2014-06-21 Junior Newsletter

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

Round 7 Game Reports

U/15 - Surrey Park / Moreland v Footscray

The trip to Footscray was looking a bit grim as on paper we looked like being in for a tough match. Footscray are in third position on the ladder and we are, well not quite there.

Six kids out sick and unavailable and the first four goals quickly saw us think our theory was on course… and then things turned around, Jerry saved a few in the cage, a goal here and a goal there – mainly from Tom, another great assist and another later in the game meant we were 7- 5 as we began the last quarter. In the end we lost 11 – 7 but we played a terrific match. Darcy used his long pole to great advantage , Xavier played close in defence and Lachlan provide a target up in attack and of course Tom had a great game. All in all we went home defeated but happy – not a bad way to be.

On a social note the Pizza night up at Colombo’s was great fun. We’ll do something like it with the Moreland kids early in term 3.

Well done boys, I think our breakthrough win is not too far away! 

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/Camberwell v Chadstone


Our under 15 girls were scheduled to play third place Chadstone at the weekend.  

Chadstone started with two quick goals however our girls soon started to find their form and managed to peg back the difference. It was great to see newcomer Ellie get amongst the goals and is becoming an important member of the side. By the end of the first half Surrey/ Camberwell   were   8-6 up.  The first half was fairly even however our girls had the slight upper edge.

In the second half Sarah, returning from injury, came out of goals being replaced by Tayla and  strengthened  the defence while the girls continued their form and put together some great passages of play and eventually out ran Chadstone to record an impressive 16-10 win. Abbie had a good day out scoring 8 goals and was backed up by Louisa scoring 4 goals. Zoe and Millie returning to lacrosse are improving each week.

The girls have another important game on Sunday against Williamstown but I am sure they will stand up to the challenge and do us proud once again.

(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 Altona

Altona, one of the competition's top sides, travelled to Surrey to play our rapidly improving U/13 team.

Altona quickly jumped to an early lead as our team's defence wasn't tight enough at the start with Altona scoring five goals uncontested (one on one) against the goalie. Quick words by Coach Blair over a time out saw the team up the defensive pressure, playing much better, but it was still a seven goal first quarter by Altona, with Surrey not able to find the back of the net, despite having a couple of opportunities. (Q1 0-7)

The defence (Julian, Mitch and Blake) turned it up another gear at the start of the second quarter and played really well for the whole quarter, keeping Altona to two goals. Strong defence also helped give Goalie Ewan his best quarter saving 4 out of 6 shots on goal. The strong defence created turnovers and transition opportunities which the team (benefiting from drills run on Thursday night) was able to convert into shots on goal. Dylan started to run the ball with confidence and speed, quickly turning defence into attack. Harrison scored for Surrey, with Hunter, James and Alice having opportunities of their own (Q2 1-2).

Younger legs,  lower fitness and a bench of one player saw Surrey play lethargically  in the third quarter, with Altona having eight shots on goal, three of them uncontested, with the goalie only able to save one. (Q3 0-7)

After the disappointment of the third quarter, the team came out and played their best lacrosse of the season, running the ball from strong defence into attack really well, and giving our attack the chance to score. Hunter scored, followed by Mitch. These goals were well earned, with Hunter and Mitch playing three quarters of tough defence and midfield. Cruz won a couple of tough face-offs (again against older opponents), which the mid field were able to secure. The pressure was really on Altona in this quarter, and if it wasn't for some last minute concentration lapses when Altona scored five of their six goals, Surrey would have won the quarter. A great example of how the team played was Lachlan, pressuring the shooter, then turning to get the rebound picked up a ground ball cleanly and ran to almost half-way before throwing a great pass in transition. (Q4 2-6)

Final score 3 Surrey Park v 22 Altona. Votes went to: Hunter (3), Harrison (2), Dylan (1). Goals to Harrison, Hunter and Mitch. Assists to Harrison and Lachlan.

At training we will keep working on Transition, attacking the goal when we have the ball and defence. The biggest gap between us and the best teams competency in basic stick skills (throw, catch and ground balls). This can only be improved through practice. Throwing against a wall (Wall Ball) is an easy and fun way to improve your stick skills. Google 'Wall Ball' or have a look at LAX Allstar's Wall Ball section.

Thanks to Coach Blair, scorer Leigh (and David who kindly agreed to learn the ropes) and umpire Ritchie.

(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 - Surrey Park v Eltham


We were out on the road again visiting Eltham Lower Park for the second time this season to play against their second side the ELTHAM BLACK team. It was another fast game which got off to a pretty good start for us in terms of possession and attack in the first quarter but we missed out on landing some telling blows with three missed shots at their goal... two on the frame and one on the goalie's leg. The first quarter finished even at 1 goal apiece. Then came a difficult second quarter in which we conceded 4 goals with none of our own. There was no lack of effort though and our nemesis turned out to be the 'bye' that their under 13s team had on that Saturday. That meant they were able to field a couple of players who normally play up in their under 13s side. In the end the game finished 9 - 7 but 8 of their goals came from those two players.

The loss doesn't take away any credit from the performance of our team though. After the half time score of 5 - 1, we scored 3 goals each in the remaining two quarters while conceding only 1 goal in the third and 3 in the last. Unfortunately, we also went on to miss 3 more shots at goal. We rotated our players through all positions in defense, mid-field and attack and had six different goal scorers... Leo with 2 and Henry, Noah, Sam, Renalda & Griffin with 1 each. We had yet another player make their lacrosse debut, Griffin who'll be a great addition to the team.

It's a great sign for our junior program that we started the season with 7 players for the first game and now field a team of 14 players (and growing!) 

Renalda kept the goal in the first half and Domi in the second. Declan was excellent in defense. The votes from the opposition referee for best players on our team came in for Leo, Declan and Renalda in that order. Both Alex and John we on hand to coach the team, Andrew Burrett provided additional tips to the team after the game finished and Rob Collis helped out with refereeing duties. Joe Piccolo has once again provided us with some pictures of the match. Thanks guys!

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


iPlay Report

A cold Friday night saw our numbers down a bit, but the enthusiasm was high for the 22 players took to part in another great night of Lacrosse.

We introduced the players to Liam O’Connor our American import and he quickly made an impact by taking charge of one of the teams and coaching them against our seasoned iPlay Coach one Blair Pepperell.  Dylan Ing refereed the match and a close fought out game saw great Lacrosse being played. Over on Field Number 2 Alice Goucher coached her team to an impressive win over my team, well done girls. Thanks to Xavier Wick who held the whistle throughout the night.

This week is our last iPlay until Friday 18th July as we break for our winter recess.

See you all then. Thanks to all the people who put this show together each week


Nick Farley
Junior Co-ordinator

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