Coaches Wrap – Round 7/5

U13 Boys
FH 1.0 Def By Rey 17.15.117
Sponsored by Harcourts Tagni
Goal Kickers: Y. Antwi
Best Players: T. Lush, L. Tasker, I. Quigley, A. Lamshed, B. Warren, C. Carlier
A really tough game for the U13 Falcons last weekend as we came up against the undefeated Reynella. They are a very good side and definitely the team to beat this season. Although it was a heavy loss there were a lot of positives to come from the game and a few more of the boys stood up and played their best games so far. We asked for effort before the game and to the teams credit they fought it out right to the very end. It will be a different story this weekend away to Happy Valley and I know the boys are looking forward to it already. We had a tight result in a preseason game against them and it will be a tight contest this game too. Can’t wait to get back on the winners list. See you at the footy Hazz

Michael Haslam – Under 13’s Coach 

U15 Boys 
FH 8.7.55 Def By Rey 18.11.119
Sponsored by City Rural Insurance
Goal Kickers: L. Sorella 2, F. Harris, J. Lees, C. Hibbert, S. Burbridge, H. Slattery, R. Jamison
Best Players: S. Burbridge, Z. Mayr, R. Mayr, D. Scutchings, H. Nash, B. Sisson
In a true top of the ladder clash, the heat was on early with Reynella coming out the blocks from the first bounce and kicking seven goals in the first qtr and applying real scoreboard pressure.
The Wineflies were dominant in all areas of the ground with our boys left with a lot of work to do.
We were chasing Guernseys for a long period and unable to set our own game.
To the team’s credit they did fight back and held Reynella to two goals in the second and kicked four ourselves.
Lots of individual efforts kept the spark alive and us in the game but Reynella were too strong for longer periods and finished stronger than us winning by ten goals.
It leaves us with lots of positives and a look at where we need to be, and also what it takes to be the best in this comp.
 A hard day for the team but we will learn and get better.  
Happy Valley next week.
Well done gents. 
Steve Hibbert – Under 15’s Coach
U17.5 Boys
FH 7.10.52 Def By Rey 11.7.73
Sponsored by Macnab Finance 
Goal Kickers: B. Aldridge 3, D. Kelsey, T. Brockhurst, J. Faizal, A. Grayson
Best Players: T. Halliday, J. Brennan, C. Ames, B. Aldridge, J. Costello, J. Comley
Reynella at home was going to be a good test to see where we are at as a group, we were up by four points at half time however were not able to score in the third quarter and eventually lost 11.7 to 7.10.
It is always disappointing to lose a game, however it’s better to lose one now to identify where we can improve to build on for the rest of the year.
Some good signs, just need to be more consistent

Marty Clifton – Under 17’s Coach

B Grade
FH 10.5.65 Def Rey 6.2.38
Sponsored by Flagstaff Hotel
Goal Kickers: R. McNamara 5, Ali. Baltagie, T. Warren, C. Buersch, M. Comley, R. Caesarowicz
Best Players: K. Cavouras, L. Warland, B. Tomkins, R. McNamara, M. Caire
Milestones: Chris Buersch – 50 Senior Games
It’s a pleasure to coach such a driven, disciplined, team-oriented and motivated group of men. Nothing is too much of an ask. Everything is taken on board, is discussed in an open forum and is applied correctly, on the field.
As such, the way in which we set up our structures for the first 3 quarters both in transition and at the stoppages, was brilliant.
Kobe Cavouras’ and Blaise Tomkins’ craftiness and clearances in the thick of things, were fantastic. Luke Warland took some big grabs across Half Back and rebounded beautifully throughout the day. Ritchie McNamara is as potent as ever up forward and is 8 goals clear at the top of the goal kicking leaderboard in the B Grade Comp.
Our back line was put under a lot of pressure in the last quarter. Each time it entered our defensive 50, we responded by clearing the ball with method but minor skill execution errors saw us give up the ball across the middle on no fewer than 7 occasions. This allowed our opposition to get repeat entries and play the game at a high speed. This provided us with a good teaching point after the game with respect to being able to alter the tempo of a game especially when we are in the lead by a good margin.
Michael Comley in particular, was instrumental in getting the ball out of the danger zone in the last quarter. As always, Michael Hegarty continues to be our Field Marshall in Defence as he sets up the structures from the very back of the ground. We couldn’t be more proud of how we are soaring above our prey picking them off one by one (week by week). This week, we face off against an in-form Happy Valley so once again, we’ll need to be right on top of our game to get the job done.

Aaron Caesarikow and Raeph Caesarowicz – B-Grade Coaches

A Grade
FH 18.10.118 Def Rey 8.8.56
Sponsored by Tech-Dry SA
Goal Kickers: B. Patterson 3, S. Smith 2, M. Shearer 2, D. Webb 2, N. Beenham 2, M. Johnson 2, C. Puiatti, R. Mountford, S. Tharaldsen, a. shearer, D. Butcher
Best Players: M. Johnson, B. Patterson, S. Tharaldsen, D. Kearsley, B. Heyward-Ferors, L. Beenham
We took on Reynella in what was the Match of the round, they were undefeated and were high in confidence. We spoke as a group about really embracing these games and these young sides coming up against us with a plan to beat us and we focused on being ready for what ever they could throw at us. It was a tight tussle in the first half and had Reynella taken their opportunities they would have gone in top half time in front instead we went in up by 10 points. We spoke about having to adjust our game style a bit as they were shutting our ball movement down really well so we put the 1 wood away for a while and went for another club in the bag which paid dividends and the game started to open up in the second half and we eventually ran out 62 point winners. Mitch Johnson was fantasy again, Bradley Patterson was solid through the middle and also snagged 3 goals and Sam Tharaldsen was his usual brilliant self off half back.
Valley at Valley this week is another big challenge.

A Grade Women
FH 8.11.59 Def PN 1.1.7
Sponsored by Chicken Hub

Goal Kickers: R. Crockart 2, Z. Walker-Roberts 2, E. Brockhurst 2, I. Dyson, A. Baker
Best Players: R. Crockart, I. Dyson, Z. Walker-Roberts, E. Sjoberg, R. Mitchell, L. Williams
Another home game this weekend was against Port Noarlunga, who were a new team to the Women’s competition and haven’t won a game yet.
This was an opportunity to give our newer players more game time and try different positions, to gauge our strengths and weaknesses.  Three of our six best players are new to the team, Izzy Dyson, Zoe Walker-Roberts and Emma Sjoberg.  Again, our backline was rock solid led by Lanie Williams and Emma Sjoberg.
Port Noarlunga played a very close-in congested and defensive game. This did not allow for a free running game, so we had to work hard to open our forward line.  Missed goal scoring chances and, at times, poor ball disposal didn’t reflect how much control of the game we actually had. The final score was 8. 11  59 to Pt Noarlunga 1. 1  7.  A good win, in the end!!
‘Practice makes perfect’ will eventually reward us with a higher goal scoring percentage!!

C Grade
FH 9.5.59 Def PN 8.3.51
Sponsored by Charlesworth Nuts
Goal Kickers: J. Williams 3, B. Nottle-justice 2, B. Hawkins 2, C. Greening, A. Peterson
Best Players: J. Bunworth, D. Crisa, B. Jenke, M. Wright, C. Wright, S. Murton
C Grade, We got ourselves back on the winners list, with a great hard fought win. Another physical game with a few tough clashes.  With no bench for the whole game, being behind all game and then being able to kick 4 goals in the last quarter to run over the top of them, awesome effort. Winning by 8 points 59 to 51.
With Jacko Williams kicking 3,  Brad Jenke 2, Ben Hawkins 2 and getting the ball down to them
Jake Bunworth, Dan Crisa and Brad Jenke led the way with everyone else playing well.
We are at Reynella this Sunday.
U17 Girls
FH 9.12.66 Def PN 1.1.7
Sponsored by Chicken Hub
M. Anderson 2, B. Kleinig 2, C. Smailes 2, E. Scanlan, B. Watson, I. Crowther
Best Players:
A. Butler, B. Kleinig, E. Scanlan, J. Manning, M. Anderson, B. Nicholls-Newman
Round 5 saw us face Port Noarlunga at home. Having not played them yet this year, the team was eager to test ourselves and with a number of unavailabilities it meant that we would be up against it and having to play with no bench. Despite this we started strongly and controlled the match through to the end to run out 9.12 66 to 1.1 7 winners. Our defence was once again disciplined and rebounded well and our midfielders won the clearances to give our forwards numerous opportunities to score. Unfortunately Mel Anderson injured her ankle at the end of the third qtr and we hope for a speedy recovery. Abbie Butler was outstanding in Ruck, giving our midfielders first opportunity and won plenty of her own ball too. Brooke Kleinig was once again up to her hardworking best, winning clearances and kicking 2 goals, While Ebony Scanlan also had another great game winning the ball and driving it inside 50. We now move on to play Happy Valley who are one of the contenders this season and coming off a couple of big wins. Hope to see you back at home next week!
Luke Beenham
U16 Boys 
FH 8.12.60 Def PH 4.11.35
Sponsored by Followme4wd
Goal Kickers: R. Stone 4, L. Hollands, J. Costello, C. Nuske, L. Ellis
Best Players: R. Stone, J. Costello, B. Sisson, E. Johnson, R. Young, T. McGORAN
Backing up with another road trip, this is the furthest we travel for the season so it was important to make the trip worthwhile. 
Para Hills while not registering a win as yet were not to be taken lightly as they had pushed other more fancied teams.
We welcomed another seven lads from U15s in the team but this was the first time for the season we had no debutantes. 
Para Hills oval had a similar length to Flaggy but wider wings which we tried to avoid and played the corridor. We played a decent brand from the outset into a slight breeze and even though Para Hills held a one goal lead at quarter time it felt like we had reasonable control of the game.
We kicked into gear with better running play and went into halftime with a three goal lead. We were never really in trouble although Para Hills will rue their wasted opportunities shooting for goal.
Riley Stone was a standout after quarter time with Jacko Costello Great with his ball use and Brodie Sisson backed up a solid game the day before with excellent work in the ruck and around the ground. 
We return home this weekend to face Woodville South who are travelling well and will test out where we are at.
Cheers, Bunga,
U14 girls 
FH 2.5.17 Def By PN 2.12.24

Sponsored by Subway O’Halloran Hill

Goal Kickers: G. Roberts, T. Siekman
Best Players: S. Aldridge, G. Roberts, E. Smailes, E. Comley, A. Sorella, S. Richman
Our u14 girls took on the undefeated Port Noarlunga at home last week. Our girls have been progressively getting better each game but coming up against a team which has put away its closest competitors by over 8 goals is always going to test us.
The girls got off to a good start posting the first goal of the game and proved to themselves that nothing was beyond them.  At half time we were down by 2 points and a 3rd term where we missed a few opportunities to put us further in front left us leading  by 7.
Our girl had put it all on the line early and although they were a little gassed, they fought on bravely and had a couple of opportunities but in the end Port Noarlunga were the victors, winning 2.12-24 to Flaggies 2.5-17.
Goal kickers for Flagstaff Hill were Georgia Roberts and Tegan Siekman with a goal a piece. Best players, well we had a host of them,  but we’ve awarded them to Sienna Aldridge who had a blinder all over the field. Georgia Roberts with her best game of the season so far and Erin Smailes with her drive out of the backlines.
We still have much to learn as a team, I could never question our work rate and endeavor, but a few errors in direction by foot may have cost us what would have been a big scalp.  This game will send a message out to the competition that maybe we shouldn’t be taken lightly, even though our ladder position doesn’t look so threatening.

Dave Hodgson 

 Round 7/5 Milestones

Andrew Shearer – 100th A Grade Game 👶🏻
Chris Buersch – 50th Senior Game
Sol Drozd – 100th Club Game
Darcy Kelsey – 100th Junior Game

Round 7/5 FHFC Debuts

Congratulations to Campbell Parslow and Jack Desteno who both played their first game for the Falcons last weekend!