Ju­niors start year in earnest

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Ta­bilk

Un­der-10 The un­der-10s had their first game for the sea­son in hot con­di­tions at Euroa.

We split the kids in to two teams as both clubs had plenty of num­bers.

It’s great to see so many kids in the un­der-10 age group which can only be good for foot­ball in the re­gion.

All the kids gave their best, go­ing in hard for the ball.

The most pleas­ing things were how much im­prove­ment there has been in only four weeks of train­ing and how many par­ents were there to help and sup­port the kids.

Next week we face Sey­mour at Avenel, with all the kids ex­cited for the chal­lenge ahead.

Un­der-12 It was a re­ally good ef­fort by the team at Euroa.

De­spite be­ing beaten, the play­ers’ ef­forts out on the ground were solid.

Euroa has a lot of skil­ful, quick play­ers who move the ball well.

Although Ta­bilk was beaten con­vinc­ingly, the score­board didn’t truly re­flect the even­ness of the game, with plenty of pres­sure ap­plied.

Newly-ap­pointed cap­tain An­gus ‘‘The En­gine’’ Mur­ray was ter­rific all day. His hard run­ning was a tribute to not only his fit­ness, but his de­ter­mi­na­tion. His abil­ity to read the play and push hard to get to the right spots was on dis­play and he tore the op­po­si­tion apart when he took a mark or was awarded a free kick.

An­gus played on quickly at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and re­ally broke the game open for his team-mates.

An­gus also had a teamhigh 10 tack­les for the game.

De­but­ing for Ta­bilk, Nathan ‘‘Nails’’ Whitler rucked tire­lessly all day and was strong over the ball.

He con­stantly ran hard to get to con­tests and for his ef­forts he won the newly es­tab­lished ‘Griz­zly’ award.

This award is given to the player who puts out max­i­mum ef­fort and does the hard things like tack­ling, shep­herd­ing and run­ning hard to the con­tests.

Nathan also earned a new nick­name for the post­match report for his ‘‘hard as nails’’ ap­proach to footy.

Harry Shiner was good play­ing in the cen­tre of the ground. His con­fi­dence has grown since last year and he’s su­per keen to hold that spot in the mid­dle of the ground.

His pres­sure around the packs and his marks was a high­light of his game.

Conor­saurus Peterson took off where he kicked off last year.

Play­ing on the wing he ran all day and not only tack­led hard (he had seven for the game) but he also got a fair bit of the footy him­self.

Ben ‘‘No More Mr Nice Guy’’ Shel­ton cer­tainly is get­ting a habit of leav­ing his man­ners in the clu­b­rooms.

Tak­ing off from where he left off last year, Ben was solid at ev­ery con­test, tak­ing quite a few marks and driv­ing the ball out of de­fence on many oc­ca­sions. Keep up the good work, Ben.

Jack Beres­ford was lively in the back­line and popped up with a nice mark. It was great to see him get into the thick of the ac­tion in just his first game.

Os­car ‘‘Livewire’’ Loweke also im­pressed, start­ing in the back­line but look­ing bet­ter suited up for­ward.

He was close to kick­ing goals on a few oc­ca­sions and looked dan­ger­ous when the ball was in his hands.

Wil­bur ‘‘The Rock’’ Glad­win was solid in the back­line. He chased hard, laid tack­les and even took on a bloke dou­ble his size in the last quar­ter.

Ely Reid started at full­back be­fore mov­ing for­ward in the sec­ond half, when he proved to be a mas­sive headache for the Euroa de­fence.

He was a great tar­get up for­ward, tak­ing some great grabs.

Score: Euroa 8.6 (54) d Ta­bilk 0.5 (5)

Best: An­gus Mur­ray, Nathan Whit­ley, Harry Shiner, Ely Reid, Ben Shel­ton, Will Glad­win, Os­car Loweke, Conor Peterson, Jack Beres­ford.

Un­der-14 With a ner­vous 20 play­ers, we were off to a slow start in the first quar­ter with Euroa kick­ing four unan­swered goals.

Af­ter mak­ing small changes in the field, the tide started to swing Ta­bilk’s way with two unan­swered goals in the sec­ond term.

The arm wres­tle was led by Jonno, Or­lando, Liam and Josh, while Robbo, Nick and Ben were un­re­lent­ing.

The team had a spring in its step af­ter half-time and picked up the pace.

With Burns in the guts and Dal­ton and Fox-Old on the wing, get­ting the clear­ances from the cen­tre was mak­ing a dif­fer­ence, with soc­cer guru Or­lando kick­ing a cheeky goal.

With Barnes, Bub­bles and Nicko stand­ing staunch in the back­line and the Tassie re­cruit hold­ing strong, Euroa knew it was in for a game.

How­ever, go­ing into the fourth quar­ter, Ta­bilk was spent.

With the ball was go­ing into Euroa’s for­ward line nu­mer­ous times, O’Brien, McMaster and Som­mers were like a brick wall keep­ing ev­ery­thing out.

Winning was in arm’s reach, but not to be on this oc­ca­sion, and Ta­bilk went down by 11 points.

The boys stood tall against a strong op­po­si­tion and can walk away with their heads held high, know­ing there is a lot more foot­ball to be played in 2017.

Score: Euroa 6.10 (46) d Ta­bilk 4.11 (35)

Best: J. Robertson, O. Sepul­veda, W. Burns.

Goals: L. Whirling, J. Robertson, O. Sepul­veda, T. Barnes

Un­der-16 With a skele­ton crew of 17, the Ta­bilk boys took on one of the premier­ship favourites in Euroa.

The coach’s mes­sage was all about con­test­ing when the ball was in their area and they did that in spades.

The boys tried hard all day to fol­low those guide­lines and although the score­board did not flat­ter the boys in blue, the coach and par­ents were very happy with the ef­fort the boys put in.

Daniel Maw­son worked hard un­der the pack all day and re­ceived the North East An­ten­nas award, while a rock-solid Nick Smidt got the Neil Beer award for his con­sis­tent at­tack on the foot­ball.

The three lead­ers — Tom Gar­ner, Jack Samp­son and Cain Mur­ray — all led from the front and Mitchell Lusted made a smooth tran­si­tion from the un­der-14 team, work­ing hard in de­fence and around the ball.

Ta­bilk had a good spread of goal­kick­ers with Jack Samp­son, Dan Maw­son, Nick Smidt and Mitchell Berens all reg­is­ter­ing on the score­board.

It will be an­other tough one against Sey­mour next week but the boys should rise to the chal­lenge.

Score: Euroa 20.11 (131) d Ta­bilk 6.3 (39)

Goals: J. Samp­son 2; N. Smidt, D. Maw­son, M. Berens

St Mary’s

Un­der-10 The young­sters were ex­cited to play their first game for the club and they per­formed ad­mirably.

The club thanks Sey­mour Lions Club, which was fantastic in set­ting up and en­sur­ing ev­ery child had max­i­mum game time, and a spe­cial thanks goes to the par­ents who as­sisted. Well done boys.

Un­der-12 Af­ter a fran­tic first quar­ter with nei­ther side able to gain any dom­i­nance, the Saints re-gath­ered and skills came into play with some great con­tests, ac­cu­rate kick­ing and team play re­sult­ing in a num­ber of goals.

The cen­tres and on­ballers did their best to get the ball to the for­wards.

All in all, it was a pleas­ing per­for­mance by the un­der­12s with an em­phatic 73-point vic­tory.

Score: Sey­mour 1.0 (6) lt St Mary’s 12.7 (79)

Un­der-14 The Lions re­ally took it up to the Saints in the first quar­ter with vigour and pur­pose and man­aged to get on the score­board first.

The sec­ond quar­ter saw the Saints play with renewed en­deav­our and they man­aged to start dom­i­nat­ing the play and pro­gres­sively made the score­board tick over in their favour.

Each quar­ter saw the boys step it up a notch, with the Lions bat­tling hard.

The Saints were even­tual win­ners by 50 points.

Score: Sey­mour 2.2 (14) lt St Mary’s 9.10 (64)

Un­der-16 A fast pace was set by both teams af­ter the first bounce.

Spir­ited play led to in­juries to Dy­lan Cook and Lach­lan Al­dous, which meant St Mary’s un­der-14 re­serves of Tom Allen and Mor­gan Spencer had to play out the rest of the game, which they did ad­mirably, with no-one on the bench to re­lieve some tired play­ers.

Hud­son Kaak, Kee­gan Grant and Corey Jones led the way.

The Saints turned it up in the fi­nal quar­ter and a solid team ef­fort got them over what is a very good side for the Sey­mour Lions this year.

The Saints won by 33 points.

Score: Sey­mour 6.7 (43) lt St Mary’s 11.10 (76)

Sey­mour

Un­der-12 The un­der-12s made a promis­ing start to the 2017 sea­son against cross-town ri­vals St Mary’s.

The team ar­rived nice and early with a great at­ti­tude and a mind­set to get the job done.

Warm-ups and pre-game rou­tine were dif­fi­cult to con­trol, with the team bub­bling with ex­cite­ment and anx­ious to get its first game of the sea­son un­der way.

Thank­fully, the en­ergy was fo­cused at the first bounce and the arm wres­tle be­gan in earnest.

Sey­mour went into the first break trail­ing St Mary’s but the en­thu­si­asm and drive had not di­min­ished.

Un­for­tu­nately, the sec­ond quar­ter got away from the Lions due to some poor man­ning up and tired legs which al­lowed the St Mary’s team too much room to run.

The sec­ond half was very promis­ing with Sey­mour find­ing plenty of grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion to min­imise the scor­ing of St Mary’s, but its ef­forts weren’t re­flected on the score­board.

Chelsea worked tire­lessly in the back­line, mak­ing a con­test at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and get­ting front po­si­tion the ma­jor­ity of the time.

Jet worked hard across the cen­tre, lay­ing solid tack­les and look­ing af­ter his team-mates with ef­fec­tive shepherds and bumps when needed.

Hunter’s speed and ag­gres­sive­ness at the ball al­lowed him to run free with rel­a­tive ease out of the back­line, which ended in some promis­ing plays down the length of the field.

The team learnt a lot from this first game and will con­tinue to im­prove and build in the games to come.

Score: Sey­mour 1.0 (6) lt St Mary’s 12.7 (79)

Un­der-16 It was a great start to the sea­son on a mag­nif­i­cent Kings Park ground.

Although Sey­mour didn’t come away with a win in its first round, the con­test demon­strated that the Lions are on the right track for some suc­cess this sea­son with a solid con­test against their cross-town ri­val St Mary’s.

The game started at a fe­ro­cious speed with St Mary’s set­ting the pace with fast and clean ball move­ment from the mid­field into the Lions’ de­fen­sive zone.

Although the Lions’ back­line was un­der relentless pres­sure, with St Marys hav­ing 10 in­side 50s for the first term, it was able to limit the dam­age on the score­board.

While the Lions lifted as the term pro­gressed, with five in­side 50s and even num­bers in the clear­ance stats, the term belonged to the Saints.

The sec­ond quar­ter was won by the Lions, who took con­trol from the start with their strong tack­ling and ef­fi­cient ball use al­low­ing them to outscore the Saints by two goals with half the in­side 50s.

The Lions’ use of a loose player across half-back helped them shut down the Saints by re­strict­ing sup­ply to their key for­wards.

The Lions were able to tran­si­tion the ball out of de­fence on sev­eral oc­ca­sions by link­ing up with quick di­rect move­ment though the mid­field and pro­vid­ing their for­wards with scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Lions again started strong in the third term with num­bers around the ball in a tight con­test that was pretty much played across the mid­dle of the ground.

How­ever, the Saints were able to score a cou­ple of quick goals from free kicks, dent­ing the Lions’ con­fi­dence, which al­lowed the Saints to score a fur­ther two goals be­fore the siren ended the third term.

The fi­nal quar­ter showed what a hard fought con­test the match had been with sev­eral of the Lions play­ers start­ing to slow. How­ever, they kept the con­tested pres­sure on the Saints, which al­lowed the Lions to keep the score­board tick­ing over and outscore the Saints for the quar­ter.

While the Lions didn’t come away with the four points, they showed their sup­port­ers they can match it with quality op­po­nents in what was a fairly even con­test.

Josh and Hamish won the two awards on the day with their re­peated ef­forts.

Score: Sey­mour 6.7 (43) lt St Marys 11.10 (76)

Too good:

Lo­cal ri­vals Sey­mour and St Mary’s played off in round one at the week­end, with St Mary’s prov­ing too strong in all grades of foot­ball and net­ball. Pic­tures: Wayne Al­dous

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