|The juniors have been busy on and off the field. All teams have had challenging matches over the past few weeks but the coaches can see improvement every week. Playing tougher teams is helping to develop our skills and understanding of what to do under pressure.
It was wonderful to see some of our senior men and women’s players at matches, we really appreciate the support. This week we have two of our junior teams playing on the top oval at Jubilee Park. We’d love to have your support.
Last week it was great to celebrate the 100 game milestone of Josh Kelly from our U16s. Congratulations on this achievement, Josh! Players love recognising these achievements by running through the banner and getting pumped up for the match. This week we look forward to celebrating Paddy Burgess’ 100th match. We hope Paddy enjoys the day and brings home a win for the special occasion. A big congratulations goes out to one of our U14s players, Joshua Buratti! Josh has recently been selected to play in the EFNL U14 Interleague team. Congratulations, Josh, we hope you enjoy the experience, we know you’ll give it your best.
This Sunday we are looking forward to our Pink Sports Day, supporting Breast Cancer Network Australia. This year, we have already raised over $1400 for BCNA, which is fantastic! The players will be wearing a touch of pink during their matches and we hope our supporters will get involved too.
Our Auskick program has over 80 children enjoying playing under the lights every Friday night. Meg and the team are doing a fabulous job and we look forward to welcoming these kids to our junior teams in years to come.
This Friday the rooms will be open from 6-7:30pm for anyone who would like to have a social drink with junior families. We hope to see you there!
U8-Redbacks took on the might of 'Heathmont' in the Round 5 -Derby @ Quambee & didn't let the Jumper down, Mother Nature gave us hail, rain & sun in boggy conditions all before half-time, however the kids enjoyed every second of it. The U8 skills have improved out of sight over the past month with free-flowing footy being enjoyed by all who come to support their kids. Running and handballing, plus bringing your mates into the game is a major area of focus which we will keep driving for the season. Go Redbacks and a special mention of thanks to Ash O'Hea our U8 "Team Manager" who keeps us coaches and parents updated and organised every week.
The Under 10s this week travelled out to Lysterfield for an early morning match that was held in fresh, but sunny conditions. The team performed admirably against one of the stronger teams in our division and have adapted to the tackling and bigger grounds than last year very well. Round 5 saw stand-out performances from our players of the week Chase and Jordan, as well as the Mark of the Year (so far) from Myles with a strong defensive pack mark in the last quarter. Also, congratulations to Levi who had a season high possession count and chased the ball with all his heart. Looking forward to taking on Blackburn at Jubilee for our special Mother's Day match this Sunday at 10am.
The U14 boys headed to the newly promoted Vermont, with the loss of captain and Interleague player, Josh. It was going to be a fight. The boys played a very tough game and played their all, but unfortunately not winning the game. The boys have now set their sights on the weekend’s clash with Ferntree Gully at hoe on Sunday at 11:25am.
- Diesel McNeil – U14 coach
Sunday saw the U16s take on Vermont, at Jubilee Park. Vermont who was placed in A grade after dominating B grade started fast with a goal within the first 2 minutes, unfortunately the 16s never saw the lead from then on. The highlights for the day included 4 goals to the high flying Will Serong, and a specky from Oscar Dalla Riva. Oscar definitely played his best game for the club dominating the backline with his run and flare. This Sunday will prove another tough test against The Basin, but the boys will be up for the challenge, after a couple of disappointing weeks.
Round 6 – Sunday 14th May
U8 vs East Ringwood @ Quambee Reserve at 9am
U10 vs Blackburn Black @ Jubilee top oval at 10:05am
U14 vs Ferntree Gully Eagles @ Jubilee top oval at 11:25am
U16 vs The Basin @ Batterham Reserve at 2:45pm
Wishing all the mums, step mums, grandmas, nanas and special women in our lives a very Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. We know there’s no other place you’d rather be than at the footy watching your child play!