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GAME REPORT JUNE 26.06 AT BURLINGTON

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jul 25, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
The rain stayed away and 3 points to the good with a 3-1 victory. You continue at a pace that puts you 1 point out of first place. Many thanks to Krysta Landry who joined us from the G17 and delivered a solid contribution to our win. We look forward to her future involvement. Completed passes were well below par, especially in the first half. Shots were 17 vs 4 in your favour. Having said that, the game overall was not our best performance. Sluggish start, too much standing around, not enough pressure on the opponent with the ball. Everyone needs to review what they did in the previous 48 hours in preparation for this game - hydration, nutrition, sleep, energy conservation. All players must imagine where the ball might go and shut down pass opportunities BEFORE they happen. Most of the night, we collectively moved after a pass was made to an open player and had to work twice as hard to deal with it. Our team shape was far too long with wide gaps between our defenders/mids/forwards. This created the need for long passes that often got cut off, or long 50/50 ball deliveries that are inconsistent with our possession game plan. You had far too many dangerous defending set plays given to Burlington caused by scrambling near our net. We gave up 3 unnecessary corners and at least two dangerous direct kicks - one resulted in a goal against and one missed gratefully from a bad delivery. You avoid these risks by keeping solid midfield control and keeping enough pressure on the other team that they can't organize long balls into our end. We will spending a lot of time on defending and attacking set plays in our next training session on Thursday. Our development of defensive walls last night was frightening and we left our keeper and our net seriously exposed. Defending against free kicks within striking distance as best taught and learned from the perspective of the keeper who must be in complete charge of all player positioning. Smart teams organize defending and attacking free-kick set up very quickly. The following link will give you a peek from the keeper perspective when setting up for a variety of free kicks. The soft end of our game schedule is over and the tougher games are ahead - the ones you MUST win to reach your goals and control your destiny. Remember that each of you have a very serious responsibility for game preparation, physically, mentally and technically. Let this be the last game that I hear someone ask about the record and performance of the team you are playing. Rep soccer is no different than another school subject - it involves homework, practice and you have an exam on every game night. See you Thursday and probably Sunday night somewhere (UTM is closed I think) as we prepare to face North Miss on Monday at South Common. On Thursday night there is a game at Fallingbrook between North Miss and St. Catharines Black - two teams that we have yet to face. All should consider taking in some of this game after training so you get to see what their shape, tactics, and skill levels (in your position) look like. I'll adjust our training session from 6:30 pm to 8 pm approx on Thursday so all who can, can catch the game. Wear something "generic" to the game so we aren't too obvious - although I'm sure we'll be noticed quickly. Homework...... Lots of responsibilities - but have fun while you're doing it. There is a possibility for a general training session on Friday morning 9-12 for those who are available. Let me know who can/can't. BT
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GAME REPORT JULY 3.06 VS NORTH MISSISSAUGA

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jul 25, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
A positive 6-1 result and 3 more critical points in your quest. The coaching staff was convinced going into this game that we would face a tough opponent based on what we had seen in our scouting reviews of their games against others. We encouraged you to go into this game applying lots of pressure and playing YOUR game and not let North Miss get organized. Your performance was extraordinary with an opening goal in the first 3 minutes and you were in consistent control throughout the game. Congrats to Leanne, our birthday girl, who logged 3 of our 6 goals. Statistics Completed Passes 1st half - 123 2nd half - 124 A new team standard high that clearly illustrates your control in the game. Shots on net Eagles - 27 N Miss - 5 Corners Eagles - 6 N Miss - 1 (We didn't convert any of these - needs work) Offsides Eagles - 2 N Miss - 0 A reminder to all that you must maintain a high intensity game for the full ninety minutes even when you have a comfortable lead. Dropping your guard against a team that is turning up their effort can lead to unnecessary contact and injury. This doesn't mean you need to run up the score, but it does mean you have to stay focussed on good control and your possession game. Congratulations to all. You have sent a clear message to our soccer community that the Eagles are coming to get them. Our league division is split down the middle with only 4 teams that are anywhere near contention for the title. Still lots of season left and lots more to develop your game even further, so stay focused on maintaining your fitness away from the training field and study your soccer strategy through the many resources available to you. BT
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ONTARIO CUP GAME VS VAUGHAN JULY 8.06

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jul 25, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
A positive 4-2 win over a much weakened OYSL team that has only 11 players left in camp who cam out to face us. With only 11 players Vaughan delivered quality opposition against our slow start. Shots on Goal Eagles – 15 (our shots were fewer in the second half (9/6)) Vaughan - 9 (4/5) Completed passes 1st half – 76 (not nearly our finest performance) 2nd half - 100 (improving as the Vaughan limited bench faded) Corners Eagles – 7 ( 1 converted but still far from effective) Vaughan – 1 Offside Eagles – 2 Vaughan - 1 Total crosses from the corners was 5 (far too low) Stats maintained by Lyndsay T BT
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TRUST

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jul 25, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
When I hear about lots of parent chatter behind my back I can only imagine that there is a lacking of trust in your coach. Everyone has to trust me to do the right thing for the benefit of the team entity. If anyone has trouble with this it’s time to arrange a personal meeting with me at a mutually agreeable time. Some issues that need to be understood……. 90% of what we do is training. Players deliver their commitment, their passion, their confidence, their learning, and skill development during training. We take our training into competitive games (10% of our program) – essentially a stage play for which we have rehearsed long and hard. The best performers go on stage. The best performers are those who have given me and our coaching staff the confidence that they are ready and confident in their roles. More challenging games will involve a different balance of playing time for some than games that are easier. I am challenged to help our team win games and our league with the resources available to us. Playing to lose is not an option. I am challenged to help our players continuously improve in their skills and in their game play . Players who don’t improve fall behind quickly as others speed by. Under the direction of Vince, we have changed our game style – much to the better – providing a more entertaining game for spectators and a more satisfying game for players. Sometimes decisions made by the coaching staff may seem inconsistent with your “preferences”. You have to trust our decisions that are often made with factual knowledge that you are not privy to. Your coach does not play favourites. Your coach cannot be “bought”. Players NEVER suffer from the earnest opinions of parents or themselves. Passion for the game, hard work and confident performance in training and games (especially training) will find players earning the most time on the field, not because they just show up, but because they have confidently developed the required skills. Players who hide performance affecting injuries from me cause a number of problems: Under-performance will get a player yanked from the game field, especially in the hot spots when we are pressured, before we get stung. A hidden injury could be incorrectly viewed as lazy, or just plain unable to do the job – generally a negative impression. A hidden injury can be aggravated from short term recovery to long term complications. A hidden injury can cost your team a positive result. I have a long standing rule that I want to know about every hangnail…….I am getting annoyed with the number of hidden damaged players risking their team’s result. Finding out later why a player should not have been chastised (because of injury) is too late. Running is a basic component of the game and an essential component of our training. I know of few serious soccer teams that don’t focus heavily on distance aerobic training and short distance anaerobic training. Serious athletes don’t need to be driven to add additional running on your own. The theme of our program this year is “Intelligent Soccer”. Everyone is seeing a growing improvement in our overall game intelligence, but we have a long way to go still. Player performance also involves that intelligent component beyond root ball skills. When to make a run, where to make a run, when it’s OK to leave your position, two way play, vocal leadership on the field, proper positioning, reading the other team’s shape and so on. Soccer intelligence is much like chess where the player has to think several moves ahead to be most effective. Our players are developing this skill at different rates. Other expectations…. Does a player “make a difference” on the field – making things happen or just reacting to what happens. Does a player contribute to scoring opportunities if in a striker/mid position? Does a midfielder control her space? - games are won and lost here. Does a defender prevent dangerous crosses most of the time and clear the ball effectively. Does a defender follow the play forward and contribute to attack shape? Does a keeper provide confident leadership from the rear and make good decisions in position and ball distribution. The list goes on. As a team we have played 7 exhibition/tournament games so far with all players getting decent playing time. We are now in our “real” season. As in any competitive team, we will use the roster and other resources we have to what we feel is in the best interests of the team. Some will play more than others – the flow of the game will determine how we use our bench. The two things that irritate me the most – I repeat this year after year – lateness and lack of effort. I can live with a lot of other shortcomings including losing as long as we did our very best with determined preparation. Lastly, Your coaching staff will adopt a calmer demeanour on the bench effective immediately. Bob T
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PLAY SOCCER - OSA

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jun 25, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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