2014-08-02 Junior Newsletter

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

Round 12 Game Reports

U/15 - Surrey Park / Moreland v Camberwell

The side played Camberwell’s top side this week and made a great fist of things once again except where it matters on the scoreboard, going down 19 – 2, once again not reflecting the actual play. WE lost Tom, the Cheese, Ciszewski, just prior to the game and his valuable shooting skills in front of goal and his ability to bring others into the game.

Darcy turned in a blinder, providing great run out of defense and making the goalie jump for cover when he fired in his now customary long pole rocket.

Thanks to Lachlan, Connor and Xavier who are developing into much more accomplished players as the season goes on. Jerry was again a pain in the backside to opposition forward attempts.

Next week we play Willy, so let’s hope we have a everybody ready to play and well practiced

See you there lads!

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 Williamstown

Our under 15 girls had a tough battle against Williamstown at the weekend. The team was not at full strength with both Abbie and Sarah not playing. Wiiliamstown turned up to play and started off from the first whistle and piled on three goals to nothing in the first five minutes.  Amanda worked tirelessly in the midfield against a strong opposition and was ably a assisted by Laura and Elie. The half time score was 11 -3 in favour of Williamstown.

The second half was a repeat of the first half with the final scores being   21 -4. Our goal scorers were Tayla 2 Amanda 1 and Laura 1. Thanks to Sasky and Kristy who stepped up from the under 13s to ensure we had a bench. I am sure they enjoyed their run in the higher grade.

We wish Abbie, Sarah and Tayla from Surrey and Amanda, Louisa and Laura from Camberwell   who will find out this week if they have been successful in being selected in the Under 15 Victorian side. Good luck girls.

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 Camberwell Blitz

Melbourne's extreme weather caused Thursday night's training to be cancelled. We would have focussed on the basics of solid attacking (our next development area), but within a minute of the start we had scored our first goal, and then another two, with scoring spread between Hunter, Blake and Harrison. At the end of the first quarter the score was 3-1.

In the second quarter, we scored four goals to Camberwell's one, with Hunter scoring two, Harrison one and Mitch one. Again our defensive specialists of Lachlan and Julian worked hard for goalie Ewan and made things hard for Camberwell's attack. In the first half - Ewan stopped 6 of 8 scoring shots, with tough defence forcing another five shots off target. Hard defensive work by our midfielders of Cruz, Dylan, Mitch and Daniel made this happen.

7-2 to Surrey Park at Half-Time and another good win looked to be on the cards.

Daniel left the team at half time in what turned out to be a tipping point for our fortunes. With James unwell and not able to play, the departure of Daniel was sorely felt as that left no bench for the team, and the midfielders found the work very tiring. To their credit they ran hard, but they just plain ran out of puff. In a repeat of last week's game against Williamstown, Camberwell's older kids had more stamina ran harder and the second half was tough for our young team.

Dylan, Cruz and Lachlan took some bumps and got up again. All the players worked very hard and showed great effort. Alice lifted her effort in the final quarter and with practice catching and shooting should return to the goal scorers list. A goal to Harrison and two more to Hunter kept Surrey in touch. With 45 seconds to go, and now only one goal behind, Coach Blair called time out to set the play. Hunter won the face-off beautifully and ran into attack. Some good passes and great effort allowed us to have two shots on goal, but unfortunately both were off the mark. But in the end, Camberwell had the stronger half outscoring Surrey 9-3, with the final score 10-11 to Camberwell.

A very exciting game, but the team were visibly disappointed at the end. The difference was a second half with no bench and the better fitness of the overall older Camberwell team. There was much good to be taken from it. 

Next game is against Caulfield, a team we should be very competitive against. Hopefully the weather is kinder to us this Thursday and we get a training session and get good attendance.

At training we'll now focus on our biggest area for development, which is transition and attack. Like with defence, there are some basics we need to learn and practice. (Keep improving your personal stick skills - it really shows on the field those who put in this effort. The US Lacrosse Organisation has a great 20-min wall ball challenge for the kids to practice. As it says on their website, "Stick skills are the basis of everything you need to be successful in lacrosse. It doesn’t matter if you are the fastest or strongest player if you can’t catch and throw. Stick skills are the great equalizer." Get practicing!)

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

While not a goal scorer, Cruz threw 3 assists, won the tough ground balls and was fearless getting in front of much bigger players. Such efforts are priceless. Hunter scored 5 goals and threw 2 assists in another outstanding performance, Blake threw one goal and 2 assists, Harrison scored three goals and one assist, Mitch scored one goal and threw three assists and Daniel threw an assist.

Thanks to Coach Blair, scorer Lois and umpire Matt for wearing the zebra stripes. Thanks also to the Harkers, for taking the initiative to bring cut oranges (get well soon Lisa and James!). It was also great to see a number of grandparents coming to the games, watching their grandchildren with pride.

This game slipped away from us, but we all can look forward to more competitive games in the coming two weeks and can be assured of a highly competitive team in 2015!

(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 Malvern Red

After missing out on both the training and iPlay this week due to poor weather conditions we went out to the Malvern Town Hall ground to play against their second U11 side called MALVERN RED. Although a pretty looking ground it was in a terrible condition having been through two days of incessant rain and playing on it was tough for both teams. We made a pretty good start with some excellent passing from stick to stick and shared possesion equally with the opposition for the first half. However, we were down on the scoresheet 3 - 1 and 6 - 3 at the end of the first two quarters, due to some poor finishing and missed shots. We did get better though and kept the oppostion to just one goal in the second half and caught up with them to finish the game a well deserved 7 - 7 draw.

For the second time this season Declan got 3 votes as the best player in the team but this time it was not all defense as he spent a fair amount of time in attack and even scored a goal. Ashwin and Henry both top scored with 2 goals & 2 assists each. Domi and Leo shared the goal keeping duties equally, and both made some excellent saves. Leo got the 2 votes for goal keeping and an assist when playing in the mid-field and Henry finished with 1 vote. Renalda and Noah scored 1 goal each, Griffin had 2 assists.

This time the team was coached by Liam O'connor in the absence of both our regular coaches and Andrew Burrett was the referee. As usual, Joe Piccolo has provided us with some wonderful pictures shich you can all see on the website. Thanks everyone for your help.

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


iPlay Report

Well it finally happened – it rained on an iPlay evening, and boy did it rain. We had it all Thunder, Lightning and Hail.  Thankfully we canceled games for the night so this week we line up for another crack at it and hopefully back to normal, threatening to rain but staying away from Mont Albert until the iPlayers have left the park.

On days when we have poor weather please check your email, the Surrey Park Website or contact me. We usually make these decisions prior to 4.30pm on the night of the game 

(see the junior photos of hail on the roof of the new clubhouse that was still there when the U/13's played Saturday morning!)

Nick Farley

Junior Coordinator

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