Round 6 Match Reports and Photos

Posted on May 28, 2017

Under 10s

Kennedy
A special Saturday night under lights for the  "Mothers Day" round. It was great to see so many of the Mum's out spectating. The contest was a tough game against a well drilled and skillful opponent. The boys continued to be exposed to new positions and work in different combinations to help develop them into well rounded and versatile players. The continued improvement in marking and handball across the team is pleasing to see as this has been an emphasis in recent training.

Under 11s

Div 1

The Heeney U11 side had their first chance for the season to play under lights as they came up against Manly Bombers at Acron last Friday night. The pink socks were on show for CanCare after a few late changes of socks and we took the field determined to make a good start. Conditions were rather slippery due to the rain before the game and both sides chased the ball hard from the first ball up. The first quarter saw little to trouble the scorers before Tom took a mark close to goal and kicked straig, a nice result after an accurate centring kick from Xavier.  Scott and Lachlan came close with a couple of efforts and then Nick popped out of the gloom to snap a great score just before the siren. The quarter finished with saints ahead by a goal thanks in large part to some great defence by Noah and Henry who both played the conditions superbly. The second quarter saw the boys come close but fail to score a major as Manly hit back with 2 goals of their own to lead by a couple of points at the main break. In the third quarter the game went up a level around midfield as both sides pressed for back to back goals. Saints eventually got them through Scott as out midfield kept the ball moving forward and our defence held firm. We turned for home with a small lead knowing that the pressure would come on from Manly…..and it did! The team played their hearts out, took some risks in attack and learned some good lessons about the game. In the last minute of play Manly hoisted the ball forward and were credited with the mark (eventually) which led to the only goal of the 4th quarter and a loss for the Saints by 5 points. They boys were naturally disappointed at the end, but know after the past couple of weeks what they are capable of and their areas for improvement. Here’s hoping for better luck in the closing stages next weekend. Thanks to the parents for their support, on the canteen and the sidelines, we really appreciate it.

Div 2

Our first Saturday night game under lights was very exciting. The boys arrived expecting a tough game and they certainly got it.

Down early in the first quarter by two goals. The second quarter saw a snap shot goal by Sam Fryer which seemed to rally the team.

The game turned into a scrappy affair, as the ball was not coming out fast. There was a few crucial penalties against us, restricting our ability to move the ball effectively, with Westbrook effective in defence.

The third and fourth quarter were much like the first two, extremely tight in the mids, with not much wide open play. However when there was open play, the boys did well with ball movement.

We did win the last three quarters but unfortunately it was just not enough with the final score 35 - 30.

The boys are putting an impressive effort into training and on game day.

Well done to them, I’m really proud of the way they all stuck together and never gave up.

Notable players:

Nic Audet and Christian for playing Friday and Saturday nights Sam Fryer Callum Parkinson Jack Broadbent Ollie Webber - Best on ground Oscar Harvey.

Thanks to Joe, Marc and Sven for helping out Stephen and I. And also to Billy, your advice during the game was very much appreciated.








Div 3

Friday night saw the U11 Reid team take on the 2nd on the table Balgowlah Suns. 

 

The first quarter started in heavy rain with the visiting team absolutely on fire kicking 6 goals in the quarter before the Reid team could settle in.  Strong words in break was matched by a newfound commitment in the 2nd quarter with the Reid team going play for play with Balgowlah.  Strong tackling and ruck work by Charlotte Watton and Josh Castles resulted in a much more even contest

 

The 3rd quarter finally saw the team click with fierce commitment and hunger for the ball shown by every player.  The contest moved from one end of the ground to the other with no team able to score a point in the entire quarter.  For the final quarter, the coaches called for a final push to win every contest.  The rain had passed by this stage and the loudest cheer of the night from the soggy spectators accompanied a well taken goal by Zach Boyle.  The game ended with Reid going down and ruing the slow start in the first quarter.  The team has shown a trend of finishing strong in their games – the aim will be to start this weekend’s upcoming match with the same commitment that they ended Friday night’s game.

 

Most improved award went to Josh Liu with the player of the match a deserved Zach Boyle.

Under 12s

Youth Girls - Div 2

Round 6 – Sat 13 May vs North West Lightning

Mike Kenny Oval served as the meeting place for the Mother’s Day Eve clash between the Lightning and the Saints, resplendent in their pink socks. 

With an intense pre-game warm up and pink cupcake-fueled fire in their bellies, the Saints got out to a quick lead with some crafty goal scoring from our talented ruck, Audrey and our ever-reliable Natalia. 1-3, 0-0 at quarter time and the Saints enjoyed a small but comfortable lead.

The Lightning responded with some strong play during a slow-scoring second quarter, with Maddie ‘The Enforcer’ leading the way in tackles and Eleanor, aka ‘Taxi’, aka ‘Mad Dog’ throwing herself all over the field with a smile. 1-4, 1-0 at the half.

The stakes were high in the third quarter, which resembled a chess match at times as  momentum swung from team to team. The dynamic trio (Alannah, Morgan and Immy) continued to work well together, and Josie was as much a superstar in defence as Ruby was in offence – getting stuck in and making and impact. Their contributions held the Lightning scoreless, and the third period ended just as it started, 1-4, 1-0.

The final quarter resulted in quite a few parents chewing their fingernails, although with her usual calm, Alannah kicked a behind to give the Saints almost the margin we needed. Our new pocket rocket, Olivia, proved her resolve, as she tracked the ball and showed great heart. Aoife and Stephie continued to shine in the mids, with Kate and Miah doing all that was asked of them. Unfortunately, the Lightning lived up to their names and realised a breakaway late in the fourth to hand our Saints their first loss of the season, 1-5, 2-0. Well played Lightning!

Taxi took out the ICoC for her ferociousness.


Under 13s

Div 1



Div 3

Resplendent in their pink and blue - a colour scheme the Saints were working with great success - Division 3 refused to let the Northern Lights emit so much as a lumen. Inspired by the desire to honour their mothers, Division 3 came out hard and set the scoreboard alight with the ball movement of the Harlem Globetrotters and the finishing power of a thirteen year old boy with a plate of pizza. Solid work in the ruck and hard tackling around the ground lead to a shut out in defense. The forward pressure was relentless with goals kicked from set shots, snaps around the body and from Franklinesque distances near the 50 m circle. The goal umpires were heading for some nasty RSI in both arms.

When the rain came down the boys picked up. The memory of their mother dropping them off at the first day of school, radiant in her new Lorna Jane athletic gear with a vanilla decaf soy latte in her recently manicured hand, maintained them through cold and soaking wet. At three quarter time the team was ten goals clear and not looking like they were going to be slowing down. Sure the old testament-like flooding of the opposition left some of the players looking lonely and there were requests through chattering teeth of “p-p-please c-c-can I I I c-c-c-come off-f-f?”, but the power of the pink socks drove the boys on. As did the desire to see Rowey do 30 push ups in the rain if Jamie scored 3 goals (a bet that might explain some of the coaching decisions at the end of the final quarter).










Under 14s

Div 1
St Ives U14 D1 vs Manly Bombers
Playing the Manly Bombers on Mothers Day there was much at stake. The Saints were looking to consolidate a position among the leading U14 D1 teams in early 2017. The Bombers were hoping to continue their good form against St Ives, especially in wet conditions, in recent match ups.

St Ives started extremely well in wet conditions with 5 goals to 1 in the first quarter.
St Ives continued to build a commanding lead over the next two quarters adding 6 goals and holding the Bombers to just one goal.

Equalisation applied for the final quarter as the Saints had established a 10 goal lead at the end of the third quarter.

In a great team effort individual contributions from Matt McKenzie, Ed Ogilvy and Will Blackburn are worth highlighting.

At the end of round 6 the team has 5 wins and one defeat. Movement of teams between divisions from round 7 means that each game for the remainder of the season will result in a match up with teams that are more than capable of making the finals.

We are all looking forward to the test that lies ahead. A full list of more than 40 committed players in the U14 division bodes well for the commitment required.

Div 3
Division 3 returned to Acron Oval for a re-match against Glebe-Newtown, the newly merged club who had put up solid opposition in Round 1.  Fired up after running through the Div 1 tunnel and Jamie Ashton's Game 101 banner, St Ives got away to a fast start with 3 sharp goals in the first term including an early major to Jamie Ashton in his milestone home game. 

A drop-off in intensity saw Glebe-Newtown rebound with 3 goals of their own, before St Ives slowly began to edge away late in the second quarter off the back of effective kicking down the wing and contested ball wins through the midfield.  The trend continued in the second half, with the St Ives defenders nullifying Glebe-Newtown inside 50 and Joey Dennis kicking 4 goals as St Ives pulled away to what was ultimately a comfortable win 60 - 26.

Under 17s

Div 1

Both U17s team were hit by injuries, Mother's Day events and other assorted unavailabilities so much so that they only had 27 players available for 2 teams out of a squad of 43. Fortunately they were not playing at the same time but 1 was at Maroubra and 1 at Manly wit a gap of 1 hour between the games.  Thanks to Tom Pope, Tim Hallissy and Liam Fardy who backed up for both teams. The Div 1 game was a hard spiteful contest with Manly dishing it out to the boys throughout the game then not liking it when it when the St Ives boys stood up to them. It was probably one of the best games played this year with St Ives only losing touch in the last quarter. St Ives 7.5.47   Manly/Pittwater 10.7.67

Div 3

With only 14 players able to play (though the opposition only had 15) the boys had plenty of room to run and space to kick. Both teams were evenly matched however Maroubra rang better and linked up with each other. St Ives had a shocker in the 2nd quarter however they came back in the last quarter to kick 6 straight goals to reduce the margin to 1 goal with about 1 minute to go. Unfortunately, Maroubra got the clearance and subsequent goal so we went down by 2 goals. A great effort by the team and something to work on for next week. St Ives 8.3.51   Manly/Pittwater 9.9.63


Friday nights performance can be summed up in one word “ team”. This was a team performance played in the style we want to play. Everybody played their part from our flashier players, our contested bulls, to our newest player. We built on our performance from previous weeks improving in the key areas of sharing the ball around and  tackling fiercely. Our skills are improving, particularly under pressure. Our marking was a feature tonight with several strong overhead marks
Friday nights performance can be summed up in one word “ team”. This was a team performance played in the style we want to play. Everybody played their part from our flashier players, our contested bulls, to our newest player. We built on our performance from previous weeks improving in the key areas of sharing the ball around and  tackling fiercely. Our skills are improving, particularly under pressure. Our marking was a feature tonight with several strong overhead marks
Friday nights performance can be summed up in one word “ team”. This was a team performance played in the style we want to play. Everybody played their part from our flashier players, our contested bulls, to our newest player. We built on our performance from previous weeks improving in the key areas of sharing the ball around and  tackling fiercely. Our skills are improving, particularly under pressure. Our marking was a feature tonight with several strong overhead marks
Friday nights performance can be summed up in one word “ team”. This was a team performance played in the style we want to play. Everybody played their part from our flashier players, our contested bulls, to our newest player. We built on our performance from previous weeks improving in the key areas of sharing the ball around and  tackling fiercely. Our skills are improving, particularly under pressure. Our marking was a feature tonight with several strong overhead marks

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