U15-1 Boys Division 1 2022
Coach: Courtenay Moxon
Team Manager: Emily McKie
Team Page Editor: Helen Kooloos
Team Photo Loader: Richard Colyer
Harry Kooloos - 1
Finbar Kennedy - 2
Ned Tyrrell - 3
Seb Wolff - 6
Henry Timothee - 7
Archie Johnston - 8
Roman Moxon - 9
Felix Kneipp - 10
Will Attard - 11
Dylan Colyer - 12
Leeroy Cocco - 13
Pat Cullen - 14
James Geles - 15
Josef Hicks - 16
Noah Atkinson - 17
Chris Oliver - 18
Liam Ukovic - 19
Henry Harrison - 20
Nic Kirmos - 21
Josh Daly - 22
Duncan McKie - 23
Daniel Pako -24
Jack Moston - 25
Sol Hooper - 26
Captain - Ned Tyrell
Vice-Captain - Duncan McKie
Vice-Captain - Henry Timothee
Emerging Leader - Harry Kooloos
Emerging Leader - Jack Moston
Emerging Leader - Felix Kneipp
Round 6, 1pm Sunday 15 May 2022
Home at Brunswick St. Oval (BSO) to Kew Bears (KB)
Roving Reporter was Jack Moston.
Ins & Outs
The Roys went in with 21 players which allowed for bench rotations.
In: Josef Hicks, Roman Moxon, Liam Ukovic
Out: Jack Moston
Already Out: Noah Atkinson, Pat Cullen
Jack caught up with Solly before the bounce to hear how coach Courtenay wanted the Roys to start against Kew Bears (KB). Solly said, “We need to start with intensity across the ground. Particularly, high pressure in the forward line to keep it locked in. And we need to create a lot of space to play our brand of footy”.
Quarter 1: Serious Competition
Like the Roys, KB are a serious team. There is strength all over the park and there are no weak links. Every contest was hard fought from the bounce. The Roys kicked with a howling North-Westerly favouring the park end, but the wind made it difficult for the boys to execute their ‘precision passing’ brand of footy. Stoppages were tight, making it harder to spread from the clearances with time to ‘lower the eyes’ and spot up a forward that had made space. Deep forwards Leeroy and James adapted early to the conditions and took a few marks from entries that carried long. The Roys kicked three goals for the quarter but, more impressively, KB were
able to do similar into the wind, running well through the middle and linking up by hand. Ominously, KB took a slender lead heading into the quarter time break.
Jack spoke to Josh at quarter time to hear his thoughts on the first quarter. Josh said, “We started well with
our pressure and use of space at BSO, but then it dropped in the second half of the quarter. We need to lift
our intensity. Also, our forwards weren’t tight and there were a few occasions where KB came out of defence
Quarter time score: Roys 3.1.19 to KB 3.3.21
Quarter 2: Wayward
The waywardness of KB in second quarter kept the Roys in the game. KB had nine scoring shots but only kicked two goals from them. There were countless inside-50s to KB that the backs had to defend and our pressure was partly responsible for their inaccuracy. Our mids toiled into the wind, playing slow and wide to maintain possession. The forwards were able to generate a few scoring attempts, highlighted by Dan clunking a mark inside-50 and converting for his first goal of the season. This was a crucial goal into the wind that kept the boys in the hunt at half time.
In a masterstroke, the coaches took the boys into the rooms for the half time break to refocus and reset for the second half to come. The boys emerged from the break with a spring in their step and a promise of what was to come.
Jack caught up with Josef at half time to hear his thoughts on what the team was doing well and what it could improve on. Josef thought, “Our kick outs and kicking down the line was working. However, our discipline and pressure acts need to lift”.
Half time score: Roys 4.3.27 to KB 5.10.40
Quarter 3: The Difference
Having been outscored in both quarters, the boys knew a massive third quarter was required to re-take the
lead and establish a break sizeable enough to defend in the last. Duncan went into the ruck and Roman came
on and went to full forward. These two rotations had immediate effect. It gave the Roys momentum out of
the mid and another forward target to defend. Using local knowledge of the wind, the boys attacked either
grand-stand side or direct through the corridor, allowing our forwards to take set-shots with the breeze at
In all, the boys kicked 5 goals for the quarter and while conceding a late goal, won the quarter by 23-points.
It was the only quarter the Roys won (-2, -11, +23, -6). Remarkably, KB scored more into the wind (29-points
including 4 goals) than with it (26-points including 3 goals)! It’s a balancing act kicking with the wind; keeping
a deeper defensive structure versus pushing higher into the back half of the mid.
Jack spoke with Ned at three-quarter time, asking Ned if the boys still had run in their legs for the last quarter
into the wind. Ned said, “Yes we do, we have lot’s more run to come. We’re going to run it right out”.
Three quarter time score: Roys 9.4.58 to KB 6.12.48
Quarter 4: Team Defence
The captain didn’t want another fade out like St. Mary’s. Ned’s message to the team that he believed each
of them had the energy and the determination to run, pressure and defend in the last quarter instilled
confidence in the boys. While most parents were nervous, the players were calm. They looked calm and
switched on and they played that way from the bounce.
The forward flankers helped the mids around the stoppages and the deeper forwards led wide to restrict
quick rebounds from any turnover. While the mids had a defensive mindset at the stoppages, they also
pressed to attack where they could, keeping KB’s defenders from crowding. And the backs, well, where do
you start. I looked up and saw Harris Andrews(Chris), Tom Stewart (Seb), Brayden Maynard (Nic), Adam Saad
(Ned), Tom Jonas (Solly) and Jake Lever (Will & Archie) on the park. All-Australian material and that’s how
It was a superb team effort to restrict KB to two scoring shots for the term with that wind. While the Roys
attacked early in the quarter to only register a minor, KB kicked one to reduce the margin to within a kick,
I’m guessing around the 8-minute mark. Excuse me for not keeping time. Time was both a blur and painful.
Then, for the next 10-minutes, the boys defended resolutely and kept KB scoreless. You name a defensive
act and it was showcased; smothers, tackles, chases, blocks, spoils, intercept marks, defensive marks, chip
kicks, chip kicks backwards, kicking it down the line, taking the full 30 seconds, taking it over the boundary
line, ruck taps at feet, locking it in the tackle etc. There were countless of these acts in the last 10-minutes
and it took the whole team to commit to each other to get the result they wanted.
Jack spoke to Finbar post game to get his summary on how the boys played today. Finbar said, “The first half
was not our best footy. But we turned things around in the second half, starting with improving our pressure
and intensity. Our discipline improved and we played our brand of selfless footy”.
Final Score: Roys 9.5.59 to KB 7.13.55
Plays of the Day
In previous plays of the day we’ve seen linking team efforts but for this week we’ve gone for an individual effort that got the whole ground rocking.
In the third term with momentum the Roy’s way, Ned crumbed a tap from Duncan and burst through the
centre. Sensing his own Clayton Oliver moment, Ned’s pace took him to the forward-50 within an instant
before letting fly with a raking drop punt from the screws of his boots that cleared the open goal line. A ripper
goal that put the Roys two goals up late in the third term.
From the Hill
The phone at Lucy’s (Roman) salon was ringing hot on Monday with several of the RHWOF needing a
manicure after living every moment of the tight last quarter.
It was a day of emotions for Seb and the Wolff family given that Seb transferred to the Roys from Kew Comets
this year. Showing his class and character, Seb played this game as he’d done with all previous Roys games
and didn’t get caught up in any banter.
Player Availability Update
Unfortunately, Dan goes onto the injury list this week with a sore finger in the third quarter being confirmed
as a fracture later Sunday evening.
Every Roys Player Hyperthermia (so cool in the 4th quarter) Test for R7
Every Roys Parent Heart Palpitations Test for R7
Noah Atkinson H&S Protocols Test for R7
Jack Moston Concussion Test for R7
Dan Pako Finger TBA
Pat Cullen Wrist Second Half of Season
Round 5, 1pm Sunday 8 May 2022
Home at Victoria Park to St. Marys
Roving Reporter was Roman Moxon.
Ins & Outs
It was another week with a few changes. Dan was doubtful but passed a pre-game fitness test to take his place in the side, so the Roys went in with 19 players.
In: Harry Kooloos
Out: Noah Atkinson, Roman Moxon, Liam Ukovic
Already Out: Pat Cullen, Josef Hicks
Roman caught up with Henry T before the bounce to hear coach Courtenay’s key message for the team. Henry T said, “We need to apply a lot of pressure from the start, like we did against Beverley Hills. St Marys (STM) are a tall, big-bodied team, so we need to get the ball to the ground”.
Quarter 1: Two Bucks Locking Horns
The Roys started the match as coach Courtenay asked; by applying pressure around the stoppage and loose ball contests. But that’s exactly what STM did too! And so the contest was laid out before us. It had all the markings of a tough and contested game from the opening minutes.
STM play a different game style to the Roys. Equally effective at the stoppage, STM like to burst from the contest and kick long, like real long, like Dustin Martin long, to the next marking option. Whereas the Roys like to break from the stoppage, using hands and run before hitting up leading targets with short to medium length kicks.
We saw both game styles have periods of dominance in the first quarter. Chris, Will and Duncan held some ripping long-range marks across our half back while Leeroy, Dylan and Nic worked hard to mop up contested spoils. The Roys had their transition game going off half back and capitalised on central forward entries, scoring 4 goals for the quarter. But STM were hanging tough and their mids were scoring or creating scoring opportunities with their bursts across half forward. Both mids were being stretched defensively.
Roman spoke to Nic at quarter time to hear his thoughts on the first quarter. Nic said, “Good first quarter by our mids. Great pressure around the ball by all of the team. We should look for the ‘switch’ more”.
Quarter time score: Roys 4.1.25 to STM 3.2.20
Quarter 2: Even Contest
The second term was similar to the first. Both teams were playing their own style well, but neither team could break away from the other on the scoreboard. The Roys scored first in the quarter from trademark possession ball movement, then STM scored from their ‘long entry and forward pressure’ style. Led by Solly in the ruck, our mids of Felix, Ned and Seb and wingers Finbar and Josh were playing team-first footy and provided the forwards with conversion opportunities. But the STM mids were just as damaging the other way. It was definitely a balance in the midfield of when to push forward and attack, or when to hold back and defend.
When the siren sounded for half time, both the Roys and STM had kicked three for the term and the Roys led by a single straight kick.
Roman caught up with Seb at half time to hear his thoughts on what the team was doing well and what it could improve on. Seb thought, “The boys are going well. Lots of forward-50 entries. We’re kicking straight and presenting well. But we need to improve our centre clearances. We can do this by playing man-to man and staying on our opponent when we don’t have the ball”.
Half time score: Roys 7.5.47 to STM 6.5.41
Quarter 3: Roys Get a Margin
The third quarter was a terrific team effort from the boys, keeping STM to a solitary point while kicking two majors and opening up a 19-point margin at the break. Our defence remained solid, competing for everything in the air as well as on the ground and rebounding with composure. Our mids kept up the battle with pace in their legs and endeavour in their pressure. And our forwards were working harder than theirs, providing a spark to break the game open. Talls in James, Dan and Archie provided a deep target, Jack and Henry T led up at the ball and Harry often found space on the outer flank.
In hindsight, maybe we needed to capitalise more on the scoreboard than four scoring shots. I think this shows that in this comp, against these teams and quality players, you have to be at your best to impact each contest you compete in. I’m sure opposition coaches speak the same message about the Roys too. As spectators, we are the fortunate ones who get to stand back and watch the high standard being produced.
Roman spoke with Dylan at three-quarter time, asking Dylan how the boys were going physically given the large ground and lack of bench rotations. Dylan said, “Yes, it’s tough without bench rotations today. It’s a big ground and our style is to run all day”.
Three quarter time score: Roys 9.7.61 to STM 6.6.42
Quarter 4: Ran Out of Petrol
Something that requires a significant shout-out is that to three-quarter time of Sunday’s match, the boys had won all 19 quarters they had played this year. To me, this shows the consistency of effort the boys had put in each week, each quarter. But unfortunately this stat was going to end and the 19-lead at the last break wasn’t enough of a margin.
To STM’s credit, they started the last term with the belief that if they kept squeezing, their game style would come over the top of the Roys. Our midfield boys started to tire and STM sensed the falter and went harder. The strength of some of the STM boys was particularly noticeable in the last term. Our backs, led by Chris and Henry H, kept fighting the fight, but the momentum proved too hard to stop with multiple inside-50 entries and even a goal from outside-50.
Overall, it was a fantastic game played by both teams and while our boys were disappointed to lose, I’m sure they’re already working out how to change the result in the next encounter.
Roman spoke to James post game to get his summary on how the boys played today. James said, “We started well and I thought our first three quarters were amazing. We just ran out of energy in the last quarter and got finished off by a very good side”.
Final Score: Roys 9.10.64 to STM 11.9.75
Plays of the Day
Going greedy again with two plays of the day.
The first play of the day goes to Jack and George (Solly’s dad and YJFL’s own David Rodan equivalent). This yarn could end up being bigger than Malcolm Blight’s. Jack had a set shot on goal about 50-m out in the third term. Kicking to the Bob Rose stand-end and into the teeth of stiff West-South-Westerly breeze, Jack let go a 52-m monster drop-punt that cleared the out-stretched hands of the STM defenders. Before George could balance up and signal the goal, the STM supporter base in the stand were already telling him in colourful language that it only required one arm. Well played George in keeping your cool.
I always try to call out a play with the most team connections that results in a goal. We stand apart from the competition on our end-to-end precision ball movement. This week it was late second term. The play started off the back of the grandstand wing when Finbar gathered a contested ground ball and found Ned by foot on centre wing. Ned in turn kicked and found Josh boundary line in front of our forward flank. Josh looked inboard and kicked to Jack who was making space across our 50-mark arc. Quick hands from Jack linked up a running Felix who, in trademark style, fired a left-foot bullet into the out-stretched hands of a leading Henry T. A successful conversion from Henry T put the Roys a goal up going into the half-time break.
From the Hill
Mark (Will) and Will (Chris) were assigned ground-manager duties on Sunday. The two undertook extensive repairs with limited resources to get the ground up to a safe playing standard for the boys. So impressed with the quality of their work, Mark and Will have decided to set up their own
Passers-by would have been forgiven to casting their minds back 37-years to 1985 when the Roys and the Pies played in a Vic Park local derby (the Roys played home games at Vic Park in 1985-86). Not only was the footy on show of equal quality, but the noise coming from the STM fan-base in the Bob Rose stand was of equal ferocity. Sensing an imbalance, the RHWOF who were positioned in the Coventry Pavilion increased their positive praise decibels, as did this writer and a few other Roys parents situated in the cheap-seats in the southern outer terrace.
R5 was Mother’s Day round and the boys certainly made their mums proud with their effort and intent throughout a strong and competitive game. While the boys didn’t win on the scoreboard, the way they handled the defeat with respect and composure was a win in their athlete development.
Player Availability Update
Unfortunately, it seems as though the team will experience a few injuries and niggles each week. We can only hope they’re light and short-term.
Every Roys Player General Soreness
Test for R6 Every Roys Parent General Hoarseness
Test for R6
Noah Atkinson Knee
Test for R6
Josef Hicks H&S Protocols
Test for R6
Roman Moxon Hamstring
Test for R6
Liam Ukovic Rib
Test for R6
Jack Moston Concussion
Pat Cullen Wrist
Second Half of Season
Round 4, 1pm Sunday 1 May 2022
Home at Brunswick St. Oval (BSO) to Glen Iris
Roving Reporter was Harry Kooloos.
Ins & Outs
It was a relatively stable week for team changes with Harry out with a foot injury and Will back from H&S
In: Will Attard
Out: Harry Kooloos
Already Out: Pat Cullen, Josef Hicks
Harry was undergoing a pre-game fitness test, so I caught up with Will before the bounce to hear coach
Courtenay’s key message for the team. Will said, “The coaches want us to come out and tackle and apply a
lot of defensive pressure like we did against Beverley Hills in round 1. Our defence needs to be right on their
opponent, with an arm across them and forcing them wide”.
Quarter 1: Fast Start
The boys were switched on from the first bounce. We’d been a little slow to find our rhythm the previous
two weeks, but there was a sense of urgency this week up against a formidable Glen Iris (GI) opposition. Led
by Noah getting over the top in the ruck, our mids led by Seb used our pacy wingers and flankers out wide in
Finbar, Josh and Henry H, stretching GI before centring to leading forwards of Archie, Jack and Roman, with
the latter two goaling mid-way inside our forward-50. There were many passages of team-oriented footy;
talking, first options, blocks, overlap run, honouring leading targets, creating space, using space etc. The boys
knew GI was on the back foot and they kept pressing. Every element seemed in control. When James took a
couple of contested marks deep forward and goaled, the scoreboard had suddenly ticked over into handy
first quarter lead into a slight but unusual NW breeze.
Harry spoke to Solly at quarter time to hear his thoughts on the first quarter. Solly said, “Good first quarter.
Our kicking was good hitting targets and we held our marks. Need more second efforts”.
Quarter time score: Roys 4.2.26 to Glen Iris 1.1.7
Quarter 2: Phenomenal Team Footy
The boys have been playing some ripping footy if 1.1.7 was the highest first quarter score against them for
the year. This showed the quality of the opposition and that another similar quarter to the first was going to
be necessary to put a margin on the scoreboard. And what we saw was simply amazing. Without question it
was the best quarter of footy by our boys this year. You name a stat and it was in our favour. There were too
many connected plays to name them all. The crowd swelled to a couple of thousand as travellers thought
watching our lads was better footy than heading into Marvel to watch the Pies v Suns. Can’t blame them.
Roman was putting on a clinic, Solly was hitting ruck contests like Shane Mumford, Nic was accumulating in
the mid, Duncan goaled from outside 50 and Josh and Felix finished off team plays that started backward of
We’ve now seen the standard the boys can play to. That level can’t be expected every quarter, every week
against quality opposition, especially as the boys learn different roles across the ground. But no doubt it gives
the boys and the coaches something to strive for as they train and prepare for each match.
Harry caught up with Duncan at half time to hear his thoughts on what the team was doing well and what it
could improve on. Duncan thought, “Our overlap and switch kicking was working well, but we need to centre
our kicks and lower the eyes to lead up targets”.
Half time score: Roys 10.4.64 to Glen Iris 1.2.8
Quarter 3: Rebound Footy
GI are the reigning premiers for a reason and they set about showing us why in the third term. To their credit,
they came out with a want to play better and to play it on their terms. This started by winning more
stoppages, or when they didn’t, by rebounding off their defensive-50 from our turnovers. GI were simply
electric off turnovers. They spread with such speed and intent and now our boys were the ones doing the
chasing. As with last year, we saw GI’s drive starting from the half back. In the first half, our use of hands, hitups or overlap run meant we often kicked over this line, or dragged it wide. But now their pressure on the
ball, as well as up the ground, meant we were kicking to more contests across our CHF line / their CHB line.
Let’s remember this ‘Venus Flytrap’ for our next encounter.
With GI pressing more inside-50s, it was time for our backs to stand up. Chris, Dan and Will defended deep,
Duncan floated for the intercept and Henry T and Leeroy swept and rebounded off the flanks. The backs held
up well against the pressure and weathered the momentum shift. While we outscored GI in the quarter, it
was the first time in 14 quarters that the opposition had more scoring shots than us in a quarter. A credit to
the heat the GI brought.
Harry spoke with Dan at three-quarter time, asking Dan what was the coach’s message to the team in the
huddle? Dan said, “The message was to play hard, to lift our tackle rate and 1-percenters and to improve on
Three quarter time score: Roys 13.4.82 to Glen Iris 3.4.22
Quarter 4: Arm Wrestle
Come the fourth term, forget the scoreboard, it was still game on. Both teams wanted to win the quarter.
The Roys wanted to exert their dominance and GI wanted to plant a seed for our next encounter. GI started
as they finished the third; with the first goal. That’s when Captain Ned said enough. Ned found his run and
willed his team mates to come with him. Obviously Felix did, he never needs an invitation. It wasn’t the best
team footy like we saw in the second quarter, but different scenarios require different strategies. This half
was more of an arm wrestle and the boys wanted to finish ‘over the top’ with weighted pressure. Again, our
backs were desperate. Try telling Liam, Will, Chris and Nic that letting a goal through so late in the game is of
little consequence. They played until that final siren. And when it came, 5 shots to 2 our way vindicated the
boys efforts for the term.
Harry spoke to Noah post game to get his summary on how the boys played today. Noah said, “Overall, we
bought intensity and our pressure was strong. Our ball movement under pressure was good”.
Final Score: Roys 16.6.102 to Glen Iris 4.5.29
Plays of the Day
Two plays of the day this week highlighting the two different halves played.
The first play highlights the Roys signature end to end ball movement with hard-ball gets, precision passing,
lead up marks, overlap run, communication and selflessness that leads to a goal. On this occasion in the
second term, Seb gathered across half back on the grand-stand side and found Felix leading into space on
backward-wing, Felix in turn found Dylan in space on centre wing, Dylan then found Roman on a searching
lead and he gathered across half forward, dishing a quick handball to Henry T running past, Henry T ran
inside-50, drawing a man to release another overlap runner in Josh, who received, steadied and kicked truly
from 35m for an awesome team goal.
The second play highlights the defensive intent needed in the second half. In the last term, GI had a stoppage
about 20m out. They won the contested clearance and their player took a quick snap on goal. Chris was
positioned for safety in our defensive goal square and it took his best Gigi Buffon to achieve an airborne
smother and save a sure goal.
From the Hill
Talk to the players, the coaches, the parents, the grandparents, the boot-studder, the pasta-maker, the
picnic-ers on the hill and even the seagulls on the roof, everyone is enjoying their footy this year. I don’t
reckon it’s about the win loss, it’s about the boys playing footy with their mates and the community around
them that makes that happen. So, with membership of the RHWOF skyrocketing, a catch-up at a local
establishment was called and held post game on Sunday. Attendees have remained very tight lipped but a
few ripper photos have been posted. Well done to the boys for bringing us together.
Player Availability Update
There were a few little niggles to come out of the game. Hopefully, the majority of the boys will be right for
the coming game. It’s worth noting that school sport returns this Saturday. It’s now double fingers-crossed!
Henry Harrison Thumb Test for R5
Josef Hicks H&S Protocols Test for R5
Harry Kooloos Foot Test for R5
Roman Moxon Hamstring Test for R5
Henry Timothee Hand Test for R5
Liam Ukovic Rib Test for R5
Pat Cullen Wrist Second Half of Season
Round 3, 3pm Sunday 24 April 2022
Home at Brunswick St. Oval (BSO) to Richmond
Roving Reporter was Pat Cullen.
Ins & Outs
There were plenty of insfor round 3 with many boys returning from injury, holidays and protocols. There was
one big out, however, with Pat being injured at training. A big thanks to Pat for taking on the ‘roving reporter’
role and getting amongst the boys and having a laugh so quickly after his injury.
In: Dylan Colyer, James Geles, Archie Johnson, Nic Kirmos, Felix Kneipp, Daniel Pako, Seb Wolff
Out: Pat Cullen, Josef Hicks
Already Out: Will Attard
Pre-Game: ANZAC Day Round
A big call out to the league, the club, the parents and the players who, on such a glorious autumn afternoon,
put into perspective how fortunate our lives are with an ANZAC day remembrance ceremony.
Pat caught up with Finbar before the bounce to hear the coach’s key pre-game message. Finbar said, “The
boys need to show respect to our opponent today and to try and keep the ball locked in our forward half”.
For Finbar personally, the coaches wanted him to “Push up the ground offering a lead and to turn back and
crumb across half-forward”.
Quarter 1: The Flood
Richmond (R) wanted to stop the running game style of the Roys at all costs and immediately had players
behind the ball from the get-go. This made for a ‘clogged’ game where R’s mids pushed into our forward line
and R’s forwards pushed into the mid. With such a game plan, R was unlikely to score but, at the same time,
made it difficult for the Roys to either.
Ned called for our boys to maintain our structure and we did so. The mids were doing their best to pick out
a forward target, requiring pin-point passes as the forwards were up against close to half of the R team. On
weight of inside-50 entries, the boys were able to kick 5 for the term with a couple to Jack while Josh got his
first of the season.
Pat spoke to Archie at quarter time to hear his thoughts on the first quarter. Archie said, “That was a lazy
first quarter and we need to improve our performance, particularly we need to lay more tackles”.
Quarter time score: Roys 5.4.34 to R 0.0.0
Quarter 2: Fundamentals
The coaches gave the boys a ‘gentle’ reminder in the quarter time huddle not to drop off on the
fundamentals. Effort, second efforts and tackles were in focus. While we controlled the ball most of the time,
Coach Courtenay still wanted to see that intense pressure the boys had delivered the first two rounds.
Further, the coaches were asking the boys to work through R’s flooding game plan. Instead of re-entering
our forward-50 through the same flank as it came out, to move the ball laterally, switching it across the
midfield and outer wing before entering our forward-50 and into more space. The boys got this right a few
times with Duncan doing this well. Henry T (HT) got on the end of a few and converted truly while Liam got
his first for the season.
Pat caught up with Josh at half time to hear his thoughts on what the team was doing well and what it could
improve on. Josh thought, “We can improve on tackling and second efforts, but thought we had very good
ball movement and lowered our eyes to hit targets”.
Half time score: Roys 9.10.64 to R 0.0.0
Quarter 3: It’s Still Raining
The boys continue to be developed across all positions on the ground. In the third quarter, we had players
like Harry, Chris and Leeroy down back, Jack and Nic in the midfield and Dylan, Henry H (HH) and Dan up
forward. Again, the flooding style of R made it difficult for the boys learn and prosper in new positions, but
they should be commended for the persistence and willingness to learn. No doubt, we’ll see the benefit of
this development as the weeks progress.
The boys toiled away for the quarter, registering 14-shots on goal with 5 majors. R remained scoreless and
their inside-50 count remained in single digits. Noah continued his form in the ruck and gave our mids, like
Felix, first use who was exceptional by foot. The major highlight for the quarter was Seb kicking his first for
the match and for the year from a set shot about 35m out. All the boys ‘got around’ him to celebrate his goal
in his milestone match. Photographer Richard will have a few pics of that no doubt.
Pat spoke with Henry H (HH) at three-quarter time to ask how the boys were best using the dimensions of
BSO. HH said, “We are using the length of the ground to our advantage by kicking long and transitioning the
ball quickly with fast and efficient handballs”.
Three quarter time score: Roys 14.19.103 to R 0.0.0
Quarter 4: The Dam Wall Breaks
We could all see at the start of the last quarter that the boys weren’t done yet. They had ‘un-used’ run in
their legs and had the hunger to play their brand, on their terms, on their turf for the last quarter. Solly hit
the ruck contests with force enabling our runners like Finbar, Ned and HT to move the ball quickly into our
forward-50 before R could set up. This gave Chris and James, who kicked his third in the term, space to move
and lead up forward and it wasn’t long into the quarter before the goals came and kept coming until the final
Archie got his first for the game and the year, Roman kept presenting and converting and Seb got the ‘cream
on his cake’ with 3 goals for the term. All up, it was 9 goals and 3 points for the quarter. The boys had come
up against a different game plan this week and learnt how to conquer it over the course of the match.
A big thanks to the back 6 of Liam, Nic, Dylan, HH, Duncan and Jack for keeping the seagulls off the grass. It
seemed that all boys spent time down back at one stage of the game. By maintaining structure in the back
half, this allowed for more space across the rest of the ground, including the ability to ‘switch’ the ball when
Pat spoke to Ned post game to get his summary on how the boys played today. Ned said, “I think we played
well in the second half, lifting after an early spray from the coaches. We played an amazing last quarter,
increasing our tackles up to 15. Overall, I think it was a good effort and bring on next week”.
Final Score: Roys 23.22.160 to R 1.0.6
Play of the Day
Triple play of the day goes to Seb. Firstly, on celebrating 100 games and sharing the moment with his grand-
parents from England as he ran through the banner. Secondly, a terrific linking play down the outer-wing in the third quarter ended up with Seb marking inside 50, slotting his first goal and then being instantly mobbed
by all his teammates. And finally for Seb, his Gatorade shower as the boys sang the Roys song post-match.
From the Hill
Similar to a cat following the sun around the various windows of the house, the RHWOF were seen moving
around the BSO boundary line, seeking out every ray of sunshine before it dropped below the tram-line
terraces, knowing that this week could be the last week of such experience.
Player Availability Update
Unfortunately, Harry came off in the third quarter with a foot injury he’s been carrying since preseason. Great
to see Felix get through his first game back from injury; playing a half with no rust at all.
Will Attard H&S Protocols Test for R4
Harry Kooloos Foot TBA
Pat Cullen Wrist Second Half of Season
Round 2, 1pm Sunday 10 April 2022
Away at Bulleen Park Oval 3 to Bulleen Templestowe
Roving Reporters were Archie Johnson & Charlie Robbins (U14 superstar)
Ins & Outs
There were plenty of ins and outs heading into the game against Bulleen Templestowe (BT). Injury, holidays and H&S Protocols were the contributing factors. The Roys took 16 players into the game and most of us were surprised to find that was more than the opposition. Playing 15 v 15, the boys were in for a tough afternoon with the temperature in the mid-20s.
In: Henry Harrison, Finbar Kennedy, Liam Ukovic
Out: Will Attard, James Geles, Nic Kirmos, Felix Kneipp (wrist), Seb Wolfe
Already Out: Dylan Colyer, Archie Johnson, Daniel Pako
Pre-Game: Back It Up
With our ‘roving reporters’ busy with pre-game statistics described by them as more complicated than a maths class, I caught up with Coach Courtenay before the bounce to understand the key message he wanted to give the boys before they ran out of the shade and into the sun. “Don’t be complacent today. Focus and treat today’s game with no premeditated thoughts on the opposition. Attack the game with the same level of intensity and effort as the previous week”.
Quarter 1: Then the Runner Came Out
BT started the contest with a competitive spirit, putting pressure on our midfield. It was carbon-copy from the pressure our boys put on Beverley Hills the previous week. Who gave them the tape of our game? While Roman, Ned and Josh were on top at the clearances, BT’s pressure, sometimes perceived, led to a hurriedness in our game. Rather than lowering eyes, we ‘dumped’ our entries into forward 50, making it difficult for the marking forwards of Solly, Jack and Pat. Then, as reward for their effort, BT goaled from a rebound off their defensive 50 and they were on the scoreboard before the Roys.
Then the runner came out. About 5-minutes in, Nathan ran out onto the ground to deliver a message that was plainly written across his face before he had even spoken a word. It wasn’t delivered to a player. It wasn’t delivered to a zone. It was delivered to a team. Immediately, a shift was noticeable. A few positional rotations were made and there was a change in their focus and decision making. While winning the contested ball hadn’t been an issue, now the boys were controlled when using it; listening to voices, using chains of handball, using the space and then lowering eyes to leading forwards. Henry T’s (H’s) composure in the mid was influential.
Once making better decisions, the goals came. George, who’d waited so long to wave the flags, ended the quarter with sore shoulders as the boys put through six for the term. It doesn’t matter who kicks them as it takes a team to set them up but mention must go to Roman who seems to always open our account and, to Jack, who took his own footy out of his back pocket and kicked 4 goals in what seemed as many minutes. Clearances from Ned, H and Duncan gave Jack shots on goal while a great link from our defensive 50 through Liam, Finbar and Duncan gave Jack another. Solly was rewarded for his half forward efforts adding the last and the boys went looking for the shade with a solid quarter time lead.
Archie caught up with Josef at quarter time to hear his thoughts on the first quarter. Josef said, “Our pressure and intensity can lift. We were better in the second half of that quarter when we lowered our eyes”.
Quarter time score: Roys 6.2.38 to BH 1.0.6
Quarter 2: Versatility
In no disrespect to BT, the magnets were thrown up in the air and the starting positions for the second quarter resembled nothing of the first. Chris, Liam, Finbar, Noah and Leeroy went forward while Jack, Duncan, Ned, Harry and Josh went back. Solly rucked to Roman, H, Josef and Henry H (HH) while Pat enjoyed 5-mins of extra Gatorade time before going inter-changing and going forward.
Even with all those changes, the boys didn’t miss a beat and started off where they left off. The backs rebounded in waves when needed, the midfield was again dominant and the forwards had plenty of opportunities. The chain of ball movement was impressive. Chris was outstanding using his voice on long leads, Liam, Finbar and Leeroy added forward pressure and Noah seemed to rise higher than the goal posts on a few occasions.
Showing great versality across all zones, the Roys put through five goals for the quarter with Chris, Finbar and Noah kicking their first goal for the year while Pat kicked his first for the club!
I caught up with Chris at half time to hear his thoughts on what the team was doing well and what it could improve on. Chris thought, “We transitioned the ball well into our forward line and our aerial contests were good. I reckon we can still improve our intensity and our second efforts”.
Half time score: Roys 11.4.70 to BH 2.2.14
Quarter 3: A Different Type of Game This Week
HH was in the stands against Beverley Hills and missed out on the tackle feast that it was. It was no surprise that he came out against BT and wanted to make up for lost time, leading the tackle count. But it was a different game this week. The boys won the clearances and loose ball, meaning they had the ball and were the ones being hunted by the tackler. And with effective decision making and great skill execution, it did seem as though the Roys had it in their hands more often than not. With this, the stats will most likely say that our pressure and tackling count was down from the previous week.
So, it was a different type of game and a different set of skills that was on display. Given 15 v 15, there was more space to run, carry and to lead into. Whether class, fitness, lower player numbers or a combination thereof, the ball carrier was afforded extra time to assess his options. With time and space, it was ‘best option’ today, not so much ‘first option’ like the previous week in a higher pressure and contested game against Beverley Hills. This led to many long chains of ball movement and plenty of one-twos that were a joy to watch. These lads are U15 and you’d pay money to go watch them.
Again, the boys experienced development opportunities across the ground this quarter. Liam found himself rucking a few boundary line throw ins, Jack had a dynamic spurt in the midfield, Leeroy rebounded from down back and H was on the end of some pin-point delivery from Roman, Pat and Josef to kick 3 goals early. Again, the goals flowed from team effort rather than individual effort. And again, as with the previous quarter, there were more boys hitting the scoreboard for the first time this year with HH, Duncan and Harry slotting one each.
Charlie caught up with Leeroy at three-quarter time to ask how the boys were feeling physically given the heat and low player numbers. Leeroy said, “We are sharing the ball around well and running well. Our rotations have helped us”.
Three quarter time score: Roys 18.8.116 to BH 2.4.16
Quarter 4: Perspective
Staring down a 100-point deficit, BT clearly wanted to stay under that barrier and showed courage and spirit to start the last quarter as they did the first. BT threw everything they had at the contest and the first part of the quarter was a real arm wrestle. Instead of pausing to think which they’d eat first, the Humpy Dumpty or Big-Eared Rabbit, our back five of Josef, Josh, HH, Liam and Duncan were suddenly under pressure and knew they had one last quarter to play out before resting over the Easter break. Josh took a few important intercept marks across half back and Josef hunted the ground ball, repelling BT’s forward entries.
Our boys are clearly enjoying their footy and the team that they have formed in 2022. On game day, they speak to each other respectfully, they listen to each other, they work for each other and they celebrate together. Pleasingly, celebrations haven’t been over the top where one could have made excuses had they have been; against an historical benchmark in Beverley Hills and a 100-point win. The boys have enjoyed their wins, but more so, it looks like they’re enjoying their footy and this team with their mates.
With the game beyond all doubt early in the quarter, BT #30 courageously attempted an aerial contest and was involved in a sickening collision with his team mate, suffering breaks to both his nose and lower leg. The game was stopped after the collision. Surely, this act puts into perspective the courage, commitment and resolve these boys bring to game day each week and they deserve every praise afforded to them for this.
Charlie spoke to Liam post game to get his summary on how the boys played today. Liam thought, “The boys played well as a team. It was a solid first quarter, we lifted even more in the second and then carried this attitude into the third and early part of the last. It was a very good win”.
Final Score: Roys 19.9.123 to BH 2.6.18
Play of the Day
Late in the third term, BT had a deep forward 50 entry and looked poised to score. In desperation, Liam got airborne to smother the BT goal attempt and managed to get a finger on it with a behind being registered. Chris, thinking quickly, played on from the behind and found Leeroy who’d made space on the back flank on the coaches-box side. Leeroy turned inboard and found H, back of the centre square. Playing on, H kicked long to Harry who marked high off a long lead, front of the centre square. Landing like a cat, Harry swivelled and spotted up Roman unmarked about 35m out, directly in front. In true team-first play, Roman hand-balled over the top of the mark to Harry who’d ran on forward and Harry straightened to kick an incredible team-first goal that started with self-less defensive effort by Liam.
From the Hill
A member of the RHWOF, placed in the shade but within ear shot of the opposition coaching crew, overhead one coach muttering “what has number 3 eaten for breakfast, or is he on steroids?” On investigation, it has been confirmed that breakfast was a bowl of nutri-grain, two bananas and a couple of pythons. Not to mention a preseason of competitive swimming and personal training from Emma at Progress Coaching!
Player Availability Update
In context, the best news of the day for the Roys was getting through the game with no injuries, particularly in that heat with the low player numbers.
Will Attard Holidays Available for R3
James Geles Holidays Available for R3
Nic Kirmos Holidays Available for R3
Seb Wolfe Holidays Available for R3
Dylan Colyer H&S Protocols Test for R3
Archie Johnson Ankle Test for R3
Daniel Pako Hip Flexor 2 Weeks, test for R3
Felix Kneipp Wrist 3 Weeks, test for R4
Round 1, 1pm Sunday 3 April 2022
U15.1 Match Summary
Home at Victoria Park to Beverley Hills
Roving Reporter was Archie Johnson
I think preparation for the game against Beverley Hills (BH) started Saturday night at the team BBQ at the
Fitzroy Bowlo. While captain Ned was confident the Roy boys would perform, he led a calmness across the
group to which the team followed. You wouldn’t have thought they were up against the all-conquering BH
the next day. My take was Ned believed the team were ready; they’d bonded well and had put in a massive
pre-season effort. It looked as though the team, including some 11 changes, took Ned’s cue and also believed.
The pre-game warm up gave further insight into the boy’s preparation; they warmed up with intent and
encouragement, they ran the drills independently, they were looking for a bag to hit, they were switched on.
Without starting with the finish, coach Courtney summed it up quite simply in his post-match debrief, “You
get nothing in life for free, you have to work for it, you have to put in all the effort before you get the reward”.
In hindsight, looking back at the pre-game build up, it is now clear that the boys had done a lot of hard work
to be ready for round 1.
Quarter 1: Intensity
Our ‘roving reporter’, Archie, caught up with Felix before the first bounce to get an insight on how the team
wanted to start. Felix said, “For the first quarter we have to dominate out of the midfield, have good team
spirit and play team football by backing the jumper”.
BH started well winning the first few stoppage contests but each time were met with immediate defensive
pressure and fierce tackling intent by the boys. Clearly, all the mids were on the same page as Felix in that
the midfield battle was crucial to win early. The tackling and second and third efforts were at such an
intensity, coach Courtenay thought it’d measure close to 200 on the AFL Pressure Gauge.
With this pressure, the Roys mids of Roman, Felix and Ned started to beat BH to the loose ball, leading to a
few forward entries. But while Solly, Jack, Pat and Henry presented well, they found it difficult to mark the
new, hard, damp and un-kicked-in Sherrin. Ball on ground, the forwards worked hard to keep it locked in, a
key focus area for improvement for the team from last year. This forward line pressure allowed the mids to
set up structurally across the ground and then the defence behind them. With that structure in place, it was
only a matter of time before the Roys hit the scoreboard, first Jack with an unlucky poster and then majors
from Roman with a booming punt from 45m and then Solly converting after from a strong mark 20m out in
Archie caught up with Harry at quarter time to hear his thoughts on the first quarter. Harry said, “We
displayed strong pressure when we were in out-numbered contests and we kept the ball in our half of the
ground with forward pressure and good structure behind the ball”.
Quarter time score: Roys 2.3.15 to BH 0.1.1
Quarter 2: Momentum
The second quarter started off as the first finished with no lapse in the intensity from the boys. Working as a
team, the boys were able to build their collective pressure acts into real momentum. Noah led the way with
his ruck domination and a chain of play from a stoppage from Noah to Roman, to Josh, to Henry to James led
to James’ first goal for the club and a nice little 20pt lead. It was great to see all the boys ‘get around’ James
for his first goal.
Down back, the six were working just as hard. Joseph saved a certain goal with a smother inside defensive
50, Nic was using his pace to run down opponents, Seb and Duncan controlled the air and Chris and Will set
up beautifully for both BH’s errant forward entries and our rebound out of defensive 50. Then out on the
wings, Josh and Harry were using their speed to link up the defensive rebounds into the midfielders. Both
showed tremendous courage at times to chase, tackle and compete with bigger bodies.
With our structures and leadership working well across every line, the scoring came easier. After James’ goal,
we had another one to Roman, a clever handball receive from a Solly mark, then two to Felix in succession;
the first a trade-mark snap and the second is described later in the Play of the Day.
In a statement of how well the boys had played the first half, it wasn’t until after the half time siren that BH
kicked their first goal from a contested mark inside their forward 50. It was only their third scoring shot for
Archie caught up with Roman at half time to hear his thoughts on what the team was doing well and what it
could improve on. Roman thought, “Our pressure on the opposition was huge, but the play out of the backline
needs slow down, taking more control instead of rushing”.
Half time score: Roys 6.3.39 to BH 1.2.8
Quarter 3: Absorbing the Heat
After the first half, even the spectating pigeons on the roof knew BH would come out and give it everything
they had to try and claw back into the game. And they did. BH hit the stoppages hard and used their pace to
break away from the contest and had repeat forward 50 entries. But the Roys back six stood firm and
absorbed the heat. Will, Seb and Duncan were the first line of defence across half back and repelled many
shallow entries with telling marks. Nic, Josef and Chris were there to support if it went deeper, sweeping up
the crumbs and releasing to wingers Josh and Harry. In a sign of their resilience, it wasn’t until about the 7-
minute mark that BH finally got their second major to be four goals adrift. But before BH’s belief could catch
fire, Noah won the centre hit out and Roman delivered a forward ball for Henry to run onto and he snapped
truly for the best reply within 30-seconds.
After that 10-minute onslaught, the Roys slowly worked their way back on top at the contest, led by Leeroy,
Ned and Felix who demanded the team lift the pressure gauge once again, leading by example with plenty of
talk, run-down tackles, smothers and getting the ball out of play. And didn’t the Roy crowd acknowledge their
efforts. At CHF, Pat was coming into his own and took a few good grabs and brought many others to his feet,
helping lock the ball in our forward line. The boys kicked a few points, but to finish of the quarter with four
scoring shots to two, showed the resilience of the team to absorb a momentum change and then to wrest
Archie caught up with Leeroy at three-quarter time to get his comments on that last quarter. Leeroy said,
“We have to keep putting pressure on the ball at the contest, lowering our eyes and looking for players and
going the first option”.
Three quarter time score: Roys 7.6.48 to BH 2.3.15
Quarter 4: Control
Learning from the third quarter, the last quarter was all about control; controlling the stoppages, spending
time with the ball and controlling the pace of the game. And to Leeroy’s three-quarter time comments, the
boys lowered their eyes and chipped it around. Perfect example was Seb’s inside 50 to Jack then onto Leeroy
for a well-deserved goal.
Noah seemed to grow throughout the game and dominated each ruck contest by the end, palming with ease
to Henry, Seb and Ned who set up forward entries to Pat, Jack and James with Roman putting the cream on
top with two final term goals from great forward half pressure to run out 53-point winners.
It was only when half the team seemed to simultaneously cramp at once about 5-minutes from full-time did
we all remember that the boys played the entire match without any bench rotations.
No doubt for Archie, his best interview was catching up with Jack after the final siren and a victory for the
Roys. Jack thought, “The Roys speed of play, running with the ball and link-ups from leads put constant
pressure on BH. Out of the backline, our execution of skills and movement into the forward 50 was good.
Plus, our second and third efforts at the contest”.
Final Score: Roys 10.9.69 to BH 2.4.16
Play of the Day
While there were many feats of individual brilliance and plays with two-way connections, the play of the day
this week included a chain of seven team mates, possibly more when considering others who may have
blocked, shepherd or used their voice to contribute.
Late in the second term, BH ran through the centre and kicked long into our back line. Set up superbly, both
Nic and Joseph spoiled the BH marking attempt. Duncan crumbed the spoil on our defensive 50, turned and
spotted up Chris with a 20m left foot chip. Chris marked lace-out at the back of the outer wing and similarly
chipped to Harry now in space on centre wing. Harry marked and, sensing the overlap space with his
opponent caught in between, spun immediately and played on, assessing his forward options as he ran. Henry
watching this chain unfold from inside our 50 forward, had already taken off, leading into space and
presenting Harry with an option wide on our outer forward 50, sliding in to complete the mark. Realising
Henry was too far out to score, Felix, who had been running through the mid as this chain was linking,
presented Henry with a centring option about 35m out and his lead was honoured. After a few calming
breaths, Felix measured up the 45-degree angle and, starting the ball left goal post, let his natural arch and
the prevailing southerly bring the ball back through the goals. It was a brilliant team goal that put the Roys
six goals up late in the second term.
From the Hill
Several members of the RHWOF, taking advantage of the layered standing room of the Vic Park ground,
strategically positioned themselves in ear shot of the BH coaching dug-out. Not to gain footy intel, but to
propel their voices in constant cheer at the efforts of the boys as they competed up and down the wing,
ensuring the coaches understood that our boys were on top.
We all felt for George, Solly’s dad, on Sunday. George is one of the best goal umpires the Roys have in their
fraternity and had spent all week trying to obtain a ‘Working With Children Check’ in readiness to wave the
flags. But George turned up Sunday all loose and limbered only to find his services weren’t required as Statler
and Waldorf, the two Vic Park resident goal umpires, had been assigned goal-umpiring duties. While the pair
were late out at half-time, my sources tell me George had nothing to do with it. Here’s hoping we don’t have
back-to-back fixtures at Vic Park.
Player Availability Update
Unfortunately, Felix suffered a buckle fracture of the wrist on Sunday in the last quarter. Felix had run BH off
their legs, controlled the corridor so efficiently and kicked two. As with our other injured players, we all feel
Felix’s disappointment with him and hope for a speedy recovery. As both players and parents understand, if
you want to know how much playing footy with your mates means, go try talk to one of the boys post-match
after their injury. Let’s be mindful of including the injured boys in all aspects of club life and game day.
Liam Ukovic H&S Protocols Test
Dylan Colyer H&S Protocols Test
Henry Harrison Wrist Test
Finbar Kennedy Foot Test
Archie Johnson Ankle 1 Week
Daniel Pako Hip Flexor 2-3 Weeks
Felix Kneipp Wrist To Be Assessed