Juniors set the record straight

GOAL: Connor Fisher strolls into an open goal during the Ocean Grove under-16 game on Saturday. 152667 Pictures: JAMIE CULLUM

WITH great anticipation, the Cobra boys, coaches, parents and committee members kicked off the 2016 season with a record number of teams, including the newly formed under-9s.
OGCC Cobras (63) v Barwon Heads Gulls (14).
The six goal scorers were Sam, Keegan, Lachlan, Tom, Oliver and Darcy. Encouragement awards were presented to Lachlan and Kai.
OGCC Orange (27) v Torquay Ashley (37).
OGCC White (43) v Portarlington (7).
A fantastic start to the season with every player contributing and showing a wilingess to listen, learn and put instruction into practice within the game with no greater example than Archie Moran kicking three goals creating some others, then running into an open goal and handballing to a team-mate to allow him to kick a goal. All players held their positions well and made positive decisions. Lucas Anderson , Noah Coglan and Jack McGough led the team well and set a great example for their team-mates.
OGCC Blue (42) v Torquay McCartney (0).
The participation and involvement of the boys was very even across the ground for all four quarters. While there were some standout performances, the overall effort was the key difference in the two teams. The use of handball was particularly impressive and this was a major factor in the performance.
OGCC Orange (10) v Torquay Aldridge (28)
A tight battle and fantastic team work with great chains of handballs which brought delight to the coach and the cheering crowd. Dominating the first half was the handy duo of Miller Keck and Finlay Rolfs. A great goal was kicked by Shay and a late run by Torquay saw them get over the line. Encouragement awards to Alex Gibbon and Shay Kilpatrick.
OGCC Blue (28) v Barwon Heads Heads (18)
The Blue boys enjoyed a great start to the season, teaming together to have a win against Barwon Heads. Captain for the day Rory Phillips led from the front, hitting his targets with that deadly left foot. Thanks to Kai, Henry, Braden and Liam who showed great sportsmanship by playing a quarter for Barwon Heads when they were a player short.
OGCC Blue (34) v Torquay Browning (62).
OGCC Orange (19) v Torquay Davey (21).
Sunday was super blowy down at the Quay reserve with the wind running from wing to wing, this kept both sides relatively scoreless until the last term when young superboot Noah Collins booted the snakes first from just inside 50. The Tigers responded well and leapt in front which left the boys a little battered. Not to be outdone Dylan Grace and Will Irwin booted a goal a piece which had everyone biting their nails however the final siren left the team just shy. Nick Gibbon was captain with Will Stute his vice – both boys led superbly and were outstanding. Toby Gill took some hangers with Hamish Green feeding him, Bailey Hague looked after his brothers when needed, Riley Hynson showed some tremendous courage. Awards to Oscar Kopec-Teague, James Croswell and Zac Mifsud.
OGCC White (26) v Leopold Dowsett (26).
The Snakes travelled to take on Leopold Dowsett with a nailbiter to start the season off, with both teams kicking 3.8.26. Goals to James Devine, Lachie Wallbank and James Barry. Awards to Ayden Dunell and Connor Asquith.
OGCC Cobras (41) v Barwon Heads Heads (69).
It was a terrific outcome as the Barwon Heads team only fielded one bottom-age child and jumped the start in the first quarter but by half time there was only one point between the teams. Barwon Heads kicked away in the third and held the lead until the final siren. The highlight of the day was the attack on the ball. Finlay and Jackson helped out with numbers. Awards to Nathan, Ben and Ted.
OGCC 1 (140) vs Modewarre (12).
The first grading game against Modewarre was a pleasing result for the young Cobra team. Leaders Cooper Tully, Will Monk, Bryce Dunell and Nathan Down led the way. Rhys Devlin showed great courage with his attack on the ball and Xavier Norman set up many goals with his unselfishness.
OGCC 2 (15) vs Torquay Nairn (41).
Cobras footy was back and what a great way to start the season with a cracking game. The boys played a great brand of footy and with their attack on the ball and willingness to work for each other all over the ground never in question they were always in the contest. Captain for the day Copper Collett led from the front. Encouragement awards to Bradley Beckwith and Will Lamb.
OGCC 3 (0) vs St Mary’s 3 (118).
The thirds played some good footy against a stronger St Mary’s side at Memorial. Skipper Lucas Bakker was in and under at the contest, Jimmy Spowart took the game on and the Harrison-Roberts twins, Kody and Jye, tried hard all day. Some good signs for an early grading game.