Game 8 — vs. Jets

Despite some overnight heavy rain, the game was on and a full compliment of Fireballs were keen to play our eighth game of the season.

We faced a well drilled and coached Jets squad. They had nine players to choose from and quite a few of them were very skillful.

Coach Ed H. had the Fireballs rub some mud on their faces in an attempt to get them used to the wet and dirt. This pre–game routine seemed to go down very well.


In the first game this week, we had Isaac K., Cole W., Bryson B. and Rocco B. up against a pretty decent Jets selection. Our guys fought really hard. They were quick to the ball and made several fine defensive plays.

A dirty–kneed Bryson B. on the dribble [Photograph by Erin W.]
A dirty–kneed Bryson B. on the dribble [Photograph by Erin W.]

Bryson B. had some fantastic dribbling and some really close shots, however, the other team had someone posted in front of the goal all game.

Coach Kevin W. gives a pep talk to Cole W., Isaac K. and Rocco B. [Photograph by Erin W.]
Coach Kevin W. gives a pep talk to Cole W., Isaac K. and Rocco B. [Photograph by Erin W.]

Isaac K. had some nice tackles and showed off some of his dribbling skills. He also showed us how to have fun with the mud puddles.

Isaac K. in action [Photograph by Erin W.]
Isaac K. in action [Photograph by Erin W.]

Isaac K. found a particularly deep puddle and he made sure he stepped right in the middle of it every time we ran up and down the field.

Cole W. doing some more great defending [Photograph by Erin W.]
Cole W. doing some more great defending [Photograph by Erin W.]

Cole W. was demonstrating blazing speed and beat the other guys downfield all game long. He had some strong kicks and some really close shots that just went wide.

Rocco B. and Bryson B. break out of defence to launch an attack [Photograph by Erin W.]
Rocco B. and Bryson B. break out of defence to launch an attack [Photograph by Erin W.]

Rocco B. was superb at tackling and swiped the ball several times.

Great throw–in by Rocco B. [Photograph by Erin W.]
Great throw–in by Rocco B. [Photograph by Erin W.]

Rocco B. took a solidly kicked ball right on the kisser and had to sit out for a few minutes but he came back strong to help his team mates finish the game.

Cole W. is all smiles as he cheers on his team during his rest [Photograph by Erin W.]
Cole W. is all smiles as he cheers on his team during his rest [Photograph by Erin W.]

Unfortunately, the other team maintained a strong tactical advantage by using space and spreading the field to sneak in a few unanswered goals, resulting in a 5–0 defeat.


In our second game this week, Travis S., Noah H., Jack D. and Bryson W. were up against a tricky, shoot–from–anywhere Jets team and a windy, flat field.

Noah H., Travis S. & Jack D. ready for kick off
Noah H., Travis S. & Jack D. ready for kick off

Bryson W. had another great game. He bustled, harried and annoyed his way round the field and opposition.

Bryson W. enjoys an easy first quarter [Photograph by Erin W.]
Bryson W. enjoys an easy first quarter [Photograph by Erin W.]

Bryson W. frequently thwarted the Jets attacks and scored two great length–of–the–field goals. A good solid performance in tough conditions.

Bryson W. scores a great full–length–of–the–pitch goal
Bryson W. scores a great full–length–of–the–pitch goal

Noah H. had another good game. Buzzing round the field like a little annoying bumblebee.

Noah H. SHOULD be cheering on his team mates!
Noah H. SHOULD be cheering on his team mates!

Noah H. came so close on two or three occasions and on another day could have had a hat trick.

NBA Noah H. (complete with sticking out tongue) launches a goal kick into play
NBA Noah H. (complete with sticking out tongue) launches a goal kick into play

Noah H. had some good tackling, passing and goal line stops. He combined well with Bryson W. a number of times and it was great to see them feeding off each other.

Coach Ed H. gives a wee half time team talk to Jack D., Noah H., Bryson W. and Travis S. [Photograph by Erin W.]
Coach Ed H. gives a wee half time team talk to Jack D., Noah H., Bryson W. and Travis S. [Photograph by Erin W.]

Jack D. had his best game so far for the Fireballs. He had some good powerful kicks and a couple of good annoying tackles.

Jack D. power goal kick time
Jack D. power goal kick time

Travis S. was in fine form this week. He was all around the field like the Energizer Bunny and didn't stop with his ninja kicks, tackling and dribbling.

Funny–faced Travis S. passes the ball to Noah H.
Funny–faced Travis S. passes the ball to Noah H.

Travis S. was also very close to grabbing himself another great goal like but the ball just squeaked past the goal post.

Noah H., Bryson W. and Travis S. defend a Jets corner (this was their own idea)
Noah H., Bryson W. and Travis S. defend a Jets corner (this was their own idea)

The guys didn’t quite get there in the end and lost out stubbornly 5–2. Three quick Jets goals when it was 1–1 rather killed the game off.

The game was rather spoilt by the windy weather but the boys didn’t give up and if any number of their half–dozen or so super close chances hade gone in the goal, the result would have been much different.

Their was some great teamwork, passing and the guys tried their best with our new quick throw in skill, TURBO!

“GO FIREBALLS!”

Pleasant Hill Fireballs (2–4–6–8 who do we appreciate, JETS!) [Photograph by Erin W.]
Pleasant Hill Fireballs (2–4–6–8 who do we appreciate, JETS!) [Photograph by Erin W.]

Thank you to Shawn B. for refereeing.


It was also Coach Ed H.’s Birthday this week!

Team Parent / Noah H.’s Mom and Coach Ed H.’s wife — Rose H. — announces Coach Ed H.’s 29th Birthday and cupcakes! [Photograph by Erin W.]
Team Parent / Noah H.’s Mom and Coach Ed H.’s wife — Rose H. — announces Coach Ed H.’s 29th Birthday and cupcakes! [Photograph by Erin W.]

Rose H. had brought surprise cupcakes and made sure Coach Ed H. got the Dumps (a traditional Scottish Birthday custom) from the kids.

The Dumps for Coach Ed H. from EVERYONE! [Photograph by Erin W.]
The Dumps for Coach Ed H. from EVERYONE! [Photograph by Erin W.]

Roster

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