Match Date - 29 March
Location - Hughes
Versus - Tuggeranong Hawks
The start of the 2017 Marist U13 Sky Blue season has, it seems been anticipated for a month of Sundays! We have welcomed a host of new players into the fold and the Sunday training sessions have given everyone a chance to get to know each other. The school holidays have come and gone as an unnecessary distraction to the beginning of the season culminating in the players finally getting the opportunity to pull on the new jumper (which received very positive approval!) at 9:15 on Saturday 29 April at Hughes Oval.
It was a cool, foggy morning with very damp conditions under foot making it a challenging environment for the first hit-out.
The Sky Blues were up against the Tuggeranong Hawks who represented an unknown quantity as they did not enter a team in the competition in the previous year.
From the first ball-up, it confirmed that Coach Green had primed his team well as all players attacked the footy with gusto which saw the ball move into the forward line either with finesse or through sheer grit and determination. The Hawks applied good pressure when the ball was in dispute and the wet conditions meant that each team had their work cut out for them. At the close of the first quarter Marist had a two goal lead.
The second quarter saw some great footy with both teams creating some nice linking plays up and down the field. Marist was keen to move the ball on quickly despite Coach Green’s attempts to get players back off the mark to assess their options. Some nice touches of class from Felix Henderson-Burch and Hugh Strickland created great scoring opportunities whilst across the centre Ben van der Plaat and Tom Beesly were creating havoc with their ‘in and under’ hunger for the ball around the packs. At the half time interval Marist had added another four goals to their tally.
The third quarter saw more of the same from all Marist players. It was very positive to see the consistent intensity applied across the field which bodes well for the season. The Hawks did not take a backward step and it was still very physical but the boys did not take the foot off the pedal and continued to work well together for each other. Another four goals for the quarter was a great result for the team.
The final quarter saw the Hawks finish the game with a couple of goals and Marist added an additional four to their tally. The final score did not reflect how both teams fought for the footy throughout the game but does show the efficiency with which Marist was able to build a score and take their opportunities which will hold them in good stead for the rest of the season.
At the final siren the score read
Marist 14 5 89
Hawks 2 1 13
Well done to all players for a great team effort in the first round!
Also, a special mention to David de Jough who made his debut as a goal umpire with minimal direction and waved the flags like a true pro!