Glorious weather greeted teams for round six, when Tabilk took on the Sainters at Nagambie.
The under-10s were in good spirits and put on display their ever-increasing skills in the basics of football and teamwork, with the major aim to get a kick and have some fun.
It is pleasing to note the kids are enjoying themselves. Thanks to the parent helpers.
The under-12s were given a good run by the Tabilk squad early, scoring the first major, but the Sainters proved too good in moving the ball with efficiency to our forward line for opportunities and goals.
The midfield was in awesome touch along with the backline, preventing Tabilk’s scoring attempts.
Well done team.
The under-14s faced a good and fast Tabilk team and could not manage to block those fast-moving attempts towards their goals, while battling to get the six pointers onto the scoreboard themselves.
While disappointing, the boys can hold their heads high that they didn’t give up, and they know where the bar is.
The under-16s were again in fine form with some inspiring centre work to drive the ball down to the forward line.
Even with the change of positions, the young men kept attacking and looking for ways to trouble the scoreboard.
It was a solid effort all-round.
While the scoreline was very much in our favour, the Tabilk boys never stopped giving it a red hot go.
●Next week the Sainters are up against the quality teams from Euroa, so if you want to see the best of junior netball and football on display, head down to Kings Park on Sunday.
With two quality teams to go at it, it was the day when we worked out where we stood in the top four.
With a lot of work still to be done, we are certainly one of the best of the top four.
It’s great to see the boys smiling and playing at their best, encouraging each other and putting practice to work.
With a quality first quarter that saw Jordan Wallden kick two majors and Tom Barnes and Orlando Sepulveda kick one each, we were off to a great start.
It was a great effort from all, especially Jordan in his first game back after a fracture, which showed strength and great encouragement.
St Mary’s wasn’t going home empty-handed and wanted the four points as well, coming back hard in the second quarter and pushing our backline to its limits.
Great tackles came from Jake Chapman, Will O’Brien, Ben Bath and Nicholas Glentzes.
Scott McMaster and Liam Whitling did a great job in the ruck pushing it out to our runners, with Hayden Anderson getting the ball and taking off as the bench and supporters yelled ‘‘bounce, you are clear, bounce’’. Fifteen metres seems too close for this guy — he should be able to run 50m, then bounce.
Going into half-time brought out a few home truths — to play good football, you need to do the basics very well.
With momentum swinging back our way, Will Burn went to full-back, Will Dalton in to the guts and Rielly Fox-Old to half-back flank. Hard ball gets were a high priority, and with strength and determination it worked.
Lightening bolt Nicholas Glentzes, solid as a rock Scott McMaster, Tommy the tank engine, Robbo the rabbit and Heath the sledgehammer were once again leading by example, smothering kicks, clearing packs and putting it back over the halfway line, giving the forwards something to work for.
Football is a strange game when you play the top sides, which St Mary’s certainly is, and it’s hard to give awards away.
To beat any side it takes a quality team effort and a full side to make it work.
As a team it showed we are capable of taking it up to the best and striving for that winning feeling. We all have it in us and if we continue to play as a team and back each other up, then bring on the rest of the season.
We face Broadford this Sunday in what is set to be another great match.
Thanks to sponsors The Royal Mail, The Coach Shop and Billy Burgers.
Best: T. Barnes, J. Robertson, J. Wallden.
Goals: J. Wallden, J. Robertson, O. Sepulveda 2; T. Barnes.
It was another hard day at the office, but once again if we focus on the positives we can take a lot from the day.
Trent Galdwin certainly stepped up. This young bloke has huge potential but at times has drifted in and out of the game.
This was his best four-quarter effort not only for the year, but I would say for the club.
He was a driving force out of the centre, and when asked to quiet down St Marys’ most dangerous forward, he slipped into Josh Gibson mode and wore his opponent like a glove.
Another player who has really improved in the past couple of weeks is Lachy Robinson.
After coming over from soccer last year, his understanding of the game has certainly improved and his run off half-back when the ball turns over saw him drive us forward continuously.
Jack Sampson has finally shaken off his jet lag and after giving a good lead-up target at centre half-forward, moved into the midfield during the second half and provided good run.
Kieran Robertson snuck in our only goal for the day after a great passage of play where he had three or four hard efforts before slotting it from about 35m out on the run.
Other good players during the day were Cain, Moose, Tom, Josh and Jedd.
The Neil Beer award went to Harry Dawson (and he has work experience there this week), the North East Antenna award went to Trent Gladwin and the Avenel Cafe award went to Lachy Robinson.
The Lions took on league newcomers Wandong Warriors.
The Lions were expecting a tough encounter with the Warriors and that was what they got.
The Warriors got the jump on the Lions, easily winning the first clearance, and although the Lions bounced back with even inside 50s and more scoring opportunities, the Warriors kicked straighter and finished the first term with two more goals.
The second term saw the Lions set the tone with more talk and numbers around the contest.
The backline was able to force the Warriors into making mistakes and running the ball out of defence.
The Lions’ forwards were extremely efficient during the quarter, scoring from every inside-50 for a total of six goals to one for the term.
After the big break the Lions came out with renewed enthusiasm and were able to hit the scoreboard early.
For the first half of the term the Lions were able to move the ball with cleaner skills on the ground and in the air. However, as the term progressed, the Lions’ intensity started to drop off and, with the Warriors dropping extra numbers behind the ball, they were able to slow the Lions’ scoring.
The final term saw the Lions win the key stats with more inside 50s, tackles and hit outs, but the Warriors’ desperation saw the Lions have to work hard to create opportunities to keep their score ticking over.
The Warriors had numbers in defence and were able to congest the Lions’ forward line, making it difficult for them to use the corridor and score freely, and both sides scored three goals.
That turned out to be Seymour’s winning margin.
What was really pleasing about the match was the way the Lions played as a team, resulting in a fairly even contribution from the entire playing group.
The awards for the day went to four players who played unselfish footy and did some pretty special things — Mitchell for his strong contested marking and pressure up forward and through the midfield; Richard for his clean skills and score assists which produced opportunities for his team-mates up forward; Caleb for his boundless ruckwork and second and third efforts which set the tone for the team; and Tony (T.J) for his continual pressure, hard tackling and repeated efforts.
Score: Seymour 12.12 (84) d Wandong 10.6 (66).