From the first bounce today you could see the team was switched on and focused on the task at hand. Some of the girls were coming back from the U14YG game so if there were any cobwebs they were removed well before our first bounce.
We welcomed Genevieve H and also Lexie W back this week after an absence last week. It was great for the team to run out with a full quota of 12, this is an occasional luxury.
The game started in a tight fashion, we went with our standard setup and both teams were playing well. There were early signs that the Cats were getting on top, our focus on early handballs was paying dividends releasing our running talent of Eliza M, Lily S and Grace O in the middle, sending the ball forward where Maia K and Jeanie N kept it close at hand. An early goal to Grace O was well deserved and what was more important was the goal celebration. We will continue to practice these at training, but the opposition was clearly put off by our antics because in the second quarter we kicked 7 goals to none. Lily S, Maia K, Lexie P, Charlie, Eliza M and Elin all hit the scoreboard hard. Pittwater did not know what had happened and the brilliant celebrations caused confusion amongst their playing group.
We changed up the team in the third quarter with Assistant Coach Emma setting the positions. Our defence in the second quarter didn’t see much of the ball so Emma swapped everyone around. It was a tight quarter with no goals scored. The important thing was our opposition’s score sheet was empty. Our defence was strong and although we were scoring goals, we were also saving them at the other end of the field.
I should mention at this point how good the umpiring in our games have been recently and today was no exception. The best judge of this is when the girls come off the ground they are never talking about decisions from the umpire which is great to see. Well done.
In the last quarter, we continued the scoring with the addition of three goals. In the end the score was 10-2-62 to 0-2-2
The improvement in this young team has been astounding over the past few weeks. We are playing as a team. Insert corny metaphor here…..
“The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” ― Iyanla Vanzant
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”— Harry S Truman
I could rattle off more here, but Pittwater had no answers to the way we cleared the ball out of the ruck area. We tackled in packs, continually causing turnovers. We are learning to use our bodies when going for the ball, legally pushing the opposition away giving us clear access. I think after today everyone can see what a magnificent display of great team footy this was… Awesome work.
Proud Coach(s) and Team Manager! and Parents
Today’s fabulous game:
Players player: Jeanie
Lexie P 1.0
Thanks to David Davenport for all the great photos