This week marked the beginning of a new of Sports fixtures. It started on Tuesday with the U13 boys and girls in action. The girls kick started their year with Netball and the boys with football.
ISACK Girls U13 Netball
TES 52 vs 0 ESF
The hours of training undertaken so far by the girls, well and truly paid off in their opening game at home to ESF. They started off extremely well with ESF never really looking to challenge our girls. Angelina and Darcy started off what was to be an exceptional shooting campaign today, scoring 90% of their first attempts on goal. They were well supported by a feisty centre court, comprising of Melanie, Olivia and Yara, who made sure the ball stayed out ofour defensive third. The rare occasions the ball did enter our defensive third, Callie and Thalia made certain it didn’t stay for long doing an excellent job of keeping the opposition shooters at bay - not one shot was taken. After the first quarter, we led 14-0 after what can only be described as an almost perfect performance by the 7 girls on court. As we moved into the second quarter, the girls continued their impressive start, scoring goal after goal effortlessly. They rarely put a foot wrong in the opening quarter and their discipline, patience and finesse well and truly stood them head and shoulders above the opposition. After another 10 minutes of play, the score stood at 32-0 with still a further half to go. It was an excellent opening first half to the game. Mistakes were made, but praise must be given to the discipline of our girls all in all. The second half gave Lucy, Lily, Ruby and Sienna an opportunity to take to the court and leave their mark also. The 4 of them played well and ensured that the final score was taken to an extremely impressive 52-0 win in the end. All 11 girls - unfortunately Josefin was unable to play due to an injury - played their part in what was a fantastic start to their ISACK season. It also identified where things need to evolve - but the coach would be out of a job if things were perfect already! An awesome start by the TES girls - we look forward to taking on BSK next week at BSK.
ISACK Boys U13 Football
TES 2 vs 0 BSK
The TES boys made a very positive start to the ISACK football season, with a 2-0 victory in their opening game. For many of the boys it was their first time representing TES and first football match on a large pitch, in very hot conditions. The boys made a great start to the game by chasing and pressuring the opposition into mistakes early and often. The start of the game was sloppy with both sides unable to get the ball on the ground and play, however the TES boys got the better of the early exchanges by pressing the opposition and winning the ball in dangerous positions. Defensively TES looked very solid with Matthew and Omar making some very good challenges to limit the BSK chances at goal. On the left, Richard played some excellent passes and brought the ball up well to start some attacks. Benjamin, Jack and Maxwell were winning the midfield battle and creating opportunities for the team. Towards the end of the first half Woojin won a penalty for TES when he made an excellent run on a through ball and got a decent shot that just missed the target before he was scythed down by the BSK keeper. Maxwell lined up the penalty and hit it very hard, just wide of the top corner, keeping the score 0-0. Luca came on in the left midfield position and had a great impact. At halftime, TES had the better of game but were unable to capitalise on their opportunities.
In the second half TES dominated the game and really started to put the BSK boys under pressure and it was only a matter of time before the breakthrough came. Maxwell moved into the centre of midfield, got more involved in the build up of play and created a number of chances for himself and others. It was Maxwell that opened up the scoring with a great strike from 25 yards out that flashed passed the BSK goalkeeper. Shortly after the first goal, TES nearly had a second with some sound attacking play down the left before the ball was squared to the centre, where Truman struck the ball too well and fired it off the crossbar. The second goal did come via Jack where he chased down a long ball and finished calmly with his left foot into the bottom corner. BSK fought back for a goal but Omar, Matthew and Richard in defence won lots of tackles and Ben made some brilliant defensive headers to clear any danger. Jad had little to do in the TES goal, but when he was called upon he claimed everything easily and his kicking was excellent. Overall a great team performance for the boys, well done!