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Tigers U13/U14's Have Impressive Hitout

By , 12 March 2012

Tigers U13/U14's Have Impressive Hitout
Tigers U13/U14's Have Impressive Hitout

Internal Trial succesful as players prove their committment & enthusiasm 

Tigers U13/U14's Have Impressive Hitout
With the first hitout for the U13/14’s this season I had no real idea what to expect other than what turned out to be 38 players that were bursting at the seams to get out there and have a kick.
 
I drew up two fairly even and competitive teams of 19 per side to compete against each other and that’s exactly what I got, two teams committed and desperate to prove they have what it takes to play the game at their highest level possible.
 
The game was scheduled to start at 10.30 am on Sunday morning however the boys (and girl) were keen to get going ASAP. So apologies for those that arrived at 10.30 to see the first bounce (throw up) only to find that we had already played 10 minutes.
 
The first quarter showed signs of cobwebs just as I expected, along with the usual chase the ball all over the park to get a kick and forget my position. Unfortunately with the nature of our game comes the odd injury. Braidyn Field went down with a knee injury and took no further part in the game.
 
In the second quarter with some position changes to both teams, there had to be a little bit of adjustment by the players that found themselves in an unfamiliar position. I was very happy with the attack and enthusiasm from all players which created a very even contest overall. The play started to open up and with Ryan O’Shea at Centre Half Back on Dominic Paino worth watching. Both players had plenty of the ball but I don’t think they even got close to each other.
 
Quarter number three and by this time the players were starting to understand the importance of holding their position and working together as a team. On a bit of a negative point, I have been working quite hard on getting the talk happening when Jordan Collicoat decided to test the theory by running the ball beautifully out of the middle at good pace while three of his team mates were yelling at him ‘wrong way’, poor Jordan was so focused on getting the ball down field it was too late and the opposition team managed to accept the kick and goal from it. I was as cranky as! However Jordan’s next five minutes was inspirational so if that’s what it takes to get that sort of footy out of him then it’s almost worth the goal. Overall a much improved quarter with the standard lifted again.
 
Final quarter and things started to flow better again, however a bit of a mismatch in the middle made me change Dominic Paino back in the ruck where he is valued by all. A couple of players I am looking forward to seeing develop are Marcus Lewis and Jack Lowe. The tussle they had in the last quarter was worth the entrance fee alone (well you know what I mean). I let the quarter go a little longer (18 min) and I could see the players getting tired and the game started to get a bit messy and the standard fell away toward the end as I expected. So enough was enough and the game ended in a draw also as expected (just ask the umpire).
 
Overall I got exactly what I was looking for in the game, to clear the cobwebs and lube the rusty bits along with committed, enthusiastic and eventually disciplined couple of teams go at it! I’m looking forward to the season getting underway next weekend.
 
Thanks to all the helpers for the day and Peter Forsey for catering lunch after the game.
 
As mentioned earlier with the nature of our game injuries can be expected however unfortunate. I hope to see Braidyn Field and Oscar Gibson (wrist) back on the track soon.
 
Thanks
Wayne Pollard   
 

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