Seniors lead the way


It was great to get back on the winners list last weekend, Seniors and Unders genuine wins, with the 3rds taking the points courtesy of an unfortunate AJAX Reds forfeit.  The 2nds however got towelled up by De La, a very disappointing result given how competitive they had been in the previous 2 games.

 

Coming into the season plenty of VAFA followers expected our seniors to struggle, whilst we are only 4 games in we have certainly given a good account of ourselves, 2 wins, a draw and a loss is an acceptable return at this stage.  The seniors responded very well at De La after falling away the previous week at home to Trinity.  De La’s home ground, Dairy Bell is a difficult ground for the visiting team to come to grips with, slightly offset with a slope, it takes a while to acclimatize.  Conversely De La play it very well and usually seem to have all the run and numbers.  We have played there in recent years and done well.  The wind was up and favouring the Chadstone end, De La kicked with it and were expecting to get off to a flier.  Their 2nds had just pumped ours and they would have been eager to do likewise.  We kicked into the breeze and managed 4 goals for the quarter, Jarrod Reid marking strongly up forward helped by our winning mid field.  The inclusion of Crocker and Evans certainly helped.  By 3 quarter time scores were level with us coming home with the breeze, a 7 goal last quarter saw us win well and celebrate loudly in the change rooms afterwards.  The 3rds won by forfeit, AJAX were unable to get a team up on Saturday, a combination of injuries and religious belief prevented them from playing, Ocka took the 4 points and set sights firmly on this week’s away clash with Xavs, a big mission.  The Unders had the better of Old Camberwell, traditional rivals and now sit equal 2nd on 3 wins from 4 games.

 

I had a look at the fixture and we have some massive games looming, all very challenging for the boys, beyond Xavs on Saturday in the next 5 rounds we then play:

 

Round 6

Saturday, May 16

Old Scotch vs. Old Carey

Camberwell Ground

Round 7

Saturday, May 23

Old Carey vs. St Bernards

Carey Sports Complex

Round 8

Saturday, May 30

Uni Blacks vs. Old Carey

Melbourne University

Round 9

Saturday, Jun 13

Old Carey vs. Collegians

Carey Sports Complex

Round 10

Saturday, Jun 20

Uni Blues vs. Old Carey

Melbourne University

 

This season the VAFA has trialled a mini mid-season break, between R11 June 27 and R12 July 18.  That’s on top of the Queens Birthday June 6th break. Not exactly sure why but we also don’t play in the conventional sequence.  For example we play Uni Blacks twice before we play Uni Blues the first time.

 

Somethings to make a note of in the diary as well:

 

  • May 16 v Old Scotch, playing for the inarguable Bendigo Community Bank Cup

  • May 23 farewell to Lachie McQueen-Miscamble at the Geebung after the St Bernards home game, parent dinner at the pub whilst the players gather at the bar.

  • June 20 v Uni Blues, Step Back Think awareness match for their latest campaign, LACE UP AGAINST SOCIAL VIOLENCE with a lunch beforehand at Uni, players to wear orange laces and supporters to wear something orange.

 

It promises to be an important round on Saturday, seniors in a crucial game v Xavs, 2nds expected to perform much better in the curtain raiser, 3rds away to Xavs Premier B 3rds team, undefeated so far!  And the Unders take on top team Ormond away; Ormond will be another challenge for Taz and his boys.


Cookie’s Kitchen will be open again, as reported last week we have themed this weekend as Ladies Lunch and we are fortunate to have Tiffany Cherry as our guest.  I urge all Panther Ladies (mums, wives, girlfriends, sisters etc) to book in and get to the lunch, we can only accommodate 60 so it will be first in, RSVP to Cookie at mike@humphriesandcooke.com.au or mobile on 0428 394 198.  We have extended the invite to the Old Xavs so hopefully they will join us.

 

Special thanks to those that helped out last week with our game day duties, in particular:

 

  • Simon Lenders for time keeping, that’s the second week this year he has helped out at the last minute and didn’t hesitate, he basically saved the day.

  • Chris Bell and Matt Pallozzi running water

  • Also Jenny Macleod for agreeing to be a regular Umpires Escort.


Thought you may like these photos from last weekend, really highlights the boys fierce competitive spirit.

Another big Saturday looms so please join us, Xavs awaits the seniors and I know we will be ready.

 

 

Paul

 

Paul Newton, President, OCGFC

 

 

 GO PANTHERS!!

 

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