U13 GIRLS GOLD – ROUND 9 MATCH REPORT VS PARK ORCHARDS
We took on the 4th placed Park Orchards at Stintons Reserve in cold, wet and windy conditions this week.
Park Orchards kicked with the wind in the first quarter and had 2 goals on the board in the first 5 minutes and looked ominous. However, our girls were really up for the challenge and started to throw themselves into the contest and really turned the game our way.
It started in the middle with Sienna in the ruck and Lara, Amy & Mikayla in the midfield. Each of them attacked the contest ferociously and won plenty of the ball. When we went forward Liv O was creating plenty of opportunities and tackling hard. Our defence stood up well against a strong wind and Alessia and Isla repelled many attacks. After a strong passage of play that started with Isla in defence, we worked the ball all the way down the ground to finish with a Liv Huddo goal against the wind. At ¼ time we trailed 2-3-15 to 1-0-6.
The second quarter was a fantastic contest. Both teams went in hard and there were plenty of collisions and quite a few bruises, but no one gave an inch. Lara and Amy were relentless through the midfield and Isla was dominating across half back. Sienna was a tackling machine and rucked tirelessly and Cartier, Alessia and Maddie stood firm in defence. We had the ball in our forward line for quite some time where Liv O, Liv Huddo, Ashlea and Zoe were fighting hard to score but the Park Orchards defence stood up well. It was a tight scoreless quarter for both sides and at ½ time we trailed 2-3-15 to 1-0-6.
In the third quarter Zoe put her hand up to go into the ruck and did a fantastic job all around the ground for the entire quarter – at her first ever go in the ruck!!! More importantly this allowed Sienna to play at Centre Half Forward where she proved to be a great target, taking strong marks and tackling hard as always. Liv O continued to get first hands on the ball in contests and dished out to teammates in better positions to create some great attacking opportunities. Lara got on the end of a great passage of play to snap a great goal and we had our 2nd goal against the wind to get within 3 points at ¾ time. Again we kept Park Orchards scoreless and now trailed 2-3-15 to 2-0-12.
The last quarter was fantastic to watch. Our girls gave their all and did not shirk an issue as they strived to get their noses in front in very tough conditions. For the first half of the quarter the ball spent most of the time in Park Orchard’s forward line and our entire defence of Isla, Alessia, Cartier, Maddie, Sarah and Kirra did a fantastic job to hold Park Orchards goalless after the 5-minute mark of the first quarter.
For the last 6 or so minutes the ball lived in our forward line with the girls setting up the wall and continually banging it back in. Zoe, Liv Huddo, Liv O and Ashlea attacked everything and tried hard to score but pretty much every player on the ground was in our forward half. Lara, Amy, Isla and Mikayla were right on top in the midfield and you couldn’t help but think it was just a matter of time before we scored – but ultimately, we ran out of time and went down 2-5-17 to 2-0-12 with the ball deep inside our forward 50.
Best Players: Lara, Isla, Amy, Sienna, Liv O, Alessia, Cartier, Zoe, Mikayla
Goalkickers: Lara and Liv Hudson
U13 GIRLS GOLD – ROUND 8 MATCH REPORT VS KEW COMETS 1
We took on the undefeated top side in Kew Comets 1 at Koonung Park in Bulleen this week.
We had 14 players and they had 20 so it was agreed that we would use 3 of their players each quarter and play 17 on 17 to ensure all girls played a full game.
Our first quarter was fantastic. Our girls came to play and really took the challenge up to the much bigger and more experienced Kew Comets side. Our tackling was fierce, we were usually first in for the ball and we attacked every contest. Sienna gave her all in the ruck against a much taller and bigger opponent and Gemma was a tackling machine winning 2 free kicks after perfect tackles. Lara was winning plenty of the ball in the midfield (as always) and took a fantastic contested mark at half back. Our defence again stood up really well and halted many attacks, Alessia was impassable at full back and the rest of our backline Maddie, Liv O, Cartier, Isla and Sophie all had the better of their opponents in a great first quarter.
Liv Huddo was providing a target up forward and created a great scoring opportunity to narrowly miss. Sarah in her very first game of football contested strongly and showed that with a few more games under her belt she will be a great asset to the team
At ¼ time we had kept the top side scoreless and led 0-1-1 to 0-0-0.
Unfortunately, we stung a very good side into action. The Comets upped their intensity in the second quarter and we were left a little flat footed when they started to run and spread. Their midfield got on top and gave their big forwards many opportunities and we were unable to hold them out. Gemma continued to tackle hard and won plenty of the ball, Sienna worked tirelessly in the ruck and Lara and Amy tried their hearts out, but the ball spent most of the quarter in the Comets forward line. At half time we trailed 0-1-1 to 5-4-34.
Our third quarter was much better after a bit of a reshuffle. Liv Huddo moved into defence, Lara played goalkeeper on the last line and with the rest of our backline held up strongly against many Comets attacks. The ball barely entered our forward line for the entire quarter and yet we managed to again hold the Comets to just 2 goals for the quarter. Alessia, Liv O, Liv H, Maddie, Lara, Isla, Cartier, Sophie and Kirra all fought and contested strongly in the back half under great pressure. At ¾ time we trailed 0-1-1 to 7-6-48.
In the last quarter Amy went into the ruck, Sienna went to Centre Half Forward and Mikayla moved into the Centre. We managed to work the ball forward on quite a few occasions and were unlucky not to score. Isla had a fantastic quarter across half back and set up many of those attacking plays. Gemma continued to win plenty of the ball and Amy battled hard in the ruck against much bigger opponents. Mikayla was tough and relentless as usual and Sienna took a couple of good marks at CHF. By the final siren we went down 0-1-1 to 10-8-68 and were by no means disgraced against a very good side.
Best Players: Gemma, Alessia, Lara, Isla, Amy and Sienna.
U13 GIRLS – ROUND 7 MATCH REPORT VS KEW ROVERS
We were back at home after a few weeks away to tackle Kew Rovers.
The first quarter was a tight contest between 2 evenly matched sides. Kew kicked with quite a strong breeze and the ball spent a lot of the first quarter in their forward line and our defence held up well. Alessia was again the rock at full back and she was assisted by Liv O whom won plenty of the ball and Kirra (our Captain for this game) who tackled strongly. At ¼ time we trailed 0-1-1 to 1-2-8.
In the second quarter, despite kicking with the breeze, we didn’t really stick to our structure and a lot of our team got sucked into the play. When the ball was cleared out of a contest Kew often had loose players a kick beyond the play whom were able to create attacking opportunities into the wind. Sienna was working hard in the ruck against a much taller opponent and Lara was trying her heart out winning plenty of the ball through the midfield. Gemma also had a great quarter winning plenty of the ball and tackling strongly. It was a very tight quarter and at ½ time we trailed 0-1-1 to 1-3-9.
After some soul searching at ½ time we came out with a fresh approach in the 3rd quarter. Amy went into the ruck to give Sienna a break and Lara, Isla, Gemma and Amy gave us plenty of drive from the middle. Liv Huddo provided a target up forward and Mikayla was her usual physical self and attacked the contest hard. We were against the wind again but our defence held up really…. Sophie (in her first game for us) was terrific and really attacked the ball hard and tackled well. Gemma got on the end of a great passage of play to kick a goal and at ¾ time we trailed 1-3-9 to 2-4-16.
The last quarter was fantastic. Every player in the side gave their all to try and get us home. The pressure, the tackling, the team work and the overall effort was great. Lara was dominant in the midfield, Sienna was her aggressive best in the ruck and Isla was damaging through the midfield and across half back. Our defence repelled many attacks with Alessia, Liv O, Cartier, Ashlea and Maddie playing in front and attacking the contest hard. When we went forward Liv Huddo was a key target, Zoe was getting her hands on the ball and has improved dramatically in her weeks with us and Kristi tackled hard and provided great pressure in her second game for the day.
We were unlucky not to score from many forward entries and our effort drew praise from the Kew coach after the game. We ultimately went down 1-2-8 to 2-5-17. We are starting to acclimatise to the higher standard in Gold and I know a good win is not too far away.
This week we play the undefeated Kew Comets 1 and get to test ourselves against the best side in the whole U13 competition. What a great opportunity to show how far we have come.
Best Players: Lara, Alessia, Gemma, Kirra, Liv O, Sienna, Sophie and Amy.
Goalkickers: Gemma 1
U13 GIRLS – ROUND 5 MATCH REPORT VS RICHMOND
Our first game in Gold Division saw us head to Kevin Bartlett Reserve to play Richmond.
Our first challenge was that we had only 14 players and our opposition had 21 so we accepted the offer of 2 of Richmond’s players each quarter – a decision I came to regret.
Richmond are a big and physical side and after 4 relatively easy wins in Brown we were not quite ready for the step up in intensity and physicality. The ball spent much of the first quarter deep inside Richmond’s forward line and our defenders did well not to concede more goals. Alessia was fantastic at full back repelling many attacks, Maddie was relentless in her attack on the ball across half back and Gemma defended strongly. Sienna’s ruck work and physicality against much bigger opponents was also great. Our cause was not helped by one of our Richmond “helpers” playing in defence whom was openly assisting her team with shepherds and handballs to create scoring opportunities. At ¼ time we trailed 0-0-0 to 2-0-12.
The second quarter unfortunately produced more of the same and our backline was forced to defend hard for much of the quarter. When we won the ball we were always under pressure and forced to kick or handball quickly leading to turnovers. Lara, Isla and Tiana worked hard in the middle and around the packs and Amy was defending hard at Centre Half Back. Free kicks were like hens teeth as the umpire let the game go. At ½ time we trailed 0-1-1 to 5-3-33.
At half time we had a chance to regroup and made a few changes to mix things up. Mikayla, Gemma and Liv Hudson went into defence and played alongside Alessia and Amy and were able to shut down Richmond’s scoring. Sienna continued to fight hard in the ruck and Lara was winning plenty of the ball around the ground. On general play we won the quarter however despite going forward on many occasions we were short on experience up forward and could not convert. What this quarter showed us though was that we could mix it with this experienced Gold team. At ¾ time we trailed 0-1-1 to 5-4-34.
We gave up on the “helpers” from Richmond at ¾ time after one of our “helpers” actually ran away from a ball kicked directly to her to allow a Richmond player a free passage to goal. Thankfully she missed. What I was very proud of was our girls coming into the ¾ time huddle and saying that they would prefer to play with 14 and be disadvantaged rather than accept that.
In the last quarter we continued to fight hard and never gave up. Despite only having 14 and being 2 players down (Richmond made the decision to play with 16 as we had rejected their offer of “assistance”) our girls held their own all over the ground. Liv Hudson attacked the contest and won the ball several times after moving forward and Zoe, Kirra, Georgie and Liv O were tackling hard and putting pressure on. Mikayla had a fantastic last quarter with her kamikaze approach to the contest and Isla and Gemma won plenty of the ball. We were unlucky not to score several times in the second half. We ended up losing 0-1-1 to 6-5-41
Once we picked up the pace of the game and got used to the physicality, we showed in the second half that we can compete in Gold division. We need to bring the intensity we showed in the second half every week and if we do that we will win games.
Best Players: Alessia, Maddie, Mikayla, Lara, Gemma and Sienna.
Goalkickers: NIL – but an honorable mention to Liv Huddo who actually kicked a ripper after a great run but was called for running too far???
U13 GIRLS – ROUND 4 MATCH REPORT VS TEMPLESTOWE
For round 4 we headed down the road to tackle Templestowe whom were yet to win a game.
In the first quarter we started slowly and Templestowe were really taking the game up to us. The ball spent a significant amount of time in their forward line and our back line defended really well but ultimately a great passage of play resulted in a Templestowe goal – their first for the year and the first kicked against us this year. Alessia was fantastic at full back repelling many Templestowe attacks, Sienna was dominating in the ruck and Liv Hudson was lively up forward, when we got it there and kicked our only goal for the quarter. At ¼ time scores were level 1-0-6 to 1-0-6.
After a bit of a rev at ¼ time we got going in the second quarter. Gemma, Lara and Tiana were driving the ball forward from the middle and Isla was dominating across half back and through the middle. Liv O’s tackling and run with the ball was fantastic and set up a great goal. Zoe in her second ever game was providing a great contest up forward and had several chances to kick her first ever goal – it’s not far away! At half time we led 4-9-33 to 1-0-6. Goalkickers for the quarter were Lara 1, Liv H 1 and Mikayla 1.
In the third quarter we switched things around. Amy went into the ruck and provided us with first use of the ball and Isla and Gemma in the midfield were well on top and providing lots of drive. Mikayla’s attack on the ball and opponents provided many opportunities and Maddie, Kirra and Cartier were tackling machines creating many turnovers. Tiana and Lara both went forward and great sharing amongst our forward line put Tiana on the end of a couple of great goals. At ¾ time we had extended our lead to 7-1153 to 1-0-6. Goalkickers for the quarter were Tiana 2 and Amy 1.
In the last quarter Sienna went back into the ruck and Lara and Gemma dominated in the midfield and around the ground. Cartier’s attack on the ball was fantastic and Liv O gave some great handballs to set up scoring opportunities. Zoe continued to generate scoring chances and Maddie’s tackling and pressure was a highlight. At the final siren we ran out winners 12-15-87 to 1-0-6. Goalkickers for the quarter were Gemma 2, Alessia 1, Tiana 1 and Lara 1.
Great win girls and now we progress to Gold Division. Let’s show them we belong there!
Best Players: Lara, Isla, Sienna, Gemma, Tiana, Amy, Alessia, Liv O and Liv H
Goalkickers: Tiana 3, Lara 2, Gemma 2, Liv H 2, Alessia 1 and Amy 1
U13 GIRLS – ROUND 1 MATCH REPORT VS HEIDELBERG
What a start to our season with a 107-point win over Heidelberg at Schramms on Sunday.
For the first game of the season we were greeted with true football conditions – cold, wind and rain….. but our girls adapted to the conditions fantastically right from the start. Sienna dominated the ruck and our midfield led by Captain for the day Tiana, Lara and Gemma were given first use of the ball and continually worked the ball forward.
Our forward line was well on top, playing in front and contesting strongly and through the good work of Liv O, Liv H, Mikayla, Maddie, Ashlea (U12) and Jacinda (U12) we had a good lead at ¼ time 4-3-27 to 0-0-0. Goalkickers for the quarter were Tiana 2, Lara 1 and Jacinda 1.
In the second quarter we mixed it up a bit switching several players forward that had been in the back line in the first quarter. Alessia and Amy, full back and centre half back in Q1 moved forward and had an immediate impact both getting plenty of the ball and hitting the score board. Our midfield was well on top and Isla in particular was fantastic around the contest driving the footy our way on numerous occasions. At half time we had extended our lead to 8-6-54 to 0-0-0. Goalkickers for the quarter were Alessia 2, Amy 1 and Tiana 1.
In the third quarter the game really opened up. We were sharing the ball around fantastically with creative hand ball and always looking for the open player. Gemma was fantastic as an on baller and together with Sienna, Tiana, Lara, Isla and Jacinda we controlled possession. On the few occasions that Heidelberg went forward we had Mikalya, Maddie, Cartier, Liv H, Kirra, Kristiana (U12) and Marina (U12) there to repel them and set up our midfields and forwards. At ¾ time we led 13-10-88 to 0-0-0. Goalkickers for the quarter Gemma 3, Alessia 1 and Tiana 1.
In the last quarter we threw the magnets around and tried several players in different positions. Liv O went into the midfield and continued to set up scoring opportunities with her creative handball. Maddie & Kirra were tackling and contesting strongly and Sienna pretty much did as she pleased in the ruck with great support from Alessia, Amy and Liv H whom shared the ruck duties in the forward 50 and defensive 50 throughout the day. At the final siren we ran out winners 16-11-107 to 0-0-0. Goalkickers for the quarter were Lara 2, Liv H 1.
All in all a fantastic start to the year with every single player that took the field contributing to a great win. A big thank you to Jacinda, Kristiana, Marina and Ashlea from the U12 team whom come up and played a second game on Sunday with our team.
Best Players: Tiana, Lara, Sienna, Gemma, Amy, Alessia
Goalkickers: Tiana 4, Lara 3, Gemma 3, Alessia 3, Liv H 1, Amy 1 and Jacinda 1