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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Round 5 v Booragoon – Sunday, 29 June

Weather wise, it wasn’t too bad today.  No rain and not as cold as it has been.  The grass was nice and dry with no dew.  We had a bit of drama before the game when a dog ran off with one of our football’s.  Luckily the football was ok (I thought it may have got punctured because the dog was aggressively chewing it) although Jeremy didn’t want to touch it because it was covered in dog saliva.

We were very low on numbers with only 10 players available.  Kevin had a broken toe, Jayden was overseas, haven’t seen Nick for a couple of weeks, not sure what happened to Amelie, Nathan didn’t feel up to playing, plus I don’t think Matthew, Damien and Truan will be back (now that they have shifted house).

I would like to note that it was excellent to see Kevin come to the game and support his team mates even though he was unable to play – great stuff Kevin.

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