GIRLS UNDER 11.5'S
Saturday 26th September, 2020
It was a windy old day out on the paddock at Pacific Pines but the sun was out and the girls were ready for their final showdown in 2020. Pac Power are another team we had faced earlier in the season and in that first game Pac had shown their greater experience dominating for most of the game. This time however, the contest was much more of an arm wrestle with both teams showing determination to stop the other run away.
With a few of our girls missing from the team sheet this week, the field had some wide open spaces and allowed for the girls to kick into space and really get a run on. That being said, the ball spent most of the first quater trapped in our backline, but this was as much due to the wind as anything else. Pac scored a few goals that went unanswered and took to the first break in the lead.
The second quarter was much like the first except the roles were reversed and the ball was in our forward line. We managed to capitalise on this and put some points on the board outscoring the Power but still trailing at the major break.
In the third the wind was against us again, but we stood strong as a team and fought hard in every contest winning many and keeping the scoring even. The third quarter was highlighted with some great kicking and marking from the Magpies and a nonstop running performance from our midfielders.
The last quarter with the wind at our back should have been a breeze but the wide open spaces and the non-stop run of the first three quarters left us a little out of steam and Pac once again with their greater experience and fitness ran away with the ball and the lead.
Captain for this week was Sausage (Leila) who lead by example across the ground running hard, tackling, taking grabs, and for that also received one of our awards for this week.
Our other awards went to Lexi for another gutsy performance playing with the courage of someone twice her size. Lexi even returned to the field in third to dominate in the midfield after being dealt a blood nose in the second quarter.
And finally a stand out performance around the ground this week, everywhere this girl plays she makes an impact - Peanut (Amelia). Peanut was in every contest in her zone, was often seen chasing the ball down in space and keeping our forward momentum happening. A great game.
Regardless of the result this week, I - and I hope the girls - could not be more proud of what I saw on Saturday. We have a great team of future footy superstars here at Coomera. The courage, commitment and cammeraderie each of our Young Magpies have shown to their game and their team mates over these few short weeks is worthy of high praise. With quite literally none or very little experience in football, these girls have taken on HUGE challenges against some of these teams and in the process have developed skills, footy sense and team work that has exceeded all expectation.
It has been a great season and I am excited to see what 2021 will bring our way. A MASSIVE thank you goes out to all of the parents for your non-stop support of your girls, getting them to and from games and training, as well as your volunteer efforts taking on the many jobs that allow the girls to get out and play each weekend. Without your support footy just can't happen. Another MASSIVE shout out and thank you to our team managers Shaz and Kaz. Thanks for keeping us all organised, me especially. And that's a wrap for 2020. Let's go Coomera in 2021!!!
Friday 18th September, 2020
Haven't the Coomera U11 girls come a LONG way!?!?!
Friday night saw our girls face the Demons for the second time. The first time was our first ever game as a team and it was a fairly one-sided affair. This time the story could not have been more different.
From the first bounce it was clear a tough game of footy was ahead. The first quarter was so evenly contested we didn't see a score from either team until the dying seconds when the Demons managed to sneak one through at the the southern end.
The second quarter saw no change in our intensity. Our young Magpies were in every contest putting bodies on the line to fight for the contested ball, support each other and take down the opposition. Unfortunately, Surfers with the breeze at their backs got a few kicks into their open forward line and won the foot race to put them through. What was outstanding to see was that this had no effect on our determination to stay in the contest and we ran out the quarter with a goal and the momentum with us.
The second half was a near stalemate. The Coomera girls rose above and beyond what we as spectators had ever seen. They kicked to targets, took marks, handballed out of traffic and ran together as a team. Surfers threw everything they had at our girls but they stayed strong dug in and gave little away. In the end the Demons walked away a little ahead but they will not soon forget the contest they had with the Coomera Magpies.
It is getting harder and harder to give awards in this team. Every week, every player is taking leaps forward in their performance.
This week the parents chose Chicken (Kayley) as the standout for her gritty, non stop efforts the the midfield and back line.
The coaches award went to Mia Cootes. Mia is showing more and more confidence on the field every game. Her non stop chase and get it and go mentality have her poised to become a real headache for the opposition in years to come.
Captain this week was Tilly and she lead her team with pride setting a great example getting involved in every contest that came anywhere near her.
Special mention goes to Walshie (Mia W) for a gutsy performance in the backline. There were some proud coach moments seeing the things we practise at training come to life on the field. Well done Walshie.
Overall, we didn’t get the upset we were hoping for but the performance of the U11 girls was sensational. I cannot wait to see this team grow over the next couple of years.
Well done Magpies.
Saturday 5th September, 2020
This weekend saw us travel over to Carrara for what was a great exhibition of what kids sport should all be about. We knew on Tuesday we would be short on numbers for the game. So we rang ahead to Carrara and explained the situation. They have 22 under 11 girls at their club and so were more than happy will to help out and share some players. This meant that not only would we get a game but that every girl would get a full 4 quaters of footy. We only had 6 so Carrara provided another 6 and with our powers combined we became the unstoppable Ca-roomera!
The game that resulted was sensational. Right from the first bounce the energy and enthusiasm was running high. The first quarter saw the Ca-roomera girls get a number of early goals through the skilful boot of our very own Kayley who was set up time and again through great centre work.
Into the second quarter the intensity stayed high and the newest members of our team in Zali and Sarah combined well with Scarlett and Leila to continue delivering the ball up front where this time we were unfortunately denied a number of goals by the Saints goal line defence. However, our backs started to see more of the ball as the game progressed but, in following on from last weekend, McKinley and Mia worked well with our new recruits to plug the holes, stop the ball and send it back our way.
The 2nd half saw Amelia arrive in the centres and make an impact winning the ball out of the ruck and booting it forward. While in the forwardline Leila connected with her new team mates to send home a few more goals.
Overall this game was a real showing of quality football from these young players. The skills and determination not to mention the teamwork and sportswomanship shown by the players on both teams was first class. It was truly a great game to watch.
Awards this week go to Leila for a great performance across the ground getting numerous contested possessions, taking a sensational intercept mark and setting up a goal. The second award goes to Kayley who also had a great game even snapping a goal after running around two defenders. Well done magpie's!!!
Friday 28th August, 2020
Where to begin? What a game! It’s official - the Coomera girls mean business! Running out onto the field, both teams didn’t have a player to spare. This didn’t stop either side from taking to the Coomera field with passion and determination!
In the first quarter, the swing was with Ormeau who had possession in their forward line for the majority of the time, scoring a number of early goals. However, these goals weren’t given away easily, as our young Magpies quickly warmed up, finishing the first term with Amelia scoring our first goal with a long kick that cleared the pack and ran on through the sticks.
At the turn of the second quarter, changes were made to shorten the length of the field, giving all the players a better chance at getting their hands on the ball. This certainly livened up the game, and again, Ormeau came out and kicked a couple of quick goals. As our girls adjusted to the new format, they began scoring goals in reply to Ormeau and it became a much more even competition.
At half time it seemed as though the girls could feel that they were in with a chance to sing the club song for the first time. A few position changes brought Miley and Amelia into the middle, Scarlett, Kayley and Mia into the forward line and Tilly, Mackinley and Lexi to the back line. With this set up, something just clicked, Miley and Amelia winning the ball in the center and sending it to the forward line where Scarlett was taking solid marks, Mia and Kayley were cleaning up the crumbs, and between the three of them they managed to maintain possession and kick numerous goals. The back line were relentless in their defence. They won the ball time and again, showed fearlessness in their tackles and were determined not to let Ormeau get another goal.
This trend continued into the last quarter, with Coomera in complete control of the game. Anyone keeping score lost count as our little Maggies piled on yet more goals. At the final siren, the girls ran off the field beaming with confidence and spirit... only to realise that Miley and Mackinley were the only ones who knew the club song! Club President Troy soon had them sorted by calling everyone into the clubhouse to sing together and celebrate a cracking game!
Captain of the week was Kayley who came good with her promise from training - she vowed to lead her team to victory! Awards this week went to Mackinley and Tilly for their work in defence, and Scarlett for non-stop goals in the second half. Again, I wish I had an award for each of the girls, as they all shone in what was a great team performance.
Saturday 22nd August, 2020
It was a cracking day for footy Saturday morning and the performance of our young Magpies did not disappoint. Against arguably one of the strongest teams in the competition our girls dug in and gave nothing away easily. For three quarters the girls held strong with Southport only managing 3/4 hard earned goals. In the last quarter with some changes across the field and the energy starting to run out, a well oiled Sharks team scored a succession of quick fire goals, however we had the last word with Amelia "peanut" Paff slotting the last goal of the game right before the siren.
It really was a fantastic game of footy to watch. I am so proud of the improvements visible in each and every one of the girls. I saw on Saturday some kick to kick play, complete with overhead contested marks, that would not have looked out of place on the telly. The 'footy sense' is starting to show as the girls read the play and position themselves accordingly.
It was no easy task to give out the awards this week, as I said to the girls, I really needed 10 of them because each girl deserved one. However there was only 2 this week and they went to; Kayley for an all over great game. Forward, middle, back, it didn't matter where she was her impact was felt with gritty possessions won time and again. Laura for another great game played all over. Winning possessions and taking on the opposition with fearlessness.
Captain this week was Makinley who did a fantastic job psyching the team up before retaking the field after each break.
Friday 7th August, 2020
Last night was a wet and slippery contest at home under the lights. Pac Pines were on the ball from the opening bounce and scored freely in the first quarter, with our girls taking a little while to warm up.
From the second quarter on however, the Coomera girls started firing, began applying defensive pressure and fighting to win the contested ball off the ground, of which there was plenty. This gritty determination leveled the competition and made for a great game.
With each quarter this young team plays, the improvement is amazing. It's so great to watch the confidence grow and the lessons and hard work from training come to life on the field.
Highlights of the night include;
- Scarlett kicking her, and the team's first goal in the 3rd quarter as well as picking up important possessions around the ground.
- Mia Cootes winning lots of the ball, tackling hard and making numerous running breaks - tucking the footy under her arm, taking off like a rocket and fending off the Pac Pines defenders.
- Mylee working hard all over the ground, laying tackles, taking grabs, winning the ruck and delivering the ball to her teammates off the boot.
- Mia Walshe's growth in confidence taking her into the ball contests and winning possessions.
- Captain for the night was our Pocket Rocket Alexi who demonstrated courage to everyone present returning to the ground after injuring her finger in the 3rd term.
Congratulations to all of our young Magpies on a great team performance. Well done.
Friday 31st July, 2020Tonight was the first game for the Coomera 11.5 girls and they should be very proud. They came up against a talented and experienced team in Surfers Paradise. The Demons experience showed in the first half as they won the ball in contests all over the ground and really controlled the play. Our girls worked through their nerves and put in a good fight but just couldn't get control of the ball.
As the whistle blew for the second half it was clear to see the nerves were gone as the young Magpies got to work. They won the ball in the ruck and started getting crucial centre clearances. The backs and centres rebounded the ball keeping it in our forward line and when the Demons managed to get forward, the girls fought hard and gave nothing away easily. If the first half was a little one sided, the second was definitely an even contest!
Congratulations to our young team on a great performance. Best on ground this week goes to;
- Kayley for a non-stop gritty performance winning contested posessions, tackling and grabbing important marks.
- Alexie for a courageous performance in her first ever game, as the youngest player on the field! Alexie was at the bottom of the contest winning the ball and even managed to make a break streaming toward the goal, unlucky to come up with only a minor score. What a first game Alexie!
- Captain of the night was Mia W.
Great game Magpies!!!