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Under 9s Round 1 Mayne Vs Kedron

Bright sunny conditions greeted the team for their first game of the season against the might of Kedron at home. Captain Charlie Keenan proudly led the team through the banner for the eagerly awaited first bounce and after eight long months the siren finally broke the morning silence signalling the start of the 2017 season.

The first quarter proved to be a real arm wrestle as both teams sought to come to terms with the bigger ground and the introduction of the tackle rule for this year. The boys were a little rusty early due in part to the long season lay off and a likely over indulgence of chocolates at Easter however it wasn’t too long before some good link up play was displayed. No quarter was given by either team with both sides looking to establish an early advantage. Neither side could land a major however with only minor scores being registered on both sides of the ledger. Our defensive unit of Archie, Finlay, Harrison, Lachlan and Kai were stoic in defence during this period of sustained pressure ensuring that any potential carnage were only mere flesh wounds.

The second quarter saw the game start to open up as both teams began to run the ball with the crowd being entertained with some exciting footy. Coast to coast is the term and the ball was going from the Tweed to Noosa such was the speed of the game. Up forward Charlie, Harry, Jack and Alistair were looking dangerous and it wasn’t long before Alistair slotted through our first goal of the season, picking the ball up just to the left of the goal square before pirouetting around the defence and slotting it through. Kedron were also looking more dangerous and if not for some good work in the centre from Lachlan and Kai our defensive unit could have been under some significant pressure. Special mention also to Hudson in our backline who was on it like an ibis at a tip, mopping up everything that went to ground. After Kedron pegged back a major the boys again got down to the task, managing to get the footy back into our forward line where Harry was able to kick a late settling goal just prior to the siren sounding. Generous applause greeted the boys as they ran off for half time and a well-deserved orange.

The third quarter started with Mayne coming out of the blocks faster than Usain Bolt. Kedron’s defence was under sustained pressure as wave after wave of Mayne attack set upon them. Archie was instrumental during this period having numerous kicks at goal but unfortunately due to the difficult angles could only registered minor scores initially. This changed however when Harrison took a fine mark directly in front of goal before going back and slotting it straight through for a major. Out of the resulting centre bounce Henry gathered, sold some candy and went for one of his darting runs. Mayne were now really playing with some pomp as the team started to hustle and bustle Kedron off the ball. Some great tackles by Zavier and Finlay in the centre of the ground kept Kedron in check and every time the footy came into our forward line it was preserved better than marmalade by Blair and Lachie.

The final quarter tore apart early like a wrapped Christmas present with Mayne continuing to ramp up the heat on what was now a tiring Kedron side. Lucas and Charlie in the midfield were onto crumbs more than an overzealous seagull and were supported by Jack who was hard at it, being involved in some collisions that would make an onion cry. This started to feed our forward line where Harry was able to take advantage kicking 5 for the quarter. Our defence was never really troubled during this period as the ball continually stayed forward of centre for the remainder of the match.

The final siren sounded to end what was a great day out for the Mayne Tigers and kick off our 2107 season. The boys finished the day with 3 cheers to our admirable competitors Kedron and singing the team song with great gusto. Special mention to Charlie for captaining the team admirably all day, our two players of the match Archie and Harry and finally Brodie, our currently injured player who performed his sirens duties with distinction.