17 Jun 19

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Once more wee can tick off another action packed weekend of Football and Netball action. We wind the clock back to Thursday night where it was great to see the under 14 girls in the house after training to have a feed and soak up the atmosphere. The Messiah was holding court up in the corner keeping a watchful eye over his charges and the New Merchandise was streaming out the door or onto the backs of everyone! Well done to Jacko (senior superstar Jackson Clark for those that don’t know – wears no 11 and goes alright it must be said, is that worth a Fine?) for all his work in designing the new gear. Don’t stress if you have missed out on the first run, a new order will be placed this Tuesday. Get on board asap. See Teamapp, contact Fiona or you can wait till the next run.

Saturday morning dawned with the 19’s taking on Mill Park in the early kick off. This is the one that got away! While the boys rattled home in the dying stages to nearly snatch the win – only going down by 4 points, early inaccuracy in front of goal didn’t help. 21 scoring shots to 15 – in the end the 9.12 to 11.4 score line tells the tale. Still, a solid outing and the boys know at their best they can match it with anyone. Look out when they get on a roll, but this one will stick in the beak for a bit.

Next up were Scotty and the Two’s as they took on Montmorency. Gaining some momentum prior to the break the boys were looking to make it 3 on the trot against the dreaded Black and White who sat two games above us on the table. Our lads came to play with flair and polish and Pizzazz even a bit of Panache! 
At the end of the day it produced a stunning Victory. Really, it was a scratchy affair, hard fought and won. We led well at Half time before taking the third quarter off. This left some work to do at the final change trailing by 13 points. In a barnstorming finish, for which the lads are fast getting a reputation for, they rocketed home -late, very late to snatch Victory from the jaws of defeat. Getting up by 3 points! We now sit one game outside the top 5 but with a better percentage than those just above us. Boys – Scotty is getting on a bit, any chance you could put one to bed a bit earlier for him? These close finishes are not good for the ticker…..

Heading into the main game of the day and backing up the Round 7 win with another polished performance. We welcomed Sam Glover back from Collingwood in the VFL. Sam’s been on fire at the pies and was a welcome addition to the ranks as they had a bye this weekend. We also welcomed back Michael Marotta who made his VFL Debut with Collingwood against Casey last weekend. With Garret McDonagh also back in the line-up we fielded a strong line up for the crucial clash.

The boys did not disappoint, playing with a fierce desire for the ball, terrorizing the Monty boys from the open siren to the final seconds of the game. With two on the trot, it was a performance that will have a few above us looking over their shoulders and wondering just what these boys might be able to achieve as the year unfolds. There is still much to do after the disappointing start, but you can feel a change in air, it smells a bit like Momentum ……………. With this round throwing up quite a few upset results, we find ourselves just two games outside the 5 as the ladder compacts. The door is ajar, just waiting to be kicked down! Next on the Hit list is Hurstbridge away…. Another must win affair as they all will be from now to seasons end… We’re up for it!

Congrats to Charlie Khoury from the Under 17’s who made his senior debut in the guise of the 23rd man. As with Shaun Shorten last year, it shows Robbie will promote our youth and give them opportunities when possible. Two more opportunities come later in the year with the 23rd man in rounds 12 & 16 so keep playing hard boys – you’re time will come!

Milestones…. Paul H’Antoniou 150 games and Daniel Valeri and Tyler Macnamara with 200 club games. Great effort Lads. Tyler and Dan may well take on the “Roosters” 400 club one day.

Sunday was just as action packed at the home of Football in the Northern Suburbs – J.E.Moore Park with both grounds seeing action on the day.

Up on the picturesque top oval our under 11’s hosted Eltham Black. The match was won and lost in the Premiership quarter when Eltham extended a slender half time lead out to 20 points at the final change. We threw the kitchen sink and other assorted implements at them in the final stanza, but could only drag one goal back, ultimately going down by 14 points. Eltham have been one of the better teams all year, so this was highly encouraging performance, having Brad smiling on the inside.

The Girls Combine then took on Yarrambat in a highly competitive affair. They were hard at it all day and lost no friends with their gusty effort. In the end it was a 15 point loss. The Messiah was very proud of the effort at games end, as the development of these sensation young ladies continues each week. Unfortunately they will be without the Messiahs own budding little superstar Karly who suffered a broken arm in the contest. We wish Karly all the best for a on a speedy recovery. Hopefully you will be able to keep the fitness up with your running water duties with the big boys of a Saturday.

On the Main Deck we had 9 blue against Diamond Creek Creekers and then 9 Red versing Diamond Creek Demons. Both were two highly entertaining contests with lots of fun, laughs and highlights a plenty. Our youngest Roosters continue to do us proud. Well done teams.

The under 13’s hosted Eltham Black for the second time this year, and for the second time tried their little hearts out. Actually the way they played you’d be better comparing their Hearts to that off Phar Lap’s – the team was terrific,. Despite going down the improvement was there for all to see. The margin was much reduced from last start and we reduced there scoring shot by 8 – a great effort. A very proud “The Legend” told his charges after the game they can hold their heads up for playing the game the way it should be played and looking out for one another on the field. A win will not be too far away with this effort and commitment.. Well done team.

The 15’s took on Laurimar in terrific clash. Though we controlled the game from the outset, the boys from Laurimar persisted all day, making us work for the win a hard fought 28 point win that has the boys sitting second on the ladder nicely placed for a finals charge. Great win boys!

The senior women wrapped up the day with the Grand Final rematch against Montmorency. I’d love to say it was the same result, but in a tough game Monty proved too strong over the 4 quarters and despite our best efforts, in the end they recorded a comfortable victory and gained some revenge for last years loss. Well not Really we still have the Cup, they only got 4 points. That said, we’d have liked them too.

On the road…
The under 10’s headed out to Bundoora Park. Adrian has his side humming along nicely at the moment, playing some wonderful team footy. This game no exception, as the beaming coach was very proud of his charges upon his return to Rooster-Ville lauding the skill and determination of his team, telling all and sundry about it from the canteen window, where he took up residence for awhile, lending a hand on a very busy day… Thanks Adrian.

Out at Panther Palace, the 14’s continued their fine run of good form with another solid victory. I’m not sure if it was windy but the score line of 10.21 say’s a lot for our dominance on the day. The inaccuracy was disappointing. The Defence held up well keeping Eltham to just 1.1 for the day. A great result, but some practice in front of the big sticks is required.

The 16s visited the fancied Greensborough. A slow start had us down by 23 at the first break. We then dominated the 2nd but wayward kicking would prove costly, with 3.6 for the quarter. This hurt. In the end the teams had the same scoring shots, but Greensborough were far more accurate in front of goal, kicking 11.11 to our 8.14. A solid effort by the boys but it was not to be our day. We’ll be back, don’t you worry about that!

Wrapping it all up the were the 17s at Monty. We made a great start to have the lead at ¼ time, but a dominant 2nd quarter by Monty had them in control at half time. In the second half the boys could not drag the margin back and wend down by 21 points. These boys are highly competitive and the next win is not too far away. Look out Kilmore at the home of footy next week I say…

That’s it for the playing side of things. Sadly our netballers had to forfeit this week due to a lack of available players. They’ll be back next week. If you have an inclination to play netball or know a budding Diamond then it’s not too late to join up. Check the club website or call Chloe on 0467237435 for more information. They would love to have you and will make you very very welcome, so don’t be shy…. Games are on a Friday night so your weekends are free to watch footy – Best of both worlds.

Bogan Bingo is this Saturday night. A few tickets are still available. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a ripper night – AND you can dress down, no need to impress anybody…. Contact Mirella Sauro on 0414540620 or see your team mangers at training this week or at the bar on Thursday night., $25 a ticket, drink on arrival and laughs the rest of the night.

Enough for today. My real job is calling…

Enjoy your week and we’ll see you all at the footy. 

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