2014-05-31 Junior Newsletter

Photos of the U/11 and U/13 games can be seen here.

Round 5 Game Reports

U/15 - Surrey Park - Walkover to Williamstown

Unfortunately our side was unable to field a side this week, a real shame as we trained really well up at the club last Thursday.  This group of players has worked really hard to get the side up into a good playing outfit, true a developing outfit but a good one with plenty of potential. 

We’ll battle on with players back this week, see you all at training on Thursday night.

Nick Farley


Parent Help Needed: Photographer and game report writer for the U/15 Boys. If you can help, please let Nick Farley or Tanya Wick know.


U/15 Girls - Surrey Park v Eltham


Our under 15 girls had an impressive win against Caulfield in wet and wintery conditions. The first half was evenly matched with the scores at 4- 5 at half time with Caulfied edging ahead with a goal right on the siren. The second half was a close battle also but in the last five minutes Surrey/ Camberwell drew away to finish with a three goal win 11-8. Our girls Abbie, Sarah and Tayla all contributed along with Louisa from Camberwell who got amongst goals.

The girls are currently sitting second on the ladder with their next game against ladder leaders, Footscray. Go Girls!

(Leigh Goucher)

Parent Help Needed: Scorers and photographer for the U/15 Girls. If you can help, please let Jacinta Toomey (team manager) or Nick Farley (Junior Coordinator) know.


U/13 - Surrey Park v Footscray

THREE GREAT QUARTERS, BUT A LOSS TO A STRONG FOOTSCRAY SIDE                                      

During the week, LV made the decision to combine the rounds for the Eastern and Western Divisions. It was late notice, but Surrey Park made the trip to Footscray to take on a very strong club and the reigning State League Champions, Footscray.

As usual, our side were conceding years, kilograms and height to the opposition. For the first quarter, the team seemed a bit overawed, and Footscray took a 9-0 lead, on the back of strong performances from two Footscray players.

After some wise words from Coach Blair, the team started to spark with their usual determination in the second quarter and kept improving each quarter after that, holding Footscray to 4-5 goals each quarter for the remainder of the game.

From the second quarter onwards, our defence strengthened in resolve and effort and after a first quarter where Goalie Ewan was left to go one on one with a Footscray attacker three times, only two uncontested goals were scored for the remainder of the game. Moreover, after 10 shots on target in the first quarter, Footscray were held to 17 shots on target for the rest of the game, of which Ewan was able to save 4. In the third quarter, Surrey's strong defence held Footscray to three scoring shots. Great effort, especially by Mitch, Conor, Julian and Blake. 

While Surrey Park didn't score for the game, we had our chances, particularly in the third and final quarters when our transition game started working and Hunter, Dylan, Lachlan and Cruz in particular were able to run the ball with increasing confidence, learning they had the speed and agility to compete with the best. Two of Surrey's best scoring chances came from Alice who ran hard at the goal - stronger throwing would have gone into the net.

Harrrison and others worked hard in the face off against opposition substantially taller, heavier and stronger. When Liam O'Connor (Notre Dame star Face Off Specialist) arrives from the US following his NCAA Championship game against Duke in a few weeks, he will be spending time with all of Surrey Park's face-off specialists passing on the technique and tricks to this demanding part of the game of lacrosse.

The loss of Daniel after half time to other commitments meant that the other players had to work that much harder and to their credit, they did. James found the sure footing when he put on his new lacrosse boots, and Lachlan continued to work hard.

Votes were given to Cruz (3), Harrison (2) and Dylan (1).

Thanks to Alice's Dad, Leigh G, for scoring. Parents, please get familiar with how to score, sit next to a scorer at a coming game. A roster for scoring will be set up in future. We are also grateful to Julian's Dad, Matthew, for umpiring. Thanks always for our Coach, State League Player Blair for giving up his Saturdays to inspire the kids. 

(Brent Dankesreither)


Parent Help Needed: Scorers for the U/13 Team. If you can help, please let Brent Dankesreither (team manager) or Nick Farley (Junior Coordinator) know.


U/11 - Eltham Gold v Surrey Park

The season rolls on with another away game against the ELTHAM GOLD team at the Eltham Lower Park. Our team is gelling well together now. Having four players with previous experience and seven players that have just started playing this year we are now able to field a full team on the ground and 2 or 3 players on the bench to provide some rest and rotation when required. The game got off to a brisk start with Domi fending off a series of goal attempts by the opposition in the first quarter. We kept up with the opposition in the first half with scorelines of 2 - 1 and 4 - 2 at the end of quarters one and two respectively. In the second half though, we conceded 3 goals in each of the quarters to end the match in defeat at 10 - 5. The game was quite competitive and we did have a number of missed shots at the opposition goal while scoring 3 goals in the second half of the game. Once again we scored at least once in each of the four quarters of the match.

In this game too we fielded a debutant in Declan who has just started playing at our club last week. He had a good game and even did some goal keeping in the final quarter joining Domi and Ashwin as the goal keepers during this game. Leo, Renalda and young Noah were the three best players on our team as voted by the opposition referee. The team was coached by Alex Farley and Andrew Burrett also helped the players learn the skills of match play and Jarrod Brown helped out with the refereeing duties. Thanks guys!

(Charu Limaye)

Parent Help Needed: Scorers and Photographer the U/11 Mixed. If you can help, please let Team Manager Charu Limaye know. 


iPlay Report

Well iPLay has quietly but surely taken off once again for season Number 5.

The season began on Friday May 2nd in fine weather and no rain, a scenario that we have been fortunate to have had all thorough May. 

We have had anywhere between 25 & 30 players each week making up 4 teams that have fought some great games, and of course enjoying playing with their old and new friends. Numbers are lower than last year with many of our Saturday players not participating in the Friday night game.

We have a number of new players this year and they are really building up their skill set as they play their games each week. Keep up the great work kids.

Our support from parents has been sensational with people like Brent Dankesreither, Tanya & Matt Wick, Leigh Goucher and Mark McAuliffe all taking up major roles with the iPLay program. 

The club once again has provided some “well known faces and all together great people” to help make the program work. Greg Moore in a Parent / Player role, the fabulous Hayley Carlson, the indomitable Blair Pepperell, our esteemed leader Ritchie Toomey and our Aussie great Andrew “HAMMY” Hams all providing great support.  And of course we can go back to Matt Wick and the emerging player and Ref, his son Xavier.

To date some great games have been played with all games being well fought out by our rising stars.

The program runs on Fridays from about 6.00 pm to 7.00pm and finishes with a sausage sizzle. This week Friday June 6th June is our first rest day as it is the Queen’s Birthday. Everything will be back to normal on Friday 13th June.

So until then practice at home, down at the park or school and keep on enjoying your lacrosse

Nick Farley

Junior Co-ordinator

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