Coaches Report – Under 10s

Round 15 Opposition: ROUND ROBIN Score:

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Jad Jamal , Alexander Ferizis, Jasper Famous, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, Jadon Fang ,James Edwards, Noah Upson, Ethan Qian, Karim Jabab, Owen Johnson, William Gianakopoulos, Alex Adgemis, Ethan Wensor, Kiyoshi Sayers

Captains; Kiyoshi, Jadon, William, Alexander, Owen, Sam

The last round of the season. Round robin at Greythorn. What a finale to determine who would play off for a premiership

The boys were so looking forward to the day. The nucleus of the team had been together since Auskick days and finally it was a chance to show the world what we were made of.

Our initial evaluation of the day was in our division it would be either Hawthorn Citizens or ourselves getting into the grand Final. Well that prediction got turned on its head when Hawthorn lost to Greythorn early.

We all sensed the opportunity in Hawthorn loosing and asked the boys to go hard in the first game against Brunswick

By now you can sense when this team is on ready for battle and they were definitely ready today. Against Brunswick we absolutely exploded in the first half.

Five goals to zero in the first ten minutes. Best team and individual performance for the year. Sam, Dylan b and James v dominated with pace, strong “don’t argue’ smashing the pack stuff.

Up forward the boys had plenty of opportunities Alexa, Jad, James e Liam and Jasper were all getting plenty of the ball.

Our second half we kicked two further goals kicking 7.5 to zero, As it turned out no team in the competition got close to our game score for the whole day.

That game set us up with a great winning percentage which was important given we had two much harder games to follow against Camberwell and Warrandyte.

The boys had a 30 minute break which gave us time to prepare for Camberwell. It was only the previous week we played them and had a come from behind victory in the last quarter. Camberwell were the biggest side in the competition so we discussed the importance of not kicking to the packs where their big boys could control the play.

Again the boys started well against Camberwell and again Sam Dylan b and Austin were controlling the centre area. Kiyoshi and James v at centre half back repelled any Camberwell attack.

We got an early goal and generally dominated the play.

At half time we were feeling confident with the boys very determined in the contests.

In the second half much of the play was spent in our forward line and never really let Camberwell get into the game.

The boys were fantastic in nullifying the Camberwell big boys influence.

In the end we had kicked 2 goals six to zero. Another super performance by the boys.

We had two victories with a massive percentage no other team was close to.

The boys had a long break to the Warrandyte game so dug in to hot dogs,salad and fruit

As we were the last game to play against Warrandyte we knew that we could still loose by 54 points and still make the grand final. (We didn’t tell the boys the situation as we wanted no relaxing)

We all know our long history with Warrandyte and knew it would be a hard fought game.

But what was about to happen no one could have predicted.

In the first half James Edwards was going for a mark in our goal square and was struck in the throat. It resulted in an ambulance being called and the game being called off.

Following the game being called off we were advised by the association that we had made the grand final which had to be moved to the bottom oval because of the ambulance.

We were given approximately five minutes to prepare ourselves. Clearly this was not enough time to prepare for a grand final. Our major thoughts at the time was the care and condition of James.

As best we could we brought the boys together and tried to focus them on winning our first premiership together.

Kew and ourselves were the best teams in the competition so it was fitting we played off for the premiership.

To the boys credit they started the grand final strong. It was a fierce early battle befitting a grand final of two quality teams.

In one of our forward entries Adam lead the charge of the ball close to our goal. Three Kew players tackled Adam but somehow was able to get boot to ball and the ball trickled through the goal. First goal to Doncaster and the crowd went wild.

For the rest of the quarter the ball was in Kews fowardline. Noah, Ethan q, Jadon, James v, and Kiyoshi were defending magnificently. Kew scored two points but at the end of the first half our boys were leading by 4 points

At half time we talked about three years of great effort by the core group of boys. We told the boys they richly deserved to be in this winning position for a flag.

We asked the boys one last 10 minute supreme effort.

However when the ball was bounced Kew looked dangerous. We defended hard but Kew had the numbers up forward and scored a goal to lead for the first time.

The boys did not give up. We had it in our forward line a number of times but just couldn’t get it through the big sticks. We missed the goal kicking power of James E in the final.

In the end Kew were a big too strong and won the grand final.

Given the circumstances it was a tremendous effort by the boys and they can be proud of their efforts.

It was another great season for the under 10s.

The nine new boys slotted into the team and really developed well as the season went on.

The competition was far hotter than previous seasons but the boys responded with some great footy.

I have no doubt they will get bigger and stronger next year. This team by sticking together will have lots of fun and success through their junior years.

Thank you to all the helpers for the year.

Special mention to Clive who was fantastic as team manager all season


 

Coaches Report – Under 10s

Round 14 Opposition: Camberwell Score: Doncaster 4.2 v Camberwell 2.5

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Jad Jamal , Alexander Ferizis, Jasper Famous, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, Jadon Fang ,James Edwards, Noah Upson, Ethan Qian, Karim Jabab, Dylan Street, Owen Johnson, William Gianakopoulos, Alex Adgemis, Ethan Wensor

Captains; William, Liam

After a last quarter fade out against Warrandyte last week the boys were looking at rebounding with a strong effort against Camberwell.

A very dry ground and a strong wind favouring the pavilion end were the playing conditions for the day

We started the game with 19 boys with three playing for the under 11s and arriving before half time to our game.

We won the toss and kicked with the wind in the first quarter.

In the first five minutes into the first quarter Doncaster came out hard. Led by a strong midfield in Sam, Dylan b, Jad, William and Jadon we were able to get the ball forward.

James e up forward was very dangerous with a number of early possessions. Finally Adam grabbed the ball and took off to kick a quality goal from the boundary line.

However Camberwell who were the tallest team we had played all year started to match our ground play and responded with a goal late in the first quarter

In the second quarter much of the play was in Camberwells forward line. Jasper and Ethan q were solid in defence. However weight of play had Camberwell scoring one goal two to our no score for the quarter.

The half time break was important for Doncaster re group. Sam got the boys together and discussed the importance of manning up, structures around the ball and our positioning over the entire ground. The boys really took it in and started to discuss strategies as a team.

Doncaster needed a strong third quarter given we were kicking with the wind.

Dylan b and Alex through the middle were strong. However Camberwell were defending well not letting us score.

However with five minutes to go in the third we could start to see a shift in momentum towards Doncaster.

With one minute to go Sam took a mark forward and kicked a long goal. We went into three quarter time still two points down and kicking against the wind in the last quarter.

The three quarter time discussion centred around encouraging the boys to believe in themselves and give one last monumental effort.

With five of our players injured during the game the coaches/parents were not sure whether the boys could lift against the odds.

However the spirit of the group was strong and the boys took it to Camberwell from the first bounce in the last quarter.

James v, Austin and Sam keep driving the ball forward from the middle. Camberwell were defending fiercely.

Enter the two Dylans. Dylan B who was playing an inspired game moved to the forward line. In a desperate attempt Dylan B grabbed the ball to snap a great goal putting Doncaster three points up. The boys cheers lifted everyone at the ground.

From the centre bounce we again got the ball forward. Dylan Street presented himself to take a strong mark. Under pressure with so many Camberwell boys screaming at him Dylan held his nerve and slotted the goal to win the match for Doncaster.

A great come from behind against the wind last quarter victory by the boys to win by nine points.

In review another great season by the boys. We welcomed nine new faces to the group this year and are blessed with strong numbers.

The boys have learnt lots this year with so many new faces and the teachings in how to play the full ground.

The boys hold their heads high winning 10 games. More importantly too see the individual development of our boys as footballers and young men is the most rewarding.

Im sure they all had a lot of fun too!

But there is one last climax to the season. THE LIGHTNING PREMIERSHIP ROUND. We go into this round robin round knowing that if the boys play their best they are as good as anyone in the competition.

We know the character of this group and Im sure they will put in a great effort for the occasion.

Goals : Adam, Sam, Dylan B, Dylan S

Best Players: Dylan B, Sam, Adam, Austin, James E, Jadon


Coaches Report – Under 10s

Round 13 Opposition: Warrandyte Score: Doncaster 2.2 v Warrandyte 3.4

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Jad Jamal , Alexander Ferizis, Jack Charlton, Jasper Famous, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, Jadon Fang ,James Edwards, Noah Upson, Ethan Qian, Karim Jabab, Dylan Street, Owen Johnson, Kiyoshi Sayers, William Gianakopoulos, Alex Adgemis

Captains; Adam, Austin

We came off a good performance against Whitehorse to face our rival Warrandyte.

Fortunately the rain stayed away and the ground was in great condition.

The first quarter both teams played tight tough football. Neither team could get any constructive ball movement. For the first time in history we had a scoreline of no score to either team at the end of the first quarter.

Dylan B was dominant with some good running.

Ethan Q took a solid mark in defence and delivered an accurate kick for Sam to mark.

William was involved in holding the ball up to repel a Warrandyte move forward.

Adam was playing well through the wing and Austin was playing like a terrier through the middle.

Liam was dangerous up forward and was unlucky not to convert a goal.

In the second quarter Doncaster took control. Good handball and kicking led to Alex A kicking the first goal of the match. Alex followed up with kick out of the middle to a vacant forward line and ran hard to retain possession to nearly kick another in an inspirational play

Jadon was in and under laying some great tackles on opposition players nearly twice his size.

James V was also getting lots of the ball through the middle.

At half time Doncaster were six points ahead but everyone knew it was going to be a tight contest.

In the third James E showed his class and kicked a goal.

Noah and Austin were strong through the middle of the ground

However Warrandyte responded with a goal and at three quarter time it was Doncaster by five points

We asked the boys for a big final quarter effort.

However it was Warrandyte who lifted and took control in the last. They played good team football with create handballing and accurate kicking to their teammates

Our last quarter was characterised by not manning up and us kicking straight to opposition players.

After three solid quarters it was a disappointing end to the game. The last quarter by Doncaster was out of character for this team. The message the boys take with them and hopefully learn from this game is the importance in manning up accurate passing to their team mates.

The highlight of the last quarter was the never say die attitude of Austin. One of his best games for the club.

In the end Warrandyte took the points with an eight point win.

Next weeks game against Camberwell is important as we need to take some good form into the following final round robin lighting premiership round.

Goals : Alex A ,James E

Best Players: Austin ,Dylan B James V, Sam, Jadon, Alex A


Coaches Report – Under 10s

Round 12 Opposition: Whitehorse Score: Doncaster 4.9 v Whitehorse 1.9

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Jad Jamal , Ethan Wensor, Alexander Ferizis, Jack Charlton, Jasper Famous, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, Jadon Fang ,James Edwards, Noah Upson, Ethan Qian, Karim Jabab, Dylan Street, Owen Johnson, Kiyoshi Sayers, William Gianakopoulos

Captains; James E, Ethan W

Another big game against Whitehorse. We played Whitehorse in round three and lost being overrun in the last quarter.

The boys were fired up to turn the tables and have never lost to the same team twice since we commenced in the under 8s competition. A huge effort was required to focus on run and spread. Manning up was critical given Whitehorse move the ball quickly when they take possession.

We went with Sam, Dylan B, Jadon and Jad in the middle in the first quarter. They didn’t let us down with total dominance giving our forwards plenty of scoring opportunity.

We kicked two goals in Sam and Austin in the first and held Whitehorse goalless.

In the second the general play evened up with Whitehorse ball movement improving.

James E though snapped a 30 metre beauty from the boundary line giving us an 18 point lead at half time.

Good efforts by Jasper and the inform Lucas around the ball. Austin and James V were dominant in and under the packs. Kiyoshi as always solid in defence.

However at half time we noted while Whitehorse were 18 points behind they were matching us general play.

In the third quarter the momentum shifted to Whitehorse.They were creating the loose men around half back /mid and putting pressure on our defence. Our back line held up well in Alexander, Ethan Qq, Owen, Liam, Dylan B and Jadon in conceding only one goal.

However at three quarter time we were only nine points in front. Given Whitehorse ran over the top of us in our last encounter we asked the boys for a huge final quarter effort. The main message was to stay tight on their men and lock the ball in when we had it forward.

The boys reacted positively to the message and played a very disciplined last quarter. The momentum shifted back to Doncaster with the ball in our forward line for most of the quarter.

Ethan W commitment to make a contest and then dive on the ball to hold it up was met with a rousing approval from the parents.

Noah backed himself and went for a run beating two opponents (that’s what we love). Dylan S took a strong mark. Finally it was left to Jad to finish the game with a classy goal.

While we didn’t play our best football it was most pleasing to see the boys really knuckle down in the last to retake control of the game and not let Whitehorse get any run on.

Thank you to all the helpers including Andrew Seward filling in as assistant coach.

Two more games to go then the final round robin lighting premiership (which we are all really looking forward to)

Next week is another massive game against our respected rival Warrandyte.

Goals : Austin, Sam, James E, Jad

Best Players: Sam, Jad, James V, Austin, James E , Liam


Coaches Report – Under 10s

Round 11 Opposition: Banyule Score: Doncaster 5.4 v Banyule 7,4

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Jad Jamal , Ethan Wensor, Alexander Ferizis, Jack Charlton, Jasper Famous, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, Jadon Fang ,James Edwards, Noah Upson, Ethan Qian, Karim Jabab, Dylan Street, Owen Johnson

Captains; James V

A big game against Banyule celebrating James V 50th game.

Banyule were undefeated this season so we knew it would be very competitive.

The first quarter commenced and Banyule linked well through the centre to get the first goal. They were the better team for the first half of the first quarter.

However our boys responded magnificently from the 8 minute mark. Our midfield got on top with Sam Jad James and Lucas resulting with good team plays.

Dylan Street marked up forward and passed accurately to Liam resulting in a goal.

Further goals followed to Noah and Alexander.

At quarter time it was Doncaster by two goals.

The second and Banyule came out hard, Their boys spreading well and with good ball movement.

At half time Doncaster 6 points in front.

The third quarter was even, We had Sam at half back who was providing good rebound from the back line.

Lucas was outstanding and gave a quality handball to Alex who ran in from the angle to slot a classy goal.

Doncaster by eight points at three quarter time.

Anyones game and it came to which team would put in the most disciplined effort in the last.

Banyule started well and took the lead with two early goals.

Doncaster responded with James v slotting a goal

Doncaster two points up with 5 minutes to go

Up to this point it was a ripping contest. Fitting of two quality teams wanting to take the points.

However then something happened which out of character with this team.

We lost our structures and let the Banyule boys run into space without manning up. This resulted in Banyule kicking two goals two points in the last five minutes to win by two goals.

While the boys gave a great effort it was a disappointing way to finish the game.

Certainly Banyule were the best team we have ever played.

However knowing the determination of our boys Im sure they will bounce back next week against Whitehorse .

Goalkickers : James V 1, Alexander 1, Noah 1, Alex A . Liam 1

Best Players: Sam, Lucas. Jad, James v, Austin, Dylan b

 


Coaches Report – Under 10s

Round 10 Opposition: Ivanhoe Score: Doncaster 7.9 v Ivanhoe 2.1

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Jad Jamal , Kiyoshi Sayers, Ethan Wensor, Alexander Ferizis, Jack Charlton, Jasper Famous, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, William Gianakopoulos, Jadon Fang ,James Edwards, Noah Upson, Ethan Qian, Karim Jabab, Dylan Street

Captains; Leo, Jasper

We ventured to Ivanhoe for the first time ever for this group.

The ground was on the Ivanhoe boulevard road so we expected the roads to be lined with BMW’S and Porches with people walking their pink poodles.

A very picturesque ground in good condition

We played Ivanhoe first round of the season where it was a very competitive physical game.

Our captains for the day were Leo and Jasper.

As we have been accustomed doing we started very impressively.

Within the first minute our midfield through Sam got the ball forward and James E converted the goal.

Jad passed forward to Liam and we scored another goal.

Kiyoshi our general in the backline was repelling any Ivanhoe attack forward.

Jad was on fire kicking another goal.

We kicked the first three without Ivanhoe scoring in the first quarter.

Karim, Willam and Jasper continue to impress in making contests.

Noah commitment to run 25 metres to create pressure on the opposition was impressive.

In the second quarter our trade mark handballing and run was super impressive. Austin and Lucas were instrumental in getting the ball forward resulting in a goal to James Edwards. James Vitsos took a strong contested mark in the goal square and converted another goal.

Our reading of the play and running into attacking and defensive positions is a testament of boys developing maturity.

At half time Doncaster had 5.7 on the board and Ivanhoe were scoreless.

Ivanhoe lifted in the third and got a well deserved goal. However our boys kept on the pressure.

Jadon marking and tackling came to the fore in the third quarter.

Jack also laid some strong tackles.

It was very satisfying to hear the boys positively communicating with each other on the field directing each other to man up when Ivanhoe had the ball.

The highlight of the last quarter was when Alexander having a shot for goal kicked it into the boy on the mark. Showing great reaction he quickly took the smothered kick and slotting a quality goal.

Another good win by 38 points.

The boys are continuing to improve in all aspects of the game. In particular we are seeing greater contributions by more and more boys each week.

But most importantly the smiles I see on these boys faces says they are enjoying their football more than ever.

I know the boys want to keep this momentum going but the parents and the coaching /support group are deserving of a break.

However I know we will be fired up when we return against Banyule and James Vitsos 50th game.

Goalkickers : James E 3, Alexander 1, , James V 1, Liam 1 ,Jad 1

Best Players: Sam, James E, Jad, Kyioshi, Jadon, James V


Coaches Report – Under 10s

Round 9 Opposition: Brunswick Score: Doncaster 8.9 v Hawthorn 1.6

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Alex Adgemis , Jad Jamal , Kiyoshi Sayers, Ethan Wensor, Alexander Ferizis, Jack Charlton, Jasper Famous, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, William Gianakopoulos, Jadon Fang ,James Edwards, Noah Upson, Ethan Qian

Captains; Jack, Noah

We ventured to Brunswick for the first time ever for this group.

Arriving at 10.30 for the 11.30 game the ground was wet but okay to play on.

However in the next hour the heavens opened with bucketing rain and freezing cold wind.

By start time half the oval was a lake. Im sure I saw fisherman descend on the other side of the ground with their fishing rods throwing out fly lines trying to catch trout.

However the consensus of the boys and parents was to get out there and have a go.

Our captains Jack and Noah lost the toss and we were kicking down the lake end.

I certainly didn’t expect what was about to unfold.

The first quarter the boys came out on fire. They played the perfect game in horrendous conditions. First for the ball. Crashing through packs .Fantastic create handballing to running loose players. Relentless pressure on the opposition players.

The boys kicked five magnificent balls in the first holding the opposition scoreless.

The first quarter was highlighted by:

Liam giving out a classy handbell to Jad who converted a goal.

Dylan Bees clean picks and aggressive running

In the second quarter we were kicking up hill and Brunswick lifted making it a contest.

There was great backline work by Kiyoshi and Leo and goal saving marks by Jadon were the highlight of the quarter. Jasper was aggressive in the contests holding the ball up.

The half time break was shortened to six minutes with bitterly cold wind and rain and a poor facility where there were no chance of shelter.

To the boys credit they were still keen to play on knowing they were kicking to the scoring end in the third.

We opened the third in stylish fashion and scored two further goals for the quarter in goal sneek Alexander and Jad.

At three quarter time I could see boys from both teams were finding conditions more difficult. Water logged boots and saturated socks and jumper made it hard to get our running game happening

The last quarter was a hard slog for both teams. All of the Brunswick players gravitated around the ball .When the final siren rang all the boys ran for the limited cover under the barbecue area!

Without doubt both teams deserved a medal just to take the field.

However it was the determination of our boys resulted in a commanding 45 point win.

The opposition team awarded the medal to our best player in Jad.

A game which will be remembered by all for its unique playing conditions.

Goalkickers : Jad 3 Alexander 2, Sam1,Alex A1, James V 1,

Best Players: Jad, Sam, James V, Dylan B, Jadon, Alexander


Coaches Report – Under 10s

Round 8 Opposition: Hawthorn Citizens Score: Doncaster 5.9 v Hawthorn 2.3

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Alex Adgemis , Jad Jamal , Kiyoshi Sayers, Ethan Wensor, Alexander Ferizis, Jack Charlton, Jasper Famous, Karim Dabab, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, William Gianakopoulos, Dylan Street, Jadon Fang ,James Edwards, Noah Upson, Ethan Qian

Captains; Alex A

A crisp and foggy morning at Schramms with our boys up against Hawthorn Citizens for the first time. We understood Hawthorn had lost one game for the season so a tough contest was expected.

A special day for the team with Alex A playing his fifty game milestone. His Dad Anthony had organise a banner All the boys celebrated the occasion with a passionate run through destroying the banner.

Our boys had really shown tremendous character playing and beating some tough opponents in recent weeks. Another rev up for the boys to win it for Alex.

As we have been accustomed to the boys started the first quarter on fire. In the first ten minutes we had two goals on the board. Austin James v, Sammy and Alex A were giving great drive from the middle. James e, Liam and Dylan b were dangerous up forward.

After the 10 minute mark Hawthorn started to find their feet. They had some good talls who were running from half back through the middle creating forward opportunities. In the last five minutes most of the play was in Hawthorns forward half.

However there was great clearance work from Lucas and two Marks to Adam which repelled many attacks.

At quarter time the game was tight with us in front 2.0 to 1.2

In the second quarter both teams played tight tough football. Jad was breaking packs in the half forward line and Jadon was strong in defence. At times our kicks went to opposition players resulting from a combination of poor kicking technique and boys not positioning themselves properly. Conditions though were difficult with a greasy ball and very poor visibility. At half time we led by 6 points and game on.

The standout was the game of Leo. Strong marking .Putting himself in the right position and precise kicking to teammates.

At half time break we spoke about the boys positioning and spread to open up the play.

The third quarter we started to dominate play. We stopped Hawthorns run and in turn were able to break free into space. Sam unselfishness in centreing the ball to James V created a goal and we had taken control of the game.

At three quarter time we had stretched our lead to 15 points.

We told the boys not to be complacent and continue to apply the tight tackling pressure in the last.

The boys responded and again dominated play in the last quarter.

James E I had a great last quarter. Strong marking, confident run on play and a strong bump (which delighted the coach).

In the end another strong performance winning by 24 points against a good opposition.

Again the willingness to compete and lock the ball in by Jack, Ethan Q , Jasper , Noah ,Dylan S and William was very positive.

Alex a played a great captains 50th game

Its great to see the continual team improvement. The opposition coaches have complemented on out fair physicality in bumping and hard tackling which we want to be known for.

It’s a pity we have a break with the boys playing so well. However Im sure they will be fired up for Brunswick in two weeks.

Goalkickers : Sam 1, James v 2, James E 1, Alex A 1

Best Players:

Leo, Sam, James V, Alex A, Dylan B, Lucas

 


Coaches Report – Under 10s

Round 7 Opposition: Kew Comets Score: Doncaster 4.7 v Kew 4.5

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Alex Adgemis , Jad Jamal , Kiyoshi Sayers, Ethan Wensor, Alexander Ferizis, Jack Charlton, Jasper Famous, Karim Dabab, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, William Gianakopoulos, Dylan Street, Jadon Fang ,James Edwards, Noah Upson, Ethan Qian Captains; Dylan s

Playing an unbeaten Kew Comets on their home turf was a massive challenge for the boys. It loomed as a great barometer in gauging how much how our team had progressed in the last month. The day was magnificent and the ground slippery in the middle with a significant downhill slope advantage to one end. Dylan Street our captain won the toss and we kicked to the downhill scoring end in the first quarter. It wasn’t long after the start that Sammy got into action and slotted the first goal. Kew responded with some terrific link play and it was a sign that this was going to be a monumental struggle Austin was again at his aggressive best bumping Kew players off the ball. Jadon and Kiyoshi were solid in defence. Kew were able to get a late goal and we were one point down at quarter time.

We urged the boys for a strong effort and hold Kew to one goal in the second with them kicking to the scoring end. Early in the second quarter and our boys were effective in counteracting Kews run. However in the middle of the quarter Kew took control kicking a good running goal then two minutes later an uncontested mark near goal got them another goal Our boys had lost their focus on team rules letting their opponents run free. However no sooner had the boys leaked the second goal they regrouped very quickly.

With James V and Lucas strong in the middle and Jad and Liam dangerous up forward we took control of the play. Late in the second James E kicked a magnificent running goal from the boundary line which lifted the players and the parents. At half time three points down.

In the half time huddle everyone encouraged the boys for a big third quarter given we were kicking to the scoring end.

The tackling and pressure was fierce in the third with neither team gaining any real advantage Kew kicked the first goal but James V responded kicking one late in the quarter At three quarter time we were five points down.

Our boys were having a red hot go and the standard of play was of highest quality. We got the boys together and reminded them over the years how strong this team was in the last quarter. It was all up to the boys and their will to win. Reality was they were up against it. Kicking up hill and without one of our best big men Dylan B off injured. It would require an effort like no other.

The first ten minutes was an arm wrestle with the ball travelling from one end to the other. Both defences were holding up well and neither team could score. With about eight minutes to go Adam took a mark close to goal. His kick just missed for a point.

If we were to win we needed something special. Cometh the hour cometh the man. And Sammy Papas was the man. He played an inspiring last 10 minutes. Lifting the team, constantly winning the ball in the middle and the backline. With five minutes to go we scored a goal in James E and we were in front for the first time since the first quarter. The excitement in the boys, parents coaches couldn’t be contained. Our last five minutes was played with poise well beyond their boys years. They slowed the game down when needed and dived on the ball not allowing Kew to break loose. The siren heralded an historic 2 point victory The Kews coach at the end of the game was spot on when he declared Doncaster were more physical and wanted the ball more than Kew.

While we continually applaud our established players efforts this team has continued to take positive steps forward with the development of our first year players Lucas, Jasper, Noah, Wiliam, Karim and Tom . Well done all and it was a great team effort. We have another challenge next week in Hawthorn Citizens.

Goalkickers : Sam 1, James v 1, James E 2

Best Players: Sam, James V, Austin, Jad, Jadon , James E

Thank you to all the parents who helped in round seven.


Coaches Report – Under 10s

Round 6 Opposition: Greythorn Score: Doncaster 4.5 v Greythorn 1.0

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Alex Adgemis ,Ethan Grimbos , Kiyoshi Sayers, Ethan Wensor, Alexander Ferizis, Jack Charlton, Jasper Famous, Karim Dabab, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, William Gianakopoulos, Dylan Street, Jadon Fang ,James Edwards, Jasper Famous Noah Upson Captains; Dylan b

We came up against Greythorn for the first time at home. We were told Greythorn had a big win against Ivanhoe the previous week Our training had been solid with the new our boys gaining more confidence to compete in the contest each week. Conditions were a bit slippery with the centre wicket area quite gluey. One of our most popular players Jad was unable to play and we encouraged the boys to put in a big effort for Jad.

In the first quarter we dominated the ball around the middle of the ground. Early on Austin small in stature but big in heart and aggression laid a bump on a Greythorn player that Leigh Mathews would have been proud of. That action caused Austin to deliver the ball forward to Alex A who kicked the goal. Liam, James e and Dylan B were dangerous up forward but we only converted one goal for the quarter and held Greythorn scoreless.

We opened the second quarter strongly. Dylan b and James V were really showing their strength around the contest. Sammy was inspirational in the quarter .Our backline led by Kiyoshi repelled any Greythorn attack. Goals to Sam and James v had us in a commanding position at half time 2.3 to 0 The first half was characterised by some great tackling by Jadon and Noah. Lucas was dangerous getting the ball and Leo always has those silky skills. The half time message was to continue the pressure and not let Greythorn boys get loose. Greythorn had showed some good passages of play but were let down with some poor disposal. Sammy slotted a mark run on goal in the third and by three quarter time we had the score on the board of 4.5 to 0 Dylan b was showing great confidence in winning the ball and showing dash to drive the ball forward.
The first three quarters were particularly pleasing to see our new players playing important roles in the team contribution: Loved the way Karim, Jasper, William and Tom attacked the ball. Jacks effort in the contest to not allow the Greythorn boys possession was outstanding. Noahs decision to leave his man and sprint to the contest locking the ball in was fantastic.

The last quarter Greythorn were able to get a well deserved goal and the boys dropped of their intensity and being second for the ball. However overall it was another good performance. After a slow start to the year the boys are hitting their straps. I can see the boys are really enjoying their footy and the mateship continues to strengthen. They did a special video at the end screaming “Jaddy we won it for you “ which was special. The next two weeks will really show where this team is at. We have two games against strong teams Kew (who is undefeated) and Hawthorn looming.

Goalkickers : Sam 2, James v 1, Alex A 1

Best Players: Sam, Dylan B, Austin, James V, Liam, Jadon

Thank you to all the parents who helped in round six.


 

Coaches Report – Under 10s

Round 5 Opposition: Richmond Score: Doncaster 9.7 v Richmond 2.2

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Jad Jamal, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Alex Adgemis ,Ethan Grimbos , Ethan Qian, Kiyoshi Sayers, Ethan Wensor, Alexander Ferizis, Jack Charlton, Jasper Famous, Karim Dabab, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, William Gianakopoulos, Dylan Street, Jadon Fang ,James Edwards

Noah Upson

Captains; Tom

We ventured to Richmond for the first time. The boys were looking forward to a big game after a great performance against Warrandyte

The ground was in poor condition with one half very wet and the other half fairly dry.

We started strongly with Sammy breaking the lines and kicking to a strong mark by James E . James slotted the goal and we were off and running.

Jad then kept the opposition chasing by taking two fine bounces in difficult conditions.

Any forward entry by Richmond in this quarter was quickly repelled by Kiyoshi in the back line.

We dominated the quarter kicking three goals to Richmond zero.

In the second quarter we continued great team play.

Liam was handling the ball like it was a dry ground.

Great to see Jasper attacking the ball to stop Richmonds forward movement.

Jadon was also relentless in his tackling. Jad finished the quarter kicking a great goal.

Dylan Street and Leo both taking strong marks.

The Richmond players were out of position chasing the ball. Our boys maintained their structures to ensure we had all parts of the ground covered.

At half time the boys had a commanding 32 point lead.

We shuffled the team around at half time with some boys playing in new positions.

Richmond lifted in the third quarter and we struggled to man up at times. Kiyoshi was again outstanding in the backline for the quarter. Richmond kicked two goals and we were held scoreless.

Richmond had their tales up going into the break and game on.

Our boys regrouped at the break and unleashed a great last quarter kicking four goals to Richmonds zero score. Dylan Bee played an outstanding last quarter. In one instance marking the opponents kick in and not breaking stride to slam home a great goal.

Ethan Wensor took his best mark ever for the team and just failed to convert a goal.

A real Doncaster performance winning by 47 points.

After a slow start to the season the boys are really hitting their straps.

Boys are kicking well to position and not letting the opposition to get any space.

More importantly the boys are really enjoying their footy. Great camaraderie and group celebrations when someone kicks a goal.

We look forward to keeping the positive momentum going against Greythorn next week.

Thanks to the dads who are running the pre game warm up. Makes our group look really focussed and is showing positive results with the boys starting the game in a positive manner.

Goalkickers : Sam 2, James E 2, Dylan B 2, Jad 1, James V 1, Alex A 1

Best Players:

Kiyoshi, Sam, James v, James e, Dylan B, Liam

Thank you to all the parents who helped in round five


Coaches Report – Under 10s
Round 4 Opposition: Warrandyte Score: Doncaster 3.12 v Warrandyte 0.11

MATCH REPORT

Team of the day:

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Jad Jamal, Leo Seward, Adam Smith, James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Alex Adgemis ,Ethan Grimbos , Ethan Qian, Kiyoshi Sayers, Ethan Wensor, Alex Huangi, Alexander Ferizis, Jack Charlton, Jasper Famous, Karim Dabab, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Tom Hanson, William Gianakopoulos, Dylan Street, Jadon Fang Captains; Alex q

After a disappointing last quarter against Whitehorse last week we were looking forward to the boys putting in a big effort against an undefeated Warrandyte. The ground was in perfect condition and for the first time we decided to play the entire ground at Schramms.

One of the key challenges for the boys was understanding of where to position themselves on the ground .Spreading and filling the defensive spaces was going to be vital in not allowing Warrandtye to get their run on.

The dads who took the boys for their pre game warm up were fantastic. We could see that the boys were really focussed ready for a red hot go. At the first bounce we gained possession and with some great kick passing Liam slotted our first goal within the first 30 seconds without Warrandyte touching the ball. We knew it was going to be a titanic struggle all day. For the rest of the first quarter our midfield of Sam, Austin and Alex A were in and under getting first use of the ball. We went into the first break holding Warrandyte goaless.

The second quarter was a real arm wrestle with neither team scoring a goal. We were teaming so well with great spread .However missed marks in the forward line meant we just didn’t convert. Jad was at his elusive best in the forward line. We encouraged the boys at half time to keep doing what they were doing and the results would come. Warrandyte had been very strong in the air with big boys out marking us. However once the ball hit the ground we had the talent to take control The third quarter was again a great contest. Highlighted by Ethan Grimbos grabbing the ball and quickly getting boot to ball and slotting a pivotal goal. James Vitsos dominated this quarter matching Warrandytes big men. Nine points up at three quarter time.
At the three quarter time huddle we implored the boys to stand tuff. The only way Warrandyte could get back into the game was for them to run spread and open up the play. The key message was to man up and not let the ball leak into space. The last quarter Warrandyte had a number of forward moves. It was great to see new player Karim coming of his man in running to the contest to stop Warrandyte kicking a goal. William another new boy jumped high into the stratosphere to touch a Warrandyte kick that was looking like being a goal. Tom played his best quarter for the year competing up forward and getting a vital free kick to keep the ball in our forward line. It was great to see Alex A and Adam running into defensive areas so we had extra numbers behind the play. For the whole day we never let Warrandyte take control and credit to every Doncaster player.

Leo and Liam were aggressive at the ball all day. Jack putting himself into the contest holding up the ball. Jadon tackled a Warrandyte boy twice his size to the ground . In the end it was fitting our spiritual leader Sammy slotted a running goal to cement what was a great win by 19 points.

It had been a couple of weeks since the boys had sung the song (which is very unusual) but they belted out a loud and emotional finale.

Everyone is looking forward to teaching the boys more team plays, the continual development of our new players and of course having a bucket load of fun.

Goalkickers :Liam 1, Ethan G 1, Sam 1

Best Players: Sam, Austin, Alex a , James v, Adam, Dylan b

Thank you to all the parents who helped in round four


 

Doncaster 4.2.26 lost to Fitzroy 6.2.38 

Schramms Reserve 22/4

We entered this game with the ‘brains trust’ in Stephen Smith our Coach and Shaun Bartlett our Assistant coach unavailable for the game.

The club placed it’s trust in Peter Papas to coach with his willing and able assistant Chris Ferizis.

The Schramms ground is a large one which we decided to move to a ¾ ground configuration. Last week was full length with the boundaries brought in.

Both options have merit.

The message to the team also included the Anzac motivated theme of showing effort, respect, and do your best. The boys certainly showed the appropriate respect as the last post sounded with a minutes silence before play. Sam Papas was Captain for the day.

Fitzroy played a high quality game of football and were running hard, switching, and playing the type of whole ground commitment to gain a positive result.

 

At each quarter break, the coaching team were encouraging more effort, spread and commitment to the team. In the first 3 quarters, we only had the required effort from some of the players.

The coach at ¾ time asked for commitment as we were looking at a score blow out, and were not showing the effort that Doncaster normally provides.

The last quarter was outstanding and we outscored Fitzroy by 3 goals to 1. With a bit of luck we could have nearly pinched it…yes it would have been a slight pinch!

The players ran, voices improved, the effort was there and the parents and support / volunteers were really pleased.

It was great to see Ethan Q follow his player and place pressure, Liam made a serious commitment to play hard, Lucas is starting to understand the game and William also made an effort.

Dylan S also competed well.

 

Goals: Jad x 2, Alexander F x 1, and James V x 1

 

Best Players: James V, Austin, Sam, Dylan B, Kiyoshi, Leo, Adam and Jad

Go Cats!!


 

Coaches Report – Under 10s

 

Round 1 Opposition:  Ivanhoe Score:  Doncaster 4.3 v Ivanhoe 2.4

 

MATCH REPORT

 

Team of the day:

 

Austin Bartlett, Dylan Bee, Jad Jamal,  Leo Seward, Adam Smith,  James Vitsos, Sam Papas, Alex Adgemis ,Ethan Grimbos , Ethan Qian, Kiyoshi Sayers,  Ethan Wensor, Alex Huangi, Alexander Ferizis, Jack Charlton, James Edwards, Jasper Famous, Karim Dabab, Lucas Gerovasilis, Liam Blower, Noah Upson, Tom Hanson, William Gianakopoulos,Dylan Street

Captains; Jad

 

After seven pre season training sessions the boys were ready to play in the big smoke.

We are in the open competition. Playing on the big grounds and having that scoreboard light up.

Word had got out in the pre season on our dominant performances over the previous two seasons.

We had kids jumping out of trees to join this team. We were very fortunate to welcome seven new faces in 2018 and having a squad of 25 boys.

Unfortunately the ground condition at Schramms was muddy in the middle and slippery all over the ground with steady precipitation.

Ivanhoe had big boys playing and the first quarter showed we were in for a real contest.

 

The first quarter was a real arm wrestle with the ball like soap. Sam, Austin and Dylan B gave great drive out of the middle. However the boys naturally congregated through the middle part of the ground and there were lots of ball ups and scrappy play. One point to zero in Ivanhoes favour at quarter time

At the break the rain lifted and the opportunity was there for the boys to show their skills  

In the opening minutes of the second quarter we started to run and spread. There were some great passages of play where we gained 50 metres through a series of precise kicking  to players who ran to space. Two good goals to zero and at half time and we were 13 points ahead.

 

The third quarter we kicked another two and had a commanding lead of twenty points going into the last quarter.

Ivanhoe really gave it everything in the last. Austin Bartlett played a magnificent last quarter tackling and chasing down players and was instrumental in us holding on to win by 13 points.

With seven new players it will take time for the boys to gell as a team. I was very impressed with the first game of Noah and Lucas.

We have much to teach the boys and how to set up our structures on the big ground

A promising start and great to see our winning score officially on the scoreboard!

 

 

Goal Kickers

Jad, Liam , Dylan b , Sam

 

Best Players:

Austin, Sam, James V, Jad,  Liam,  Noah

Thank you to all the parents who helped in round one: