Round 4, 2019

Round 4 Match Reports

Hi Folks below are all our Match Reports for Round 4. Scroll Down to find your team's report. There are a few missing this week but lets give our coaches a break. Life does get in the way some times, so some weeks these just might not happen.

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

 

Under 9 Blues Vs Caroline Springs

There is no place like Home.

After 2 weeks playing away, it was nice to be in the familiar (and closer) environs of Shorten Reserve.

In our previous outing last week, we produced some excellent ball use.  All our Players were gaining confidence, working out how to move the ball and link up together.  I was really impressed with our run and carry and our handballs.

The tv shows all say ‘a week is a long time in football’.  In the week following our last game, I heard some intel on our next opponents – in short, they were Good.

How would we show up? Ready to knuckle down again, or over-confident?

 

Captains;

Fletcher – Chosen for his good decisions with the ball and sportsmanship

Jacob – his knock-out of the ball from a pack in our game simulation inspired a training drill the next session.

1st Quarter;

Kicking to the Playground end, we started with a Jacob-style knock out of the pack by Arthur.  The ball wasn’t moving far as both Teams defended well.  Hamish got a kick away, Mark to Arthur – kick – Logan Mark – kick – Harvey H Mark, our link up was starting to gain ground.

To maintain territory Fletcher and Braydon were laid strong tackles.

Jack took mark and then booted a BIG kick into our forward 50.

Mav managed another of his into the pack, tackle-and-leave-with-the-ball moves.

Leo won the ball, kick – Fletcher Mark – kick – Jack Mark.

It was a hard fought start to the game where we were needed to defend a lot and we did well not to concede more than the one Lakers Goal.

At the Quarter Time break we talked about being caught out of position in defense and giving our Team-mates an option when we have the ball.

 

2nd Quarter;

Fletch won the ball out of the middle and kicked to our numbers.  Jack kicked long on the wing.

Angus got a groundball and kicked to Hamish (Mark).  He burst forward and got the ball on to Natalie.  Her kick didn’t get through our crowded Goalsquare. Maverick got his foot to the ball in a scramble, but hit the Big Stick for a Point.

Hamish and Jack were providing some run and carry.  Mav got the ball again but further out from our goal, where he squared the ball to Harvey W – Good Play.

Our midfield chased hard on the wing and Harvey W kicked up the line.

James collected the ball at full speed as he burst out of the backline and kicked long – Brilliant!

Harrison was in around the ball and won a free kick for a tackle.

Our Triple-H Backline (Harvey H, Harvey W and Harrison) all worked together out of defense and up the wing.

Zoe collected a contested ball and kicked it clear.  Jacob held position in the last line of defence and didn’t let the ball past him.

This was an excellent response from our Players, who have now really evened up the efforts, territory and possessions in this game.

3rd Quarter;

We were right in this game now. Magnets were moved and asked the Players to hold their positions to defend when we need to and have someone to kick to going forward.

Harvey H and James started us off, combining on the wing.  Harvey W got the ball forward to Jack, on further to Harvey H.  Mav kicked to the goal-square, Fletch gathered and snapped a shot... but behind the stick for a point.

From the kick-in, Arthur tapped the ball forward to himself and got a kick to the HotSpot.  Hamish got onto it and got himself a GOAL!

This was a great reward for the maintained efforts though the game so far.

Back to our defensive end, Leo kicked long to James.

After a long defensive effort, the ball crossed for a Lakers goal (2-1)

In the middle Jack took a towering pack mark.

Harvey W and Logan worked together through the middle ads did Arthur and Jack.

Natalie won the ball against the tide of opposition coming at her. She got a handball to Jack who had a long shot that just missed – point.

From the kickin Havey W took a mark by playing in front.  Set Shot.  GOAL!

2- All for goals (not that we score in U9’s)

 

4th Quarter;

Mav and Fletch were winning the ball around the packs.

Zoe took a strong defensive mark against 3 opposition.

Arthur got a kick to Logan, Harrison and James got quick kicks away.

Harrison then followed up with a smother.

The Lakers scored the next goal, but our players didn’t drop their heads.

Harvey w to Fletcher(mark) into our F50.  Repeat efforts by Fletcher managed to get the ball to Logan who had a long – straight – shot and got – a GOAL!

3 –All on goals.

Lakers kept the ball well from their kick-off and eventually finished the game with the last goal.

3 – 4 in a fantastic Goal-for-Goal contest.

 

Our players could tell they played well and were part of a great contest, and rightly were not too disappointed on the (non-existent) score line.

 

During the post match handshakes on the ground, the Caroline Springs Coach mentioned that we were the first tough opposition they had played.  He paid a special mention to Harrisons efforts in the early parts of the game which stopped the Lakers forward thrusts.

 

Special Mentions;

Many players raised their game today – (as mentioned) Harrison, Harvey W, Arthur and James had their best games for the year.

Goals – Hamish, Harvey W, Logan

(this is the 4th game in a row Logan has scored a goal – great effort)

Rooster of the Week – James : his burst out of defense, to hit the ball at full speed when it was coming in was a bright highlight, in a game of many highlights

 

Thankyou for you efforts Players and Parents.

I look forward to seeing you at training.

 

Cheers,

Paul.

 

Under 9 Reds Vs Altona

11.25! What an amazing time for an U9 game of football. With a rainbow appearing over Altona on the trip down Millers Road it seemed like things were aligning for a nice day at the football.  We had a full company of Roosters captained by Bill and Noah, ready to take on the Altona Junior Vikings. Even our warm up drills were looking organised this week - thanks to some close instruction by Chris and Mark – and the team was ready to go.

The first quarter started mainly the Roosters way.  Bodee working strongly through the middle with Zach kept the plenty of forward entries.  Charlie made some space near goals and kicked the first goal of the game.  Still the pressure came with a good kick forward by Thomas E.  Noah – Charlie – Tom Mulcahy put on a display of kicking around the wing to the cheers of the hill crowd.  This time Noah capitalised with our second gaol.  Altona did regroup strongly and started to launch some attacks.  Arlo stood firm under a high ball to hold a good mark in the backline.  Paddy taking the kick-ins played on and kicked long outside 50 m following our tactics really well.  The game had evened up by quarter time and it was well worth watching. 

The second quarter began after a shuffle of the magnets and some urging to hold onto our tackles.  The players responded with extra efforts in the middle by Oliver and Jenson, and Carl kicked long with the breeze.  Another long kick by Lachie had us deep in attack and the sharp shooter Eli snapped his first goal.  The contest continued evenly with good marks around the ground especially by Enrique and Zeph. 

The third quarter shaped as a tough one against the breeze and the backline stood up to lots of pressure.  Hugo marked well running back, Eamon attacked the ball strongly and Bill and Tom W. laid big tackles.  Tom Mitchell and Otis ran hard through the middle and get back to help in defence.  Altona were held to only one goal and it was shaping as a tense last quarter.

The Roosters continued to give it their all and the ball seemed to be trapped in our forward line for most of the last quarter.  Eden marked well in front of goal and kicked a valuable point.  Oliver applied great forward pressure to force another rushed behind.  Altona defended bravely and somehow only more points followed. When they did venture forward Eli was positioned perfectly to take the intercept mark and end their hopes.

It was a very even game overall and played in good spirits. Eli collected the Heartland award for courage and skill, and Carl took home the Slice Girls Rooster of the week for his great team play.  The team showed plenty of good signs looking for teammates with the ball this week.  We are back to our regular time slot next Sunday but we should all be up early to see how good this team can be as the season unfolds.

 

Gerald

Under 10 Whites Vs 

Sorry folks Luke has had a very busy week so no report this week. I would welcome any parents to put their hand up and help him out with a report for some weeks.

Under 12 Girls Vs 

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Under 12 As Vs Werribee Districts

As I said last week, it is hard to know what to make of the opposition when you have not played them before.

Unlike Round Three, our opposition were at the opposite end of the scale. Werribee had been struggling thus far and had appeared to have been taking a few big hits along the way.

Sunday’s game was a leisurely 12:50 kick off and the early morning rain was clearing to a bright and sunny afternoon, albeit a little breezy. Werribee seemed to be a ground in pretty good nick given that rain that had fallen the night before.

Our Captain’s for the day would be a pair of very good footballers in Too Tall Paddy Hall and The Rooboy.

The Roosters were sharp in the warm up, something that brings a little relief to nervous coach in the absence of Desmond Decker. I was very fortunate to be assisted by the great Tim Grant who had been helping out at training as well and possesses a vast resource of footy acumen. Thanks Tim.

Watching the District boys turn up and run around I was perplexed as to why they had been on the end of some big losses. They seemed to be of a good size and possessed good skills as well. After a quick introduction and chat to their coach, it was suggested that they had been graded too high as they have a Division One side as well which takes precedent over the lower grade.

As it turns out, this would be their last game in Division Two with Round Four being the last of the grading games to take place. Their backline was superb with some great overhead goal saving marks denying the Roosters a few majors and making us work hard for the ones that we got.

With two players on the injury list in Sasha and Xavier and Joharo still away, the dynamic Griffin Barker was called up for his second game of the day to help with the mid field rotations.

The first quarter was slow with the Roosters kicking into a slight breeze. The District boys were a little careless with the sling, with one throwing Showboat into next week, which shook him up a bit landing awkwardly on his back.  Although, Roosters in glass houses……. We were guilty of a few ourselves but more out of frustration/retaliation. Three straight into the wind was a good return for some very ordinary shots on goal of late from our wayward sons. Hitting moving targets has also been a focus at training and one it appears that we need to focus more on as we gave them plenty of opportunities through turnovers. Fortunately for us, they could not capitalise on our errant deliveries.

The second quarter was a carbon copy of the first with three more but could have been six.  As I mentioned earlier Districts had some terrific marking talls in their backline and we had to work hard around goal. The intensity was up and we were much harder at the contest but again some of our composure desserts us when we need it most. We were in control and we felt we could take the opportunity to iron out a few bad habits. We urged the boys to understand that we had some big challenges ahead and the wins would not come this way every week. So let’s look to tighten things up.

They must have been listening as the  third quarter saw Districts slow us up. They had the wind but again they could not capitalise on any forward entries kicking their only two behinds for the game. We were pushed, but to our credit, we were not going to just give goals away because we had a handy lead. We managed to kick one against the tide which was pleasing in itself.

The last quarter saw the Roosters power away, 7 goals until three quarter time and then six in the last. However, once again it was nine shots on goal for a better than average return, but it could be better.  The signs are good, seven individual goal kickers is a good spread. The scoreboard did not do Werribee justice. They fought hard and defended well but the Roosters were a little slicker across the board with more avenues to goal.

 The end of round four would have us as the only undefeated team in Division two although we did not get a crack at who we felt would be our main contenders this season; Sunshine and St B’s. 

With the divisions now reset, we have a couple of new Sheriffs in town with both Williamstown and Werribee Centrals being undefeated and bumped up to Division two. It should make things a little more interesting in the coming weeks.

West Footscray – 13:6:84 – Werribee Districts 0:2:2.

 

Goals:  Jake Miller 4 – Rylan Rees 2 - Eli Jess 2 – Ashton Odzovski 2 – Hamish Vlaeminck 1 – Achilles Smith 1 – Flynn Roberts 1 :

 Rooster of the Week went to Zaw Zaw for his most complete game to date, finding his home in the forward line.

Heartland went to Rooboy for his relentless gut running and attack of the footy

Special thanks to Zoran for tending to the wounded, Tim for running the messages and assistant coaching, Shaun  for waving the flags and everyone else who keeps us on the park each week, we can not do this with out you.

Richie, Des and Kane.

Under 12 Bs Vs Hoppers Crossing

Thanks again to Justin (Clara and Louis's Dad) for the effort in writing our game report this week. Very much appreciated by me (Ash) and all our players and parents!

So with round five almost upon us it’s time to step back in time and take a look at the efforts of our team last round.

 

A moment after the siren sounded to start the game against Hoppers Crossing, Luca quickly got the ball out of centre, and the Roosters threatened to goal in their first foray forward.

 

Oscar F continued his great form smothering a kick from our opponents and as the first quarter continued there was no doubt that we were in for a great game of two teams who were evenly matched.

 

Stephen who played like the great captain he is cleared the ball and sent it forward on numerous occasions with Aiden taking charge with his dash and carry.

 

And with the ball forward Jordan showed great touch and creativity with a nifty tap out of a big pack of players to his teammates’ advantage.  Griff proved again that he could dance and then showed some more skills with a big tackle at half forward.

 

With the ball spending a fair bit of time in our half of the ground we continued to push forward with a number of Roosters gathering and kicking it deep into our fifty metre zone.

 

Mitchell magnificently dodged and weaved his way through traffic but alas a few minutes later Hoppers Crossing hit the scoreboard with a goal.

 

Jordon kept making contributions with a big kick into the fifty and a shot at goal which was touched just on the line.

 

Braydon almost took a big mark breaking open the pack and then it was Riley’s turn to run the ball forward side stepping several opponents.

 

Miles was unyielding in the pack in the middle of the ground with Wes and Finn defending stoutly.

 

Quarter time score: Roosters 0.2-2 // Hoppers Crossing 1.0-6

 

As the second quarter got underway the Roosters battled hard in the centre with Kai accepting a free kick for a high tackle.

 

The ball slowing made its way to the Hoppers Crossing goal square where they score a second goal after a ball up.

 

Riley countered on the Rooster’s behalf not long after with a superb tackle in the fifty arc – and too far out the score he was blessed by a 50 metre penalty (a bit dubious I might add) which made the goal unmissable.

 

Boris got his hands on the ball and is showing real improvement every week.  Efe, Oliver, Lenny, Clara, and Billy all made important contributions keeping the pressure on Hoppers Crossing.

 

Alex played brilliantly to hold the opposition up in our back pocket and both Griff and Mitchell went for a run and bounce to get the ball forward.

 

Our opponents were showing real resilience and despite a beautiful gather and kick by Kai managed another goal to end the quarter.

 

Half time score: Roosters 1.2-2 // Hoppers Crossing 3.0-18

 

Brandon flew for another big mark a few minutes into the second half and we were back to our best with Griff kicking to Oscar who got it through the big sticks.

 

Our effort and determination went up a notch with a big Rooster’s mark in the centre of the ground and a thumping punch in a marking contest by Wes.

 

Diego swept in for a key run and bounce into 50 and Jordon’s bullocking towards goal resulted in a narrow miss and resulting behind.

 

Finn showed his credentials with a series of repeat efforts and a glorious tackle bring his opponent to the ground.

 

But despite our teams’ best efforts Hoppers Crossing managed another goal.

 

Three quarter time score: Roosters 2.3-15 // Hoppers Crossing 4.0-24

 

The final quarter was hard fought with the Rooster’s playing their best football of the season so far – tough, hard, uncompromising and relentless.  We keep the opposition scoreless.

 

Diego almost goaled after some fine play and Eli had a kick on goal which narrowly missed.

 

Much of the quarter was played in our forward fifty. Aiden again had his talent on display with a great attack on the goals scoring an unlucky point.  Oscar H helped out at the bottom of the pack and Iggy kept at it making sure that Hoppers Crossing couldn’t get the ball out of our forward line.

 

Eli was on fire and had another near miss.

 

In the end the opposition kept our Roosters at bay, but the efforts of that last quarter go to show that when every West Footscray player tries their best, never gives up, is strong and tough around the ball, and always – always goes the extra mile to help out a teammate we are a really hard side to beat.

 

Final score: Roosters 2.5-17 // Hoppers Crossing 4.0-24

 

Under 14 As Vs Point Cook

 

For the readers of the usual weekly match report I must apologise in advance – our usual match day Reuters correspondent Dave Hall was not able to make the game this week so the following comes from a coach who is an accountant!

 

There is not much really you can say about a game where the scores are so lopsided. From a coaching perspective, I asked all the players to treat the game like any other game and play the team game we have been trying to build on over the past month. Despite the obvious temptation to go kick chasing every player stuck fat to the game plan. Furthermore, players where shuffled from one end to the other and adapted accordingly. The players are steadily improving week on week which is pleasing.

 

One thing I will mention however is credit must be paid to our opponents – outsized, outmuscled they fought on to the very end and never dropped their heads. Well done to those lads.

 

In terms of highlights, there were a few to be noted. The debut of Xavier Lacey and Zac Johnson who played there role with vigour, with Zac scoring the second goal of his career late in the last much to the excitement of his team mates. Lachie (aka Locky) was on fire early with 3 first quarter goals including some selling candy action. Leroy (aka nugget or delicious nugget) was terrorizing opponents as soon as the ball hit the deck and also helped himself to a bag of 3. Isaac also got into the action with 3 good goals of his own. Samuel H (aka the lamp or torch, still to be determined) continued to bamboozle opponents weaving in and out of traffic hitting targets laces out. Henry (aka Kramer) and Diesel (aka D) continued normal service gathering the ball at speed and whisking us into attack quicker than you can blink. Daniel (aka Terry I prefer Terrence) took the mark of the day and followed up with a booming kick.

 

However the day belonged to 2 players – Micky D (aka sheep) just like our team has been getting better week by week. He hit the ground contests with intent and followed up with some terrific tackles which earnt him the Slice Girls golden fist award. Finally, Socrates (aka shoe) who always puts the team before himself took out the heartland award for his 7 goals and probably as many assists – his first heartland in 89 games of footy for the roosters.

Roll on next week.

 

Under 14 Bs V Werribee Centrals

The opening 3 rounds of the season had been a real test of character for our boys. They had played the top 3 teams in the competition (two of these have since been graded up to division 3), and endured some horrific scoreboards as a result. Despite this, the boys had continued to go about their game with enthusiasm and spirit, which from a coaches point of view, is something that is proudly commendable. This week Werribee Centrals would make the trek to Shorten Reserve for our first game there for the season. Numbers were skinny with Nicholas and Ziggy out injured. This was countered by the long awaited return of Jacob from injury. Reinforcements had also arrived in the form of Frank, Cooper and Hamish from Andrews’s team, Layla from the U15 girls and Christian, who had been lured out of retirement to help us out for the day.

 

The game was a seriously hard fought contest. Neither side had registered a win this year, and the opportunity to rectify that was clearly on the minds of all who took to the field. A dominant first term by our side wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard. The ball lived in our forward half, but that elusive goal could not be found. Werribee made the most of their opportunities and scored a couple for their team.

 

The second term would see us finally snag one of the boot of Tommy after some brilliant body work in the goal square to cap off some beautiful ball movement into our forward 50. Whilst still controlling most of the play, Werribee added another and went in at half time 10 points up.

 

More of the same in the third term. The only difference being that we had stopped Werribee from scoring. Our backs were awesome at preventing Werribee from scoring. Jacob was on fire in his return to football. His attacking play off half back had Werribee searching for answers. Frankie slotted our second of the day and we had kept Werribee goalless. There was now less than a goal in it!

 

The last term would be a desperate affair. WE kept the ball in our half for most of the first 10 minutes but couldn’t snag one. It took some classic Samuel Bolton desperation to land our first goal. We were finally in front and Sam had capped off a magnificent game for him. Werribee were still desperate and had chances to pinch the lead back but were foiled by inaccuracy in front of the sticks and the fantastic work of our defence. Hamish would snag another for our team with a few minutes to go. Could we hold on? Werribee pressed again and again, but were unable to find a goal. The siren would sound with us up by 5 points. We had kept our opponents goalless in the second half and found a way to win. The smiles were contagious and the post-game victory song just as scrappy as the game that had proceeded it! A few more wins and we’ll have that song dialled in!

 

Sam:                      Huge game from Bolts this week. Kept getting hurt, but kept getting the ball. Snagged a goal as well. Magnificent game Sam!

Tom:                      Great game at full forward. Grabbed his first goal and did a power of work deep forward. Amazing strength over the ball and couldn’t be brought down.

 

Frank:                   Fantastic through the middle and off half back. Grabbed a much needed goal and was a real driver of the team all day.

 

Hamish:                Provided a great target down forward and straightened us up. Snagged a goal as well and was productive all game.

 

Murphy:              The run was back from Murf. Great run to set up our first goal. Took on opponents and utilised his speed all day. Great mark running back with the flight in the second.

 

Nathaniel:           Was an absolute rock down back. His pressure and tackling were crucial. Absolutely brilliant all day and a seriously big improver each week. Great job!

 

Noah:                    Amazing! Gets more touches each term than I’ve heard words from him all year. Another super consistent game from the leather magnet. His efforts this week, as with those before was simply superb.

 

Layla:                    Was apparently nervous but didn’t show it on the paddock. A real livewire up forward who provided great drive when we had it and some serious pressure to keep it there. Outstanding game Layla!

 

Jacob:                   What a return!!! More long runs than a dodgy painter. His pace and attacking endeavour off half back were a real key to our win. Freakishly fast and agile. Werribee had no answer for him. I absolutely loved it!

 

Aleks:                    On the wing for most of the day and was fantastic. Possesses a good football brain and a pinpoint left boot. His decision making and passing regularly opened Werribee up. Great game in an already stellar season.

 

Ryan T:                 Lively and involved down forward. Got a heap of touches in tight, contested situations. Was more than handy for our team. Good job mate.

 

Javier:                   Played down back and rucked. Huge second half from the big man where he really took over the centre square. His tap work was fantastic. Was rock solid at full back as well. Keep it going champ.

Matt:                     Big effort all day in the ruck and deep in defence. Looked spent in the last term down back but willed himself to stop Werribee and get us the four points. Great game.

 

Cooper:                Provided loads of drive off half back and through the middle. His tackling and run were a big factor in us getting the win.

 

Jake:                      Started in the midfield and was fantastic. His attack on the ball is sensational and his tackling second to none. Some big clearing kicks from half back were pivotal during the game. Well done Jake. Excellent game.

 

Christian:             How I’ve missed seeing this guy on the wing!!! Loads of run, great positioning and perfectly timed runs. Didn’t looked like he hadn’t played for months. Fantastic mate!

 

Ryan B:                 Sensational down back. Big tackles, great shepherding and fantastic pressure. Rock solid all day. Great game Ryan.

 

A huge thanks to the kids that helped us get the 18 we needed this week. An equally big thanks to all the kids in the team for their effort. It’s been a tough start to the year but we now have that elusive win. A win that was hard earned but seriously well deserved on the day.

 

Damian

 

Under 15 Girls Bye this week

 

ROUND 4 PHOTOS - Keep scrolling down there are lots to see!


Round 3, 2019

Round 3 Match Reports

Hi Folks below are all our Match Reports for Round 3. Scroll Down to find your team's report.

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

 

Under 9 Blues Vs Yarraville Seddon Eagles

Our Players were keen at training after the school holidays and an Easter break.  They had spread far and wide over the time off, but were keen to get back together and carry on some decent progress we had made into moving the football around the field during a game.

We focused on keeping possession, handballing to someone moving forward and kicking to someone free, or kicking to numbers.

Today we welcomed Angus Fowlie’s for his 1st Roosters game and was presented with Jumper #9.

 

Role Call: absent today is Jack Mosca, Leo Annese and Zavior Long.

Captains : Zoe was chosen by last weeks’ Captains for solid and improving play along with a great ‘Team’ attitude.

      Braydon was my choice for his efforts on the field and training to quickly grasp and follow instructions.

 

1st Quarter;

Fletcher made a good pick-up off the ground around the pack and Natalie got early defensive clearance.  Braydon took a clean mark, Angus made a good chase in defence. Maverick -> Cooper was nice play. 

On centre half forward Logan -> Maverick (mark) -> Hamish (mark).  Arthur helped lock it in with a tackle that won a free kick.  Fletcher and Hamish had a running 1-2-3 chain of handballs.  We trapped the ball in our F50 and eventually the ball fell to Logan who snapped a GOAL!

Back in Defence, Zoe held position at Full Back and stopped an opposition shot, Angus trapped a ground ball and got his kick away.  Harvey Warhurst won a free for a tackle.  Fletcher and Arthur worked well together moving the ball forward.

A great start to the game with nice ball movement and link-ups.

 

2nd Quarter;

In the middle Tiger laid a strong tackle.  Harrison made a chase down tackle stick and Fletcher chased hard to keep the ball in our F50.  Hamish got a kick in to our Goalsquare where Maverick won a ground ball and quickly shot and got a GOAL!

Our players were working hard and combining well : James(kick) -> Harvey H(mark) -> Fletcher(mark) -> Arthur(mark) - 3 kick marks in a row is fantastic.   Tiger helped Jacob with some good pressure on the wing.  The fast feet of Maverick, Hamish and Harvey H helped lock the ball in our F50.

Back in the middle, Fletcher laid a strong tackle that was deemed ‘taking to the ground’ – an under 9 Rule not often called, which gave up a free kick.

Harvey H made a running handball to Fletch, handball to Arthur and kick through the middle of the ground.

In defence, Zoe and Natalie weren’t letting anything past them. Maverick made a spoil running back with the flight of the ball and Hamish smothered a kick.

 

Half Time oranges and a break were well deserved – our Team was playing really well.  With the magnets moved for the second half, the message was for more of the same.

3rd Quarter;

A nice defensive mark by Fletcher(kick) to Zoe who took a strong overhead mark and kicked long.

Yarraville Seddon Eagles had lifted their effort this quarter.  Arthur took a defensive mark and passed to Fletcher (mark).  Maverick and Angus were working hard in the packs. Harvey H and Harrison combined, Natalie -> Zoe -> Logan also moved the ball well.

There were lots of little pieces of good play in this quarter as the play rebounded between the 50m archs.

 

4th Quarter;

For all our good play – and there really was some excellent stuff – the scoreboard tightened when YSE got a goal.  We could hear the chirp and enthusiasm coming from our opposition.  Hold Strong Roosters!

Angus won it out of the middle.  Cooper and Zoe worked the ball forward.  Jacob and Ryder were not letting the ball past them.

Fletch laid another strong tackle, but stood tall and didn’t take the player to ground – winning a free kick for himself (well done adjusting your technique Fletch).

Arthur-> Fletcher -> Zoe had 3 more kick/ marks.

Natalie ran, and ran, and ran (how far??) into space in our F50 to try for a shot at goal.

Angus had quick reflexes to pick up and kick a near impossible, Eddie Betts style, from-the-boundary, in front of your fans checkside boo-nah-nah.

Goal-Line technology however confirmed the on-ground inkling that it had brushed the post. (A tough, but fair call to make Andre).

 

A controversial off the ground goal was awarded to YSE to set up a tense final few minutes (questionable Goal-Line technology at that end..)

 

Tiger got himself a kick out of a large pack. Ben stopped a final Eagles push forward and the Bell(?) sounded as Zoe took yet another mark.

 

Well played today Roosters.

We did a lot of things well in moving the ball.  We were challenged on the scoreboard as the oppositions efforts lifted – but we stood strong and stuck to our way of playing.  I was really chuffed that all our players were getting involved and having some significant touches on the ball.

I was also proud of the players when hearing the Parent’s comment about how well they thought we played.

 

Special mentions:

Goals : Logan and Maverick

Heartland Award : Harvey Howe

Rooster of the Week : Fletcher Bodman.

 

I’m looking forward to training and our next game already..

Regards,

Paul.

 

Under 9 Reds Vs Williamstown Juniors

A week is a long time in football, and 3 weeks since our first game feels like an eternity.  In that time we have had school holidays, a bye, Easter holidays and Anzac day.  I think everyone was looking forward to getting back together for a game. This week the young Roosters were captained by Carl and Paddy who led us out against Williamstown Juniors.

The game started off intensely with the ball locked between midfield and our backline for much of the quarter.  Hugo was strong across half back holding tackles and marks.  Carl started really well in the ruck and took an overhead mark. Eden committed to every contest and punched the ball clear from a certain mark for Willi in front of goal.  Thomas Mitchell was injected into the backline and also took a strong mark. Some great defence held Williamstown at bay and it was still nil all at quarter time.

Suddenly with the second quarter came a stronger wind favouring the Willi end which they made good use of.  Lachie got involved with a strong tackle. Bodee worked extra hard at fullback all quarter.  Enrique and Zach both took strong marks around the ground.  We started to find some space to move the ball up the ground and there was excellent link up by hand between Charlie and Tom Mulcahy around the north wing. Noah had been running hard both ways this quarter, took a strong overhead mark forward, then he kicked a long goal into the breeze. Great play Roosters! 

After some half time oranges and encouragement about the breeze we started the 3rd quarter with Bill and Otis getting busy through the middle of the ground.  Oliver and Tom Mu. had a moment of kick to kick across the ground demonstrating excellent skills. Thomas E. laid a strong tackle. The ball spent much of the quarter in our forward line with Eli and Jenson looking dangerous around goals but we couldn’t convert.

By the last quarter Paddy was fully warmed up and became a tackling-running machine.  Eamon and Arlo were also hunting the ball around the middle of the ground.  With the breeze against us the ball spent a lot of time locked deep in our backline.  Most of the players ended up camped around it but the scoring by Willi was slow thanks to some desperate and congested defence.

The Roosters showed plenty of spirit and some good skills against a little more experienced and stronger team. The Roosters marking was a highlight around the ground today.  Time and space is precious in a game when you have the ball and we will keep learning each week how to create more of that as a team.  Zach collected the Rooster of the week with a game full of run today.  The team seemed to head off the ground happy to be playing the game together again which is the best result.

 

Gerald

 

Under 10 Whites Vs Deer Park

The under 10 Roosters ventured out Ballarat road to Deer Park to try and continue a good run of form from round 1 & 2.

From the first quarter the task looked formidable as the Deer Park kids were big and talented and played really fast paced footy. West Footscray however were not to be deterred and had many kids put up a strong fight from the outset. Jackson Rose put his head over the footy all day, Kase was also hard at the contest and ‘New’ Hamish Spark doing some really impressive defensive work.

After letting Deer Park have most of the play in the second quarter the team was called upon to keep tighter on their opponents and work harder to help out their back line. It was impressive to see that the midfield responded and players like Arlo and Hamish Sully held our defence together which made for a much tighter contest.

The second half was a much more even contest as Artisan and Allen linked up for some great midfield bursts giving our forward line some good scoring opportunities.

Jackson Z and Hudson worked hard in the forward line to keep the ball in the attacking half and our little pocket rocket Ateeq played above his stature to collect plenty of possessions within the fifty arc.

It was really pleasing again to see the team stick at it and keep trying what we have been putting together on the training track. Again, with big numbers on the interchange the boys took their breaks without complaint which showed real maturity and team spirit.

Artison was named both the Rooster of the week and the opposition player of the week by Deer Park as he played a great all round game and is developing hid game nicely this year.

We turn to Albion at home this week which should be a much more even affair and we will be looking forward to some home town support. Again, the support o game day was great to see and is much appreciated!

 

Luke

Under 12 Girls Vs Altona

We travelled out to Point Cook on Sunday for a match against a team that was undefeated. The early game start at 8:40 ensured a few late arrivals, which left the coaching staff and parents extremely happy when scores were all locked up at the first break. After our Captains, Claudia & Martha won the toss, the girls settled into a good rhythm in a tight contest. There was plenty of ball movement up and down the grounds, mostly between the 50 m arcs, thanks to some great defensive efforts to repel the ball from the defence of both teams.

 

The second quarter was a mirror image of the first. Leah Biddle on the half-back plank showed she was becoming more comfortable in the game and showed great poise in beating her opponent in 1:1 contests throughout the first half. Martha was getting plenty of the ball in the middle, Calaen was giving us plenty of first use from the tap outs, and also applying great tackling pressure, along with Merrick. Half-time saw us all locked up again, 0.0. - 0.0.

 

Who says you need high scoring games of football for it to be exciting.  

 

The third quarter saw Pt Cook push deeper into our defence than at anytime previously in the game, and with a the ball locked in our goal square for at least 2 minutes, the girls showed how switched on they were by defending their goal and eventually moving the ball out of the area with our willingness to not concede a score. At three-quarter time the girls were praised for their efforts to hold off Pt Cook.

 

In the end, with the wind at their back, Pt Cook's continual repeat entries into their forward line resulted in the first score of the game, and a few more. It was a great effort by our girls, who once again, came up against a very good team, who look likely to feature in the finals. We have come up against 3 good teams in the first three games, and showed that we're able to match it with them for the most part. This week we're down the hill for our first Flemington home game, which will be another exciting challenge as we come up against another team that looks to be knocking on the door of the top four.   

 

Under 12 As Vs Hoppers Crossing

It is hard to know what to make of the opposition when you have not played them before.

Statistically they were equal third and unbeaten along with St B’s and our good selves, but had not managed to impact  the scoreboard to any great degree, but as we were about to find out,  they certainly like to impact the contest.

These mid holiday/Easter games are traditionally a bit sluggish, training is not as intense and diets tend to be on the sugary side of the nutritional pyramid if you know what I mean. It is a lot to ask of these young Roosters to be able to flick the switch from weary to warrior.

Our Captain for the day would be Tommy for his Captains crewcut.

Hoppers brought with them a brand of physical contested footy that shook the Roosters early with the bench and Zoran working overtime. Big Z would have had to of had the most meters gained I reckon with a lot of the carnage taking place on the opposite side of the ground. We had planned for midfield rotations but not because of injury.

They also had a couple of mid field jets with sure hands, great pace and long kicking who kept their forward fifty entry count ticking over nicely. If they can work out their avenue to goal they will be very hard to beat.  I know this must be sounding like Hoppers match report but it is not.

The drizzle had well and truly set in by the time we took to the ground. After a few days of glorious weather the conditions had gone from sublime to slippery overnight. We often talk about the footy gods and today they seemed intent on not letting us or our opposition wrest on our laurels and assume that our unbeaten runs would just continue. The ball and the ground would be greasy and hard to handle, not ideal for a side that likes to run and carry.

Hoppers hit the ground and the player hard in the opening quarter and seemed intent on making sure that we respected their intensity (you may read into this sentence anyway you please) and took an early lead into quarter time with the Roosters feeling a little shell shocked to say the least.  The quarter time huddle provided a short respite and some time to reflect on what was happening. Some late rotations in the first quarter had steadied the ship and the lads felt confident that they could match the pressure and more importantly the footy.

The second quarter was a corker with Hoppers realising that they could not just push us around and got a taste of their own medicine with the Roosters standing tall across the whole ground. Two unanswered goals would see us take control and keep them scoreless.  The switch had been flicked. Buoyed by their efforts, the Roosters were confident that they could keep going. We reinforced that they had not kicked any big scores to date and this proved to be true as they could only manage one point in the third quarter against another goal to us. We could have snagged a couple more but we will not dwell on what could have been and set our focus on composure instead.

There was only ten points in this at 3 quarter time with both teams feeling like they could win what had been a down right dour struggle between the arcs. Hoppers had had only managed 9 points thus far so it was going to be hard and we felt like we needed at least one more to seal it up. They got one back and another point as well and trust me, they were pushing really hard right until the end but our backline stood up under enormous pressure to not only stop goals from being scored but also to clear it out of the fifty and down the wing and this would be where the ball was being contested when the final siren sounded. Jubilation ensued; we had earned this one and earnt it well. We were challenged physically and mentally and really took it up to a solid contender, one which we see at least two more times this season you would have thought.

Goals:

 Raz - tough contested goal from the square: Showboat – typical sneak from the boat: Hammer – best goal you will ever see from the back pocket!

Rooster of the Week went to A-Mac  for his relentless attack in the ruck against some seriously tall timber.

Special thanks to Zoran for tending to the wounded, Brad for running the messages, Tim for waving the flags and everyone else who keeps us on the park each week, we can not do this with out you.

Richie, Des and Kane.

Under 12 Bs Vs Point Cook

Taking on the ladder leaders was always going to be a big task but as the team revved up in the rooms to the instructions of their coach and the encouragement of parents and supporters, they were clearly up for a challenge.

 

Mitchell was named captain for the day and proved to be a great leader throughout, earning the Heartland Award for his determination in and around the ball.

 

Ash demanded effort, effort and more effort from his chargers, telling them to follow up the ball, help their teammates, and most of all fight hard for the ball.

 

And fight hard they did.

 

The first quarter started, and Manor Lakes quickly kicked the ball into their fifty where it stayed with the assistance of a strong breeze for much of the quarter.

 

The opposition goaled not long after, and as the ball entered their scoring zone again Mitchell tracked and pushed the ball the other way, ability helped by Clara on the wing.

 

A ripping defensive punch by Eli prevented a Manor Lakes mark and certain goal, and we were greeted with a few spits of rain to add to the test confronting our Roosters.  Griff was key to driving the ball out of the centre towards our goal and not long after Stephen tackled hard and was rewarded with a free kick.

 

Luca worked to get on the end of another Roosters surge forward, the first of number of important touches he would have for the match.  Efe tracked the ball forward to our advantage and you got a sense that we might just score against the wind and an opposition which was already on the way to sizeable score.

 

Eli again got his hands on the ball and kicked it into our fifty and Luca was like lightening with his quick hands.

 

Braydon was doing his best to hold Manor Lakes up in defence and Griff went for a run and a bounce (well two in fact) and floated past his opponents displaying his trademark two step tap dancing.

 

Louis tackled hard earning a free kick and as the siren sounded the Roosters had tightened things up around the stoppages making it much harder for Manor Laker to score.

 

Quarter time score: Roosters 0.0-0 // Manor Lakes 4.1-25

 

Ash wrung the changes and at the start of the second quarter, Riley was in the ruck and already having a big impact on the game and following the instruction to “kick long and use the wind”.

 

Finn became busy around the pack, and then then the team started an avalanche of the hardest kick in our great game. 

 

Imagine when going for a shot on goal and instead of having to put the ball between the big white sticks you instead had to hit one of them directly – yep that’s right you’d miss every time and be lucky to score one goal per month.  But in the second quarter we managed to nail the big sticks – poster after poster after poster – including an unlucky one kicked by Jordan (I’m sure it almost made it through on the right side!). 

 

Through a great team effort we peppered the goals but alas it was not to be.

 

As the quarter continued Manor Lakes looked like scoring into the wind but great defence from Miles and Oscar H, and a stellar mark by Diego helped to keep them goalless.

 

Alex helped us to another foray forward with a smart kick into fifty, Finn coped a knock, and Oscar F sought out one of his own by displaying great courage running back with the flight of the ball going for a mark.  Thankfully he was untouached.

 

Then calls of “stretcher” could be heard from the far side of the ground, as another Rooster had been struck down, this time Louis.  And flat on his back he remained for the rest of the match with the doctors at the RCH diagnosing a sprained neck and recommending some serious down time, including a week on the sidelines.

 

Half time score: Roosters 0.4-4 // Manor Lakes 4.1-25

 

 

So as you all know, with our fearless warrior Louis down, so too was our match reporter Justin (his dad) over and out for the day. It's a tough act to follow so unfortunately the report for the remainder of last weeks game will be rather short. 

I think we all got a little rattled after Louis went down, I forgot it was even half time and forgot to let Helen know to bring on the Oranges so they were 3/4 time oranges instead. Our players don't let dodgy coaching efforts get in the way of effort though. I think our fight in the 3rd was as good or better than any games we have played so far. We put on a goal against the wind with some good battles by the likes of Billy, Kai and Aiden and all the regular toughened warriors. Even saw Boris do a nice shepard and that made me cheer. We will turn you into a staunch defender, or maybe attacker  by the end of this season Boris.

 

Three quarter time score: Roosters 1.5-11 // Manor Lakes 5.1-31

So I thought I needed to pick up my coaching effort and focus on the game at 3/4 time with everyone including myself still wondering how Louis was going. Helen bought on the oranges and we were ready for another great final quarter comeback. With their power ruckman the Manor Lakes team took us a bit by surprise with a couple of quick goals and it seemed to take the wind out of our sails, even though we had the wind. I'll take a fair chunk or the blame on this one and think I learnt quite a lot about needing to react much faster to plug up some holes and strenghten  areas where we were being over run.

In the end and even with our players such as Wes and Lenny fighting it out till the end, the game got away from us. You'd expect me to say this but I think considering the opposition are possibly playing couple of divisions below their skill level, we really took it to them.

 

 

Final score: Roosters 1.5-11 // Manor Lakes 10.2-62

Thanks to all our volunteers for the day and to Justin for making the effort to write the game report for the first half.

Get well Loius from everyone on the team. We need you back soon champ!

Ash

Under 14 As Vs Wyndham Vale

Big Thanks to Dave Hall for helping write this weeks U14A's Report - Cheers, Andrew

It felt like a long time since the under 14A’s had triumphed down at Caroline Springs.

 

We were back on home turf against a familiar opponent – Wyndham Vale, whom we had played in a practice match a month ago. One of our key players, Weston Barker, was out with an injured wrist. Coaches Chris and Andrew drafted in a couple of likely lads from the under 12A’s: Benjamin Grant and Patrick Hall. For your match reporter it was quite a moment – the first time in about 100 games of junior footy that I’ve seen Samuel and Patrick play in the same team. B.P.’s services weren’t required until after half time, meaning our team trainer Margriet wasn’t called on too much.

 

That said, it was still a tough contest with some niggle at times. The Roosters quickly hit top gear, seeming to resume where they finished the last quarter against the C.Springians. Kicking in to a slight breeze, we banged home 6 unanswered goals. Diesel was brilliant again, chalking up 3 goals by early in the second quarter. Leroy, Jack and Henry were being well supplied with midfield ball by Daniel and Aaron. We were up against bigger bodied midfielders, but again found a way to extract the ball. #18, #29 and #9 for the W.Vales all had very good games.

 

Socrates sacrificed some of his Greek Easter celebrations to play today, but his dad Con was back at the family home seasoning the lamb. Soc played very well in what is often regarded as the hardest position on the field: centre half forward. He kicked four goals in total, had a pile of possessions, ran hard and used the ball very well on his trusty left foot. 

 

The back line accomplished the rare feat of not conceding a single goal. Samuel is the general at CHB, but one of the most pleasing things about today’s game was seeing Mickey, Frank, Blake and Isaac all defend really well and take the game on a bit more. The golden fist was used to good effect, they tackled hard, supported each other and were quick to play on after taking a mark.

 

The whole team are benefitting from a very clear game plan laid out by Andrew and Chris, especially when coming out of defence and around stoppages. Jonathan and Kadin are key players for us out on the wing, once again holding their positions really well and being excellent link-up players for forward entries.

 

Nugget kicked a goal, and coach Andrew fulfilled his pre-game promise/dare of screaming out “delicious nugget”. I’d spent a bit of time kicking with Juma during the week. He did not shank a single kick at training, so when he took a mark 20 metres out on a slight angle, I foolishly declared: “Juma will kick this…” What did he do…? Shank it. But he did get on the scoreboard a bit later, and is providing a very handy marking target deep in the forward line. Lachlan D is our other deep forward target, and he laid a couple of good tackles today, and almost snagged a goal (which he does love). Aaron had his best game of footy with a goal and a lot of good work as a mobile ruckman. His marking has improved, and he is dishing the ball off well to the outside runners.

 

Likewise, Jack had his best game at under 14 level, kicking three classy goals, running tenaciously all day and bravely putting his head over the ball. Sean and Hamish were good targets up forward, too, and helped to set up a number of goals and forward entries.

 

After half-time Ben and Patrick got their chance – Ben in his familiar role sweeping across the backline, and Patrick in a role he likes up forward. They both contributed really well, with Ben showing customary great courage against boys about three times his body-weight, ‘front-lining the ball’ once to ensure it didn’t get over the back for a goal. He helped to clear a number of forays out of defence. At the other end, Patrick took a fine overhead mark and almost kicking a couple of goals, including one on his left foot. He provided some good forward line pressure, earning a free-kick after a very good chase.

 

In the end, the Roosters were far too strong for Wyndham Vale, who resorted to flooding the backline to try to limit our goal-kicking, even avoiding the 6-6-6 scrutiny of the umpires. We travel down the highway to Point Cook next Sunday.

 

West Footscray. 14.14-98

Wyndham Vale. 0.3-3

 

Best players (on WRFL website): Samuel H, Diesel L, Socrates M, Jonathan S, Aaron M, Jack G.

Goals: Diesel and Socrates (4), Jack (3), Aaron, Juma and Leroy (1).

 

Match reporter: Dave Hall

 

 

Under 14 Bs V St Albans

Maybe coming soon but we are letting Damo focus on his team this week. With a couple out injured we are hoping to boost numbers with some of our U12s and give our U14B's a bit of a lift. Good luck this week lads!

 

Under 15 Girls Vs Caroline Springs

Sorry U15 Girls, No report this week with Darren away

 

ROUND 3 PHOTOS - Keep scrolling down there are lots to see!


Round 2, 2019

Round 2 Match Reports

Hi Folks below are all our Match Reports for Round 2. Scroll Down to find your team's report.

Thanks to our coaches and a couple of extra helpers for writing/producing these. Special mention to Paul Cowie who coached his U9 team then Lukes U10 team and has written a match report for both. Well done Paul!

 

Under 9 Blues Vs Altona Vikings

Our Wednesday training review of our 1st game brought plenty of positive comments – we did a lot of things right, and our Players identified a few things we can work on.

I belatedly announced our 1st Slice Girls Rooster of the week as Maverick – for his work in getting the ball out of packs, chase, tackles and energy.

 

The School holidays meant a few absentees at training and at our 2nd Game.

In stunning warm weather, we arrived to a plumbing issue where the sprinklers were on, and not willingly going off.  Warm weather, sun out but some wet weather areas on the oval.  All was resolved well before our game.

Role Call : Absent today were Angus, Natalie, Tiger, Leo and Zavier

Drafted In from U9 Red : Zeph (a mid-week-nominated keen-trooper), Bodie (1st response to the Saturday callout – in for his 1st game this season), Noah and Charlie who were probably kicking the footy together when asked…

That gave us a balance 3 on the bench.

Captains for today : Maverick (as chosen by last weeks Captain Jack) for the reasons mentioned above, though Jack wasn’t there when Mav got his Heartland and didn’t know.

And Hamish – for his approach to training : calling for the ball and positioning.

1st Quarter

We lost the pen-hand-guess, we got paper, but that may have been the only loss we had this quarter.  Our players were quick to the ball, tackling hard when we didn’t have it and moving it well when we got it.

Cooper, Hamish and James were adding pace to and around the ball, Charlie, Jack and Logan provided direction forward.  Harvey H kept position on the wing and the ball squirted out.  His pass went to Harvey W in the Forward 50. After a bit of a scramble Noah got his hands on the ball and found the big sticks for a GOAL! Great Start Team.

At the next kick off – Harv H was tod by his wing opposition “we won by 59 last week” – hmmm, we may have just got lucky with our goal.

From the re-start Cooper got it and under with Maverick, HArv H got another touch, James provided a chase and tackle.  Logan marked and got it downfield. Noah, onto to Harvey W and a shot to the Goal Square … touched.

James marked in our F50, Hamish, Mav, James again kept possession.  The ball got forward to Logan, who had a long shot – behind the stick – point.

For the rest of the quarter, the ball didn’t get past our mid-field and the siren saved Altona from another attacking effort.

Well done Team – we are doing plenty of things right.

 

2nd Quarter

We changed up positions within our thirds and went back to it.

Charlie got a good handball out to Harv H.  Mav to Harv H – Mark.

Zoe gathered the ball well and cleared with a big kick.

Noah-Nico- Charlie combined well and got the ball into our F50 and Harvey W took his chance with a dribbler GOAL!

From the Altona kick-off, Charlie and Hamish kept the pressure on.  Arthur got the ball to the HotSpot.  Logan worked his way out of a pack and got another GOAL!

We were in a groove now. Nico got the ball out of traffic, Jack kicked a 20m pass to Charlie.  Nico and Hamish were in the play again.  Charlie got the ball in our F50 and bounced through a GOAL!

We were pressuring everything that Altona did – Jacob, Bodie and Zeph worked together to tackle and move the ball our way.

Hamish, Mav and Cooper laid a gang tackle.

Braydon got a good kick away into our attacking 50.

Harrison provided a great pop-up handball to Harv H on the outside.

Arthur took a mark on the wing.

Siren sounded to end an excellent half.

As oranges were devoured – our defence was relieved to hear the were moving up the field – a chance to get more involved in the game.  Up till now our Forwards and Midfield had prevented much ball getting past our wings.

I challenged the players to get to 5 link-ups of play.

3rd Quarter

Arthur laid a good tackle.

Harv W – James – Arthur and Hamish combined – 4 link-ups.

Hamish pick-pocketed a player and ran off with the ball.

Zoe had 3 repeat efforts while defending on the wing and got her kick away.

Noah-Jack then Arthur on the outside, run bounce and kick to Maverick  - 4 link-ups.

Jacob got his kick away out of a pack.

Bodie centred the ball – smart play.

 

4th Quarter

“Lets run the game out – spread when we have it, defend a player when they have it.”

Noah took a mark in defence.  Jack took a nice overhead mark.

Mav chased back to effect a tackle.  Ben provided pressure and a tackle.

Altona were finishing the game strong, but we were up to the challenge.

Nico then Harvey W chased and tackled, James provided a smother.

Finally we were winning the ball : Noah to Harv W (mark).  Some good play up the wing with Logan providing some run and carry. Harvey W (mark) on to Logan (mark – play on) to Zoe (mark) in position about 20m out in front of goal.  She went back and had her shot.  It fell a tad short, but Jack took a mark.  His shot slammed into the big stick for a post-wobbling point.

We finished the game, the way much of it was played – in our forward half.

 

Very well played today Team.

Thankyou for all your efforts today and at training Players – it was nice to get some reward and play some good footy.

Thankyou to our fill in players, Mike our umpire, flag wavers, H2O holders, magnet movers, interchange director, oranges quarterer, special comments and paparazzi.  Liz for all her organising and our vocal cheersquad.

Special Mentions :

Goals ; Noah, Harvey W, Logan, Charlie

Heartland Award : Zoe Briffa

Slice Girls Rooster of the Week : Hamish Rose (he may have brought his own ball today, he always seemed to have it)

Paul.

 

Under 10 Whites Vs Spotswood

I arrived excited to see the Under 10s play a full game.  I jumped at the chance of getting the ‘Keys to the Ferrari’ and try and guide this Teams’ speed and skill around the contours of Shorten Reserve.

After a scramble for masking tape, a Team list and some magnets we were set. Well by set, we got 18 players on the magnet board field and an extended-9-long bench in place.

Last weeks Captain Finn helped me by nominating Arlo as Captain for this week – based on his efforts at chasing, winning the ball and good ball use.

Ted had the Team purring with warm-up drills, I adjusted the seat, mirrors and dropped the clutch.

(Please pardon me if players are not mentioned as they move so fast their numbers can be a blur)

1st Quarter

The Team quickly got into their work : kick – mark – kick, keeping possession through the mid-field. Kade- Arlo – Jackson – Arti and back to Jackson. 

In our Forward 50 : Jimmy took a mark – kick - Artisan (mark) – on to Kade – then Jackson – snap – GOAL!

Some nice sharp play!

But we weren’t having it all our own way. Spotswood spread well when they had the ball and often maintained possession by stretching us.

We were defending a lot, but we were defending fairly well.

 

2nd Quarter

This quarter was highlighted by the many marks our Team took.

Alan backed into places unknown and courageously took an overhead mark.

Arti took a mark at the HotSpot and shot truly for a GOAL!

Nathaniel and Jimmy took good marks as play swung from end to end.

Alan took another brave mark with pressure coming from the opposition.

The ball was in our attacking 50 a lot this quarter – you could have thought there was a wind advantage to this end.

 

 

3rd Quarter

Over our half time oranges, we talked about spreading out to give ourselves room and chasing back harder in defence.

Arti was now repelling a Spotswood attacks in defence.

Kade to a strong mark from a kick in.  The ball went to our #10 who kicked truly for a GOAL!

Ollie chased and tackled, Eli hardly let the ball past him and Jack P defended well.

After some good play through the midfield, Arlo took a mark at our HotSpot.  He settled – set shot – GOAL!

 

4th Quarter

We had our fair share of possession, but Spotswood was a bit more effective.

Jack G tried hard to centre the ball from the boundary, with a drop kick that looked suspiciously like a checkside-banana that missed the HotSpot, but did curve through the big sticks for a GOAL!

Archer was stoic in defence with good use of the ball at his kick-ins.

 

Special Mentions : Kade, Jackson, Artisan, Arlo and Archer got their hands on the ball all over the ground.

All the other players also played well and showed some great Teamwork.

 

Splice Girls Rooster of the Week : Alan Luu for taking a couple of strong pack marks.

 

Thankyou Players, Ted, our Gameday Volunteers and Cheersquad for a great game.

(I think I handed the Ferrari back with less fuel in it, but unscathed…)

Cheers,

Paul

 

Under 12 Girls Vs Altona

Round 2 saw our girls at our home for the first time in 2019 and looking forward to another test against a team that featured in the finals last year.

The first quarter was tightly contested and we managed to keep scores even. Scoring was difficult in a  tightly contested opening, with the majority of the play concentrated in between the two 50m arcs. Cara Martinkus was scintillating on a wing, seemingly with ball-on-a-string and pack break-aways a plenty. Scores at quarter-time were all square.

The second quarter was not much different with Altona managing to score a goal despite some desperate defensive efforts. Martha was also getting her hands on the football a lot in the middle and booting it our way.

At the half we were down by a goal, but well and truly in the contest. Some mandatory positional changes saw Calaen into the ruck and giving The Roosters first use of the ball, which was important as Altona had a number of tallish girls in the middle who were very good at busting open packs and sending the ball their way. Ruby and Calaen developed an understanding that allowed Ruby many clearances after Calaen had tapped the ball to her; very impressive, and Ruby's best game for the Roosters. The forward-line worked tirelessly to lock the ball in our forward line, which allowed us a goal to Darcy. At three-quarter time we were down by two goals.

The last quarter saw Altona score two early goals to put the result beyond doubt, but a couple of late goals to us showed us the girls had not given up and were still working towards sending the ball our way. A goal to Sophie, which she informs me was her second for the club, and Signe, who was a late interchange after a couple of last quarter injuries to Emma and Mia, saw us finish the game full of steam and confidence and only 9 points in arrears.

Next game sees us up against Pt Cook, who appear to be a team placing themselves in contention for a finals finish at year's end as well.  

Simon

 

Under 12 As Vs Yarraville Seddon

Two rounds done, now for the chocolate.

The Under 12a’s ventured out to Yarraville-Seddon on Sunday and gave a convincing and patchy performance to add to their Rd 1 win. Dominate in the 1st and 3rd quarters with a lull in the 2nd and 4th. Again I want bore you words but let Simon’s gifted work speak.

Some really good highlights from all this amazing 12s. Jacob, Joharo, Jamison all play their 1st game of the year and each put in a very strong performances and will better for the run. Also special mention to Griffin who joined us from Ash’s team and was outstanding with his attack on the ball, run and reading of the game.

The highlights also show some areas to work on, eg. Too many broken tackles). But Thankfully there’s a break. Happy Easter and relaxing time to all. Looking forward to the remainder of the season..

The link is good straight up this week.  all videos will now require a password,  to keep them private.

https://vimeo.com/330306939

Password   GoRooster12s2019

 Happy Easter

Des, Richie & Kane 

 

Under 12 Bs Vs Point Cook

Big Thanks to Justin (Clara & Louis's Dad) for writing this weeks report. It's a great read and I hope he has more of these in him :) - Cheers Ash

 

Brilliant autumn weather was matched by another fantastic effort by the Roosters U12B team over Point Cook.

Looking around the ground before the first bounce it was clear that what we lacked in size we could hopefully make up in skill and speed.

As Jason our esteemed club president bounced the ball in the middle – thanks Jason for donning the whites and umpiring the game – it seemed we had both speed and skill in droves.

With the school holidays taking its toll on team numbers and Clara away rallying in support of refugees, we welcomed the arrival of 3 ring-ins from the U12As who arrived at the ground following their big win earlier in the day – but more on them later.

The first quarter was a hard fought affair with the bigger Point Cook players making their presence felt around the ball and their #23 at one stage kicking the ball to the goal line from the 50 with ease.

With Ash’s coaching ringing in their ears, Griff was able to mark at centre half back and get the ball with precision to Miles who ensured it landed in the forward fifty.  Mitchell – with Lenny, Wes and Oscar H providing support – got on the end of another piece of excellent play from Louis at half back and turned on the turbo chargers taking a bounce.  Mitchell’s low flying into the fifty was bit much for the umpire who issued him a speeding ticket for running too far.

It wasn’t to be the only time the umpy had his book out.

With both teams taking turns to move the ball between the arcs, it took another Rooster speedster Diego to crank things up on the outside and move the ball with lighting speed. And when it wasn’t Diego, Oscar F was extracting the ball from the pack and going for a canter.

With the ball going forward Luca fought it out and a rebound back into the fifty saw Braydon deftly bring the ball to ground with whip smart Griff taking no time to pounce and goal.  Roosters up by six.

Boris fought hard at the next bounce with Point Cook getting it forward and scoring a point.  A booming kick out by Efe was returned not long after with a goal to the opposition – a one-point ball game.

It was tough in the packs and Point Cook continued to get the ball forward. Oscar H and Louis both came a cropper under friendly fire, staying down for a minute or so before charging back into the fray without the need for our trainer to get out on to the park – thanks Virginia for taking on the role for the day.

Diego took on the game with a stellar run with two bounces.

And Louis with six efforts to get the ball, one after another after another, still wasn’t enough to stop a second Point Cook goal.

Griff again was dangerous in front of goal with only the siren standing between him and another six pointer.

Quarter time score: Roosters 1.1-7 // Point Cook 2.1-13

The second quarter started with our ring-ins, Xavier, Jamison and Rylan in key positions which helped as the game’s intensity went to the next level.

Point Cook scored an early one, with Xavier impacting the scoreboard for West Footscray.  Miles’ big frame and relentlessness at the pill meant that the opposition found it almost impossible to get the ball past the centre.

Rylan almost marked but kept the ball moving only for the stray ball to be gathered up by Griff – and bang – a goal to the Roosters.

Our team has the ability to link the ball down the ground like no other we’ve played this season and it was on display producing another shot at goal which slid through for a behind.

Jamison joined the party, playing off half back and despite their big #23 putting in a huge defensive effort in our forward 50 we managed to keep the ball in our forward line for much of the quarter.

Point Cook managed a poster and repeat efforts by our backs, especially Aiden and Kai kept a further goal at bay, Diego went for another run and Iggy marked perfectly – the right spot at the right time.

Mitchell had another ping at the goals and Alex put in a great effort to keep the ball moving forward with his deft touch.

With the siren sounding momentum was with the Roosters.

Half time score: Roosters 2.3-15 // Point Cook 3.2-20

Ash was quick to advise the team to keep Point Cook out – use your body to get the ball and man up in back line.  One of his chargers, clearly a student of politics, said to the coach “I will build a wall” – Ash was quickly on his own political analysis by responding “yeah sure but not that type of wall”.

The boy’s efforts in the third quarter were marvellous, Xavier became more dominant around the ground with great linking play involving Rylan, Louis, Wes, and Eli who was active in and around the packs.

Rylan’s sausage roll was followed by a critical touch by Aiden on the wing preventing Point Cook from benefiting from the open paddock just behind him.  

 

Luca’s shot on goal came up just short and Rylan copped one across the face, and moments later, unperturbed, used his head to mark the ball (the side of his head that is) and then goaled.

 

Iggy kept at it around the pack and Kai once again locked out Point Cook in defence.  Efe kept them at bay too, with Aiden and Braydon lending more than a hand.

 

And with the siren sounding West Footscray were out in front for the first time in the game.

 

Three quarter time score: Roosters 5.5-35 // Point Cook 4.2-26

 

The final term proved as exciting as the last, with Iggy playing a key role and scoring a goal, and Oscar F keeping at it building on a great game in the first three quarters.

 

Our ability to run and carry, and hit targets helped us to another goal, as did our ability to keep it moving forward in a rolling maul style.

 

Jamison got a speeding ticket and Eli was able to rebound the ball back into our fifty. Griff clearly wanted what Jamison was having and was issued a speeding fine – and not content with that the other umpire advised him that he wasn’t to dance and weave rugby style but to kick it instead – I say keep it up Griff.

 

Point Cook added two more goals for the quarter and after a huge effort our Roosters got up for a win with Mitchell still looking for that elusive goal, scoring a point right on the siren.

 

A great team effort.

 

Final score: Roosters 7.6-48 // Point Cook 6.2-38

 

Under 14 As Vs Caroline Springs

Big Thanks to Dave Hall for helping write this weeks U14A's Report - Cheers, Andrew

 

I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve made the journey to Town Centre Oval in Caroline Springs for sporting events. Today we came in from the Ballarat direction, and were greeted with perfect weather conditions. Like last week, it was actually a tad too warm, so extravagant hats were the order of the day for spectators and water runners. Yeni Lim even crouched under a shade umbrella.  

 

The changerooms were less than perfect. Oval 1 boasts magnificent facilities and salubrious changerooms. Oval 2 does not. We were playing on oval 2… and the changerooms consisted of two “dongers”, side-by-side.

 

The day really was a contrast of the two dongers. In the Caroline Springs donger, one metre away from ours, the coach started his pre-game ‘chat’ about half an hour before game time. With the umpires waiting patiently at their donger door, he let go a full-throated verbal assault on his players, imploring them with language that would make a sailor blush or a maggot gag (take your pick of preferred analogy here)… He calmed down in order to have a polite chat with the umpires about the spirit of the game, etiquette, etc, and was then back in to it, this time with some heavy metal music and banging his fist on the walls.

 

The Caroline Springians squeezed their way out of the donger, some with determined looks, but most, let’s be honest, squinting, gasping for air and looking exhausted. There’s not much airflow in them there dongers, and that air was thick.

 

The Roosters coaches and team had a contrasting approach. Coach Andrew quietly sat crossed legged on the donger floor, and went through instructions for each player and a reminder of the game plan. He and assistant coach Chris smile a lot, laugh easily, know footy inside out and clearly enjoy their voluntary roles.

 

As will be the case most weeks, we lined up as the smaller opponent, and we suspect the Springians thought their pre-game tirade would be enough to intimidate our littler fellas. We even had three under 12’s filling in today – Kiir, Reuben and Eli. And didn’t they play well, all contributing to the team pressure and taking the game on. Kiir flew for mark of the year, and his opponent (who provided the step ladder) had to be helped from the ground. Reuben played the whole game in the back pocket and didn’t give his opponent a chance. Following on from his heartland award earlier in the morning he took home a Slice Girls pizza voucher for his efforts. And Eli almost snagged a goal in the last quarter. Crucially he provided bench cover – something that cost us last week.

 

With three of our bigger players Daniel, Aaron and Isaac C absent today, we warmly welcomed back Hamish O’Rourke for the season. Not only has he grown a few centimetres, but also improved his skills and game sense, too. He and Kadin Miller combined well in the ruck against bigger opposition. Our on ballers are tenacious hunters of the pill, led by Henry, Leroy (sorry, Nugget), Jack (having recovered from a trailer-induced toe injury), Diesel and Socrates. Weston and Jonathan both played excellent games out on their wings, and held their positions well to often be crucial link-up players when coming out of defence.

 

Our back six are already beginning to form a strong unit, led by Samuel who had another dominant game with his run, carry and long, strong kicking. Blake joined a growing number of teammates who have been bowled over by one of Samuel’s searing kicks. Last week it was Frank, last year it was Leo Morrison, and today it was Blake, with the very painful face-falcon. 7 plays in 7 days material. At least the ball wasn’t waterlogged. Blake recovered and played well as full back, using the golden fist on occasions. Mickey is another who is really finding his feet at under 14 level, having grown quite a few centimetres in the cricket season. He and Cooper played good tight games on their opponents. Frank took home another of the Slice Girls pizza vouchers for his defensive efforts, tackling and run.

 

A few throat lozenges were surely consumed by the C springian coach, for he unleashed another tirade at half time on his poor charges, audible from Deer Park apparently. Five minutes in to the third quarter, the Roosters were up by just two goals, even though we had enjoyed the bulk of the possession and were running well in to space. At this point, our senior players started to dominate. Socrates played an excellent game both up forward and in the midfield, kicking four goals. He rarely wastes a kick and is always looking to set up a teammate. Henry is an elite runner and rarely loses a one-on-one contest. Samuel across half-back sets up many of our forays forward. Jack really got moving with his in-and-under play and classy kicking.

 

But it was Diesel’s day, today. It was a joy to witness his efforts. 7 goals, some of them after blistering runs through the midfield. The C. Springians had no answer for him, no match-up, often just left puffing and bewildered (a bit like the way they emerged from the donger before the game). I suspect a few of our younger under 14’s felt equal parts awe and inspiration seeing the way Diesel plays. What a team to be part of.

 

We ran out 89 point victors, with Juma taking a great mark and slotting the goal, and everyone contributing really well. A week off for Easter Sunday, and then we are back on the Shorten velodrome to take on Wyndham Suns.

 

Scores West Footscray 17.14 - 116 def Caroline Springs 4.3 - 27

Goals: Diesel L (7), Socrates M (4), Kadin M (2), Jack G (2), Weston B (1), Juma R (1)

Best players (from WRFL website): Diesel L, Henry L, Samuel H, Soc M, Hamish O, Weston B.

 

Match reporter: Dave Hall

 

 

Under 14 Bs V St Albans

After a torrid day at the office in Round 1, the boys were remarkably upbeat at training during the week and had brought that enthusiasm to their second-round game. St. Albans were an unknown quantity but had won in their opening game of the season. We had a few still unavailable to play. Ziggy had his return delayed due to a foot injury sustained in his first training night of the year, Samuel was ill, Jacob was still a few weeks away with his wrist, the eagerly awaited return of Vinh was on hold with a hip complaint and Eli did a Garry Sidebottom of sorts.  He didn’t miss the bus, just caught the wrong one after a mix up regarding selection. Ashton and Joharo had backed up after their 12’s game in the morning to give us a hand for the big clash.

 

Once the St. Albans kids hit the paddock, the enormity of the challenge became instantly apparent. Their tallest player was easily beyond the 6-foot mark, the full forward was not much shorter but had a frame nudging 100kgs. A quick scan would show 6 or so kids in St. Albans jumpers that were comfortably larger than Matthew and Javier. This would require a herculean effort from our Roos-Deers, Parkeroos, West Parkers…………..(please send your nickname submissions in folks).

 

The four quarters that followed were pretty much what you would have expected given my earlier description. St. Albans were a vastly superior side to our Round one opponent but the efforts of our kids to compete were outstanding. We kept them to 8 goals 3 behinds after half time while scoring 3 goals 6 ourselves. That’s only a differential of 2 shots at goal.  Given the score at the main break, our kids looked deflated, and fair enough. Playing against giants who can kick 50 metres is a rough afternoon. We set some targets for the second half, and more importantly we achieved them. That required a massive effort given we only had 16 players, they had 4 on the bench to rotate and it was hot. I was super impressed with the effort guys. That took a lot of character and determination.

Zach: First game of the year. Loved his pressure around the middle and repeat determined efforts at every contest he was in. A bunch of clearances as well.

 

Ashton: Didn’t look out of place at all in the 14’s. Provided great movement down forward, laid some big tackles and snagged a goal as well!

 

Noah: Just runs all day. Played in the middle and down back. Did really well in the tight spaces and provided plenty of drive and clearances. Snagged a sausage when resting forward as well. Nice!

 

Murphy: Gave the tallest kid a 10-metre head start and almost got him in a 50-metre chase.  Big effort that was a team lifter. Looked dangerous and found space down forward.

 

Xavier: Played his best game yet. Laid countless tackles and won two free kicks within 2 minutes in the third term in an amazing display of determination.

 

Sean: Provided one of the plays of the day off half back.  He won the ball when outnumbered then broke clear with a great run up the middle. Keep it coming Whispers. I loved it!

 

Aleksander: Spent a lot of time in the middle this week and didn’t let us down. Great balance and poise in contested situations, clean hands and a beautiful kick of the sherrin. Great game mate.

 

Joharo: Like Ashton, showed plenty while playing for us. Laid tackles, applied pressure, ran to the right places and kicked a great goal. Brilliant stuff buddy!

 

Nicholas: Was absolutely outstanding all game. Clearances, tackles and repeat efforts for the full four quarters. Picked up a much-deserved maiden Heartland award for his work.

 

Ryan T: Clocked up the miles on Sunday and found himself playing in every part of the ground. Found it in space on several occasions which allowed us to open the game up.

 

Nathaniel: Tried his heart out at Full Back against an opponent that was markedly taller, twice his weight and had a vastly inferior hair style! Did really well, saved goals and looks super assured down back. Keep it up mate.

 

Javier: Had the task of sharing ruck duties against the giants and battled manfully. Played out of his skin at Full Back in the last, turning defence into attack on numerous occasions. Great game.

 

Ryan B: Had a crack at both ends during the day. His strength in contests was crucial at various stages of the day. Used his physicality to win the ball for the team. Keep it up.

 

Thomas: Played mostly forward and competed well. His repeated efforts in one contest were crucial and resulted in us clearing the pill. Keep it up Tommy. More of the same in round 3 and beyond!

 

Jake: Played a ripping game! Great attack on the ball and tackling pressure. He spoiled certain marks and used his booming kicks to great effect for our team. Unleashed a torp too! Those who know the coach will tell you hex is super fond of the torp! Sensational Jake

 

Matthew: Like Javier, found himself battling grown men for most of the day. His last term was fantastic at centre half forward.  He worked hard all day and provided plenty of drive for the team.

 

Fantastic effort guys given the opposition. There were plenty of positives to take from the game and few things to work on. Caroline Springs, Lookout!

 

Damian

 

 

Under 15 Girls Vs Caroline Springs

West Footscray 3 5 23 defeated Newport 0 9 9

What a match, it was a arm wrestle all day and a great win by the girls.

 

The first quarter saw us kicking into a slight breeze and our defence really stood up led by Nina, Faith, Alex and Matilda who provide a  great team effort to keep Newport to 1 point to quarter time. They also supplied plenty of drive of the back line and ran well with the midfield but unfortunately Newport Centre half back Joudy Jawad was a wall we could not get past and at quarter time score where level at one point apiece.

 

The second quarter we kicked with the breeze and what a great quarter of footy that was keeping Newport to one point but the forward line turned it on especially Mia Harvey who kicked two goals for the quarter. She was assisted by Ella Houghton and Miia Nguyen who provide great marking options and if they could not mark the ball brought the ball down to our smaller forwards in Liberty, Sophie. With reduce playing numbers there was plenty of space on the big ground at Newport so our on ball brigade of Sasha, Isabel, Layla, Chloe provide plenty of run and drive from the centre of the ground and push hard up and down the ground which was a great performance especially with the hot conditions.

At halftime we went with a 14 point lead.

 

The third quarter saw Newport pepper the forward 50 with loads of forward entry’s but to our girls credit they never gave up and they battle hard as a team to keep them to five behinds despite the ball spending a lot of time in there. We where kept scoreless for the quarter but kicking into the wind that had step up a little  it was a great effort especially the backline and at three quarter time we had a lead of nine points.

 

Newport continued its momentum into the fourth quarter and had all the play in the first 5 minutes, but then we kicked into football mode again and third time lucky for the quarter our Slice Girls Rooster of the Week Ella Houghton kicked a wonderful long goal to seal the win for the girls.

 

This week see us with a week off with Easter, we then play Tarneit at home in another game we should be really competitive in.

Girls and parents please remember over the next two week training will only be on Tuesday as we have Easter Thursday and then ANZAC Day. Lets be ready to take on Tarneit and make it 3 from 3.

 

Go Roosters

 

Darren Burnham

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ROUND 2 PHOTOS


Round 1, 2019

Round 1 Match Reports

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

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

 

 

Under 9 Blues vs St Bernards.

“ Now Let the Games begin….”

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

2nd Quarter:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

3rd Quarter;

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

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

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

 

4th Quarter;

‘Lets run out the game’

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

Zoe kept good positioning, repelling St Bernards forward passes.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Scorers;

  • Logan – 2 Goals
  • Jack – 1 Goal

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

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

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

 

I’m looking forward to training and our next game

Cheers,

Paul

 

Under 9 Reds V Point Cook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gerald

 

Under 10 Whites V Albanvale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luke Hill

 

Under 12 Girls Vs Yarraville

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Yarraville:                                  9.10.64

West Footscray/Flemington :    3.1.19

Simon

 

Under 12 As Vs Albion

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

 

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

 

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

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

Regards

Des, Richie & Kane

 

Under 12 Bs Vs Wyndham Suns

Nothing like a comeback win to get the heart racing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ash

 

Under 14 As Vs Hoppers Crossing

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Hoppers Crossing 7.11-53 def West Footscray 6.3-39

Goal kickers: Socarates 3, Jack 2, Diesel 1

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

 

Andrew

 

Under 14 Bs V Williamstown

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Damian

 

Under 15 Girls Vs Caroline Springs

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

 

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

It was great to see training drills put into practise.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Darren

 

 


Finals, 2018

Under 12 First Semi Final

West Footscray vs Flemington

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Damian

 

Under 14 Roosters versus Werribee elimination final… 5 August 2018 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Season 2018 done. Go Roosters.

 


Round 14, 2018

Under 9 Blues – Away to Caroline Springs.

 

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

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

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

Did we have Fun? – Tick

Did we learn about Teamwork? - Tick

Did we improve our skills? – Tick

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

 

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

 

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

Town Centre Oval No.1, Caroline Springs.

10:30am Saturday July 28th 2018,

Captains: Jack (6) & Hudson (2)

1st Quarter

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

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

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

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

Ben took a nice mark.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

2nd Quarter

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

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

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

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

Jack made a clearance from deep in defence.

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

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

 

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

 

3rd Quarter

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

4th Quarter

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

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

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

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

Contributor: Paolo Pennacchia

 

Special Mentions;

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Enjoy your Sunday morning sleep-ins or cartoons again…

 

Cheers,

Paul.

 

U9 Orange

Rd 14: West Footscray V Tarneit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerald

 

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

Says it all really!……..

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

(I will come back to this)

Good Evening Sports Fans!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4.4.28 – 1.6.12. Roosters by 16.

Goals –– Showboat 2 –Xavier 2:

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

Richie + Kane.

 

Round 14 vs Spotswood U11

 

West Footscray:  1.1 1.5 2.6 2.6.18

 

Lost to

 

Spotswood: 1.2   2.8 3.8 7.13.55

 

Goals:  Harry 1, Archie 1

 

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

 

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

 

Round 14 vs Caroline Springs U14

 

West Foostcray:  1.2 1.2 1.2 1.3.9

 

Lost to

 

Caroline Springs:   4.9 5.13 11.18 14.23.107

 

Goal:  Zidane

 

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

 

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

 


Round 13, 2018

Under 9’s Blue – Away to Flemington.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

1st Quarter;

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

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

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

An impressive start to the game.

 

2nd Quarter;

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

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

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

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

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

Hamish released defensive pressure and created options .

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

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

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

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

A great end to the half.

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

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

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

 

3rd Quarter;

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

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

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

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

Finn drifted through a flying pack and completed a mark.

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

Hamish, Ben and Ryan combined through the midfield.

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

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

 

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

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

 

4th Quarter;

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Special Mentions;

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Regards,

Paul

 

U9 Orange

Rd 13: West Footscray V Williamstown

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gerald

 

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

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

(I will come back to this)

Apologies if this seems short and sweet.

Good Evening Sports Fans!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goals –– The General 3 – Showboat 2:

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

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

Richie + Kane.

 

Under 11s

 

Rd 13th vs. Sunshine: Away

Captain: Kiir

Heartland: Hamish

 

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

 

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

Q1: WF 4.1 - 25  vs. Sunshine 0.0 - 0

 

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

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

 

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

Q3 WF 9.3 - 57 vs. Sunshine 2.1 - 13

 

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

Q3 WF 9.3 - 57 vs. Sunshine 4.4 – 28

 

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

 

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

 

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

At Home at the frightening time of 8.50AM. ☺

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

 

 


Round 12, 2018

U9 Orange

Rd 12: West Footscray V Newport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gerald

 

Friday Night Under Lights – U9 Blue vs Albanvale

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

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

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

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

1st Quarter;

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

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

Arlo was getting involved, but still we were defending.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd Quarter;

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finn was providing run and carry with the ball.

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

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

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

Hands in the middle – let's go...

3rd Quarter;

Dylan volunteered to help Albanvale – well done Mate.

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

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

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

Leo got a good handball away.

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

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

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

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

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

4th Quarter;

Leo was up for helping Albanvale – thanks Mate.

Dylan and Eli took marks in our A50.

Jackson and Archer(C) had shots at goal.

Dylan took another mark and had a shot a goal.

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

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

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

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

Special Mentions;

Rooster of the Weeks;

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

Goal Scorers;

Arlo - 5,

Fletcher, Ben, Archer, Jackson – 1

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

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

Our next game is away to Flemington,

See you there,

Paul

 

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

Good Evening Sports Fans!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richie + Kane.

 

Under 12 Round 12

West Footscray vs Williamstown

 

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

 

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

 

West Footscray 5.4.34 vs Williamstown 3.9.27

 

Damian

 

Roosters under 14’s Round 12 v Flemington

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dave H (occasional match reporter) ​

 


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!!!!