Saturday 1/5/2021 - Year 7's

Year 7's Match Report

Tom Parker - Year 7 Coach

Football returned to the community last Saturday, and the Year 7 Baysie Bears ventured out to Ballajura Lions Reserve to take on Ballajura in Round 1.

It has been difficult to gauge the level of improvement in the Baysie side over the pre-season as the covid related cancellation of the scratch match against Wanneroo left the team without a hit out. But any concerns that might have existed, were quickly put to rest and the lads from Bayswater came straight out of the blocks with a scintillating first quarter. The Bayswater midfield were on top early, the defence was impregnable and the forward line were especially effective. A 5 goal to zero first quarter came about as a result of strong teamwork across the ground.

Significantly boosted by the two “Taj’s” from Year 6 – De Bono and O’Shea – along with big inclusion Jai De Bono, the boys through the midfield – Deakin Stoute, Diego Merstein and Ethan Turner stamped their dominance on the game early. Plenty of clearances, sharing the ball, looking out for teammates, meant that this midfield ascendancy was never bettered by Ballajura. Having hard running wingmen is the hallmark of any good team in transition and with Brody Clark on one wing, carving up with pace and sure ball-handling and Riley Bridger on the other (who is just an absolute work-horse with a high level of concentration), Bayswater continue to pound the ball inside 50 where the forwards went to work.

Led by big key forward Roman Kuljis (who was an awesome and ominous presence in the square) the mosquito fleet of small forwards in Max Wittkowsky, Gabe Plummer, Zaeya Nathan made sure that when the ball came into the forward half, it didn’t leave until a score had been posted. Some outstanding work by the forward half. To end up with 32 shots on goal in a 60 minute game is shows a highly effective forward line.

All good transition football starts in the back half, and the Baysie defence, led superbly by skipper Declan Page was as solid as you will see across the comp. With a variety of players going through the back half, the standards were set early by Tyler McCormack, Tom Parker and Latrell Long. These 4 core defenders stopped everything – their desperation and effort was first class - and combined with the willingness of the midfield to get back and help out, it meant Ballajura did not post their first goal until after the main break.

An excellent start to the season by the year 7 Bayswater team….but it is only start. This team showed that when the play 4 solid quarters and concentrate on the process, the result takes care of itself: A fantastic 112 point victory. This team will surely play tougher opposition across the season, and they must use this first game as the minimum in terms of effort and concentration.

Bayswater take on Mt Lawley White on their home deck of Hillcrest Reserve this Saturday. The Bears will welcome back superbly talented Max Kettel and the straight line running of James Anderson – so two big “ins” that will only make this team more fearsome.

The Bears will be looking to continue their early season form against the Roos this week and send a message that the Bears are out of hibernation and are hungry for success!

Final Score Bayswater Bears 17 - 15 117 Ballajura 2 - 3 15 Best B Clark, R Bridger, R Kuljis

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