On Sunday, September 8th the Warriors started well and the team worked well together, especially in the second half. The score was 12-0 to the Warriors. Player of the Day was Aston Carter for getting into open space and creating shots.
On Sunday, September 8th the Marlin’s team started slowly with some errors in defence leading to a few early goals for Silverdale Swordfish. Some great work by Anna and better marking by defence saw the scores at 3-4 going into the 2nd half. Accurate goal shooting from Alex, Anna and Sam saw the team take the lead in the 2nd half. Good team performance saw the Marlins win the game 7-5.
Player of the Match : Ezrah for his solid defence work in the second half
Player of the Match : Sam for strong attacking in front of goal and good support play.
The Warriors won this game by default.
It was an interesting game, with the coach (me) questioning some of the referees decisions which ultimately escalated taking some of the shine off a very good game. The Marlins played extremely well, probably the best I have seen. The strikers were in position, the communicated well and scored goals. The defenders worked hard and should have earned more penalties. They did exactly what they were supposed to do and kept the opposition out of our danger zone. Both strikers and defenders played extremely well. Players of the Day were Sam Carrigan for always being in position, chasing the ball and scoring goals and to Yolanda Guo for excellent defence and keeping the opposition out of her zone all the time. The final score was 10-3 to Wentworth. Well done.
This week we had a cross over game, which means we played each other. Both the Years 3&4 and Years 5&6 teams were mixed up with players from both year groups competing against each other. I wanted it to be a fun game and my expectations were met. The teams weren’t exactly equal with 8 players in one team and 9 players in the other team, but no-one seemed to mind and everyone had fun. While no score was kept it was good to award the Player of the Day trophies. Ben Rist was given Player of the Day for the Blue Team. Ben played hard, but equally important he communicated well and was always looking for his other strikers. Chloe Chisholm was Player of Day for the White Team for coming up to defend against the opposition strikers and passing to her goal keeper.
Our Years 5 & 6 Warriors played the Red Beach Rays on Sunday 18th August. This was a convincing win and a whole team effort. Our defenders consistently pushed the opposition out of our red zone and maintained a solid wall that proved very difficult for the opposition to breach. Our strikers worked hard and competed against virtually two goalies. However, they communicated very well and were able to draw opposition defenders and create shooting opportunities. The final score was 13-1. Players of the Day go to Eli Kirkpatrick and Ollie Lee for excellent communication and intelligent positional play.
Our Years 3 & 4 Marlins team played a great game on Sunday 18th August against the Gulf Harbour School Finns.
It’s great to see that some of our combinations are starting to work, with players marking their zone and strikers swimming with the ball. A couple more games should see the players used to the changes and the expectations. We played a good game today with solid defence and attack. The final score was 9-3, with Players of the Day going to Norah Li for excellent goal defence and accurate throwing, and Elsa Liu for outstanding defence and forcing the opposition players backwards.
This was a game of two halves for our Years 3 & 4 Marlins against Gulf Harbour School Tiger Sharks on Sunday 11th August. We were down 4-0 in the first half, and while we had plenty of opportunities to score our strikers seemed to be rushing shots and taking shots from outside their throwing range. The second half saw a good turnaround with our defenders being more forceful and the strikers being more patient. The final score was 4-4. Player of the Day went to Alex Krehl for more accurate striking and positional play, particularly in the second half.
The opposition, Red Beach Rainbows, were a new team who we played on Sunday which meant that the Warriors could afford to be a bit more experimental with their game plan. We had 4 strikers in the strike zone and the challenge was for them to think about their positional play, creating space and accurate throwing. The two defenders had to work together to protect their zones. The final score was 19-0 to the Warriors. Player of the Day was Hikari Nishihara for playing well in defence and in attack.