2014-07-19 Junior Newsletter

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

Round 10 Game Reports

U/15 - Surrey Park / Moreland v Eltham

The lads played a top four side in Eltham and looking at the state of the field, we expected a tough, wet and dirty outing.

While the game was tough, and the scores were 17 to 6, the result did not reflect the competitiveness of our team - and when we analysed it things looked very bright for us.

The Third quarter was our first quarter of winning for this year we outscored them 3 to 2.

All Surrey players were integral to our side’s performance.

Darcy played a blinder coming off the defence line with his long-pole and his customary dash and making 5 assists and scoring 1 himself.

Xavier played his best game for the year. He ran harder than ever before and it paid off, manning up and hustling the forward attack.

Connor made a solid return after his lay off and continues to run well and defend stoutly and providing a solid display as backup goalie to Jerry.

Tom got a last 3 goals and provided that much needed go to position.

Noah, who improves each week, picking up ground balls and made important runs downfield setting up opportunities.

Jerry, well what can we say, he is brilliant in goals and gives us so much defence and confidence

………. And last but not least Lachlan, scored his first goal this week, and what a shot – textbook stuff running in on the left side shot across the goalie and put it top right hand corner.

Well done guys, I was so impressed, as were your parents who looked on.

This week we play Camberwell at home – YES that’s correct. We are playing up Mont Albert reserve in Surrey Park tops!.

And please try to get up to the private function room of our sponsors, the Harp Hotel, this Saturday evening (26/7/14) from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm when the club gathers to present our Match Reports. Sausage sizzle for a $2 donation and drinks at discounted bar prices (a portion of takings goes to the club).

I am looking forward to it see you all at training on Thursday

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 Eltham


Our under 15 girls had their first opportunity to play at Surrey at the weekend and did us proud by winning 15-3 against Eltham. The girls played one of their best games starting off in great style by scoring 3 quick goals in the first five minutes. Generally they have been slow to start off but this week was an exception and they were right into it from the first whistle.

The first half ended up 10-1 with some great saves by Maeve in goals and Lizzie followed up in the second half in goals also saving a few.

It was a great overall team effort with the forward line working as well as has all season with lots of passing and waiting for the right opportunity to shoot.  Abbie had a good day scoring 8 goals and was followed up by Sarah with 3 and Laura with 3.

The midfield was well controlled by Amanda and Laura with both girls showing some great stick skills and feeding the forwards.

The defence had an easier game this week backed up by Sarah and Ellie who brought the ball well into the attack on a number of occasions.

Overall it was a great team effort where all players contributed to what was a great win.

Go  girls.

And please try to get up to the private function room of our sponsors, the Harp Hotel, this Saturday evening (26/7/14) from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm when the club gathers to present our Match Reports. Sausage sizzle for a $2 donation and drinks at discounted bar prices.(a portion of takings goes to the club)

(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 Moreland

Hard work at training, practice at home, and perseverance during a season playing much stronger teams was rewarded in the U/13's win over Moreland, 14-3, at Moreland's Fleming Park.

With Daniel becoming unwell and being a late withdrawal, the team were very relieved to see Alice ready to play after not being well enough to train during the week. The team still had to run hard for four-quarters with a bench of one... and run hard they did!

Hunter played another outstanding game continuing his stellar improvement. He won the majority of face-offs and ran hard in the midfield for most of the game. Hunter deserved his game-high four goals, and troubled the Moreland goalie on many more shots (go for the feet!). Hunter was well supported at the face-offs and midfield by Dylan and Cruz, who both were great at the ground ball following face-offs and worked the transition game well. Dylan was also dangerous in offence, scoring 2 goals, working hard behind the goal in offence and building his confidence.

Mitch played his best game, scoring three goals, during his time in Attack and also playing midfield and defence.

Harrison worked hard off the ball, especially in the second half, battled hard in the face-offs, and well deserved his three goals.

Coach Blair moved Blake into attack and he scored two goals, starting to show glimpses goal scoring flair he had in U/11s last year. Hopefully more to come.

Improved stick skills were really evident in James' game and hard running by James set up plays that converted to goals.

While we were very excited to see goals flowing, our defence again showed their skills and courage. Julian and Lachlan once again made it hard for the opponent's attack, getting in front of much taller players and pushing the hip and covering the stick hand. This helped goalie Ewan to keep a clean sheet in the first half (four saved from four scoring shots in the first quarter, and one from one in the second). In the second half, Ewan saved 66% (six scoring shots from nine).

What stood out this week?

  • It was defence at both ends of the field that made the difference in this game. Our attackers didn't let Moreland take the ball past the restraining line without real effort. The midfielders then did a great job in cutting off passes under pressure. In the whole game, only goal was scored one-on-one against the goalie.
  • The player's stick skills at throwing and catching also were that much better than previous games - good work those who have been practicing at home... it shows!
  • As the photos show, the team's warm up was at game intensity... the players were really switched on and ready to go by the first whistle.

At training we'll continue to work on our footwork and hustle in defence, and our basic running throwing / catching skills. Keep improving your personal stick skills - it really shows on the field those who put in this effort. For another simple wall-ball drill have a look at this great youtube clip (be thankful you don't have to do it in the snow!)

Votes went to Hunter (3), Harrison (2), and Dylan (1).

Thanks to Coach Blair, scorer Ferg and umpire (Div 1 Goalie) Anthony for wearing the zebra stripes. Thanks also to Mel Mc, for taking the initiative to bring cut oranges.

And please try to get up to the private function room of our sponsors, the Harp Hotel, this Saturday evening (26/7/14) from 5.30pm to 7.30pm when the club gathers to present our Match Reports. Sausage sizzle for a $2 donation and drinks at discounted bar prices (a portion of takings goes to the club).

(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 Williamstown

We were out on the road again this week playing against WILLIAMSTOWN at the picturesque Greenwich Reserve in Newport. Another chilly morning that began with a few drizzles but the weather improved in time for the match and we also got a few glimpses of the sun during the game. We got off to a brilliant start jumping out to a 3 - 1 lead at the end of the first quarter before the opposition warmed up and began catching up. We still held a slender lead at 4 - 3 at half time in the very competitive match. The third quarter is where we gave up ground when we conceded two goals and did not score any of our own. Then we did come back in the fourth quarter with two goals but the opposition also had three of their own and the match finished in a loss for us at 8 - 6. The team should be very proud of their achievement though as we were after all playing one of the powerhouses of the game WILLIAMSTOWN on their home turf.

Declan repeated the excellent defensive effort that he displayed in the previous game and this time went even better by also bagging the three votes as the best player on our team as judged by the opposition referee. Leo was the second best player but unlike his previous form he scored only 1 goal today (if we had a few more from him, which is usual, we might have won the game). Henry top scored with 2 goals & 1 assist and was adjudged the third best player. He also kept the goal for the second half of the game coming up with a brilliant save in the process. Domi kept the goal for the first half and notched up an assist in the second. Renalda also seemed to have an off day unlike her usual from and finished with 1 goal & 1 assist. Ashwin also had 1 goal & 1 assist and Sam scored the remaining goal. Griffin managed to bag an assist. All in all a good team effort with Tom and Xander also displaying excellent skills in the mid-field and defense. 

Alex coached the team and our american import Liam O'connor helped with the refereeing. Thanks guys !

And please try to get up to the private function room of our sponsors, the Harp Hotel, this Saturday evening (26/7/14) from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm when the club gathers to present our Match Reports. Sausage sizzle for a $2 donation and drinks at discounted bar prices (a portion of takings goes to the club).

(Charu Limaye) 

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


iPlay Report

Last Friday night saw a return to iPlay from our winter break, wild wind, rain and hail were predicted but it all went really smoothly. I admit it could have been a touch warmer, but I was not complaining.

With a roster of just over 30 players available each week we had 26 champions turn up and played two hotly contested matches. Our usual ref Xavier, who has done a fantastic job this year decided to jump the fence and play. Dylan took over his duties and acquitted himself extremely well. Sarah was the person in charge on field No2, and did a great job helping the younger kids with the rules.

The skill level continues to develop and the enjoyment seems to bubble along in a really positive way. After the game the kids, parents and younger siblings enjoyed their BBQ, Snakes and Roasted Marshmallows as we enjoyed the gas heater and good old open fire.

The season will now run uninterrupted until Friday August 22nd.  We hope we might even have access to the new clubhouse by then!

Nick Farley

Junior Coordinator

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