I’m just getting it out there right from the start that this report will not measure up to a ‘Suey’ match report because it’s not Suey writing it, but here we go.
It was a one-sided, purple-patch kind of match this week for the Under 12 girls captained this week by Mia K and Stefi. With Callum and Peter ably coaching, and Leigh running like a real Runner, the girls were off to a flying start. Before Team Manager Fi could catch her breath, Daisy had shot forward and bang scored a goal. Go Rovers!
Despite the earlier drizzle, the sun was now shining, and we were raining goals. Batman soared and scored for 6, then Shanti got a goal and a few more points alongside Daisy too. What a cracking first quarter!
At the break, Peter talked about spreading out and Callum talked structure and strategy with the mid-fielders. Towards the end, someone said, “What’s structure?” but it didn’t matter because the other side really didn’t have a chance.
Our tall timber tapped out from the centre and bang we were off again. Great moves from Maddie, eyes to the ball and great tackling; you’ve come a long way kid. Awesome Aliah took a brilliant mark and then Leni kicked a point. Then Maddie struck at goals and in it went. Amongst it all, Daisy managed a side-ways roll and I think a handstand that involved someone else. Lottie kicked a whopper and Eloise neatly kicked a goal. Looking good girls.
The opposition ploughed on and did manage to get it into their half momentarily, but Batman flew in with solid defence. Straight back up to our end and then Leni kicked a goal making her dad proud as he waved the white flags. Nice one Fev. Still no score from our East Malvern hosts.
The third quarter saw some beautiful passages of play. Good kicks and marks from Daisy, great to see her back in form following a virus last week. Nice work from Mia S saw a shot for goal find the post. (Suey and I both agree that you should get more points for hitting the post; it’s harder to do.)
It was a little relaxed on the backline, must be said. Shanti practiced her dance moves and Eloise said she didn’t break a sweat. We weren’t done yet though as those in mid and up front were still busy tackling, missing marks and kicking goals. One for Lottie and another for Daisy which Fev said wasn’t allowed because she had a red arm band on. Elicia’s persistence paid off with a point and then a goal set up by Lizzie. Two more goals for Daisy in the last quarter.
Final wise words from the coaches about playing smarter and awards went to Batman, Daisy, Maddie and Elicia, well deserved.