Beaten by quality but we showed we have what it takes........
All of a sudden its pressure on for our seniors, 3rds and Unders, the season is winding up fast and we are now in must win games to retain our spots in the top 4 and in finals contention. The 3rds have already achieved this and only have this week’s game to play before their finals campaign commences next weekend. The seniors hold down 3rd spot but now have Blues and Xavs hot on our heels. Unders get a chance this week to test themselves in a top of the ladder game v Old Geelong at Como Park. Sadly the 2nds just need a win, it continues to be a very tough season for the group, Premier A grade reserves is a very good standard and we have found it hard going staying in games.
Last week’s seniors game v Old Trinity was a cracker and mirrored in many ways the R3 game, we started very well and dominated play, holding a half time lead of 21 points. We went into the main break knowing Old Trinity would come at us. Trinity has finished off games very well this season, regularly running over the top of their opposition. Despite knowing this and preparing we let it happen, disappointingly we were unable to halt their charge again, Trinity are a quality unit, hard runners, skilful and have a great game plan and stick to it. We know we can match them and will learn from this game, I hope we get to play them again, although that will be up to us as Trinity have locked away their finals campaign whereas we need to win a couple more. As an aside the team will benefit from the inclusion of Luke Crozier, Will Walker, Dima Dimakopoulos and Tim Smith, all missed the game. Unfortunately for the 2nds the season continues to be a tough one, with upwards of 24 boys now unavailable (injured, overseas or missing) making team selection a nightmare, basically a week to week process dependant on who is available. All praise to the Under 19 squad who have been able to push excess players up into the 3rds. Despite the state of the 2nds list/availabilities the team still play with terrific pride and determination, Wags and Derm continue to work with the boys challenging them knowing that they are still capable of good footy and deserved of a win. The 3rds nailed Fitzroy on Gramlick and gave Geoff Trumbull a great 150th game celebration in the process; Geoff kicked a lazy 6 goals in a BOG performance. SKOB’s this week then finals. The Unders played a decent 1st half to keep St Bernards at bay and in doing so moved to 2nd spot and play Old Geelong in a top table clash tomorrow.
A couple of things I want to acknowledge, our arvo tea and home lunches. All praise Lucy Arthur and the Mums that put on the arvo tea, it is a great initiative and really generates good will amongst the supporters from both clubs that attend. I was reminded of this last weekend at Old Trinity who didn’t offer an arvo tea. Secondly OT didn’t put on a lunch, I appreciate the challenges and effort required to run them, all the same it’s another element to the day and offers supporters a terrific environment pregame to socialise and enjoy company, you have to admire the work Cookie does in particular, we are one of very few clubs committed in providing lunches at all home games.
So it really is game on this weekend, in particular for our seniors. The boys were reminded at selection last night of what happened in 2012. We were sitting inside the top 4 with 3 games remaining, we hosted Old Scotch at Bulleen on a very bleak cold and wet day and in a low scoring game Old Scotch manufactured a late goal to hit the front for the first time and win. That win spelt the end of any chance we had of playing finals, they leap frogged us but failed to fire a shot in the finals. For the record we have never played in an A grade finals series, we are close now but MUST reverse our 2012 fortunes and beat Scotch tomorrow. Added incentive, a win for us would see Scotch back in relegation mode!
For those that didn’t know the result from last week Round 14:
Seniors: OC 10/10/70 v Old Trinity 12/16/88
2nds: OC 4/3/27 v Old Trinity 22/11/143
3rds: OC 21/8/134 v Fitzroy 9/7/61
Unders: OC 14/14/98 v St Bernards 7/2/44
MIKE SHEAHAN'S IN THE BULDING TOMORROW!!
Cookie has done it again and has landed Mike Sheahan as our luncheon guest tomorrow ahead of the Old Scotch game. It will be a bit of Mike on Mike as the two have a bar side chat. So you better get in quick as this one is bound to sell out quick.
- Chief football writer/associate sports editor for the Herald Sun for 18 years
- Fox Footy “On the Couch” regular as well as Foxtel star of the series “Open Mike”
- Former AFL Media Director, 3AW and SEN Football Panel regular
- 2008 given the task by the AFL to compile a list of the Greatest 50 players of all time, to be published in the book The Australian Game of Football, which honored the 150th anniversary of Australian rules football.
- The media center at AFL House in Melbourne is named in Mike’s honor
RSVP to Cookie: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0428394198 NOW!!!!!
LEGENDS LISTEN UP, one more sleep to go!
24 hours to go and it will be Legends day, GAME 4 on DUNSHEA. The ball bounces 9.30am sharp and is followed by the lunch then a gathering in the scoreboard with Handsie. Kanga is running the show and again and has already enlisted a formidable squad. Its time all past players got to Carey Bulleen and showed your support. With the club in A grade its time you all showed up and enjoyed the ride. Interested, then contact Kanga NOW at CamM@hawthornfc.com.au or 0419 134 181.
96.5 INNER FM comes to Bulleen this weekend
The boys from Inner FM will be calling this weekend's big game v Old Scotch from the Gadsden Pavilion. So tune in to FM 96.5, and listen to station broadcasters John Kanis and Ken Petrucco’s call. INNER FM does a mighty job promoting the VAFA. It commences at 9am when the station runs a 2 hour Clash Jumpers morning show analgising all the VAFA games for the day and interviews with a select group of VAFA people, our senior coach Glenn Cox will be interviewed at approx. 9.30am. The game call commences at 1.45pm with a pre match analysis followed by the call. The broadcast concludes with post-match analysis and an interview with the best player. So tune in to 96.5 FM and enjoy the call of our game this Saturday.
THIS WEEK'S SENIORS SHOUT OUT
Big thanks to the following that helped out last week at Bulleen with the seniors:
Timekeeper: David King (James King #64, father)
Water Runners: Will Rozet and Zac Rule year 9 boys at Carey Grammar.
If you are able to assist I know our TM’s would be most grateful so email Michael Sloan at email@example.com
With the Legends leading the way at 9.30am on Dunshea tomorrow we are all in for a big day, 96.5 INNER FM will be calling the game. We will be running two lunches and have Mike Sheahan as our guest. Finals spots up for grabs so you have to be part of it. See you there.
Paul Newton, President, OCGFC
Round 15 and where will you find us?It will be a massive day at Bulleen
tomorrow, starting with the Legends at
9.30 am on Dunshea. The 2nds and
Seniors follow hosting Old Scotch, 3rds
away to SKOB's and Unders away too and
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