Friday 26th July

A wet weekend brings us some wins!


Winter certainly struck back last weekend with heaps of rain and very testing conditions to play football.  Whilst the conditions on some of the VAFA’s grounds was atrocious it wasn’t that bad out at Bulleen, sure we had plenty of rain and the surface was very waterlogged and slippery but there was no mud unlike some of the other premier games.  I have seen footage (VAFATV) of the Collegians v Uni Blues game at the main oval at Melbourne Uni and it was a mud heap where the game deteriorated into a slog fest soon into the 1st quarter.  The low scores at all grounds certainly indicated the wet weather played its part.


There were some good Panther results last weekend with our Unders continuing to register wins, this time beating Caulfield out on Gramlick.  Despite some unavailability’s the boys played out the game and drew away from Caulfield after half time to register a good home win.  And at last Paul Breen and his mighty persistent 2nds got a win, beating St Bedes 2nds in a low scoring affair, Roachie sealed the game with a ripping goal that according to Turbo his old man would have struggled to match in his day!  The boys sang the song load and long and deservedly so.  It’s been a tough season for our 2nds given multiply injuries and absentees and it’s a credit to Paul and his boys to show such persistence and commitment.  Unfortunately the 3rds allowed Blues to jump them in the 1st quarter before they could settle.


The seniors had every reason to be confident, narrowly going down to St Bedes in the opening round where both teams kicked poorly.  Whilst St Bedes have been a form team in recent weeks and sat 3rd on the ladder we seem to have cracking games against them and given the wet weather this one promised to be another.  Looking at the game we went down by 20 points in testing conditions.  The game was a real tussle with both teams hard at the ball and making every stoppage a real contest.  Whilst injuries to Dolly (the old fossil hammy) and Michael Rainey (persistent knee soreness) mid game left us with a diminished bench the real difference between the two team was that St Bedes seemed to be a little cleaner with their handball around the stoppage enabling them to break clear more often.


A good crowd braved the wet and quickly set up shop in the Gadsden grandstand, we had plenty of food on board to offer them plus a welcome half time arvo team.  The day started well with a great lunch where everyone sat and tried to decipher Smokey Dawson’s stories of his journey through media.  Smokey is a real character, a Panther faithful and a doyen of radio.  Now in his 43rd year as a sports broadcaster: having called a record number of 1712 AFL/VFL games, 5  Olympic Games, 6 Commonwealth Games and more than 130 Test Matches.


We are away this weekend and up against Uni Blacks back at Princess Park #1 Oval, relocated given the poor state of the Uni main oval.  Blacks have been in great form so it will be another tough encounter for us, all the same a great challenge.  The 3rds also play Blacks whilst a depleted Unders this weekend (can you believe some have gone to a music festival) make the journey to Werribee.  Then after the footy we are all back to the Geebung for our monthly awards.


Next weekend, August 3rd is a bye, so enjoy that weekend off before joining us again at home August 10th where we take on Xavs.  In the meantime please make the effort and come out to Princess Park this Saturday, the boys will really appreciate the support and who knows a win or two may be on the cards again and you wouldn’t want to miss that!













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