Round 12 - Under 8’s
It was a bright and gloriously sunny mid winters day in Sylvania, when the Oatley U8’s took to the field with noble hearts and valiant purpose against Sylvania Red.
Charlotte-try created from 3rd phase pick and go by Charlotte
Harry-try created from run from set piece scrum
Isaiah-try created from tap penalty and run with 5 passes by Isaiah, Rauna, Jack, Liana and the last pass by Xavier. Best try of the game.
Charlotte-created by turn over by stripping the ball in general play by Charlotte
Harry-created by Charlotte claiming loose ball at a ruck and then offloading in the tackle to Harry.
Harry-created by Harry stepping over the tackled opposition player to claim the ball and then running to score
Harry-try created from opposition spilled ball at a tackle followed by a great pick up, run and offload by Marley to Harry
Isaiah-try created by turn over at maul by Isaiah
Half time Oatley 8 tries to Sylvania Red 0
Harry-try created from a scrum and passing to the blind side
Harry-try created from line out by good support play and passing by Harry to Liana to Harry
Liam-try created from stripping the ball and running from10m in front of own line
Sylvania score from a dropped ball. Note: Don’t attempt passing right along the backline when standing own own try line.
Try saying tackle by Harry
Harry-try created from line out. Good support play between Rauna and Harry, back to Rauna who ran over half the length of the field before passing back to Harry.
Full time Oatley 12 tries to Sylvania Red 1
Player of the match went to Xavier who in a greatly improved display passed the ball generously and gave away no penalties at all, which was a great effort.
Notable mentions go to:
Harry, who got 7 tries.
Charlotte and Isaiah, who got a brace each.
Liana, who carried the ball up strongly.
Marley who ran strongly and offloaded to assist in scoring
Liam, who tackled courageously.
All the mum’s and dad’s who got their players there early :-)
Greetings Oatley U14’s Parents
Given that we have had a bit of a break and a somewhat interesting season with regard to not really knowing who or what standard on team we are playing each week, the management team thought it is appropriate to do a mid-season report. At the same time letting the group know how we are approaching the last four games and finals.
Firstly, it is appropriate that we state the obvious in that we have done really well in being undefeated. The point that we have been stressing over the last couple of weeks is that we should feel proud of what of we have achieved and, in particular, the joy and entertainment we have provided our families and supporters who do so much to get us on the field.
However, with that pleasure and success comes responsibility to do our best both in the games ahead and at training.
We set out at the beginning of the season to accept the position as the oldest junior team in the club and to set an example of how to prepare and play for the younger teams. Basically, to conduct ourselves with a more mature approach is the cornerstone of continuing to do well.
With just four games to go before the finals, we have a great opportunity to refocus on our core structures and expectations and to practice them with renewed commitment.
In short they can be summarised as;
• Maintaining possession to maximise our opportunities to score and to deny the opposition attacking opportunities
• Playing hard and straight at the defensive line
• Ball security – don’t push the pass or kick away position (exit strategies – ball in hand)
• Timing and proper depth in attack and ensuring that we maintain connections in the backline so that we can maximise second wave attacks
• Supporting the ball carrier – accept support players responsibility to get to the runner, not runner looking for supports (play tryline to tryline)
• Really strong cleanout through the tackle and counter ruck
• All working hard as a scrum unit with maximum concentration and commitment at every scrum
• Ensuring we win all our ball at lineout by good commitment and mental application
• Strong aggressive ‘blitz’ defence – no sliding, supported by awareness and commitment to cover defence
• Simply, every individual attacking the game and not waiting for the game to come to us
All these points are really quite simple and we are well capable to take them to another level and that continued improvement will come from real application training. Be a leader not a follower, focus and don’t get distracted.
We have four challenging games to finish the regular season, four tests, four opportunities to show how good we are, four chances to really enjoy ourselves.
Preparation, Application, Jubilation.
Grounds are closed again tonight due to the bad weather. Talk to your team managers for alternate arrangements.
Home games for most teams this weekend, keep an eye out for details from your team managers as well.