R1 A pass mark!
Despite the tense finish to the seniors game, an agonizing draw preceded by the loss of the 2nds the club will accept a pass mark on the back of a mighty 1 point win by the 3rds against Fitzroy and a solid win for the Unders over Old Xavs. Round 1 is a tough day at the office, players and coaches have all done the hard yards in the pre season and have just reason to commence the opening round with confidence. The home club has to get itself organized with canteens to prepare, lunches to host, bars to fill and enlist helpers usually with little forewarning and experience. By the end of the day the seniors result is done and for 50% of the people there is the joy of winning whilst for the other 50% the feeling of bitter disappointment.
Coxy was full of praise for the seniors and let them know so, they played with a great deal of commitment and maintained the intense pressure on Beaumaris every time Beauy had the ball, conversely the boys were able to withstand Beauy's pressure equally as well. Amazing to think the team had 11 changes from our 2014 GF side.
The 2nds were disappointing after a reasonable 1st quarter. Wags and Derm had many new players to work into the game and get to know their best positions, with good numbers on the track the boys should improve. The ball is in the 2nds playing group to commit to training and do the hard work, the benefits will flow.
The 3rds played great footy, I am very proud of Ocka and his team; we continue to provide a game of footy for as many players as possible. Interestingly fellow APS old boys, Caulfield and Brighton have not fielded 3rds teams this year.
You may have noticed the seniors wore black arm bands at Beaumaris. This was to show our support to our Senior Assistant Coach, Dave Wright. Dave's mum, Carolyn passed away recently and we wanted to show both Dave and his father Geoff that our thoughts were with them both. Coincidentally Geoff lives in the Beaumaris area and is a regular at the Beauy home games.
So to this weekend, Blacks at Bulleen, a big ask but one we are all very keen to take on. Blacks are the reining A grade premiers so it will be a big test for us. Surprisingly Blacks lost last week to Old Scotch, which should give us confidence as we matched up well against Old Scotch in the last practice match. 3rds at home too but on Sunday and play AJAX whilst the Unders have the road trip off to Williamstown.
We are organized but are desperate for more helpers, I will table this as a separate matter in the next few weeks, put simply we/I need a greater level of involvement from the past players, too much is left to way too few. More on that later.
Finally Cookie’s Kitchen is back in action tomorrow and still taking bookings, details are in the body of the report. Cookie has snared Tiger champion Michael Roach our guest speaker so book now!
I look forward to seeing you at Bulleen it will be another tense affair!
Paul Newton, President, OCGFC
Round 2 and where will you find us?Saturday April 18th,at home and seniors to take on Uni Blacks out on Dunshea, whilst the 3rds at home Sunday morning to AJAX. Unders road trip to Williamstown CYMS. So no excuses,get your jobs done early then head to BULLEEN for your next Panther fix.. Read More...
Round 1 wrapHear from our coaches as to what worked and what didn't from our Round 2 encounters..... Read More...
Panther Rising Star nominationJames Gaff's great R1 game v Beaumaris was certainly well recognised not only within the club, but by the Beaumaris people and the VAFA who awarded James as their R1 Rising Star. Read More...
Cookie's Kitchen this weekend is OPEN!!Come and join us for a relaxed lunch ahead of this weeks big game v Uni Blacks. Cookie has secured Michael Roach as our guest speaker, so please join us as we reminisce about DISCO's days at Punt Road in the 1980's!
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Anzac Day treateEssendon FC great Jack Jones will be presenting to our playing group next Thursday night after training about his life as a soldier in WW2 and his time post the war as an Essendon champion footballer. Jack is grandfather to Panther CHF, Cam Jones. Read More...