We entered our u7 Blues team into a mixed age tournament having enjoyed a great first season of league football at Temple Park. At the moment, we have only played in an unceeded league so we knew this would be a tough test but the whole team excelled throughout. Finley is a new addition to the team but is already a very popular lad and if he continues to perform heroics in goal and try hard on the pitch his status will only grow. His goals and running also caught the eye so you would never guess he was probably the youngest player in the tournament. Each and every one of the players stood out today for their positive footballing contributions. Ryan was only 2 goals away from tournaments top goal scorer but the quality of some of his strikes was very high. His best game however was actually playing in defence later in the day when only an own goal got past him while goals flew in at the other end. Starting the day with back-to-back games against the two u8 teams present, we lost both but took a lot of heart from the fact we were probably the better footballing side each time. Unshaken and confident our remaining games were all against same age teams and we won the lot by playing some great football. Ethan and Martynas came in for some high praise from the watching parents for their huge effort in chasing the opposition, never allowing them time to settle on the ball and when they won it, over and over, their first thought was to get the ball forward with a pass or dribble. Over the next few year many teams will not enjoy playing against these two. Andrew played well too, a different type of game today, very intelligent, getting into some great positions and using space up front really well. A few more early passes reaching his feet and a slice of luck, Andrew could be topping the scoring charts but as ever, he plays where asked to go and fits into the team perfectly. When in goal, it’s all about heart though. Brave, resilient and with bags of ability he can also make the difference in goal too. Luca too is working hard to fit into the team ethic also. He is probably the most improved player with us, since training began and is now beginning to turn that individual ability into team performances with solid tackles, passes across the pitch and the ability to change direction of play, so much so that Luca looked at home playing against teams a year older. Last mention must go to Zack. I watched the presentation at the end when a player was awarded a trophy for scoring the most goals (from an u8 team) and looked over at Zack. Then I recalled watching Zack dribble past 2 players, totally in control, ran the length of the pitch leaving him with just the keeper to beat. For Zack, probably a goal. He side footed it to a team mate for an open goal. Three minutes later he did exactly the same again for a different team mate who banged it in the net. Keep your highest scorer award, give me a Zack every time. Coaches left feeling like winners, boys massively enjoyed the experience.

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