Game 4 — @ Blue Lightning

Week four of the Fireballs season and spirits were high after our first three games and lots of enthusiastic practice.

Fireball warm–up with Bryson W., Rocco B., Noah H., Travis S., Cole W., Isaac K. and Jack D. just arriving [Photograph by Joel W.]
Fireball warm–up with Bryson W., Rocco B., Noah H., Travis S., Cole W., Isaac K. and Jack D. just arriving [Photograph by Joel W.]

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 Greatest U6 coaching team that Pleasant Hill / Martinez and the World has ever seen — Ed H. and Kevin W. [Photograph by Joel W.]
The Greatest U6 coaching team that Pleasant Hill / Martinez and the World has ever seen — Ed H. and Kevin W. [Photograph by Joel W.]

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.


In our first game this week, the guys (Cole W., Jack D., Bryson B. and Travis S.) were involved in a real tough match which was very close right up until almost the end.

The score was a decisive 5–1 for the Fireballs.

Cole W. thwarts another Blue Lightning attack [Photograph by Joel W.]
Cole W. thwarts another Blue Lightning attack [Photograph by Joel W.]

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. and Jack D. fight for the ball [Photograph by Joel W.]
Bryson B. and Jack D. fight for the ball [Photograph by Joel W.]

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. races away with Cole W. in close support [Photograph by Joel W.]
Travis S. races away with Cole W. in close support [Photograph by Joel W.]

Travis S. was tough as nails coming back from a painful injury to help his team and scored two good goals.

Travis S. smashes home the second of his two fantastic goals! [Photograph by Joel W.]
Travis S. smashes home the second of his two fantastic goals! [Photograph by Joel W.]

Overall, a great result for the guys to stay in the game and pull away at the end for a hard fought win.


In the other game this week, the quartet of Noah H., Rocco B., Bryson W. and Isaac K. were quite simply “on fire.” From the first whistle to the last they were in complete control of their match.

A happy Noah H. goes straight at heart of the Blue Lightning defence, his friend Ian gets ready to try and stop him [Photograph by Joel W.]
A happy Noah H. goes straight at heart of the Blue Lightning defence, his friend Ian gets ready to try and stop him [Photograph by Joel W.]

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.).

Bryson W. making great strides to reach the ball and keep it in play (which he did) and launch another Fireball attack [Photograph by Joel W.]
Bryson W. making great strides to reach the ball and keep it in play (which he did) and launch another Fireball attack [Photograph by Joel 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.

The Crocodile (Rocco B.) streaks ahead to rattle in another goal! [Photograph by Joel W.]
The Crocodile (Rocco B.) streaks ahead to rattle in another goal! [Photograph by Joel W.]

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!

Great throw–in by Bryson W. to Isaac K. and Noah H. [Photograph by Joel W.]
Great throw–in by Bryson W. to Isaac K. and Noah H. [Photograph by Joel W.]

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.

Smilin’ Noah H. happily sets off on another dribble [Photograph by Joel W.]
Smilin’ Noah H. happily sets off on another dribble [Photograph by Joel W.]

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!

Proud Dad & Coach Ed H., watches on as Noah starts another Fireball attack (Bryson W. shouting for a pass) [Photograph by Joel W.]
Proud Dad & Coach Ed H., watches on as Noah starts another Fireball attack (Bryson W. shouting for a pass) [Photograph by Joel W.]

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.

Noah H. annoys Blue Lightning and sparks another Fireball barrage (I’m running out of superlatives) – Bryson W. looks on with interest  [Photograph by Joel W.]
Noah H. annoys Blue Lightning and sparks another Fireball barrage (I’m running out of superlatives) – Bryson W. looks on with interest [Photograph by Joel W.]

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.

Little and Large [Photograph by Joel W.]
Little and Large [Photograph by Joel W.]

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.

Noah H. sprints clear of the Blue Lightning cover to score his fifth goal [Photograph by Joel W.]
Noah H. sprints clear of the Blue Lightning cover to score his fifth goal [Photograph by Joel W.]

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.

Thank you to Jeremy K. for helping with the referee duties and a new thank you to our new Bannerman — Valentino B., thank you Gents.

“GO FIREBALLS!” Our first ever clean sweep!  [Photograph by Joel W.]
“GO FIREBALLS!” Our first ever clean sweep! [Photograph by Joel W.]

“GO FIREBALLS!”

Roster

No. Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
2 Noah H. B B B
3 Cole W. A A A A
4 Jack D. A A A A
5 Bryson B. A A A
6 Rocco B. B B B
7 Travis S. A A A
8 Bryson W. B B B
9 Isaac K. B B B