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The Rooster wrap -12 May
13 May 21

It’s with a Heavy Heart this week’s wrap comes out as we Mourn the Loss of a great Friend in Scotty Pywell who lost his battle with Cancer.

Scotty was a much loved figure not just at Wests, but across the NFNL. He’s one of those unique individuals that no one had a bad word to say about, always smiling and ready for a laugh. To his Family and Friends we send our thoughts and Prayers at this difficult time.

To lighter matters and the Weekend that Was – and What a Weekend it Was!

Firstly we hope all our Rooster Mum’s got spoiled just a little bit on Sunday. It was a a jam-packed day, with lots of Action in our Juniors so lets start the wrap with a Sunday Round up….

On the road, both our under 9’s travelled. 9 blue was at Monty on put on a display of skill not seen in an under 9’s game in many a year, the gasps of excitement could be heard from Moore Park.

The Red team ventured further out of town to Panton Hill and everything said above can be said again, Exhilarating was the word I heard the most…. (you know we don’t keep score right? A hint from the comments – think we went ok in both games)

The Under 12’s visited Eltham and this was a close affair for the first three quarters, unfortunately the Panthers kicked clear in the final stanza to grab the win, but our team was gallant till the final siren.

Rounding out the away trips the Under 13’s were fantastic from start to finish to pick up the road win against Diamond Creek, Well done team.

At the Centre of the Universe of Footy in the Northern Suburb’s, Heck the Universe, the under 10’s got us underway in perfect conditions. This was a terrific game lots of excitement, much to look forward to with this team this year and the years to come.

The under 11’s was an Epic affair, as our kids took on Eltham Black. In the end we lost a close one, but by golly did the team fight hard right to the final siren. A joy to watch.

Next up the under 15’s hosted Laurimar Teal. With Coach Wes away for the weekend the pressure fell on Ralph Ganino to steer the ship for the day. What a job he did, as the boys came to play, scoring a convincing first win for the season. Didn’t that song get sung with gusto! Well done.

Laurimar Teal was also the opponent for the Under 16’s and they too had a very convincing victory booting 22 goals on the way to the win, Great Job boys.

That left the Under 17’s to take on the combine from Yarrambat/Research, the visitors took the lead at the first change and extended in the second and third terms, while we finished strong winning the final quarter the damage had been done and the boys suffered a first loss on the season. No doubt Bubba will have the team working hard on the track during the week and we can expect a fired up outfit next week.

So that’s the grading done and we have our Divisions going forward barring any last minute changes.

Under 11’s are Blue

Under 12’s are in Green

Under 13’s Blue

Under 15’s Red

And Under 16’s in Red.

The 17’s is one Division only this year and of course no grading in the 9’s or 10’s..

(If you had missed it Previously both the Under 19’s and the Senior Women are in Division 1. )

Also of a Sunday we would also normally be talking up our Sensational women’s team, but they had the bye this weekend so will be itching to go next weekend. The ladies have landed in Division 1 and will kick off the remainder of the season with a home game against Lower Plenty this week.

For the Record in the round 5 matches played
Bundoora 6.2.38 lost to Eltham 13.9.87
VU Western Spur 8.11.59 def Whittlesea 2.2.14
Lower Plenty 1.0.6 lost to Darebin 12.15.87
Diamond Creek Women’s 5.6.39 def. Monty 3.9.27
Heidelberg 1.3.9 lost to Greensborough 10.11.71

Saturday our men headed to Heidelberg for 3 big matches.
In the words of one of the Greatest acts to ever play the pre-game AFL Grand Final entertainment , Two outta Three ain’t bad…

The under 19’s faced there toughest test yet against a rampant Tigers outfit. Much like the Tigers of friday night, after half time it was all one way traffic as our boys announced themselves as serious contenders with a dominant win 14.8.92 to 4.8.32. There is some serious talent in this group and they are exciting to watch. You should all do yourselves a favour and get along early and watch the boys in action.

The one we missed was the Reserves (spoiler alert for the seniors) 10.16.76 to 9.8.62. We held a slender 1 point advantage at the final change, but unfortunately the Tigers just had more Run in the legs than us in the final quarter and eased away for a 14 point victory. It was a gallant effort, bit of a missed opportunity this one, but an effort we can build on next week.

In the main game I guess you have figured out we got the Chocolates, which was a nice change from our recent visits to Warringal Park, a bogey venue for the last 7 years or so. If you were looking for a fast paced, action packed spectacle then you would have been disappointed. This was a hard grind, lots of contested ball and never much between the sides all day. Missing a couple of key forwards kicking a winning score was always going to be the worry, but we got the job done with a great team effort the final score 9.6.60 to 12.6.78.

Not pretty but a win is a win and against a contender you take it every day of the week. Now we look forward to next week and Hurstbridge away.

Around the Grounds in Div. 1
Northcote Park 8.7.55 lost to Bundoora 11.16.82, The bulls take over top spot on the ladder, While Northcote Park slip to the bottom of the table.
Greensborough 11.20.86 def. Hurstbridge 6.8.44, Bad kicking cost the Slime a big percentage boost.
Whittlesea 10.12.72 def. North Heidelberg 8.11.59, The upset of the round as the Eagles get on the board and bring the Dogs run to an end.
Montmorency 11.14.80 lost to Macleod 13.20.98 The second upset of the round as Macleod get on the board for season 2021.

Those results just prove you can take nothing for Granted this year…

Earlier in the day back at Home the Auskickers had another great day out. The numbers continue to grow, so another shout out to all the parents, Adrian would love a few more helpers on the day. You don’t really need to know much about footy to help out, so give him tap next Saturday morning and offer your services. We also had a group of our Auskickers gracing the other Hallowed Turf at the MCG on Saturday night playing one of the grid games, the kids loved it which is great and will have memories to last a life time.

Going back to Friday night the Netballers came up against Kilmore. In a hard fought affair they got the better of us to the tune of 19 to 13, which ends the grading games and we await our fate with regards to our Division going forward.

In the AFL
The Cats were Electric against the Tigers.
The Saints overran the Suns
The Giants just hung on over the fast finishing Dons
The Pies eased the heat on Bucks with a win over the Kangas.
The Dees remain unbeaten after 8 rounds, knocking over the Swans
The Power did it easy over the Crows
The Eagles soared higher that the Hawks
The Dogs woke up late to steam roll the wasteful Blues and
The Lions got the chocolates over the Dockers.

That will just about do it for this week. Take care everyone. Just a remember the club’s welfare officers and Chaplin Andrew Vines are always available for a chat in need and there are many support programs provided by both state and federal governments. We stick together at the Roosters, one for all and all for one.

RIP Scotty.

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