added their cross-sport expertise to an already strong list and the season promised a number of 50 game milestones.  2018 had success written all over it. So the football gods decided to even things up a bit for the benefit of the competition. In scenes reminiscent of the opening 27 minutes of Saving Private Ryan we suffered injury after bone-breaking injury… combined with several lengthy mid-season holidays and long distance work trips for both coaches and before we knew it we were staring down the barrel of 2 mid-season forfeits.

 

Forfeit?  Never! That’s not the Roosters way.  Haven’t you heard our song? To win is something ordinary, to lose is something rare.  We never give up, our bodies are firm and sound!!! No way were we going to hand the opposition not one but two forfeits, disappointing a host of kids in the process.  A plan had to be formed, there had to be a way for these brave soldiers to fight through.

 

Trumpets sounded, flags were waved, and in rode our 3 (groups of) musketeers on their mighty steeds to save the day.  Leading the charge were Damian and Jason who worked with us to formulate a plan with 2 aims: to avoid those dreaded forfeits and to ensure we had 18 fit players eligible for finals (should we make it).  Flanking those 2 were the Red team of Richie and Kane and the Blue team of Ash and Paul who, in unison shouted “What can we do to help?”

 

And so we reached July with a team held together by our good friends the U10s.  Sasha, Jake and Harry have joined us permanently, bolstering our goal-kicking capacity with their collective ferocious hunger and deadly aim.  Archie has joined us on a semi-regular basis and bravely took to the ground yesterday following a full 60 minute game down the road in Point Cook.  To add to those stocks we welcomed Mitchell, Kai and Oscar from U10s Bloosters backing up from their Friday night game. Every single one of these boys did themselves, their coaches and their parents proud with the determination and spirit they brought to the game.  They threw themselves into every contest and pounced on the ball at every opportunity, following the coach’s instructions and the leadership of the regular U11s. This match report would not complete with mentioning the extraordinary goal-kicking efforts of our U10 graduates who kicked 13 goals between them – 7 to Jake and 3 each to Sasha and Harry.

 

I have yet to mention that for this game we had NO COACH with Des and Tim both called away for work.  U10s Blues coach Ash stepped up to the plate and did a superb job with a brilliant pre-match address about being handed the keys to a friend’s car and having no idea how well it would go, imploring the boys to show him what they were capable of, and show him they sure did.  Not a single dropped clutch or grinding gear change followed.

 

Having sufficiently wiped our pre-season smugness of our faces the football gods handed us another surprise with a game-eve recruit.  To our shock and delight we had a new U11 make his club and team debut on Sunday, boosting our stocks in much needed fashion. The boys welcomed Harrison with open arms and he did superbly in his first ever competition game of Australian Rules football.  Congratulations Harrison on a fine debut (but best not expect such a comprehensive victory every week…)

 

Finally, my heart is bursting with pride for our U11 boys who took another giant step forward in their development this week.  They were determined to bring everything they had to this game, to show their absent coaches and their U10s friends exactly what they are made of.  I was so proud to be able to show them off as the talented, committed, hard-working and team-oriented squad they are. Every single one of them stuck to the parameters of their role and fulfilled it to the best of their ability.  But the most impressive sight was the way they supported one another, shielding the smaller bodies of their younger teammates, talking positively to one another, welcoming their newest member and cheering every little success along the way.  Our most-experienced player Ben was anointed captain to support the fill-in coach and players, but every single one of our squad demonstrated their leadership capabilities. You did the 2 boundary-side stalwarts of Zoran and me along with all your parents (and distant coaches) very very proud.

 

Thank you to…

  • Damian, Jason, Richie, Kane, Ash and Paul for enabling us just to get a team on the park
  • Ash for stepping into the coach’s role with such generosity and capability
  • The parents of our 3 U10 recruits who have so willingly adjusted their schedules mid-season to make this work
  • The parents of our U10 fill-ins who supported their boys to play a second game this week
  • All the parents who took on a job when I needed you most: Zoran (our rock), Pat (field umpire), Andrew (boundary umpire), Kylie (water, with teenage helpers!), Tania (runner), Kath (timekeeper), Dean (goal umpire), David (umpire escort) & Fran (jumpers & oranges).  Without your willingness to volunteer, there is no game.

 

The Heartland award went to Harry Gardner-Solomon who was quite simply, superb.  Not sure he had an opponent near him for the entire game. Ash gave Roosters of the Week awards to Ben & Reuben for their consistent efforts across the game.

 

West Footscray 15.18.108 def. Tarneit 0.0.0

Goals: Jake 7, Sasha 3, Harry 3, Asthon 1, Kiir 1

 

Till next week (when we have even more regular players away!)

Andrea

 

Under 12 Round 10

 

West Footscray vs Werribee Districts

 

The Under 12s hadn’t played much in the last month because of a bye, public holidays and a washout. Half a game of football in total to be precise. This is hardly the ideal preparation for a game of football, particularly when you are to lock horns with an undefeated side sporting a percentage near to 2000! The dreaded school holiday curse had claimed to of our guns. Javier and Vinh were on holidays. We had one on the bench, a positive attitude and the chance to strut our stuff against the best going around. Nothing to lose!

 

With Javier unavailable Kadin was rucking for us this week. Jack, Frank and Weston were parked at his feet looking for his tap. He won the tap and our kids went to work. It was hard work getting it forward against this Werribee unit. They were super slick and organised. Their number 9 was outstanding, winning his own ball and running to all the damaging spots. His hair was top shelf as well. Not one out of place! Despite the fantastic efforts of our boys we found ourselves four goals down quickly. To my delight our Roosters didn’t drop their heads. They upped their work rate and began to play the way we want to. Fast and open. Xavier was sensational on the forward flank and took several crucial grabs. Yash and Christian were starting to find the ball in space now as well. Frank was in everything, Weston was getting busy as well. The hard work was repaid when Jack popped up inside 50 and did what Jack does. Smacked one through the middle. Not long after we were moving forward again. Nathaniel was providing a target and fighting to lock it in. Felix was feverish around the packs. Werribee were feeling a bit of pressure (something they rarely feel I suspect). Great work Roosters. This fantastic effort would result in a second goal as Kadin swooped into open space with the pill and drove it straight through the big sticks. What looked like being a hiding had now turned into a real contest. Our backline was superb. Aaron was filling in at full back and playing his heart out. Mickey was a rock at centre half back. Cooper rebounding everything. Leroy was outstanding. If he got down any lower in contests he would have grass stains on his chin! After a sluggish start (on the scoreboard anyway) we were right in this game.

 

¼ time West Footscray 2.0.12 vs Werribee Districts 5.1.31

 

I was happy with the first term. Tighten a few things up and ply with more width were the instructions. We were without a bench now as E-M was off injured and looked unlikely to come back on. Big effort required guys! Werribee Districts came out hard after the break and once again our backline had work to do. Zach was amazing. Tackles, shepherds and clearing kicks. Samuel was into it up to his eyeballs as well. Our mids were down there helping but gee it was hard work. Our half forwards were right up the ground looking to send us forward. Sean was having a real crack and lost the bark off his knees on the rock hard centre wicket trying to win the pill.  Murphy and Sas were despite their efforts, unable to get it forward. Werribee were so well drilled and disciplined.  A huge defensive effort from our kids in the second given the amount of ball coming into Werribee’s forward line. We conceded 4 goals but should have coughed up more than that. Fantastic effort lads.

½ time West Footscray 2.0.12 vs Werribee Districts 9.3.57

 

Some changes were made in for the third term. Mickey tried his hand in the ruck and Kadin out to the wing. Leroy was injected into the middle and Frank went back after a great first half. It would require a massive comeback to win from here. I knew that was unlikely and so did the boys I suspect. I was most interested in whether they would attack the game with the same vigour that they did in the first. They did! Despite being outplayed the effort was once again brilliant. The style of play when we had it was improved as well. They were looking to switch it more now and we were finding more space than we had been afforded in the first half. Mickey was having big dip in the ruck. Jack and Weston were tireless in their efforts to win the ball and Leroy had a few opponents second guessing whether taking possession was a wise decision.  Sas looked certain to score his first ever goal when he gathered on the run inside 50. He shot as his opponent was about to wrap him up only to see his kick marked right on the goal line by a defender. Boooooo! Christian was getting on top on his wing and Kadin likewise on the other. The ball was coming in quickly now. Murphy almost hit E-M on the lead with a sizzling bullet pass. Nathaniel and Xavier were providing targets as well. When Werribee did go forward they were finding it more difficult. Yash was to be avoided at centre half back. He won plenty and drove it back. Aaron was fantastic at full back. Considering we had no bench for most of the game and how tired our boys were, the effort they continued to produce was fantastic.

 

¾ time West Footscray 2.0.12 vs Werribee Districts 12.4.76

 

One last big effort guys. Let’s out score them in the last. Despite the scoreboard, heads were still held high and enthusiasm for the contest was evident. A few more tweaks. Yash into the ruck. The game opened up a bit in the last which suited us nicely. There were some very tired boys out there in red and white, but they were still putting everything they had into the game. Samuel was sensational in close down back. He wanted the ball. Zach received the best falcon of 2018 in the last. He shook it off almost instantly and took off after the ball laying multiple  tackles in repeat efforts. Fantastic Zach.  Sean was moving well at half forward and providing options. Nathaniel was flexing his muscle down there as well. A lot of the boys were looking to switch it now and on quite a few occasions managed to really open the game up. Our persistence paid off as Jack hit Weston on the chest dead in front of goal. He slotted it with a minimum of fuss.  The siren would soon sound. We hadn’t quite managed to outscore them but had gotten within 3 points in the final term. Great effort guys!

 

Full time West Footscray 3.0.18 vs Werribee Districts 13.7.85

 

If you put the scoreboard aside, this was a ridiculously good performance. We were missing our ruckman and our full back against the best side in the comp. We played most of the game without a bench and it was practically our first game in almost a month. We showed our ability to open them up when we played with more width on numerous occasions. There were a great deal more positives to come from this game than negatives I believe. Great effort guys. Next week it’s the peanut!

 

Damian

 

Under 14s

 

After a tough last couple games, the boys came up against Sunshine Heights for the second edition of the grand final rematch from last year. This time at their home ground. The boys were told before the game to start well and put Sunshine on the back foot early. Luis kicked the first goal of the game and from there we played some of the best footy we have seen since before the bye. Everyone was contributing. With the boys up by 78 points at half time, my fellow coaches and I tried to reiterate to them that the game wasn’t over and still another half to go. In the 3rd quarter I decided to make changes and allow players who weren’t getting much of the play down back, to be positioned up forward. Isaac who was playing his best game of the year down back at that point was put in the forward line and managed to kick 3 goals for the game. His first 3 goals for the season. Hamish was put at full forward and every time the roosters got the ball down forward, Zidane would be the one yelling at the other end of the ground “Give it to Hamish!!” The roosters ended up winning 144-16 but to Sunshine Heights credit they didn’t give up till the final siren. Congratulations to Isaac on winning the Heartland award!!!!

 


Round 9, 2018

U9 Orange

Rd 9: West Footscray V Werribee District

An early start and a long drive to Werribee Districts (Werribee South) last Sunday. It is a very nice place in summer but today was cold, overcast and pungent enough for it to have lost all its appeal. The players who arrived early enjoyed a good warm enjoying the nearby playground. Eli had arrived but was too sick to get out of the car (he hadn’t even smelt the local air) and unfortunately he made the long trip home again. Noah and Kade had the week off and Hugo N. was missing so we started with no-one on the bench.

Captains today were two young Rooster’s in Charlie and Hugo L. They both started well with Hugo taking the first mark of the game and Charlie kicking a point early. James started well in the ruck and also took a good mark. Oliver R. was running well on the wing and applying good pressure. Hugo N. arrived during the quarter checking his watch. Bodee had looked green all quarter and couldn’t play on so he took an early trip home.

The second quarter started with the ball trapped in our backline but some big efforts from Hugo W. and Eamon stopped them scoring. Malik was also playing a great game at centre half back and gained a lot of meters for us on a very big oval. Later in the quarter the ball was locked in our forward line where Jack M coolly slotted our first goal. Soon afterwards Jack G. snapped a great kick from the boundary that was on target but just touched on the line. The breeze had changed which may have improved the odour but it had also dropped the temperature a few degrees by the time half time sounded.

The third quarter again started with a lot of pressure in our backline. Kase played fantastically at fullback with goal saving touches and a great mark in the last line. Zeph and Oliver C. were also giving their all in every contest down back. Jackson and Otto both took great marks and we were able to get the ball forward.  Thomas gathered the ball well in one move forward but was crushed in a tackle and got a hard earnt free kick for the team but he had to recover on the bench.

The final quarter seemed to mostly be going the Roosters way. Paddy took another strong mark. Enrique and Hugo N. showed clean hands to pick up the ball and move it on. Our forward area was getting a little crowded but Jimmy managed a good mark and his kick to the square was marked by Malik (looking a little like Ben Brown with his leap and hair), who then played on and finished with a goal from point blank. When the ball did reach our backline Jack M. turned it around strongly.

The players showed some really good skills on a cold day, especially with a lot of excellent marks. It was a good contest all up with four quarters of effort from everyone. Hopefully our sick players all make a quick recovery for next week.

The heartland was won by Jack M. for a great all round performance and Jimmy collected the Rooster of the week for his best game of the season.

 

Gerald

 

Friday Night Under Lights.

 

I love the excitement and build up to these Friday Night games.  I can only hope the Players and Parents talk it up during the week as much as I do.

Training had been going well – focusing on 'No loose Players' and passing the ball out in front.

The weather had turned on a treat and the post training crowd was in place.

 

No absentees meant we had a full team and one on the bench.

Captains today were Fletcher and Lachie – 2 players who have increasingly found their best positions and attributes they contribute to the team.

1st Quarter;

The game started at a frenetic speed.  This suited Eli who got a few early touches. One of which got the ball forward to Jack, who had an attempt at the big sticks.

Ben had an early mark and a pass.

Arlo was prominent again and we were starting to dominate play.

Archer took a mark – on to Arlo (mark) down the wing.  We got the ball forward into our 50.

Our Players did really well in locking in there.  Eli got it on to Hamish who had a shot. It fell short and after a bit of a scramble, it was Finn with the sure possession and enough time and space for a snap and a GOAL!

Sunshine had their share of the play.

From our kick in from the Sunshine end, Ryan kicked in.  He found Eli who had a run and kick. Then on to Harvey who was unlucky not to be paid a courageous mark.

Hamish won a free kick for a good tackle and then again for a great tackle.  He really is a tackling machine, a wall in defense.

Jack and Fletcher(C) were tacking on the tackling duties also.

Tom won a free by getting to a low ball first.

It was an even start in a well-played game.

 

2nd Quarter;

Arlo as in the Ruck and Lachie(C) was in the middle.

Jackson set the tone early with courageous play, running into a crowd and taking a mark.

Nathaniel won a free kick for getting low to gather the ball.

This started a chain of possessions involving Archer, Jackson, Jack and Ryan.

Ben laid a strong tackle that saved a Sunshine shot at goal, followed up by Fletcher(C) working hard and putting pressure on in the back line.

Nathaniel won the ball in our backline and got it on to Archer, who then got it on to Jackson.

Hamish won 2 more free kicks for good tackles.  He got the ball on to Tom, he had a couple of goes at it, but got his pass to Archer.  The ball was out in front of him, he gathered and snapped a GOAL!

 

This next one makes my list of best plays this year;

Ryan kicked in after an opposition point.  A long kick wide to the boundary. Arlo took a mark and wheeled around to get it out of our defensive 50.  Harvey was next showing great control over the rolling ball. Hudson joined in and helped get the ball forward. It was scrappy, but it was determined and it was moving forward for us.  Harvey got a kick away, which Tom marked. His kick got the ball into our attacking 50 where Jack, Dylan, Finn and Ed kept it moving. Eventually it came to Arlo, who found some space and had a running shot at goal. The shot went behind the big stick, but the end-to-end plays were fantastic by everyone involved near the ball.

Our defense worked hard (when they were in position) - Leo and Archer kept the ball in front of them, Fletcher showed composure to look up and clear from half-back.

Eli really had his skates on – covering lots of ground and possession while at it.

This was a really well played quarter, with so many contributors.

 

Half Time Oranges were devoured like these kids hadn't had dinner – oh, hang on...

With the ball we were playing well, putting it out in front of our players.

Without the ball I was looking for more effort in covering the opposition.

Everyone was getting involved and seemed to be enjoying the occasion, including our Cheer Squad (we certainly could hear you out on the ground – Thanks)

 

3rd Quarter;

Rotations now had Ryan in the Ruck.  The starting ball up was won by Ryan, down to Ben who got the ball forward.

Archer took a mark in our forward 50. Lachie(C) laid a ball and all tackle to win a free kick.

Arlo, Hudson and Finn all had shots on goal that went wide.

In one of the more audacious plays our Players have pulled, and pulled off – Lachie(C) won another free kick on our forward edge of the centre square.  He played on and baulked the player on the mark, he had a bounce and got his kick away successfully into our forward line. I think it took everyone by surprise, including the player on the mark!

Fletcher(C) had a set shot, that fell just short.

We were dominating play, but not quite hitting the (non-existant) scoreboard.

Hamish repelled another opposition venture forward, Arlo got the ball through our 50.  His set shot went off hands to Jackson, who snapped a GOAL!

In the midfield, Oscar popped up a handball to his Team-mate running passed, who didn’t need to break stride (Nice Play!)

4th Quarter;

Archer won a free kick for a good tackle, on to Tom who kept the bouncing ball moving in front of him.

Ryan was having an influence around the high balls.

Arlo took a first class overhead mark.

Dylan laid a strong tackle, Jack was on the ball getting more possessions.

Hamish made a goal saving, run down from behind tackle that earned him a grazed and bruised arm, and a stint on the bench – well played today Hamish.

In an attacking move, Arlo got the ball to Fletcher, who's shot went behind the big stick.

Hudson marked a Sunshine kick-out.  His shot lead to a goal square scramble with Finn finding the ball and a crumbers GOAL!

 

It was now end to end stuff in a close and open contest, with Goals at either end.

Oscar took another mark.

Eli took the ball through our attacking 50 and on to Archer.  A high ball shot at goal landed in Finn's hands. From a tight angle, next to the goal post, Finn shot true – for his 3rd GOAL!

 

Coaches, Players, Parents and spectators were all pleased with a very entertaining game.

 

It can be hard to separate individual players out such an even performance.

Rooster's of the Week;

  • Ben : contested marks and big tackles, he is finding himself more involved each game.
  • Ed : is working his way into the Team well after a spell on the sidelines.
  • Finn : 3 Goals and contributions in general play.

 

Goals;

Finn –3, Jackson- 1, Archer-1

 

It was a great atmosphere to play in, with plenty of barracking heard on the ground.  Many of the Parents and the opposition Coach, expressed how impressed they were with the standard of the gamne.  Even our official umpire (Merv) commented that this was one of the better games he has officiated this year.

 

So well done Players, Volunteers, Supporters and scribe.

We have another 2 home games this year, one of which is another Friday Night under Lights – bring it on....

 

See you at training,

Paul

 

Match Report u/14

The positions on the ladder suggested that it would be a close contest between the roosters and Werribee Centrals. The opening quarter was anything but an even contest with the Central boys showing a great deal of intensity and commitment to the football, something which the roosters would not do. Werribee centrals dominated the scoreboard, kicking 4 goals to none in the opening term. The second quarter started in much the same way as the first, with the Werribee team dominating possession. The roosters where able to stop them from scoring though and in the second half of the quarter, started to show some intensity at the football. This was finally rewarded with a goal to Soc. The scores at half time 36 to 8.

The halftime speech by Josh must have been inspirational because the roosters came out and began to dominate the contest. They held the ball in the forward line for a great deal of time and were able to add another goal to their tally, with Nathan slotting o nice snap. The contest was much more even with the Werribee Central backline holding up well. The 3/4 time score 38 to 15.

The final quarter started with the roosters dominating possession, showing the intensity that Werribee Centrals had shown in the first quarter. The rooster boys were hard at the contest, worked hard for each other and dominated time in forward half. This unfortunately did not translate on the scoreboard with the roosters unable to convert a major in the last quarter.

The game eventually became the even contest that we all expected unfortunately the damage had been done in the first quarter. The final score Werribee Centrals 46, the roosters 16.

 

 


Round 8, 2018

U9 Orange

 

Rd 8: West Footscray V Point Cook

 

We awoke early to the sound of heavy rain. The forecast seemed spot on unfortunately and we were going to have a cold and wet game. A huge contrast from our first game of the season at Point Cook. Some text messages were exchanged early to confirm if we still play when it is raining. To the credit of players and parents all the team arrived ready to go. The pre-game talk went on a bit until we could delay no longer. Led by Captains today in Oliver R. and Thomas we emerged from the warm building. Noticing a few big puddles on the ground I suggested we try to avoid them, but that was never going to happen.

 

The rain relented for the start of the game and we won the toss (possibly for the first time) which caused some excitement. Zeph started strongly with great attack at the ball. Paddy and Eamon also showed their wet weather credentials with some good in and under efforts. It was a good tussle to start but Point Cook managed a few successful attacks. Enrique rucked well and at a restart kicked nicely to Charlie, who skilfully passed to Hugo L, who handled the pressure well and finished kicking to Malik, moving dangerously around the forward line for a shot – a good passage of play for only a point.

 

In the second quarter the wind started blowing hard, unfortunately it was against us. Our backline included Oliver R. and Hugo W. were working overtime to hold them out as the ball spent a lot of time at one end. Jimmy and Jackson took the lead in the middle working hard across the sticky cricket wicket. Kade made some good runs on the northern wing, which was dryer except for one deep puddle which collected so many possessions it nearly won the heartland. The blanket on the bench was looking like a good position for some and the rain started falling heavily. The rooms were a welcome change for the players to shelter from the weather during the half time break. Otto competed full of energy early but the cold air got to his asthma and he had to retire.

 

We were looking forward to the third quarter with the wind at our backs. The players didn’t disappoint with some good forward pressure from Thomas the ball stayed locked in. Finally Hugo N. work rate was rewarded as he jagged a difficult bouncing shot through for a goal. Oliver C landed a few good kicks before the ball got its revenge with a blow to his head that needed a spell. The team huddled around during the last break more like penguins in the Antarctic, than roosters.

 

They must of found some strength in the huddle because they played the last quarter like no other yet this season. The Roosters flew out of the middle with the first clearance. Soon Jack M. kicked over the top to Jack G. who had run forward from the middle for a great goal into the wind. The Roosters pressure continued with Noah attacking the ball. Bodee was strong and clean in the contest across half back. Kase raced towards goal brushing aside opponents only to be called for running too far – unlucky. Eli won a hard free kick to start another attack deep in our forward line. Great pressure seemed to come from every Rooster player as we pushed forward. Jack M. at the end gathered a loose ball and booted another goal into the wind. The game finished with the Rooster’s crowing.

 

Charlie collected Rooster of the week for another polished and tough performance. All the team deserved congratulations for their efforts today.

 

We had survived, and through it we had grown stronger. I think everyone was proud of how the kids coped with the weather and managed to finish the game fantastically. They played their different positions really well and showed great courage and skills on a tough day. Little did we know the games to follow ours would have much worse weather. It is not often the early game gets the best of the weather.

 

 

Gerald

 

 

Round 8 – U9 Blue - Away to St Albans.

 

 

Remember today, it may well be the day that all other bad weather days are compared to....

 

 

The conditions certainly tested us today.

 

Some players thrived : Arlo, Hamish, Fletcher and Nathaniel, staying on their feet and solid ball skills

 

Some adapted well : Jackson, Finn, Harvey and Hudson all still had plenty of effective possessions.

 

And some dug deep for the extra effort required : Lachie, Tom and Ryan were involved around the ball with possessions and repeat efforts.

 

However, all players deserve credit for their efforts under very trying conditions today.

 

 

Our volunteer Parents;

 

Our Parent Umpire Mulcahy slugged it out on the field in puddles of various depths.

 

Goal umpire Steve was stationary in the rain with minimal flag waving required up our end.

 

(St Albans Coach latter told me that they were unbeaten so far this season)

 

Our Trainer Ben was dealing with repeated requests by "injured" - read "cold" - players on our non-existent bench.

 

And our stoic supporters had their encouraging voices heard through the wind and rain.

 

Thankyou All.

 

 

Arlo won the Heartland Award in our game – and then was off for more, helping out one of the u10's Teams. That says enough about this boy's footballing commitment.

 

 

I was unable to take any legible notes on the ground, so thankyou Paolo for your Match Report below.

 

 

Im looking forward to another Friday Night under lights game

 

See you at Training,

 

Paul

 

 

 

Under 9 Roosters (Blues) versus St Albans.

 

Kings Park Reserve, St Albans.

 

8:50am Sunday June 17th 2018,

 

Captains: Finn & Ben

 

It was a day that could only be described as absolutely miserable!

 

Surprisingly, most of the team eventually showed for what was going to be a hard slog against St Albans.

 

Starting the game, up front we had Ben (13) and Eli (30), supporting Thomas (34) in full-forward.

 

Oscar (33), Dylan (5) and Hamish (14) were slated to start in the half forward line for us.

 

Archer (21) and Nathaniel (17) were initially mooted to start on the wings, but Archer (21) then moved into the centre position as Harvey (36) waited eagerly on the bench for his mouth-guard to turn up.

 

Lachie (12) and Arlo (3) started strong in the centre, and then Harvey (36) eventually came in to join the game on the wing.

 

Hudson (2), Jack (6) and Jackson (32) formed the first line of defence at the half back line.

 

Fletcher (9), Ryan (18) and Finn (11) were at the final line of defence, right up the back, and it was this group that got the biggest work out early on.

 

They had their work cut out for them as St Albans got off to a flying start with a quick early goal.

 

Nathaniel (17) played hard in the back line early, with some great kicking out of defence to keep the opposition at bay.

 

They were supported by strong work in defence by Fletcher (9) who marked and kicked out of the back line.

 

Jack (6) and Hamish (14) combined well along the half back line to move the ball out of defence, but St Albans were just too strong when we came to trying to push the ball further forward.

 

They kept repelling out attacks and sending the ball straight back.

 

Jackson wasn’t having a bar of it, though, and with determination marked in the back line, getting it out to Harvey (36) who by then was having a tough time on the wing, but managed to see the ball to Hamish (14) to move the ball forward.

 

Again, St Albans repelled and attacked, only to be thwarted by the sturdiness of an out-of-position Eli (30) who had run back to defence, running the ball out and around near the boundary.

 

Finn (11) and Hamish (14) then combined out of centre-half-back to run the ball forward but were again met by an impenetrable wall of St Albans defenders, at our centre-half-forward line.

 

Nathaniel (17) came out of the bench to immediately assist in moving the ball forward for us.

 

Arlo (3) showed grit with strong tackling throughout the 1st.

 

Eli (30) produced our final push forward for the term but was unfortunately beaten to the finish line by the siren which sounded the end of the first quarter.

 

By the end of the first break St Albans were at least a couple of goals up, to our solitary point, but who’s counting!

 

 

 

In the second term conditions worsened and our warriors started to fall! Near freezing conditions combined with driving rain to put bodies to the test, and tears were shed as our boys struggled to get a grip on the ball with numbed fingers, not helped by the bone-chilling wind.

 

Thomas (34) kept putting in through it all and would easily have been a contender for best-on-ground as he passed the ball on to Hudson (2), who then somehow got it to Thomas (34), who pushed on in the cold.

 

Again, it was Jackson (32) kicking the ball out from the wing.

 

Hamish (14) was still going strong, this time in defence, with Thomas (34) (AGAIN!) this time on the last line of defence in the square.

 

And Archer (21) felt the brute strength of the opposition after being all but squashed by an opposition player and earning a free kick to move us forward.

 

Same too, Fletcher (9) who earned a free with some determination.

 

Again Hamish (14) strong out of defence against the constant barrage from St Albans.

 

By half time it was clear that St Albans just seemed to be less affected by the cold – Obviously they make them a little tougher the further out west you go!

 

Numbers started to dwindle for us with at least 5 players down, and we scraped the bottom of the barrel with barely 13 souls remaining for the rest of the fight.

 

A shout out at this point to Katrina and Charlie, Ed’s parents, who went out of their way to buy hot chocolates for all the kids in the team as we all huddled for warmth in the club rooms at half time, to try and lift spirits and warm those cold fingers.

 

However, St Albans showed that they were not only a terrific footy team, but great sports as well by remarkably contributing four of their own players to assist our team in the second half, and to ensure that the match would not be called off.

 

Unfortunately for our boys, the second half was more a training run for St Albans than what we would ideally like to have seen.

 

And, with some of their players swapping jumpers to play for us in the second half, it was also somewhat difficult to tell who was who by the end of it!

 

Arlo (3) was still putting in, nonetheless, with a fine effort in the 3rd quarter, this time on the wing.

 

Jack (6) also was giving it a strong go, and Harvey (36) was really warming up to it in this second half.

 

Fetcher (9) was laying on some fine tackles for us at centre-half-back, and Harvey (36) was again figuring strongly.

 

However, unfortunately the floodgates had by this time opened on the goals by St Albans, and our boys were struggling to plug the holes.

 

By the time the fourth quarter came, everyone was well and truly over it, and it was a hard slog from then onto the finish line.

 

The final term saw some very-altered team positions figure, and some improvisation by Coach Paul, who was trying to cover the holes in the team line-up, with Ben (13), Leo (16), Ed (15) and Ryan (18) making up a depleted forward half of the field. Harvey (36), Arlo (3) and Nathaniel (17) were thrown into the centre and supported by Fletcher (9) on one wing.

 

Meanwhile, the back-half was kept strong with Hudson (2), Dylan (5) and Jack (6) on the first line of defence, and Eli (30), Thomas (34) and Ed (15) right up the back.

 

Nathaniel (17) started with some strong tackling up in our forward line to give us some hope.

 

Harvey (36) and Lachie (12) were also combining well at the last, in the forward line.

 

Ben (13) was having a hard time of it, trying to stay focused.

 

Thomas (34) couldn’t be held back and just kept going.

 

Fletcher (9) was still putting in, as was Ed (15).

 

Dylan (5) was still remaining resilient in the face of the storm, and Ryan (18) also hadn’t yet thrown in the towel and was doing some solid running.

 

Arlo (3) was playing strong out of the back pocket as he covered lots of the ground to try and sure up the defence, as did Nathaniel (17), putting in a determined effort.

 

Lachie (12) and Arlo (3) again, combined well out of the wing.

 

However, by the end of it, some of the credits might also have gone out to the opposition players who had joined in to assist our team (well done especially to their numbers 20 and 12 – I think?)

 

Big credits also to all of our players, and particularly to those that remained standing by the end of what could only be called a very hard-slog and a mud-bath!!!

 

By the time the final siren sounded, for the Roosters (U9 Blues) it had been a game more of lessons than point-scoring.

 

Captains Ben (13) and Finn (11) there to thank the opposition for their efforts and for being the best of sports.

 

Everyone was glad to see the back of that game, that’s for sure – On to the next one! Bring on the Sunshine, for the upcoming game next Friday night under lights!

 

Contributor: Paolo Pennacchia

 


Round 7, 2018

U9 Orange

Rd 7: West Footscray V Tarneit

It had been a while since we had the early game, and the first Sunday of Winter was not gentle in reminding us what it can be like. The BOM records confirm it was an apparent temperature of only 2 degrees when we arrived, with a dew laying on the Shorten Oval grass, but still some kids didn’t think it was cold enough to wear an extra layer but they were happy to warm up in the sheds. At least there was no wind chill. Kase was a late omission which needed some edits to the team plan. The sun was slowly starting to emerge as the captains today (Noah N. and Otto) led the team onto the park.

Tarneit looked fairly large at the far end of the park warming up and once the game started that turned out to be correct. The Roosters did a lot of chasing and desperate defending, especially from Oliver R. and Thomas, but we couldn’t hold back the Tarneit tide and they got the jump on us. Charlie took a good overhead mark (as he does) and Otto started well with some clean hands. Hugo L. took a good mark and was solid all match. Maybe some Roosters were thinking about warm beds or hot breakfasts because not everyone was focused on the game yet.

I asked the older players to lift and Jack M. responded fantastically at full back in the second quarter – tackling strongly, attacking the ball and holding marks. Jack G., Kade and Bodee worked hard through the middle and the ball did stay in our forward line a while. A much better quarter all around by the Roosters. By half time the air was warming up and the team looked like they were all awake now.

The second half began with much more energy from the Roosters. Jackson was strong at half back and launched a big kick to help get the ball forward. Enrique, Noah and Hugo N. were in the middle and running hard. Eamon made a strong tackle and earnt a free kick in our forward line. Malik got his game going and started looking dangerous around half forward and scoring a point. Tarneit still held sway though and attacked regularly. Jimmy had a good quarter at full back with safe marks and aided by Eli and Paddy they limited the scoring.

One last quarter to go and whoever played the backline was holding up well. This quarter Hugo W played his position really well and took several good marks then kicked well as his reward. Oliver C. also finished strongly with a good mark and kick. Zeph found some space in the middle to mark and pass the ball well onto a team mate before the final siren sounded.

This was our toughest match yet against a big and skilful opposition. Most pleasing was how the Roosters all kept trying, especially after quarter time, and every player did something special during the game. Well done to Jack M. who collected Rooster of the week.

Hard to believe we are half way through the season already. It has been great to see the team get to know each other and develop their confidence. We have a few simple game ideas we will talk about and work on before we go again in two weeks. I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend off from football.

 

Gerald

 

U9 Blues – Rond 7 – Home to Deer Park

 

When I had looked at the original season fixture, this weekend was down as a "Bye".

Knowing a long weekend was approaching I thought nothing of it.  It was in fact down as weekend without a game, before the weekend with no Junior games.

So, there was some relief after our Calendar checking that we were allowed us another hit-out.

A couple of weeks prior, Team Manager Paul from U10s Blue had asked me " have you heard anything about Deer Park's team?".  I hadn't. Paul continued : "We were due a game with them, but they are not in our Division anymore. We now have a Bye.."

Well Deer Park had appeared on our fixture.

 

Training on Wednesday (Thanks Keiran)  and Friday had revolved around putting the ball out in front of our players, moving to where we can be easier to pass to and being on the move.

 

Captains today;

Oscar – Always trains well and is starting to find his own ball within the game, gaining confidence with each gathered possession.

Nathaniel – goes under the radar a bit, but his name is often in our link-up play combinations.

 

Role Call;

Edward is back – no more clipped wing, this Rooster is ready to fly...

But Ryan was not available.

A full Team, but no bench today.

 

Our mantra today was " Play in Front" and " No loose Players"

 

1st Quarter;

The coin toss determined we were heading to the Playground end to start.

We had Hudson in the unfamiliar role of ruck –  he just loves any contest.

An early tap by Hudson found Fletcher who sent a running handball forward of the pack.

Oscar hassled opposition players who had the ball at half back.

Hudson picked the pocket of a player and left with the ball.

Tom had a great marking attempt knocked out.

Hamish was proving solid in defense – repelling our opponents attacks.

Fletcher was making good plays and decisions on the wing.

Nathaniel – Fletcher – Jackson – Harvey – had a good combination of link up play.

We were under pressure deep in our defensive 50 – Ben twice save our skins with " touched on the line" efforts.

 

We looked like we were in for a battle today, our forwards this quarter didn’t get many opportunities and our defense was working hard.

 

2nd Quarter;

Arlo was involving himself more taking strong marks.  He got the ball forward, Eli on the wing got the ball in front on Hudson, who gathered and ran through our attacking 50m arc.  Having used up his one bounce he sent an end-over-end bouncing ball forward and tumbling through the Big Sticks.

A well deserved GOAL!

Nathaniel gathered and cleared in defense.

Tom put his head over the ball in the middle and gathered a contested possession.

Oscar was tackling hard and Dylan was getting more involved.

Hamish won a free kick after a chase down tackle.

Finn was using great body-work to protect the drop of the ball and take a mark. (Play in Front)

 

At half time I was really pleased for the players to have gotten some reward for their efforts so far.

These tough games show us what we need to do better, the level we want to get to and the things that will get us there.

"when we have the ball - Run to where the ball is going to go.  When they have the ball – No loose players, play in front"

 

3rd Quarter;

Fletcher started us off with a good tackle, Lachie followed suit with his own.

 

Jackson was solid in defense, along with Dylan, Jack and Arlo.

Oscar won another contested ball, Leo was trying to get involved,

Eli was doing his thing – tracking the ball in front of himself and turning the opposition inside out.

Fletcher again found space where a moment before there was none.

Ed did a good job with kick-ins under increasing pressure (later acknowledged by Nathaniel – nice one)

 

We had acknowledged that this was a tough outing.

I asked the players to finish the game hard – keep on running.

 

4th Quarter;

Jackson tackled down a much bigger player.

Archer sent out a precise pass to a teammate

Dylan was solid in our defensive 50 and used his long kick well on kick outs.

Finn and Fletcher work a handball 1 – 2   - 3 (had we worked on that?) in the midfield.

Hamish was clearing our lines again with his left boot.

Arlo gathered a clean pick up from a ground ball, and got the ball into our attacking 50.

Nathaniel and Jackson helped lock it in there.  

Fletch won a free kick and got the ball to our Hot Spot – top of the Goalsquare.

From a  loose ball and scrabble, Harvey managed to gather the ball and across his body snapoped  a GOAL!

 

A sweet way to end a tough game.

Was this the same Deer Park Team that was in the 10s a couple of weeks ago?

 

Regardless, our players played out well and kept to the task right till the end.

I will call this a "solid defensive hit out" but with plenty of ball-moving-forward positives.

 

Special Mentions;

Roosters of the Week;

  • Hamish – another solid effort, hardly lets the ball past him and gets it moving our way
  • Dylan – his confidence is growing with more possessions and distance on his kicks.

Well done to all our players who were under the pump for a lot of the game today, but showed great resilience and made the most of our own opportunities.

 

Thanks to our Parents – the game cannot happen without your help.

Mike – good, fair and consistent calls when umpiring (by yourself)

Flag wavers, Medics, Scribes, Paparazzi(?), Water boys and Cheer-squad – Thankyou all.

 

See you at training – back to 5:00pm again

 

Cheers,

Paul

 

WEST FOOTSCRAY ROOSTERS – Under 10 Reds vs. Caroline Springs - Round Seven – 3/6/18.

Oh yes!!!……..

“If you want me, come and get me….”

(I will come back to this)

Good Evening Sports Fans!

The Tenners Roadshow rolled back into town today after spending a week by the seaside cooling their battle worn heels. Last week’s win/loss/draw against a strong Williamstown was a corker in more than one sense of the word, with the corkie being the injury of choice amongst the squad. Someone always appears to be carrying something at the moment; such is our commitment to the contest. This week’s game would mark the first for winter and would also see the halfway point, with the Tenners now having played each team once. Followers of the Tenners would have to agree that the mid-season report card was looking pretty healthy thus far.

But, you are only as good as your last game as they say so, new week, new opposition, new challenge. I can honestly say that I did not know what the challenge would be. I can’t recall having to play a side from Caroline Springs in the past couple of years, but I was aware of their heavy rep. Other Roosters squads bore tales of woe, lamenting their lack of sheer physical size against the team from the outer west. I do say it every week, but this would be a real test. Friday night’s training was sharp with the focus being “best option”. This “sharpness” was dulled however by the news that The Dozer would miss this week with a chin full of stitches. The word on the street was that he had been asked to spar with Conner McGregor and copped a cheeky whack when he wasn’t looking splitting Dozer’s chin wide open.  It was reported as a random dodge ball accident, but we know the truth! With the squad reduced back to 16 again like a fine red and white wine sauce, TM Kane would be back on a recruiting drive to get us up for Sunday. Little bro Kade and pocket rocket Jackson Rose would step up from the nines to fill the spots with Sash the Dash thrown in for good measure straight off the back of a 10:20 flight out of Yarraville/Seddon.

For the second time in three games we had been gifted the 12:05 time slot at home under sunny blue skies. An ever so slight breeze blew to the car park end in complete contrast to last week’s howling northerly. Good name for a blues singer that, Howlin’ Northerly.

Our Co-Captains for the day would be Noah the Pit(bull) and Mighty Miles Martin. The toss was won and we were kicking to the Dog Park. Once again the Tenners would find themselves in a real arm wrestle, the Sherrin traversing backward and forward, with neither team gaining any real ascendency. They were bigger and harder but could not get through as easily as they would have hoped. Our forward thrusts were built off the back of great defensive work with the mids trusting they would get the job done. Once the ball was out we were slick inside 50. The Showboat was back in fine form today, not that he has been out of form, but it was his turn to fire and fire he did. Two classy first quarter goals were a highlight but his David and Goliath tackle in the dying seconds of the game against the biggest body out there was pure gold. He mowed down their ruckman as he was about to send the ball forward, turning him from grass into daisies. I think Hurricane might be carrying a few injuries, but he won’t let on, but he will keep going. He was knocked down a few times today and gingerly rose to his feet. He flicked the switch in the second and bagged a couple, but he was forced to rest at full back in the last against his will, but for his own good. When I say rest………! The General had another ripper but finished the game off the ground with a few minutes to go after getting crunched in traffic. He spent a quarter at full back and was all class as usual. For those of you who watched closely and thought some of his kicking was a bit off today, let me tell you, that was his opposite foot getting a workout! Griff the Diff(erence) was tough as nails. No backward step will be taken, side step maybe but never backward. He copped a bit of niggle but just shrugged it off. He often finds himself amongst three or four opponents but is always cold as ice. Louis the Fly spent the first half at full back and should not only be commended for his goal saving antics but also his sportsmanship. The Springers had a shot on goal called a point but Louis overrode the decision and told the umpire that it was a goal. Well done fella, good karma is coming your way.

Arch spent the first three at CHB and attacked the ball at will. He too is carrying a few injuries and finds himself a little off the pace but keeps on going. I have it on good authority that he frustrated their forward line trying to pin him down and he spent the last quarter on the ball doing the same. Mighty Miles and Big Bad Bastien are very similar in their style. I get them confused at times for which I must apologise. They are both free range ruckmen who enjoy the wide open plains but also the hustle and bustle of the inner city living.

There were a few big steps forward today. Brayden took his first overhead mark; he is also one of a few Roosters who actually like the backline! Clara the Clearance Queen got plenty of it, marks, kicks, tackles. She should have kicked her first goal when she found herself at the top of the square but the shot was on goal from the pocket and not squared up where she was all alone. Mezz also found herself out in space on a number of occasions and found herself getting a few kicks for it as well. A bit more work on getting boot to ball a little quicker and she will be away. Ozi was in and under man! It was easily his most productive game in terms of getting his hands on it, especially in the third when they were pushing hard. He would go on to win R.O.T.W for his efforts. Lil Bro Kade took a nice low down grab and continues to impress with his let me at it attitude. I felt Cruzer played his best game today. He is really starting to find his feet in traffic and uses his clean hands to advantage.  If we can get him running out of congestion he will be hard to stop. Efe is a real confidence player, gifted with natural ability. When he is in the game early he can be influential as anyone out there. Co-Capitan Pit(bull) copped a bit of a shoulder and spent some time on the sidelines. It was great to see him going for his marks again and I can’t wait for him to drag one in.

There is only one Walt! There was pre game mention of a skateboarding achilles injury which was “stinging” a bit and he wasn’t sure if he should take the field. A quick consultation with Dad Kiernan would reveal a nasty blister instead. After which diagnosis, he was ready to go. Some last quarter heroics would see a vertical leap and mark out of nowhere and resulting goal to put us back in front. Like I said, there is only one Walt!

That just leaves me with our two other recruits. Both played previous games that morning and both were outstanding. Sash the Dash is electric and is potentially the only under tens footballer that I have seen who will go the spoil from behind with his fist. He took some great marks and was also on the deck when the final siren sounded clutching at his ribs. We also welcomed back pocket rocket Jackson Rose who played with us last year. He rivalled Kade for the smallest man on the ground but you wouldn’t think that with the way he plays. Pure hunger for the football and those flowing locks will see him go a long way!

“you don’t have a chance if you don’t move now”

We are working hard on best option; not the “best” player in the worst position but the player in the best position being the best option. This is purely just a mindset and one that we hope will sink in but we will keep working at it. Today was another cracker with mere points again deciding the outcome. The final scoreline read – 5.4.34 – 5.3.33. Roosters by a point.

Goals –– Showboat 2 – Hurricane 2 - Walt 1:

As we head into the mid-year break, we can all stand back and be extremely proud of our efforts so far. Undersized, injury prone and undermanned; Means nothing. Belief in yourself and your ability to trust your team mates is everything.

“This time I’m playing to win”

We now turn our attentions to next Sunday, celebrating the Queen’s Birthday.

Rest up Tenners, we have turned the corner and we are heading for home.

Special Thanks to Libby for donning the whistle and St.Nick 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 11

 

Rd 7 Vs Spotswood Away: Sun 3rd June: Roosters 2.3 -15 to Spotswood 6.3-39

 

Playing the top team, this was clearly our best game for the season by this committed and resilient Rooster 11’s. Playing with only 18 vs Spotswood’s extended bench there was a number of individual and team highlights but what most pleasing for this coach, our young Roosters played for the moment and didn't let any distractions impede their focus and drive. The voice and encouragement was the loudest I have heard from these Rooster & a good foundation for the back half of the season.

 

Captains for the day were Ashton and Joharo. Both worked tirelessly around the ground using their physicality to great effect and helped set the tone for their teammates. Joharo had imo, his best game in the Red & White and seems to have found a niche as ruckman. Ashton laid some big tackles and winning the ball in close and handballing it out to his runners.

 

Q1 WF: 1.3-9 vs S: 2.0-12

Straight out of the box our Roosters were into their rivals with intense pressure and attack on the ball. Reuben, given the task of running with the feisty No 2, not only curbed his influence but won a heap of the ball himself with some gutsy two way running. Outstanding effort by Reuben. Elijah started at Full Back played a pivotal role thwarting the early Spotswood attacks. Later in the game Eli moved into the midfield to give us some much needed dash & carry. Tem is proving to be a great decision maker, knowing when to leave his opponent and win the crucial contests and his pressure is outstanding. Nicholas was outstanding all day and played his best game for the Roosters. Nicholas’s determination and will to beat his opponent is outstanding and he is now adding the spins and evasion to take his game to a new level. Hamish covered a lot of ground the entire game and pleasingly picked the right moments to back himself and outrun his opponents. A great snap by Hamish confirmed to the team they were right in this. After absorbing Spotswood early pressure we hit back and were unlucky not to score more but we went into ¼ time with more scoring shots than Spotswood and well justified belief.

 

Q2 WF: 1.3-9 vs S: 5.0-30

Looking at the scoreline an outsider would think that Spotswood clearly dominated our Roosters but i felt we won the majority of contested ball for the quarter. Spotswood managed to jag a couple of goals from extreme angles and were handed another to underline how solid our defence was. A small lapse in the middle of the quarter, meant we lost our formation and Spotswood were quick to pounce with their overlapping run. Still it was inspiring to see the lads regroup and hit back during the quarter. Ben, our Heartland Winner was his usual inspiring self, reading the play to a tee and putting his body on the line. Patrick on the other flank, is having an outstanding season, his work rate & decision making when outnumbered by 2 or 3 is a sight to behold. I think Patrick is building for a big back of the season and it was great to see him move onto the ball in the 2nd half and continue to dominate. Caleb was another in imo who played his best game this year. Caleb’s 2nd and 3rd efforts were inspiring helping to lift his teammates when Spotswood threatened to dominate. Marlon was another who I felt really increased his physical pressure on his opponent and won a number of crucial one-on-ones. Pleasingly, Marlon is upping his work rate over the four quarters and is making himself dangerous. Ezekiel, moving into the ruck in the 2nd quarter shone with his physical pressure around the packs was a crucial factor in preventing them dominating us when they threatened.

 

Q3 WF: 2.3-15 vs S: 5.0-30

Another quarter where we had more scoring shots than Spotswood but unlucky not to be rewarded more for our domination of the play. Tom moved to wing and provide some great run and carry for us. I think this was Tom’s best game for us this season and his two way running a feature. More of this Tom because it will be crucial. Oliver clearly played his best game in his short career. Either at the bottom of the packs winning the ball out or tackling bigger opponents, Oliver was inspiring with his determination and relentlessness. As I said at the break, keep working Oliver because you will be rewarded. Zaw Zaw is another who is building his physical presence around the ball and it was great to see one of his classic snaps for a goal - more physicality, blocks, pushes in the side, etc and I know Zaw Zaw you will be rewarded with more goals. Holding Spotswood goalless was a good achievement lads but I think we can go further. But that's a coaches prerogative  - :)

 

Q4 WF: 2.3-15 vs S: 6.3-39

With no bench, it was always a matter if we could run out the game. We did run out gas a little but what pleasingly our defence held firm. We just lacked the run to carry the ball it deep into our forward line. Angus played another outstanding game with some classy intercepts and run. His ability to cut through packs and kick accurately a feature. It was also great to see Angus bounce back quickly from a few heavy clashes, sending Spotswood a clear message that we would not back down. Rory was another who imo played his best game for the season. Constantly getting to the right spots, Rory really shone with his inside work, winning the ball out to his fellow midfielders and than combining it with vital link up play. Kiir had been outstanding all day, setting the tone with his attack on the ball and inside work. Moving to full back in the last quarter he again proved what a huge will he has, beating single handedly 3 and 4 opponents on several occasions. Excellent stuff Kiir. In the end close, but not there. We will take our medicine and look forward to our next Spotswood clash in the coming weeks.

 

Thanks to all those who volunteered & supported our young Roosters. It is very much appreciated. Next match against the old foe in Flemington will be crucial. Enjoy the break lads as we move into the 2nd half of the season. Numbers will be critical in the coming weeks so if anyone (outside those already informed) becomes unavailable please let us know as as possible.

 

NEXT MATCH AWAY: vs Flemington 10.20AM Sun 17th June

 

Under 12s

 

Once again, I have failed to find the time to knock out a proper match report. Considering how the game panned out, it was probably a good one to miss. Our first loss of the season from seven starts. If someone had offered me that at the start of the season I would have taken it. Having said that, I think the boys would admit that they were well off their best against St Bernard’s. Maybe we thought we had them easily given their ladder position? Was it the loss we needed? You do learn more from a loss than a win I think.  As good as we’ve been, we can still improve a lot.

 

Enjoy the weekend off boys. Flemington awaits when we get back. You are two games clear in second and I believe capable of beating every team in the competition if we produce our best. You’ve been amazing so far. Let’s do it.

 

Finally, one more thing to think about………….

 

YASH IS BACK!!!!!

 

Damian

 

 

Match report West Footscray under 14’s V Point Cook, Sunday 3 June, 2018

By Michael S, standing in for Dave H (standing in for an absent umpire)

 

On a beautiful crisp day for football, the Roosters showed that they had come to play with Sam H being involved in a number of possessions on the wing that culminated in an easy walk in goal to Socrates, to open the account for the Roosters.

The wide expanses of the Point Cook Oval allowed for plenty of free flowing rebound football with the Roosters pushing the ball forward from half back, ending in goals to Xavier and then to Soc and Liam twice. The siren sounded with the score at 5 goals 3 behinds to the Roosters to no score to Point Cook. This score line exemplified the willingness of the Roosters to run in numbers both in offence and defence.

The second quarter started in much the same way with the forward line pressure of the Roosters locking the ball in the forward 50. After a couple of near misses Xavier ran the park in classic Kevin Bartlett fashion to open the second quarter scoring. It wasn’t long after we witnessed the classic combination of Diesel down the wing to Sam H along the half forward flank for a goal that was shepherded through unselfishly by Soc.

Another fine passage of play starting from the backline with the run through the middle by Nav to Zidane and Nathan who flicked the ball sideways to Diesel running down the wing with plenty of time, finding Liam who connected with Xavier for another goal.  

Great link-up passages of play again resulted in goals to Luis and Xavier, with the score when the halftime siren sounded, 10 goals 7 behinds to the Roosters… no score to Point Cook. 

The third quarter started in the same way with the Roosters dominating the opening passages of play which resulted in a pressure goal to Soc. 

Some dour defending by the Point Cook team saw the Roosters scoring dry up. It was another six minutes before Liam finally broke the shackles by scoring a goal, and not long after that before he scored another. It seemed to spur the Roosters side on as it wasn’t long after that again that Kevin Bartlett showed up in the form of Xavier for another classic goal, roving off the marking pack. The siren sounded for the end of the third quarter, the Roosters 14 goals 12 behinds to Point Cook no score.

The final quarter started as the third quarter had finished with “the general”, Lenny making a much welcomed return to the side, winning the ball out of the centre and pinpointing a pass to Xavier who ran into an open goal. Xavier followed this with another goal after a beautiful mark and goal from the 20 metre mark and then set up Soc for another goal. After a couple more missed opportunities, it was the Xavier Kevin Bartlett show again with another cheeky rove off the pack for a goal.

A bit of indecision after Lenny took a mark 25m and unselfishly passed it to Liam who was also 25 m out who then unselfishly passed it back to “the general” who was again 25 m out. This hot potato play finished with Liam kicking the goal. This was shortly after followed by a mark and goal to Nathan, Zidane, Liam and Stephen. And another strong push through the midfield by Nav finished with a goal by Alex. The final siren sounded with the Roosters 24 goals 14 behinds to point Cook no score. Fantastic performance by the young running team.

 

Great debut game by Aaron, who took a couple of nice marks. Steven was one of the captains today, and had a fine game. Sam V and Henry was impassable in the back line. Juma delivered a Liam Jones-like spoil in the third quarter with an almighty punch away, setting up another forward entry. Jonathon S enjoyed the extra space in the middle today using his footy smarts to find some great options. And all the lads seemed to heed Jack’s words of advice before the game: “We don’t want to get lost in their deep pockets.”

 

Chris C burned through the pencils in keeping the statistics today, and the team seem to be responding really well. Here’s his summary:

Outstanding stats that resulted in a fantastic team performance:

21 tackles outside our forward 50.

26 tackles inside our forward 50 (great forward pressure)

34 shepherds

14 spoils

and wait for it: 28 switches / square-ups to team mates in a better position. Take a bow boys.

 


Round 6, 2018

 

U9 Orange

Rd 6: West Footscray V Williamstown Juniors

Friday night lights, the anticipation from all involved for our first game at Shorten Reserve under lights was something to behold. Captains tonight were Eamon and Enrique. It was a fabulous night for football and the boys came out of the gates with the best start this season. We pushed the ball into the forward 50 and held the pressure on for the first half of the quarter. Lots of great marking was on show including Hugo N. who took an excellent one. Jack M launched some fantastic kicks from full back and continued with link up play. Charlie gave a great example of how to put your body over the ball with a bump that protects yourself and wins the ball.

The second quarter showed the size of a couple of the Williamstown players started to have an effect on the game but we still were willing in the contest and our younger players effected some great tackles - Hugo L and Eamon were tackling like their life depended on it, and Paddy made a big chase down. Enrique also made the perfect side bump to get his body over the ball. Otto, Jackson and Hugo W. were all running hard at every contest. All the boys where playing with a great spirit.

The half time oranges provided a much needed energy boost to our young team. Against the run of play Malik snagged us a point. At the other end a goal line scramble seemed to go on forever with multiple ball ups and great resistance shown by the backline of James, Bodee and Eli. A clearance saw Kase take a great mark and slot the ball straight through the posts for our first goal. Zeph had been in and under all night also got on the score sheet with a point.

The last quarter became more a who’s who of injuries than a football game. Jackson took a blow to the eye, Charlie had a blood nose, Zeph a sore hand and Noah finally came off after a heroic effort against much larger opposition. Malik decided that speed and agility was the way to best a much bigger opponent and raced across the ground in front of the club rooms. Oliver C grabbed a mark that was travelling close to the speed of sound and was unlucky to have his effort on goal touched as it sailed through the goal posts. Jack G, Thomas and Kade continued to work hard laying a big gang tackle together. Some were showing the signs of tired legs and a late night by now.

All the lads kept to their positions well, and the calling out and tackling showed that our training sessions are really paying dividends. It is really good to see the team develop their skills and learning about how to play the game together. All in all another great effort under lights as the spectators can testify.

Special mentions-

Oliver R who couldn’t make it on the night but was with his team mates in spirit.

All the players who came off injured because you could tell they really wanted to keep playing.

All the team for the tackling, handballs, calling and kicking, and also never losing faith against a much bigger and more experienced team, well done.

Rooster of the week was Noah for a stoic effort as he was tackled again and again and kept getting up.

Next Sundays game is at the Shorten reserve again against Tarneit at 8.50am, lets put all the hard work we have put in so far this season into effect and really have a go this Sunday, Roosters, Roosters Cock-a-doodle-do

Chris and Gerald

 

 

Match Report – Under 9's Blue

Round 6 – Away to Nth Footscray/ PEGS

 

Another game, another new Team to encounter.

This week was the combined Team of North Footscray and PEGS at Hansen Reserve.

The changerooms had some interesting mottos/ advise on the walls and proper lockers above the wooden benches.

Outside of the changerooms were a group of players warming up in Red and White.  However our players were in the changeroom...

I now understand why we are asked to wear Red sleeves - the Nth Footscray kit that they had chosen to wear was very similar to ours – a tad more white on their tops, white sleeves, and no white stripes on their socks.

 

Role Call;

Absent were Ed, Arlo and Jackson.

Helping us make a squad of 17 (Thankyou Guys) were Charlie - for the second time this year and Hugo – an original Blue, who knows our mantra and values we are trying to achieve.

 

Captains today were Dylan – one of our marking targets and long kickers, and Archer – proving to be pivotal in our link up play.

 

1st Quarter;

After calling incorrectly on the phone flip, we were kicking away from the clubrooms and into the wind to start.

Leo got an early mark, Hudson and Charlie soon also marked the ball.

Our captains Dylan and Archer were strong in defence.

Jack won an important possession in the middle of the ground and got the ball on to Finn.  He wheeled around and with great vision, kicked the ball in front of Fletcher who was racing through our attacking 50, gathered the ball and got himself a GOAL!  Possibly my favorite play so far this year.

Archer saved an opposition goal right on the line, Hamish and Harvey both laid opposition stopping tackles.

Nathaniel – Ryan – Archer had a nice chain of possession through the middle of the ground.

At the quarter time break I congratulated the players on a good competitive start to the game.

" This is our even-up quarter, playing with the wind this time".

I challenged the players to get to 6 links in possessions – we had achieved 4 a few times now, let aim for 6.

 

2nd Quarter;

With the wind in our back – we were now heading into attack.

Finn found Nathaniel on the wing – mark

Harvey charged down an attempted kick and then got a kick of his own away.

Lachie won a free kick (in the back) by playing in front, Charlie won a kick for a good tackle.

Nathaniel – Fletcher – Nathaniel combined to bring the ball down our wing and into our attacking 50.

Nathaniel sent another kick into our forward pocket.  Eli gathered and slotted the ball between the tall posts from a very tight angle GOAL! (I will assume that Eli was trying to centre the ball to the hot-spot....)

Tom and Archer combined. Jack beat 2 players keeping the ball in front of himself.

Ben took a good mark between players at half forward.

Harvey got reward for playing in front, when he took a mark and had a set shot attempt.

Charlie – Lachie – Nathaniel – Hamish got the ball into our attacking 50 again.

Hudson took a mark a fair way out from goal.  He kicked his set shot high and hard, letting the tail wind grab it for a long range GOAL!

 

We were able to lock the ball down our end with great forward pressure through out this term.

 

We were playing really well, maybe the best I think we had so far this season.

As our Parents gathered in the middle for our half time chat, their comments and encouragement showed they thought the same.

(A nice side note was that the oranges were all devoured this week)

 

3rd Quarter;

Our players had found their groove and they were finding each other with passes – a real credit given the similar kits.

Jack won another centre clearance.

Fletcher and Harvey tackling anyone that dared come near them.

Finn was running into space, Hamish was bursting out of contests with the ball.

Tom won himself another kick, Dylan took another mark.

Eli and Nathaniel were strong in defence with repeat efforts.

Archer laid a good tackle and straight after Charlie laid a great tackle.

Hugo won the ball out and passed well to Tom, who took a mark.

Against the wind we didn’t have many scoring shots, but the rest of our play was really sound again.

 

4th Quarter,

Players, lets run this game out.  We have the wind again, keep playing well and I'm sure we will get some reward.

Hudson won an important clearance from within our defensive 50 -  Nathaniel gathered the ball – run, bounce, run, kick – Fletcher won another contest and got the ball back to Nathaniel. We were now through our attacking 50, run and kick to the goalsquare.  The bounce favoured Jack, who turned his opponent and kicked a GOAL!

I NOW have a new favourite play for the year.

Hugo was getting more involved, Ben made a good play on the wing out to Archer – Nathaniel – Fletcher and a kick to the top square again.  This time it was Hudson who got reward for playing in front – he marked, lined up his set shot and got his second GOAL!

 

Finn continued our forward line pressure.  He got a pass to Harvey, who was playing in front in the goalsquare. Mark, set shot and GOAL!

I can see a pattern here, I hope the players do also.

 

We finished the game really strong, we played some of our best footy so far this year and we got some reward for it too.

 

Well done players.

Well done Parents – with special Thanks to ;

Dave for filling in as our Trainer today

Toby for running about, blowing his whistle and deciphering the minimal jersey differences as our umpire – all after his 40th the night before.

All our other helper Parents – Thankyou, you all help allow these games to happen.

 

Special mentions;

Heartland Award – Charlie : for great positioning and effectiveness throughout the game

Goals : Hudson -2, Fletcher/  Eli/ Jack/ Harvey –1

But many players had their best games today.

 

Our next game is 10:20 at Home against Deer Park.

See you at training on Friday,

Paul.

 

 

 

Round 6 - Roosters U10 Blues (Bloosters) vs Williamstown

 

 

So last week my homework was to come up with nicknames for all the lads. That seemed like a pretty easy task but it took way longer than I’d expected. I think most were well received except Mitch’s and I think I have a good alternative for him. How does ‘Interceptor’ sound Mitch? Hopefully each one represented the qualities of each player so check with your lads to see what name they were given and why.

Our boys kicked off a big day of footy at home with an early start on a surprisingly mild morning. With our numbers down to 16 we were in desperate need of some help and that came in the form of 2 U9 stars Brodee, and for a second time this year Jack. Special thanks to both these young lads for helping us have a very successful game. I just had to give Jack a Rooster of the Week award for his 2 goals this week (and one last game) so well done Jack.

We all know Willy are strong footy club so we were expecting a really tough game and that it was, although I think our team are realising just how good they are playing now. I wasn’t surprised to see them take charge for most of the game with that incredible effort they bring each week. I know I keep saying it (yes I was reminded of that) but I think this was our best game so far. Firstly because we were up against a very strong team and secondly because we didn’t let them back in the game and fought it out to the end. Well Done Champs!

 

Leaders

This week our Leaders were Billy (Big Ben), Jake (The Knife) and Rylan (Rhino). Jake was the random selection for captain and went in for the toss with our plan to kick with the wind. We lost the toss and they went with that end, but the footy gods were on our side and having the wind in the second and last quarter turned out to work in our favour. We fought extra hard in the first and third quarter to keep their score to 2 goals and used the wind to pile on our goals.

 

Teamwork

As our boys get a better understanding of what it means to be a team mate, so the level of team work is increasing. This week we saw some great teamwork from many of our players including Stephen (Super), Jacob (Magnet) , Max RB (Rolex), Sasha (Dasha) and Rylan. This week Rylan really stepped up his own level of teamwork with some unselfish passing to team mates in a good position helping us keep possession and gain ground. At our level it isn’t easy to be selfless but I’m noticing more and more times when our players work together rather than try to do it all themselves. Remember my Transformer analogy, we are all part of one big machine and if we play like that we’ll always be hard to beat.

 

 

 

Effort

Where do I start. I give 1 mark for each effort I see from a player and if I add all those marks up its more than all other categories combined. Of course I can’t mark all of them but I can say everyone got at least 1 mark for effort so all round awesome effort this game! That said I need to pick out some guys who’s efforts were at their individual best. These include Alan (Rocket), Stephen, Mitch (Interceptor), Wes (Mack), Sasha, Jake, Alex (Terminator), Jacob, Oscar (Ferrari), Riley (Cannonball) and Aiden (Cyril/Lion). This week I felt Aiden showed some incredible efforts to chase down opponents then tackling like a lion. If he didn’t have a self-requested nickname of Cyril he would definitely be named Lion for his fierce chase downs.

 

Awareness

We are working hard on our positioning on the field, but to do that well takes constant awareness of where you are in relation to the ball, your team mates and your opponents. So this week I was happy to see many of you in the right position to either defend or attack when the ball came your way. No one did this better than Sasha this week with some great positioning, so he took out the Awareness award. A few others that showed some great awareness included Iggy (GMC), Billy, Oscar, Kai (Lambo), Max RB, Jacob, Jake and Mitch. If there was an area we need to work on I think it’s awareness and positioning especially through the midfield, so we have a new game plan for the next game that will hopefully help us create a link between our forward and back line.

 

Movement

I understand that not all our players have the tank for lots of movement but even those who aren’t the strongest runners will be noticed if they make effort to keep moving. That might be just moving back into a good position or doing their best to chase an opponent or lead out for a team mate. It’s a harder category for me to notice as it’s not always done near the ball, but those I saw moving very well this game include Jake, Aiden, Jacob, Sasha, Iggy, Steven, Rylan and Riley. The one I chose as the winner this week was Oscar because he seemed to cover lots of the ground so nice work Oscar.

 

Goals

This week’s goals came from 4 different team mates, which is always pleasing for a coach. As mentioned young Jack Mosca booted 2 great goals, he just can’t miss! Seeing him and his Dad down at the oval doing goal kicking practice quite often, there’s no surprise why he’s so good in front of goals. Jake added to his impressive tally with another quality goal. Mitch who played with a strapped knee was asking me to be interchanged, but with an empty bench that was going to be hard. I told him to swap with Kai at full back but as he was about to head there he found himself part of a great link up off the back line and next thing he was kicking a goal. Nothing like that to fix all ailments. Riley was our other awesome goal scorer I think kicking his first for the year so well done to you Riley!

 

Wrap Up

This week’s game was a fine example of what our Bloosters are capable of. Now we only have 1 team in our group that we haven’t played, but with the belief we’ve built, I think we’ll have a another good game this week. Let’s keep up the effort, be aware of our position, hit our targets and the non-existent scoreboard will take care of itself 😊.

 

GO BLOOSTERS!

 

 

 

WEST FOOTSCRAY ROOSTERS – Under 10 Reds vs. Williamstown Juniors - Round Six – 27/5/18.

 

Damn you Eagles!……..

 

“There’s gonna be a heartache tonight….”

 

(I will come back to this)

 

Good Evening Sports Fans!

 

The Tenners were back out on the black top again for the long haul down old Willi rd. to the end of the line for a date with Williamstown Juniors. After a cracking hard fought win against the Mighty Eagles, (not those Eagles) the Tenners felt they could do with some sea air and a dip in the ocean to cool their aching bodies. The past few weeks have seen some bruising encounters against some physically challenging sides and this would be just the recovery that they needed as we have been copping a few injuries of late. The scene was set. Mother Nature had left the heater on overnight and we were greeted with a balmy late May Sunday morning. Perfect conditions for a swim and a game of footy. Well, this coach’s fax machine must not be working, as none of the Tenners had appeared to get the memo about the early morning session. As I swam a lonely 5 or 6km’s by myself, I thought long and hard about inventing something to replace the trusty but sometimes unpredictable method of communication. Nah! Impossible I thought.

 

When you finally get to the end of the line, the first thing you notice is the wind. A howling northerly that effectively gives you a 19th man of biblical proportions. The 19thman must be shown enormous respect or you must be prepared to face the consequences. The 19th man can kick multiple goals against you in quick concession or will stop you from trying to get the ball out of your defensive 50 as you battle hard against him. The good thing is you get the 19th man for two quarters on your side. Which two quarters depends on whether you win the toss and choose him for one and three or two and four.

 

Our Captains for the day would be Louis and Mezz, whose little bro Kade was again on loan from the nines. We also welcomed back Big Bad Bastien who had done his time and was ready to unleash weeks of pent up footy angst on an unsuspecting opponent.

 

Williamstown would win the toss and chose the 19th man to apply as much scoreboard pressure as they possibly could in an effort to stop the Tenners before we could get started. Tactically not a bad move but we were up for it today and in particular The General, who wasn’t in the mood to let the 19th man ruffle his hair. With hammy strains behind him, he played as good a game of under tens football that I will ever see. He was quick, he was clean, he was a football machine. He kicked two goals and unselfishly gave the opportunity to others to try and kick their own. He would go on to win the Heartland, which was called by my opposite number early in the second quarter, such was his influence. Mighty Miles started us off in the ruck again and had another solid game on the ball, with B.B.B now back in the side to help out in the ruck, he was able to spend time up forward and out on a wing as well. He is having a great year so far and I am really happy with the way he goes about it. The Hurricane copped one early which seemed to shake him up, but you can never tell. I asked him if he was OK and his response was,” leave me in the midfield” .There is a whole lotta Selwood about that boy!  I seem to report the same thing about Griff every week, but Griff does what Griff does, I’m just not sure how he does it. His awareness is beyond his years, especially when you consider that he is technically under nines! Speaking of under nines, Kade was back in the side today and boy does he like to play. He would have been our smallest fella out there but his willingness to attack the ball outweighs his stature.

 

Louis the Fly started the game at full back and stayed for the first half. He was instrumental in keeping Willi to only one first half goal. Given the conditions, it was an outstanding effort. Arch started again at CHB but was carrying a twisted knee from the day before. He still did his thing but he admitted to struggling to chase down like normal. He went forward in the last and kicked two goals, one a beautiful raking drop punt which bounced through from long range which put a smile back on his dial. Efe was asked to hold down the fort in the howling third and was bombarded with Sherrin’s, but held his own. It was a tough gig and I am hoping that he enjoyed the challenge as he has the makings of a key position player; we just need to work out forward or back. Showboat was back in the goal square but did not see much of it in the first as it did not get down there. He would later be seen selling candy in the backline without a licence; he will get caught one day if he is not careful! Dozer had a ripper and took a real step forward today. He would win R.O.T.W for his efforts and took some great marks in some tricky conditions. The pennies are dropping for him and pretty soon he will be buying us all a drink. I will look forward to it. Clara the Clearance Queen was doing her bit but then copped one in the mush. Some quick treatment on the sidelines was all that was needed to get her back out there and she continued bravely on. I haven’t asked Mezz just yet if she is enjoying having little bro on the field stealing away any Brownlow votes from her, but she is clearly enjoying her footy. You can’t ask for more than that. The same could be said for Brayden, he always has a big smile to go with that big right leg of his. If he had gotten on to one today we would have been fishing it out of the bay.

 

It was great to see Noah going for his marks, even though they were Hail Mary’s. With the ball holding up in the wind he stuck up the dukes like he was praying to Kouta, the Greek God of Football for some divine intervention. I am not sure who the Nordic God of Football is but Ozi could be it one day. He plays the game like a running back, sort of swivel hipped and spring heeled with great evasive skills. We just need to work on him holding onto the ball because he has the speed to get into space and does not need to dish it off straight away. Walt asked for a run in the middle, had a crack and seemed to like it. He too could hang on to the pill a little longer, but we do train for quick hands and it becomes a reflex. It is another piece in the puzzle for Walt. Cruzer was cool at either end and appears to have plenty of time when he gets it. His confidence is on the rise as he also pieces it all together.

 

As for the game, it was another belter. We were scoreless in the first and they were scoreless in the last. We squandered some chances in the second by kicking 1 goal eight and they capitalised by kicking 4 goals in the third. It was a see-sawing affair. The 19th man played a vital role for both sides. Once again, two opposing coaches would marvel at what a great game of football had been played. Did there have to be heartache tonight for one of those coaches? It would be a shame to think so. I thought it was me; I had scored it Roosters 33 – Willi 34. T.M Kane had scored it Roosters 35 – Willi 34. Let’s split the difference and call it a draw, because that is what it deserved.

 

Goals –– The General 2 – Archie 2:

 

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

 

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 11’s match report (Dave Hall)

 

Sunday 27 May, 2018, v Sunshine.

 

Sunshine was forecast, and Sunshine arrived. A few of the more statistically-minded players knew this would be one heck of a game. Sunshine were sitting fourth, but had a better percentage – essentially meaning they had been able to score more goals than us, and restrict the opposition to fewer goals than us.

 

The opening three minutes bore this out. Sunshine had two goals on the board before we’d settled in to the game. Immediately their quick runners, kicking and marking were on display.

 

But working in to a slight breeze, the Roosters came to life. Sacha Araldi, filling in from the under 10’s, was instrumental in our revival. Rory, Joharo, Tom and Reuben were starting to win it around the packs, feed it out to our runners like Eli, Angus, Hamish and Ashton for some inside-50 forays. Sacha was the focal point, attacking the ball with pace and determination. He marked on an angle 20 metres out, went back and slotted a much needed goal. Sacha then kicked another point before Reuben took a great mark, got it on to Ziggy who kicked it long to Hamish. Hamish, in customary style, then took off and slammed home the Roosters second goal.

 

We then had to defend stoutly for the rest of the quarter, with Patrick handling kick-in duties very effectively. Ben and Ashton contested desperately on the back flank, preventing another Sunshine attack, and Nicholas was injured in the car park pocket right on the siren, looking a bit disheveled as he made his way to the quarter-time huddle. We were two points down.

 

With the aid of the slight breeze in the second quarter, we were hopeful of adding a couple more goals. One came in the form of a classy mark and goal to Ashton, but the rest of the quarter was an arm-wrestle between two very good, evenly matched sides. My brother-in-law from Brisbane was watching today, having seen our team play last year. He was immediately impressed with the improvement in skill, running, marking and cleaner play.

 

Tom and Zeke competed well this quarter with quick handpasses – and they even started to kick the ball as the game went on. Maya was also filling in from the girls' team in the absence of Flynn who has unfortunately broken his leg. She was getting involved, chasing hard and feeding out handpasses. Both Eli and Ben were awarded well-earned free-kicks, but our forward line was thwarted by some very good Sunshine defence. Likewise, our backline was thwarting their forward efforts.

 

A goal up at the long-break, and the coaches had a sense of urgency in their voice. They knew Sunshine were a strong, fit, running team. Our #17, Caleb, was proving a very good match up on their #17, reducing his influence. Patrick got some words of encouragement from his uncle: “imagine you are trying to beat your older brother”, and it did the trick. He laid a strong, goal-saving tackle, then spotted up Ziggy who marked cleanly and kicked it prodigiously. Marlon was also getting involved, burrowing in to packs with his distinctive side-rump tackling. Kiir donned the helmet today, and laid some strong tackles. Patrick took two intercept marks deep in defence to save a couple more goals and clear to the safety of the boundary line, and Hamish then managed to get it on to Rory, Reuben, Sacha, Ollie, back to Sacha for one of the best points seen at this level. Sacha and #26 had a superb battle for the pill on the members wing.

 

The coaches were rotating our bench in an effort to have some fresh legs in the final quarter. Zaw Zaw and Ollie were running around in the forward line – Ollie in particular was a consistent target deep in the goal square. Angus read the ball beautifully for an intercept mark off #3, then dashed it to Ashton who got in to full flight – is there any better sight? – moving it on to Ben, on to Sacha and a fantastic goal.

 

But a quick centre clearance had the ball deep near Sunshine’s goal, going behind the stick. A quick play-on by Patrick found Ben on the back flank, who streamed it forward to Sacha, on to Eli, and just over Ashton’s head as the siren went. It would have been a handy three goal buffer, but the Roosters were quietly confident with the aid of the slight breeze in the final quarter.

 

Luke P copped a big knock just before 3 quarter time, but managed to play out the game – always a good sign for next week, apparently. Tem was getting involved around the packs, and Caleb was using his height to full advantage. Des was his animated self at the 3QT huddle: “Marlon, that is one of the best quarters of footy I have ever seen.” It got me thinking back to Kouta and the ’99 prelim final… Ah, the memories.

 

Another friend from Thailand was watching her first ever game of Aussie Rules. Her impressions: “I was excited to see the circle of sharing, and the Roosters chant. Are you allowed to pull the other person like that?” The answer: “Yep, pretty much.”

 

In the final quarter, Ash was moved to full back and Kiir to full forward. Ashton twice picked the ball up cleanly and took off on long searching runs, finding Rory, Angus, Zeke, Maya. One poor sunshine kid fell victim to the infamous velodrome step, tripping up hill, as you do at our ground. But his teammates were unconcerned, and went on to score a goal, almost against the run of play.

 

We were 6 or 7 points up – the scoreboard was hard to read – might be time to invest in an upgrade… Joharo had played a big game in the ruck and around the ground all day. A couple of holding-the-ball decisions didn’t help our cause, but they were there. Patrick’s game continued to build with a number of crucial overhead marks. He was joined by his good mate Kiir, who moved from full forward to the backline to try to stem the tide. But Sunshine were full of running and clean skills. They kicked another goal, and then managed to score a point with a minute to go. The final siren saw the Roosters down by 1 point. All credit to Sunshine – they played the game at a high level in great spirits, and came back from two goals down. A draw would have been a fitting result, and we look forward to hopefully playing them again later in the season. Thanks sunshine.

A big challenge awaits next week against the unconquered Spotswood, but I suspect our Roosters can give them a challenge.

 

Under 12 Round 6

 

West Footscray vs Point Cook Centrals

 

Expectations were high in our team after getting the chocolates in a thriller against Deer Park the week before. 5 wins from 5 starts had the boys feeling pretty good about themselves. This week we would play Point Cook Centrals (formerly Sanctuary Lakes). WE had only beaten them once from 3 attempts last year. That win came in the finals when their most intimidating player, Astin Hewitt was unavailable due to stomping on someone’s head the week before. He was our nemesis.

Nemesis (noun),

absolutely rubbish English progressive rock band fronted by singing drummer Phil Collins.  Released 16 very forgettable studio albums.

 

My mistake. That was of course Genesis, and yes, they were rubbish!

 

Nemesis (noun),

an inescapable agent of someone’s, or somethings downfall.

 

That’s better. Far more foreboding and clearly possessing more talent than Phil Collins and his mates.

 

We had a few outs to deal with for this match. Zach was viral and infectious, Yash is still a few weeks away, Leroy is in Bali and Elijah Moon was a little over exuberant on a trampoline the day before. We were short of the 18 we needed. Jake stepped up to fill a spot and a mercy dash down Buxton street would produce Benny “The Dentist” Grant to take another spot. Jack would captain the side with Samuel after their fantastic games the week before.

 

The boys took the field and noticed that Astin was no longer the biggest kid in the other team. Several of his team mates had doubled in size. This would be interesting! We waited an eternity for our umpires to take the field before it was discovered that they hadn’t shown up. Andrew bravely took the whistle despite his hamstring giving him curry from his old man football the week before. Finally, the game began. Javier wasted no time at the first bounce and smacked it forward with a huge punch. Weston pounced on it and drove it into our 50. A huge pack formed around the pill. Jack managed to free the ball and himself from the crowd and sent the pill straight through the middle. Great Start Roosters! That was easy. It didn’t stay easy for long though. Point Cook Centrals could play. The remainder of the first would be an arm wrestle. Our mids were tireless. Felix was in everything as usual. Sime fine tackling and desperation by him thwarted our opponents. Cooper, Frank and Mickey were super busy at half back. All our defenders were. Aaron and Vinh were awesome. Vinh seems to play in slow motion at times. He has plenty of time and makes great decisions with the ball. Our back 6 held firm against the breeze and limited the damage we could have suffered.

¼ time West Footscray 1.1.7 vs Point Cook Centrals 1.3.9

 

Magnets were shuffled slightly and away we went. Frank was in the middle now and having a big impact on the contest. The bigger kids from Point Cook Centrals were causing a few headaches. Their size and speed were hard to stop. Murphy had grown tired of this and produced multiple  big efforts to run them down. The pressure this produced definitely impacted the bigger kids on the other team. We were getting forward more frequently now. Javier got the pill from Murphy on the flank after some great pressure football and shot a 10-metre handball to Kadin in space. He turned, ran and slotted a beauty. Weston was producing another vintage performance. Minutes after that goal he would set Kadin up for his second of the term. Sean was lively in attack and Samuel was attacking the ball with his usual ferocity to create chances. Nathaniel was just as fierce. The Point Cook Centrals kids were still in the game but frustration was growing. Frank got put down by a bump a long way from the ball and would need a spell on the pine to recover. Unnecessary, but a little compliment on how well he was playing. Good term Roosters.

 

½ time West Footscray 3.6.24 vs Point Cook Centrals 3.4.22

 

Kadin went into the ruck for the third. Benny went forward. I urged them for a big effort and got it. Jack was on fire (again). Christian was providing some much-needed width to our play on the wing. Felix was tearing up the wing on the other side. Point Cook Centrals were still attacking relentlessly. Our backs were forced to be more accountable but were doing it beautifully. Mickey was sensational. Several times leaving his opponent to attack the ball and thwart attacks. Weston was getting plenty of it as usual and hit Christian with a bullet like pass. Christian didn’t let him down and slotted a nice goal. Kadin was rampant in the ruck. His kicking is fantastic and he spotted Benny in space deep in our forward line. The Dentist pounced and bagged another for the team. We were starting to dominate. Point Cook Centrals had their chances, but the thanks to great defensive play by our boys were having to shoot from tough spots and couldn’t inflict the damage. Late in the third Jack would extricate himself from another pack with the ball and slot our third of the term. Our forwards were lively. Sasmitha was constantly in it. His pace was causing our opponents headaches. Fantastic quarter of football boys. Into the wind as well!

 

¾ time West Footscray 6.7.43 vs Point Cook Centrals 4.7.31

 

Benny left the game at the last change to prepare for his Under 11 games. Great game Benny! Jake went forward and now we had no bench. A 2-goal lead wouldn’t be enough I thought. Another big effort would be needed. Point Cook Centrals threw everything at us for the first 5 minutes. Our backs withstood the onslaught. Mickey was playing a blinder at centre half back. Cooper was amazing as well. An early goal for Point Cook Centrals looked likely at one point when they found a one on one 20 out from goal. Unfortunately for them, their player tried to take on Xavier. Bad move champ. Xavier wrapped him up like Christmas preventing a goal and winning a free kick. Super tackle Xav! From the free kick our boys sped down the ground. Weston got it inside 50 and hit Jack again. Jack slotted his third for the game, Weston had set up 3 goals now. Great work boys. Point Cook Centrals were still working hard and managed to get one back. 2 goal margin again and a nervous bench! The game had opened up now as the kids on the paddock tired. This suited us and our ball movement was slicing through our opponents. We pumped the ball into our open forward line where Jake was waiting. He gathered and took off. His opponent couldn’t catch him and Jake bagged a goal. Minutes later it had happened again. Jake found himself with time, space and pace and produced a carbon copy of his first. Not bad for a kid that is eligible to play under 9s! His goals had all but extinguished Point Cook Centrals hope. The siren sounded and we had won 6 on the trot!

 

Full Time West Footscray 9.8.62 vs Point Cook Centrals 5.7.37

 

Another great effort by our boys. They are playing very good teams each week and competing every time. The effort and hard work is working. Keep it up. Who knows how far this will take us in 2018. A big thanks to Benny and Jake for filling in. 3 goals from you two was a massive help. Big thanks to all the parents who helped as well. Especially Andrew, who despite being hampered by injury umpired beautifully and produced some textbook gestures when awarding free kicks!

The nemesis is conquered!

 

Damian

 

 

The Team manager’s match report . . .

 

 

 

The Mighty West Footscray Roosters Vs Hopper’s Crossing

 

Sunday 27 May 2018.

 

The weather was warm enough for some people to show up in short sleeves! The canteen pumping away with chips and toasties.

The U14s all pumped up with their new play book and drill sessions pregame.

The Coach, Runner and Assistant Coach have set the plays as our opposition has hardly scored this year. Ten goals in the first quarter?

18, 16, 10 and 12 peppered the goals with support from 4, 23 and 3.

Nine goals up and hungry for more.

A rookie Rooster 20 plays hard and goals. A headgear trio or 19, 21 and 25, provided assistance and run to all.

22 rucked taller than tall. 2, 17, 13 and 9 handballed and marked to the advantage of their teammates for sure.

A memorable second half with 3 goals in a quarter to 24 and another goal and great run from 7, yippee!

11 crunched twice to the ground and marked twice his height and goaled once more.

Bags to 10 and 18. We could not be prouder.

A big thanks to mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends who volunteer and make our hearts beat louder.

30 goals 17 almost goals 197 points. . .

 

Liza


Round 5, 2018

 

Round 5 – Under 9s Blue – Home to Carline Springs Lakers

 

 

We had a health check of our Team Values at training this Friday.

 

We revisited our Goals of Fun, Teamwork, Improve and Respect. The Players recalled all that we had discussed in our 1st days of training and even thought of some new examples.  I was pleased with the responses and looked forward to us carrying on our games in good spirit.

 

 

We have had a couple of good games in a row, where we were managing to move the ball quickly either by taking 1st options, running before bouncing or using our low, hard kicks.

 

 

Our Captains today are;

 

Hudson van Griessel – who has been maintaining a high standard of competiveness and team play.

 

Leo Liberto – is striving to improve his skills and gets in around the packs.

 

 

We had help today from Aimen – thankyou , which helped cover for our winged Rooster Ed, Jackson was away and Dylan was to be a bit late with his martial arts grading.

 

It was Caroline Springs today, a team of solid bodies of various heights, well drilled with skills and confidence (and a loud coach).

 

 

1st Quarter;

 

We were straight away on the defensive end of the oval. Lachie took a mark and got the ball on to Arlo, Jack and Hamish made strong tackles and Eli gathered a good possession off the ground.

 

Fletcher skillfully trapped the ball on a half-volley, Lachie had another clearing kick.

 

Bodies were going in hard and a few were left in the aftermath of pack.

 

Lachie showed some great team spirit when we had a wounded soldier, getting the adults attention.

 

Arlo took another mark and Fletcher again on ½ back.

 

Our best passage going forward involved Hudson (mark) on to Nathaniel (mark) and a kick to space on the wing.

 

There wasn’t much opportunities for our forwards this term.

 

 

2nd Quarter;

 

Dylan had arrived at ¼ time, so we had a full field of players. He was immediately involved with a mark at full back. Dylan's kicks have improved a lot over the last few weeks and he was able to clear our defensive area with his long kick-outs.

 

Jack – Finn and Fletcher linked up well on the run.

 

Hamish was a tackling machine, not letting the ball past him.

 

Harvey was going in and extracting his own ball again and looking to follow up and support.

 

We were getting a bit more of the ball, but we always seemed under pressure.

 

Arlo – Nathaniel – Finn combined to get it to our attacking 50.

 

Another 4-link play involved Nathaniel (defensive mark) - Hudson (strong mark) - Arlo – to the run of Harvey... nice one.

 

Dylan was solid at Full back and had plenty of opportunities to show his long kicks mentioned before, kicking in after a point.

 

Ben has his confidence up now, took a mark and is getting his hands on the ball more often.

 

Ryan was holding off opposition forwards with defensive plays.

 

 

The bigger bodies of the Lakers were allowing them to win any disputed ball and their kicking, run and carry skills and field positioning were keeping the ball out of our hands effectively.

 

We were having a few good moments, but the field is long when we cannot kick that far.

 

 

Half Time arrived, cheerful Tom was bounding in telling me that that was a much better quarter – and in deed it was.

 

Over oranges we talked about giving ourselves space to move and options to pass to. Try to resist the moth-to-a-light attraction of attempting to get the ball out of the pack yourself.

 

We decided to start fresh on the (non-existent) scoreboard and see if we can win a term.

 

 

3rd Quarter;

 

Lachie held off an opposition raid, stopping what became a 4 vs 1 in their goalsquare and prevented a goal – super effort.

 

Oscar kept hovering in good positions on the wing and the ball was coming out to him.

 

Hudson bustled through the pack with the ball and kicked forward to space.

 

Ryan and Fletcher were getting a few opportunities in our forward line.

 

After working so hard to get the ball near our goals, the players were working double-time to keep it near there.

 

Aimen got the ball on to Arlo who kicked to our Hotspot. Somehow Hudson managed a strong pack mark with many hands reaching for the ball.

 

Hudsoin settled, set shot – GOAL! well done players...

 

 

Harvey through himself in for another strong tackle, Nathaniel a defensive mark under pressure.

 

Hudson went through the middle again, Fletcher and Finn used their speed and skills to look dangerous in attack. Fletcher took a mark on attacking 50 but unfortunately was called to play on.

 

Leo was helping out around the packs.

 

We finished the quarter with the ball in our 50.

 

 

4th Quarter;

 

Archer was gathering more possessions, just not in the attacking positions like last week.

 

Nathaniel's kick to goalsquare bounced backwards and nearly went through – instead it hit the post.

 

Some players were getting tired after chasing the opposition and the ball most of the game.

 

Not Harvey or Tom through as the made a good play out of the pack.

 

There may have been some relief when the final siren sounded.

 

The Lakers played a strong and hard running game – we can use that as an example of the level we would like to get to. We are heading that way already – we have improved a lot over the first 5 games. We passed our values health-check and we play some good footy in a good spirit.

 

 

Special Mentions;

 

Roosters of the Week;

  • Fletcher Bodman – A breakout game. He showed great positioning and had a big influence throughout the game.

 

 

  • Laclan Shackell – has steadily improved his skills and game sense and with that is gaining in confidence. He also looked out for his injured team mate during the game.

 

 

 

 

The game gave me a few more ideas of what to work on at training

  • Play in front

 

 

  • Defensive spoils if caught behind in a marking contest.

 

 

  • Find and cover players in defense quicker.

 

 

 

 

A tough outing that we will learn from.

 

Well played though and I cannot question our players endeavor.

 

 

 

Cheers,

 

Paul

 

West Footscray Under 9 Orange v Newport 19/5/2018 (Rd 5)

 

 

 

I would like to start this match report by congratulating both teams for a game played with the best sportsmanship we have seen so far this season.

 

 

 

What a great effort we saw this week from the boys, every week the improvement is quite remarkable and the enthusiasm is certainly not lacking. The first quarter was an even match with some great link up plays from both teams. Our defence was outstanding and we kept the pressure on the ball for the whole fifteen minutes.

 

 

 

Then we entered the second quarter, which was by far and away our best to date, with 70% possession to our lads. We had our best passage of play to date with five consecutive kicks and marks in the forward 50, finishing with a shot at goal and a point. A great passage of play saw Jack G scoring a goal and I lost count of the tackles laid.

 

 

 

After a refreshing orange the boys continued to shine in the third quarter against a wind which was certainly making life difficult. In a swirling wind Jimmy put his hands up and took a overhead mark that saw the bench erupt with joy. Every player on the field was keeping their positions and leading too some beautiful link up passages of play.

 

 

 

The fourth quarter saw the wind in our favour and we put even more pressure against a much more experienced and older team. Enrique put his body on the line with a great spoil off an opponent’s boot which lead to another link up play and point for us. Plenty of marks ,handballs and long drop punts down field helped us have a real go. All in all a great game played in great spirit, Well done.

 

 

 

Special mentions-

 

 

 

Rooster of the week was Kase for really attacking the ball at every opportunity. Great effort mate.

 

All the team played well this week as it really was our best game to date.

 

 

 

Thank you to all the parents whom volunteered this week, we couldn’t do it without you.

 

 

 

We have a 6.30pm game this Friday night against Williamstown Juniors, let’s have another go chaps!!

 

Roosters, Roosters, cock-a-doodle-do

 

 

 

 

 

Chris C.

 

 

WEST FOOTSCRAY ROOSTERS – Under 10 Reds vs. Yarraville/Seddon - Round Five – 20/5/18.

 

Can I keep this up?……..

 

“Wild Thing….”

 

(I will come back to this)

 

Good Evening Sports Fans!

 

The Tenners roadshow rolled back into Shorten Reserve car park today in the leisurely 12:05 time slot after last week’s bruising hard fought loss to Flemington. That game would see the Tenners just eleven points shy in a memorable Mother’s Day classic. The loss was just the tonic that the Tenners needed to reignite the intensity at training that had been missing last week. Friday night was sharp and they would need to be even sharper against the Eagles from Yarraville/Seddon. The corresponding game last year was a ripper, with only a couple of points separating the two sides, so we knew what we were in for.

 

With Arti now gone for seven weeks on assignment and Bastien still a couple of weeks away at his Governors pleasure, I wondered what more injury woes might befall us. We were bolstered by the news that The General had recovered from his hammy and was almost certainly lining up and more good news was to come. The Ten Blues had a bye this week so T.M Kane went to work earning his bickies and snaffled some familiar faces. Sash the Dash, Maxi (more than a) Phelan and Raz Rees were all recruited to help our dwindling stocks tackle the might of The Eagles. As great as his managerial skills are, his maths could use a little work as he recruited three players for two spots which would put one of our recruits on the pine and different times. After last week’s game, it probably would not be a bad thing. As this coach grappled with the concept of having a bench to play with, news would come through that Noah Pit would miss with a chest infection. Apparently after Carlton’s win against Essendon, Noah had stripped off his shirt and ran to Lygon Street to celebrate with the blues faithful. Whether it was the Winnie Blues or just the cold weather, I am not sure but regardless, he would miss. With the concept of the bench erased it was business as usual.

 

I find the late starts a bit unsettling. Too much time to think about what may or may not happen. You end up at the ground early anyway; such is your Sunday morning routine. Speaking of routines, what has now become a habit that I can’t shake is tempting fate with the radio on the first song we hear predicting the outcome of the game.

 

“you make my heart sing”. I’m not sure how to take this one!

 

Wild Thing!……. Would that be our wild thing or their wild thing? I must abide by the karma laws of the radio and accept what fate is bestowed upon us. Would my heart be singing? Only time would tell……

 

Our Captains for the day would be Hurricane and Showboat. We won the toss and would be kicking to the playground.

 

From first bounce it was evident that we would be in for a tough afternoon. The Eagles for most part were bigger across the board and this would test the resolve of our little Rooster nuggets.

 

Mighty Miles was back in the ruck and had a cracking game, hard at it all day and he got plenty of the ball for his reward. Hurricane had a blinder! Ready to atone for supposed criticism levelled at him by this coach for not getting as many as possessions as he normally would (I did this by resting him in the forward line by the way!), Hurricane was ……. a hurricane! Except there was no calm in his eye, just a steely glaze and I was, getting blown away. Whether it was tackling, running or marking above his head, he did it all today. He would also kick two of our three goals. Griff continued as Griff does, ducking, weaving, giving, receiving, he does not give up even when faced with three or four opponents. He has already thought about how he is getting out and is gone before they can lay a hand on him. Showboat had a different role today, starting down back and working his way down the field. You could have also called him Candyman today as sold plenty of it. The General also had a different role by starting forward for the first two quarters. Although there would not be much rest, there was no rest to be had anywhere. He would spend the second half on the ball and his evident class would attract much heavy unwarranted attention. Late in the last quarter he would take a well-read mark and kick a clutch goal to swing the game back into our favour.

 

Clara the Clearance Queen was taking care of business. Easily her most productive game thus far, in so far as more kicks, tackles, handballs, she is right on the cusp of breaking out. C.T.C.Q  would also be our R.O.T.W. Arch once again held down CHB with another solid performance. He took a great overhead grab backing into a pack late in the last quarter as the Eagles were pushing hard to snaffle a last minute goal. His dash off the back line is fast becoming his trademark. Louis the Fly started at full back and moved forward as the game wore on. His sticky mits came in very handy on a number of occasions as maintaining possession would be paramount to prevailing today. Dozer was cleaned up a few times as the Eagles would swoop on anyone prepared to take the ball and go for a run. To his credit, he would dust himself off and go again. He doesn’t mind a dash does the Dozer!

 

Efe is ready to breakout too. It won’t be long as his game starts to fall into place for him. A little bit more confidence to take the game on and he will be on his way. Mezz stood tall in the heat and did not wilter. She has a great ability to not go to ground and keep her hands on the ball and uses her frame to protect it. Speaking of standing tall, Brayden is an imposing figure. I watched as he tried to shake down his opponent like he was dirty laundry in the spin cycle of a washing machine. Luckily the ump blew his whistle before Brayden put him all the way through the wash.

 

Walter, Ozi and Cruzer battled hard. This was a level up from most of the games this season and I am glad they got a taste of it as we have a few more big games with big teams to come. Its games like this one that make you feel like you belong and you can go into the next one without trepidation. They each have their own style and it’s great to watch how they all navigate the battle differently. Ozi with grit, Cruzer with style and Walty with flair!

 

As for our recruits, it would have been a real slog without them. Sash the Dash has pace and used the after burners when we needed them most to bust away from congestion and kick long into the forward line. He took some great grabs to add to what was a big day. Maxi (more than a) Phelan is a dude. Cool in a crisis, took a great mark in the last quarter to take the heat off the accelerator so that we could reset. Raz Rees, big body, key position player able to hold down a back line or monster one depending on where he is playing and had a run in the ruck as well.

 

Make no mistake. This was an epic battle and one that we should be very proud of. When my opposite number in his post-match address asked the parents if they appreciated what they had just witnessed, he meant it. After all, this is still under tens footy being played at a level beyond their years. It wasn’t just their coach; it was their runner, water carrier, parents all commenting on what a great game that this was. Especially for a side that apparently has not lost a game for a year and a half. We frustrated them and did not allow them to play how they would normally play and this leads me to Wild Thing. Well, the Wild Thing wasn’t running around in red and white is all I will say. With this frustration setting in and the constant pressure applied, their natural game was clipped. The Roosters hung tough and the final siren would sound to “make everything groovy”!

 

The final score line of 3.4.22 – 3.2.20 was testament to a great game of football.

 

Goals – Hurricane 2 – The General 1:

 

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

 

Special Thanks to Brad for donning the whistle and Libby 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.

 

 

 

U/14s Match Report

 

West Footscray versus Caroline Springs

 

Sunday 20/05/18

 

12:05pm

 

 

Parents, players and hanger-onnerers all made their way out to Caroline Springs for the Sunday game. The determined young Roosters were to take on the ladder leaders. Spirits were generally high, but there was a bit of concern about the win/loss differential of the team the boys were about to face…over 1,000%.

 

 

Nevertheless the Roosters prepared to launch themselves into the contest.

 

 

And so they did.

 

 

Off to a blinder, the boys worked superbly together, and within minutes had scored a brilliant team goal. For the rest of the quarter our boys and theirs were in an arm-wrestle: banging, bashing, kicking, handballing, a tussle for ascendancy. If it wasn’t for a late goal from the Springers we would have went into the first break neck and neck.

 

 

In that first quarter our boys were equal to their opposition.

 

 

CS: 2.2-14

 

WF: 1.0-6

 

 

But from the beginning of the second quarter the Springers went into another gear, and it proved difficult for our staunch young Roosters to match them. It became obvious why this team was top of the table. They played their home ground a treat – using the wide wings to advantage, running our team ragged. They hit targets with their long kicking, had at least four or five at each contest, pressured with body and chase, shepherded their mates when needed, led, and shared the ball in all areas of the field: an impressive unit, well-drilled and dominant.

 

 

The Roosters worked hard all day and they can hold heads high as their determination never waned, they showed grit and resilience when physically tested in the contest, and their never-say-die attitude is always commendable.

 

 

Final score:

 

Caroline Springs: 18.13-121

 

West Footscray: 1.1-7

 

 

Thank you to all those parents that volunteered on the day!!!


Round 4, 2018

 

Round 4 – Home to Flemington Juniors

 

A mudfest had been discussed.

But the potential short straw of this weeks jumper-wash roster, that seemed on the cards when the weather prevented Friday training, never eventuated.

Instead it was a Sunday sleep in, Players Mums getting suitably spoilt and the sun was out. The Doggies (and Dockers) had won the night before – what a great day this looked like becoming.

 

It was inspiring to see our Rooster U9 comrades strutting their stuff as we were gathering and warming up.  There was no puddles, no mud and players were bouncing the ball through the centre square.  Wet weather tactics will wait for another time.

 

Our Captains this week were to be Eli and Jack – 2 players that are really finding their feet at this level and realising where they can be most effective on the field.

 

Our Match Report (below) is kindly done by Kate McPhee this week.

 

I would like to mention that I was very proud, again, of the way our players stuck to our style and implementing the things we have been training, and this week against a much tougher opposition.

Flemington is a team that I remember from last year.  They had showed us up with better positioning, controlling of possession and skills.  We more than held our own this week – it was end to end stuff, with both teams having moments of dominance.

We were unlucky not to get a couple more goals, but maybe so were they.

 

I feel our players are really starting to understand their own roles and each other’s attributes that are being added to the Team.

Our Senior 9’s are spreading and moving the ball, and our new players are growing in confidence.

This really is an exciting and enjoyable time, seeing the players improve and bond together.

 

Match report

 

West Footscray Under 9 Blue vs Flemington.

Shorten Reserve, Sunday the 13th of May, Mother’s Day.

 

Flemington were obviously a strong and well coached side. They had their players on the ball and did not appear to make careless mistakes with moving it to the goal square.

 

The Roosters played a good game. West Footscray Number 21, Archer, who had a cracking game today was everywhere in the 1st all the way to the 4th quarter. Jackson (32) got out early as well in the 1st quarter too and scored 2 points. Thank you for your leadership spirit boys it appeared to rub off on the rest of the team throughout the match.

 

The second quarter had the opposition pick up their game and reduced our scoring in the quarter to zero. Again, Archer kept playing strong along with Harvey (36), Finn (11), Jack (6) and Hamish (14). The team work was really appearing at this point in the game.

 

After half time, Eli (30) scrambled to a goal early and appeared to set the tone for the quarter: hard work is rewarded. Again, Archer (21) followed suit with persistence and skill and found another goal. Lots of other team members appeared in this quarter that had been lesser known in the game, mostly but not limited to Oscar (33), Harvey (36), Finn (11) and Thomas () as well as the other West Footscray brothers Brodie and Charlie, appearing for the second time on the oval that morning. Ben (13) showed some strong promise and in this quarter, he caught the coaches eye for the Rooster of the Week.

 

In the final quarter of this game with many highlights, Arlo (3) got a well-deserved goal and had some strong support from team mates Archer (21) and Fletcher (9). Archer your Rooster of the week award was well deserved. You boys kept playing to the very end of the game which is a credit to you.

 

 

Special Mentions;

Roosters of the Week

Archer : seemed to have brought his own ball today, it was always in his hands.

Ben : didn’t flinch with bodies around him in defence or attack, getting more opportunities to show his skills.

 

Goals

Eli / Archer / Arlo : 1 each

 

Thankyou to Bodie and Charlie for helping us out today.  You both contributed well and showed us your skills and game sense.

 

Well played again Team.

It is Caroline Springs next week – lets keep our focus, keep looking to improve and keep having fun while we are at it.

 

Regards,

Paul

U9 Orange

Rd 4: West Footscray V Yarraville Seddon Eagles

After a few days of torrential rain and real cold weather I was nervous about what Sunday morning would bring. Fortunately the oval and the skies were good considering. We were the first game of five at Shorten today - a big day at Rooster central. A few of the players even got a second game later. There was some talk early about how good the Eagles were last year but this is a new season and a new team. We had full list available today and Jack G. and Paddy led us out as captains today.

Noah, Bodee and Paddy were part of the midfield that started off working overtime in the first quarter. Otto and Thomas got straight into the action in the backline. Jack M. also took a great mark in the last line of defence. It was a tough start to the game and everyone was warmed up by the break.

The second quarter started and Charlie set the standard with a very good tackle early. Kase, Jackson and Zeph combined really well with handballs linking through the middle of the ground. James was playing a good game after a week’s absence. Oliver C. also lifted this quarter winning the ball and getting a kick away. There were great efforts all over the ground that kept the ball mostly in our forward half but we were unlucky and could only score a point.

The third quarter involved a lot of desperate defence again. Hugo W and Hugo L were contesting well through middle and both earnt some good kicks. Oliver R. plays the fullback position well and kicked a great drop punt for Kade to mark. Hugo N. was a good target at centre half forward. Malik had been a force all game and when he got the ball in our forward line he kicked a very long goal.

Kase, Eli and Aemon all had a great fourth quarter –especially considering Aemon copped a big ‘falcon’ (football to the face) in the third. Enrique took a good overhead mark at half back. Kade is very good ‘below his knees’ including one passage where he kept tapping the ball in front of himself halfway up the ground. A highlight passage of play was started with Jack M. moving the ball quickly around the boundary line and kicking into the forward line. All the forwards then kept the ball alive and worked it around the boundary and across the face of goals, in the face of desperate Eagles defence. Jack G. then swooped and finished the move with a snapped goal from the square. The players ran from all over to celebrate a great team goal.

Rooster of the week was Jack G. who played a very good game again today.

The team had some really good passages of play. We will continue to develop our skills and confidence in the contests as the season unfolds. The game was played in good spirits again with the opposition which makes for a fun day at the footy. We will look forward to facing them again.

Thanks also to all the families for their support with jobs around the ground, in the canteen and on the BBQ. Particular thanks to Andrew who did a great job field umpiring again.

Gerald.

 

WEST FOOTSCRAY ROOSTERS – Under 10 Reds vs. Flemington - Round Four – 13/5/18.

 

One more time……..

 

“Living with my eyes closed”

 

(I will come back to this)

 

Good Evening Sports Fans!

 

The Tenners were back on the bus today as they rolled out of town for a date with Flemington Juniors. Being Mother’s Day, there were tears aplenty as they set off from Shorten Reserve Car Park. It is a tall order to be sent off to battle on Mother’s Day, a day when we should be celebrating our Mothers and all that they do for us and not separating us. Those tears of sorrow would soon turn into tears of joy as J.J Holland Park is only a five minute drive from the Roosters Coup and all the mums had followed in their own cars. Makes perfect sense really!

 

The lead up week had been a little unsettling. Wednesday night training had been indifferent with the Tenners cock-a-hoop after three in a row. A bit too much swagger for this nervous coach’s liking. We had fallen into this trap before when everything is going right. Training does not seem to matter so much. That is usually when reality comes and bites hard and unsuspectingly. The grapevine also had whispers of The General pulling a hammy. Say it ‘aint so! General had been rock solid so far and this would be a big out. Arch had not trained either and was in X-ray on Thursday night checking on a painful troublesome wrist. Scans would reveal a sprained thumb from last Sunday’s game and he was no certainty to line up either. We seemed to be copping a few more injuries than normal. The step up from nines to tens is probably a bit bigger than we all expected. The pace of the game is certainly quicker and obviously more physical as well. Things were looking ominous. Facing Flemington without the spine of the backline; what else could possibly go wrong!

 

Well for starters, Friday night training would get washed out in further evidence that things were in fact a little off kilter. I really wanted us back on the track after Wednesday night. One last hit out to give some peace of mind was what we needed. If General’s hammy wasn’t bad enough and Arch’s thumb was uncertain then news that this would be Arti’s last game for seven weeks was unbearable. Artisan has been asked to cover the Royal Wedding and would be on assignment for the next couple of months. His dash and flair will be sorely missed, but for the greater good, we wish him well and look forward to his return. What is it with our Roosters and the Royals?

 

The rain clouds had gathered again on Sunday morning. Did someone mention ominous before? Check the phone, no messages! Good start. Check Arch’s thumb, not much pain, even better. 10:20 kick off, woo hoo! Sunshine breaking through the clouds, Hallelujah! Maybe things would not be so bad after all.

 

Driving to the ground, I could not resist. Three songs had foretold three great wins. Would I be entitled to a forth? “Now I believe there comes a time when everything falls into line” A sense of relief washed over me. “All fired up” Could it be true? In spite of all of our injuries of late and heading to the ground with only 16 players again, would those 16 be all fired up? I had no reason to believe otherwise.

 

The late mail would reveal that Walt would also miss. He was up all night with a fever that he had most likely caught from photographing Prince Louis last week. Damn Royals again!

 

With the squad reduced to 15, we would again be graciously topped up with three Flemington Juniors per quarter to even up the sides.

 

Our Captains for the day would be Griff and Efe. I am not sure who won the toss but we were kicking to the commissions.

 

The Dozer had a run in the ruck today; such is his enthusiasm to be amongst the action at all times. Although a bit daunted by the prospect in the change rooms before the game, he accepted the challenge and did not look back. He should be very happy with his efforts today, getting plenty of it and providing a little bit of mongrel at the coal face. Showboat was also having a run in the middle to clean out the cobwebs after staying forward for the first few rounds with his wonky knee. He would return forward later in the game after the tank ran low, kicked a goal and was pinged for too far after some brilliant coast to coast work from the backline through Griff in the middle to Showboat whose legs were going faster than his brain. Speaking of Griff, he was enormous today and would go on to win the Heartland for his relentless attack. I have spoken before about his positioning, but this was just half of it. His run and carry through the middle was tireless. Hurricane was once again in and under everything and kicked a couple of running goals. A little down on his usual disposal count, but understandable against a very capable and solid opposition. Arti playing his last game for some time showed why we will miss him dearly. He has unbelievable balance and tenacity well beyond his stature. He kicked two in a row in a dominant third quarter performance and single handedly ran the ball and the opposition out of defence to the wing with cunning and class. Stay safe OS little fella, we want you back safe and sound. Louis the Fly took up full back for the first half and was brilliant, gallantly taking on a much bigger forward line. Taking last line goal saving marks and delivering out with class he had another cracker of a game and would be our R.O.T.W. He would also cop a knee to the noggin which saw him sidelined for a bit but came back out and picked up where he left off. Speaking of Mullaly’s, Clara is becoming a clearance queen. Trying saying that fast three fast… Clara the Clearance Queen. Own up, how many tried? She has great hands and a nifty side step which was put to good use today to clear some congestion and get her kick away.

 

Why have one brother/sister combo when you can have two I say! Mezz continued on her merry way today with another strong mark in the thick of some pretty close checking and continues to look more and more comfortable. When little brother Kade was offered up by Mum + Dad at half time to help our dwindling squad, he was welcomed with open arms. It did not take him long to find some action either getting amongst it almost immediately. Well done little fella! Mighty Miles was tried out in a couple of different positions today up forward and down back. He snapped a beautiful goal, his first for the year, but I get the feeling he is a free range Rooster and would prefer roaming free in the ruck.

 

Brayden was solid again and I was pleased to see the headband reappear. He is another Rooster who is very good with his hands and has great vision and awareness around the stoppages. Efe added another snag to his tally with his confidence continuing to grow each week. He will be a beast by the end of the year. Cruzer also spent time up forward and down back, but I think he would feel at home on the wing with his smooth moving pace and kicking abilities. Ozi and Noah did their best to find the ball amongst some stiff opposition with the bigger and more experienced bodies of Flemington asserting  themselves at every contest but it won’t be long before they are feeling at home.

 

We went in at three quarter time with a handy lead, one which I was not expecting to have. The Tenners had been playing out of their skins and I was mightily impressed, so too was my opposite number. I felt if we could get a couple of quick ones, it would be game over. But as luck would have it, the injury curse would strike again. Arch, who had been holding down CHB with aplomb, copped a knee to the head. The collision briefly stopped play with the offending knee being carried off and also sent Arch to the sidelines with an egg on his cheek. St Nick checked him for concussion and wisely decided that that would be enough for today. With Arch off and The General in trackies, the structure of the backline was gone. This enabled Flemington to kick four quick goals, something that they had only managed for three quarters of footy to that point.

 

A gallant loss is better than an easy win. We needed this to give us a better perspective of where we are at. Training can seem boring at times, but those drills need to become second nature so when a hole is created it can be filled without blinking and its business as usual.

 

“We live and learn from our mistakes”

 

The final score line of 7.2.44 – 8.7.55 was testament to a great game of football.

 

Goals – Artisan 2 – Hurricane 2 – Showboat 1 – Mighty Miles 1 – Efe 1:

 

We now turn our attentions to next Sunday, home against Yarraville/Seddon.

 

Special Thanks to Brad for donning the whistle and St.Nick 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 4 - Roosters U10 Blues (Bloosters) vs Altona Vikings

 

 

 

The day started with pancakes for Kai’s Mum, and hopefully all our lads and Dads made it a good day for our Mums on Mothers Day.

 

 

 

It was nice to be back at home, and to enjoy seeing some of our up and coming U9s do their stuff before our game at midday. The early news was that we had 2 of the best U9 ‘guns for hire’ coming on board our team for the day, and they didn’t let us down. Thanks heaps to the awesomeness of Paddy and Zeph for all your huge efforts on the day.

 

 

 

So we were taking on the Altona Vikings, and I think the first comment I heard from someone in our team was ‘They’re Huge!’ when he looked over at our opposition. He was right, they must feed them well over in Altona. But as I said, ‘don’t worry we got some big guys too’ so they were probably thinking the same thing when they look across at us. It proved to be true in that both teams were very competitive, and it made for a great game.

 

 

 

Leaders

 

Our Leaders for the day were Alan (Green), Alex (Red) and Max RB (Blue) and Alex was drawn as our captain. We lost the toss but that meant we had the wind in the second and last quarter so that wasn’t such a bad thing.

 

 

 

Teamwork

 

There were some great team efforts by many of you this week. From helping a team mate to be in a better position to making an effort to get to a contest and help out a team mate, this is the stuff I notice for our Teamwork award. It’s not the big runs or kicks or the goals, it’s the hard stuff that takes multiple efforts that wins the this award. So this week those who stood out for teamwork were Jacob, Mitch, Oscar Alan and Sasha. I couldn’t go past giving it to Sasha this week who I think played his best game yet. Well-deserved Sasha!

 

 

 

Effort

 

I was keen for us to get a good start and asked the boys to put in their best effort for the first and they didn’t dissapoint. Tackling and chasing was fierce from our boys, and I think any fear that we couldn’t match them quickly disappeared. There were awesome efforts everywhere with a few standouts being from Rylan, Max P, Aiden, Riley, Alan, Jacob, Jake, Max RB, Mitch, Sasha and Stephen. In the end Mitch took out the Effort Award so well done Mitch!

 

 

 

Awareness

 

Once again it was great to see many of our lads being aware of their position defensive and forward side of the contest and it must have been getting pretty frustrating for their guys when they would kick the ball out and it would keep coming straight back. I found I didn’t need to be yelling my head off (in a nice way…) to get you guys to drop back into space or find space on our goal side of the contest, so that helped. Some of the standouts in awareness this week were Iggy, Jake, Kai, Max RB, Sasha, Wes and Billy. As Coach and Dad I’m probably always going to avoid showing favour to my boy, but I thought he really tried hard to be in the right spot all game, so deserved to take out the Awareness Award for the week. Well done buddy!

 

 

 

Movement

 

On a wet ground and in colder weather it can be harder to move around the ground. That didn’t stop many of you from making a huge effort to move with the contest and get into a good position to either cover an opponent or get free for the next kick. To be honest at our level I probably shouldn’t be expecting you to move that much, but it stands out when you do. So this week those who stood out in movement were Aiden, Sasha, Jake, Alan, Iggy, Kai, Stephen, Rylan, Mitch, and our 2 Maxs. These awards will always go to the player who exceeds themselves and for a second time in 4 weeks I felt Alan was our best in terms of movement for the game. Cant ask for more consistency than that. Great stuff Alan!

 

 

 

Goals

 

This week the Green squad had the prized 2 quarters in the forward line. There were goals flying through for both teams with our scoring spread between Jake (1 goal), Mitch (1 behind), Oscar (1 goal), Rylan (1 goal, 1 behind) and Sasha (1 goal, 1 behind). Awesome work by all you guys but I’m hoping to see some new names in that list in the next few weeks.

 

 

 

Wrap Up

 

In the end it was a very close game and there was only a couple of points in it. I made a rookie coaching error to give some of our backline guys the licence to run up the ground thinking we would pile on some extra goals with the wind but it left our defence depleted. Although our lads left in defence put up an amazing fight, they couldn’t cover all of them and we got a couple of late goals scored against us. So apologies for my stuff up there but we learn from these things and we get better for it.

 

 

 

So this week, sadly we have a bye. I’m sure you all have plans but if you’re looking for something to do, why not come along to our home ground and cheer on Richie’s U10 Reds Team against Yarraville/Seddon at 12:05pm on Sunday. I’ll be there, and a couple of our guys will be joining their team, so that’s even more reason to come along and give them our support!

 

 

 

Go Bloosters!!!

 

 

 

U/11 Round 4 vs Point Cook Centrals

 

Point Cook Centrals:  0 0   0 0   0 2   1 3 9

 

Lost to

 

West Footscray: 5 1   9 4   11 5   15 8 98

 

Goals:  Ashton 3, Eli 2, Rory 2, Hamish 2, Reuben 2, Patrick 1, Joharo 1, Angus 1, Flynn 1

 

Mother’s Day took our travelling roadshow to the new estates around Point Cook and we found an oval the size of the MCG.

 

14 Point Cook boys greeted us so we somewhat evened the score by offering them 2 Roosters each quarter – needless to add they were gratefully accepted.  I want to acknowledge the outstanding display of sportsmanship and ‘all round good guy’ efforts of Marlon, Thomas, Ben, Angus, Reuben, Patrick, Zeke and Kiir.  Such humility and good grace served as an excellent example of what West Footscray strives to be and there are certainly others in the WRFL that would well to take a leaf out of each of these boys’ books.

 

So the juggling began.  There were more moves of the magnets today than something that involves moving a lot of magnets such was the opportunity that was presented to the boys to develop their skills in unfamiliar positions.  The first quarter saw the visiting Roosters kick into a tricky breeze.  It was clear from the outset that Point Cook weren’t going to go the distance and we set about running and linking with excellent chains of handball – something demanded for in the pre-match address.  Rory, Rueben, Joharo led from the front out of the centre giving our forward line many chances to hit the scoreboard.  Hamish, Eli, Rory, Flynn and Ashton got on the end of slick ball movement to register majors in the first quarter and put the contest to bed early.  The second saw the Red and Whites kick with the breeze and taking full advantage, Patrick, Angus and Reuben added more six-pointers.  Caleb, Oli, Nicholas and Ziggy worked tremendously well together to give the Sharks no respite.  Zaw Zaw and Tem saw some action deep forward and despite several great opportunities, couldn’t quite snag a ‘sausage roll’.  The third quarter began with the mercy rule not quite in place and that allowed Zeke some time in the ruck – I think he showed that he would be quite competent in that role going forward.  Kiir continued to bullock his way through many contests and Thomas and Marlon looked quite busy across the half forward line also.  The last quarter saw perhaps the highlight as the swelling crowd got right behind the Sharks in their endeavours to register their first major of the season and sure enough it came with minutes remaining – the spirit of junior footy was on show at that point for all to see.  Ben and Joharo continued to power the ball forward – Ashton on the end of a couple to kick 3 for the day was the main beneficiary of excellent lead up play.The final siren saw many highlights for the visiting Roosters – 9 individual goal kickers, Excellent accuracy in front of goal, Dave pinging Patrick for holding the ball in the first  minute, Ben and Patrick survive a car crash like collision (horror of horrors..) in the third quarter that saw both come from the ground in severe pain – Patrick in a Sharks jumper at the time, for them to resume in the last and Eli kicking his first career goals.

 

Well done boys – another 4 points and another step on the journey together.  A very special thank you to the mother’s that made the trip – each rewarded with a little cup cake to mark the occasion (well done Andrea).  We hope you enjoyed the show!  Thanks again to our band of parent helpers:  Dave with the whistle, Shaun with the flags, both Andrew and Craig who ran the boundary – extra kudos to Andrew who covered their boundary umpire role at the last minute.  Zoran with the medicals, Anne who kept the rowdy mob away from the umpires, Bianca with the half time oranges, Kath with the siren duties, Joanne, Kylie, Sophie and Sienna who ran the water.

 

See you all at training.

 

Tim

 

Under 12 Girls

 

Match Result: West Footscray 4.7.31 def. Point Cook Centrals 2.5.17

 

Another win. We’re two and two. And now with the words, we belted out the team song for the first time at home. We’re building momentum on field, and building more bandwagon off it.

 

Winning is intoxicating, but the girls know what its like to be on the other end. Without saying as much, they’re taking it one week at a time; knowing that they’re bucking the trend of new teams in their first year.

 

You could tell the girls were keen to pick up where they left off out at Caroline Springs the week before. They were bunched real tight behind our Captain of the day, Mahli as she led them onto the ground. And now it’s easier to tell who kicked a goal because they rush from everywhere to pat their teammate on the back.

 

Asked why they won, the girls pointed to their linkages, and upping the pressure when the margin tightened in the closing stages of the game. Before things got tight there were a few pretty impressive end-to-end passages of play.

 

Once again, our opponents were good sports and generous, offering us a few of their players so everyone got a run. Everyone we’ve encountered so far this season has been committed to making footy a positive experience for all the girls. Let’s keep our end up on this and hope that it continues.

 

Here are just a few highlights from the match. And as always, take them as observations made quickly and from afar. Please forgive me for omissions, errors and oversights.

 

The first quarter

 

From the get go we had some good ball movement out of the centre and into our forward line where we had plenty of chances but struggled to convert. Both Maggie and Martha came close to scoring goals with long-bombs from set shots 25 metres out on an a slight angle. Liberty and Layla were carving up the centre while Nina was wheeling out of packs along the halfback line and kicking straight down the guts. Ruby was racing headlong into packs, while Mia H and Sophie C landed some great tackles and were rewarded for their efforts with free kicks.

 

The second quarter

 

We started strongly with plenty of centre clearances and time in the forward line. With some determined tackling by Ella H, Mahli and Katerina pushing through packs up the wing we just wouldn’t let go until we scored a goal. They came eventually by Layla’s (?) foot and a crazy bounce, and then Nina bursting through a pack to deliver a belter from 30m out at full speed. Sophie M’s reputation as a goal sneak, coming off the forward flank is growing with a few unlucky misses. These opportunities only came up because of the steel in our backline and clearing kicks to space on the wing.

 

The third quarter

 

A quarter marked by seesawing momentum in the middle and hardness down back- the Bulldogs call it the “Men’s Department”- where Ginger and Liberty were holding back the tide. Maggie and Ella F moved into the middle keeping up our rate of centre clearances, helping Mia H and Sophie C to get the ball down to our dangerous forwards through some great linking up footy. Nina was moving like a freight train through the middle of the ground. Captain Mahli was unlucky to miss a goal while Mia H scored a wonderful goal on the run from the forward pocket, from quite a tight angle.

 

The fourth quarter

 

The ball was locked up in the middle and the opposition just wouldn’t lie down. They made it an eight-point ball game with two quick goals early in the quarter, giving our girls (and us on the boundary line) something to think about. The game turned on the pressure we applied in the midfield and on the wings. The opposition would come close to moving into their forward fifty only to drop the ball because Ella H, Ella P, Mia H and Ella F were hunting as a pack. The ball would make its way back to our forwards where goal sneak Sophie M put one away to seal the result and set us all at ease. Walking off to the cheers of the home crowd will be remembered, as was forming a guard for the women’s team as they ran onto the field for their match.

 

Out of all our games this was the most even collective performance. Despite that, here are a few special mentions:

•Spice Girls West Award- Nina was a standout, imposing herself on the game from the backline and kicking a goal.

•Captain of the day- Mahli showed the way with her tackling, kicking to possession and quickness around goals.

•Hard-line defenders – When things got tough, Liberty and Ginger both put their hands up to drop back to the last line of defence when we needed it.

 

Cheers, Bernie

 

Under 12 Round 4

 

Flemington 2.4.16 vs West Footscray 8.10.58

 

I’d had an eye on this game for quite some weeks. With no disrespect to our opponents from the first 3 rounds, it was fair to that our boys had barely raised a sweat in chalking up wins from these fixtures. Flemington would present a much-needed test of our team work and footballing ability. The weather of the previous few days had threatened to turn the game into a slog, but thankfully the blue sky reappeared in time for our game and had brought to an abrupt halt our plans of building an ark (these plans were also scuttled due to costs. Boats are expensive). We released all the animals and made the drive down Dynon Road.

 

Rather than go into my usual foggy recollections of the game I will instead give you a brief rundown of the game and pump up the tyres of our boys a bit. It’s a well-earned pump up. They were very good!

 

The Flemington we encountered on Sunday was a different team to the one we played in 2017. They were noticeably taller, far more physical, and their game style and play significantly improved. Despite having a decent advantage with the wind in the first we could manage only one goal while Flemington got a valuable one into the breeze. A sluggish start by our boys as it took them a while to figure out that they would need to work much harder this week to get the four points.

 

The second had me worried as we were now working into the wind. To the credit of every Rooster out there, they did a remarkable job in allowing Flemington only one goal. We were unlucky to go in trailing at the main break despite not scoring a major. Our boys were on top.

 

The third would see the game open right up for us. Kadin was unstoppable in the ruck; our kids were flying and Flemington had no response. 5 unanswered goals saw the game firmly in our grasp after a magnificent 17 minutes of hard work and quick running football.

 

Flemington had the wind in the last but gained little from the advantage. Our boys kept running and working as a unit. 2 more goals for us. We had scored 7 goals in the second half and kept Flemington to just one behind. FANTACTIC TEAM PERFORMANCE!

 

Zach:                     Played the whole game down back. Multiple efforts and big tackles. Consistently worked to win the ball even when outsized. Great game.

Jack:                      Another gem from Jack. Had a kid hanging off him all day. Beat him and won plenty of ball for the team. Set one up and bagged a sausage as well. Top Shelf!

Samuel:                Played forward and back. Was rock solid at each end and won plenty of the ball. Fantastic tackling. A sore jaw and some very dirty knees. Excellent all day.

Murphy:              Started forward and used his pace well. Laid a great tackle in the middle. He came off injured in the second and couldn’t come back. I love the tackling Murf!

Xavier:                  Breakout game! Set up our first 2 goals with great passing. Beat his opponent, won a stack of the ball, laid big tackles and took home the Heartland for his efforts. Loved it Xav. Just loved it!

Cooper:                A rock as always at half back. Read it well. Defended when required and attacked when he could. Directed traffic down back as usual. Ripping game Coop!

Kadin:                   BOG for me. Swung the game completely with a scintillating third term in the ruck. Kicked 3 long goals while doing it. Just as good on the wing. Amazing game Kadin.

Sean:                     Cracking game. Your best yet mate. Contested everything that came near him. Brilliant handball to setup Christian and a goal as well. Very, very good.

Nathaniel:           Awesome competitor who produces every week. Strong and determined down forward. He worked so hard to keep the ball in our attack. Keep it up Big Dog!

Leroy:                   Blitzed Flemington from the middle in the third. Fast, hard and effective. Your best game yet nugget. Really added some drive when we needed it. Superb.

Frank:                   Went back after half time and was amazing. Desperation and commitment are his trademarks. Came off hurt (also a trademark) and returned to play a crucial role in the win. Superstar!

Mickey:                Absolutely outstanding. Laid more tackles than I’ve heard him say words. (he laid more than 10 though). A key factor in us being in the game at half time and a real influence on us getting the win. Brilliant Mickey. Just Brilliant!

Felix:                     Best game of the year. Tireless running and multiple repeat efforts. Huge second half. As Katherine said, Mother’s Day became smothers day! Loved it Felix.

Vinh:                     An absolute rock at full back. Nullified his opponent and launched attacks almost instantly. Magnificent game Vinh!

Elijah Moon:      Played full forward all day and kicked two with some nice leading work. Set up Jack for one in the last with a kick to the top of the square as well. Contested well and provided a deep target. Great Stuff E-M

Aaron:                  Soooooo Good! Lost count of how many times he won it down back and pumped it out. Great tackling and team work. Huge when it wasn’t going our way early. Sensational Aaron.

Javier:                   Rucked beautifully for three quarters and really straightened us up at centre half forward. Took multiple crucial marks in the second half to really stifle Flemington. Just keeps getting better. Ripping game Javier.

Christian:             His run on the wing was fantastic. Constantly linking up when needed and pushing wide to provide options as well. Snagged a goal after some silky team play down the right flank. Keep it coming Christian.

Weston:               Does it all! Big tackles, hard running pin point passing. Steadies this team amazingly with his position around the ground. Once again West, nothing short of excellent!

 

Deer Park next week. A huge challenge and a big opportunity to see where we are at. How exciting!

 

Damian

 

 

Under 14 vs Williamstown

On what is arguably one of the most important days on the calendar, why Mothers Day of course, it would be a sea-change of sorts, taking on Williamstown at Bayside Oval.

 

As is fairly standard for this location, we were greeted by a "Chilly-Willi" sea breeze.

 

Pre-game instructions from the Coach to Co-Captains Juma & Jonathan was to kick with the estimated 4 goal wind, however efficient, team oriented footy was needed in order to get the most out of any advantage the wind might offer up.

 

Nav, Henry & Diesel were getting plenty of it to open up our account while instructions were followed to the letter.  This, coupled with a smattering of good footy nouse by Liam holding his position through the middle, presented as a good target & Xav centring the ball from deep in the pocket a couple of times (off his one good leg), resulted in the Roosters strutting their stuff & getting off to a flyer.  7.5 to 1.2 in the opening term exceeded all expectations and ruffled the Seagulls feathers.

 

The 2nd quarter was going to be a tough gig given the strength of the "breeze" we'd be looking to score into and would also require some disciplined defence to keep the opposition at bay.

Zidane, Sam H, Sam V & Nathan (in game 1 as a Rooster) were providing run & attack out of defence, while the smaller brigade in Daniel, Lachlan, Luis & Jonathan were holding their own and their opponents well.  By half time it was mission accomplished in keeping Willi to just one "wind-assisted" major.

 

Tactics often play a part at any level of footy and it was never more evident than the couple of opposition "extras" that had pushed back in the 3rd quarter to flood our forward line in an attempt to stop a repeat of the 1st quarter onslaught. Soc, Xav, Hamish & Steve battled hard, presented as targets and made the most of every opportunity.  While opposition tactics resulted in only 2 Rooster goals for the quarter it brought our "Wingers" in Ben & Diesel further into the game as we needed our forward entries to go a little via the cape.  Two individual highlights for the quarter also stood out.  The first being a strong & persistent shepherd by Juma which resulted in an "easier than normal" shot on goal that resulted in a major. (Great Captains example) The second was a free to Daniel after 4 "repeat tackle efforts" on the boundary beating 2 opposition.  Great stuff.

 

Xav begrudgingly would sit the last quarter out having hobbled as much as he could for 3 quarters meaning we'd play one player short to see the game out.  In what was a really spirited effort, we only conceded 2 goals, again defending what was at least a 4 goal advantage.  Nathan's diving spoil on the goal line a highlight and was an effort Heath Shaw would have been proud of.

 

Another solid team performance and another win.  Final scores 9.11 - 65 to 5.8 - 38.

 

Well done to Diesel for his eye catching performance in securing the Heartland Award.

 

Hopefully all the boy's spent the rest of the day continuing to spoil their Mums on their " Special Day" and let's try to get as many as possible along to training Tuesday, followed by pizza 👍😉😊

 

Go Roosters

 


Round 3, 2018

Under 9 Blue – Match Report – Round 3 – Away to Albanvale.

 

Another game at an unfamiliar ground, against an new opposition.

The keenest of our Roosters beat the Coach to the ground again.

We were to play Albanvale in their North Melbourne looking kit. The sun was well and truly out and high balls looking North may cause some trouble.

Our Captains today were Ryan and Jackson.

We were one short today, with our winged Rooster Ed out for a few weeks – get well soon buddy, train any other skills you can and stay fit and ready for your return.

This left us a full team, but no bench today.

We won the toss and were kicking with the mildest of breezes.

 

1st Quarter;

From the first ruck we looked switched on.

Eli won a free kick and got the ball going our way to  Nathaniel, to Arlo, to Hudson.  There was good forward play, which was rewarded with a snapped GOAL to Jack.

Nathaniel and Arlo again combined to go around the opposition getting the ball into our attacking 50 again.

From a kick out, Harvey marked, he picked out Eli with a pass, who GOALed.

Did I mention we looked “on” today?

Dylan took a mark, Arlo was running and rebounding the ball in our direction.

Jack and Eli both got their second GOALS.

Hamish was starting to get into his role, linking up with Oscar(mark) and on to Hudson(mark).

Our forwards and midfield were keeping the ball in our half.  Goal-line pressure allowed Jackson© to pounce, snap – GOAL.

One forward thrust started with Finn taking a mark at the back of the centre square. He moved wide and forward to Arlo who ran his full distance, bounced, ran his ten again and hand-balled forward, regained possession and sent a (apply B.T. Commentary voice)  “beau-ti-ful_long_low_ball” into our attacking 50.  Jack kept his feet after an attempted mark, gathered up the ball and got his 3rd Sausage (Sausage Roll = Goal) for the Quarter.

I didn’t have much opportunity to mention our defence this quarter, the ball never entered there…

 

The players came running in at the Quarter Time break – eager to tell me how well we were doing!

Keep a lid on it Guys, beware of any change in play when they switch their players around, keep doing the same things – keeping your positions and don’t get cocky (Coaches muse : Rooster’s should be cocky though..?)

 

2nd Quarter;

Archer was now getting involved (must have been in defence last quarter). He started a chain of play that included a handball to Arlo and a mark to Hamish. This got the ball forward, Archer continued past the ball and found the smallest amount of time and space to snap a GOAL.

Dylan, Oscar, Ryan© and Nathaniel were taking marks.

Arlo kicked his set shot straight for his 1st GOAL.

Hamish weaved his way through heavy traffic and kicked to our goalsquare.  Archer made good position (Front and Square?) and got the ball off hands to snap another GOAL.

Eli was proving a handfull for the opposition, tracking the ball in front of himself, weaving around and having a look up before kicking.

Ryan© won a free kick for a good tackle.

Archer to Nathaneil(mark) to Eli(mark) to Arlo(mark) was a great play, all uncontested marks as the players ran to space and chose good options.

 

Half Time Oranges taste sweeter when things are going our way.  And that they were today.

It was becoming obvious that Albanvale didn’t have experienced players like we have.

Our Senior 9s were using the ball and space around the ground to great effect.  They were bringing our 1st year Roosters into the game and giving them a opportunities to strut their stuff also.

Our marking, link up play and positioning was again really good.

The message went to the players – no mouthing off about the state of play in the game.  We didn’t like it last week, lets not do it ourselves.

 

3rd Quarter;

Ryan© got a good handball to Arlo, who got the ball moving our way.

Hudson got himself a GOAL from the pocket.

Jack got the ballon to Jackson to Fletcher, who won a free kick.

Arlo managed an end-over-end dribbler GOAL from near the point post.

Jack burst through the pack, passed to Finn in our 50 and on to Arlo who marked.

His confidence was up – Arlo – set shot – GOAL.

Out of the middle, Hudson tracked the ball.  It wasn’t sitting up for him so he knocked it forward in front of himself.  This gave him another go at it, this time it did pop up.  He gathered, he kicked – a great little piece of play.

Into our forward line and Hudson again found himself with the ball and snapped from a tight angle – GOAL.

Oscar took a strong mark.  Tom and Leo were getting their hands on the ball in the congestion.

Lachie was holding position well and not letting the ball past him.

Jackson knocked the ball out of the pack into Jack’s path.  His kick to the goal-square saw Archer arrive 1st to the ball – GOAL to Archer.

Fletcher marked from the kick-off to finish the 3rd quarter.

 

4th Quarter;

With our field position dominance and constant supply by Eli, Arlo and Hamish, everyone was keen to play forward.

And that’s what seemed to happen.

As all our players rushed forward, the ball went to Albanvale’s end.

We were without Lachie for the last quarter due to a corky.

Albanvale were determined to finish the game well.  We may have run out of puff.

Archer received some pressure with a good defensive mark.

Eli(mark) to Jack(mark) and kick into our F50.

Jack kicked a high ball into our F50 – Jackson© took a mark.

His set shot was touched on the line.

The ball didn’t leave our Forward 50.  There was a shot at goal, Hudson spoiled a defensive mark attempt and Jack was front and square for another GOAL.

Harvey had a snap shot, brothers Ben and jack were running the defence ragged in the goal square.

Arlo tried a torpedo, which turned into a Kaos Ball, which ended up with Jackson© and another GOAL.

 

Well played today Roosters!

We were able to put into the game lots of different things we have been working on at training – and I’m so glad that you can now see why we do practice these.

Highlights for me;

  • Marking/ knocking the ball free/ looking to be next
  • Running to a position in space
  • Kicking to space if no other option
  • Holding a defensive position a kick off the ball.

 

Special mentions;

  • Heartland Award : Eli Despotellis – outstanding control of the loose ball around the ground, taking marks, holding position and 2 goals.
  • Goals : Jack/Archer/ Jackson -3 each, Hudson/Arlo/Eli – 2 each
  • Happy Birthday to Oscar for today, Happy Birthday to Fletcher and Arlo for mid-week.

 

We have a home game next week, against Flemington Juniors – expect a much bigger challenge in that game.

 

See you at training,

Paul.

 

U9 Orange

Rd 3: West Footscray V Hopper Crossing

Another beautiful day! How good is getting up and going to the football when the weather is this great. Most of the team were very happy on the playground in the sun and no-one was rushing into the change rooms. Soon it was time to prepare and check our numbers as we had a few away or sick today. With no-one on the bench today, and the temperature rising, some extra effort would be needed.

The game started fast and furious for our backline. Bodee, Hugo W and Eamon where all quick to our defence. Hugo N. showed very good hands off the deck despite being sick all week, and Jack G was always reliable at centre half back. The Roosters had plenty of good possessions going forward as well with Jack M. taking a really good mark at centre half forward. Zeph kicked deep into our forward line where Malik swooped and kicked long for a point to get us on the board. Thomas won some good handballs and kicks today as he continued to get into the game. Kade and Eli started in the middle and had plenty of hard running to do around the ground. Hugo L. finished the quarter on the bench recovering from a blood lip.

The ball seemed trapped in our backline for a lot of the second quarter. It was tough going for all, and the umpire had to call for some space, as the players were drawn into one end. Enrique competed very well, with some great spoils to stop them marking in front of goals. Oliver C. made some good contests after he got focused.

The pressure continued in the third quarter with everyone working extra hard. Oliver R. was a rock at full back repelling many attacks. He also kicked out well using the whole goal square to Malik, then long for Hugo N. to take a ‘specky’ overhead right in front of the cheering fans. Paddy had a good quarter through the middle including a big chase down and tackle. Zeph was then crashed into the ground but showed great courage to shake it off and still take his free kick. Zeph took home a very well deserved Heartland award today.

The temperature was still rising and everyone needed a big drink before the last quarter. Noah put his body in first and earnt several tough free kicks at half back to go with some good marks earlier. Hugo L. was showing some run through the middle and kicked well. Charlie was very lively this quarter as well and took some good marks. The ball was spending a lot more time in our forward half. Finally, the team was rewarded for some great forward pressure when Malik linked up several times before he slotted a great running GOAL!

We had some official league umpires today which was excellent. The young umpire did well for his first game, and his senior mentor was really good talking to the kids and deciding free kicks, while never leaving the centre circle. The game was played in good spirit and we will look forward to facing Hoppers again later in the season.

Rooster of the week was Kade, who is showing some great form to start the season.

The team played really well today, with some of their best possession football and personal efforts so far this season. The opposition were a little stronger and it was a tough day on the park, especially with some very cruel bounces of the ball. But the Roosters didn’t stop trying all game and I think they should have all headed home happy with the effort today.

Thanks also to all the families for their support, even when the rain set in, particularly this weeks’ helpers: Chris, Vilma, Dave, Andrew, Amy, Robyn, Bart, Nicolle and Rebecca.

Gerald.

 

Under 10 Blue

On another sunny but chilly Autumn Sunday morning, our boys warmed up with some shots at goal. Not sure if this was the reason we ended up with 3 goal kickers (Jake with 3, Alan with 1 and Max RB with 1) but I say let’s do that again this weekend.

Credit to the Coach and Team Manager from Caroline Springs for loaning us 1 player per quarter to even up the numbers. The 4 boys who played for us all put in a decent effort and it was a great example of Sportsmanship that we can all learn from. So thanks to Justin, Ben, Ramsay and Lucas from Caroline Springs for their efforts. At the end of the game I chatted with their team manager and she told me she thought we have a great group of boys and was very impressed with how welcoming and friendly we all were towards their team member each time they joined us. So you all deserve the Sportsmanship award and I can’t split that this week.

Once again the fighting spirit and hunger to be first at the ball put us in a strong position from the start to the end of this rounds game. With strong but fair tackling and some amazing chase downs our boys such as Steven, Jacob, Alan, Riley, Rylan, Mitchell and Jake all showed a level of desperation to win the ball that an AFL coach would have been proud of. Alex once again put his body (and shins) on the line to help win the ball and got back up and kept playing after a painful shin contact with one of the bigger lads from CS.

The spreading out that I’ve been banging on about was happening more and more meaning I didn’t have to keep asking some of you to drop back into space. I was super happy to see many of you using your awareness and movement to find space  on either goal side of the ball. In particular I remember seeing Iggy, Aiden, Jake, Wesley, Oscar, both Max’s, Sasha and Billy in great positions to either defend or attack once the ball was kicked out of the contest.

Another super awesome part of our game this week was the run and carry of the ball. Last week at training we worked on this with races up and back the ground. So when we ran the ball from the backline all the way down the ground with (so I’m told) Max P, Sasha, Wes and Mitch all part of the chain then with Max RB finishing it off with a goal, I couldn’t hold back the excitement was running down the ground giving low fives and celebrating such an impressive effort. I also have to mention Kai’s great run from outside 50 towards the goals, and even though the kick went a bit wonky I think it still ended up as a goal so that was a proud moment.

Thanks to this week’s leaders Aiden, Riley and Stephen for helping your squads and to Riley as our Captain for the week.

Also congrats to our award winners this week;

Teamwork – Max P

I think we have a future captain and leader in Max. He leads by example and works hard to help teammates find good positions without being bossy. Well done Max!

Effort – Alex

Alex made many strong efforts throughout the game and as mentioned above that even meant he got a pretty nasty shin knock and still got up and played on. Good stuff Alex!

Awareness – Wesley

I could see that Wes was focusing on his positioning and showing great awareness of where the ball was likely to go next. His best game of the year I reckon. Nice one Wes!

Movement - Oscar

It seemed like we had 3 Oscars on the ground this week, he was everywhere. That sort of movement takes a lot of effort. Awesome work Oscar!

Sportsmanship – Our whole Team for welcoming the extra player loaned by Caroline Springs

It’s been a bit of a struggle to find ‘Rooster of the Week’ Award winners along with all the other awards but I think I’ve now come up with a way to award that. So the winner the first week was Billy because he played an awesome first ever game. I’ve decided to award the rest of the games to the person who did great work in all the TEAMS categories rather than excel in just one of them. So for Round 2 against Flemington I’ve awarded that to Rylan and for last weeks game I’m awarding it to Max RB. Sorry to those 2 lads for not awarding this on the day but well done to both of you. I’ll present both of these at the end of next week’s game and promise to announce a winner on the day from now on.

So this weekend we have a leisurely 12:05pm start at home against Altona. Lets expect another tough game and keep up the fighting spirit!

Go Roosters!

Ash

 

WEST FOOTSCRAY ROOSTERS – Under 10 Reds vs. Point Cook - Round Three – 6/5/18.

I am not kidding……..

“Promised you a miracle”

(I will come back to this)

Good Evening Sports Fans!

The Tenners road show rolled back into town after a week away plundering The Vikings village. Confidence was high after two on the trot but the prospect of facing Point Cook with 17 players might be a tall order for our vertically challenged Roosters. Regular followers of the Tenners would know that Bastien is doing some heavy time on the side lines and could be out for a while.  The Bulldogs are a strong club boasting three teams amongst most age groups with some seriously tall timber in their ranks. We do not always have the luxury of being able to bring players across to make up the numbers. The Ten Blues were on assignment across town in the same time slot and both nines were also on the road. Maybe we would be Ok with 17? We have been playing well enough to suggest that we would be competitive to say the least, it would be a great test of where we were at and might also provide a bit of an insight into any areas that might need attention on the training track.

OK, we are going in with 17; 17 it is, that is one less than 18 and one more than 16 if I am not mistaken. Yep, that all seems to add up. But, as our luck would have it, the squad would reduce to 16 in light of that news that Walt would miss due to business commitments. Walt had been asked to fly to the UK to officially photograph the recent arrival of Little Prince Louis for the Royal Family. Well, at least that is what I thought he said.  Alright, now we are starting to get a little thin, 16 would be a stretch.

I would awaken on Sunday morning to a text from T.M Kane. Ozi would also miss due to illness. I felt for Ozi, not only for being sick but he had been training the house down and I was keen to see him out there today. Alright 15 players; if 16 was stretch, then 15 would tear your hamstrings clean off the bone! This will require some divine intervention, it wouldn’t even have to be that divine you know, just something in the realms of the physically unexplainable would do.

Driving to the ground, I would once again turn to the oracle of FM radio. I had to be pushing my luck here. Surely there were more desperate people than me who needed help. Ok, here we go. Hmmm, don’t recognise this song, something about a Witch Doctor, but yeah, voodoo could work. All I would need is 26 little dolls in the exact replica of the Point Cook players. How much time do we have, half an hour, probably not a viable option at this stage.  Hit the scan button, “Promised you a miracle”. Yes!! ! Simple Minds.  “As golden days break wondering”.  I’ll take that miracle thanks!

We met Point Cook last year and managed to slug it out for a solid win. As it turned out, they would be the same side with the same coaches. A quick chat with them before the game would see them graciously give us three players per quarter to even out the teams. The bylaws actually state that each side must have same amount of players. The choice for the opposition is to either offer spare players if they have them or they must have extra players on the bench. In this instance, this would have meant 11 Point Cook Bulldogs sitting on the pine. Donning the Red and White for 12 minutes wouldn’t be so bad would it?

Surprisingly, the game today would be officiated by a senior umpire and two juniors learning the ropes.  Our allocated Paddy Cooks were duly knighted, with two sent to the wings and one to the back pocket. It would be their choice to work out who went where. What’s great about junior footy is the pure enthusiasm to play, anywhere, anytime. The Paddy Cooks would discuss who went where based on their own knowledge of each other. “I’ll play on the wing ‘cos I’m fast, he can go back pocket ‘cos he’s slow”. Captains for the day would be Clara and Cruzer. The toss was lost and we were kicking to the car park.

Once again Mighty Miles would take rucking duties, backed up by the mosquito fleet of Arti and Hurricane with Griff in the engine room. It would not take long for them to hit top gear with the Sherrin heading straight to the car park as if it needed a spot to park. If I were a betting man (for money) which I am not, I would be straight down to the TAB pre- game and put a pineapple on Showboat to kick the first goal. Not that the odds would be great as he has done it two weeks in a row and this would be no different. He would kick our only two goals of the first half with the Bulldogs snagging one of their own. It was a tough contest and one that we had been expecting but we were holding more than our own. The back line hung tough and stood up again under some enormous pressure at times. Arch played that C.H Back role to great effect, intercepting and repelling at every opportunity. The General controlled the last line with his safe hands and silky skills, taking on the player with his speed. The General would spend the second half in the middle to have a bit of a run and was immediately amongst the action with a goal. They were ably assisted by Louie the Fly and Efe who started on the back flanks. Flies must like crackers because Louie had another one today and took some great grabs with his sticky mits. Efe uses the ball beautifully and I can’t wait for his confidence to catch up with his natural ability. When it does, he will be a force to reckon with. The back line was rounded out by Co-Captain Cruzer, another crafty young fella with a knack for finding the footy, usually under a pack of players.  Much like Efe, watch out when his confidence grows.

It was business as usual in the middle. Mighty Miles continues to take on their biggest each week with gusto. Not one to shy away from tackling, he is a modern day ruckmen, prepared to do the dirty work as well.  Griff’s style of play is crucial to our set up and game plan. His ability to read the play one step ahead and be in the right spot at the right time is uncanny. They are not always outside gets either. Junior footy delivery is not always pretty and there is plenty of hard work to do to get on the end of it. Hurricane got another dose of vinyl poisoning with his incessant attack. Much like his preferred AFL mascot of choice, he swoops on everything that is not tied down. Arti is all class. Can I call him Art Class? Doesn’t really roll off the tongue does it. I know, I will call him Artisan, given that is his name anyway! An artisan is someone skilled with his hands and this case his feet as well. I might have to call the good people at Oxford and inform them of this change.

Co-Captain Clara was rock solid again. Shaping up as one of our toughest players, she likes to extract the footy without administering any anaesthetic to unsuspecting opposition. Her partner in crime Mezz really did take it to the next level (Last time I, promise!) She took a great chest mark and the resultant kick saw Showboat register a major. The Dynamic Duo are looking increasingly comfortable in the heat of battle. Brayden’s hard work on the training track is paying dividends on the field. He won’t let me call him Boomer so maybe Rooster, given that right leg of his. I will still need his permission though! I hope that the headband was not just a one off! He would go on to win our “Rooster of the Week” award for his game today.

We have a pair of Noah’s except one is called Dozer. I thought Dozer had played his best game last week, but he proved me wrong when he played it this week. He was a little down on himself when he missed a set shot from long range, but goals will come if he keeps presenting the way he does. Our other Noah is learning his craft and is rapt to get a touch and that is all that really matters. There will never be pressure to be the best unless you put that on yourself. Noah is progressing well and he knows it and he will work hard to get where he wants to be.

It was a tough game of footy. In the end the Roosters would prevail with some unlikely goals from a couple of Paddy Cooks who would end up outscoring their own team. The last quarter saw the ball entrenched in our forward line with nine shots on goal for a return of one goal eight. Any time the ball got out passed our forward fifty it was quickly mopped up and sent back in. The Tenners played a great game today, their positioning and link up work was outstanding. Their willingness to keep pressuring and moving forward is also very pleasing as it is what we stress every week, but you wonder if it is sinking in. I feel like it might be.

The final score line of 6.8.44 – 1.03.09 did not really reflect how tough it was but shows how tough our Roosters resolve is.

Goals – Showboat 2 – Hurricane 1 – General 1 – Paddy Cook 2:

We now turn our attentions to next Sunday, away against Flemington on Mothers Day. (Maybe I should have kept that miracle in my pocket!)

“Everything is possible”

Special Thanks to 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.

 

U11 vs Tarneit at Shorten Reserve

 

It was Irish novelist Samuel Beckett who said “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

 

This week had disaster written all over it.  Both coaches and team manager sick.  One trainer rostered on at work.  Rory away, Luke suspected broken thumb and Zeke ill leaving us with no interchange.  No field umpire.  The script called for a terrible game of football.  And yet…

 

Tarneit had their own woes, requesting to borrow a trainer early in the week and then arriving with only 16 players.  With Flynn running late due to a suspected broken leg (according to his basketball teammates) the coaches agreed we’d play 16 each, handing us a surprise surplus player on the bench.  Lo and behold Flynn arrived as the game got underway and our bench swelled to 2.

 

The game began with a tight struggle across the ground and a dour affair appeared to be on the cards.  One sensed that any score on the board would be important as the absence of 2 players on the ground for both sides was keenly felt.  Nonetheless our boys ground away and eventually gained the ascendency, a position they held throughout the remainder of the game.  Ashton dominated the ruck contests and Kiir and Reuben cleared the ball with regularity into our waiting forwards.  Zaw Zaw came off early with a jarred finger (his first of a couple of injuries in a tough game for him), replaced by Marlon who joined the centre fray.  Hamish and Angus provided useful running support on the wings, with Hamish kicking our first goal from a clean snap.  The forwards: Ziggy, Oliver, Nicholas and Eli pounced on anything that came close and only some desperate defence from Tarneit (including their Heartland winner #9) prevented the floodgates from opening in the first term.  Eventually Flynn broke through with a great overhead snap, leaving spectators to wonder if perhaps his leg wasn’t broken after all!

 

Tarneit hunkered down in the 2nd term and this time it was our defenders proving their mettle.  Patrick, Joharo and Tem are building a solid defensive structure from week to week and each time the ball entered the Tarneit forward line with a score threatening, these 3 quickly sent it back the other way.  The ball bounced back and forth throughout the second term with no goals scored by either side.

 

At the half time break spirits were high, elevated even further by Des’ words of inspiration and Tim’s magnet board magic.  As the 3rd quarter got underway our boys patrolled the ground with a fair degree of swagger, confident their second win was not too far away.  Tarneit didn’t give up and kept trying to push the ball forward but by now Ben had taken ownership of the half back line, and seemingly without an opponent, was magically in the right position to mark the ball with every Tarneit forward play.  Quick hands to Thomas and Caleb saw the ball repeatedly repelled into our forward line and into the waiting arms of Kiir and Ashton who both kicked truly.

 

The final quarter was a formality, despite the barracking of all parents on the sidelines (including those from West Footscray) for a Tarneit goal, which did eventuate.  Time after time our boys worked the ball cleverly into position with Ashton the target up forward.  Unfortunately Ashton’s accuracy did not do justice to his talent or his teammate’s persistence and his return of 1.4 for the quarter stopped the score from being the blow-out that threatened.  In the end it was a deserved 5 goal victory – could have been more, and we may not get away with such inaccuracy in finals, but today it was enough.  Congratulations to Tarneit though who really were up against it from the word go but never dropped their heads and played the game in a lovely spirit.

 

Massive thanks to all parent helpers today: Dave field umpire, Dennis boundary, Patrick goal, Joanne and Lucy on water, Shawn on the clock and Tania on orange slicing and jumper washing duty.  Carol has done a great job as solo trainer for past two weeks but is looking forward to Zoran’s return.

 

You really couldn’t say we played our best game.  But, with things not quite going our way and arrangements not quite falling into place our boys got the job done.  So we’ll finish with another Beckett quote: “We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much?”

 

West Footscray 5.6.36 def. Tarneit 1.0.6

Goals: Ashton 2, Kiir, Hamish, Flynn

 

Andrea

 

Under 14 Match Report

West Footscray Roosters v Flemington, Sunday 6 May, 2018

 

Glorious conditions greeted players and spectators at our quirky, undulating home ground at a time when footy should be played: 2:10pm in the arvo. We were taking on one of the ladder leaders, and the Flemington Colts looked more like thoroughbreds when they ran out. This assessment was confirmed in the first ten seconds when their number 3, Noah galloped past five of our players for a spectacular goal.

 

But my horse theme has meant I’ve jumped out of the gates too soon, without acknowledging the somewhat shambolic pre-match. Xavier Cahill, who made an electric debut in the red and white last week, was ruled out with a heel complaint. Our own Jonah Lomu, Zidane Scanlon-Jones was also ruled out with, apparently, a groin complaint. I thought only Matthew Kreuzer and Chris Phelan succumbed to the ‘groin’. Then, with minutes before the opening bounce our irrepressible and usually pretty unflustered Team Manager Liza L discovered Alex Q was also out – on camp. There goes three of our best players. Coach Josh tried to focus the boys: not worrying about the ‘outs’, tackle pressure, and using our pace on the outside.

 

Meanwhile Liza was screaming: "Murphy, Murphy, can you play?" A quick glance at his dad, Damian, followed by a “heck yeah”, or “sick”, or something involving an affirmative answer, and he was in the team. We just needed to find him a jumper, which was in the boot of a car about to leave Shorten. Murphy’s name was quickly added to the team sheet, umpires advised, and along with fellow under 12 Cooper, we managed to field a side.

 

At the quarter time break the scores were 43 to 0. We weren’t 43. This could get ugly. That said, we started to get in to the game. Our lads began to realise #3 tended to try to run too far, and do too much. He was pinged for holding the ball about 8 times in the course of the game, I reckon. That is a credit to our under-sized lads who kept chasing and courageously taking him on. Sam Vlaeminck started in the ruck, and his basketball skills showed through with some nice tap work. His contesting efforts will get better as the season continues – “he’s got a nice size about him”, as they say.

 

Liam, Henry and Navindu contested well. A theme that would run through the day. The second quarter began with a shirt-front on Murphy, and Damian muttering things about what Amy would think about her little fella playing against the Flemington thoroughbreds.

 

Samuel H started to exert his influence across half back, cleaning up loose balls and taking a lot of intercept marks to then launch our forays. Often he would find Ben Murphy streaming through the midfield from his wing – a great play for us. Socrates took a number of nice marks with his incredibly clean hands, but had to work higher up the ground today, so didn’t impact the scoreboard.

 

Inside ball-winner Henry flicked one out to Murphy (who had recovered), on to Diesel for a blazing point from 25 metres out directly in front. The kick-in out to the 42.5 metre arc was then intercepted by Diesel (again) who launched a huge snap which somehow bounced and bounced and bounced through – goal to West Footscray!

 

#1 for Flemington was repelling a lot of our forward entries, and played an exceptional game, but our onballers were incredibly tenacious and determined in this second quarter – Liam, Kailey, Nav, Jonathan. One of our finest pieces of play came in the second quarter with Samuel spearing a pass to Soc who quickly switched inboard to Ben M, on to Sam V, a Henry tackle, a great mark by Steven (who almost qualifies for the under 12’s!), he handpassed to Sam V for a great team goal. Meanwhile on the bench Murphy suggested he was the human Ventolin for this team. Fair enough, too. Certainly the Roosters had plenty of breath in their tenacious lungs, and we outscored the thoroughbreds in the second quarter. #3 was getting a little sick of the close attention Liam was paying him – one suspects he’s used to running where he likes on a footy field – it was a different story today.

 

Coach Josh made a couple of positional changes, bringing Daniel Hudson up on to a wing for the third quarter, and shifting Ben Murphy to full forward. Kailey moved in to the ruck and competed really well. It’s great to have him out there playing for the good old red and white. Jonathan’s quick clean hands fed the ball out to Liam for a long kick in to Steven for another goal. Steven was proving a great target up forward. Cooper kicked a behind (not a literalism or a euphemism), but the Flemington full-back picked up the wrong footy to resume play – a light-red, deflated synthetic job. Juma started to exert his influence in the back line, blocking, tackling and feeding the ball out. Samuel H was enormous across half-back with intercept marks, driving runs and long kicks. Leo got a great little tap out to set a team-mate up for a dashing run. Sam V had a harsh free-kick paid against him (it is a hard game to umpire), and Flemington pounced. The thoroughbreds ran in bursts and broke the game right open with a few goals in a row. At 3 qtr time the score was 20 to 83. We weren’t 83… but we were putting up one heck of a contest.

 

Liam G started on fire (not literally or euphemistically) in the 4th quarter, strolling out of the centre bounce, at one point looking around to see if anyone was following. He kicked it long to Steven for another great mark and goal. Kailey copped a high tackle, got it on to Liam for a towering, raking, Billy-Brownless special of a goal from at least 38.5 metres. Steven added to his highlight reel with a one-handed mark near the point post, putting up his right arm like a traffic cop and having the ball roll down it in to his lap. A quick play on snap went behind the stick. Luis, as he often does, quietly went about his business, taking a few good marks and kicking beautifully – he is one of the best kicks in our team.

 

Towards the end of the game Daniel (aka uncle Terry) found himself in the defensive 50 with the ball near the goals and not much else around him. In his inimitable style he sauntered back and very quietly waited for the trouble to arrive before escorting the ball over for a rushed behind. Smart footy.

 

Isaac C was also involved throughout the day with a lot of pressure acts (to use the AFL vernacular), blocks, shepherds and handballs. Diesel was amazing, continually contesting against much bigger boys and bringing the ball to ground. Nav showed electric, steam-train express speed coming out of the backline, until he hit the end of the line – well, two Flemington thoroughbreds. Crunch, bang, he still managed to flick out the handpass before slumping to the ground. All smiles after the game. Hamish was another who pressured hard all day, especially in the forward line. He copped an almighty falcon in the final quarter, but earnt a pizza voucher for his efforts, so surely that cancels out the headache.

 

Sometimes, well probably quite often, kids sport is not about the final result. Without three of our best from last week, and with Lenny still out with a back complaint, these Roosters should be very proud of their efforts. This could have been a 150 point shellacking, but the Flemington thoroughbreds had to run hard down the back straight and around the bend. Our attack, pressure and tackling was excellent. A huge thanks to Cooper and Murphy for filling in, and playing great games.

 

Let’s all help Coach Josh to build on the game structure Tim and Jack taught us from last season – a handpass out the back of the pack, put pressure on, look for the 45 or 90 degree kick, run and go.

 

Final score: Flemington 102, West Footscray 35.

 

Goal kickers: Steven 2, Liam 1, Diesel 1, Sam V 1

 

Better players: well it was a great team effort, but some better players (from the match reporter’s perspective) were: Liam Grant, Navindu G, Samuel Hall, Henry Lovell, Diesel Lim.

 

Next week we take on Williamstown, hopefully with a couple of handy “in’s”. A big thanks to all the adults who contributed to the game - coach Josh, runner Jack, boundary umpire Gerald, water runners (Hamish's brother and ??), trainer Yenny, goal umpire Clayton, and of course our terrific Team Manager Liza L.

 

Cheers for now, Dave Hall.

 


Round 2, 2018

U9 Orange

Rd 2: West Footscray V Werribee Districts

Our first early game and everyone was on time. Great start. No sign of the opposition at first but they had a long journey from the Districts of Werribee. With overcast skies, calm and mild air, it looked like a good morning for football (enjoy it while we can). The kids were keen to get out there having a good warm up before they had their jumpers. Captains today were Zeph and Jackson.

We started with all 3 Hugo’s around the middle just to confuse the opposition. It seemed to work with Hugo L and Hugo N combining well with marks and kicks to each other around the wing. Hugo W. began well after missing the first week and was in the action quickly. James and Eamon were holding the opposition at bay across half back for us. Eli was applying good pressure as we were locking the ball in our forward line. Jack M. looked dangerous around goal early and swooped on a loose ball to snap a GOAL! Great first quarter.

Bodee cleared the ball well from the half back line to start the second quarter. Kade was finding plenty of the ball all around the ground. Thomas began his football career today and looked happy to be in the action – a promising sign. A few other good shots by the Roosters were saved by their fullback on the line. Half time arrived and it felt like we had a close one with the opposition only kicking a couple.

Drizzle turned to rain in the third quarter. This is more like football weather and it suited some of our players. Zeth and Charlie were running hard and picking the ball up cleanly. Someone flicked the switch for Otto and he was electric around the ground this quarter. Paddy showed football smarts beyond his years by touching the ball on the ground instead of trying to bounce. Noah and Enrique linked up well moving the ball forward. Jack G. had been very strong in our backline early now went forward and finished with our second goal (no one is sure who kicked it which shows fantastic team first attitude).

The last quarter began with Oliver C. and Oliver R. showing more great team work with blocks and shepherds to make space for their teammates. Malik was good all day and held a strong mark in the backline this quarter. Kase gave it his all throughout the game before having to rest from a heavy collision. A few others were winged in the packs and needed some icepack treatment on the sidelines, but nothing too serious.

Rooster of the week was Paddy with a great 4 quarter effort.

Overall it was a close game between two evenly matched teams. We saw a few passages of play link up which was great. The kids all did their best and they didn’t let a little rain dampen their spirits. Onward, into the season we go.

Thanks also to all the families for their support, even when the rain set in, particularly this weeks helpers: Chris, Nicolle, Dave, Tony, Ben, Esther, Glenn, Simon, and Matt for umpiring. (some helpers were looking resplendent in their fluorescent bibs). Also special thanks to Julia, Esther, Suzanne, Heidi & Jo for helping in the canteen.

 

Gerald.

 

 

Under 9 Blue – Match Report – Away to St Bernards

 

We were in new environs today, I hadn’t been to this ground before – hence some of our keenest Roosters beat us there. Another 20 minutes latter, it was recognised that the Roosters Red and White was the only footy jumpers on the oval..

Hmmm…

Fortunately there was a cross between Hawthorn and Eagles colours in the carpark.  Relax, we are at the right ground.

 

Our Captains today were Hamish and Harvey, who have both grasped the challenge of junior footy with both hands.  They had already decided to kick with the wind (um, wind?) if they won the coin toss. I cannot recall who won the toss, or remember any wind, but we were heading to the Clubhouse end to start.

 

1st Quarter;

The game started in suitably enthusiastic junior footy style. Tom got our first meaningful possession, sending the ball towards our end. Ryan won a free kick and Hudson took a mark. Hamish © got the first of his many contested possessions.  Nathaniel attacked the ball in defence and cleared with a kick. Harvey laid a strong tackle on our defensive 50.

Down our scoring end, Finn took a mark and kicked well to Arlo. He got the ball inside 50 where Fletcher took a mark, kick on to Oscar, kick to Hudson, shot at Goal – ooh – behind the big stick (point)

Eli and Jackson worked a great 1-2 in the midfield.

Nathaniel took a mark from our kick-in between a couple of opposition players.

Hamish © took a mark on our D50. Finn flew high for a mark/spoil.

More great link up play between Harvey © - Hudson – Finn and also Nathaniel – Arlo – Finn.

The majority of the play this quarter was between the arcs, with few scoring opportunities for either Team.

 

I was really impressed with our overhead marking, kick passes and link up play.

 

2nd Quarter;

More of the same please…

We were defending early – Fletcher got a clearance, Tom and Harvey © laid good tackles.

Hudson took a mark and got the ball on to Arlo.

Fletcher then produced an excellent chase down and tackle, of a considerably larger player.

Finn made a smart play, tapping the ball in front of himself and then gaining possession.

A Rainbow hovered over the Clubhouse

Tom took a Defensive Goaline mark.

 

Half Time messages were about running hard in defence to cover the opposition and running hard to space when we had the ball.

 

3rd Quarter;

Oscar picked the ball up off the ground on the run and hand balled.  Jackson and Tom took good marks. Oscar and Archer combined through the middle.

Eli weaved through players to get a good clearance.

Jack was getting more of the ball and was using it well.

The rain that made the rainbow had now arrived – and some scrappy footy followed.

Tall players don’t get shorter as the game goes on, and Dylan and Ryan were providing our Ruck Taps and Tall marking targets.

Lachlan and Leo were putting pressure onto the ball carrier

Edward was following the ball and Ben got himself some touches on the ball.

 

4th Quarter;

We were doing so many of the little things well, but till now we were not quite getting the ball deep enough into our scoring 50.

This changed in the final quarter. We were able to use our link play and skills in our forward line.

Hamish © kept the pressure on with a good chase down tackle.

With the ball locked in our attacking area, Jackson got a shot at goal – behind the big stick….

The kick in didn’t leave our attacking 50.

Eli took a strong mark. He popped it to the goalsquare, where Jackson took a great pack mark between many players.  He lined up his set shot and kicked well for a truly well deserved GOAL.

The bell (not a siren) sounded not long after.

 

I was really glad for the Team to get a reward for some really good play.

Highlights for me;

  • Kick ins – used the whole square and no kick in was scored from directly
  • Plenty of good kicks and strong marks
  • Link up combinations
  • Choosing good options

 

Special mentions;

  • Edward – played out the game with what turned out to be a impact fracture in his wrist from earlier in the week. We look forward to having you back in game mode in a few weeks Ed.
  • Heartland Award Winner – Finn O’Donnell, getting plenty of possessions by playing in good positions on the field.

 

Thankyou Parents, things ran smoothly again. Your Photos and Game Notes help recall our young Roosters action also.

 

See you at training,

Paul

 

WEST FOOTSCRAY ROOSTERS – Under 10 Reds vs. Altona Vikings - Round Two – 29/4/18.

Without a word of a lie……..

“In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream”

(I will come back to this)

Good Evening Sports Fans!

After a spirited and pleasing performance last week against Spotswood, Sunday morning would see the Tenners sail across the misty Newport fiords for a date with the Altona Vikings. This time it would be with a full squad in tow. That’s right, a full squad! Hurricane Harry had been given the all clear to play from the finest physicians in the land and so keen was he that this prompted him to make Ethan shave his head pre game so that he could see better! Mighty Miles had also returned from hitch hiking his way across USA and was ready to play.

Ring Ring….Ring Ring…. “Hello, what’s that? Bastien’s broken his what now!? Ahhhhh!

Tragedy would again strike a blow to the heart of the Tenners as news filtered through that Bastien had broken his toe. Details are sketchy; all I heard was Bastien, broken toe, circus, purple monkey, two weeks……. It could have also meant that Bastien had broken the toe of a purple monkey at the circus and was in jail for two weeks. Either story is plausible……

Last week I had turned to the oracle of the radio in hope that the first song that we would hear would determine our fate. It worked last time, why not again?

Without word of a lie, the exact moment I turned on the radio coincided with the first crashing notes of “Born to Run”. Ladies and Gentlemen, omens do not get any better than this when you are driving to a football game and gambling your fate on whether you win or lose that day!

As I unceremoniously murdered some of The Boss’s finest work, I wondered if I should be tempting fate in such away. I felt that I had good reason. Hurricane and Miles playing their first games, Showboat had a wonky knee, Dozer had dodgy ankle, Arch had a corky in the calf, and Bastien was in jail…… No harm in asking for a little insight. “Sprung from cages on highway nine”…..

Autumn had been kind thus far, but as we sailed across the Newport Fiords the rain clouds gathered and threatened to slow down proceedings. Our game plan had worked last week and we planned to do the same but with a few changes. The spine would remain the same but the pockets and flanks would rotate through back, wings and forwards. Our leg speed combined with our run and carry was working well and time would tell if it would work again.

Our alphabetical Captain for the day was Brayden. As the gentle giant strode into the middle for the coin toss, I thought that he could use an ironic moniker like “Boomer” with his quietly spoken demeanour juxtaposed with his booming right leg. I reckon it could stick….. better ask him first though! With the coin toss lost we were kicking to the right of screen as light rain fell across the wide open plains of Oval Number One, Grant Reserve.

Mighty Miles had been injected into the ruck and Hurricane had slept in the centre square overnight, so thought best to leave him there. Both lads would impact the contest immediately as the Tenners picked up where they left off last week and dominated proceedings. The Viking defenders battled hard in their Longship as Tenners bombarded them with Sherrin’s, but they were no match for Showboats brand of forward pressure football as he kicked the first two on his way to another bag of four with his wonky knee showing no signs of buckling just yet. Walt had told me pre game that he had a kicked a goal here before and I casually suggested that he should kick another. So he did! Once again using his footy smarts, Walt got hold of one over the top and strode into an open goal. He was unlucky not to get another from a great snap later in the game, but it sailed behind.

The mid field was working a treat. Mighty Miles was presenting well and tackling hard. Arti is slick. He is quick and he is clean and reads the play beautifully and would be our second “Rooster of the week”. I hope that your fingers are OK little fella? Hurricane racked up possessions like they were stolen goods, picking packs and tackling like his life depended on it. He would also bag three and was on his way to four when he committed the cardinal sin of the dreaded one bounce rule.

Centreman used his game to a different effect today. Still rock hard at the ball, he played a crucial link up between backline and forward momentum. He too reads the play beautifully and can get on the bike if he needs to or get off and menace the contest with his physical presence.

The Dynamic duo of Clara and Mezz fleshed out the wings and both were covered in wet grass at half time such is there willingness to get amongst the action. Clara managed to stay away from the trainers today. Her game continues to improve on the back of first, second and third efforts and was able to scoot away from congestion on a number of occasions. Mezz is also well on her way to the next level (how many weeks will I be able to get away with using that one?). She has a great ability to stand up in tackles and still get boot to ball and not for one minute looks overawed by the attention.

Cruzer stepped it up a notch from last week and managed to get himself out into space and implement our run and carry plan to great effect. His confidence is on the rise and I look forward to seeing what he will become by seasons end.

Noah and Ozi once again played to their strengths. The skills will come but you can’t teach enthusiasm. Both lads have plenty of it. We only had Noah for three quarters today with his old man mumbling something about having to see a bloke about a dog or words to that effect, but for three quarters we got effort and big smile. Ozi, in only his second ever game is really starting to find his feet with a beautiful pirouette out of pack and kick away.

The Dozer probably played his best game today. Another of the walking wounded, his adrenalin overriding the sore ankle, he pleaded to go into the middle after half time. Took some grabs, got some kicks, layed some tackles and had a cracker.

Efe and Louis the Fly started on the half back flanks today and moved their way down the wings as the game wore on. Efe is looking like real CHF material. Solid body, strong mark great kick, he was unlucky not to add to his tally today with a Wilbur poster. As I just mentioned, after a strong mark, the kick veered right at the last moment to scrape the woodwork on the way through. Louis the Fly buzzed the packs with opponents swatting at him as he flew in and flew out of congestion with ease. He is one of a few who can take a grab, hands out in front of his face; it is not an easy thing to do, but a delight to watch.

Arch and The General (trialling a new nickname for Howe Diddy here) once again controlled the back line. Arch would go on to win the Heartland for his attack on the incoming footy. His willingness to run off his opponent and attack the ball is starting to click for him as he realises turning defence into attack can be just as much fun as it is challenging. Although, I am not sure that he knows who his opponent is at times! That just leaves The General.  He swept the full back line to a gleaming shine once again today. Probably our most vocal Rooster on the field his encouragement of others is brilliant. Safe hands, great feet, whippet speed, knows when to hold em and knows when to fold em.

Don’t get me wrong, it was not all one way traffic. The Vikings were holed up in their forward 50 for large periods of play. They just could not break through. The link up of the Tenners was outstanding today in what turned out to be some slippery conditions under foot. We must forget either that we only had 17 on the park for three quarters and 16 for the last quarter. The combined efforts of everyone today saw another comfortable “margin” to the Roosters.

8.5.53 – 0.02.02.

Goals – Showboat 4 – Hurricane 3 – Walter 1:

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

“Tramps like us, baby we were born to run”

Special Thanks to Libby for donning the whistle 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 10 Blues vs Flemington

This week our U10 Blues rose to the challenge, and played a blinder against quality opposition in the Flemington Colts.

 

 

 

I was super impressed with the efforts by all of you to be more aware of what to do when their team had the ball. I saw many of you looking for one of their players to cover and creating a contest so they didn’t get to move the ball very far to their end. One I mentioned at half time was when Alan who quickly read where the player was about to kick and was running to the opponent before the player even kicked the ball. That created a contest and the ball came back into our forward line. There were many others such as Max R.B, Jacob, Billy, Kai and Steven who I saw hold their position a kick away from where the ball was being contested and often they were the next player to contest the ball.

 

 

 

The pressure from our team was relentless with awesome tackling from so many of you. Some highlights were 2nd and 3rd efforts from the likes of Max P, Jake, Aiden, Both Jacks, Billy, Iggy, Oscar, Wesley and Rylan. I think everyone made an effort to keep tackling and chasing during the game and that fighting spirit is becoming our trademark I reckon.

 

 

 

Because we don’t score I didn’t keep a track on all the goals but with the help of Jacobs mum Mary (who helped me with this week’s game report) I’ve got a few listed. Great effort to Alan, Oscar, Rylan, Stephen, Jake and I reckon there were a few more than that. I’ll try to note those down for next week’s report. Also some great marks from Jake, Kai, Mitch, Jacob, Sasha, Alex and Stephen and I know there were more than that so that’s a sign that we were looking for good targets and hitting them with solid kicks.

 

 

 

Our ball movement stepped up another level from last week and it needed to with the pressure coming from the Colts. From Jake claiming the ‘Dusty’ title with fend offs and pack busting efforts to Riley, Ryan, Jacob and Oscar all breaking out of packs and clearing the ball to the outside players. There was one particular play where we ran it out of defence and into our half with a string of well directed kicks and strong marks. Hopefully that showed you all what we can do if we are aware of the ball movement and make an effort to move into a good position for the next kick in the chain rather than just chase the ball.

 

 

 

They scored a couple of late goals in the last quarter but I think we held the stronger position for most of the game, so I was extremely proud of you all. This week we have an early one (8:50am so we need to be there at 7:50am argggg) away against Caroline Springs. If they’re anything like last year we have another great challenge ahead but with some lessons learnt in our last game we won’t give them an easy run at it. If we keep reminding ourselves to ‘spread out’ when we have the ball and ‘man up’ (find an opponent) when they have the ball, I think we will do very well again this week.

 

 

 

Thanks to all our Parents and Carers who helped out last week. We can’t do it without you! Also thanks to our 2 Jacks from U9 Orange who both stepped up with class and even added to our scoreboard. Unfortunately we won’t have that luxury this week so we will all need to dig deep and show the Lakers what the Roosters are made of!

 

GO ROOSTERS!!

Ash

 

 

Rd 2 Vs Werribee Central Sunday 29th April Roosters 5.9.39 to 4.3.27

Just want to firstly Welcome all parents & players for 2018. I think it’s going to be an exciting season of growth for these lads. The Werribee game was noted for its team effort. Across the field everyone did their bit, which grew throughout the game.

From the opening bounce Werribee pushed deep into our defence, pinning us down to work straight away. But as we saw against Flemington, this is one solid and cohesive unit who all that complement each other. Eizkiel reading of the play has gone to another, constantly putting his body on the line. Patrick knows when to leave his man and is precise with rebound and kick ins. Reuben provides the dash and link up and it was great to see him mix up his attacking options. Tem ability to make the right decision at the right time was a highlight and is another who doesn’t take a backward step. Ben this week moved back into his sweeping role and timed his attacking dashes to perfection; it was great to see finally be able to break the shackles of the one bounce rule and use his pace and agility. Thomas on the opposite flank to Reuben showed his nous with repeated runs and covering of loose men. After absorbing all of Werribee pressure 2nd half of the quarter saw the lads reverse the tables, locking the ball deep into our forward line, with Flynn and Ziggy looking dangerous. While we created quiet a few scoring opportunities, there was little return. Within the last minute, against the run of play, Werribee finally scored the first goal of the day, echoing Flemington the week before, where out intensity dropped approaching the siren. Got to play those 17 minutes out lads.

 

Roosters 0.2.2 Werribee Centrals 1.3-9

 

 

 

2nd Quarter: Began with the Roosters now dictating the play. Kiir was instrumental in providing the pressure around the contest and reversing the dominance of Number 11. Angus picked up from his dominant performance in Rd 1 and again showed his class around the packs, winning the ball and kicking to the right positions. Marlon relished his run through the middle and it was great to see his pressure and tackling, building again on his Rd 1 performance. Ashton had now moved into the ruck and was providing the drive around the contests and making havoc for Werribee defenders. Zaw Zaw was equally impressive - Zaw Zaw has some fantastic finishing skills and it’s a pleasure to see him lift his intensity at the ball to new levels. I look forward to seeing this develop further. Elijah gave us the run and carry through the middle of the ground and persisted right throughout the game. (He saved us in the last quarter at Full Back when Werribee threatened a come back.) Nicholas work in the forward was outstanding and is another who has just deciding they are taking their game up to a new level. It’s a privilege to witness see a player through their own hard work ‘believe’. We were rewarded with out forward dominance by a clever Hamish snap, for our first goal and it looked like we were away. To Werribee’s credit and our repeated drop off in intensity in the final few minutes of the quarter, two quick goals were scored against us. So after all our hard work and dominance we headed in the half time break having lost two quarters of football on the scoreboard. Werribee had their tails up and the questions’ flashing in the Roosters coach’s minds was how would our lads respond?

 

Roosters 2.2.14 Werribee Centrals 3.3-21

 

3rd Quarter: It didn’t take long to find out. Joharo had moved into the ruck during the Q2 and his physical pressure and handballing to runners was vital in setting our dominance. Flynn moved into the forward line and was everywhere, winning the ball creating several scoring opportunities. He was unlucky not to have at least 2 majors but I’m sure this will change in the coming weeks. Oliver game grew from week one and laid numerous important tackles as Werribee threatened to break out of our hold. Rory was another looking dangerous in the forward half and his ability to switch quickly from attack to defence a feature of his game. Again after completely dominating Werribee and keeping them scoreless we were unable to convert our possession into goals, returning four with only four points, which were all gettable goals. A bit of work to do there but it was great to see the pride and determination from this group.

 

Roosters 2.6.18 Werribee Centrals 3.3-21

 

 

4th quarter: With Werribee still 3 points ahead the game was up for grabs. Luke, a newcomer to this game, was outstanding in his attack on the ball and laid some big tackles at critical stages through the quarter. He certainly was feeling it post match but he should be proud of his efforts. Caleb also played a pivotal role in defence in the 2nd half and shows great composure and decision-making and will be important player for us through the remainder of the season. It was great to see Ziggy have new relish for football and his ability overhead and at ground level a feature of his versatility. He was rewarded with another clever goal and looks set for a big season. Finally we started to see reward for our pressure, kicking three goals to one, to clearly run out a very impressive performance. I sense there is more to come and look forward to coming games. See all you down there for the next chapter.

 

Roosters 5.9.39 Werribee Centrals 3.3-21

 

WEST FOOTSCRAY

Goal Kickers: R. Lovell, H. Vlaeminck, Z. Moore, R. Lieberman, F. Roberts

 

Des

 

 

 

Under 12 Round 2

Sunshine Heights vs West Footscray

 

As we drove to the ground Weston, Murphy, Javier and myself pondered whether we had ever played Sunshine heights before in our long, proud junior careers. We certainly had never been there. Google maps would need to co-pilot the trip. We found the place easily (thanks Google Maps!) and drove around trying to find a park. We eventually got one, grabbed our gear and checked that we had locked the car about 15 times. The neighbourhood reminded me of where I grew up in Geelong, so I checked the locks one more time and headed into the rooms. We only had 18 available today with Sean, Xavier and Sasmitha unavailable. Javier and Vinh were our captains. No Bench is great, no injuries would be even better!

 

The pre-match showers had made the track a little slippery. This wouldn’t suit our game.  I suspect our boys had enjoyed having Javier in the ruck this season. Today he would ruck against an equally tall opponent. He won the first tap and the ball hit the deck. It was instantly like a cake of soap. The Sunshine Heights midfield and half backs were hard to crack. Chains of handballs fell apart due to the conditions and pressure being applied. We had lively targets down forward. Leroy (who complained of a crook stomach pre-game) was seemingly enjoying the conditions. Christian (rolled ankle on Saturday. Basketball is now outlawed for all under 12 roosters) likewise. We were finding the open space more easily than our dogged opponents. Jack broke through on the left flank and smacked it goalward. The ball evaded all our forwards and their defence apart from Elijah Moon. He picked it up, smacked it through and began the fist pumping Within minutes Jack repeated the dose. This time the ball rolled through off his boot.  Claims of him attempting to pass it on both occasions were highly dubious, but a goal is a goal! Great work Jacko! Our mids were beginning to dominate now. Felix was his usual busy self. Kadin and Samuel were winning their wings. After yet another forward thrust, Weston pounced on the pill and threaded through a beauty. After a tough start, we were controlling the game.

 

¼ time Sunshine Heights 0.1.1 vs West Footscray 3.4.22

 

We were kicking to the dodgy pub end in the second term. Frank had moved into the middle and may never come back out. He was sensational! The ball and the ground were drying out and our game style was really warming up. We were flicking the ball around by hand and foot and breaking through Sunshine Heights defence regularly. Our half backs were now patrolling the middle of the ground and sending the ball forward whenever the opportunity arose. Yash, Cooper and Mickey had the game under control. A goal couldn’t be far away I thought. Kadin can read my mind or possibly I can control his. Maybe it was purely coincidental, whatever it was (I’m leaning toward mind control) he smacked through his first of the day. We were relentless. Murphy wrapped up one of their defenders and won a free kick. Aaron and Nathaniel were proving to be fantastic targets deep forward. Kadin found the pill and put it onto Elijah Moons chest. Bang! Another one. Minutes later Frank would repeat the dose. Bang! E-M has 3 now. The party wasn’t over yet as Weston drilled yet another onto E-M’s chest and he snagged his third of the term and fourth of the day. We peppered them a bit. 4.7 isn’t great kicking. Strangely E-M got his three from going exactly where his coach had urged us to kick it (nice work E-M). Who’d have thought? It actually works!

 

½ time Sunshine Heights 0.1.1 vs West Footscray 7.11.53

 

A 52-point lead would be difficult to wind back. With this, and the potential for these guys to graded up a division, I threw the magnets around. A lot of our backs had hardly seen it all day so they went forward and into the middle. Our mids and forwards found themselves in unfamiliar territory as well. Yash took the ruck duties and was brilliant. He won taps and roved them as well. Vinh cruised through the middle with his usual ample time and decision making. Zach was down forward now, and predating anyone with the ball wearing a Sunshine Heights jumper that came too close. Cooper was flying through the middle and setting up attack after attack. The constant forward pressure paid off and E-M set up Kadin for his second of the day.  Nice play boys! Mickey was also now playing forward and looking to cash in. His hard work and endeavour was rewarded when he snagged another for the team. That would unfortunately be the last highlight for the third term as play was stopped for quite some time while trainers attended to Yash who had been left worse for wear after what could only be politely described as an over-exuberant tackle. I have a less polite version but will sit on that for now.

 

¾ time Sunshine Heights 0.1.1 vs West Footscray 9.12.66

 

The umpires came over in the last break to inform us that they would be implementing the mercy rule in the last term due to our dominance of the game. Fair enough I thought. I had been run through the rule at a coach’s night and it seemed reasonable. Every time they score, they get a free kick from the middle. What I didn’t account for was that they would flood every one of their players into their forward line. We had to stay in position. This isn’t how it was explained to me at the afore mentioned coach’s night! Obviously, this numerical advantage would produce a goal or two. Our boys defended well and managed to break free of the defensive 50 on many occasions. Frank hadn’t stopped all day and wasn’t done yet. He set up Jack for his second of the day, our tenth. More mercy rule nonsense followed. I like the idea of the rule but sheesh, it ruins a game of football quickly! The problem with the way Sunshine Heights play the rule is that when we get it out, there is no one there to stop us! Jack found himself racing through the middle and a paddock in front of him. He smacked it long to Murphy who reeled around on his right, completely burnt Aaron who was running by on his way to goal, and luckily for Murf, snagged his first and our last of the day.

 

Full Time Sunshine Heights 3.5.23 vs West Footscray 11.12. 78

 

A pretty solid display again this week. Yash getting hurt was a real low light. Thankfully he will be ok.  Well done to Nick for his work as trainer. Two in two weeks is a tough way to start mate. Well done to our boyos and a big thanks to all who volunteered again this week.

 

 

Damian