Team In Focus
Year 3 Gold
AMPJFC v Rostrata Rhinos
After 3 Years of Auskick, the Year 3 Gold team finally made their long awaited Junior Footy debut. It was a short journey to Karoonda Oval in Booragoon to play the Rostrata Rhinos. The wet weather in the previous days had disappeared but being a early 8.30am kick off, the conditions were very dewy and slippery. All the boys were very eager and arrived by 8am, and the quick 20 minute warm up, ensured they got used to the slippery conditions. Ryder who happened to be standing next to the Coach/Dad was asked by the umpires to be Captain and he won the toss and elected to kick to the end his teammates had been warming up. Rhys got things going with the first goal. Some sleek handpassing, precise kicking that resulted in some high flying marks and fierce tackling laid the foundation for the Hawks to kick 8 goals (including some snap goals) in the first half.
The parents on the sideline cheered every single possession and goal and it almost felt like we were playing at Gairloch Oval. Assistance coaches Jay and Rich ran the substitutions like they were seasoned professionals while Team Manager Lauren kept calm while carrying out her match day duties to perfection. At half time, the forwards were thrown down back while the backs were given an opportunity to play up forward. The 2nd half was similar to the 1st including a play of 4 straight kicks and marks resulting in a Goal, similar to the famous stretch of play by West Coast in the dying minutes of the 2018 AFL grand final.
The Year 3s should be very proud of their first Junior Footy game, they executed the skills they have practiced in training and really played well as a Team.
We look forward to big Away Friday Night game under lights this week against East Freo.