Round 3 vs Koo Wee Rup
Coach: David Main
A big focus point was starting well in the first quarter and was great to see us come out all firing and kicking goals early. The forward line functioned the best it has this season and it came from forward pressure and good team work. Nathan Gardner was in full flight with 6 goals big marks. Tristen Fernandaz played his best game with 3 goals and his explosiveness around the ball was exciting. Matt Ryan played a key role in the ruck all game and was superb. His follow up work from the contest and taking marks around the ground was great to see. Jaxson Briggs, Brady White, Ryan Spierings were all very solid contributors as well. Lachie Peluso continued his good form again winning almost every single one on one contest and his disposal and decision-making was all class.
Ash Williams was also solid in defence. Was great to get back on the winners list against a spirited and young Kooweerup side.
In a closely fought contest our Reserves lost their first game for the year by only two points. It was a very skilful and had lots of pressure and it was very entertaining, so credit to both teams. Josh McKenzie was competitive and strong in the ruck for most of the contest, Kane White at Centre Half Back repelled many forays forward as did Corey Brook from Full Back. Brook’s long kicking out of the back line helped to set up attacks into the forward line. Lual Lual was outstanding with his quickness by hand and by foot and managed to hunt the ball down consistently. Taiki Skipworth was prominent as well. We hope that Corey Batt and Tom Arnett recover quickly from their injuries. Josh Wilson kicked the goal of the day but in the end our inexperience told in the last five minutes.
The Cobras were excellent out of the center with Wrang Riek doing well in the hit outs and tackles that resulted in our team winning the ball. Douth Jock was sparkling with an excellent four quarter performance that demonstrated the plethora of his skill, pace and pressure all over the ground. Thomas Exposito was dominant in the middle, his pressure at the ball was high class as was his tackling, he was also pivotal in getting many possessions in the back line when not on the ball. Ryder Milne was one of the best on the ground playing along half back for most of the game showing great attack on the ball, his game was invaluable. At Half time it was Cobras 40 to KWR 14.
Zac Downes played His best game for the year winning possessions and adding forward line pressure. Owen Hartley after an indifferent start to the game was back attacking the football, tackling and adding value to the team. Tag Kirby took the mark of the day where he rose for an old fashion screamer, Tag also was great on ball, wing and in defense throughout the game. Ryley Potter added significant run and pressure and kept helping our team win the ball, a great game from Ryley. Brandon Borg was lively up forward and showed plenty of class. Chol Chol shows a lot of promise with his run and skill and will be an asset for the team. Ben Smith played forward and back and is getting better each week and won some very valuable possessions that if he didn’t would have resulted in opposition scores. Dakoda Bolton had had some injures however was lively throughout the game winning the ball and in marking contests. Kristopher Johnston is a clever team member. He positions himself where we need and played a great game. Jeyden Vela played mid and back and with his speed halved many contests and won the ball on numerous occasions. Jacob Oryem won the ball and used it well to help many forward attacks he is getting better each week. Justin Asi played his first game for the year in the ruck winning tap outs and will continue to improve with more games. Adam Menes showed some dash towards the contest and was dangerous up forward. Brodie OCallaghan was tough and reliable in defense and is a valuable team player. Noah Taylor took a few good marks and had a crack in the ruck. Mach Machar played his first game for the season and should be better for the experience.
Overall an improved showing from the team 81 to 35 were final scores, thanks to Brent and Johnno for helping coach the team and Johnno for being runner as he was not playing in the seniors; despite complaining that he had too many potato cakes before the game, the players are fortunate to have two senior players helping their football. Matty doing the as the statistician was also very helpful.
Coach: James Perkins
Coming off a great win against PI the U/16s looked to continue their promising start to the season. Today's game we had a strong emphasis on playing team football and continuing to improve on certain aspects of our game. We welcomed a few boys back from Injury today and fielded our strongest team to date and although KOOWEERUP were undermanned both Dids and James couldn't be happier how the boys approached the game today, and were able to play disciplined, unselfish football which seen us come away with a strong win and look forward to next week’s opponent in Garfield.
Goals: Kade Perkins 3, Max McDermott 3, Ashton Hermanus 3, Connor Gilbertson 3, Ethan Middelhuis 1, Bailey Brougham 1, Liam Bellio 1, Josh Allan 1