Juniors Round Up: 2022 Round 10

Around the Grounds

It was great to see the U6s and U7s back down at Westside after their break with plenty of energy and smiles around the grounds. The U8 Hornets were the only other game at Westside with all our other Junior teams on the road. The Coaches are all extremely happy with the efforts being put in by the kids on game day!

 

U6 Tigers

The Tigers were back and raring to go after the holiday break!!

The boys have improved so much and had a fantastic game this week with some amazing defensive efforts and some even getting their first goals!!

We ended up with a draw for the day but it was smiles all around after an awesome game, especially Liam and Toby who received our Player of the Day awards!

U7 Geckos

The Geckos played a strong game against the Mitchelton FC Newcastle team.

Our team played well together with improved passing which resulted in a win. Player of the Day awards went to Eric and Levi.

Well done Geckos!

U8 Hornets

The Hornets had the only game on Field 2B this week at Westside, however, the Hornet’s parents’ cheering made up for the lack of atmosphere at the grounds with no other games on.

This was the second game against Bardon Avengers after the Hornets scored a win against them in the first round of the Season.

The match was evenly poised throughout the first half with Ned S making some nice saves in goals and providing some great goal kicks to find his teammates in space. Jasper, Attis and Edgar were solid as usual in defence, with Harper, Archie, Patty & Cooper controlling the midfield. Fitzy and Mika made some great runs and passes upfront before Mika scored the only goal late in the first half.

Harper donned the goalie gloves in the second half and significantly improved from his last keeping effort. His goal-kicking decisions were exceptional, finding the feet of his teammates out on the wing. The Hornets went up 2-nil with a long-range bomb from Archie, lobbing the ball from nearly halfway and landing over the keeper’s head to find the back of the net! Ned S also had some great dribbling runs in the second half after being unleashed from goals!

The Bardon Avengers did not give up all game and pegged a goal back late in the second half, and pressed for further goals in the final few minutes, however, Harper came up with some great diving saves!

The Hornets finished the game 2-1 winner with the ‘Kicken Chicken’ award going to Harper for his fine-keeping efforts and the HJs Player of the Day award going to Edgar for his all-around great game!

U8 Wasps

The Wasps travelled over the hill to Samford this week in beautiful winter conditions.  It was a cracker of a match with goals to Louis and Jude and outstanding efforts across the park by the entire team.

The game was right in the balance up to the final whistle, but Samford picked up the points again this time. The Samford Coach even pointed out how much better we are playing.

Blake picked up the Player of the Day award for blocking so many shots and early release of the ball and for his first half efforts as striker.

Keep working hard Wasps, that first win is coming!

U9 Brumbies

This week the Brumbies travelled to Pine Hills for another tough game. The game started off very evenly with both teams showing strong attack and defence, however, the Brumbies managed to pull off a 6-1 win in the end.

The goals were scored by Lucy, Lily, Chloe and Amber scored her first goal of the season.

Player of the Day awards went to Quinn and Chloe.

Quinn received the award for showing lots of awesome teamwork on the field, passing lots and also doing an awesome dive when in goals.

Chloe received the award for scoring an awesome goal.

All of the girls played so well this weekend and are showing lots of improvement with their passing, teamwork and communication. They have even started crossing the ball and passing back when there’s no forward option!

Keep up the great work Brumbies!

 

U9 Dingoes

Last Saturday saw the Dingoes travel to Teralba Park, for a much-anticipated clash with Mitchelton FC.

We were nearly a full squad which was a welcome change and the boys were excited and ready to get stuck in.

From the kick-off, the Dingoes did well to get into the game quickly and control the tempo. We were breaking up play on the middle of the park and doing well to get the ball forward to our attacking unit with Wilbur and Toby coming close on multiple occasions.

Mitchelton played with a very smothering defensive strategy and getting into the final third for either team was an effort.

Noah and Leo were faultless at the back, giving Will and Max little to do in their time in goals.

TJ and Jax were covering the park, playing quintessential box-to-box midfield roles, directing the play.

Just after the half, Noah did well to win the ball in our own third and play a great outlet pass on the wing to Jax who broke free and centred the ball to a rampaging Magnus who found himself one-on-one with the keeper to drive home for the only goal of the game.

A good 1-0 win for the Dingoes and some momentum moving forward.

This week’s “Kickin Chicken” Player of the Day went to Magnus – he looked dangerous and was a handful for defenders.

U10 Wolves

Saturday morning the Wolves fronted up to the Bardon FC. We had initially been expecting to play a few kids down, with no substitutions, but remarkably Alex and Finn got straight off their international flights (from Italy and Canada respectively) to play for the team – their commitment was very much appreciated!

The game got off to a cracking start with the Wolves dominating early and Eli scoring the first goal in a few minutes of play. There were some really impressive skills shown by the pack. Teo and Noah played tenacity and persistence, James with nice passes, and Fraser with some real flair. George scored the second goal leaving the Wolves in a commanding position. Maxi and Eli scored again in the first half with a goal being awarded when the Bardon goalie saved the ball but stepped backwards over the line.

Fatigue clearly began to take a toll in the second half with the Wolves tiring and struggling at times to stick to formation. This allowed Bardon to gain some momentum and get a goal back. The Wolves rallied though and came together to keep things together and finish strong with a final score of 7:1.

Player of the Day went to Finn for his commitment flying in from Canada at 5am, playing on minimal sleep, and still managing to kick two great goals. Also, Landon for his great keeping once again, saving 4 shots on target.

U12 Warriors

The Warriors put in a brave performance against Caboolture Kingbrowns on Saturday. The 3-0 score line doesn’t reflect how close the competition was but unfortunately, the Warriors just couldn’t find the net.

Coach Matt could see the Warriors put their training into practice with a number of kids upping their game this week. Special mention to goalie extraordinaire, Sam G, for doing a top job under sustained pressure at the start of the second half before our defenders hit their stride, and Flynn in the centre for running hard the whole game.

The Player of the Day award went to Lenox for being a hard-working pest up and down the wing, just as he was instructed!