Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 6 Opposition: Camberwell 3 Score: 9.5.59 def 2.2.14

MATCH REPORT
Today we were away to Camberwell under gloomy skies on a ground that had more of a slope than the Swiss Alps!! Ethan won the toss and kicked down the slope which was with the wind. It was very important that the boys started off well as that was surely going to be the scoring end.
The boys started off well and controlled the early part of the quarter without dominating on the scoreboard. Our onballers made many attacks forward however our forwards were not providing any movement and options. This allowed the oppositions defence to clear the ball on numerous occasions. We kicked our first and only goal of the quarter through a good handball out to a Doncaster player in space who converted. We kicked 1.2 to 1.1 and had the job ahead of us kicking up the hill in the second quarter.
The boys played a great second quarter and completely dominated the game kicking up the hill. The defence was well disciplined by sticking on their man and they did not allow their forwards any space. The whole team was tackling fiercely which created many loose balls which allowed our runners to carry the ball deep into our forward line with devastating effect.
We dominated in the ruck with many clever hit outs and tap ons finding Doncaster players who were able to move the ball forward thus creating many goal scoring opportunities kicking up the hill. We kicked 4 goals straight but most importantly kept our opposition scoreless. This was an unbelievable effort which allowed us to go into the half time break 25 points ahead.
During the half time break the coaches asked the boys not to drop their intensity and reminded them that the game was not over as the opposition would come out firing in the third quarter. To the boys credit they played with the same intensity. They were attacking the ball with vigour and their tackling was ferocious which the opposition could not handle. We only kicked 1.1 down the slope (who said that was the scoring end?) and kept the opposition to a solitary behind. We went into ¾ time with a 31 point lead.
The boys continued their work rate in the last quarter kicking up the hill. There were good passages of play where the boys showed they can move the ball with team work. We dominated most of the quarter and kicked 3.1 to 1.0 with the opposition goal coming from a free kick that was surely dropping the ball. We ended up winning by 45 points with the boys taking a lot of confidence into next week’s game.
Some notable mentions from the game were;

• Good mark from William Hu and subsequent kick to a team mate.

• Lachie Holmes continuing his good form from last week in defence.

• Enzo Wei with four goals which is the biggest bag ever for this group of boys.

• Great goal from Tass Adgemis and his hard work (tackling and bumping) around the ground.

• Benson Lang for kicking our first goal and his strong running all day.

• Strong tackling from Sonny Pezzuto and Christopher Tsafkopoulos in defence.

• Two goals from Archer Vodopier including a “mung” and his ball winning ability around the ground.

• James Appice with his strong ruck work and domination when ‘resting’ at centre half back.

• Numerous possessions from Alex Adgemis across half forward.

• Good ruck work from James De Rango and marking around the ground.

Thanks to James and Noah from the Under 10’s who helped us and who both played very well.

Best Players: Benson, Tass, Archer, Enzo, James A., Alex

Goals: Enzo (4), Archer (2), Tass, Benson, James V.


Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 5 Opposition: Templestowe Score: 8.6.54 def 2.3.15

MATCH REPORT
Today we were away against Templestowe in our first game after the grading rounds. It was going to be an interesting day as Templestowe had beaten Ashburton comfortably (which who we drew against) but lost to Fitzroy (who we beat). This game was going to be a big test for the boys and they were confident after a good win last week.
The boys started off the first quarter very slowly and before they knew it the opposition had raced out to a three goal lead. The boys failed to show the strong desire and intensity they showed last week and this allowed the opposition to play with very little pressure. The boys played as if they were intimidated by the bigger opposition and were often second to the ball. There were passages of play when we were going forward and our forwards failed to provide any movement and options. We failed to score and let the opposition kick 3.3.
The boys lifted their intensity in the second quarter. The boys were harder at the ball and this made it harder for the opposition to play their game. We had some good passages of play and the boys began to lift their tackling and shepherding. It was a good shepherd that allowed a Doncaster player to gather the bouncing ball and kick our first goal of the game. A little more composure and decisiveness could have led to our second goal but it was not to be.
The boys were beginning to get back into the game and the play was even between the teams when our opposition received a free kick in their forward line around 40 metres from goal. One of our defenders (who shall remain nameless) threw the ball at the player who had the free kick. The umpire saw this and had no hesitation in giving a 25 metre penalty against us. This led to the opposition kicking an easy goal.
Another important passage of play was when a Templestowe player was running with the ball through the centre towards goal. A Doncaster player gave chase and before you knew it he had laid the perfect tackle that we all thought was dropping the ball. The umpire did not pay the free kick which led to the ball spilling out into the opposition’s hands which enabled them to score a goal. We scored 1.0 and the opposition scored a lucky 3.0. We went into the half time break 33 points behind with the job ahead of us.
During the half time break the coaches asked the boys to continue with the same effort they showed in the second quarter. The boys were still upbeat (which may have been due to the large number of red snakes that they consumed) and entered the third quarter with a belief that they could get back into the game.
The boys third quarter was their best for the day. They dominated most of the quarter and the ball spent large periods in our forward line. We kicked our second goal of the game and with a little more accuracy we could have kicked a few more. The boys played a hard brand of football and their strong tackling led to a few of the opposition going off sore. The coaches were very impressed with a passage of play that involved a kick out from full back that was marked by a Doncaster player who then found his team mate with an accurate kick. We outscored the opposition by kicking 1.3 to 1.2 and were 32 points behind at ¾ time.
The boys fought out the last quarter and a strong effort by our backline kept the opposition to 1.1. We failed to score however it was good to see the boys fight it right out to the final siren.
Some notable mentions from the game were;
⦁ Lachie Holmes attack on the ball in the back line and playing his best game for the year.
⦁ Goal from Archer Vodopier and hard work around the ground.
⦁ James Appice dominating the ruck, crashing packs and kicking a good goal.
⦁ Strong tackling, bumping and smothering from Tass Adgemis.
⦁ Solid game from Cael Maher in the back line.
⦁ Shepherding from Enzo Wei that led to our first goal.
⦁ Ethan Loncaric battled strongly in the back line all day.
⦁ Strong tackle from Sonny Pezzuto.
⦁ James De Rango for his strong tackling and clearances from defence.
⦁ Ball carrying ability displayed by Benson Lang.
⦁ Improved game by Christopher Tsafkopoulos when moved into defence in the second half.
Thanks to Alex from the under 10s who helped us on the day. Alex will now be playing with us all season and will be assisting the under 10s when he came.

Best Players: Tass, Archer, James A., Cael, James D, Benson.

Goals: Archer, James A

 


Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 4 Opposition: Banyule VC Score: 7.9.51 def 2.5.17

MATCH REPORT
Today we played home against Banyule under perfect conditions. It was going to be interesting to see how the boys performed after a good showing last week. The coaching team asked the boys for another strong showing like the previous week.
The boys started off the first quarter as they finished last week. They dominated large passages of the quarter and it showed by kicking a quick goal. The boys continued their strong tackling and great endeavour at moving the ball forward at every opportunity. The backline was well disciplined where they saved two certain goals by reading the play better than their opponents. We kicked 2.1 to 1.1 and went into the quarter time break with a one goal lead.
The second quarter was the boys best for the year. The boys moved the ball with good team work. There was one passage of play where the ball was moved with a chain of handballs that made the coaches very proud. The boys continued their desperate attack on the ball and they started playing smarter football. An example of this was when the boys executed a simple kick off the ground to get the ball to a team mate who was in the clear. The boys continued their spoiling and tackling which allowed them to have first use of the ball and they were able to have many forward entries. In fact, the boys dominated this quarter with the ball spending the majority of the quarter in our forward line. This showed on the scoreboard where the boys kicked 3.4 and kept the opposition scoreless. With a little more luck and composure they could have scored a few more goals. The boys went into the half time break with a 28 point lead.
During the half time break the coaches asked the boys for the same effort in the third quarter and to not let the opposition into the game. The mood at half time was very buoyant and the boys were looking forward to the third quarter.
The boys came out with the same effort and intensity in the third quarter as they displayed in the first half. The boys continued their strong tackling and attack on the ball. The coaches were pleased to see second and third efforts when the ball was in dispute. The boys dominated large parts of the quarter however it did not show on the scoreboard and they only kicked 1.2. The opposition kicked 1.2 and their goal was the result of our boys not maintaining their structure. This allowed the opposition to move the ball freely into their forward line. At one stage, the opposition moved the ball “coast to coast” without a Doncaster player touching the ball. Despite the opposition goal, the boys maintained their 28 point lead into the last quarter.
The boys continued their hard work in the last quarter and dominated the play. The ball spent long periods in our forward line however it did not show on the scoreboard. It could have been easy for
the boys to drop their intensity in this quarter however this was not the case. They continued to tackle, shepherd and take strong marks around the ground and this was rewarded with boys kicking a goal on the siren. We kicked 1.2 to 0.2 and won by 34 points.
Some notable mentions from the game were;
• Strong tackling and bumping from Tass Adgemis. • Luke Klancic taking numerous marks and playing his best game for the club. • Great flying mark from Alex Adgemis and a goal. • Good use of the body by James De Rango in the ruck (and winning endless hit outs). • Strong marking around the ground by Archer Vodopier and a goal. • Benson Lang for a dominating game and capping it off with a goal. • Two goals from Enzo Wei (back to his goal kicking best of 2016!) • Harvey McCague continuing his good form from last week (no bull!). • Two goals and many possessions from Sam Papas. • Solid game from James Appice at centre half back.
Thanks to Alex, James, Sam and Lucas from the Under 10’s who played for us and played well.

Best Players: Benson, James D, Tass, Archer, Alex, Enzo, Sam

Goals: Enzo (2), Sam (2), Archer, Alex, Benson


Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 3 Opposition: Ashburton Score: 7.4.46 drew 6.10.46

MATCH REPORT
Today we played away against Ashburton G on their smaller oval. This oval is the perfect size for under 11’s football as it allows the game to be played at both ends of the ground.
The boys started off the first quarter with all guns blazing. They completely dominated play in the opening 10 minutes and before we knew it they had kicked three goals, two behinds. The opposition was made to look non-existent. The boys attack on the ball and endeavour was second to none. The boys displayed great tackling and played as a team. The boys could not continue this brand of football as the quarter wore on and we let the opposition score two easy goals in the last five minutes of the quarter.
The second quarter was in stark contrast to the first. All the endeavour the boys showed in the first quarter was gone. We did not stick on our man, which resulted in the opposition scoring four goals, two behinds and we failed to score. Our opposition was able to play how they pleased and they moved the ball from one end of the ground to the other with ease. At one stage of the quarter the opposition kicked into their half forward line where they had three players going for the mark without a Doncaster player in sight! We went into the half time break 16 points behind with the job ahead of us.
The boys came out firing in the third quarter and displayed the same brand of football they displayed in the first, if not better. Their intensity and attack on the ball lifted and they completely controlled the quarter. There were good passages of play where we moved the ball with a chain of handballs and kicks that resulted in goals. The boys tackled fiercely which did not allow the opposition any time with the ball. The boys peppered the goals and kicked three goals, five behinds and with a little luck could have had one or two more goals. The boys domination showed as they kept the opposition scoreless. The boys went into ¾ time with a five point lead.
The last quarter was going to be hard as the opposition had the scoring end. The boys continued to play the football they played in the third quarter. The boys showed good discipline in sticking on their man and the opposition scored their only goal with an ounce of luck. We had a few shots at goal that just went wide and ended up kicking three behinds whilst the opposition kicked one goal, two behinds.
The boys showed great fight and character in the last five minutes of the quarter. One of the opposition players was streaming forward along the half forward line when he was tackled from behind by a Doncaster player which was a match saving play. In the last two minutes of the quarter (where the scores were level) there was a ball up in the opposition’s forward line, less than ten
metres from goal. The boys showed great fight in not letting the opposition ruckman punch it through for a behind.
The boys can feel a little unlucky in not winning this game as they had 16 scoring shots to 11. The boys played some of their best football for the year and scored their highest score for some time.
Some notable mentions from the game were;
• Great game from Tass Adgemis (including a goal) and a game saving tackle in the last quarter. • Good goals by James De Rango and another solid game in the ruck against a much taller opponent • Two goals from the elusive Alex Adgemis • Strong mark in defence by Sonny Pezzuto • Never say die attitude from Archer Vodopier which earnt him many possessions and a goal. • Benson Lang for rebounding play from defence • Solid game from Enzo Wei in defence • Bullocking work from Harvey McCaugue • Strong tackling from Christopher Tsafkopoulos • Great attacking game from James Appice when moved to centre half back
Thanks to Alex and James from the Under 10’s who played for us and played well.

Best Players: Tass, Archer, Benson, James D, James A, Alex

Goals: Alex (2), James D (2), Archer, Tass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 2  Opposition:  Ashburton G Score:  0.2.2 lost 7.13.55

MATCH REPORT

Firstly, congratulations to James Appice, Tass Adgemis and Archer Vodopier for playing their 50 games for DJFC. What a sight it was to see the boys run through the banner together! These boys have reached their 50 games quite quickly as they have often helped our other teams who have been short of numbers.

Today we played our first home game against Ashburton G under perfect conditions. We started off the first quarter fairly well with the ball spending periods in our forward line. We could not make the most of our forward line entries and only managed to score a solitary behind. Our boys lost concentration as the quarter progressed and allowed the opposition to score three relatively easy goals.

The boys lifted their intensity in the second quarter and it showed.  Their attack on the ball was greater and they played tighter football. We failed to score however we kept the opposition down to one goal. We were still in the game and at the half time break the coaches reminded the boys of this. The coaches asked the boys for a big effort in the third quarter.

The third quarter was our worst quarter of the year. The intensity the boys showed in the second quarter was gone and this allowed our opposition to do as they pleased. They totally dominated which was evident in the score line for this quarter. They kicked three goals eight behinds whilst we failed to score. Eleven scoring shots in a 15 minute quarter shows that the boys lost all concentration.

At the ¾ time break the coaches asked for a big effort of the boys so we can at least get something positive out of the game. The boys responded and played their best quarter of the day. They lifted their intensity and attack on the ball to another level. The boys tackled and bumped with great ferocity and this showed on the scoreboard. There were also passages of play where the boys combined as a team and moved the ball with precision. With a little luck (ball hit the post) we could have scored our first goal of the day. The boys played out the whole quarter and this showed as we kept the opposition scoreless.

This game reminded us like a lot of the games last year where the boys played good football only in patches. The boys need to learn (and quickly) that you cannot afford to play only one or two quarters in a game. When the boys put their minds to it they can compete equally with their opposition however when they lose concentration games can quickly get away from them.

On another note, the boys need to learn not to back chat the umpire or make comments about the umpiring. We were on the receiving end (as were the opposition) of some puzzling umpiring decisions and we have to learn to accept them and get on with the game. No umpire has ever changed their decision at the protest of players. Umpires make mistakes (as players do) and we just need to get on with the game and direct our energies to getting the ball.

Some notable mentions from the game are;

  • Attacking play by Benson Lang from the half back line.
  • Solid game from Tass Adgemis and goal saving marks in the last line of defence.
  • Great game (awesome bump) and even greater last quarter by James De Rango.
  • Good fighting effort by Sonny Pezzuto along the wing in stopping the opposition.
  • Strong endeavour by Cael Maher all day.
  • Ball winning ability of Archer Vodopier.
  • Great defensive work at full back by Enzo Wei.
  • Good smother by Lachlan Holmes.
  • Ethan Loncaric for playing in the ruck for the first time.
  • Strong attack on the ball by James Appice

Thanks to Kiyoshi, James, Dylan and Alex from the Under 10’s who played for us and who all played well.

 

Best Players: James D, Tass, Archer, Enzo, Benson and James A.

 

Goals: N/A


 

Coaches Report – Under 11’s

 

Round 1  Opposition:  Fitzroy Score:  3.8.26 def 3.5.23

 

MATCH REPORT

Firstly I’d like to welcome Sonny Pezzuto and William Hu to the club and Tass Adgemis to our team. Sonny and William  played their first game for DJFC today and I wish them a long and successful career in the blue and white. Tass has been playing in the higher age group over the last few years and we welcomed him to our team with open arms!!

Today we played our first game against Fitzroy 2 away at Clifton Hill in windy conditions. At least the rain kept away.

The boys started off the game very well as last year we were notorious slow starters. The boys were very focused and this was evidenced in the strong tackling and desire for the ball. The opposition was kicking to the end favoured by the wind however the ball spent most of the quarter in our forward. We could only score one behind and the opposition kicked 1.1.

The boys continued the second quarter with the same intensity they showed in the first. The back line played positively by backing themselves and the rest of the team continued the strong tackling, smothering and great fight in not letting the opposition free with the ball. We dominated this quarter and kicked 1.3 and kept our opposition scoreless. With a little luck we could have one or two more goals. We went into the half time break two points ahead.

During the half time break, the coaching team asked the boys to limit the opposition scoring and to try and score a goal against the wind. The boys listened and the third quarter was an arm wrestle with both teams kicking a goal each. Our boys continued to show strong desire to win the football. The coaching team was very impressed with the shepherding, tackling and smothering. We weren’t sure of the scores at ¾ time however the boys assured us we were a few points ahead!!!

What a tense and nail biting last quarter!! The boys showed good passages of play where they moved the ball with a chain of hand balls that resulted in a goal a numerous scoring opportunities. Our desire was evident by a certain opposition goal being touched on the goal line and the continued fierce tackling. We played a man short in the last eight minutes as our ruckman went off injured. The boys showed great fight and determination in holding on for a well-deserved win.

We were greatly impressed by the boy’s strong desire for the ball all day. The boys continued to smother, tackle and shepherd all day. As coaches, we only ask the kids to try as hard as they can.

We sung our club song in the rooms after the game. Given that we did not win a game last year, some of the boys did not know the song so we may have to practice it at training this week!!!!

The coaching team is very happy for the boys to have a win especially after not winning a game last year. Hopefully this win will be the first of many this year!!!

Some notable mentions from the game are;

  • Benson Lang for playing a solid game with a dodgy ‘hammy’.
  • Great run and carry from Tass Adgemis and saving a certain goal in the last quarter
  • James De Rango for rucking all day
  • Andrew Costa showing strong fight for the ball to play his best game for the club.
  • Crucial mark by Christopher Tsafkopoulos in the last quarter.
  • Ball winning ability shown by Archer Vodopier and a goal.
  • Goal from Enzo Wei.
  • Solid first games by Sonny Pezzuto and William Hu.
  • Strong bullocking work from James Appice.
  • Ethan Loncaric for backing himself in the backline.
  • Crucial goal from Alex Adgemis in the last quarter.

Thanks to Alex from the Under 10’s who played for us.

 

Best Players: James A, James D, Tass, Archer, Andrew, Benson.

 

Goals: Archer, Enzo and Alex