Unders through to a Grand Final, some history up for grabs.....
All praise Michael Tarrant and his Under 19’s, into the VAFA’s S3 grand final and the chance of achieving a slice of history with a win over the justifiable favourite, Old Geelong this Saturday morning at 9.15am at the VAFA’s HQ, Sportscover Arena (better known as Elsternwick park). Taz and his crew have been this year’s success story at Old Carey, playing some great football to secure a Granny spot. You have to admire them all as it was a challenge at various stage in the season, great early form followed by an exodus of players heading overseas mid-season, then all returning and with the inclusion of a couple of very handy school boys they have won through. Whilst I wasn’t able to see a lot of them, I have had the privilege to witness their last two epic games and victories; maybe I should go more often!! It’s been a whirlwind last 3 games. The R18 win over Hampton to secure 3rd spot and effectively knocking Hampton out of finals (despite the inclusions of several Brighton Grammar YR12 APS premiership players) followed by the gusty win over Ormond in the elimination final. Then to take absolute control in last weekend’s father’s day prelim final and put arch rival Williamstown to the sword was sensational. So for the record:
One foot note: we did have one bad injury in though in last week's game, Will Nichols #71, a Yr 12 at Carey and VC of the school's football team has played several games for us and sustained a very bad injury in the last few minutes of the game. Will was knocked to the ground after kicking a goal (we have requested the VAFA conduct an investigation, that takes place next Tuesday night as we belive the bump was well after play and totally unnecessary). The result being Will sustained a ruptured spleen and underwent emergency surgery in the afternoon at the Alfred Hospital. Will was released from the hospital yesterday and will need to spend several weeks in recovery. He was visited by the players throughout the week and despite his injury and obvious pain he is on the road to recovery. We wish Will a speedy recovery and best of luck with his pending VCE exams, the timing of such an injury is not good.
Saturday 12 September
S3 U19 Grand Final
Old Carey v Old Geelong
VAFA HQ, Elsternwick Park
Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick
So it all comes down to applying the same desperate focus and commitment they did last week against. A win will deliver them all a premiership and for the club some silverware not previously achieved in our 60 year history! I couldn’t think of a more deserved group to do that, Michael Tarrant has resurrected the club’s u19 program and developed a strong school connection and I know the news of an U19 premiership this Saturday (with a couple of YR12 schoolboys in the team) would reverberate around the cloisters at the school in Kew on Monday morning and bring greater numbers in 2016.
It would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the efforts of Michael’s assistants: Nick Andrews as board man and fill in coach, Michael Mitchell as TM and runner plus being a great link to the boys, Gary Chapman as an assistant and Geoff Yam, the team’s trainer, ice and lolly man. Add to this Alan Fotheringham as the club’s U19 committee member and school liaison and recently retired past panther, Jack Joslin, now the school’s Director of Football. This group have done the hard yards and been a great support to Taz and the boys. We hope to work closely again with Jack and his football program in 2016 so as to be a resource to the school and build the relationship. I know with Jack at the helm the school’s program is in very good hands.
Just in case you haven't been able to put faces to these names (sorry Gary and Jack):
MICHAEL (Taz) TARRANT
Best & Fairest Friday 9th October, time to RSVP
Players, Parents, Support staff, Supports and friends: with the season now almost over, we need you to fornt up for one last function, our 2015 B&F. The committee and I would be thrilled to have you join us to celebrate our return year in premier A grade and the achievements of all of our teams. I know the players, coaches and support staff would appreciate it. See you at FENIX, 9th October.
Friday 9th October from 7.00pm.
FENIX, 680 Victoria Street, Richmond.
Full seated dinner with drinks provided, gents suit, ladies “frock up”
Please clink on the link below and follow the prompts, it will ensure you are confirmed and paid.
SENIORS and SUPPORTERS, PARENTS and FRIENDS: HERE
UNDER 19: HERE
With a great weather forecast for Saturday, it's spring footy which means finals, and it’s a GRAND FINAL for our Under 19 panther cubs, so we need you for one last game. Clad up in you Black, Blue and Gold and get to Elsternwick Park, 9.15am (ouch) this Saturday and see our future stars, a premiership is up for grabs and that would be a nice bit of history for us as our Unders haven’t won a GF in the past.
Paul Newton, President, OCGFC