Juniors Round Up: Round 7
Around the Grounds
Round 7 produced some solid results for our Westside Junior teams both at home and on the road. It is great to see teams working on the skills being provided at training by our Director of Coaching and Team Coaches as the season is progressing.
We had a great away game on the weekend against Mitchelton and won 11-4. The team was passing and attacking well. Had some close shots at goal that just missed. At training we have been working on chopping the ball to keep it in & to get around players, changing direction to pass or run with the ball. Was great to see this skill set being used in the games.
Our Player of the Week award went to Charlie. Charlie had some excellent passes to set up his team mates and also scored 2 goals himself. Keep up the great work Charlie!
The Chameleons played at home this weekend and faced some tough competition against the very talented Mitchie U6 Leeds. It was lovely to see positive game talk on the field by the Chameleons and the bonds the team are forming when celebrating each other’s goals.
Lyndon returned from being unwell with bang scoring a fantastic goal to kick things off. Lleyton and Jackson were strong in defense and attack nabbing a couple of goals each. Evelyne had some great kicks and made some great passes. But it was Teddy that stole the show with some very impressive moves making him Player of the Week. Well done Teddy!!
The Bees played against the Westside U7 Hornets this week. This is the second time the teams have played, having had a friendly match just before season start. It was a fun match and great to see the team running and controlling the ball as they’ve been practicing during training.
There were a lot of great kicks from the team, some excellent defending, and some fast runs down the sideline. Our team’s tackling skills are improving as well as working together as a team. Player of the Week went to Woody for really taking on board what the team have been working on at training and putting it into practice.
The Wasps played against the Westside Scorpions this week. It was a close game with the Wasps having a narrow loss.
The team showed great defensive skills and good teamwork all game. Rafael was on fire and scored a few goals, earning him the Player of the Week award.
The Hornets had a great contest played in great spirits against the Bees in a Westside derby match. Patrick was helping out the U8 Brumbies this week and Ned, Archie, Edgar and Cooper all stepped up to the challenge of playing a full match with no substitutes.
The Hornets started strong with an early goal to Ned, and he was unlucky not to score a few more, narrowly missing on a number of occasions. This effort saw him receive the Player of the Week award. Archie made a great strike that hit the upright and as always was great support for his teammates. Edgar was dominant in tackles and it was great to see Cooper make a few individual runs down the field.
A tough home game against North Pine Tottenham for us this weekend. They were extremely disciplined and held their positions well making it hard for us to break them down. A slender 1-0 lead going into halftime was quickly pegged back in the second half and then an absolute cracker from them saw us go 2-1 behind.
The Dingoes showed great fighting spirit though and equalised late in the game with our first goal scored off a corner. Wilbur played in goal for the first time and made some great saves and in a tough match, our rock in defense Leo, got a very well-deserved Player of the Week award. Well done to the Dingoes for showing great team spirit.
Week 7 had the Brumbies on the road to Samford. A tense first half saw us locked in defense most of the time but desperate defending as a team and some acrobatic keeping from young supersub Paddy kept us in the game. Landon was in the hunt up front and created chances in the break, particularly from well-placed goal kicks.
Being only down by 2 at the drink break, the second half was much more open with passes finding their marks and Lily finished a great run with a precision finish to keep it exciting. Lucy continued the great goalkeeping with great use of the hands but kept us all on our toes with some of the passes out from the back. Samford scored a late one to finish 3-1 for a deserved win but the Brumbies can hold their heads high for the way we played. The Player of the Week award went to Paddy for his first-half goalkeeping efforts and then patrolling the whole field in the second half. Go Brumbies!
As always, the Wolves gave it their all this week against the Pine Hills Strikers. This unfortunately was not revealed in the final score line of 4-0 as Pine Hills ran away winners. The Wolves players were always putting pressure on the ball and marking the Pine Hills players well.
They made some very impressive shots for goal throughout the game but the defense from Pine Hills players was just too solid. The Wolves players were relentless in attack and defense, despite a few injuries – they ran all over the field the entire game. Noah in particular was on fire this game and took the Player of the Week award for the second time this season. We look forward to playing them again in the second half of the season to try some new strategies and even up the score.
After an early flurry of goals from Pine Hills, the Hornets team found their shape and rhythm in what was a fun and competitive contest. Michael was brave in stopping many scoring attempts in the first half. Alfie, Kai and Daniel formed a solid defensive unit that stopped many attacking raids. Ernest, Bryn and Samuel were strong in the middle, which helped Dash form a good combination up front with Bowen to create some great scoring chances.
Toby produced the pass of the match with a perfect lob pass to the feet of Bowen on the right wing. A highlight was the large white duck that invaded the pitch and many thanks to Alfie’s mum who was able to control the situation! Many congrats to Dante for his well-earned Player of the Week award for his brilliant display in goal in the second half. All the best to the Hornets at Samford next game!
It was a tough game for the Kookaburras this week versus the Ridge Hills Spurs up at Bald Hills. The opposition had the advantage in size and numbers, but our Kookaburras never gave up. Coach Paul’s words of wisdom at half time gave them a boost and they knocked it up a gear to hold off the attack and even make a couple of great attempts at goal.
An impressive effort from the whole team. Once again, Jack’s speed and massive effort earned him Player of the Week.
The U11 Warriors showed great improvement this week playing their best game of the season against Bardon Bullets. Every warrior on the pitch was focused and giving their all for a well-earned 2-2 draw.
The Player of the Week award went to Rhys. Shout out to Seb for coming along to support his team, even though he was injured and couldn’t play.
The Wanderers team has been developing more cohesion with each game and the kids worked well together today to stay in position and talk more to each other on the field.
Well done to Nick for getting into position and calling for the ball through-out the first half. Tobi and Ryan showed good teamwork in front of goals, being aware and producing some nice passes. Likewise, Kate and Jack provided some nice passes up the line and listened to each other’s communication throughout the game. Callum produced a solid game in defence, with the Player of the Week award going to Nick for scoring a nice goal.