PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

Well, the end of the 2015 Season is upon us. Congratulations to all Teams, Coaches, Players and Helpers for the Season.
It has been a trying season with the amount of long term injuries we have been dealt, but it shows the quality of players we have at this great Club that we achieved our goal, and that was to be competitive and not to be demoted. So a big thank you goes out to all involved with the respective teams.
This week’s game is at home so please get down and support the boys and stay for the band after the Awards.
Games this week are:

League, Reserves and Colts play Hamersley Carine at Home.

Thirds play Brentwood Booragoon away.

All the best to all Teams and lets finish the season off on a good note.
Remember kitchen open on Thursday Night so if you want a nice meal and a Cold Bevy come on down.

Robert Steel

President

 

THE END OF THE SEASON

As mentioned above, there will be a bit of a wind up on Saturday Night after the last home and away game of the year.

There will be a band (CHEEK2CHEEK) playing hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s for all to enjoy. Everyone is welcome, so please if you can make it and feel like a bit of a night out, come on down.

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MILESTONES

Another Couple of Major Milestones this week.

Firstly Chris Hopkins plays his 100th club game this weekend. Hoppy is a product of our Juniour affiliate club. After joining the club in 2009, he was part of our successful Colts premiership team in 2010, also taking out the Harding Medal for the colts fairest and best the same year. Chris was also a valuable member of the 2014 Reserves Premiership team.

The other milestone is to one of our more senior players.

Dean Baldwin will play his 250th club game. Baldy joined the club way back in 2000. Back then he was already a senior player at 32 years old. A member of our inaugural amateur premiership team in 2008, Dean also played an important role in last year’s Thirds grand final, and continues to be a valuable part of the Thirds this year at the ripe old age of 47.

Congratulations to both Dean and Chris on their achievements.

 

LEAGUE MATCH REPORT (Round 17)

Well under pretty ordinary conditions on the weekend the league side unfortunately went down to inform Whitford by 7 goals. Unfortunately we did not turn up to play in the 1st half where most of the damage was done but after half time the players started to show more pride in their performance and I believe out played Whitford in the 2nd half. Unfortunately however we couldn’t make the most of the opportunities to convert in the 3rd quarter which saw us unable to bridge the gap.

Was pleasing however to get through the game without any serious injuries and with some players coming back into the side getting some much needed match fitness we are set to have a red hot crack at Hamersley this weekend in our final game of the home and away season.

Well done to the Colts for securing 3rd spot on the ladder and a double chance come finals and also the 3rds who continued on their winning ways.

Good luck all grades this weekend as we take on Hamersley at home.

Kingsley Hunter

League Coach

 

RESERVES MATCH REPORT (Round 17)

A tough day at the office with Whitford getting hold of us on a cold, windy, boggy afternoon. We were reasonably competitive for the first part of each quarter but were unable to hold back the run of Whitford for the full 20 minutes and they consequently maintained a healthy margin on us throughout the day. In keeping with the rest of the season we had a core of 14 regulars who tried hard all day with some welcome help from, Tom Pritchard, Ian Hunter and Mitchell Watson from the 3rds, Noah Cantrell- Uyen from Colts, Anthony McLaughlin pulled on the boots and special mention to a Mr K Hunter who turned back the clock for half the game and gave the boys a curly haired target up forward. Special mention to Hoffy for engaging the team and giving focal points at each break and Skeete, Brackers, Brad, Brooksy, Blocka and Dinko for being supportive in Jamie and Wrighty’s absence. (Special congrats lads on what you have added to 16 keen footballer’s lives and a trip they will never forget)

One more week to go gents so let’s get on the track and make sure on Saturday we celebrate a win at home over Hamersley-Carine and finish off this season with the strength of character you have all shown in what has been a tough, long year for the Reserves. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be part of your group it has been a blast. Jamie they’re all yours again mate welcome back!

Todd Bail

Reserves Manager/Assistant

 

COLTS MATCH REPORT (Round 17)

A very good win by the colts in tough conditions against good opposition. With a lot of players unavailable, the boys showed great character and depth. Top 3 is now all but wrapped up, but we still must win this week.

Greg Hough

Colts Coach

 

THIRDS MATCH REPORT (Round 17)

The thirds played at home against the ever improving Noranda side in what was such a crucial clash for both sides, with us trying to seal top spot and Noranda a spot in the finals. The weather looked like it was going to play a part in the result and although there was a considerable advantage to one end the conditions themselves in the first half weren’t that bad.

Winning the toss and kicking with the breeze the boys got off to a good start, slotting 5 goals to 1 in the first. However with such a promising start we weren’t able to build on the lead in the 2nd qtr, squandering what was a handy lead and let Noranda back in the game at half time, leading by only 1 point. This was mainly due to our errant decision making and skill error.

The conditions totally turned in the 3rd quarter with the hail coming down, some saying the size of basketballs, and in what “Boxy” would call “the Premiership Quarter….” we were able to hit the scoreboard and take in a vital 3 goal lead at 3 qtr time.

The last quarter turned out to be a dog fight and credit to the boys, as Noranda hit the front with 4 mins left on the clock, we were able to dig deep when it counted and get the lead back and show some composure in the dying minutes. The final goal coming from Swanny reading a great tap from Ranga and putting it on the left to the top of the square with the experience of our oldest statesman shining through by playing in front, marking and kicking truly!!

Congrats to Ethan putting in a BOG performance in his 50th for the club, with solid contributions coming from Kliffy, Robbie, Damo and Toby.

This week’s clash is a must win against Brentwood Booragoon if we are to hold onto top spot and give some of our aging bodies a rest for the first week of the finals!!

Michael Walsh

Thirds Coach

 

INTEGRATED FOOTBALL MATCH REPORT (8TH AUGUST)

Saturday’s game presented what was always going to be a challenge v High Wycombe, not only are they a much improved football team but we also had up to 10 players unavailable including our 3 state reps away at the national carnival. The days weather also made the ground  very muddy and slippery which meant the team had to adjust to play wet weather football, the last time the players encountered these sort of conditions we were badly outplayed. Pre match we spoke of the opportunity to grab 2nd spot with a win which will give us a home semi final should we remain there with only the last round remaining. This game also presented the opportunity for the players to experience a different role on match day, as we approached half time the game was tight and the players for all of their efforts were unable to kick away on the scoreboard. During the break I asked the team to increase the tackling pressure as our opponents seemed to struggle with the higher intensity when the effort was lifted at the contest, slowly we reaped the reward for the pressure we placed on the opponents and secured a win. Kingsway 6.6 (42) to High Wycombe 3.3 (21). We now have a week break before our last game at Kingsway on 22/8 v Warnbro. Thanks to all of the volunteers especially the Dargie clan for umpiring and of course Mrs Patto who had a busy day with first aid duties.

Shane Paterson

Integrated Football Coach