Juniors Round Up: 2022 Round 7

Around the Grounds

Round 7 saw a big weekend for our Westside teams with most teams claiming victory in their matches and there was a great atmosphere around the Club!

Some great wins throughout the Juniors in the morning and our Seniors put on a display for the Junior players & parents who come along in the afternoon with both the Metro U23’s & Metro Men’s finding the net on countless occasions and singing the victory song in the changerooms after their matches!

 

U6 Tigers

What a game!! The team is really improving and starting to get their groove on. Some great pieces of play, teamwork and goal stopping defence saw the Tigers end up with a 7-5 win!!!

A superb defensive effort by Liam and an amazing attacking effort by the goal scoring machine Toby (even with a shoe blow out!) saw them taking out the Player of the Day awards this week.

 

U7 Geckos

The Geckos took on Mitchie Hobart this week and had a great game.

Mitchie Hobart had a tight team who played well together to take out the win on the day. Our team worked well together and had fun in the sun back on the pitch this weekend!

The three Player of the Day Awards went to Bailey for good teamwork, Paul, in the middle, for great passing and chasing down the ball and lastly Lucas – for a great training session during the week.

 

U8 Bees

The team outdid themselves this week with a resounding win of 5-0 vs Newmarket Outlaws at an away game. They were down to 1 reserve this week but put in 110% effort for the whole match.

It was great to see so much movement around the field and look before passing into gaps. They have certainly come together as a team and the photo of a group hug following a goal certainly sums up this group. They worked hard this week with spreading out and it certainly paid off.

Woody scored his first goal in the first half,  James had kicked it past the keeper himself in the second half, and Max just needed to tap it over the line to help it in. Max scored another goal and Beau also scored 2 goals. Both Harrison and Will were rock solid at the back, the odd ball that did get past them, Ben saved or kicked away.

Player of the Day awards this week went to:

Woody – for supporting his teammates by positioning himself up front to receive crosses, which paid off for him with his first goal this season.

James – for working really hard to be more involved, using his “chop” to beat the keeper and shoot, which gave Max an easy tap into the goal.

Beau – for all his hard running through the midfield, he was always aware and waiting to intercept their goal kicks, which presented him with a couple of nice goals.

Awesome work team!!!

 

U8 Wasps

The Wasps were back at home again this week

The grass finally dry enough under our feet

Mitchie showed up with just half a team

But we shared our players instead of being mean

 

The game was balanced, both teams gave it all

Lots of running and moving the ball

Leo and Riley ran a hell of a lot

Nadia was always in a good spot

 

Lewis worked hard in amongst the pack

And Ellis our rock at the back

Jude picked up another Player of the Day award

His fearless keeping kept our defence assured

 

Fletcher was rewarded with the other prize

For playing hard for the other side

The final score was a disappointing nil – three

And how good was Eva this week as the referee

 

But, individually and as a team

The Wasps again played better than I’ve ever seen

Go Wasps!

 

U8 Hornets

This week the Hornets travelled to Newmarket to take on Brisbane City at their home pitch.

It was another hard-fought first half where neither side could find the net and the score was 0-0 at half time. Patty did a splendid job in goals in the first half, diving for balls on the line and pouncing on any ball that came into the box. His kick-outs and throws were regularly finding team mates on the half way line to counter attack quickly.

City had some solid players – especially one of their girls who roughed up a few of our boys, and the Hornets were finding it difficult to get the ball down the other end at times, but once they spread out, strung some passes together and worked the ball out wide, they soon begin to dominate field position.

The Hornets finished the game 3-1 victors after being up 3 nil until the last 5 minutes. They were unlucky to not maintain a clean sheet for the entire game after a ball snuck past Ed after he put in another rock-solid performance as goalie.

Top efforts again by all the team who worked tirelessly in both attack and defence. Mika, Archie & Ned S were great up front with Patty joining them in the second half. Jasper, Attis & Ed did an amazing job keeping the ball away from the goals in defence.

The Player of the Day awards went to Cooper for putting together some nice dribbling in attack through the midfield, and Harper, who took out the ‘Kickin Chicken’ award, for his efforts in midfield, both in attack and defence.

Another great team win and we look forward to Fitzy being back on deck for the next game!

 

U9 Brumbies

The Brumbies were back in the winner’s circle this week playing against UQ Dragonflies in a tough game. They used this game to show off lots of the passing and spacing they have been working on at training during the week. It was awesome to see them spreading out and calling each other’s names when passing.

The Player of the Day award this week went to Xanthe for playing an awesome game in all positions and doing an awesome job of being first to the ball.

Lily and Piper also had their first turn at Keeper and both played the position amazingly!!

Keep up the great work Brumbies!

 

U9 Dingoes

Round 7 saw the Dingoes away to Grange Thistle in a much-anticipated hit out for the lads coming off a strong win the week before and looking to keep the streak running.

Our continual work during the week on stretching the field and transitional passing was evident with the Dingoes moving the ball around well early and were in the lead from a well-constructed team goal finished off by Magnus.

The rest of the half was a tight affair and TJ unlucky not to have the Dingoes second after a great reaction finish was ruled out for an opposition injury in the lead up that stopped the game.

Will was strong in goals and we were unlucky to concede a goal and go into the half at 1-1.

The second half started off the way the first did with a well contested back and forth before Magnus again was able to break away and score his second to regain the lead at 2-1.

From here Grange started to heap immense pressure putting us on the defensive for a long stretch, with Wilbur in goals and Noah in front of him they helped withstand waves of attack leading to a fantastic counter attack with Jaxon and Braxton combing to push the lead to 3-1.

Still Grange kept pressing with one stanza seeing the Dingoes have 3 consecutive defensive corners to defend, and in the end the Grange were able to draw another goal back at 3-2 with 5 minutes to play.

The atmosphere was fantastic with the most noise we’ve heard from the supporters on both sides this season!

With the momentum swinging back and forth in the last minutes, it was another well worked passing move from the back to open up the field with Magnus again able to get free and score to seal his hat trick and give the Dingoes breathing room to finish the game with a 4-2 win.

Brilliant game to watch and both teams should be proud of their efforts!

This week’s ‘Kickin chicken’ Player of the Day Award went to Braxton for his continual work and drive on the pitch, having a hand in most of the goals for the day.

Noah also received our Zarraffas training award for his effort and improvement during the week.

 

U10 Wallabies

The U10 Wallabies were up against Pine Rivers U10 Phoenix this week. A number of players were away sick, but we had great fill in support from the U10 Wolves (thanks to Eli, Landon, James & Jack!). The boys were in a good frame of mind following a great game and strong training session the week before.

The boys did an excellent job in defence against a physical approach from the opposition. Despite playing their best, with skill and integrity, the boys struggled to get the ball down their end of the field and had a 4-0 loss.

Cooper and Isak played strongly in centre positions and Hudson and Eli shared goalie both doing really well. Hudson was awarded Player of the Day this week for his willingness to play goal keeper, and his determination on the field in the second half.

U11 Bears

Looking to back up their win from last week the Bears went in with high hopes. Although the players performed well, the match ended 9 – 0 in favour of Mitchelton FC.

Conceding an early goal had the opposition on the front foot. Individual performances were good but unlike last week the team didn’t come together to play as one in the first half.

After half-time, the team started working better as a unit identifying opportunities with some fantastic running and passing in attack. Unfortunately, the opposition goalie produced some great saves. It was ultimately a lack of cohesion in defence that the team identified from the match that will be worked on at training this week.

Players of the Day went to Michael for his exceptional running with the ball and attacking; and Liam N for his great defence and control of the ball under pressure.

 

U12 Warriors

The Warriors took home their first win of the season in absolute style with a convincing 4-2 win over North Star.

The team played extremely well as a unit and everyone played their best game of the season so far.

Rhys was awarded the Player of the Day after a great dribbling and scoring performance where he nailed a free-kick to seal the win in the top corner.

Also a big thanks to Nic from the U12 Wanderers who filled in for us this week with our team having a couple of injuries & illnesses. His energy and runs were electrifying and didn’t look one bit out of place in our team!

Looking forward to the coming weeks where we look to keep improving. Well done Warriors!