NWJFL. The Circular Head Giants’ junior sides are effortlessly easing into a new season, now with a few games under their belts.
Following a bye last Sunday (April 17) due to East Devonport’s forfeit, the U/12s headed to West Park Oval on Sunday to take on the Burnie Dockers for their second game of the North West Junior Football League season.
With the young Dockers boasting five state-listed U/12 players, the Giants were challenged from the start, however with a full team and three fresh first-gamers they battled hard.
From the outset, the Giants defenders were under the pump as Burnie’s forwards booted seven successive goals, but with great backline efforts from Jacob Furphy, Lucas Lardner and Koby House the young men worked hard to ease the pressure.
Following a 6.4.40 to 12.8.80 defeat by Devonport in round one and a close 6.7.43 to East Devonport’s 7.7.49 last Sunday, the Giants U/14s were determined to improve against their Dockers opponents on Sunday.
Starting well, the Giants displayed an impressive intensity and work rate, but coach Kahlan Williams said there were three components that let the boys down: letting their man run loose, simple skill errors and decision making.
“We lacked all of [those] things in the second quarter, but after the first half I moved the more dominate players back into defence where they managed to hold the ball up a little,” Williams said.
“Lachlan Blakemore was impressive with his run and carry and Austen Perry with his smart and quick thinking to cut most of the ball off.”
Jake Russell was the sole scorer of the day as the Giants went down 22.20.152 to 1.4.10.
After a loss of 4.2.26 to Devonport’s 11.27.93 in round one and 3.3.21 to East Devonport’s 17.12.114 last week, the U/16s came out firing against the Dockers to secure their first win of the season.
Led by Mason Chatwin and Brody Brown in the midfield, working with forwards Isaac Perry (five goals) and Kalien Oates (three) the Giants held a strong front to secure a 9.15.69 to 12.10.82 win.
Coach Matt Elliott credited the whole team for the result: “All in all [it] was a really good team effort and everyone stood up!”