13 May 19

And that’s another weekend done and dusted.

A sad note to begin with this week. Our thoughts are with the family of former player Richard Laidler who passed away on Friday with his family at home in Japan. Richie was a talented sportsman who spread the word of Aussie Rules coaching the National Japanese AFL and Cricket teams. He was true character who had time for everyone and will sorely missed. RIP Richie. A memorial service for will be held at the club on Friday the 17th of May at 2 for all of Richard's Australian friends to say good bye.

To lighter subjects and Saturday began with a bang but ended with a whimper.

The 19’s kicked things off at home on Saturday morning against Laurimar and I’m happy to report made it two on the trot with a terrific team effort to get the points. This was a tight hard fought affair, which was still in the balance at 3/4 time but a 5 goal to 1 final term had a comfortable 45 point margin at the final whistle.

All roads then headed to War Memorial Park for the Reserves and Seniors with the later starts due to the twilight kick off against Greensborough.

The reserves were hard hit with a few late withdrawals so took on the unbeaten Slime a bit undermanned, but turned in properly their best effort of the year. Leading at 1/4 time and only a point down at the half, the damage was done in the third a 4 goal to 0 quarter set up the win for Greensborough, we won the last quarter to share them 2-2. Ultimately it was 25 point defeat, but one hell of a fighting effort by the boys.

In the main game I’m sorry to say we are still to get our first win for the year, slipping to a very disappointing 73 point defeat to the still unbeaten Greensborough. Not much I can say really, it was a poor effort and some serious soul searching will be done over the representative break as we look to bounce back to form at Heidelberg on the 25th May.

Wrapping up the senior side of things, the Women’s team had a walk-over/forfeit. Unfortunately Eltham were unable to field a team due to injuries so the ladies got to enjoy a weekend off and now await the finalisation of the grading process and see which division we will be playing in. Stay tuned it should be out soon.

Take note there are no senior games next weekend with a break for the representation round. That said, the Under 19’s will be in action taking on South Morang at Mill Park Lakes Reserve at 9.40, so cast your vote early and then get out to watch the boys as they look to make it a hat-trick of wins, they would love to have some travelling support as they fly the flag.

On to the junior side of things and grading is now done and dusted and fixtures should be out later this week. Sunday was another day of ups and downs, thrills and spills on an entertaining Mother’s Day of action.

Under 9 Red were on the road taking on Montmorency and turned on a scintillating display of team football, no idea of the score, but the Mums in the crowd that got up early left full of smiles!

The Under 9 Blue team were not too far away at Eltham Black, they too turned it on for the faithful with a sterling effort, terrific performance by both sides, well done kids.

The under 10’s could do no wrong – it’s hard when you have the bye. No doubt the team will be raring to go next week.

At home the under 11’s were hosting Eltham Black. A quick start had the team in control early and they maintained that effort and commitment to the final siren coming away with solid 48 point win. 
The Under 13 had the longest road trip for the weekend heading up Plenty road to Whittlesea,. They played out a great game. A tight first quarter with some wasted chances had the game in the balance, but some encouraging words from the Legend saw the kids kick in to action kicking 3 goals in each of the remaining quarters while restricting Whittlesea to just 3 behinds for the game, a great result, lot’s of Green shoots in this team, hey Legend?.

The Under 14 boys took themselves off to Montmorency. Whats that old saying … bad kicking is bad footy.?.? 5 goals 15 Behinds, when the opposition kick 9 from 11 scoring shots tells a tail. No doubt Frank will be working on the conversion rate during the week. The upside is the team created lots of scoring opportunities, so a win appears close at hand. Heads up Boys.

The Under 14 Girls Combine took on Mill Park in a home game at Darebin’s home ground and were rewarded for all the hard work and effort on the track with a wonderful break through win (smashed them actually), and then got to sing two songs. The Messiah that is David Snow could not have been prouder of his chargers, well done Girls, a wonderful reward for effort.

The Under 15’s re acquainted themselves with Moore Park in devastating fashion against Mernda. The boys are flying high in 2019 and showed no mercy to the visiting Demons. 11 goals to 1 had the game over at half time, coasting to a 73 point win. An exciting bunch this lot. Do yourself a favour and take in a game when you can.

Diamond Creek hosted our under 16’s who jumped out of the blocks early and controlled the game from start to finish recording a 54 point win. That’s two on the trot and three for the grading process, great effort boys.

The day came to a close with the Under 17’s taking on Yarrambat, and what a game! We took an early lead, only to have it dragged back and then slipped behind going into the final stanza we trailed by 11 points, the final quarter was a classic, we managed to grab the lead late in the game, only for Yarrambat to steal it with a last minute goal the final margin a heartbreaking 2 points. A terrific game of football, it was great to see the shattered faces on the boys and coaching staff after the game. It’s showed how much it hurt. These boys will be back, don’t worry about that…. .

Our Netballers had the bye but will be back in action next weekend. And that’s today’s Wrap, which is proudly brought to you by our wonderful sponsor Floridia Cheese, Australia’s oldest family owned Italian cheese manufacturer boasting three generations. Check out the website at or call on 03 9464 2600

See you at the footy. 

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