Coach’s Report – Under 11’s

Round 15 Opposition: Fitzroy 2 Score: 10.3.63 def 5.5.35

MATCH REPORT

Today we were away to Fitzroy 2 on a ground that is the perfect size for under 11s football. We had already played this team twice this year with the first time being our opening game of the season (time flies doesn’t’ it!!). We had beaten them twice and the coaches reminded the boys to continue their good football they have played over the last month so as to finish the year on a high. We only had 15 players today so it was going to be a big test for the boys as they were up against 19 players. Today was surely going to test the boy’s fitness!

The boys were kicking with the aid of a breeze in the first quarter and came out firing. It was not long before we scored the opening goal which quickly put the opposition on the back foot. The boys dominated the quarter with the ball spending long periods in our forward line. The boy tackling was again a highlight. Our relentless pressure made it very hard for the opposition to move the ball with any fluidity. We scored two goals, one behind and kept the opposition to only two behinds.

During the 1/4 time break the coaches reminded the boys to continue with the intensity they showed in the first quarter as we were kicking against the wind. The boys listened and came out and played even better than the first quarter. We were dominating around the ground which allowed us to move the ball with good team work deep into our forward line. The boys were playing great football and they continually looked for team mates in better position. The boys kicked three goals, two behinds and kept the opposition to one goal, two behinds with the wind. The boys went into the half time break 23 points ahead and full of confidence.

At the half time break the coaches reminded the boys not to slack off and waste their effort in the first half. The coaches also stressed to the boys the importance of finishing off the game in the third quarter.

The boys listened and played the same brand of football in the quarter as they did in the first half. The boys were desperate and this showed in them being first for the ball. They continually had first use of the ball which allowed them to have many forward entries. The continual forays forward resulted in three goals straight. The opposition scored two goals, one behind. The goals we conceded were from a lack of concentration as the opposition only entered their forward line on a few occasions. If we can concentrate in defence for a full quarter we will be an even better team. We went into the last quarter 28 points ahead.

The last quarter was going to be fairly hard as we were kicking against the wind and with no bench the boys were surely going to be feeling pretty tired. To the boys credit they battled on and kicked

two goals against the wind whilst keeping the opposition to two goals, one behind. The boys ran out winners by 27 points and finished the year on a high.

Some notable mentions are as follows;

* Ethan Grimbos for kicking a quick captain’s goal early in the game.

* James Appice for a great second half with three goals and dominating around the ground.

* Luke Klancic for providing a handball option in the forward line throughout the game.

* Sonny Pezzuto for playing his best game of the year.

* James De Rango for another two goals on one leg and for providing an option up forward.

* Enzo Wei for another goal and pressure in the forward line.

* Benson Lang for his goal from an impossible angle.

* Goal from Archer Vodopier and ball winning ability all day.

* Another great game from Tass Adgemis capped off by a running goal.

Thank you to Ethan Grimbos from the Under 10’s for helping us and playing well.

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

Goals: James A (3), James D.(2), Ethan G., Benson, Archer, Tass, Enzo

The coaches would like to thank all the boys for a great year. They have improved immensely from last year where we didn’t win a game. To have eight wins and a draw and missing out on finals only by percentage is a great result and is something the boys can be proud of. With a little luck in some of those earlier games in the season we could have made the finals. Let’s keep improving boys (and a few more recruits) and I’m sure we can make the finals next year!!!

Also, thanks to all the parents for bringing the boys to training, match days and for “volunteering” for all the match day roles. Without your support we wouldn’t be able to put the team on the park and at the end of the day we all do it for our kids.

On a final note thank you to Noah, James V, Dylan, Kiyoski, Sam, Alexander F, Loucas, Alex A, Ethan G from Under 10s in helping us throughout the season.


Coach’s Report – Under 11’s

 

Round 14  Opposition:  Brunswick Score:  8.5.53 def 5.5.35

 

MATCH REPORT

Today we were off to Brunswick for a very early start!! Not sure why we were playing at 8:30 am but this certainly reminded us of our tacker days! The ground we were playing on was the home ground of Brunswick who played in the former VFA. If anyone is interested, Youtube “Mark Jackson debut for Brunswick in 1986”

During the pre-match address, the coach’s stressed to the boys to keep playing the same brand of football they displayed in the previous three weeks. The game was going to be a test for the boys as we were missing our Number 1 ruckman, our second ruckman was on one leg and we started the game with a player short.

The ground was one of the largest the boys have played on however this did not stop the boys come out firing in the first quarter. Before we knew it the boys got the ball out of the centre and scored a quick goal!! The boys then lost concentration, intensity or both and the opposition began to dominate the quarter. They ran away with the quarter and ended up kicking 3 goals, 1 behind to our solitary goal. We went into the ¼ time break 13 points behind and kicking against the wind in the second quarter.

During the ¼ time break the coach’s asked the boys to lift and lift they did!! The boys were playing the tough brand of football they played in the previous three weeks. They were tackling ferociously which rattled the opposition. The boys were also displaying great team work where there were passages of play where they moved the ball through a chain of handballs and kicks. Seeing this brought a smile to the coach’s faces as the drills we practiced at training were paying off. Our forwards were pressuring their defenders which allowed to keep the ball in our forward line for extended periods. We kicked three goals straight and kept the opposition to two behinds. This allowed us to go into the half time break three points ahead and with all the momentum.

At the half time break the coaches stressed to the boys that the third quarter was very important as we were kicking with the wind. We reminded the boys that a strong third quarter would be enough to put the game out of reach of the opposition. The boys completely dominated the third quarter  and continued with their strong tackling. We continually attacked the goals and our forwards were playing great team football, continually looking for team mates in better position. We peppered the goals and kicked three goals, five behinds and with a little luck it could have been at least five goals. We kept the opposition to a solitary goal and that goal was the result of an unlucky bounce that eluded two of our boys who were attacking the ball. We went into ¾ time twenty points ahead.

The last quarter was fairly even with the boys continuing to play team orientated football. We only scored one goal but the goal was a result of great team work. Our goal started from a possession deep in our backline. We moved the ball the length of the crowd with handballing and accurate foot passing. We scored one goal and kept the opposition down to one goal, two behinds despite playing out the quarter with 16 players. This was a good game by the boys which resulted in an 18 point win.

Some notable mentions are;

  • Great game by Harvey McCague rucking all day.
  • Enzo Wei continuing his goal kicking form with two goals.
  • Strong tackling from Archer Vodopier and first goal of the game.
  • James De Rango for playing on one leg and kicking two goals.
  • Solid game from Sonny Pezzuto in defence and setting up a goal.
  • Continual run and tackling from Tass Adgemis and a goal.
  • Benson Lang dominating the game and kicking a goal.
  • Alex Adgemis good work in the forward line resulting in a goal.

 

Thank you to Noah, James and Ethan Grimbos from the Under 10’s and who all played well.

Best Players: Tass, Archer, Benson, Harvey, James De Rango, Enzo

Goals: Enzo (2), James D.(2), Benson, Archer, Alex, Tass


 

Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 13 Opposition: Camberwell 3 Score: 10.6.66 def 1.1.7

MATCH REPORT

Today we were at home against Camberwell 3. Earlier on the year when we played them we beat them by around five goals. Since that game the boys have improved so it was going to be interesting to see how they played. We also needed to keep winning to keep our finals chances alive. During the pre-game address, we reminded the players that they needed to be play like they did last week and if they repeated that effort today then we should win the game.

The boys came out firing in the first quarter and it was not long before the ball was deep in our forward line and it was there where it stayed for the majority of the quarter. Our first was the result of a great passage of play where the boys moved the ball by foot from team mate to team mate deep into our forward line where our forwards were desperate for the ball which allowed us to score our first goal. One highlight of this quarter was the number of handballs from our boys to team mates in better positions. These handballs resulted in at least two of our four goals we scored in the quarter. Another pleasing feature was that all the boys were manned up along the wings and back line and when we keep our structure we are a much better team. With the aid of a fairly strong breeze, we kick four goals straight and kept the opposition scoreless.

During the ¼ time break we reminded the boys that they had to continue to play determined, committed football as we were kicking against the breeze. The boys listened and continued to dominate the quarter. Our boys were able to run and carry the ball into our forward line where it spent the majority of the quarter. The boys were tackling fiercely and the multiple efforts shown by a number of our boys were pleasing. We kicked two goals, one behind whilst the opposition scored a solitary goal. We went into the half time break 31 points ahead.

During the half time break the coaches asked the boys to continue with their intensity they showed in the first half. The coaches reminded the boys not to drop their effort and continue to play disciplined football. Our onballers were on top which allowed us to make multiple entries into our forward line. Again, the good foot passing was a highlight and our backmen continued to play tight football, not allowing their opponents any space to create scoring opportunities. We kicked two goals, one behind and again kept the opposition scoreless. We went into the ¾ time break 44 points ahead.

During the ¾ time break address, the coaches asked the boys for a four quarter effort as we have struggled to play out a full game. The boys certainly listened and they played out the last quarter with the same determination the showed in the first three. We dominated play and the ball spent a considerable amount of time deep into our forward line, even though we were kicking against a strong breeze. Again, the tackling was a high light as was the handballing to team mates in better

position. We kicked two goals, four behinds and kept the opposition to a solitary behind and ran out winners by 59 points.

The boys played a good solid four quarter game and showed they have improved since earlier on in the season. The coaches were very pleased to see a number of handballs to team mates in better position. We have never seen so many handballs in any game this season. The new handballing drill at training must be working!!!

Some notable mentions from the game were;

* Luke Klancic for his handballing to team mates in a better position.

* Accurate field kicking from Archer Vodopier.

* Great game by James Appice, including two goals and “monstering’ of the opposition.

* Good clearance work by Tass Adgemis, strong tackling and a well-deserved goal.

* Multiple efforts by Christopher Tsafkopoulos in defence.

* Sam Papas for two goals and creative work in the forward line.

* Alexander Ferizis two first quarter goals.

* Enzo Wei in the goals again.

* Alex Adgemis with a goal and looking dangerous in the forward line.

* James De Rango for a solid game in the ruck with strong tackling.

* Benson Lang for a goal and his best game of the year.

* Good tackling from Andrew Costa.

Thanks to James V., Sam, Dylan, Ethan, Noah and Alexander F. from the under 10s who helped us and who all contributed.

Best Players: Tass, Archer, James D., James A, Benson, James V, Christopher

Goals: James A (2), Alexander F. (2), Sam (2), Alex, Benson, Enzo, Tass


 

Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 12 Opposition: Templestowe Score: 4.5.29 lost 6.4.40

MATCH REPORT

Firstly, congratulations to Harvey McCague for playing his 50th game today. Harvey has been a solid contributor over those 50 games and he always gives his all!!

Today we played Templestowe and it was going to be interesting to see how much our boys have improved as they beat us by over six goals earlier in the season. We also needed to win to keep our finals chances alive so the game was very important. During the pre-game address, we reminded the players that they needed to be ‘hard’ at the ball and to tackle ferociously and ensure they have second and third efforts.

The boys certainly did listen to the pregame address and came out ferociously and with great purpose. Before we knew it, they moved the ball deep into our forward line where we scored a goal. This was the quickest goal the boys have scored all year!!!. The boy’s attack on the ball was unbelievable. The tackling was the best we have seen all year and the boys were ‘gang’ tackling with great intent. There was a period of play in front of the coaches where the boys laid tackle after tackle and were duly rewarded. Our defence was playing disciplined football, keeping their structure and manning up which made it hard for the opposition to score. We had an opportunity to score one or two more goals but did not take our chances. The opposition scored their goal when one of their players ran for at least 20 metres without bouncing the ball. How the umpire missed this has still got us baffled! We kicked one goal, two behinds whilst the opposition kicked one goal.

The second quarter was an arm wrestle. Our boys continued the pressure they displayed in the first quarter and the tackling intensity continued. We kicked one goal against the wind and restricted our opponents to a solitary goal with the wind. We went into the half time break two points ahead.

During the half time break the coaches asked the boys to continue with their intensity they showed in the first half. Our defence continued to play well this quarter which made it difficult for the opposition to score. Our onballers got even more of the ball and drove it deep into our forward line on many occasions. We kicked two goals, one behind and kept the opposition to one goal, one behind. We dominated large parts of the quarter and this was the result of everyone in the team contributing. With a little more luck and composure we should have scored one or two more goals. We went into the ¾ time break eights ahead.

During the ¾ time break we asked the boys for a big effort and to try and score a goal within the first five minutes of the last quarter. The boys tried hard in the last quarter but could not move the ball into our forward line. This meant the game was continually played in our opposition’s forward

line. The defence battled on manfully for the first five minutes and kept the opposition out. There were a couple of lapses of concentration in our backline that proved costly. There was also a free kick that was paid where most our players (and certainly the coaches) thought it was going to a Doncaster player. It went to the opposition and as a result of the confusion, our players spread which allowed the opposition to kick an easy goal. The boys battled on valiantly but in the end were over run. We failed to score and the opposition kicked three goals one behind.

The boys played a very good game and their intensity cannot be faulted. This game, even though we lost was better than some of our wins earlier in the season as our opposition was a very tough opponent. Let’s bring this intensity into the remaining three games and I’m sure we will get a few more wins. The coaches believe the boys can still make the finals if we win all of our remaining games. The boys can do this as we have beaten the teams earlier in the year and if they show the same effort as they did today.

Some notable mentions from the game were;

* Ethan Grimbos for scoring his first goal for the under 11s and for kicking a World Cup class goal!!

* James De Rango for his strong tackling throughout the game.

* James Vitsos for playing another solid game at full back and reading the play.

* Great goal by James Appice and playing well in the ruck against a much taller opponent.

* Tass Adgemis continuing his strong tackling and winning the ball at will.

* Good spoiling from Cael Maher.

* Disciplined game by Christopher Tsafkopoulos in defence.

* Strong tackling from Harvey McCague.

* Good marking from Archer Vodopier around the ground.

* Sam Papas for providing options in the forward line.

* Benson Lang for playing a great game and a goal.

* Enzo Wei continuing his goal kicking form.

Thanks to James V., Sam, Dylan, and Ethan from the under 10s who helped us and who all contributed.

Best Players: Tass, Archer, James D., James A, Benson, James V, Christopher

Goals: James A, Benson, Enzo, Ethan G


 

Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 11 Opposition: Fitzroy 3 Score: 4.5.29 lost 9.9.63

MATCH REPORT

Today we were away against Fitzroy 3 who were second on the ladder. We have never played this team and it was going to be a big test for the boys especially after not playing for a fortnight due to the school holidays. I’m sure many of the boys were playing “Fortnite” in the last fortnight!!! We won the toss and were kicking with the wind in the first quarter so it was important that we took full advantage of it.

The boys started the game off well and dominated most of the early part of the first quarter. The boys were tackling ferociously which made it hard for the opposition to move the ball into their forward line. We kicked 2 goals, 3 behinds. One of our goals was the result of great team work that originated on our half back line and involved a chain of handballs and good field kicking. Early in the quarter our backs were on top however as the quarter wore on we lost concentration and allowed the opposition to kick 2 goals. We did not spoil effectively or with any desperation which allowed the opposition to take uncontested marks. This should not happen, especially an uncontested chest mark in the goal square. We were only two points ahead at quarter time.

The second quarter was going to be a big test for the boys as they were kicking against the wind. The coaches stressed to the boys to defend along the side of the ground where the team benches were located as this would have made it hard for the opposition to score. The quarter was fairly even however on two occasions when the ball was deep in our back line, we elected to defend across goal which proved costly. The opposition pounced on this and scored two goals from our errors. To the boy’s credit, they fought back and scored two valuable goals against the wind. We went into the half time break only five points behind and right in the game.

At the half time break the coaches reminded the boys that the game was theirs for the taking and a big third quarter was what was needed. We asked the boys to attack from the clubroom side of the ground however the majority of our forays forward were from the other side of the ground which allowed the wind to constantly push the ball out of bounds. This meant we wasted our opportunities and could only manage two behinds whilst the opposition scored one goal, one behind. We went into the last quarter 10 points behind and with a mountain to climb.

The boys battled on valiantly in the last quarter however they appeared to run out of steam. We failed to score and allowed the opposition to kick 3 goals, 6 behinds. We told the boys to kick out from full back and defend along the side of the ground where the team benches were located. On many occasions they defended along the other side of the ground which proved very costly when we lost possession of the ball.

There boys showed some positive signs in this game against quality opposition however they need to remember that a game of football is played over four quarters.

After this round we dropped to fifth on the ladder, two points out of the top four. If the boys can play like they played some of the earlier games of the season, I’m sure they can make the finals. The job is ahead of us and we have a big month of football coming up!

Some notable mentions from the game were;

* Strong tackling and smothering from James De Rango

* Ethan Loncaric for scoring his first goal for the year.

* Goal from Enzo Wei and second efforts in the forward line.

* Tass Adgemis for his strong tackling, great bumping and for taking mark of the day!

* Great tackle from Sonny Pezzuto.

* Strong defensive work from Christopher Tsafkopoulos (especially in the first half).

* Lachie Holmes work across the half back line and having a hand in setting up a goal.

* Alex Adgemis getting back his early season goal scoring.

* Work rate around the ground from Benson Lang and Archer Vodopier.

* Great attack on the ball from Dylan Bee.

* Solid game at full back from James Vitsos.

* Good goal from James Appice.

Thank you to Sam Papas, Dylan Bee and James Vitsos from Under 10’s who all played well.

Best Players: Tass, Archer, Lachie, Christopher, Ethan L, Benson, Dylan

Goals: Enzo, James A., Alex, Ethan L


Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 10 Opposition: Parade St Damians Score: 3.1.19 lost 9.6.60

MATCH REPORT

Firstly, congratulations to Ethan Loncaric for playing his 50th game today. I’m sure Ethan and all the boys got a great buzz in running through the banner!

Today we played the top team Parade St Damians at home under what were ‘balmy’ conditions compared to last week. The ground looked perfect compared to the ‘lake’ the players faced the week before. The game was going to be a true test for the boys as Parade St Damians were beating teams quite comfortably and were the top team for a reason.

The boys started the first quarter off well and were very competitive for the first 5 or so minutes. The boys were tackling with intensity however this dropped off which allowed the opposition to control the rest of the quarter. The opposition scored 3 goals, 2 behind and we scored a solitary goal after an opportunistic kick off the ground that bounced through. We went into the second quarter 14 points behind.

The second quarter was not a good quarter for the boys. They lost their structure and this allowed the opposition to move the ball with relative ease which meant the ball spent large periods in their forward line. The boys were strong in their tackling however this did not stop the opposition from scoring 3 goals, 1 behind. We scored a goal which was the result of good team work that involved some clean passing. We went into the main break 27 points behind with the job ahead of us.

At the half time break the coaches asked the boys to lift and reminded them if they kicked a few quick goals they would be back in the game. It was not to be. The boys played as they did in the second quarter. They failed to keep their structure which lead to many forward entries by the opposition which allowed them to score goals with very little pressure. The opposition scored 3 goals, 3 behinds and went into the ¾ time break 48 points ahead.

At the ¾ time break the coaches asked the boys for a big effort in the last quarter and to outscore the opposition in order to take something positive out of the game. The boys listened and played a great last quarter. The boys increased their intensity and were gang tackling ferociously. The opposition did not know what hit them and did not like our boy’s new found aggression. This resulted in the ball spending the majority of the quarter in our forward line. Our goal came from a good passage of play where we kicked the ball deep into our forward which found one of our forwards who was playing in front (finally!). We were unlucky in another shot for goal that hit the post. We kicked 1 goal, 1 behind and kept the opposition scoreless which was a great effort!

The boys played a great last quarter and this is what is expected throughout the whole game. It shows that the boys can compete with any team when everyone plays their part. The effort the boys displayed made the top team look very ordinary. This is the effort the boys need to bring to every quarter of every game.

Boys, enjoy your break over the school holidays and lets all come back focussed and roaring to go for the remaining five rounds. We can play finals if we bring the last quarter effort in the remaining game.

Some notable mentions from the game were;

* Ethan Grimbos for playing his best game for the year.

* Two goals from Enzo Wei including one which was straight from the World Cup!

* Strong tackling from Cael Maher and kicking to a team mate.

* Great game from Tass Adgemis which included many goal saving tackles.

* Attack on the ball throughout the game from James Appice and a great goal.

* James De Rango effort in the ruck and strong tackling.

* Good contested mark from Christopher Tsafkopoulos.

* Spoiling from Lachie Holmes.

* Precision field kicking from Archer Vodopier

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

Goals: Enzo (2), James A.


Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 9 Opposition: Richmond B Score: 1.1.7 lost 13.19.97

MATCH REPORT

Today we played Richmond at home with a start time of 8:30 am under very cold and wet conditions. It was going to be a big test for the boys as we had not played in such condition since 2015. Richmond was coming off a big win against Brunswick the week before so it was going to be a tough game. During the pre-game address, we reminded the players that the game was going to be won by the team that “wants” the ball the most as the heavy conditions were going to make skills redundant.

The boys started the first quarter with great endeavour. They were tackling hard and kept moving the ball forward under trying conditions. The ball spent most of the quarter in our forward line however we failed to make the most of our opportunities and could only manage a solitary behind. The boys lost their concentration late in the quarter and this allowed the opposition to score the first goal of the game. We went into the ¼ time break 5 points behind.

The second quarter saw the opposition take control and dominated play. The endeavour our boys showed in the first quarter was gone and this allowed the opposition to score four goals and eight behinds whilst we failed to score. We went into the half time break (and the warmth of the dressing rooms) trailing by 37 points.

During the half time break the coaches asked the boys to lift their endeavour in the third quarter. The boys came out firing in the third quarter and a good passage of play resulted in us kicking the first goal of the quarter. We all thought the boys found their desire for the ball again but it was not to be. Our boys dropped their intensity markedly and this allowed the opposition to play with very little pressure. This allowed them to score three goals, seven behinds to our solitary goal. We went into the ¾ time 56 points behind.

During the ¾ time break we took the boys into the rooms to try and warm them up, hoping they would have a big last quarter. It was not to be. The last quarter saw the boys completely drop their heads with no endeavour shown. At times our boys did not even chase or tackle and this allowed the opposition to do as they please and that’s what they did. They scored five goals, 4 behinds for the quarter and we failed to score. We ended up losing by 90 points and if it wasn’t for the inaccurate goal kicking from the opposition the margin would have been over 100 points.

This was a very poor game by the boys especially after last week’s game where the opposition coach commented that our boys played a very hard and tough first quarter. After quarter time our boys gave up and allowed the opposition to play with no pressure. We understand that the game was played under shocking conditions however our opposition played under the same conditions.

In conditions like that, the team that wins is the team that “wants” the ball the most. Clearly it was not the DJFC boys. We need to learn from this game to ensure that we all know what is required should we play under similar conditions in the future.

Some notable mentions from the game were;

* Lachie Holmes who relished the conditions and playing his best game for the year.

* Harvey McCague for a solid game in the back line and who never gave up.

* James Vitsos for stopping many goals at full back.

* Great game by James Appice who took numerous marks in the conditions and kicking our only goal.

* Solid first half by Tass Adgemis.

* James De Rango for a steady game after receiving a knock to the face in the first quarter.

Thanks to Noah, Sam, Dylan, James and Ethan from the under 10s who helped us in the shocking conditions.

Best Players: James A, Tass, Lachie, Harvey

Goals: James A


Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 8 Opposition: Fitzroy 2 Score: 6.9.45 def 3.2.20

MATCH REPORT

Today we arrived at Schramms for our game against Fitzroy under very foggy conditions. Thank god the fog cleared up by the time the game started!! It was going to be a very tough, close game as we played Fitzroy in the opening game of the season and got up by 3 points. We were sitting in fourth position on the ladder going into today’s game and only two points ahead of them in fifth.

During the pregame address, we reminded the boys that they need to come out firing in the opening minutes of the quarter and to remind the opposition that we are ‘here to play’. Did the boys listen!! The first quarter was the best quarter that this group of boys have ever played!!

The boys hit the opposition very hard with their relentless tackling. This placed great pressure on the opposition which enabled us to pounce on many loose balls leading to many forays forward. The ball spent large parts of the quarter deep in our forward line where we had numerous shots at goal. We kicked 3.3 whilst keeping the opposition scoreless. When the ball went into our backline on the rare occasion, our defenders were up to the task playing good man on man disciplined football. We went into the quarter time break with a 21 point lead and full of confidence.

The second quarter continued where the first quarter left off. The boys continued their hard attack at the ball. The strong tackling was still evident and the boys were doing the basics such as spoiling and bumping well. Again we dominated most of the quarter and the opposition did not have many forward plays. The ball spent large parts of the quarter in our forward line and our solitary goal was the result of good team work. We should have kicked one or two more goals however it was not to be. We kicked 1.3 for the quarter and again kept the opposition scoreless. This was a great effort by the boys and they truly deserved to be going into the half time break 30 point ahead.

During the half time break the coaches reminded the boys to keep up the strong attack on the ball in the second half and not ease off. The boys started the third quarter a little slowly and this allowed the opposition to score the first goal (and first for the game). This seemed to fire up our boys and their intensity lifted. Their tackling increased which stopped the opposition in their tracks. We started to dominate again and there was a passage of play of handballs, kicks and marks that allowed us to score a great team goal. We kicked 1.2 to 1.1 and went into the ¾ time break with a 31 point lead.

At the ¾ time break, the coaches stressed to the boys that they need to keep playing the same football as it was an opportunity for us to build on our percentage. The boys kicked the first goal of the quarter and the rest of the quarter was fairly even. The boys may have got a little tired (after

playing a great first half!!!) as the quarter progressed and this showed as the opposition scored the final two goals of the game in the last three minutes. We kicked 1.1 to 2.1 and ran out 25 point victors.

After the game, the opposition coach commented that our boys played a very hard and tough first quarter and their attack on the ball rattled some of their players. Hearing this made the coaches very proud as this is the brand of football we want the DJFC boys to play. What was also pleasing to see was the number of opposition players getting up off the ground sore from our relentless tackling.

Some notable mentions from the game were;

* Two goals from Benson Lang and a great all round game.

* More strong tackling from Tass Adgemis and his run down from behind after giving the opposition a 15 metre start.

* Ethan Loncaric for playing his best game of the year

* Good goal from James De Rango and his strong relentless tackling and bumping

* Handball from Andrew Costa that set up a goal and his strong tackling.

* Goal from James Appice, playing a ‘blinder’ and winning the medal as the best DJFC player on the day.

* Good game from Alex Adgemis when switched into defence.

* Two goals from Sam Papas and great team work.

* Usual game from Archer Vodopier with multiple possessions.

* Good defensive work from Christopher Tsafkopoulos and James Vitsos

Thanks to Noah, Sam, Kiyoshi and James from the under 10s and who all played well

Best Players: James A, Tass, Benson, Ethan, Archer, Sam, James D

Goals: Benson (2), Sam (2), James A, James D

 


Coaches Report – Under 11’s

Round 7 Opposition: Brunswick Score: 5.11.41 def 4.2.26

MATCH REPORT

Firstly congratulations to James De Rango and Christopher Tsafkopoulos for playing their 50th games for DJFC. It was a great sight seeing them run through the banner together.

Today we were home against Brunswick and not one Monaro could be sighted in the car park!! How times have changed!

The boys started off the quarter slowly and the endeavour they finished last week’s game with was not evident. We were not playing tight football and this allowed the opposition to move the ball with relative ease. The opposition scored a quick goal before our boys slowly worked their way into the game. The rest of the quarter was quite even, however the boys lost concentration and conceded a goal in the last minute. We could only manage one behind for the quarter whilst the opposition kicked 2.1.

The boys played a much better second quarter. Their intensity lifted and this showed in the tackling, smothering and shepherding numbers. The coaches were very pleased with the second and third efforts shown by a number of boys. This added pressure allowed us to dominate most of the quarter which meant the ball was in our forward line for an extended period. We kicked our first goal of the game and peppered the goals with four behinds. We kept the opposition to a solitary behind and we were right in the game. We went into the half time break three points behind with confidence building.

At the half time break the coaches told the boys that the game was theirs for taking if they showed the same intensity in the third quarter as they showed in the second. The boys listened and continued to play good football with strong ferocious tacking. At one stage there was a passage of play which involved a chain of handballs that made the coaches very proud! We kicked 2.3 and held the opposition to a single goal. We went into the ¾ time break with a seven point lead and all the momentum.

The game was still up in the air in the last quarter and it was going to be the team that wanted the ball the most that was going to come out the victor. Our boys started off well and could have increased their lead early when a shot on goal hit the post. (this was our second ‘poster’ of the day). The game was then an arm wrestle with the ball spending large parts of the quarter in our forward line with little reward. The boys lost their structure which allowed the opposition to move the ball the length of the ground which allowed them to score a relatively easy goal. The margin was now only two points. To the boy’s credit, they lifted another gear and worked hard to score two good goals in the final few minutes of the game to seal the win.

The scoreboard did not really reflect the true result of the game. We had sixteen scoring shots to six and had two shots at goal that hit the post. It was pleasing to see the boys have so many shots at goal and with a little luck we should have kicked eight or nine goals. One area of improvement is the boys need to maintan their structure at all times. When the boys lose their structure, the opposition is able to move the ball easily and score goals.

Some notable mentions from the game were;

* Fierce tackling from Cael Maher.

* Great match sealing goal from Tass Adgemis in the last quarter and his strong tackling throughout the game.

* Enzo Wei continuing his goal kicking form with another two goals (must be the lucky blue t-shirt!)

* Ethan Loncaric backing himself and taking the game on at full back.

* Strong marking and goal from James De Rango.

* Clearing runs and goal from Benson Lang.

* Shepherding and bumping from Andrew Costa.

* Great game from James Appice in the ruck after a slow start.

* Team work from Archer Vodopier in setting up a goal.

Thanks to Ethan and Noah from the under 10s who helped us and both played well.

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

Goals: Enzo (2), James D, Benson, Tass


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