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The second of our gala days for U10s was held at Frank Gray Oval Curl Curl. It was a full day of U10s with all the North Beaches and North City teams meeting in three pools. Unfortunately for Team Hawkins, we’d drawn Pool A and a centre-bounce of 8am. The field setup was on three very large ovals, with no marked zones, and we knew the boys would be extra tired after five, albeit shortened, games. Team Hawkins, as team #3 in the pool, also drew the short straw in changing fields, and found ourselves moving for all but one change, while other teams remained stationary. Grumble.
The team (and Assistant Coach Mic) were happy to see Coach Roger take a break from coaching the AFLW Giants to coach the Cats. Tom Bredenhann had caught the family flu or something, and despite not being fit enough to take the field insisted on attending the day to cheer his teammates on, and assist his Dad with goal umpiring. With twelve players ready and raring to go, the team and staff hurriedly ran through a warm-up before Coaches address. The game focus was on pressuring your opponent, working together, and kicking the ball downfield, this last point emphasised due to the size of the fields.
First game was against Pittwater Tigers Rioli, who we’d never faced before. Noah won the toss and captained a solid start. Jacob delighted his teammates by gathering a ball that fell out the back of a contest and confidently kicking it through the big ones. The Cats dominated play in the first half, though there were a few nervous moments in the second in defence. Angus went down injured after a contest, but he dusted himself off and got back into it. The Tigers could only manage a solitary behind. A quick post-game debrief about bunching up too close to the kicker, and it was onto the second game. One game, one win.
The next was against, wait, didn’t we just play these guys? No, it was Pittwater Tigers Dusty, who had beaten us in the first game of the season. Coach rotated players to give some respite and change the mix. Harvey won the toss and captained strongly. Angus showed no adverse signs from his injury the previous game and kicked two goals, the last, the sealer, in the final minutes to break a deadlocked score. Two games, two wins.
The third game was against our dreaded bogey side, the Manly Mustangs, who’d humiliated us twice during the season. “But not on my watch,” said Captain Shane, and that was the set up for a hard-fought contest in which both sides scored one goal apiece. Team Hawkins’ goal was a final minute, tough, angled set shot from Noah after a free kick, and his team celebrated accordingly. There was a lot of rough-and-tumble about this game, thankfully no white-line fever, and Team Hawkins were happy with the result. A little bit of humour too, when Felix forgot he’d been rotated forward and kicked in the wrong direction, but the midfield recovered and Felix genuinely relished the tougher game and played well. Three games, two wins, one draw.
Coach Roger gave an urgent address about not sniping within the team, reminding the players that they were playing for each other, and not to let tiredness and frustration get the better of ourselves. A quick jelly baby injection was given before heading onto game four. This was against Willoughby Wildcats Gold, who had thumped us the previous week. The boys’ blood was up though, and it was an emphatic response from the Cats, captained by Ryan. Last week, the Cats did not bother the scorer, this week, the position was reversed. Ryan led from the front in this one, insisting on staying on after a nasty head clash that saw the other player leave the field. This inspired his team on. Recent international recruit Lewis missed a golden opportunity in an open goal kicking it into the post, but redeemed himself in the second half, kicking his first career goal. The score would’ve been far higher had we kicked straight. Four games, three wins, one draw.
The last was against Mosman Swans Red, who we’d not faced before. Captained by Zak, the Cats kicked ahead through Harvey and were never led, Lewis kicking his second of the day and a handful of behinds from the other forwards. Team Hawkins never looked like losing this one. Five games, four wins, one draw.
The results said it all, the boys performed superbly and were clear winners on the day. Most importantly, they were able to take instruction on the fly and respond. Just as important was the quality of instruction they were receiving from Coach Roger, whose keen insight was able to zero in on exactly the aspect of play that needed correction and then concisely get that point across to the boys. He also gave a cracking post-game/-season address to players and parents — he certainly has picked up some oratory skills from his son. He reiterated that it was working together and remaining a strong solid team that won us the day. He thanked Mic Lumley for his coaching and training assistance, Chris Brendenhann for brilliant Team Management, Michiel Tops for standing in for Chris when needed, and parents for transporting the boys and encouraging them in their sport. All players, parents, and siblings joined in for a final rousing, and might I say tuneful, rendition of the team song.
The final event left on Team Hawkins calendar is the Presentation Day on 8 September at the Diddy. All are looking forward to this.
14th August 5pm Training for teams in Finals and Gala Days see coaches @ Blackman B3/B4
In addition to below there are also U9 and U10 Second Round Gala Days
Friday 9th August:
Sunday 11th August:
Blackman Park (Synthetic)
Blackman Park (Steve Chisholm Oval)
12:45 Westbrook Bulldogs U11-2 vs Lane Cove/North Ryde Menegola U11-2
11:00 Glebe Newtown U14-2 vs North Ryde/Lane Cove Menegola U14-2 @Allan Davidson Oval
Presentation Day 8th September from 11am
7th August 5pm Youth Girls training @ Blackman synthetic.
8th August 5pm Youth Boys and Girls training @ Blackman B3/B4
Friday 9th August:
Sunday 11th August:
Blackman Park (Synthetic)
09:00 U8 Gala Day Pool B
Blackman Park (Steve Chisholm Oval)
08:30 U8 Gala Day Pool A
11:00 Lane Cove/North Ryde U11 Menegola vs Lane Cove/North Ryde U11 Fyfe
12:15 Lane Cove Cats U12 Duncan vs Pittwater Tigers Dusty U12-2
08:00 U9 Gala Day @ Glover St Oval
10:00 U10 Gala Day @ Alan Border Oval
09:30 U10YG Gala Day @ Gore Hill Oval
12:00 Balgowlah Suns Red U12YG vs Lane Cove Cats U12YG Swanson @ Balgowlah Oval
14:40 Balgowlah Suns Blue U14YG vs Lane Cove Cats U14YG McWilliams @ Balgowlah Oval
12:15 Willoughby Wildcats U13-3 vs North Ryde/ Lane Cove U13 @ Gore Hill Oval
North Ryde/Lane Cove U14-2 Bye
Presentation Day Sunday 8th September from 11am
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Match Report U14Gs McWilliams
Round 14 vs Canada Bay Cannons
The penultimate round of the season saw the LCCs up against the Canada Bay Cannons, a team that plays a similar style to the cats and has been a bit of a bogey team, being the only top five team that we haven’t managed to topple this year.
The picturesque Drummoyne oval beckoned and the Cats turned up in dribs and drabs as the last minute message that the manager had got the start time wrong filtered through, or didn’t. A great turnout from the 12s playing a double header, meant that we got a bit of a view of what next year’s team will look like. Perhaps mismanagement and a glorious day were the reasons for a slow start, with structure a bit lackadaisical and the ball more waited than chased. The physicality started to return in the second quarter. Nat, Roija and Jamie all put on some strong bumps and there was give and take on both sides – mostly legal. Emma kicked her first goal since last week and at half time the damage wasn’t too bad: CBC 1-3-15 v LCC 1-0-6.
The second half fireside chat from Coach Jemma saw the team get their act together, the half back line was holding firm, but this is no easy opponent and scoring opportunities were scarce. Elin ran beautifully into space a number of times, which eventually led to a goal and Emma racked up her second. With the cannons not breaking the big sticks, the Cats held a slender lead at the third quarter siren. LCC 3-0-18 v CBC 2-5-17.
At three quarter time Coach Jemma demanded accountability – one on one marking would see us through, but it seems the Cannons coach might have had the same idea as the final quarter entered a tight arm wrestle. Cats defensive line was holding well and keeping the ball in the forward 50, but a break through by the Cannons led to a behind and a goal and a clear lead. The Cats went forward again. Avishi ran into clear space at the top of the forward line and took a beautiful chest mark, one of the opposition players ran across the mark and while half the parents explained the rule to the other half, Avishi was marched forward and calmly slotted the goal from right in front. Scores tied, ten minutes to go.
The Cats had the field position, but the Cannons defence held true. Time and again the ball went in to the 50, just to come back out again. CharlieD’s defence was outstanding and if there was an award for power to weight ratio, she’d win it hands down. With thirty seconds to go, the Cannon’s broke free and hearts sank. Surely not another loss on the siren, but the Cats defence rushed across, smothered the ball on the boundary and the final siren went. Game drawn.
Do you sing the team song after a draw? Oh yes you do! Fantastic to see the smiles on girls faces and the chat about the game afterwards. Once again, footy was the real winner.
Final scores – Lane Cove Cats 4-0-24 drew Canada Bay Cannons 3-6-24. Goal Scorers – Byrne (2), Katemaneni, Ladmore. Player’s Player – Katemaneni.
Firstly thanks to all the U10 girls who raced back to Blackman Park from their game to help us out with numbers. We had to postpone the start time 30 minutes to accomodate their late arrival, but it was really welcome as without it we would have forfeited the game. Thanks Isabel, Celeste, Emi & Jasmine.
Genevieve H also turned up in a Mrs Incredible outfit and the face mask to boot. Woohoo I thought super human powers are on our side today.
It was the second last game of the season, it was a hot winters afternoon and I think the team reflected a long season thats nearly over in their performance. Having said that there were plenty of positives to come out of the day.
The team’s tackling was fierce and the practice during the week absolutely helped in our strong efforts. When given an opportunity every girl in the team relished the opportunity to stick a tackle and gain possession. We have joked about Sami Z’s technique, but I saw a significant improvement in her ability to grab her opponent and bring her to the ground.
This year we have focused on possessing the ball with handballs instead of kicks down the ground. Eliza and Lily in the middle are the perfect example of always passing the ball out to their team mate who is in a better position. This week though we saw some fantastic play from Jeannie N and Lexie P in the forward line. They were looking for a team mate first and more often than not the ball found the target.
The team ran hard. It was hot and late in the day, but that didn’t stop them chasing after anything that moved. Without Grace in the middle I thought we might lack some speed, but Lizzy Y made up for this, always taking on the defence and moving the ball forward. I thought at one stage Maia K was going for another run and bounce goal, but the ball went the other way. The important thing was that Maia was in a position to receive the incoming kick or hand ball, always running in to space.
On a last note, at training 2 weeks ago we practiced kicking or hand passing to a team mate and then following up down the field to take possession again. The key message here is that when you kick the ball your involvement is not finished. I may embellish this a little but to see this practice drill reflected on the field was so pleasing. It was in the second quarter and Elin was in defence and took possession of the ball, she kicked out on the wing and found Eliza who took a strong mark. Elin ran past and received a hand ball from Eliza. Elin then kicked down to Maia K, who again took a strong contested mark.. Maia then kicked in field and found Lexie P free and another mark before the half time siren sounded. No goal came from this, but the team work was amazing, skill level was high and this one piece of play showed me how far we have improved over the year…
Well done girls. One game to go.
Players player Genevieve (or should I say Mrs Incredible!)
Sami an unfortunate 3.2 for the opposition
Our last game of the regular season saw the Cockatoos back at Blackman Park up against the Mosman Swans. After two weeks playing against two of the strongest team in the comp, finishing our season against the Swans gave our boys a chance to show off everything they had learned over the course of the season.
Right from the outset our midfield were on top and were able to get the ball into our forward line. Hamish, Aza and Ryan each managed to kick goals in what was an impressive first quarter. Ryan kicked a long range beauty, Hamish kicked a screamer from the pocket on a very tight angle, and Aza hustled and fought himself free to kick a great goal. In fact over the course of the match we had 8 different goal scorers out of 9 players, and our ninth player managed a couple of behinds, and was unlucky not to score a goal.
In the third quarter we had Ryan playing for the Swans to give them a bit of a leg up, and Ivan played with them in the fourth. Notwithstanding the fact that we were had eight Cockatoos playing against eleven Swans, our boys continued to dominate possession. What was particularly impressive from our boys was the way they were working together. In recent games we’ve really tried to emphasize the need to back each other up and to provide an option when our team-mate is tackled or under pressure.
Against the Swans the Cockatoos got to see the benefit of that team work, as the player who won the ball in congestion used the handball, or a simple tap, to get the ball out of traffic to to the advantage of a team mate in space. Our players were also really good at looking to pass the ball to a team mate from a kick, and to share the ball around. Playing against a strong team can be a great learning experience, as it helps the players to learn from their opposition. But sometimes playing against a weaker opponent can help build confidence and provide the opportunity to put into practice some of the skills and tactics we’ve been learning and working on during the year. This game may have been the latter, but it really highlighted our boy’s improvement.
Jude was a perfect example of this. Jude is a big strong lad, who sometimes struggles to impose himself on the game. His kicking has improved dramatically over the season, and he can kick the ball a long way, so it is always good when he has ball in space. He was away last week, so before we started I told him he owed me twice as many possessions to make up for the missed game. He started in the midfield and over the course of the quarter you could see his confidence slowly grow as he started to get more of the ball. In the second quarter that confidence increased as he used his body to get to the ball on the ground and into space. He worked really well with his fellow forwards, getting handballs and kicks away to his team mates when under pressure. He applied pressure himself by tackling and hustling his opponents. He was able to set up two goals before finally kicking one himself. More importantly by the end of the quarter (and for the rest of the game) whenever the ball was nearby Jude backed himself to get it, and usually did.
Jerry also deserves special mention, not only did he work really hard to get the ball all over the field, he backed up his team mates superbly, and shared the ball brilliantly, including sacrificing shots on goal to get the ball to a team mate in a better position. He played tough, skillful and unselfish footy. He took marks, laid tackles, won contested ball and had multiple goal assists (and goals). Hamish also had an exceptional day. He was able to showcase his skills by foot, but equally importantly tackled strongly, and applied pressure, an area which has seen real improvement over the season. Ryan took a couple of sensational contested marks, and was strong on the ground. Whether he played for the Cockatoos or the Swans he was a menace to his opponents. Oscar also won the ball everywhere. He is back to his best footy, determined to get the ball, and if he can’t, tackles courageously. He loves a goal and kicked some beauties!
Jack’s kicking has also improved enormously over the season, and he was rewarded with his first goal for the year! He has always been willing to tackle and fight for the ball on the ground, but now he is starting to use the ball well also. His brother Ben (who should never be confused with his identical twin) got plenty of the ball, and made sure he was hard to tackle when he won it. His kicking has also improved, and a number of our goals were the result of Ben and Jack getting the ball from the midfield into the forward line. Ivan kicked goals, took marks and tackled strongly. His determination to get the ball and use it is second to none, and he has a great set of hands. He is really a big asset to our team, and had another great game.
As should be obvious, this match was an excellent way for the Cockatoos to finish the regular season. I’ve had a great time coaching these boys and watching (and hopefully helping) them improve. I’m really looking forward to the gala day this weekend for a fantastic finish to the footy year!
Jude won the coaches award this week for his huge game, his best so far, as he really imposed himself, and won lots of ball. Jerry also was given a special coaches award for his unselfish play, and the standard he set. As I have said to the boys more than once, kicking a goal is fun, but setting it up is far more impressive!
Finally a very big thank you to our team Manager, Andrew. Andrew does a fantastic job keeping things organised on game day, before, during and after the game, allowing me to focus on coaching. I’m really grateful for his help, it makes my job so much easier. Thank you Andrew!!!
Have a great week.
On a day which started out as if it might storm, and ended up with the parents reaching for the sunscreen, Team Hawkins played it’s final game of the regular season on Steve Chisholm Oval facing the Leichhardt Cygnets, against whom we’d had a good win earlier on in the season.
Coach Roger emphasized in his pre-game address our match focus points of backing off the mark when taking a free kick, looking for a team mate with your disposals, and helping your team mates out in the contest. 3-gamer Lewis must’ve impressed the selection panel at Thursday night training, because he was awarded the Captaincy for the match, and he lead his team of twelve out, which included U10 Selwood ring-in Harry Arnold.
The first quarter is traditionally our weakest, and this week was no different, for despite the ball being forward for a large portion of the quarter, the Cats and Cygnets had scored one goal each, ours coming through Jude kicking out of a pack. The second quarter things turned for the Cats, with Hudson kicking three almost identical goals from in front close to the mid-zone after breaking free. Leichhardt seemed to have a lot of big fellahs, indeed some of the match ups looked frightening, but Team Hawkins wasn’t fazed, and went into half-time well ahead. During the half-time break, Coach asked his charges to focus on helping their team mates rather than going for the individual effort, and were reminded to move laterally across the field with the ball.
The third quarter was more challenging, and if it wasn’t for some nice tackling by Angus, strong marking and a goal from Ryan, and a very nice mark and goal from Harry, the result could have been quite different. The boys were showing signs of tiring, and coach resorted to the jelly snakes at three-quarter time to inspire them.
With the promise from his grandfather of monetary reward for goals and behinds kicked, Noah was fired up when rotated forward in the last quarter, and quickly scored a major. Jude also scored his second from the boundary after winning a tap and sharking the spilled ball nicely, and Zak scored two good goals after his trademark break from the pack. The siren sounded for full-time and “We are Lane Cove” was sung as strong as the game had been played.
It was a pleasing finish to the regular season for Team Hawkins and we had a good contribution across the board. Hudson impressed with his drive from the centre and rebound from defence, and was awarded the Defensive Play of the day. Harry Arnold was a good inclusion, he continually booted it through the middle and kicked a nice goal in the third. He was awarded Best Team Player. Shane was tireless, also scored a major in the third and was awarded the coaches Hot Chocolate sponsored by Finks Cafe.
Team Hawkins is looking forward to the U10s gala day, which is is scheduled for next Sunday at Allan Border Oval Mosman.
Today was a great contest against Manly which was played in great spirit – both teams showing good sportsmanship and honesty correcting the umpire when he got it wrong even when it went against their team…
We’ve all become used to seeing it but having Oscar as team captain busting through the pack with the ball tucked under his arm going for a run is really great to watch.
Its difficult this week to pick out individuals because everyone worked so well together in each of their zones. The children now really understand about running into space, stopping the opposition by getting on a player, keeping possession of the ball and teamwork – its not all about how many goals they kick!
Whilst it is difficult to name players this week, a special mention to Joe, Archie and Gus who all displayed great skills with both kicking and handballing to teammates who worked their way into position – there were some great marks from them as well.
Team Captain – Oscar
Best Effort – Max
Best Kicker – Joe
This week is our last round and we have 3 games – below pasted are the details for each of the games.
As mentioned we’ll run a training session with the Juniors this week on Thursday at 5pm. It will be down the bottom oval on the grass and runs for about an hour. Its not compulsory but would be great if as many can make it as possible.
|Opposition||Mosman Swans Red||Willoughby Wildcats Gold||Willoughby Wildcats Black|
|Venue||Blackman Park||Blackman Park||Blackman Park|
|Team Captain||Archie Arnold||Luke Willemsen||Callum Davies|
|Best & Fairest Duty||McGregor & Mead||Davies & Willemsen||Lumley & Boyle|
Games are 2 x 6 minute halves with a 3 minute half time break. Those on Orange/Snake duty will only need a few oranges as there are less breaks. All our games will be on the Synthetic surface.