Coming off two losses against the only two teams above us on the ladder the birds knew this week we needed to rebuild the momentum, confidence and belief leading into finals.
Last time the birds met Warners Bay we came back in a thrilling finish to win by 1 point. This time we were at the nest and wanted to show we have improved since last time we played them.
The first quarter was spent mostly down our end with us proving just how good our forward pressure can be. After a tough battle around the ball we were able to convert this into 2 goals from Clare and Jodi.
The second quarter was much similar to the first. We started to settle into the game but we were still feeling like Warners Bay weren’t allowing us the space we needed.
Our half backs kept repelling Warners Bay attempts to get it down the end. Their runs down the wings with even some run and bounce from Matisse Coram-Parker in front of our fans was awesome to see.
Abbey scored our only goal for the quarter with a good snap and Warners Bay were kept to just one goal.
The third quarter was when we came out firing. We were winning the ruck contest and creating play through our mids. Our forwards created space were leading allowing us to hit our targets. Our small forwards we dangerous as ever running, sweeping and snapping goals. Goals from Tayla Grazules and Abbey Cooksley proved this. Our backs continued to push hard and showed confidence by using their speed running off their player.
The fourth quarter saw us extend our lead further through much of the same play. Goals from Clare and Tayla Gregory topped off our win.
Overall this game we wanted to focus on our handballs using the sweeper option, leads and hitting targets in space and contest marking. We were able to show this throughout the four quarters.
Thank you to Bilks and Vuko for stepping in and helping with coaching our first half. The birds really appreciated your kind wise words.
This team has pulled together in what we can say was a tough week. We are an awesome on the field but even better off the field. Individuals don’t win premierships its all about the team and this team proving this in our build towards something special in a few weeks time. Get on board Hawks family. We need your support to get us there.
All 14 players travelled to a wet and cold Maitland to verse a quality outfit. Maitland had 10 players so 2 players each quarter had to go and play for them.
Maitland started very strong and kicked a few goals. Cardiff struggled to get the ball forward and needed to start working as a team and ensure they matched up to their opponents.
At quarter time the aim was to ensure that we ran harder and ensured that we continued to look for our players once we received the ball. Mason worked hard in the middle and ensured that he got his hands to the football first throughout the day. He was one of our stand outs today. In the second quarter Caleb kicked a number of goals for Maitland and hurt us as they went forward again. Once again Caleb was solid throughout majority of the game.
In the third quarter Cardiff started to work harder and together and started to put points on the board. Louis was solid and worked hard throughout the second half. The likes of Georgia, Archie, Evan, Beau, James, Connor, Kensi and Sophia started to gain more confidence and get their hands on the football throughout the second half which saw a huge improvement in the team’s performance.
Dara and Brody were aggressive at the ball like always. Dara had a few spectacular marks throughout the game. In the fourth quarter Cardiff continued to pressure and continued to score. Layken had his best quarter (in the fourth) and game for the year. He was extremely strong in defence and read the ball really well delivering it to his team mates accurately.
Once again it was a great performance from a team that continue to improve individually and as a team every week. Their commitment to training and game day has made it a pleasure to coach this bunch of young kids.
Back – left to right: Gauci (coach), Connor, Dara, Caleb, Mason, Beau, Brody, Louis, Justin (manager)
Front – left to right: Layken, Evan, Georgia, Kensi, Sophia, James, Archie
Our under 13 youth girls team came into round 10 knowing that this weeks game was our last hit out before the finals, with a bye next week.
Missing some experience and the youthful exuberance of our under 11 youth girls players, this was a good opportunity to test ourselves.
Nelson Bay loaned us two players to even out the numbers. The first quarter started as a bit of an arm wrestle in conditions getting wetter and wetter. Our girls began to adjust to the conditions and started hitting the scoreboard.
The rain continued in the second and third quarters, but through some good teamwork so did our scoring opportunities.
The girls got themselves into a strong enough position that at three quarter time we gave Nelson Bay the chance to finish the game as a full team whilst also mixing up our team.
Another strong team performance with our experienced girls leading the way and the new girls showing impressive improvement in a condensed season.
|Cardiff U13 YG||2.2-14||7.5-47||9.5-59||9.6-60|
|Nelson Bay U13 YG||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0|