Week four of the Fireballs season and spirits were high after our first three games and lots of enthusiastic practice.
Energy levels were bursting as everyone was excited to get out there and use the new skills we had been learning at training. “Dangerzone,” “being annoying,” dribbling, shooting and good sportsmanship were high on Coach Ed H. and Coach Kevin W.’s list.
The Coaches were hoping that we could get our first ever double victory against a BIG powerful opposition.
A quick warm–up, drink and both teams were ready to go against the Blue Lightning.
The score was a decisive 5–1 for the Fireballs.
Cole W. had a good game. Blocked a few good chances from the Lightning. He was fast to get between the other team and their goal and loves to kick it as far as he can, any chance he gets.
Bryson B. really had a golden touch this week with his golden boots and golden hair. He is improving every week and is always looking for the ball.
Jack D. really seemed to enjoy himself this week and got involved a bit more. He was right in the middle of some good scrapping for the ball.
Travis S. was tough as nails coming back from a painful injury to help his team and scored two good goals.
Overall, a great result for the guys to stay in the game and pull away at the end for a hard fought win.
Bryson W. was in fine form. He was all over the park doing good work in both defence and attack. He scored six goals by the end, the pick of which was an absolute unstoppable thunderbolt of a shot which may just about match the power of The Hammer (Cole W.).
He gave everyone a wee chuckle when just after halftime he stopped dead in his tracks with the ball, confused as to which way he should be scoring. Shouts of ”the other way” and he was soon off again. His best performance so far in a Fireball jersey.
Rocco B. also turned in his best showing in a red Fireball jersey this week as he quite literally snapped his way round the park, stealing, annoying and chomping the ball away from his opponents.
Many times he zipped away from the cover defence to score some cracking goals. Once he gets that left foot working he will score even more than the five goals he managed this week!
The Boomerang (Isaac K.) looked very fresh this week and I was pleased to see him make much more of an impact on the game. He tried very hard the entire match and was so close to scoring a great goal. He chased back and forward well and made more than his share of ball–winning.
His best performance in a Fireball shirt.
After four and a half games Noah H. changed from quiet wee defender to confident dribbling goal–scoring wizard.
Early in the third quarter, Noah H. scored his first ever Fireball goal; an accidental own goal. He was standing a bit too close to a Rocco B. goal kick and the ball ricocheted into the empty Fireball net. Noah H. celebrated his first ever goal before quickly realizing it was at the wrong end!
From the very next play, he hunted down the ball from the Lightning, dribbled his way to the goal and scored his first ever real Fireballs goal.
He then added another; meaning he had scored all three goals in that period (one for Blue Lightning and two for The Pleasant Hill Fireballs)!
Noah H. had acquired a hunger for dribbling and scoring and for the next 10 minutes he could smell Lightning blood!
Time and again (with the help of his teammates of course), he stalked the ball and ran it right into the heart of the opposition causing all sorts of chaos, resulting in a further four goals!
By the end, all four guys had ran themselves into the ground and the final score was 16–1 for the Reds. A fantastic score for a fantastic performance.
One of the highlights was a superb throw–in by Rocco B. to Noah H. Dead on target, Noah H. controlled the ball and passed the ball back to Rocco B. who timed his run to perfection. Splitting the defence and streaking through to score a brilliant goal.
Even in the rare times when they needed to defend, they executed “Dangerzone” exactly as coached and the only breach in the Fireball defence came from the freak error.
Everyone was so pleased at getting two wins this week. There was good play from EVERYONE and parents, family and Coaches were all super proud.
We hope this will give some of the guys a wee confidence boost and be the catalyst for some more good play in upcoming weeks!
To hear the boys, cheering on their teammates, shouting for passes and working as a team was amazing to watch and well worth all those practices.