A beautiful crisp autumn day greeted us on Mother’s Day for our first venture at Lang Lang’s new home ground. Lang Lang officially opened their ground with a beautiful speech by Drouin Dragons former player, Kaye McCraw outlining all the hard work they put in to get their own two pitches.
The kids were all very excited to be back after our break last week. The kids did very well and proved to be very strong today, Noah and William did very well facing up to the tackles, Max was a great runner up the mid field while Baxter, Milla and Cal did most the goal scoring. Each week this little group is growing in confidence and getting stronger and stronger. Congratulations to Milla on her first goal of the season.
Coaches Awards: Milla Opsenica & Noah Buckley-Cook
Best on ground: Baxter Tyler
What a wonderful display of sportsmanship and teamwork from our U8 Dragons today against Lang Lang.
Our defence was outstanding and what stood out was the passing of the ball from team mate to team mate.
We also saw some quick break away and some really great ball skills.
Lacey was our goal keeper for today and did a great job!
Great game today kids, we are very proud of you all.
Encouragement award: Harlan Thomson
Best on Ground: James Midgley
Another immense effort by the U10s produced hat tricks from Darcy and Brennan. The whole team produced another great performance, solid tackling, great passing and teamwork and showed how far they have come in just a few weeks.
The U10s need to learn to play the first half the way they play the second.
The DDSC Best on Ground award went to Hugo, for his great tackling and for bringing Drouin’s back line deep into the oppositions half – great work. the McDonalds Coaches award went to Brennan for his great breaks from his own half and a hat trick of goals.
Best on Ground: Hugo
Coaches Award: Brennan
Fulltime Score – Drouin 8 Lang Lang 4
The game started with intensity with Drouin coming out and having the majority of the play and kicking 2 quick goals. Like last week, the Defence held up strongly with the midfielders using the ball well and keeping pressure up forward.
Both Lang Lang and Drouin played well with Drouin coming out on top on the day. Overall it was an exciting game to watch with 12 goals scored in a game that went for 60 minutes.
Best on Ground: Lachlan Silver
Encouragement Award: Isaac Arima
Goal kickers: Lachlan Silver 3, Charles Blackburn 1, Nathan Beer 1, Isaac Arima 2, Tristan Silver 1
Full-time score: Drouin 4 – Lang Lang 6
On the smallest pitch we have ever played on the team struggled to adjust. Midfield was effectively bypassed as kick ins could easily clear the half way line. We started with an experiment with Sam Bradford in defence much to his surprise. Later when switched forward he scored so I guess that ends that experiment. It was a high scoring game with the ball bouncing from end to end. Ace was brilliant in goals with a barrage of shots saved and was our best player for the day. Defence, despite the scoreline actually held up pretty well considering the speed at which the ball was entering. Matilda played her best ever game repelling many forays from Lang Lang. Both sides scored early but the game took a turn when Lang Lang swapped goalkeepers and went from a smaller keeper to a much more imposing keeper who really controlled their area well.
A special mention to Jackson who put his body on the line in one attack and was nearly knocked back to Drouin. Shaken, he managed to recover and play on in the second half. Unfortunately at half time Henry was unable to continue due to illness and this upset our team balance. We were well in the game until Lang Lang scored three late goals to get the points on the day. Tom was once again good in defence as was Keiran in the midfield. We learned a lot of lessons in this game and hopefully in future will adjust better when challenged by varying playing conditions. Goal scorers for the day were Joel Van Raalte, Jordan Dorling, Sam Bradford and Jackson Spencer.
Coaches Award: Ace Leeman
Encouragement Awards: Thomas Agudo, Matilda Collier and Jackson Spencer.
Full-time Score: Drouin 4 – Lang Lang 1
The ladies were quick to settle, and find their way. Drouin had most of the play. To me, it looked like Drouin had been playing together for years, the talking was up the passes were on point and most of all it was fun. With plenty of shots on goal, it wasn’t until the 20th minute that Jess Brown did a stunner of a throw in which landed at Liz Beard’s Feet that found the back of the net. With the ladies high and pushing hard. Lang Lang was under pressure, which resulted in a hand ball. Up stood Casey Lewis who with a cool head, kicked the ball straight into the back of the net. Drouin went into the half time break 2-0.
The ladies re grouped and were still firing. 6 minutes in Jess Nalty found the back of the net, with some great team work to get it down there. The dragons were still on key. With Jess Brown, taking a cracker of a corner kick that connected with Kate Boyer’s Head at the 10th minute had the dragons up 4-0. The girls were starting to tire and that gave Lang Lang the chance to sneak a goal in at the 15 minute. Jenni Quaife owned the goals today. Some fantastic saves and a bruise to prove her hard work paid off.
Drouin were able to hold Lang Lang out for the rest of the game, but the girls were starting to slow down. Never less, they still kept fighting. Never gave up and gave it all they had. Bec Brown held the back line up once again with Bec Bickerdike and Zali Fitzgerald proving they have settled and is comfortable with each other and the tasks ahead.
What an awesome effort by all Ladies today
Drouin Family Hotel : Bec Brown
Warragul Country Club: Chelsea Quiafe
Beauty by Kerry: Jenni Quaife
Liz-1, Casey -1, Jess Nalty – 1, Kate – 1
This week DDSC travelled to Lyndale FC which is in Greater Dandenong and saw the Reserves win and the Seniors lose 0-4.
The boys had a challenge on their hands with only having 10 players available due to an injury issue at Drouin at the moment so the spot was filled with a rotation of senior players, prior to the start the team had a challenge set to them to have a break from the norm and start the game fast and sharp not like weeks prior and take 30 minutes to fire up. And they took the challenge on starting first and sharp creating chances and in 10 minutes 1-0 up the game had good pace and fight about with Drouin dominating and pushing the ball well, game finished 2-1 to Drouin 3 points. Job well done.
This game should have been a great contest but due to player numbers ½ the senior squad had already played part of a game, so game on I guess Drouin started well knocking the ball around pressing high up the park hitting the wide players but this lasted for about 10 minutes then the disappointment was a game of errors and for some reason the lads couldn’t put more than two passes together and they started to get pushed off of the ball. At the half time change, Drouin was 2-0 down due to errors from our back line gifting lyndale 2 goals.
The talk was about enforcing themselves on the game and to start attacking the ball also to try and follow the game instructions from the coaching team. The ½ started and Drouin looked good getting around the park playing good balls but then another mistake another error gifted a 3rd goal to lyndale then the boys started to drop off again but still tried to fight with fresh legs coming on to help. In the last few minutes, out of the blue, an absolute thunder bolt was scored. 4-0 to Lyndale.
Warragul country club award- Chris Davies
Hontondo homes award – Frank Pitsiano
Coach award- Ben Smith