FFV Metropolitan Girls’ North-10 Wallabies
Darebin’s U10 Reds team were up to the challenge in the 2022 season when they were lifted from the North 9 Joeys league to the North 10 Wallabies. The comp was re-graded midway through the year, with Darebin Under 10 Red selected as one of the four teams for the new higher division.
Coach Chris Drummond has been with this group since the Miniroos Kick Off Program in 2019. This has been progressing from the 7 on 7 games at under 9’s, through to the 9 on 9 games at Under 10’s. Facing a break in the 2020 season, the team did get some great matches in 2021 and were ready for a more structured 2022.
The support crew for the team each week has been great, with extra coaching from fellow parent Tash Roche and the ever-organised Sarah Hance taking on the team manager role.
“It was great to keep the team going from last year, and we have been joined by 4-5 new players who have slotted in really well. The higher division has created more close competitive matches, and I can see a significant improvement in our football. The team has lots of talent and a competitive attitude, so they are willing to try new things when playing these stronger teams.”
Darebin’s Head of Soccer, Jas Hirst said that the team’s achievements in the season showed how they were able to build on their confidence at the Joeys levels, and also adapt well the skills needed at Wallabies level. This matched the over-arching goal of the Falcon’s soccer program.
“We do aim to provide opportunities for girls to play at whatever level and have the most fun that they can. For some this is playing with their friends each week, for others it’s a focus on skills and the challenges that come with a competitive league.”
Coach Chris says he is enjoying coaching this year with all players being challenged and getting that chance to build their game. Throughout the year, everyone has been given opportunities to develop skills as strikers and defenders and the goalie also rotates each week too. This means each player is given the chance to learn technical skills and different strategies.
“I’m seeing some strong all-round improvement from the squad, from players like Zoe, Eden and Emma. Vivian and Elsie have shown their skills and creativity in the forward line. The midfield game has been strong from Jana, Evie, Ellie and Charlotte. And in defence, Emily, April, Lois and Esther have been consistent and reliable contributors. We have all been improving our positioning and our team play.
Family and fans cheered on the team in their final match against Fitzroy Lions at Robinson’s Reserve on Sunday 4 September. The team are now looking forward to presentation day next week and celebrating a great season.
You can also look out for the Wallabies in the northern tournament in the upcoming school holidays.
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