Tuesday, 12 August – training

Conditions for training were overcast (looking like rain), windy and cold but not freezing.  We only had 10 players from the Super 8s team plus Dylan’s brother Keiran and a new player “Jigsaw”, which gave us a grand total of 12 players.

Jigsaw is a friend of Jeremy and Dylan and is pretty new to football.  Hopefully he’ll like playing with us and come back next season.

We had heaps of helpers at training – Steve, Adam, Tim, Marty, Adrian and Blake.  This meant we could have one parent (or older brother) for two players.

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Round 8 v Piara Waters (Pirates) – Sunday, 10 August

The conditions were great, not too cold, nice and sunny and a 10:15am start time.  Piara Waters is a new club this season so it was the first time I’d been to their home ground and I must admit it looked fantastic.

Jensen missed the game because he was sick.  Alex was a no show and I haven’t heard from him yet so I’m not sure what the problem was.  Dylan arrived about half way through the first quarter.  Everyone else was there on time and ready to go.

There was a howling wind to one end of the ground and Steve was quick to let the opposition coach know that was the end we would be kicking to in the first quarter.  We did borrow a Piara Waters player in the first quarter because we only had 11 players to start the game and I think they had about 14 players.

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Tuesday, 29 July – training

Training was disrupted because we had team photos occurring half way through the session.  It was great that we had all players at training (14) and everyone remembered to bring their match day jumper.  Jared still doesn’t have one of the new match day jumpers but he was able to borrow a jumper for the photo.

We started training with a competitive one on one drill where the players had to compete for the football and then have a shot at the goals.  Alex and Matthew were pretty serious in their pair – I don’t think they even noticed the football.  Jensen and Jeremy seemed pretty evenly matched.  Caleb and Dylan just kept giving free kicks away.

Steve gave the kids a good exercise where we placed all of the footballs into the goal square then two players had to kick the footballs out of he goal square the rest of the team retrieved the footballs and returned them to the goal square.  The objective was for the two players to clear the goal square of all footballs before the footballs could be retrieved and returned to the goal square.

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Tuesday, 22 July – training

A pretty wet afternoon for training so I wasn’t expecting too many players. Not surprisingly I was wrong again as 14 players turned up for training. The kids must be really enjoying their football because the conditions were pretty cold and wet.

Thanks to all of the parent and brother support – Steve, Scott, Jamie, Marty, Adam and Tim.

The enthusiasm was good and the skills weren’t bad considering the conditions. We started off with some handball drills, then we did some goal kicking and bump bag drills. Steve took the final drill which the kids were really getting into – a competitive game of trying to kick the ball to a team mate while the other team attempted to intercept the pass.

Here is some video of today’s training (thanks to Tim).

Round 6 v Piara Waters (Pirates) – Sunday, 20 July

Jerra and I got down to Riverton Reserve nice and early to get the ground set up for our last home game of the season. The strategy worked well because we had everything set up before 8:30am so I could relax a little bit before the game started.

We had a pretty good turn out of 13 players. Piara Waters only had 10 players so the plan was to have one of our players play for Piara Waters (I would rotate a different player each quarter) so they would have 11 players and we would have 11 players plus one interchange. Thanks to the following players for volunteering to play for Piara Waters:

1st Quarter – Dylan
2nd Quarter – Jeremy
3rd Quarter – Luke
4th Quarter – Caleb

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Perth Colts v Subiaco – Tim’s 2nd game

Here are a few photos of Tim playing his second game v Subiaco at Medibank Stadium, Sunday 15 June 2014.

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Tuesday, 13 May – Training

I got to training at about 4:25pm expecting everyone to be there waiting for me, but I only recognised about 2 players and a couple of parents. OK, we might be a bit light on for numbers tonight I thought. I started to unpack the footballs and cones from my football bag and when I looked up there were 16 kids looking at me plus about 10 parents. Only a couple missing and everyone keen to start by 4:30pm.

Everyone seemed to be in good spirits following our first game and most importantly everyone had come back for more. The parent support was excellent, assisting with the drills and also maintaining discipline when some of the players began to lose concentration (which was happening pretty regularly).

The first half of training we concentrated on skills with handballing, kicking and marking and the second half of training we split the group in half and played a couple of 4 on 4 handball games. The big thing that stood out to me during Sunday’s game was that the players lacked some confidence to compete for the ball, so we tried to give them some practice at competing for the football and then trying to share the ball and keep it off the opposition.

We finished training with me racing the entire team (I didn’t think this one through). I finished 3rd so I was pretty happy.

I nearly forgot to mention I must have over inflated one of the footballs because during training the stitching burst and the bladder of the football started to stick out. At the end of training I actually pulled the bladder out of the football and gave it to the players to have a kick with. Everyone wanted to get a hold of the bladder so this exercise nearly caused a riot.

Next training session Sunday 18 May.

Round 1 – Sunday, 11 May

First game today and I was totally unorganised. Wasn’t sure where to set the oval up, hadn’t organised a time keeper, hadn’t organised anyone for the BBQ, forgot to bring the colored bibs (I hope the year 7 team finds the jumpers I ‘borrowed’ out of their kit bag) and didn’t do the match day player rotations (that was a BIG mistake). One thing I did do was get the keys to unlock the club rooms the night before, so I’ll give myself a tick for that.

I bumbled my way through with lots of help from Darren (time keeping), Anthony + Adrian + Tim (setting up the oval), Scott (BBQ) and Thalia (oranges & grapes at half time). Also thanks to Anthony and Alex for helping pack up after the game. Thanks to all of the parents for being supportive and positive.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to see much of the game because I was rotating players on the fly all game. We had 17 players but only 12 can play at any one time, so apart from rotating all the players every quarter so that players play in different positions throughout the game, I was also juggling 5 players on and off the ground both during quarter breaks and during the game. I tried to make sure that no one was sitting out for more than 6 minutes (half of a 12 minute quarter).

The game went over time (surprise, surprise) and we had to cut the final quarter short by a few minutes because the next game was due to start and we were in their way. A few players noticed that they’d just been rotated into the game when we called time – ooops.

The best news was I’m positive all of the players had a good time and were now looking forward to the next game. The good news is I won’t be this unorganised again.

Tuesday, 6 May – training

Great turn out for our first Tuesday afternoon training session – 17 players and only 1 missing. First game of the season this week and everyone is looking forward to it. Players got to pick their match day jumper for Sunday’s game. Mostly everyone was happy with their jumper but I only had 15/16 jumpers so I’m going to have to find a couple extra for the game. The players have all been told to bring their jumpers along to the game, hopefully no one forgets.

I had to tie up about 6 shoe laces during training – why do kids turn up with their shoes laces not tied!!