From Convenor of AFL, Alan Riordan
AFL legend visits training
AFL legend and Sydney Swans Coaching Director/Head of Development, John Blakey spent a session training with Year 7/8 A and B teams on Thursday 25 May at Queens Park. It’s hard to underestimate the positive impact this has on the players and we are grateful to John and the Swans for the support they are providing to develop our AFL squad. John is expected to visit training again in the near future.
Waverley 9/10’s match report Saturday 20 May
Wet weather and a long drive to the Barker home ground had the Waverley boys set up for a big challenge. Absentees mean that we only had 17 players and put the boys in for an even harder encounter. While the Barker boys only had 15 players, they seemed to have a couple extra players on the field all game… The oppositions hard attack on the ball and harder running in the midfield blew our boys out of the water. While the Waverley boys put in a good effort and tried their best to keep up with a hard running midfield, eventually the cracks started to show. Accountability was the main focus of this game, stay on you player and run with them was the instruction. Players did their best to keep up the pressure but couldn’t keep it up for the entire game. Looks like fitness and movement around the ground is going to be the key focus this week at training. B. Preston was best on ground with his repeated efforts and hard attack on the ball all game. Here is to another week of learning and growing on the football field.
Final Score: Waverley 28 to Barker 87.
Coach: Emmett Pugh
Waverley 7/8B’s match report Saturday 20 May
Coming off three very good games, our first real opposition came in the face of a very determined Shore team. This was a very “hit-and-miss” game and we let ourselves down with our accuracy of our kicking. This inaccuracy saw us kicking 6 behinds in the first quarter while Shore only had one very late opportunity which resulted in a Goal. We were still in it for most of the game but those early missed chances kept us just out of their reach. In what was a competitive outing and a day where we were winning a lot of the ball, missed chances and a strong overall game by Shore cost us dearly.
If we can get a few players back from injuries, take our opportunities and string together 4 quarters, I will be excited to see the brand of footy we play.
Final score: Waverley 3- 11- 29 to Shore 6, 5, 41
Goals: Dylan Brown and Sam Connolly.
Best on ground: Jared Garwood, Lorenzo Di Napoli, Luca Wilson, Darcy Bourke, Charley Roberts, Luke Higgins, Dylan Brown and Sam Connolly.
Coach: Alan Riordan