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04 Jun 19



Shaun Barker celebrates his 400th Club Game

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Now you’re settled in, To the weekend’s events – The house was a rocking on Saturday as the Ladies took control and partied like it was 1999! While there were no Little red corvettes or Raspberry beret’s to be seen, the Cream did rise to the top as the Delirious crowd shouted Let’s go Crazy as out on the field of Dreams our Prince(s) performed like Kings and Finally got their mojo back witha win that we so desperately needed to kick start our 2019 season….

Yes it was a great day! Well done to Robyn and Lisa on arranging yet another glorious and successful event. A big well done also to the bar staff who survived to live another day!

Of course the win topped of the day! It came about as a result of some great team football, and a totally dominate display all around the ground. The only downside was yet another injury to the big man, Kova. Here’s to a speedy recovery big fella. But how’s the class of the man.? After the disappointment of Saturdays injury, he still got out to watch the 14 boys game at Bundoora Park on Sunday to show his support – with his Chauffeur Jacko in tow. The boys provided some great support to both Frank and the boys, you’ll have to keep reading to see if it helped or not……

In the Reserves Scotty and the boys made it back to back win’s – in Shaun Barker's 400th Club Game…. It is an amazing achievement it to play 400 games in any sport, but AFL is tough on the body especially when you put it on the line week in week out with no regard for personal safety as Shaun has done year on year, always leading from the front and setting the example for others to follow… (I think that’s enough smoke blowing $20 only goes so far!)

Seriously though, a wonderful achievement Shaun and not not just the playing side but what you bring off the field as well. Here’s to chasing down Sando’s record if he ever hangs them up….

The game it’s self was not a pretty affair by any standards but it was close. As the clock ticked down it looked like we had blown it, but the boys lifted to level the scores with a minute to go and low and behold, stormed forward to kick the winner with bugger all left on the clock and Victory was obtained. To describe what happened next is difficult. Demonstrating the high regard Shaun is held in, the Ladies dragged themselves away from the festivities, to see the end of the game and then form a guard of honour as our great man was carried from the field. There were Thousands (maybe a slight exaggeration) of Shaun face masks – None making any of our wonderful ladies look any better it must be said. There were also a few Giant Shaun Heads bobbing about. One may have stormed onto the field at the final siren to join in the celebrations, wild scenes indeed…

In the early kick off we saw the 19’s taking on a classy Mernda outfit who would prove to be a most competitive outfit. The boys jumped from the blocks to set up an early lead, but Mernda kept chipping away and by the end of the game had kicked clear to a 38 point win. The margin was not reflective of the game it’s self which was very close for the most part. We just shot ourselves in the foot a few times and were made to pay for it. The boys will learn from the experience and no doubt won’t make the same mistakes again next time around.

The senior Women had a lucky Bye this weekend, allowing many to join the ladies day festivities, so that’s all for the playing side of things Seniors wise.

Sunday dawned with a warm inner glow thanks to Saturdays results as our Junior Roosters for the most part hit the road.

Both the under 9 teams headed out to Monty for back to back games – and neither team disappointed. Great displays by both of our littlest Rooster sides displaying all the skills and attributes that will take them a long way in Football.

Northcote was the destination for the under 10’s. In a tough encounter both teams displayed some wonderful football throughout a highly entertaining affair.

J.E.Moore Park hosted the under 11’s against Laurimar Teal, with this the toughest test yet for our Roosters, with Laurimar getting the better of us in the end. A slow start did not help the cause but the team showed in the middle quarters they can match it with the best. Laurimar came home to strong in the final stanza, but lots to like about the performance troopers, keep it up, well done.

All roads led to Diamond Creek for the second time this year for the under 13’s. Last time we got a hard fought victory in the grading games. Unfortunately this time around the result was reversed. The game still in the balance at the final break, but a strong final quarter had Diamond Creek comfortably ahead at the final siren. The Legend as always remained upbeat and positive with his team and then headed off to watch his other Football love, and well we know how that ended… Rumours are abounding about a possible exit from Moore Park for a certain Coach. Can you confirm or deny you will be moving to Ikon park within the week?

Back at the Home of Football the 14 Girls combine took on Wallan. Back in round two we travelled to Wallan and lost by 46 points. This round, whilst we didn’t get the win, it was a closer contest and we hit the scoreboard as well. The improvement is clearly there for all to see as the team continues to gel Under the tutelage of the Messiah who spoke glowingly of his chargers on Sunday night. (Rest easy Chas, Dave is not interested in the Carlton Job, leaving you a clear run, Unless of Course Frank P is interested?)

Speaking of Frank P, our 14 boys headed to Bundoora Park for a match against the top of the table Power outfit. This one would come down to effort and commitment and we have that in spades… A fast start had us up early and the boys continued that into the second quarter to have the game in control by the main break, with Jacko and Big Kova providing inspiration from the sidelines and giving a pointer or two to Frank along the way they boy’s kept up the pressure in the second half to record a great win and consolidate second spot on the table. (Frank maybe you and the Legend could co coach the blues??)

South Morang on the road was always going to be the testing material for our under 15’s, and so it proved to be. The Lions jumped out of the blocks kicking the first 5 goals, and looked set to run away with it. Our boys don’t break easy and fought back to hit the lead in the last quarter. Unfortunately the effort took its toll and two late goals had South Morang home by 12 point’s. What as a terrific effort, one that made the coach a very proud man and no doubt sent a message to the rest of the competition that this team mean business…

Laurimar was the least desirable location for the weekend (distance wise only!) as the Under 16 side made the expedition up the highway to take on the very talented Power side. Though the scoreboard was not to our liking the team showed great fight and commitment. As Coach Guy said Sunday night the boys are coming together nicely and starting to play the way the coaching staff want them to. When it all clicks look out…..

Thus, Leaving the Home of football to host the final game of the Round With Research paying our Under 17’s a visit….Firstly a congrats to Loris Carnovale on 100 games with the mighty Roosters. Loris is a great example of perseverance. Having suffered his share of injuries over the journey, to get to 100 games is a terrific effort. Well done Loris! On the playing side I’d like to say we got the win for him, but alas Research proved too strong on the day. Jarrod spoke glowingly of his charges Sunday night, and it was great to see so many of them hang around after the game, clearly a great bond is forming in this group that will hold them in good stead for the remainder of the year, a second half charge for the finals is not out of the question…

Sunday night had the clubrooms rocking once again with the Mid Season Junior Review. It was terrific to see so many Rooster families in attendance to enjoy a great night – despite the inclement weather. The coaches spruiked up their team and the Pizza went down a treat! Thanks to our great Friends at Crown Pizza and Ribs 299 Spring Street, Reservoir. A big thanks to boys behind the bar, it’s not a chore for them, they Love it… (really they do!) To the “Organiser” another big tick. Frank Tomai was in fine form with the hosting duties, and Roaming Pino was a nice new edition (look out BT).

Lastly, the Netballers kicked it all off way back on Friday night when they took on the Heat Netball club. The ladies gave it their best shot but alas the heat brought the Heat and took away the win. It was great to see many of them at Ladies Day demonstrating great club spirit.

Don’t forget the next Club function is fast approaching. Bogan Bingo set for the 22nd of June. Only $25 a ticket, for a great nights entertainment lots of fun and laughs – Don’t miss it! Junior parents, see your team managers they have tickets, Senior’s ask at the bar or you can contact Mirella Sauro on 0414 540 620, Tickets are limited so don’t dilly dally.

Have a great week. No club games next weekend thanks to Lizzie’s Birthday (which I believe is actually in April, the 21st! But hey we’ll celebrate in June) Enjoy your weekend off! If you do need a footy fix, we do have a few troupers in Rep games over the weekend, so good luck to those Junior Roosters hopefully the weather is better than you struck last Wednesday night…

That’s it… See you at the Footy or Netball in two weeks’ time….. One sugar please. 

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