Glorious day greeted our combatants at the Monbulk Junior ground today, and reliably informed at the remote Talaskia ground of Upwey Tecoma JFC who hosted two of our teams. What's not to love about being at Junior Footy on a Sunday on such a magnificent day! To some results:
- Under 9's hosted Wesburn as the sun dissolved a light frost from our ground and did so in style. Overhead marks, kicks to our players in position, winning our own ball are consistent messages for our newest players. With most of our players having never played before, coming against an experienced opposition was always going to be a difficult task. But we learn and improve each week, and we love playing footy!
- Under 10's Maroon made a welcome return to the club, and performed admirably against an Emerald opponent with more experienced players. We had impressive periods of possession we were not able to turn into scores, but our endeavour and desire to win the footy could not be questioned. Our players need to continue to listen to instruction, work hard at training and continue to improve and enjoy!
- Under 11's were next up at Upwey playing the home side we had had some success against in the pre-season. Today was to be a sterner test as we came up against a team more determined at the footy which at this level will determine the outcome of the contest. Well placed at the half way point of the season, should enjoy the break and will rebound after the Bye. Always next week in footy...
- Under 12 Girls hosted Mount Evelyn back at Monbulk, a side that had not lost for two years..but had only two more scoring shots than us a few rounds ago. And that was our fourth competitive game. All streaks come to an end and for our friends from Mt Ev it came in the fourth quarter as our girls responded to a quick start to our opponent with three goals of their own to run out eight point winners! Well done girls..
- Under 10 Gold were next up at Monbulk hosting a Wesburn team with plenty of experience and will for the ball. We had some great run into space from our players. Discipline and structure were outstanding as was our determination. See big leaps of improvement from our players each and every week. Experience playing in different positions will make them more versatile footballers as they continue their journey.
- Under 14 Maroon was our next game (in time) at 12pm at Upwey against the hosts. With just 15 players we were going to be tested today, but battled manfully to 7 points each by the first break. Conceded a couple in the second to go down by 13 at the half. Some individual brilliance saw us kick three majors in the third to trail by just 2 at the last break. Consistent bigger opponents wore us down in the end to go down beaten but unbowed by 27 points. Well done on today's efforts!
- Under 12 Boys were back at Monbulk hosting a Wesburn side with some history of physical contact. No doubt our players were expecting some aggression today, but we directed all of our contact at the contest for the ball rather than the player. The result of the attack on the footy was pressure on the scoreboard. 15 by the first break, 21 at the main, 29 at the last and finally 35 point winners was just reward for cracking in all day. Leaves our players at 3 and 3 (3 wins, 3 losses) at the halfway point of the season, in the mostly hotly contested age group (by numbers usually!)
- Under 14's Gold hosted Wesburn and after conceding a goal in the first couple of minutes looked like they were going to be tested for the day. For the balance of the 15 minute first quarter we managed to scrap and scrape and get to the first break leading by a single point! Simply dominated the second and the third quarters with seven more scoring shots and held our opponents scoreless. Unfortunately did not quite manage the scoreboard pressure we were after and we led by just 18 points at the last break, despite having eight more scoring shots! Opponents managed to double their score in the last, but the damage had already been done as we ran out 29 point winners.
- Under 16's capped off our day in warm(ish) winter sunshine and we appreciated Wesburn sending their reduced numbers. We bolstered them with three of our own each quarter, but the outcome was pre-determined. Our opponents had just 15 players left from last years Under 14s Grand Final. We had the Flag, a few less players, but a Core group of Under 16s from last season that will make the combined difficult to stop this year. Senior football club is looking at this years crop of Junior footballers and beyond as a way to rebuild their stocks and prospects going forward...as it should be. We all want to continue loving watching our kids enjoying playing football.