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LUCAS FLYNN AIDAN O’SHEA
What team are you in and when did you start playing What team are you in and when did you start playing
Auskick U8’s. I started playing in 2015. U11’s. I started playing when I was 5. It was 6 years ago.
Who is your favourite team and player? Who is your favourite team and player?
Sydney Swans, Adam Goodes. Sydney Swans, Dan Hannebery.
Favourite thing to do other than AFL? Favourite thing to do other than AFL?
Play T-Ball. Basketball.
Favourite food? Favourite food?
Today – Anzac Biscuits! Ravioli.
Best footy advice you’ve been given? Best footy advice you’ve been given?
Practice kicks and hand passes. Play hard and try your best.
Best joke? Best joke?
Q: What to put on a pig if he has a rash? Q: What do you call a deer with no eyes?
A: Oinkment A: NO IDEA!
Q: What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs?
A: STILL NO IDEA!
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TEAM TIME OPPONENT LOCATIONAuskick 8.00 am Cronulla Sharks Gwawley Oval U8 Auskick 8.00 am Cronulla Sharks Gwawley Oval U9 Black 9.00 am Cronulla Sharks Navy Gwawley Oval U9 Red 9.00 am Cronulla Sharks Titan Gwawley Oval U10 Black 10.00 am Cronulla Sharks Navy Gwawley Oval U10 Red BYE U11 10.00 am Penshurst Panthers Olds Park U13 11.30 am Maroubra Pioneers Park
We had a pretty good turnout for the 5/6’s considering the weather and a long weekend with 19 turning up. The 5/6’s were spilt into 2 groups for the skills and the games against Bangor with a few also playing for Bangor when it came to game time.
The Bombers put in a great performance against what was a skillful little Tigers outfit who handballed very well.
We have been concentrating on skill development and sportsmanship at training and both were in ample display this weekend. We generally marked well and kicked straight and looked at our best when we shared the ball with our teammates. Well done to all boys for their efforts.
Sunday morning saw the sun brake through and U7 Bombers brake out of the change rooms to the sound of the Bombers club song. Seven of our kids matched up against the Tigers whilst the remaining players played out an entertaining inter club game. Despite being a little wet, it is great to see some marks starting to stick and some clear leads to the ball. A focus on hand skills and fast feet in the coming few weeks should see our ball transition between thirds appear a little more direct.
A big thanks to all involved at The Tigers for a putting on a great morning - and we loved the songs for both teams being played.
Well done everyone. Go Bombers!
Weekly Award Winners:
U5/6 - Joshua Harrington, Isabella Davidson U7 – James Lydom, Nicholas Watson U8 – Lucas Flynn, Lachlan Mohapp
The Bombers U9 black travelled into "Tiger land" for a round three clash against Bangor. On the back of a strong training session last Friday night, coach Bec and Sean were keen to see how we stacked up against the experienced Bangor group. We had some clear goals around supporting the ball carrier and tackling which the boys were able to execute pretty well. The big field gave some of our stronger runners an opportunity to stretch out and we had a good spread of goal scorers. It was an entertaining game which saw our boys get on top from second quarter proving too classy by foot and hand. Well done everyone! Go Bombers!
U9 RED U9 RED vs. Cronulla Sharks Navy, Heathcote Oval An amazing effort by the team against Cronulla on Sunday. There were some outstanding individual efforts across the ground but all the players contributed in an exciting display of footy. The pressure placed by the boys on the other team to turnover the ball throughout the game showed great courage and character. It was really pleasing to see the development of many of the new players who are all developing considerably in a short space of time.
A really close and even game - lots to look forward to in the future. Congratulations boys. An amazing effort by the team against Cronulla on Sunday. There were some outstanding individual efforts across the ground but all the players contributed in an exciting display of footy. The pressure placed by the boys on the other team to turnover the ball throughout the game showed great courage and character. It was really pleasing to see the development of many of the new players who are all developing considerably in a short space of time. A really close and even game - lots to look forward to in the future. Congratulations boys.
U10 BLACK U10 Black vs. Bangor Tigers, Barden Ridge Oval Bombers Black U10’s were away to Bangor this week. With nine players and an opposition wanting to play 12 a side, four Bombers U9s played up with us to get a 12 a side match. In a scored game the boys would have run out comfortable winners, but the game itself was not one sided. Bangor competed well in general play all game and kept us busy in defence. The difference in the end was our ability repel their attacks without conceding soft goals and then take our chances when we got the ball forward. We stuck fairly closely to our game plan, moving the ball the way we practice most of the time and our positional play was reasonably good.
Our more experienced players were strong across the board, Aaron kicked four goals and displayed really good accountable positional play in defence in particular. Hunter took some great marks, Jack and Ryan ran hard and competed well all game and they were well supported by good efforts from the rest of the team. Matty received the coaches award for a good all round effort and increased involvement in the contested footy, but especially for his commitment to the game plan and positional play. The U9s who played up were also solid contributors and while it's not easy to slot into a team you don't train with, they did well.
There were a few things that came out of the game that we'll work on at training, like getting back off the mark quickly and giving yourself enough space when you take a mark or receive a free kick. We can also improve our ball use and decision making in tight contested situations, at times on the weekend we were a little slow to dispose of the ball and tried to run ourselves out of trouble / break tackles a little too much. Overall the effort from the team was good and the boys are on the right track. They enjoyed a reasonably strong performance, are continuing to improve and seemed to have fun in the process. Good effort boys!
U10 RED U10 RED vs. Cronulla Sharks White, Heathcote Oval We travelled to Heathcote to take on Cronulla White, and despite holding a small lead at ½ time we couldn’t hold on, falling short by 8 points. Although we haven’t registered a win yet, all of our games have been close, and we have proven we can compete with anyone, we are just dropping off for a couple of minutes which allows teams back in. Very happy with our endeavour and willingness to compete. It was very hard picking stand out players in a real team effort. Cooper and Beau had standout games in defence again. Harrison took a number of strong marks around the ground and kicked well. Keiran, Kai and Ethan were reliable as usual, with good kicking to position and contested marking. Charlie contested well and have off a number of handballs in close. Jayden had another good game, using his good leg speed. Coaches award went to Scott, who marked well, kicked a long goal, and was unlucky not to finish with more. The boys are starting to get more confidence in themselves now, and we just need to play for quarters to come away with a win. This week’s bye has come at a bad time for us as we are building some momentum. A big thankyou to John Murray and his U9s – Joe, Ash, Darcy & Cave, who helped us out and slotted straight in.
A great team performance saw the U11’s notch their first win for the season. This was a game that left the coaches extremely pleased as the boys really clicked today and executed well on a lot of the things we have been working hard on at training, including working hard to support our teammates, second and third efforts and shepherding. The skill execution was also outstanding.
The team was captained today by Ethan and Sam and we welcomed Jonah for his first game of footy. Many of the boys played a quarter for Bangor to even up the numbers and give everyone a game so thanks to Theo, James, Kye, Riley, Blake, Noah H, Liam, Jonah, Paul, Evan, Sam and Aidan for doing this.
The game itself started slowly for us with Bangor scoring the first goal after getting some early dominance from the centre clearances and kicking down the hill. The boys, to their credit, worked hard to get on top in the game.
Oscar and Ethan started to get on top in the middle, with great support from Aidan and Liam, and most of the second half of the quarter was played in our forward half. Sam was playing a great captan's game, presenting strongly as a forward target and his early work really kept us in the game. Tom pushed forward to create a number of chances and was rewarded with a typical well taken goal after fantastic second efforts. He was unlucky not to again hit the scoreboard when a snap unfortunately hit Evan in the face. Ev will be sporting a nice black eye when he returns to school this week and showed great courage to come back on the field. Across the backline, Lachie and the two Noahs were fantastic. Our other goal came from Oscar who was really finding his feet and starting to take the game on.
In the second quarter we were running down the hill and dominated the quarter which was played almost entirely in our half. Some desperate defence by Bangor kept the scoring down but with our centre line dominating and with Noah G, Lachie and James strong across half back the chances kept coming. After sitting on the bench for the first quarter, Jonah got his chance in the forward line and was fantastic with his reading of the play and attack on the footy his first game of footy was fantastic. Ben was working very hard across half forward, continual winning contested ball and using his pace to create opportunities. A couple of goals for the quarter put us right on top.
The third quarter was a bit more even in the play but we managed to keep Bangor goalless running down the hill.
This was due to some outstanding defensive efforts by our backline. Noah H pulled off the smoother of the day to stop a certain goal, James was tackling ferociously and almost took the mark of the day with a courageous diving effort. Paul was also very prominent in this quarter working very hard in the backline. Noah G was reading the play well and providing great run of half back. Special mention to Noah G who had kicking in duties for the day and did a fantastic job. Oscar and Ethan were dominating in the air with Oscar continually taking on the opposition and keeping the ball in our forward half, this included chopping of a kick out of defence from Bangor and kicking a long bomb goal off one step. Our other goal for the quarter came from Kye who was providing a lively target up forward and finished nicely after being hit with a great pass from Oscar. In the centre Aidan was fantastic working hard to present options coming out of defence.
The fourth quarter Bangor came out strongly to kick the first goal of the quarter. The boys then worked hard to get back the initiative and then dominated the rest of the quarter but couldn't quite hit the scoreboard as hard to reflect their dominance in the play. Goals to great snaps to Blake and Ethan were well deserved. Ethan's goal was great reward for a fantastic captain's game where he dominated in the centre with tough contested footy and continually fought for the footy despite taking some hard knocks and not being rewarded on a few occasions by the umpire. Ethan was one of our award winners for the game and his use of the footy was also a highlight, hitting teammates consistently with great disposal. The other award winner was Liam who capped off a strong game by completely dominating the last quarter playing in the centre he marked almost every kick out of defence. There were a number of marks that could be highlighted and some great running footy of half back where he exchanged handballs with Riley was a fantastic bit of team footy. Riley was also fantastic playing in the centre with his hard running a feature. In the backline, Theo was playing an unfamiliar role but his contested footy was up to the high standard that he has now set.
All in all a fantasy team effort with 18 contributors.
Thanks to Ben H (who turned up again to support his teammates) and Harry Gray for running water along with team runner Andrew B. Also thanks to Daniel for goal umpiring.
Next we we get the chance to avenge our first round loss to Penshurst and the boys can go into that game with plenty of confidence.
Another magnificent day for footy and a drive through leafy St Ives for our second game of the year got the day underway. A few lessons were learnt from round 1 and the boys certainly looked more comfortable at training and during the warm up. Again we had solid numbers with the only exceptions being Harry G and Luke who managed to cut his head open (at round ball football) and end up with a few stitches for his troubles… Our opponents were founded in 1968 and have produced a number of AFL players including current Sydney Swan Callum Mills (number 3 draft pick in 2016), current Collingwood player Jarrod Witts and a former Hawk, then Saint Russell Morris. Russell was also named as part of the (AFL) Greek team of the Century. Did you know that football comes from the Greek word…(any My Big Fat Greek Wedding fans out there???) hahaha.
Last week’s game gave us a better idea of the positions best suited to a number of the boys and some focus on positional play really helped. Our new boys again stepped up with some very good individual performances that
were really pleasing. In particular these included: