Round 1 Thunder v Dromana
Bluescope was the destination for round 1 v Dromana and the boys were busting to get it on
after a long 10 week preseason.
They started well with heaps of running and combined with lots of rotations the team kept fresh
and strong all over the ground with winners on every line resulting in a strong and dominant performance
over our friendly rivals.
A good win and a great way to start the season with 22 contributors.
The Dromana coach was impressed with the boys level of running fitness and relentless attack on the ball.
Welcome to Blake, Eddie, Kai, Torin and Nick on their first official hit out for our club.
Lets strive to maintain and improve on that benchmark performance next week v South Mornington.
Round 2 Thunder v Sth Mornington
Round 2 was played on the Hastings main oval on Sunday against the Sth Mornington Tigers.
They always play a tough brand of footy and this match was no exception.
We got our noses in front early and held the lead for three quarters in a tight contest leading by
5 goals going into the last break and managed to hold off a hard finishing tigers team to win by 3.
Lots of rotations seemed to unbalance the team structure….this is a work in progress and we’ll work hard to make it
smoother for our next match against Mount Martha.
Hightlights: Blakes 6 last quarter marks across half back, Declan Goulds return to the team and Daniel’s great mark on the wing.
Round 3 Thunder v Mt Martha
Friday night under lights at Mount Martha saw us take on the Mounties.
Fantastic conditions, a good size crowd and our boys definitely came to play against the top of the ladder team.
From the very first bounce the pace was frantic and the contest was hard but Mount Martha just couldn’t seem to find
the ball and when our boys found some space they moved the ball with speed and skill and never looked like losing.
A fantastic team win with everybody working hard to do their bit in making the team as strong as possible.
With some forethought by the coaching staff and some great guidance from Stuey Gay the rotations ran smoothly
and the team structure never missed a beat. Although Glenn Mealy (Runner) needed a Radox Bath and a stiff drink afterwards
racking up 9km for the journey along with Susan Sinclair who ran out of card and ink in the interchange box.
Highlights: Paddy Wilsons sticky fingers up forward, Lachy Ogden’s reliability in the backline, Marcus Harter’s run up and down the ground,
and Jevvan Mealy’s kicking into the forward line.
The teams willingness to move the ball as we have been training to do under game pressure even if it doesn’t come off.
Keep working at it and it will.
Looking forward to bringing the same sort of effort into next week’s match v Rosebud.
Round 4 Thunder v Rosebud
The Balnarring Thunder U/15's scored another resounding victory at Rosebud on the weekend, really showing their skill and determination in what were, at times, trying conditions. The boys concluded the game kicking 19 goals, while Rosebud were restricted to 5 points for the game. While the opposition team may have been under-manned, the Thunder U/15's were ruthless in the level of effort they brought to the game. How they link up and "work for each other" is something that all involved should be proud of and makes them great to watch .As usual, the Thunder received tremendous effort from the whole team, but Adam Harris, Baylen Sonneveld, Declan Gould, Blake Rhodes, Harry Field and Clayton Gay were certainly in our best. Paddy Wilson kicked four goals, (as did Clayton) and Tom Finn got three (also Declan), while we had single goal kickers in Marcus Schaper, Jevan Mealey, "Smokin" Joe Everist as well as Blake and Adam. The reality is with this team that given the opportunity, so many of these lads could get the job done, irrespective of whether they were playing forward, back or in running roles.
The Thunder U/15's are a credit to themselves and we are just hoping for even luck and to get our chance as the season wears on.
Round 5 Thunder v Somerville
Our first game of the season at home and we played Somerville in near perfect conditions expecting a much harder contest than Rosebud provided the week before.
Sure enough Sommy came out firing in the first five minutes and kicked the first score but from then on it was all Balnarring.
The contested ball was still hard to find as Somerville were hard at it around the packs treating us to a few corkys and blood noses, but once the Thunder gained possession and found space their clean skills and ball movement along with some hard running turned into a convincing win.
Balnarring had winners all over the ground. Well done boys on another great team effort in running the game out for 4 quarters.
Highlights: Logan was super at full back, Clayton was flying high down forward, Torin and Blake had their strongest game for the club, Marcus H showed us a great running game up and down the wing and Dan was awesome out of the middle.
Next week will be a big test against the reigning premiers. Sorrento will be setting up for a show down. They don’t like to lose at home so you’ll need to bring your A game.
Round 6 Thunder v Sorrento
We made the long trip down to Sorrento expecting the Sharks to be a strong opponent and they did not disappoint us.
A tough contest from the first bounce with every possession won becoming crucial.
Our boys took the lead earlier and maintained it until the third quarter when Sorrento started to surge, as we knew the premiers would, and at the last break the scores were all tied up.
An enormous last quarter effort saw the thunder break away early and with the time ticking away, a few late goals against a tired Sorrento stretched the win to 28 points.
Highlights: Clayton Gays will to win, Adam’s never say die attack at the contest, Paddy’s resilience after a heavy knock, Joe’s effort in the last to hold up three players on the wing, Jevy everywhere in the last and Declan Coventry selling the candy in the pocket.
Round 7 - Bye Senior level game day experience
Round 7 was a bye round for the U15’s, however we were lucky enough to be invited down to the Hastings Football Club by the senior team for the boys to experience a day at senior level.
A cold but fantastic afternoon with 15 of the team taking up the opportunity to be involved. Players were permitted into the rooms before the game to view the pre-game address by the coach. They were introduced and paired up individually with a senior player who play in a similar position. The boys were then asked to follow their assigned player throughout the match to learn what they do and where they move, both at and off the contest. We followed the team out behind the rooms to view their warm up routine and then back into the rooms to listen to the coaches final rev up before they took to the ground. We viewed the match next to coaches box where we took notice of the senior rotations and decision making by players and coaches. At each on ground break, our players assembled near their assigned player at the Back line, Centre line and Forward line groups to listen to communications and tactics. The half time break was also spent in the rooms with the players and coaches. Hastings didn’t get the win, so the song was not sung, but we were still welcomed into the rooms after the final siren for the after match address. A great experience for all and an invaluable part of the boys footy development.
Thank you to John Watson (President), Hastings Football Club and Stuey Gay for organising such a fantastic day.
Round 8 Thunder v Pearcedale Baxter
Round 9 Thunder v Beleura
Round 10 Thunder v Dromana
Round 11 Thunder v Sth Mornington
Round 10 U15’s - Thunder v Sth Mornington.
A perfect day for footy. Adam and Dan running through the banner to celebrate their 100th game and
we were looking for a strong win against Sth Mornington to stay undefeated but the tigers had other ideas.
They were super physical at the contest and caught us napping. Before we knew it was half time and they had
a commanding lead.
The start of the third was more of the same and our bench was be rotated with corkies and blood noses.
Finally the team rallied late in the third with some inspiring hard work lead by Clayton Gay and we kicked the last couple to just stay in touch. South were tiring and we found the space and run we are used to and the boys started to serge to get within a couple of goals, but 2 late ones by the Tigers sealed them the win and we watched their well earned celebration.
Highlights: The back line…Balin and Logan stood strong.
Just shows you what can happen when you attack the contest in numbers with ferocity and run hard to defend.
Lets take a different attitude to Mount Martha next week.
Round 12 Thunder v Mt Martha
U15’s Rnd 12 - Thunder v Mount Martha,
A fantastic game with our boys having to really fight hard to get the points in a close one.
First half was all Mount Martha winning the footy first at the contest and moving the ball well catching our boys behind and reactive but even so we still kept in touch on the scoreboard.
The second half saw the team shift into gear with all players attacking each contest with purpose and combining well to take the lead and hold on to win.
Highlights: The back line lead by Balin and Logan, a welcome return to Deccy G providing lots of run and another great goal kicked by the ever improving Deccy C.
Looking forward to seeing the same mind set we finished off with from the start against Rosebud at the Thunder Dome.
Round 13 Thunder v Rosebud
Match Report - U15's Thunder v Rosebud
Our second game for the year at the Thunderdome v Rosebud started with a bang as the boys dominated the first half with a display of free flowing footy against an under manned team.
Rosebud to their credit fought on and hard into the second half with no bench and three U14’s helping out, they slowed down the score board and managed a couple of goals themselves, but the damage had been done early and our boys ran the game out as comfortable winners.
Nick Hills’ attack on the contest was the strongest we’d seen all year.
Logan was awesome again at full back (don’t get in his way)
Clayton had a day out kicking 10.
A good showing against an underdone team.
Somerville will be a different story so bring your ‘A’ game fellas and be prepared for a physical contest.