Leander U15 v Northampton
It was the first game for Leander WP club in the new East Midlands under 15 league and our team was more nervous than excited to start the season. The team had a pre match team talk with Danny and slight changes to the team was made due to the fear in our players of the physical size of the Northampton team all being at the edge of the age limit and our team very much the other end. Then we began to warm up, getting our passes going and the smiles returned to the team’s faces.
We lined up and the game began with us starting well and winning the swim off, the first 3 minutes were evenly balanced and both teams working each other out. Northampton’s left side gave our captain Aidan a tough opening and he received 2 exclusions in 90 seconds and then received a 3rd for an illegal re-entry and was wrapped for the game with still 3 minutes of the first quarter left. We conceded 2 quick gaols as we adjusted and made some changes to allow water time for our younger members. The quarter ended 1-2 due to a late goal from Emily.
Quarter 2 started poorly for us with the size and experience of the opposition dominating our younger players and scored some fast goals whilst our older more experienced players had a rest. The quarter ended with us 11 – 1 down. The half time team talk was difficult as the younger players had their heads down and disheartened with how they were getting out muscled by the Northampton teams.
Quarter 3 started well after bringing the spirits up and asking the team to dig deep as everyone was tired and some of the younger players didn’t want to return. Zoli scored and all battled hard to win the quarter as the coach wanted but lost it with some late goals as fatigue set in across all the players.
Quarter 4 started with us 2 -15 down and the senior players needing a rest and water time was given to the younger ones and Northampton made the difference in experience and size count. The team was running on empty but did manage to score but lost the quarter 10-1.
The game ended 3 -25 but gives us areas to work on, as well areas to work on in training Danny spoke to the players on the age and experience that they had over us and in a years’ time we would be better players and have a lot more game experience from playing against much stronger and faster players like these.
We are next up this Saturday, 30th March away against Northampton B.