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U9B Round 6 Everton Gold Vs Mayne

You swear you could hear the flapping of the butterflies’ wings swirling around the tummies of the Under 9 Black team, as they prepared to take on Everton Gold at Enoggera. Their opponents brought some good form and by the looks of their warm up, they were ready to play. Joey Fernando, in his debut season, running on as captain for his very first time – his butterflies were a possibly a bit bigger.

The first quarter signalled just what a great day this was going to be for the Mayne team. Right from the get go the centre zone dominated possession and were quick to get the ball forward. Jackson Williams and Myles Walsh played to their zones positions really well and were rewarded with multiple touches early on. Upfront Jack Gordon was on fire – four scoring shots in total for the quarter with two majors amongst the tally, one from easily 25 metres out. Thomas McIntosh and Nic Cordingly chimed into the action as well, with an amazing four scoring shots between them, both boys snaring goals for the team. By the end of the first quarter the team accrued four goals and four behinds.

The second quarter maintained the rage. This time it was Bennett Huf and Sophie Martin dominating the centre zone for the team in a master class display in ruck and turnover possession. Bowen McTavish-Green was also on fire in the centres scooting away from the opposition on several occasions and landing perfectly weighted kicks on to the chest of his teammates in the forward zone.

This quarter featured some very memorable moments, none more so than the efforts from debutant captain Joey Fernando. The first coming in the second minute where, running into space he grabs a lead from Pat Dalton, on the run snaps into goal for it to graze the post for his first ever-scoring shot. Amazingly two minutes later and running onto another great kick from Pat – this time…this time he snaps straight through the middle for his first ever GOAL! Pat now having set up his mate twice, then gets his own with a wonderful piece of play five metres out from goal snapping over his left shoulder from a pack of Everton players. Not to be out done Nic Dalton then collects a scoring shot from a wonderful piece of individual brilliance to finish out the quarter.

The sun was shining, the halftime oranges were juicy and the team was on fire – does a Saturday morning get any better for a kid. Third quarter continued on script. Will Johnson contributing strongly up front with two set shots for goal after marking well on each occasion. Jax Beikoff grabbing a mark on the siren only centimetres out on a very tight angle sealed the quarter with a generous goal, thanks to the Huf.

The final quarter tested the defensive line for the first time in the game. Will Johnson saving a certain goal on his own line with some brave play. Reece Napper again was simply sensational with his tackling and on ball plays – like a dentist with a bloodied facemask – it’s wise to steer clear of young Reece when he is in these moods.

Rightfully it was Jack Gordon, who had the final plays for the quarter in the forward line. He grabbed possession on four occasions for four scoring shots. Some attempts were uglier than wearing bike pants to the shops, but it was a complete display from a wonderful player, who on his fourth shot for the quarter nailed his third goal for the game.

The team finished the game well and played with great spirit. Ferdi Rombola , was missed by the team, as he sat the game out for recovery. Special mentions for Nic Cordingly and Reece Napper, who both tied for the most tackles for the day. Stand out performance goes to our debutant captain and debutant goal scorer, Joey Fernando – easily his best performance and truly led the team by example of his efforts and spirit in which he played the game. The end of game Tiger land song was the loudest of all to date and well and truly drowned out those butterflies.