R4 – Drouin v Lang Lang

This week’s game was played at home against Lang Lang in wet and blustery conditions. Before the games could commence, 2 trees had to be cut up and removed from the ground thanks to the early arriving Parents with their chainsaws. One of the trees was resting on one of the Coaches box that needed to be removed before play could start. With no power due to the overnight storm, the Canteen Volunteers, with their quick thinking, performed a wonderful job by setting up the BBQ and serving hot soup, coffee and sausages to help the players keep warm.
All DDSC teams won their games against Lang Lang in pretty poor weather conditions.

Under 7’s
The rain held off for the U7 game against Lang Lang. Caleb made his debut for the dragons and did a fantastic job!
The boys showed great team work and their passing skills were fantastic! The team showed great development and it’s exciting to see them grow.
Best on Ground: Caleb for his great pace and control of the ball.

Under 9’s
As Lang Lang were lacking U9s – understandable for a new club – Drouin Dragon U9s played against themselves.
It was a competitive game with neither side wanting to give their team-mates on the opposite team the satisfaction of a win. Jayden and Aiden combined well up front for the Yellows, supported by Lucia, and Harvey and Will combined well for the Reds. In the end the Yellows won 4-3, but it was an excellent performance by everyone, including a U9s Debut from Emma.

Best on Ground: Lucia , for an excellent goal and a determined attitude.
Coaches Award: James, for containing the opposition forward attack with his tackling

Under 14’s
Fulltime Score: Drouin 8 – Lang Lang 1
Another good game was demonstrated on Sunday with players honing in on their passing and goalscoring.
Player Awards
Best on Ground: Tom Planck
Coaches Award: Henry Grant
Goal Scorers: Lachlan Beer – 5, Henry Grant, 3

Senior Women
Fulltime Score: Drouin 8 – Lang Lang 3
The girls were slow to get started on the wet and soggy pitch. The rain kept coming and the girls finally found their feet. Passing improved as the ball was moved down the pitch quickly, and the goals started to come. The defence were pushed to their limits by some quick running from the Lang Lang attack. The ball was travelling quickly along the pitch and took the defence by surprise. Lang Lang scored two quick goals in return.
Myrid, a dragon last year, now playing for Lang Lang took the ball out wide and made an impressive shot. This was the goal Lang Lang needed, but the Dragon girls were quick to answer. Half time score 6 – 3.
After a very cold half time break, the girls were fired up and came out hard. It was muddy, rough play for the majority of the half, the Lang Lang attack had the defence running, but their legs held out and the dragons cleared the ball well under pressure. Drouin added two more goals to the tally to finish out the game 8-3.
Player Awards
Best on Ground: Jenni Quaife – cool hands in goals
Coaches Award: Alive Grant – excellent running all day
Goal Scorers: Steph Morling 2, Kayla Simpson 2, Jess Nalty 2, Nicole Lewis 1, Tyanna Burns-Um 1.

Reserves
Full-time Score: Drouin 10 – Lang Lang 1:
The Drouin Reserves started play strongly in wet and windy conditions controlling the slippery ball well. The players passed consistently well by keeping the ball on the ground for most of the game often finding their target, or providing a well placed pass for players to run onto creating excellent attacking opportunities. The first half closed out at 5-0 to Drouin.
As per last week’s match against Mirboo North, Lang Lang started the second half much more defensively and absorbed a number of pressing attacks by the Drouin mid-field working in combination with the strikers.
Drouin kept up the pressure throughout the half and were rewarded with five more goals, with Lang Lang scoring a consolation goal in the 43rd minute of the second half. The match finished 10-1 in Drouin’s favour.
Player Awards:
Country Club Best on Ground: Ben Smith
Hotondo Homes Coaches Award: Arjay Trillanes
Most Disciplined Player: Aaron Patchett
Goal Scorers: Trey Dekker = 3, Tim Laidlaw = 1, Riley Kittelty = 2, Arjay Trillanes = 1, d’Artagnan Belcher = 1, Aaron Patchett = 1, Daniel Patchett = 1

Seniors
The Drouin Seniors braved inclement weather conditions on their home ground to play the Lang Lang Senior team. Lang Lang came out firing with some good pressing moves but the pressure was absorbed well by the Drouin defence.
Drouin then settled into their game plan and started working the combination passes along the ground to press home a number of well executed scoring opportunities.
The first half finished with the Drouin Seniors ahead by 5 goals to nil.
The second half was played with as much intensity as the first half from both sides, with players from both teams contesting the ball strongly in the mid-field. Drouin’s defence again held up well while the attacking players combined efficiently to slot a further 6 goals in the back of the net before play finished. Lang Lang fought hard throughout the match and were rewarded with two nice goals to close out the half.
The game closed at 11-2 to Drouin.
Player Awards:
Country Club Best on Ground: Andy Bowmar
Hotondo Homes Coaches Award: Seb Deligt
Most Disciplined Player: Nick Woodson & Chris Davies
Goal Scorers: Chris Davies = 3, Aaron Kittelty = 2, Tim Laidlaw = 2, Luke Kittelty = 1, Frank Pitisano = 1, Trey Dekker = 1, Simon Henry = 1