Windy, cool, footy is back, thank the lord. My house chores from last week are on hold for at least another 5 weeks. Alright, let’s get down to business.
Ian Jones (Under 8, Purple Coach) “Remember what we said in the rooms boys before the game, we respect the colours and Jumper of Prahran as much as we do our colours & jumper at Rovers”.
Brilliant!!! What a wonderful way to start the morning on Sunday at Castlefield, a coach that placed a lump in my throat at 8.50am. Each quarter the mighty Purple supported the PJFC and each boy played hard but fair. GOD BLESS YOU CHAMPIONS!!!
A BIG shout out to Mitch Nolan from our Under 11 D1 team, Mitch is a vital component in this team and was playing well yesterday before he was tackled awkwardly and broke his leg. True to form, Mitch’s major concern was for his team mates and opposition when their game was abandoned after only a half. He felt bad that everyone only played a half. Get well Mitch, everyone wishes you well at Rovers, your mates need you in 2018 for Under 12.
Nick Dal Santo attended Boss James last Wednesday for Under 10-12-15 training. Nick is an ambassador for Mazda Brighton and the young guy is a breath of fresh air. He was wonderful for all age groups and gave us great insight into his time playing in 3 grand finals and what he believes is a great platform for footy by playing as many sports as possible to complement the skill set necessary to be good at footy.
Andy Pryor officially took the reins of the Under 17 team for the first time Sunday. They did a great job at the Boss in real cold blustery conditions. They outscored Mordi Brae who are 4th on the ladder and are looking great for finals action.
All three Under 16 teams went down. Gareth’s team showed signs but just failed to hang in there during the last quarter. The young ladies were gallant and showed plenty. Gavin’s team saw a slick Knights outfit at Waverley Rd Oval, whilst Ralph was excited and became less excited at each change of ends going down to the Hawks by 6 goals.
Daniel’s Under 15 team is 3-3 and travelling well. They met a fired up Chelt at Peterson and tried hard but to no avail. Blue went down to a Mordi Brae team that are tight and hard to beat at Walter Galt whilst Gold had a good win over South Melbourne. Tommy B and Castan loomed large around goals.
The Under 14 team went down to Mordi also at Walter Galt. Olli Hotton kicked 2 playing up from the Under 13s, whilst Harry Officer, Charlie & Sammy Flock got plenty of ball.
Both Under 13 teams went down with D1 going down to Vamps by 8 goals and Martin’s team playing a slick outfit from East Malvern by plenty.
Under 12 D6 had a close game and not much in it, but the Vamps got the chocolates. Great that Eddie and Zac both kicked goals, well done boys. D1 lost to the ladder leaders the Sharks at a very spirited game with some huge tackles. Our lads, although defeated, won plenty of admirers. Under 12 Girls had a great time and played their hearts out.
The Under 11 D5 had a big win over St Peters at the Matinee session on Castlefield. Gill, Kollmorgon and Bouge all multi goal kickers.
Under 10 White team had a great game per Daryl, slightly undermanned size wise but in the contest always. Silver had a great game against the Sharks, singing the song and enjoying another hard-fought contest.
Both Under 9 teams had great games and all lads played well. Yellow fought hard and just fell over against the Vamps, while Purple also played the Vamps and they fought it out to the finish.
All three Under 8 coaches reported wonderful games and all three teams were competitive and enjoyed the sweet taste of the sauce after singing the song.
A Little Learning
Let’s not talk to the umpire/s or even just remind him/her when a player is outside his/her designated zone. I understand it is frustrating and I am guilty more so than most. Let’s make sure we at Rovers are setting an example as coaches and teams reps that is the standard for all clubs in the SMJFL to follow.
8 games of Rovers footy witnessed Sunday; all players giving their all, with only a few weeks to Lightning Carnivals and finals. I want everyone to enjoy the back third of the season because before we know it the council will turn the fortresses into a sparse vacant waste of grass suitable for mundane sports like cricket.
MAKE THE MOST OF IT!!!!
Have a great week all.