The Collins English Dictionary: Passion definition: 1. a very powerful feeling, for example of love, hate, anger, or other emotion: 2. an extreme interest in or wish for doing …
3 weeks back I talked about our club Mantra: Passion Teamwork Fun Respect. Australian Rules Football is built on Passion, to be good at this sport it needs to be front and centre with most things you do: training, mindset, preparation, commitment. To be a fan, parent, coach, administrator, umpire we ask our members not to be less passionate than other clubs, we ask that you always keep Anger in check. We witnessed Passion spill over last weekend to the detriment of the Rover brand. This is junior sport, our members will be counselled, we live, we learn, we move forward.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR PASSION IN CHECK PEOPLE.
Talking of Passion, our Under 14 D5 team was the feel good story last weekend – a bit more on that below. The day started with 3 text messages with players pulling out of the team I coach, not ideal but understandable given the time of year. We go to Murphy Reserve in Port Melbourne, lo and behold the U15 East Sandy Rovers are playing beside us in a cracker, they went down by 10 points with only 15 players. Damn, never mind. Straight after our game Robbie’s U12 girls had a great game that I got to see, 13 a side, girls loved it.
Back to Boss James and the U14 D5s were in an arm wrestle with Ajax. Every boy was giving their all, Christian has these boys playing a great brand and the support from the parent group is ALL IN. With 55 seconds remaining James Mc has driven to Dylan VDH who marks 30 metres in front. I have coached Dylan in footy and basketball for many years, I was confident he would put the team in front as he is a great set shot, the ball left his boot and never looked like missing. D-MAN had just lived every footballer’s dream! The ball went back into the middle and the Rovers were hungry, bodies going in at will, the siren sounds and the boys find themselves on top of the ladder after a one point win, great reward for these guys.
I was with Greg Miller (North Melbourne & Richmond FC legend administrator) last night at U17 training, the ever-insightful Greg was telling me what a great group of girls the U18 girls are, nothing I didn’t know but he said they love life in D1 and have been competitive in most games, that made me smile.
Andy Dinn has the U16 lads real competitive and they had another win, this is great reward for these loyal lads that did it tough during pre-season with many Lads leaving East Sandy to play elsewhere.
Back at Boss James I watched Kate’s U14 Girls take on Oakleigh in a low scoring game, the Dragons sung the song, but the Rovers did well in tight and fought for the ball at every contest, a great effort for mostly first year players.
The U11 D6 team were awesome going down by 1 point. I read the game report from Ben (coach) and the PASSION in it was great and refreshing. Marcus’s Div 3 boys had a strong win, they are going great.
The Under 12 squad had the girls go down to Port and Ormond and both mixed teams beat good opposition and enjoyed their day in the sun.
Under 14 D1 got it together large beating the undefeated Port/South team.
Scanning through the match reports for the U8-10 age groups several sang the song and enjoyed a hot dog.
It was another great day of Junior Football, please remember it’s all about the kids, the umpires are volunteers in the U8-10 age groups and the enjoyment of the children is always the priority.
Already counting the days until we do it all again.