Pirates report on how their teams are doing in the MFL
The Boys U13 Phantoms, playing in the U14 Division 2 League, are doing well with 1 loss and 2 wins. The boys started nervously against the Geelong Cats in their first game and gave away silly goals. Their defensive structure was never evident in the first half of the match, as Geelong raced to a commanding lead. In the second half the boys settled down and gradually clawed their way back into the game, narrowly losing 7-9, in what proved to be an exciting game of futsal. In their second match, against the Dragons, it was all one way. They raced to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back. It was as if they wanted to make up for their mistakes from the previous week! They eventually won the match 13-1. Last Saturday they met the early pace setters of the Division, the Eagles, an all girls team. In what was a very tight encounter at Cheltenham, the Phantoms came out on top, winning 5-3. So the boys go into the Queens Birthday weekend break with 2 wins from 3.
The Girls U14 / 15 Hornets are also playing in the U14 Division 2 League. They won their first game against the Dragons 6-4, but were outdone by the Cobras a week later at Mullauna College, losing 4-9. In their third match, they started off against ISE tentatively, but holding their own. In the first half, they let the game get away from them, with some basic defensive errors, and found it difficult to get back into the game. They lost the match 3-8. Losing their ‘talisman’, Club Captain, Bronte James, to a season ending ACL injury doesn’t help the cause and also the experienced Elizabeth Sarcevic between the sticks, out with a wrist injury, just added to the team’s woes. Although the girls are having a bad run with injuries, and other commitments, they are still good enough to do well this season. This division is proving to be very competitive, as it is a combination of all girl teams, mixed teams and all boy teams. The Hornets go into the break with a 1-2 ratio.
The U16 Falcons have not had an easy start to the season, losing away to St Albans Strikers 4-9, followed by an Away Bye and then the following week losing to the Vic Vipers 2-7. In both games, the Pirates were even with their opponents, but they lost structure in their defence to allow simple goals to be scored against them. Not having a full squad is also a mitigating factor, but the return of some players from injury will assist the Starting Five with the cover they need. Against the Eagles, Captain Anthony Elmer scored two very good powerful goals. However, the Eagles came back with two good goals of their own making it 2-2 at half time. Just when it looked like the guys would finally get something out of the game, Elmer pulls up with a hamstring injury. The Falcons’ talisman was out of the match. To their credit the team played quite well and were composed for much of the second half, but they could not hold out against the Eagles onslaught and lost the match 4-7. Vice Captain Alan Lamshed had a fantastic match as Anchor, playing the whole second half, as well as recovering from a broken wrist. Hopefully Elmer will back in a couple of weeks time.
Playing 2 x 25 minute halves for the junior teams is proving very interesting. That extra 10 minutes of game time allows the clubs with bigger squads to cope better than those with smaller teams. The U16s playing on the larger sized court is also a stern test for some players, with their level of fitness becoming an important factor in their individual performances. Some of the Pirates players are now realising the importance of having a solid pre season!
The MFL is in recess for this weekend, as the F League Roadshow is in town at Derrimut. However, before trekking over to see the teams in action, the Pirates will have a solid training session at Cheltenham in readiness for Round 5 a week later. Revision!